Anti Fed Ed Warriors, do you remember when I shared with you that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) would broaden the definition of which students were most ‘at-risk’? How about when I first showed you how ESSA would encroach on homeschoolingfamilies?
Well, it’s getting even worse. Every day and in every State. We’ve looked at the increasing amount of ‘in-home visits’ and what that means about parental rights, data privacy, and all that surrounds both.
But do you know that there are at least 25 States where ‘failure to educate’ your child is grounds for the children being removed from your home?
Warriors, re-read that. HALF of the United States (‘home of the free and land of the brave’) can remove your child from your home IF they are labeled ‘at risk’ or ‘failure to educate’ has been proven.
It’s not the State Dept. of Education which will do this, it’s the State level of Family and Children Services (usually housed in your State Dept. of Health/Human Services).
Warriors, do you remember, I often I’ve shared in interviews that the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services was given the largest power increase (for overreach purposes in education) via ESSA?! If you look at the federal budgets since ESSA, you’ll see that the power increase has been well funded with some disturbing plans connected.
We cannot rely on ALL education overreaches into our homes will come from ONE direction, federal OR state level. We MUST realize the ‘cradle to grave’ grab is coming from MANY angles.
The CCSS Machine has turned away from the sole focus of students and has zeroed in on entire families. The US federal government (regardless of political party or Administrative leadership) has also ignored and disregarded families where the PARENTS are the authority and have inserted themselves as the PARENT. The government has hyper-focused on THEIR ability to fulfill ALL those ‘unmet needs’.
Warriors, the State leaders are following this pattern, ‘lock, stock, and barrel’!
This is WHY students are being labeled as ‘at-risk’!! The government has shifted the definition of who is truly in trouble in life to mean any student who doesn’t MEASURE up to ‘college and career readiness’!
This encompasses those who homeschool, especially! Families are being measured to see if Johnny and Suzy are ‘ready’, if not, parents CAN be charged with ‘failure to educate’!
Why is our federal and state level government doing this? To meet the mandates in ESSA! That’s the most honest way to put it, Warriors.
From WY To You:
Warriors, I saw the picture you see below on Facebook a few days ago, and I was curious as to what other States, besides WY are set up for this:
What group shared this? WY Liberty Group. While I couldn’t find the ‘other 24’ on this website, I did notice the many articles on ‘school choice’.
So, where can we find the list of the other States? Here’s what I found:
Warriors, if you’re interested, here’s the document detailing the felony charges for NOT reporting child neglect. From that document, you’ll see CT and MD have the toughest parameters. Why would I include this document? Because if you look closely, you’ll see that educators are among those who are charged with reporting neglect.
From the same website, this 2018 information, updated the news from above.
I’ll be sure to provide the entire PDF for ‘identifying neglect’, but look at what else can be found in this 2018 Report:
If you homeschool or have ‘chronic truancy’, this resource not only listed the States (from the same website I used above, but includes each State’s statute detailing the ‘failure to educate’.
Look at this archived article of mine, where the States are laid out with the most SEL(Social and Emotional Learning) alignment. How many of these States are also the States citing ‘failure to educate’?
Warriors, no one I know likes to be forced to do something. However, I hope you can see how ESSA, the CCSS Machine, and, our government are forcing our families into smaller and smaller ‘spaces’ where our liberty and freedoms are protected.
How dare our government decree that only ‘they’ can ascertain who is educationally ready to face the world! Remember, the federal government has no business directing the States in education matters for ANY reason. The States, also, should be exercising what’s best for their citizens, not what satisfies unconstitutional laws.
Maybe no one from your local or State government has come to your home yet. Maybe no one from the federal government has notified you of ‘failure to educate’.
However, Warriors, with the traps set in place; laws to give teeth to those ESSA mandates, we CANNOT gamble with our children’s place in our homes. WE MUST BE DILIGENT TO PROTECT THEM. STOP THE CCSS MACHINE!
**Personal note, I’ll be out of town most of this week due to a speaking engagement.
Look for a new article coming soon.
**Fifth in my series on the 116th Congressional Bills
Anti Fed Ed Warriors, imagine, if you will that you are the blue person in the featured picture above. Who are all those people behind you?
Increasingly, we’re finding those ‘people’ behind us are in fact, the federal government.
If the blue person represented our federal government, all the ‘people’ in the back would be the global powers, P3s (public private partnerships), and corporate giants steering the government.
Why would I say that? Based on all the educational research I’ve done, is exactly why.
So far, in this series, detailing the 116th Congress, we’ve seen 4 educratic bills which seem to continue the following us via data rape. If you’ve not seen my chart of why I call the intrusive data collection by ‘data rape’, here it is:
Warriors, I am in NO way trying to water down the horribleness of a physical attack, I am simply trying to point out how BAD the data collection has become.
Based on evidence, it’s only going to get WORSE.
***For the rest of this article we’ll look at two Congressional Bills, one from the House and our first from the Senate. How do these tie to education? Let’s find out.***
Sponsor and Co-Sponsors of HR 260:
(Warriors, from the past. A visual on Medicaid funding in schools.)
I’ll share more of the Medicaid in schools visuals in a bit, but let’s look at HR 260.
HR 260 isn’t just for schools, it’s for everyone. The Bill is 17 pages long. Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ) is the sponsor. There are 2 co-sponsors, Reps. Walden (OR) and Neal (MA).
Pallone’s stance on education is that students need to be ready with 21st Century skills as well as free college for everyone (He voted “Yes” to HR 5, the Student Success Act which went on to be combined with the S117 to become, ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act). On healthcare, he was one of the main authors of the Affordable Health Care Act, according to his website. (*Note: Walden and Neal voted against HR 5.)
Walden’s Bill, HR 6 (115th Session) not only addressed opioids, but expanded telemedicine and involved Medicaid funds for youth. (*Note: Rep. Neal’s got a current bill (HR 860) we’ll need to watch. It ties to our youth via Social Security and has 202 co-sponsors.)
HR 260, Medicaid Provisions and TANF Extenders Act of 2019:
To read the entire Bill, go here.
*TANF is short for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and ties into ESSA.
*Medicaid ties to ESSA (as seen above). However, it can be seen here:
Warriors, notice the middle column, Phase II, “Medicaid has now been expanded to include Mental health wrap around services which extend the definition of related services beyond medical care to include emotional disturbances.” Have you noticed the increased amount of (Social Emotional Learning)SEL in schools?
So what is the purpose of HR 260? “To extend the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Rebalancing demonstration, to extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment, to extend the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and for other purposes.”
Back in 2017, I showed you this about TANF and ESSA:
MFP (Money Follow the Person) can be tied to the ACA (Affordable Care Act). **HR 260 will extend grants only to States (43 & the District of Columbia) which have an existing MFP plan. If your State is found to be non-compliant with their MFP Plan, federal funds will disappear (Page 6). On Page 7, you’ll find the federal PAYGO (pay-as-you-go) ties. On Pages 9 & 10, TANF grants for those with healthy marriages, responsible fathers, Native Americans, and childcare. Beginning on page 10, data tracking and ‘outcome measurements’ for job placement/employment are described. Finally, beginning on page 14, the national data standards streamlining shows up. I just wrote about HR 150 and HR 50 in relation to creating national data standards.
Warriors, are you noticing this is eerily like ESSA and the State’s Plans? Also, think about the massive power increase ESSAgave the U.S. Dept. of HHS (Health and Human Services). Much of it is to go to those ‘community wide services’. How does THAT impact education? Two ways: a) school are the hubs and b) schools can access the Medicaid funding. Those hubs have a name, 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The hubs are supported by PNs (Promise Neighborhoods). Both of these WERE White House Initiatives, but became codified via ESSA.
Meet the MOMS Bill:
Warriors, this is the first Senate Bill from the 116th I’ve looked at. As far as education goes, there’s one big way in which S116 will intersect: behavioral health and mental health. Massive data tracking (called surveillance in this Bill) are also part on the ‘package’.
MOMS stands for ‘‘Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards Act of 2019″ It’s currently in the Senate HELP Committee.
1) Nationally driven data collection to ensure optimum outcomes for mothers. (Does anyone remember Sen. Alexander’s chilling quote about one day going into hospitals and grabbing not only the babies, but the mothers, as well?) 2) Best practices and multi-state interventions, especially for low-income families.
Again, the biggest intersection to education? SEL (social emotional learning). How? Young mothers aka: teen mothers.
3) Contracts for State based collaborative teams (known as ‘maternal safety bundles’) will be enforced and encouraged. (Really, must it sound so devoid of all feeling?)
4) Grants for maternity and morbidity prevention. All focus of the MOMS Bill is on the care and results of the mother. (How will this Bill, should it become law, gel with the recent States passing controversial laws related?) 5) This Bill also ties to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), if you missed it, I’ve already exposed how this federal government entity is in partnership with major SEL players, not only in education, but entire communities.
6) Price tag? Forty million dollars for EACH fiscal year between 2020 and 2024.
**Knowing ESSA used Medicaid funding to turn schools into quasi-hospitals (see the wheel above), how would a law like this also otherwise impact education?
Finally, look at who has sponsored or co-sponsored this Bill and then factor in recent events as well as present presidential kick-off campaigns:
Sen. Gillibrand (NY) (See the screen shot above)
Her views on education are included here.
Sen. Booker(NJ) (See the screen shot above)
His views on supporting ESSA can be accessed in 2 places.
Sen. Harris (CA) (See the screen shot above)
Her ties to education, are all here.
**How will the data tracking and SEL of S 116 overlap into Sex Education or Health Education?***
Warriors, if ever we needed an example of the wickedness of Congress overreaching not only into education, but our families, these two Bills should be a massive wake up call!
Don’t forget, the CCSS Machine has already claimed it can help marriages, why not birthing babies and micromanaging rural and low-income citizens?!
In my next article of this series, HR 280 will have us look at sports teams and national data collection. How will THAT impact education?
Last week, I put 3 state superintendents through the “Fib-o-Meter” to see where they landed with Common Core Standards. I had at least 4 requests for other state supers to be ‘put to the test’. So, here they are in alphabetical order per state: CA, NV, NJ, and NM.
California’s State Superintendent, Tom Torlakson:
Mr. Torlakson didn’t have many written statements that I could find, BUT, he does like the video channel YouTube. Here’s a meeting he was featured in, from 07/14, “Reports from the Field”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQFsWiCxs1w Mr. Torlakson even acknowledges a member of the audience in helping champion this message.
“Bottom-up, not top-down” Well, let’s see how bottom up translates on the “FoM”. ‘Neutral leaning toward Total Fallacy’ for this statement, why?! The RttT California application clearly lays out the state level commitment and support BUT it is conditional! See this excerpt from the Pioneer Institute which looked at CA’s application, “The study(Accountability Works) uses California, whose current (at that time, 2012)academic standards are among the nation’s best but has adopted Common Core, as an example. AccountabilityWorks estimates the Golden State will incur additional costs of over $1 billion for technology and support, $606 million for professional development and $374 million for textbooks and materials over seven years. The additional costs would exacerbate California’s recent budget woes, which have been even worse than what most other states have endured. (source: http://pioneerinstitute.org/education/study-estimates-cost-of-transition-to-national-education-standards-at-16-billion/, dated 02/12) Here’s what the CA RttT application stated: “California will strengthen its already high standards by adopting a set of common core standards and by working with one or more consortium of states to develop aligned assessments in mathematics and reading/language arts. This work will result in better data on annual student growth, including subgroup student achievement data, which will allow national comparisons, and will facilitate the identification and sharing of successful practices across the nation. The State has a well-established system for the development of curriculum frameworks and the adoption of aligned instructional materials, and will support the transition to new standards by accelerating the refinement of those frameworks and instructional material. The State will also invest in aligned interim assessments as a part of its instructional materials adoption process, to develop an item bank for formative assessments upon which LEAs can draw, and to support related professional development to help build the capacity to use data at the classroom and school levels. ” Further on, there’s this: “To date 804 LEAs representing 56 percent of the State’s schools and 3.6 million students (61 percent of whom are living in poverty) have signed MOUs committing to action in all parts of each of the reform areas …. and performance measures should we succeed in receiving a RTTT grant.” Link to the CA Race/Top Application: ( http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/phase1-applications/california.pdf) Before we move on, STEM is another kingpin to adhering to CCSS & California committed to that back in 2008 via CA’s STEM Collaborative Action Plan. Don’t get how STEM and CCSS are connected? Read my post “PCAST, STEM and Common Core”. This also will make the ‘bottom-up, not top-down’, ‘Total Fallacy’.
Another comment Mr. Torlakson made, “We have marketing to do.” Yes, as far as promoting the Common Core, I say he’s truthful on that one. (‘Total Truth’ is answer) HOWEVER, that, again is where the truth ends. Between his remarks and a ‘nifty’ video produced by pro CC supporters in CA, here some of the fallacies passed off as ‘truth’.
“Computers are what will improve education.” (Mr. Torlakson)
‘No child left offline’. (Mr. Torlakson)
“We don’t know what the future holds, but we’ll be ready.” (Pro groups)
‘Critical thinkers solve problems on their own, they can work in teams.’ (Pro groups)
“Life is not a multiple choice test.” (Mr. Torlakson)
‘Common Core is a practical, step by step timely process.’ (Mr. Torlakson)
This top officer was appointed back in 2013 after a legal provision was made to allow the Governor to appoint someone (2011). Mr. Erquiaga’s background is quite varied in education. His involvement with the “Get Consensus”educational consulting firm is what got my interest the most. However, since his appointment came AFTER the fact that NV ‘adopted’ the CCSS, let’s see the others involved in saddling NV with Common Core, back in October of 2010. (Standards became known as “Nevada Academic Content Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics”) Keith Rheault 2004-12, then there was James Guthrie from 2012 to 2013, followed by Rorie Fitzpatrick. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was only in office from March to August. (interestingly enough she now heads a CCSS policy research group). From a newspaper article about Mr. Rheault stated ‘he got the state as far as the door, then left.’ ( http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/education/retiring-leader-state-schools-hopeful-about-future) I did find this interesting article about Nevada & the Common Core where is seems someone did tell some tall tales! (seehttp://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-state-standards/common-core-state-standards-not-nevadas-creation/)
“Assessments are the only way we’ll know CCSS is successful.”
The obligatory, ‘more rigorous, much deeper’, comments we know.
Next up, New Jersey!
Oddly enough, this was the only Northeastern state I was asked to look into. Well, being a diligent researcher, here’s what I found. Mr. David C. Hespe is the Acting Commissioner of Education for NJ. He was appointed earlier this year, but it is his 4th time as the head of public education in the state. He returned to the office to help students and to oversee the REST of CCSS. Now, what makes NJ a bit different in this is the words used to describe their Standards. Huh?! Back in 1996, the State Board of Education adopted “Core Curriculum Content Standards”. Not to be confused with Common Core State Standards. However, it can indeed get a bit confusing, especially considering some states are using CCSS, but also using different names to identify it. Now, all this is to say, that in August of 2014, the NJ BofE began a 5 year review of the Tech Life/21st Century Career Curriculum Standards. (more confusion, if you aren’t careful). From the website:
(http://www.state.nj.us/education/modelcurriculum/) Model Common Core Curriculum is for every 5 weeks of lessons, you get 2 weeks assessment/enrichment. UGH! Since Mr. Hespe was so up front about his support of the Standards, I thought you’d have ‘fun’ putting parents, teachers and others through the ‘Fib-o-Meter’ when you watch this video (frankly, there are so many ‘Total Fallacies’ it might break the FoM if it were a real scale) Link: http://www.state.nj.us/education/sca/video/ So many fallacies, I actually gave up trying to count them! (listen out for the comment that one mom makes about CC being so good she may not have to pay for college remediation classes)
Lastly, New Mexico’s Hanna Skandera:
In office since 2011, Ms. Skandera is the most controversial of the Superintendents featured today. Why? She’s been serving NM since 2011, but has yet to be 100% confirmed by the state level legislative body. The Governor of NM did appoint this position, but the Senate of NM must confirm the appointment. To date, that has yet to happen from what I could find. (see this You Tube clip where she’ll tell you she ‘committed’ 7 seven times in under 3 minutes:
One of the statements Ms. Skandera made in an interview featured here: (http://watchdog.org/21316/nm-core-beliefs-nm-education-chief-defends-common-core/) said, ““We’re not delivering on the promise of, ‘are you ready?’ We know half of our kids are not on grade level. So (Common Core) is an important step to say, let’s make sure we have high standards.” On the “Fib-o-Meter”, this comment, while some bit of truth is present, would be “Total Fallacy”because if you already know your state is not making it, why not use the money for shaping up what you’ve got instead of ‘buying’ new?!
In this August 2011 TV interview, Ms. Skandera rates “Total Fallacy” on several statements. Before I get to those, however, notice when she is speaking, how many times she repeats key points, and the body language she displays. Link to TV interview: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYaOJiqFL4g)
“Standards established by NM for NM, we own them.”
“Tests developed by NM then go elsewhere.”
“Money attracts teachers, we can use to even attract those who aren’t teachers.”
“Actually, teaching is the only profession where effectiveness is not acknowledged.”
So, if YOU have a state superintendent you’d like to see how their statements, activities fare on the “Fib-o-Meter”, be sure to leave me a comment. If you have any links, articles, etc. that would help in my research, I’d love that! Thanks!