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So, Where’s the Choice?

Warriors Against Fed Led Education, the image you see above was featured in one of my 2015 articles detailing the scam behind school choice. Since then, I’ve (along with others) have repeatedly sounded the call against ‘school choice’.

Why?

It wasn’t that we didn’t believe in the parents right to choose the education for their children. It was because we knew the CCSS Machine was erasing ALL choices in education but one: workforce geared, skill based Common Core (aka: College/Career Ready; Future Ready; Choice ReadyNext Gen Standards and Assessments; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) as well as many other names for deceptive purposes).

Warriors, ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act) stated in no uncertain terms that ALL education MUST be aligned to the SAME Standards! No exceptions.
The CCSS Machine’s deception is trying to still convince America that ‘choices’ are available in education.

The truthful reality is, no, true choice died when President Obama signed ESSA into law.
(*Note: in late 2016 and late 2017, I published two articles continuing to spotlight the deception with ‘school choices. You’ll find 2016’s, here; 2017’s, here.)

Enter: Penguins!

nochoiceWarriors, what you see above is a screen shot of the cute penguins used by the National School Choice Week organization.

Since 2011, this group has been doing a ‘bang up’ job of deceiving folks. Wait, why would I say ‘since 2011’? ESSA wasn’t a law then. You’re correct, ESSA wasn’t a law yet, but Common Core had taken over education in every choice available by 2011.

My fellow Warrior, Alice Linahan, published a scathing report (2017) on who is really behind the National School Choice Week organization.

What’s New For 2018?

Warriors, the penguins will be dancing (that’s what they do in the GIF on social media) into our areas the 21st-27th of January. Believe it or not, there’s even a dance for people to celebrate school choice. Of course, you can purchase the song and video.

Yes, nothing says let’s deceive folks quite like a catchy tune and some pumped up (fake) enthusiasm.

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Warriors, these folks may be dancing now, but what will they be doing when they see ESSA fully implemented and NO choice in education is still around? Remember, the way the law is laid out, everything is to be fully in place for ESSA by now. However, all States were to have their State Plans submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Education no later than Sept. 2017. If you’ll remember, there were 2 submission dates. Seventeen States chose the earlier 2017 date, while the majority waited until September. The point is, it’s mid-January 2018. Each State which chose the latter date AND received an ‘interim feedback’ letter from Sec. DeVos, is under a 120 day time crunch. The federal level department has to react to each State plan within that time frame.

For example, where I live (North Carolina) received its ‘interim feedback’ letter on Dec. 13, 2017. For all the things which US Ed required, the State had a mere 2 weeks (with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa right in the middle of it all) to re-submit its Plan. The letter was sent by Jason Botel, not Betsy DeVos. It appears that all the Fall 2017 States also received a Dec. 2017 letter with Botel’s name attached. Since there are 34 States, I only checked a few States which surround NC and saw the pattern.

The State Plans are being held up due to the fact the feds do not think the States are compliant enough. Remember how it was deceptive spoken that ESSA would give the educational control BACK to the States?

What’s interesting is that supposedly Botel was released by the US Ed before Dec. 2017, so why is his name used as the signature?

Warriors, with this much backlog and confusion, ESSA’s fullest version and implementation will be taking place in the 2018-19 academic year. All this means is a longer and stronger grip on ‘locally controlled’ education by the federal government..not LESS and certainly not full of choices.

Closing:

Warriors, back in January 2017, I wrote about the lessons we should be learning from the (then) current state of federally controlled education. In the midst of that article was the reality of the school choice belonging to the parents and their heartfelt desires. Go back and read how that lesson has been trampled upon since ESSA, since the presidential election, since DeVos, and since organizations like National School Choice Week have been in ‘charge’.

With this January (2018) “Choice Week” about to launch, there is plenty we can do to protest, to expose the fallacies, and to protect our children from this massive deception.

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Also, when January 2018’s ‘Choice Week’ rolls around, watch for the CCSS Machine to roll out the red carpet of deception. Note who’s helping roll that carpet out, too.

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Education Used Against Us

Fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I realize the title of this blog article is an ‘elephant in the room’ observation. We all have known for a while, now, how education has been used against our nation’s citizens. As the days in the ESSA Era (*Every Student Succeeds Act Era) continue to grind on, we’ve seen many new Warriors come to this observation.

Sadly, very few political and/or policy leaders have seen how the CCSS Machine  vastly weakened academics. Because of this, it is becoming easier to see (on a daily basis) that education has become almost like a weapon used against us.

Think about it, Warriors.
When a person is being charged with a crime or is being taken into police custody, they are read their “Miranda rights”. Contained in those rights are these words, “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”

Now, in the context of education, it is becoming clear ‘Anything done in education is being held against us.’ Keep that thought as you read on.

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One of the biggest ways education is being used against our teachers and students is in the guise of ‘accountability’.

ESSA’s language was especially ‘generous’ with the word. ESSA was also written to be very deceptive. Our schools are suffering even more now, than before ESSA’s passage into the law books.

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So, just WHAT were/are the ‘accountability’ mandates in ESSA?
1) Data measured any way and every way possible.
2) To get the federal funds, States must fulfill certain obligations.
3) Control and power of education in the hands of the unqualified.
4) Global workforce agenda driven.

Warriors, of course this is a boiled down list. There are many, many other mandates woven into each of these four.
However, for the sake of those new Warriors, I’ve condensed the list.
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Back in August of this year, I shared with you how the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s misuse of ‘accountability’ was harming our States. Here we are, months later and the misuse not only continues, it’s growing.
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Warriors, take, for example, the announcement below. What has your State done to align and misguide you where ‘accountability’ can be found? In Superintendent Johnson’s announcement, ‘accountability’ is NOT used, but ‘transparency’ is.

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Warriors, that brings up another ESSA fact. “Accountability” and ‘transparency’ are being used interchangeably!

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Enter, NC’s “New” Report Cards:

Warriors, thanks to ESSA’s mandates for ALL education being aligned to workforce based industry standards, we know that means that all schools must have data which can be accessed and used. We know it means the ‘grading’ of entire schools across your States will increase in rewards and punishments. Of course, all this grading is the direct results of how well students are learning, how well teachers are leading, and how well principals are keeping everyone in line.

From Superintendent Johnson’s email, the fine print tells you there are 3 different websites for you to access the Report Cards. The first two are for researchers. The last one is for all those with questions. Now, Warriors, if we’re being so transparent and accountable, why 3 different sites? Why not use one?

Johnson unveiled the updated Report Card site (was brand new back in 2001) in his former school district, Winston-Salem Schools. To see the official announcement, visit here. A CCSS Machine member group, FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education), has also published an article on their ExcelinEd blog about the updates. It’s based off THEIR principles for education!!

As far as the ‘new’ report cards, what’s attention grabbing about using the first of the two sites for researchers is you see a blue screen with SAS in the middle. (This quickly fades as the NC Dept. of Public Instruction page appears.) I’ve added emphasis, below:

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Typically, when you access any NC DPI website page, there’s no such process. So, is SAS spying on me when I access the ‘research’ page? It’s more of a probability than a possibility. Even if you aren’t a researcher, you need to see the data sets and definitions.

If you wish to see the NC Report Card website on its own, go here. Once there, select any of the 100 counties. Then, click on a school. You’ll see all kinds of colors, numbers, and information. However, skip the glamour and go for the ‘downloadable’ District Reports. You’ll get a better understanding of what’s being reported on, as well as how it aligns to CCR (College and Career Readiness). CCR is a re-brand of Common Core for every State. For those States which received Race to the Tops funds, CCR will even show up in the applications and award letters. CCR is also used in ESSA.

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I did check the NC Report Card for one of my county’s CTE (Career Tech Education) specific schools. What I found was awful. Not one textbook is in use. No academic growth, whatsoever. Knowing more and more States are shifting to this type of ‘education’ for requirements in graduating, we need to act quickly, Warriors! This cannot be acceptable!

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Related and Relevant:
1) How Title One funds in ESSA’s Era are being used against us.
2) How ESSA’s embedded WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) ties are being used against your students.
3) How the massive data mining (thanks to ESSA and many related legislative moves) is harming our families.
4) One of the biggest ESSA traps for ‘accountability’ and ‘transparency’ is for our teachers and their ‘performance’.
5) SAS has had a contract with the NC DPI since the days of the ARRA funds (American Recovery and Re-investment Act). SAS is a global data miner/contractor. If you wish to see where else I found the company has government contracts for NC (so you can see what is similar in your State). Warriors, remember, ESSA was full of all kinds of technology updates. SAS will play right into these.
6) SAS has supported a shift in education from academics to workforce not only in NC, but all the way to D.C..
7) Winston-Salem is part of the Strive Together national network of aligned communities for cradle to workforce collectivism.
8) ESSA’s educational use against us will also be felt in all school choices via ‘accreditation’.
9) ESSA will use school leaders against us, as well.

Closing:

Warriors, education is definitely becoming a weapon for conformity, not freedom. We have the power to stop our leaders! How? As my fellow Warrior, Karen Bracken, has stated, ‘Starve the Beast’! Don’t keep your kids hooked into the data mining school system. Remove them now! If you cannot remove them, be that persistent parent who is always visible at school. We cannot allow education to used against our children in this way.

 

Turncoats

URGENT! URGENT! ANTI FED ED WARRIOR ALERT!

As early as next Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, our U.S. Congressional members will be voting on the latest federal level fast-track Bills, HR 4174/ S2046.

These Bills, along with others, represent the type of ‘turncoat’ mindset our elected officials seem to be more in favor of. It appears they rather support the special interest groups than protect their voters.

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The CCSS Machine is turning our school officials into puppets. Are we really OK with this?


I’ve been contacted by several nationally recognized  Anti Fed Ed Warriors to lend my support and voice to opposing this national data collecting monstrous effort. Below are some words by Jane Robbins with the American Principles Project.

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Briefly, here is why each of this deadly trio need to be blocked. Note: any of these bills can be ‘stand alone’ ones OR embedded in other, future bills. We MUST stay alert and watchful. We can no longer trust Congress when it comes to protecting/preserving education.

HR 2434, College Transparency Act will continue data mining your child well into their higher education, regardless of where their Pre-K to 12th grade took place. Most of the data collection will be conducted without the student’s knowledge OR consent, much less the parent’s. Included in the data collection will be behavioral data, social and emotional data, it will continue the massive data sharing between multiple federal agencies outside of the U.S. Dept. of Education, and untold numbers of their data sharing vendors. The data trail will follow your child throughout their life.

HR 3157, Student Privacy Protection Act was from the 114th Congressional session (Warriors, we are currently in the 115th session). It’s been dormant since it’s July 2015 introduction. It’s currently collecting dust in the U.S. House’s Ed and Workforce Committee. It’s also been catching the eyes of those in the CCSS Machine which are pushing for its re-introduction.

When I contacted my federal legislative office, I was assured that this Bill was ‘dead’; that NO Senate version exists to replace this, so I should relax. *Note: It’s not simply the House of Reps we should be watching, our Senators are just as accountable and must be watched!

What’s the treacherous portion of HR 3157? Now that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is the federal education mandating law of the land, HR 3157’s language would do everything to support the increase in assessments, data tracking, data sharing, and manipulation related to those assessments. The data harvested from these assessments will be used against your child and their teachers as a means to ‘improve’ their coursework and outcome.

HR 4174 and S 2046 are especially troubling.  Why? Warriors, anytime you see ‘sister bills’ from BOTH Chambers, it means that one way or another the intended purpose will come to fruition. These Bills will increase non census related data mining on EVERY American, not just our students. How can we trust the federal government when it comes to protecting our private data when their track record shows a lack and misuse of data?

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You can find all of the other information Jane has put together for you. Five pages of valuable facts and supporting links. Privacy assault letter final Nov 11 10am

Warriors, we do NOT have much time. 

What Can We Do?

1) Starting Monday morning, 11/13/17, FLOOD D.C. with phone calls!
Call 202-224-3121 (this is the main Congressional switchboard), ask for your Representative and/or Senator. If you’d rather not call the main switchboard, this link will help direct you to your elected official.
1a) If you do not have time to call, use this link and type in your address. You can send an email directly from there.
2) Use Jane’s information and distribute it to as many Warriors and Warrior-like organizations as you can quickly!

Closing:

Warriors, we must defeat all these Bills. We must increase the pressure on our elected officials in D.C. They are not protecting our children, they, quite frankly are not protecting any of us. It is up to us to strike quickly and repeatedly.

Each of the Bills is a turncoat move to erode our civil rights of freedom and privacy.
They are an assault on our nation.

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A Test Of Time

Warriors Against the Core, this article will be very short.

I’m  in the “Sic ‘Em” mood. I think many of us are. Today, I’m pretty much summing up our findings after all these years fighting the War Vs. the Core. 

It’s been said we need to wake up more parents to join us in protecting our kids. I’ll not be presumptuous enough to claim this (what you’ll see below) is “IT”, but it sure can help.

Regardless if you are a Christian or not, everyone is familiar with the Bible’s Ten Commandments. You know the list:
1) God said I brought you out of bondage so, have no other gods before me.
2) Don’t make graven images to worship.
3) No blasphemy.
4) Keep the Sabbath.
5) Honor your parents.
6) No murder.
7) No adultery.
8) No theft.
9) No lies.
10) Don’t covet.

Warriors, stay with me…let’s take these basic  commandments (which were actually guidelines to aim for) and apply them to the modern CCSS Machine education reform.

As you know, since I began writing and speaking out, I have referred to all the egregiousness as a ‘machine’. In my Warrior mindset, assigning all that is going on as a result of this modern education reform, is much easier to understand.

What you’ll see below is my take of what the unspoken Education Reform Commandments are. Was there ever anything similar written down? Who knows, but it’s what we’ve been living out from the past to today.

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Warriors, we must fight on to protect our students and teachers! Please use the picture to help point out to those who are still misinformed.

Speak up, speak out! Don’t simply rely on those who’ve been in this War Vs. the Core for a long time. Work shoulder to shoulder.

We see our federal/state legislation carrying out the Education Reform Commandments, daily. Look at how much of what is happening in these ‘commandments’ for money; not quality of life, but money.

This shift goes way beyond education and is attacking the entire  family. It’s a chain reaction. Negatively impact education, and an entire society goes to Hell.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. It’s up to us to throw a kink in the CCSS Machine.

Bamboozling The Innocent

Anti CCSS Warriors, Anti Fed Ed Warriors, and Concerned Parents, in my last article, I spelled out for you the grab for our students who are most at-risk. For today’s I will be diving into the federal education grab for those who are among the special needs population. Maybe, by now, you know how ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) harms these students. Maybe, you would like to know more.

While ESSA is supposedly only to oversee K-12th grade education, I’ve shown you (as have others), that ESSA covers before Kindergarten and after 12th grade.

As you may also know by now, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), ESSA, and HEA (Higher Education Act) all support each other 100%. WIOA is embedded in ESSA, so is the current form of HEA. When the NEW version of HEA is passed, it will almost without a doubt embed BOTH WIOA and ESSA.

Why? Warriors, remember, the goal for aligning education ISN’T about academics, it’s about work trained citizens. Special needs students are involved in this net of education lies, too!


ESSA’s Bamboozlement:
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of the Law tells us that the States can set ‘alternative’ education Standards for those with the most cognitive disabilities. However, on Page 25, you’ll see this:

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“Technology”, “higher-order thinking skills and understanding”, ‘necessary to measure..’

From the sounds of these 3 phrases, those who wrote and endorsed ESSA were either clueless or sold out to the CCSS Machine. In reality, some special needs students will not ever be capable to attain ‘higher-order thinking skills and understanding’! Yet, this law clearly demonstrates that no exception to the mandates for ‘measuring’ and ‘technology’ use will be tolerated.

Contrast ESSA’s Page 23 with this screen shot from the U.S. Dept. of Education:

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Much like the students in “Captive”, these special needs learners will not be treated with dignity or respect, but, shoved through a pipeline system.

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Early ESSA Evidence:

Warriors, as you know, I’ve stated repeatedly that everything in the ESSA Final Conference Report can be found in the ESSA Final Law. I simply have used the Conference Report due to the ease of eye strain.

However, I want us to first, go back and look at where I pointed out the alignment dangers for special needs, and then see what’s happened in between time.
1) This article traces the support for national and global groups supporting ESSA (at that time what would live on to become ESSA) for special needs, especially at the post-secondary level. As we know, to have post-secondary alignment, you have to have it in place at the secondary and elementary levels, too.
2) You’ll see more CCSS Machine member organizations pushing on-line tutoring for the special needs learners in this article.

3) In 2016, just as elections were heating up, I put together a ‘need to know’ school board articles. This is part Three. It’s where I have several pages ‘called out’ in regards to all the harm ESSA had in store.

What you see below is ESSA’s Page 28. No where did I see the parents as ‘stakeholders’ included in the special needs student team.

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On Page 57, use of IDEA funds are thrown in for those learning English. (*Note: you’ll also find more about this on Pages 159, 161, 162, and, 164 of ESSA):

essa57On Page 150, look at the control and data mining aspects for special needs students:
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Warriors, on Page 151, you’ll find that school leaders, teachers, and related staff will be able to identify, at an early age, which students are most at-risk for not achieving literacy skills due to disabilities. I ask you, is such an important diagnosis to be turned over to educators? This type of diagnosis should be a physician’s or psychologist’s!

Related And Worth Considering:

1) What ‘alternative teacher or teacher training’ will be unleashed on the special needs students (all ages) in your State? I showed you last week how NC’s HB634 will use people from the private sector to fill teacher jobs, especially with SEL (social emotional learning) experience. While these people may possess SOME of the talents to lead, that does NOT make them a ‘teacher’. Given the experience needed by teachers for this student population, how is this the BEST for them? Also, what about the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports), the school counselors? Here, I showed you how students, including special needs are faring in ‘real time’

2)  Grants from The Gates Foundation to National Center for Learning Disabled to support the CCSS Machine’s shift in education.
a) 2016’s Grant (for expanding ESSA activities in targeted States)

b) 2015’s Grant (for ‘personalized learning’ in special needs education. AKA: technology)

3) From the National Center for Learning Disabled, their hype on personalized learning.

4) The (CEC) Center for Exceptional Children’s “Life Centered Education” curriculum. It is used by many special education teachers across America. Time mark 1:08 (video below) shows the CCSS co-relation. This curriculum is data-driven. The curriculum is based off the “School to Work” 1994 Law, according to the Teacher’s Guide. While I cannot share the Teacher’s Guide link with you (copyright infringement), I can point you to where you can access it. (*Note: click on the download button, upper right hand side of the page)

Also from the CEC, is their 2017 Annual Conference Guide. In it, you’ll find workshops for special needs on UDL (Universal Design for Learning) and many other CCSS Machine ties like CCR (College and Career Readiness), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), RtI (Response to Intervention), and more.

5) From Congress, HR 3199 (in the current session of legislation). It is to amend the HEA (Higher Education Act) for ‘better access’ for special needs students beyond high school and into colleges or trade schools. States will be submitted, yet again, to competitive grants for items like  ‘career pathway’ direction, data mining, and more.

6) From “Child Abuse in the Classroom”, a page dedicated to what some of these systems and programs for mental manipulation actually contain. (*Note: pay attention to the “Child Find” information.)

 

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Closing:

Warriors, to ‘bamboozle’ someone, you mean to confuse them. How horrible is it that the ESSA language and mandates are written to confuse these type of students who already face their own unique set of challenges? How trite of the CCSS Machine to disrespect the parents and guardians of these children in the name of ‘success’.

*Special note: since the publication of the “Captive Education” article, I’ve had new evidence surface for ‘at-risk’ students. Be sure to look out for that article!

Ready, Set, Go!

YOU’RE INVITED:

Who: All anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors
When: Monday, February 13th, 2017, from 9 pm to 11 pm (EST)
Where: Twitter
Hosts: ‘Twitter Rally for Education’ (made up of grass roots folks like us) and PJNET

Details: 

1) This is a hash tag rally NOT a handle rally. What does that mean? It is a Rally to raise awareness NOT to attack or target individuals. Our goal is simple: hold our President accountable for his campaign promise to end CCSS, as well as to hold the new Secretary of Education accountable for working with We the People.

2) We need messages/memes (graphics, screen shots, etc.) as soon as possible. (*Note: We are not trying to get out complicated information. JUST LOTS of TWEETS to express public DEMAND that they Stop Common Core. Please KEEP IT SIMPLE!)
For the Rally to work WELL, our goal is 100 messages/memes. Send them via Twitter, to #KeepYourPromise and #PJNET BEFORE 2/11/17.

3) To find out more information about the “Twitter Rally for Education”:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/211416412659573/?multi_permalinks=212389645895583%2C212039872597227%2C212037525930795&notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1486493523896801

4) Check back over the weekend for updated information about the Rally. An ‘Action Page’ link will be shared with instructions.

5) If the above link does not work, type in “Twitter Rally for Education” in the Facebook search bar. (*Be sure to check back over the weekend for the latest updates!)

6) Other hash tags we’ll be using are, #StopCommonCore; #RepealESSA

 

DeVos Is In, So What’s The Point?

This is not a ‘revenge’ Rally!

Since we must work with Mrs. DeVos, let’s remind her We the People desparately want our students (of all ages) out of CCSS aligned education!

The education reform road has a long and conflicted path. It won’t get fixed overnight. It will not be easy. But, We the Parents CANNOT give up!

Regardless of your like/dislike for Mrs. DeVos, we have to move forward in our War vs the Core. We do not have time to complain.

We must purpose to hold the Adminstration 100% accountable where education is concerned. If they are unwilling to keep their promises, we MUST call them out. We begin, Monday, Feb. 13th in a respectful manner.

Below are some examples:

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A sample message for the above picture: “#KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore #PJNET #Repeal ESSA: Parents know that aligned edu didn’t work/won’t work w/ ESSA.”
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Sample message for this one: “RepealESSA #StopCommonCore #PJNET #KeepYourPromise: ESSA doesn’t rid USA of CCSS, but YOU can!”
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Sample tweet for this one, “#PJNET #RepealESSA #KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore:
Parents sick of warn out message. Fed laws/fed funds don’t fix edu; they give control.”
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Sample tweet for this one, “#KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore #RepealESSA #PJNET:
I am holding DC accountable 4 edu promises 2 end fed ed/give back sovereignty.”

Thanks for joining us in this Rally to raise awareness.

We the People are not giving up on a true quality education free from federal control, national standards or curriculum, and a pack of educrats calling the shots.