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Under Our Noses

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it hundreds of times that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math) is a coined acronym in use to deceive us all.
Yes, I know, I’ve heard it before, “But, Lynne we’ve always had science and math. We’ve had engineering in the past and technology, too.”
HOWEVER, Warriors, the deception is that by creating an acronym with things we are familiar with, the agenda is easier to be implemented.

What do I mean? A few years ago, I wrote an article showing you how the NSF, National Science Foundation (a government funded agency of the USA), was tasked to come up with a marketing tool to ‘win’ the nation over with.

WHY? Evidence suggests their ties with the UN (United Nations). More to the point the UN’s damnable SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). STEM was (and is) the vehicle to change the course of education. At least according to the UN SDG Toolkit (created here in America). (*Note: you can access and read the Toolkit for yourselves. Look for the link under the Paragraph “From 2002”. The sentence beginning with “Tool Kit” is where you’ll find the document.)

THEN, once the acronym was selected, the President (Obama) had to be influenced. I also revealed HOW he was influenced (a PCAST Report).  (*Note: when you go back and read the embedded links, you’ll notice that the Presidential influence began well before President Obama, especially in regards to the NSF.)

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So, what WAS the agenda and does it still survive under our current President?

Agenda: STEM ushered in about the same time as Common Core, so no one would notice. Use STEM to create a STEM people with a STEM education for STEM jobs and a STEM economy. In other words more mastery based education, or as it’s been sold to us, competency based education (CBE). Why CBE? Skilled workers. Skilled in STEM, that is.

Is the Agenda surviving? Absolutely! In fact, President Trump is a huge supporter of STEM because it means jobs. As we know, jobs means economy.

However, Warriors, the STEM economy is NOT for America, it’s for the global good and their economy.

U.S. Sec. DeVos has done an outstanding’ job of promoting STEM, too. Since STEM is global and she has seen it as her duty to sell our nation out to global mastery based education, you can be assured STEM will be popping up in current proposed DC legislation.

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STEM In Legislation for 2018 And Beyond:

Warriors, right now, we are nearing the end of Fiscal 2018. On October 1, 2018, our government begins FY 2019.Currently,  STEM is woven into several of the FY 2019 Budget Bills. I shared with you, back in August, several of the ways in which, not only STEM would live on, but the top-down educratic control.

The biggest ways STEM will survive, as well as the educratic control are apprenticeships, CTE (Career Tech Education), College/Career Readiness, and P3s (public private partnerships).

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STEM’s P3 Legislation:

Warriors, if you’ve not seen what a STEM P3 would look like, consider NASA.

More recently, there’s been concocted a lesser known legislative bill.
It’s HR 5119, simply titled The P3 Act. This Act was introduced back in February 2018 and hasn’t seen much action (if any) since then. However, what the Bill contains cannot be acted upon until there’s the money to bring its agenda to fruition!

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ICYMI: The researched evidence behind the Harvard/Pearson project turned educratic overreach. You can also learn more from this archived article.

So what does the P3 Act stand for, Warriors? After all, every DC Bill has some sort of acronym to it. “P3” in this instance stands for  ‘‘Partnerships for Progress and Prosperity Act’’. It’s a fancy way to ‘dress up’ the regular P3 meaning (public private partnership). The Bill has one sponsor and 5 co-sponsors and is currently in the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee. Rep. Bill Foster from IL is the sponsor. If you look at Foster’s campaign donations the U.S. Dept. of Energy contributed the most money. If you look at the committees Foster serves the nation in, Energy in among them.
(*Note: in 2017, in Foster’s district, Joliet Junior College received a NSF Grant for STEM.)

Here’s how the P3s will play into STEM and ‘education’:
1) Requires the U.S. Dept. of Ed to award grants to LEAs (Local Education Agencies) for STEM, exclusively.
2) The grants MUST be used in the following ways:
a) to improve education in K-12 and higher education institutions
b) every awardee is required to  partner with a STEM business or employer
c) internships and apprenticeships are mandated to be included
d) development of STEM curricula and metrics
e) dual credit courses are mandated
f) tutoring/mentoring in STEM, especially for underrepresented student groups
g) STEM activities and events outside the schools and in the communities are mandated for teachers and students
h) after-school STEM and summer STEM programs
i) purchase of STEM resources for STEM instruction

The U.S. Dept of Education (in these STEM grants) will pay special attention to any LEA who promotes STEM for students/teachers; uses tech based content; pairs mentors/tutors with students struggling to meet STEM benchmarks; and/or targets low-cost or free lunch eligible students.

One last mandate from the P3 Act for STEM: all grant award ‘winners’ MUST match 50 % of their award. The fifty percent must be non-federal funds and can be in cash or ‘in kind’ (which means any type of support in exchange for work or other services like free food or free housing.
(*Note: cash received in this manner is non-taxable. In kind can be claimed as a tax write off by the giver, but not the receiver unless otherwise advised.)

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Warriors, when you read this 8 page Bill (HR 5119), you’ll see the familiar educratic buzzwords/phrases like ‘rigorous’, ‘evidence based’, ‘engagement’ (especially in the classroom), and my personal ‘favorite’: “high quality research”. Now the irony of this entire Bill is that is based of RECOMMENDATIONS, not objective facts.

The Bill also cites the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment), which is geared for not only CCR (College/Career Readiness) aka: Common Core, but the OECD’s (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) workforce based global system of CBE (Competency Based Education).

OECD is where the horrible label of ‘human capital’ comes from.

Human capital concept in tag cloud
How the Initiative behind all that Common Core encompasses SEES us.

Related Archives:

STEM In The U.S. State Department:
ICYMI: How the State Dept. has become a STEM disciple for targeting women. You’ll see UNESCO involved as well.  Included will be both NASA and NSF, too.

STEM In Other U.S. Agencies/Departments:
ICYMI: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and others are STEM disciples, too. (*Note: The State Dept. and all the agencies mentioned were/are CCSS Machine member groups, too.)

Closing:

Warriors, if ever there’s a time to be bucking the system it’s now. Those chilling words (at least to me) about the STEM people for a STEM nation are playing out right under our noses. Are we so stuffed with compliance and apathy, we don’t smell the stench of agenda? The agenda TAKES our freedom! The agenda erodes our education! formerusa

Weekend News: Worker Ed

Warriors in the War Vs the Core, we are approaching the one year ‘anniversary’ of the passage of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) into federal law. While much remains status quo in the quest to transform American education into a skill based worker pipeline, much has already changed. As we approach a new calendar year, new administration, and new ESSA mandates in action, we must remember one thing:

     Protect the students, teachers, and citizens!

Just take a close look at the feature shot above. It was one of the simplest ways to illustrate how all the recent laws, initiatives, and programs tie altogether for one goal. What the   CCSS Machine often calls our students: ‘human capital’ or ‘talent pipeline supply’.

Those recent laws?
HEA (Higher Education Act of 2008) is said to be currently under its latest rewriting
WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014),
STEM* (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Act of 2015
 ESSA, 2015

*STEM actually appeared about the same time as Common Core State Standards according to a 2010 PCAST (Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) Report.

Each of these connect Career Tech Ed, Career Pathways or Clusters,  STEM to STEAM, American Apprenticeships, and all the associated programs to the shift from academics to workforce. ESSA refers to all of this as ‘college and career readiness’ or ‘challenging state academic standards. ESSA also collectively groups all the initiatives and programs into professional development/streamlined learning with one goal:

                        Post secondary readiness in competency based education

 

Workforce/Ed News With A Spin:

During the past week, the U.S. House’s Ed and Workforce Committee have been zipping out press releases ‘celebrating’ the important work of the past few years under Rep. Kline’s leadership. Somehow, we the Warriors and Citizens, need to be reminded of the pro CCSS/CTE side of education at the hands of these legislative educrats. They are desperate to have us believe all this reform will make our nation stronger.
However, this past week isn’t the only time the CCSS Machine has used Congress to churn out fodder. Since the last recess began, Ed/Workforce has zipped out many such press releases. I’ve dug through those and shown you the fallacies. I’ll include them in the Related Resource section below.

The ‘Success’ Emails:

A quadruple spun set of Ed/Workforce articles began showing up in my email on Nov. 30th. The subject title? “Leadership & Results: Empowering Americans to compete in the workforce”
The email was quick to point out that under Rep. Kline’s leadership, the Committee had worked hard on the behalf of all Americans. The track record of ‘success’ begins (in the email) in 2007. It also points out the Skills Act* of 2011 where Rep. Foxx was a key player. (Look for my Skills Act article below in Related Resources.) The email ends with the terrific news about WIOA becoming law. No where in the email does it state Rep. Foxx was set to become the new chair for Ed/Workforce.
*Skills Act (2013) stands for: “The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act”
It was also Rep. Foxx’s ‘baby’. (In Monday’s article, we’ll look closely at her education stance.)

The bottom line? American education had already begun its shift to becoming a workforce based education well before 2007, the Skills Act.

The next Ed/Workforce email was also dated 11/30/16. It’s subject line? “Leadership & Results Part 2: Helping every child receive an excellent education”
Right away, the red flag was the same introduction as the first. How hard Ed/Workforce had worked to represent the citizens of America. Another red flag? The ‘lifelong learning’ educratic phrase is code for ‘birth to grave’ streamlined education* (look for “Local Schools Open for WIOA in ‘Related Resources’). This email was all about how ‘local’ ESSA is going to make American education.

The bottom line? No American citizen truly desires ‘success’ at the price our government expects our education system to cough up.

Ed/Workforce’s third email (dated 12/1/16) focused on child safety via Neighborhood Development Block Grants. The subject line stated it this way, “Leadership & Results Part 3: Protecting the nation’s most vulnerable”This will most definitely continue to tie education to the U.S. Dept. of HHS (Health and Human Services). In ‘Related Resources’ look for  the “Sure Fire Disaster” article.

Lastly, the series of ‘success’ emails showed up on Dec. 2nd. It’s subject line, “Leadership & Results Part 4: Making it easier for students to pursue higher education”. This email touted the “Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013”. Warriors, while I have not studied this Law, I can tell you what I do know about higher education when it comes to the federal overreaches. Look in ‘Related Resources’ for them.

To find all 4 press releases: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentquery.aspx?DocumentTypeID=1854:1826:1925:1825:1924:2481

Related Resources:
1) This one shows Rep. Foxx’s statement in support of competency based, federally supported innovations in education, as well as Rep. Kline’s ties to Sen. Alexander, along with how Lumina and other CCSS Machine members are involved:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/

2) The Skills Act article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/ftf-more-tracking-the-workforce-aligned-society/ (*Note, it will show you how the SKILLS Act was embedded in not only WIOA, but will link you to my article where it was also embedded in the House/Senate versions of what was to become ESSA! In case you do not spot the link (will be in ‘Related Articles’ at the bottom, here is the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/)

3) WIOA and HEA embedded into ESSA articles (has page numbers to the Final Conference Report version):
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

4) ESSA and WIOA, along with HEA and STEM mean to have every citizen, regardless of age or school choice, somewhere in the ‘talent supply, workforce based education pipeline’.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/ (*Note: this is also the article where you will find the featured image.)

5) How ‘local’ can a State be with ESSA aligned national leadership (P3s,  public private partnerships)? These articles expose what Ed/Workforce didn’t.
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/
d) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/
e) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
f) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

6) Just one of the HHS articles I have which directly relates to ESSA and fed ed overreach:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/sure-fire-disaster-fed-ed/

7) The ‘affordable’ post-secondary education myth can be tied to the CCSS Machine in these articles. One of the most vocal selling points for HEA re-authorization will most definitely include student debt load and taxpayer burdens. While it is true these need addressing, must they be tied to the CCSS Machine to achieve them?! NO!!!
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/affording-ccss-higher-ed-reform/
(*Note: takes a look at federal and state (NC) legislation meant to help ease student debt, but with a ton of CCSS Machine strings.)
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/ (*Note: written in 2015, this one shows you Sen. Alexander leading the bandwagon for higher education reform. Since he’s ruined K-12, we know he’ll ruin higher education, too.!)
c) Since we’re already in the fiscal year of 2017, you may wish to see how the ‘savings’ for higher education is to occur in this article. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/ (*Note: if you like, skip to the “Next Up: It’s All in the Name of Savings” portion.)

And the ‘Winners’ Are….

Recently, it was announced, here in NC, that 4 math and science teachers were given Presidential honors for their hard work.  President, as in the head of the United States.
In fact, the 4 (2 from 2014 and 2 from 2015), can receive no higher honor in our nation in K-12th grade education when it comes to math and science.

The irony? While the NC Dept. of Public Instruction is tripping over itself about these winners, in a few hours we will know the latest numbers in ‘student success’ here in the State. If the ‘success’ is anything like it has been in the past few years (horrible), no one should be celebrating!

So, What Award?

The award is known as PAEMST, or Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The PAEMST program, however, is run by the NSF (National Science Foundation). In case you’ve missed my research on how sold out to the CCSS Machine the NSF, I’ll include some evidence for you in a bit. For now, let’s just say I have a distinct case of mistrust about the NSF. It’s a part of our federal government, but yet it’s not. It gets tons of taxpayer funding and is pushing a global agenda in several areas of concern for us, as a nation. NSF runs the program on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

In the email I received announcing these 4 esteemed teachers, it included the following,
“In making the announcement, President Obama said, “The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation’s success. As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.

Our State Superintendent was also featured in the award email, “North Carolina is fortunate to have such exceptional mathematics and science teachers in our public school classrooms. Students who graduate high school with a strong mathematics and science foundation will be well-positioned for the high-demand careers for tomorrow’s economy.

Coming from the lady who is not only our State leader in education, she’s also the President of the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), I find her words less than meaningful. A huge conflict of interest when it comes to ‘quality education’ in NC, or anywhere else Common Core/STEM touch our citizens.

The 4 teachers will receive $10,000.00* each to spend as they wish, a Presidential citation, and get to go to Washington, D.C. to officially receive their awards.
(*NSF gives the cash awards. NSF is a government entity. The majority of its funding is taxpayer based.  To see the 2016 NSF Budget, http://www.nsf.gov/about/congress/114/highlights/cu16_0104.jsp)

 
OSTP, Office of Science and Technology Policy:

The website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp

OSTP

This is what I found on the OSTP main page. Scroll down it a bit and you’ll see the President’s 2016 Science Fair, where STEM was everywhere. In my research, where you find STEM, you’ll find CCSS, or as it is called now, College/Career Readiness (CCR). ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) even calls it ‘challenging state academic standards’.

What else is OSTP up to? Very recently, announcing a new national push for STEM in K-12th grade education AND higher education. Below is a screen shot of the announcement.
Why we need to be raising some red flags:
a) I’ve gone over the 2017 Fed Ed Budget Requests the President has made, I know exactly were all the ties to the CCSS Machine are.
b) ESSA has big bucks set aside for STEM Master Corps and career exploration activities.
c) ESSA has even bigger bucks set aside for digital and technology infrastructure updates, implementations.)
d) The “Computer Science for All” the “100K in 10”, etc. are all programs I’ve researched and shared evidence on how toxically aligned they are to the shift in workforce based education.
e) ESSA also has big bucks set aside for teachers/leaders PD (professional development). The development is for ensuring they are aligned to not only the workforce based education shift, but are grooming students for post-secondary readiness. Regardless of grade or age.

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Read the entire 8/17/16 blog post: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/08/17/call-action-incorporating-active-stem-learning-strategies-k-12-and-higher-education

PAESMT Program:

This program’s been around since 1983. The official website is: https://www.paemst.org/
PAESMT is Congress established, and thus, approved. Each year 108 teachers from across our nation are awarded. The U.S. Territories are also included in these awards. If you would like to see more about the Awardshttps://www.paemst.org/about/view

Here’s a short video where you can see how these honored teachers are called out as models for their peers, and leaders for their students. Warriors, any teacher modeling an agenda driven education and/or leading others to one, is no teacher I want to know.

If you wish to find your State’s PAESMT Coordinator,
https://www.paemst.org/coordinator/find_coordinator

NC has 2 Coordinators, one for Math and one for Science.

NSF, National Science Foundation:

Sometime before 2009, Gates Foundation gave the NSF $24 million dollars for agricultural research and development. (See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2008/11/OPP51589)

NSF is the one which created the STEM acronym as a marketing tool based off the PCAST* 2010 Report. I have shared with you countless times how this Report stated that the purpose for STEM wasn’t so much about education, as it was to be about economy (both national and globally), jobs, and a population. As the Report put it, a STEM people for a STEM workforce for a STEM nation. (* PCAST is short for President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology)

To see the archived article where you can get this 2010 Report:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

To see what other research I found on NSF,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/

Related:

To see the 2017 Fed Ed Budget for Computer Science for All ($4 billion over 3 years),
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

To see the 2017 Fed Ed Budget figures for Teachers/Leaders PD, including STEM,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/fed-ed-budget-for-teachersleaders/

To see how the Higher Ed Fed Ed Budget is to play out:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/

Closing:

If you wish to receive more information about my research on any of the topics is this article, please let me know. Make no mistake, STEM is out to align just as much as CCSS is in our schools, communities, and homes. WE MUST FIGHT this overreach. As far as ‘winners’, in the grasp of the CCSS Machine, no one is.

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The Education Road

Greetings, my fellow anti CCSS/ESSA/Fed Led Ed Warriors! What happens when education reform meets P3 (public private partnerships)/ ESSA, CCSS Machine funding dollars AND involves a bus?!

The  education (with its agenda and all)  comes to your neighborhood for students AND their families!

The Mobile Move:

Seen recently, was this headline, “Mobile Recreation Unit Builds Bonds in a Fun Way”.
See the article: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/community/lake-norman-mooresville/article93901902.html

*Note: be sure to watch the embedded video. Listen for the ‘expanded learning opportunities for the community’. Note also, the assistance for this comes from community agencies. Why do this even bear paying attention to? The ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) gives your SEAs (State Education Agencies) and your LEAs (Local Education Agencies) more power to use in approving community agencies in the name of ‘student outcomes’ and/or ‘student achievement’.

So, our next questions should be, what entities are involved in ‘expanded learning opportunities’ for students and their families? What do they look like and HOW does all this really point back to the CCSS Machine?

The Entities In My Town:

1) Mooresville Cultural and Recreation Services (MCRS), according to the article the Staff at the MCRS works hard to build P3 relationships. Why? To help the ‘economically challenged’ students/families. While the concept is noble and great, knowing that in the ESSA are mandates for “expanding learning opportunities” in ways which will involve our entire community’s alignment is troublesome. Knowing also, how much of ESSA is written to target ‘at-risk’ or ‘low-income students’ is also worth being on our radars. The last ESSA concern I saw in the article? The ‘driving the students home’. ESSA covers that expense with our taxpayer dollars.

What other community locations are under the MCRS? Our public library, a public golf course, and our citizen center in downtown. How can I tie this back to the CCSS Machine? The public library! (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/03/hitting-the-books-part-2/); Part One is embedded as a link. You can see the libraries are not only part of the CCSS Machine, but to Common Core,  Career Tech Education, College and Career Readiness, community alignment, and the ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA. (WIOA: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; HEA: Higher Education Act)

2) The City Government is a natural partner. How? The Recreation Dept. is part of our city’s government. Cities receive federal and state money all the time.

Look at the opportunities connected with ESSA from the City Government’s Rec. Dept. document.Mooresville
From Page 5 of the “Master Plan” you can find out how tax subsidies offset some of the Recreation Dept.’s cost. You can also find the current Rec. Dept. Partners, “SPONSORS / PARTNERS Currently, the Department has multiple partners such as the Mooresville’s Police and Fire Departments, Christian Mission, I-Care, Benchwarmers, Imagine Music Group, Mooresville Grade School, etc. A majority of the partners have formal agreements with the Department that help raise money, provide their services and/or spaces for programs and events, cover program cost, etc. ” (*Note: Page 6 will show you how “Crowd Funding” is also being used to cover costs.)

What else will the “Master Plan” reveal in its 153 pages?
* You will find the educratic buzzwords of ‘inclusion’, ‘equity’, ‘stakeholders’; you will see the surveys where the citizens voiced where they wanted their tax dollars focused on (that’s weird, I do not recall getting a survey like this and I pay taxes here);
* You will see lots of data (includes the U.S. Census) and graphs used to support the moves; you’ll see the increased push for social and economic equality;
* You’ll see how Mooresville has a goal for being a “Gold Medal” City*, as well as a few other items. (*Note: A “Gold Medal City” is the award given to any size community by the National Parks and Recreation Association (NPRA)

You can learn more about the NPRA’s Gold Medal for Excellence Program: 
http://www.parksandrecreation.org/2016/January/The-National-Gold-Medal-Award-Program-for-Excellence/

Briefly: NPRA is a national, not-for-profit organization. Some of the same CCSS Machine member organizations also partner with the NPRA.) Look below at what I found in their “Strategic Plan”

NPRA

Here are the CCSS Machine member organizations funding the NPRA:

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Just think, my place of residence is clamoring to be a ‘Gold Medal City’….

Before we move on, it is important to note that the use of educratic buzzwords is most effective when applied to the pseudo-educational ways the CCSS Machine and ESSA are supporting.

 
For the Warrior Number Crunchers:

So since I am a resident of Mooresville, pay taxes, and OPPOSE the CCSS Machine, where are my dollars going? Has anyone considered how the education reform is the modern day “TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION”?! Directly related to the article, is the below image.

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For our 2017 City Budget, just under  $99 million is being reported by the official Mooresville City Government website. ($98,929,412.00 to be exact). Included in the big bucks are not only the funds to continue the Rec.Departments,the schools, and all the places they intersect, but the Community Development Grants. These grants are top-down funded, AND fit right into the ESSA’s mandates for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Promise Neighborhoods, PreK Development, and more. Community Development projects can also be under other names like ‘Capital Improvement Projects'( CIPs).

Where Warriors Need to Look in Your Area:

*1:  Use what I have found in my town as an example to look in your town.

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2:  CIPs are a key place to look for more ‘hiding-in-plain-sight’ CCSS Machine/ESSA ties. Why? Any public space or service receives these funds.

*3: You’ll also want to see how much of the FEMA funding your town receives. FEMA is a key part of the Agenda 21/UN (United Nations) portion of the CCSS Machine.

*4:  Look at groups like the FFYF (First Five Years Fund). From birth to age 5 education  is also embedded in the ESSA. Birth to 5 will also encompass in home visits in your communities.
See the agenda and support FFYR gives ESSA: http://ffyf.org/our-focus/every-student-succeeds-act-essa/

*5:  Look at the Head Start or Early Head Start Programs in your area. I exposed these:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/

*6: What plans does your town/city/area have for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, after school programs, or related family wrap-around services? Here is what the National After School Alliance has  on ESSA’s mandates (*Note: the use of ‘expanded learning opportunities’ is seen):
http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/ESSA-Opportunities-for-Afterschool.pdf

*7:  What Digital upgrades are you seeing in your area? Just down the road, in Charlotte, NC is the headline making news of the Google Fiber system being completed. Commercials sell it as everyone will be more connected/have better and faster internet. What the commercials are leaving out is how Charlotte is considered a leader in the nation for “Smart Cities”*, that Google is part of the CCSS Machine, or the fact that digital and technology upgrades are mandates of ESSA. No, it is being used as a ‘hiding-in-plain-sight’ tactic.
a) To understand the NC STEM Affinity Network (check in your state for yours) and how it ties to the CCSS Machine AND ESSA/WIOA/HEA. Also note how STEM is being used on the early learners.:
i) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/
ii) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/
iii) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/ (early learners)

*8: To see the Google (NC) Data Center:
https://www.google.com/about/datacenters/inside/locations/lenoir/community-outreach.html
a) To see how Google is sold out to CCSS (and will continue via ESSA):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/sic-em-saturday-googles-cs-first/

*9: To see what the White House and the PCAST (President’s Council of Adivsors on Science and Technology) call “Smart Cities”https://commoncorediva.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/pcast_cities_report___final_3_2016.pdf
a) To see Charlotte’s role in helping the White House led Initiative:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/14/fact-sheet-administration-announces-new-smart-cities-initiative-help

Related NC/CCSS Machine/ESSA information:

1) Here is a look at how NC is considered a leader in Early Learning Benchmarks:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/

2) How local P3s are working in my community and surrounding ones for CCSS Machine alignment. Begins with the youngest learners and goes up in age.: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

3) For STEM, CCSS, and taxpayer impacts:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/update-ccss-cte-stem-and-connect-nc-bond/

4) For NC’s “Prosperity Zones” and how they tie to CCSS, ESSA, etc.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/weekend-news-collective-workforce/

5) To see how the “Smart Cities” are in other locations:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/full-steam-ahead/

Closing:

Warriors, what other CCSS Machine items are ‘hiding’ in your area? What alignment to ESSA are you already seeing that is turning out to be much more negative than we were told it would be? What foundations are being laid to align entire areas to the infrastructure ESSA needs to survive? The efforts are there, we MUST expose them. We must not read an article in a weekly paper and take it at face value. Why? Look at the tangled CCSS/ESSA trail I found just from a short newspaper article and a short video.

Congress Loves CTE

congresscteAnti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, it’s one thing that Congress is in its recess right now, but have you seen what they did just before leaving D.C.?  Look above. Both of these, HR5587 AND S3271 made their debut in July 2016.

If you have followed my research and writing for long, you know that one of my specialties is ‘Common Core’ after high school, regardless of where the PreK through High School is completed.

If you haven’t followed me long, then you haven’t seen how, in the fall of 2014, I exposed the Adult Common Core State Standards, or how, I exposed how the Career and Technical Education was changed to Career Tech Education. You haven’t seen where I tied Career Clusters, Career Pathways, The American Apprenticeship Initiative, STEM, and STEM to STEAM, back to Common Core. To keep the focus on what is current, I will not be sharing the links to each of these juggernauts. However, if you need the information, please, let me know.

 

The Purposed Legislative Scramble ( more background before we tackle the ‘latest’ news):

In one of my articles published not long after the ink was dry on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), I told you the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) was embedded in ESSA about 65 times. WIOA is also linked to HEA (Higher Education Act) via the Carl Perkins funding.

WIOA also ties back to the American Apprenticeships and STEM (along with the STEM to STEAM). ESSA has STEM embedded too. Most citizens have been shocked when I share with them that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; the ‘a’ was added later and embedded the Arts in STEM to create STEAM) is NOT separate from CCSS (Common Core State Standards) but is in fact a product of the interaction between the PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) and the President USING CCSS as a detractor from what was really happening! Just as CCSS is no friend to education reform, the way STEM has been rolled out, is not a friend either. Why? The goal of STEM is not education, but a ‘workforce nation’. Does this sound familiar?!

Think of it this way:

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Warriors, there has been NO mistake about the workforce shift. There has been no law related (in any way, shape, form, or fashion) to education without it. These have been  carefully plotted moves in the making for YEARS. As other researchers have also shown you, the movement is global, not exclusive to America.

So, it shouldn’t really be a surprise to find our Congress creating MORE legislation along the streamlined workforce path already in place.

What’s a Warrior to do?! Speak up to your Congress members. Especially if they are sponsoring either HR5587 or S3271. Spread the knowledge, many citizens in America are convinced that CCSS (and now ESSA) is ONLY K-12 and in traditional type schools. THIS IS A LIE, regardless who tells you!

ESSA has birth to first grade readiness, special needs alignment, dual and concurrent enrollment, AP or IB classes/courses, and every conceivable education choice ensnared. Either through the digital assessments (to take place inside and outside the home), funding (not just education funds, but health/human services, labor, commerce, etc.), FASFA forms, and/or wrap around services for entire communities.  ESSA is written to conform, not to free States.

 

HR 5587, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act:

Link to the Press Release: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400923

Here’s what we need to know as Warriors Against Fed Led Ed:
1) Being championed as a ‘bipartisan’ piece of great legislation, 5587, passed the Ed and Workforce (U.S. House of Representatives) by a vote of 37-0.
2) 5587 was introduced by Rep. Thompson of PA and Rep. Clark from MA.
3) Press release is dated July 2016, Congress is in recess until early September.
4) The purpose of 5587? “reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.”
5) Be sure to read the other Representatives who are featured in the Press Release. Take note of Rep. Kline’s. He was a huge backer of ESSA before it was called ESSA. Speaking of such, remember when you step into the voting booths in November that the House of Representative’s education bill (HR5) went on to become key in ESSA’s language. Also remember the voting record of HR5..it had not a single “No” vote.
6) You will also see several bullet points about the great flexibility States will have to streamline work and education (there is even a shameless plug for how it will help taxpayers). As we have proven with ESSA, State and local flexibility is not true.
7) 5587 is 88 pages long. It takes effect 7/1/17. Subtle shifts in language (just as in ESSA) pack a powerful punch. How so? See for yourselves, “(A) by striking ‘‘academic and career and  technical skills’’ and inserting ‘‘academic knowledge and technical and employability skills’’; (B) by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’  after ‘‘technical education programs’’;  (2) in paragraph (3), by striking ‘‘, including  tech prep education’’;  (3) in paragraph (4), by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’ after ‘‘technical education programs’’; and  5  (4) in paragraph (6), by inserting ‘‘or programs’’ after ‘‘education schools’’ ”
8) You’ll also see other big shifts in the language, like ‘in demand’ occupations, regionally based education, competency based education, etc.
Get the download Act 5587:
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(*Note: I will be doing a more in-depth article about 5587 in the near future, as I will with
S3271)

S3271, Workforce Advance Act:

The Press Release from Sen. Bennet (CO)‘s website: https://www.bennet.senate.gov/?p=release&id=3742
Again, bipartisanship is being heralded.
Again, ‘more choice’ in learning (a very false positive statement). See how Sen. Bennet’s website stated it, give more high school students the opportunity to take career and technical education college courses that can help prepare them for success in the 21st century. The Workforce Advance Act will help strengthen and expand dual and concurrent enrollment and early college high school options as part of Perkins-supported career technical education (CTE) programs. Strong CTE programs can provide vital access to the knowledge and skills needed for job and career success.”

But that’s not all S3271 will do. Check out what teachers have to look forward to, “The bill would allow schools to use a portion of the funding they receive through the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act for tuition and fees for CTE college courses. It would also allow school districts to use funding to support teachers pursuing the credentials needed to teach these courses in their high schools, helping to remove a barrier to providing access to college credit. Finally, the bill would allow the Department of Education to use national CTE activities to help identify successful methods and best practices for providing dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high school career and technical education opportunities.”

Warriors, ‘region specific education’ is already written into ESSA. Teachers being trained to teach post-secondary readiness (for college and career) is already written into ESSA! ‘National activities’ and CTE activities’ are also already written into ESSA!

Other tentacles of WIOA, HEA, STEM, and ESSA in S3271:
1) apprenticeships
2) public-private partnerships, especially in businesses
3) data mining and sharing of data between U.S. Dept. of Ed, U.S. Dept. of Labor, U.S. Commerce Dept., and all of these at the State levels, too.
4) more use of students as ‘lab rats’ for ‘evidence based research’.
5) how those in rural areas will be encompassed
6) special needs tracks for CTE will also increase

See the S3271https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3271/text
Presently, the U.S. Senate’s HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee has S3271. This is also the same group headed by Sen. Lamar Alexander. HELP is also charged with checking up on how ESSA is progressing.

Where did the backbone for S3271 come from? According to the Senate’s supporting documents for S3271, the State Directors for CTE  and the Assoc. for CTE created a document of principles for S3271. See: Senate Principles Crosswalk_FINAL

What you see below is the evidence to verify what my research has already shown,
1) that WIOA is, in fact embedded in ESSA.
2) that school counselors (per a White House led Initiative) are to influence students
(related will be the counselors at the one-stop-job/career-centers where non traditional students and those seeking a job will be influenced)
3) that ANY school receiving Perkins funding will be impacted (this includes the proprietary (for profit) schools and virtual schools.

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Closing:

Reach out and contact a Congress member soon. If you Tweet, use any of the info above to create appropriate messages of dissent. If you have access to them in other social media, use whatever you need to make your points. Here is a list of the Congressional Twitter accounts: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members?lang=en

Can we stop Congress from passing these? I believe we can. Both have only been introduced. Both haven’t cleared their respective Chambers, much less crossed over. Neither has been signed into law yet. Let’s get busy, Warriors!

What you see below is from Dec. 2015, when Perkins Funding received an extension to continue funding across the nation for all those in CTE courses. It was signed just days after ESSA was passed into law.

The rope is tightening, Warriors, but we can break that rope with massive amounts of teamwork!

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Update: CCSS, CTE, STEM, and Connect NC Bond

I previously wrote about the NC Connect Bond on Jan. 11, 2016. If you read that post, you saw how evidence was presented to tie the Bond to the CCSS Machine. If not, here are the main points from that post.

From the original article.
From the original article.

Previous Points:

1) With the recent passage of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), more CCSS (Common Core State Standards), CTE (Career Tech Education), and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will be present, not only in NC, but nation wide.
All these are FULL of CBE (Competency Based Education). Why? Plainly stated: Workforce Necessary Skills!

2) ESSA has WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act) embedded!

3) WIOA is federal law, NC is a proud supporter of WIOA, as is every other state! (*Note: WIOA replaced WIA, Workforce Investment Act in 2014. Career Pathways (CP), a part of CCSS and CTE is embedded in WIOA 21 separate times.)

3) The original article will show you how the plans for the big bucks will be used in some NC higher educational institutions. You will see the way the Raleigh News and Observer spun the Bond to lead us to believe the Bond is a great thing. You will see the way the Resolution by the NC State Board of Education supports the Governor’s desire for MORE CTE, Workforce Based Education. The Bond easily plays into all of this!

So why should we vote ‘no’ to the NC Connect Bond? Here is my original thought.
In my opinion, it will have a  great impact. However, knowing that the workforce based education movement involves not only education, but labor and commerce, we need to know what those projects will be as well. And since we, across America, have seen how non-transparent a lot of the projects are, we must be ever watchful!”
To access the original article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/winter-2016-a-look-ahead-nc-and-the-usa/

Even if you are NOT an NC resident, you can use this type of slick moves as examples of where to look in your state. With the federal overreach in education, NC is hardly alone in this type of activity.

Before I continue it is vital I point out the leader of the NC Against the Bond movement is Nicole Revels. She has stood by my side fighting Common Core for quite a while. The least I can do is stand by her side as we fight the Bond. I never expected to find the CCSS Machine in the Bond, but nothing escapes the Machine in our modern times. My goal is to compliment her work, as the work of others opposing this Bond as well. I hope no matter where you live, that when you find evidence like this, you work as a team with others.

More Ties to the CCSS Machine:

Since this original post, I have found MORE evidence of how the ‘innocent Bond’ is even more tied to the CCSS Machine than I first thought!

In this LiveStream video I made 3/8/16, I give you plenty of the new evidence, so I will not repeat it here. I will say up front that the video is raw footage shot in my home. It may not be professional shot or be a fancy set, but the time for polish is past us. We don’t have time for fluff. We do, however, need the knowledge. Knowledge is power we can use to fight the CCSS Machine, the Bond, or whatever else we face in the ‘War Against the Core’. I will point out that the figures I share in the video are from the Fiscal Year 2014-15. However, I also share the NC Governor’s Recommended Budget for 2015-17 ties.
Access the video:
 http://livestream.com/accounts/16731436/events/4893641/videos/114902173

The documents mentioned in the video are available to whomever requests them.

The documents which tie NC to Workforce Based Education follow:

The NC WIOA Unified Master Plan Draft (which means changes could be made):
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(How this ties to the Bond: Since Community Colleges are breeding grounds for Workforce Training, as are the NCWorks (one stop job centers), our public universities are breeding grounds for STEM forces. The Bond provides for plans for all of these post-secondary institutions to build facilities to support all this training and alignment! All under our noses as ‘investment’.)

The 1999 SCANS (Secretary’s Committee on Acquiring Necessary Skills) from the U. S. Dept. of Labor where the evidence shows the roots of Workforce Based Education, now called CBE (Competency Based Education)SCANSreport

Since each of the 58 Community Colleges in NC are CCSS/CTE aligned, they also contain Small Business Centers. Meaning MORE P3s(Public Private Partnerships) in education reform. Something ALSO embedded in the ESSA quite a bit.

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The STEM Affinity Network, will tie you to RttT (Race to the Top, where oddly enough we got CCSS and College/Career Readiness). See one of the Network’s Reports:
http://cerenc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ES-RttT-STEM_Y3-Report_FINAL_12-05-201.pdf
The NC STEM website: https://www.ncstemcenter.org/
The PCAST Report from 2010 where STEM’s real purposes is revealed:  pcast-stemed-report
The NC STEM Communities:
https://www.ncstemcenter.org/blog/five-communities-selected-for-innovatenc-initiative/

To see the National Career Stop Centers where STEM, CCSS, CP, CTE are all included:
a) http://www.careeronestop.org/
b) http://us.jobs/
The Federal STEM budget: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/fy_2015_stem_ed.pdf
The Research paper on the Wagner-Peyser Act (which works side by side with WIOA) for workforce based education:
http://research.upjohn.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1032&context=reports
(*Note: be sure to read all the programs where you can find aligned education for all the nation.)

It is important to note that the Federal STEM budget (which NC gets a portion of) already covers updating facilities! So why burden NC with a Bond to cover the buildings? Closely needing an answer is the question that NC already receives Federal funding for CCSS/CTE and College/Career Readiness, so why are we being asked to support a $2 billion dollar Bond for post-secondary education institutions to expand their CTE courses? Of note, not one word has been mentioned about the proprietary NC schools in all this Bond topic, but do know every one of them is sold out to CCSS/CTE and STEM.
In my research the only apparent reason would be simply this: crony led education for a workforce profit.

One final reminder: The NC State Board of Ed contains members from every educational level: Pre-K to Grad Schools. The Board SUPPORTS Workforce based education. Any guesses as to why we are being asked to vote ‘yes’?

ESSA and Digital Overload

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It’s a virtual (digital) overload out there!

For today’s ‘Tech Thursday’, we will look in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) for all the digital parts of education via College and Career Readiness (the new ‘Common Core’ name). (*Note:  in the ESSA, ‘Standards’ is innocently stated as “Challenging State Academic Standards”). Why do I point this out? The law (ESSA) uses both phrases for education!

Why is digital learning a topic worth looking into? An Initiative called ‘Digital Promise’, fits oh-so-nicely into the CCSS Machine’s plans for education overhaul. As we have seen with top-down initiatives in America, where there is a plan, there are P3s (public private partnerships) who stand to profit BIG. Education is the new cash cow!

Where the Digital References Are:

The following list is from the ESSA Final Conference Report. They will also be in the Final Law Version, but the page numbers will be different.
Page 138: Your LEAs (local education agencies) will assist in the development of digital learning skills to improve academic achievement.
Page 363: Students via literacy instruction will be able to navigate, understand, and write about complex print and digital subject matter.
Page 450: States, communities, schools, and LEAs must work together:
a) to provide a well rounded education experience
b) to improve school conditions for students to learn more
c) improve the use of technology for academic achievement and the digital literacy of all students (*Note: ‘blended learning’ quickly follows this portion)
Page 451: Some element of on-line or digital learning must be included in education.
(*Note: further down the page is the ESSA’s definition of what this means)
Page 463: Rural access to high quality digital learning opportunities must be in place.
(*Note: the parameters are on Page 464)
Pages 485-488: The consortia for digital learning and state funding. What the uses of the funding mean and how they tie to digital overload.
Page 630: Preschool and ‘Ready to Learn’ digital content, especially via PBS (Public Broadcast Stations).
Page 943 begins Section 9210 of the ESSA Law. This is the biggest overreach of all!
Why? “Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”! To find out how successful students are at HOME, a Study conducted by the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) no later than 18 months AFTER all portions of ESSA are in place! Details of the Study will be found on Page 944.

What This All Means:

First, the ‘Digital Promise Initiative’. Back in 2011, from the White House came this report,
Digital Promise is a new national center created by Congress with bipartisan support to advance technologies that can transform teaching and learning. It is being launched today with startup funds and support from the Department of Education as well as the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Answering the President’s call to action, a number of prominent leaders in education and technology will help lead Digital Promise. Board members, who were appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan based on recommendations from the House of Representatives and United States Senate, include John Morgridge (Chairman Emeritus of Cisco), Larry Grossman (former President of NBC News), Irwin Jacobs (co-founder of Qualcomm), Gilman Louie (founder of In-Q-Tel), Eamon Kelly (President Emeritus of Tulane University), Mark Dean (IBM Fellow and Vice President), Shae Hopkins (Executive Director and CEO, Kentucky Educational Television), Vince Juaristi (CEO & President, Arbola, Inc.), and Shirley Malcom (Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science).”
To read the entire report of facts, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/fact-sheet-digital-promise-initiative
Be sure you note the other related initiatives for Digital Promise. I would like to point out two names I saw which jumped out at me and are also very heavily tied to the CCSS Machine. NSF (National Science Foundation) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Why this two? I have researched both extensively and have shared with you in previous articles just how embedded in the CCSS Machine’s agenda they are.
To see the Digital Promise website: http://www.digitalpromise.org/
(*Note: be sure to read the Manifesto.)

Next, the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. See their webpage:
http://www.digitalpromise.org/initiatives/league-of-innovative-schools
Here is the number of students/schools, League members represent more than 3.2 million students in 73 districts and 33 states. Their experiences reflect the diversity and shared challenges of public education in America.” (*Note: Be sure to look at the initiatives the League has. You should be able to spot another huge  CCSS Machine member: Verizon. Also, note the adult level of activity.)
One of the featured schools? (*Note: you can find more of them, as well as the school I am about to feature in the League’s News category.)
Right in my town of residence: Mooresville, NC! This was the President’s (as in the U.S. President) ‘school of choice’ for the national address he gave about the success of digital technology. What he didn’t share is that the Superintendent of the MGSD (Mooresville Graded School District) was hand picked by Pearson Publishing for his success in Project Red (digital technology and data mining all in one slick program.) Anti CCSS Warriors, he was picked to come to a small school district to implement this digital shift in education! How do I know all this? See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/tag/project-red/ and the follow up article,
http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/26/more-about-project-red-and-nc-ties/

(*Note: Digital Promise is also written into the HEA (Higher Education Act, 2008) in Section 802)

Next, Rural Education is something to dig a bit deeper into. Let me point you back to the U.S. House’s version of the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), known as HR5. Why? The recently passed into law, ESSA, is in fact, a big compromise of the House and Senate. Certain portions of the House’s wish list for education AND portions of the Senate’s found their way into the ESSA. Rural education was brought into the mix back on Page 280 of the HR5! I wrote about it,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/tech-thursday-workforce-gunning-for-hr5/
This article will show you how Rural Education via the New Schools (another CCSS Machine member) will be all about College and Career Readiness,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/tech-thursday-post-secondary-champs/
(*Note: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will surface in this one.)

What about the consortia for digital learning and the state use of funds for digital learning?
First, the consortia members include any number of groups involved in education, especially your communities, but, secondly, it is the language used which is alarming.
“ensuring that all service and  community partners are aligned with the  academic expectations of a community school in order to improve student success…” Then a bit further down the page you find this, “USES OF FUNDS.—Subject to section 4106(f),  each local educational agency, or consortium of such agencies, that receives an allocation under section 4015(a) shall use a portion of such funds to improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement, academic growth, and digital literacy of all students, including by meeting the needs of such agency or consortium that are identified in the needs assessment conducted under section 4106(d) (if applicable), which may include….”.
You need to read Pages 486 and 487 for yourselves to see what those inclusions are. Let me just summarize that those including are students, teachers, and school leaders; that funds are to used in not only assessments, but purchases of digital technology; and more!

Those PBS broadcasts are our last area of focus.
When I wrote about the PBS presence among the Board members of the Urban Institute (a CCSS Machine member), it was in regards to early learning research and how it will encompass immigrant children as well. The catch? CBE or Competency Based Education. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/ftf-prek-research-ccss-cbe/
Then there was their involvement in higher education, ‘American Graduation Day’.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/monday-musings-national-graduates/
Then the PBS characters from Sesame Street surfaced in another early learning program where the reading books had been aligned to the CCSS. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

 

Closing:

The IES and their upcoming Study?
That, my Warriors Against the Core, is the next article to be written.

Related:
For my look into STEM and how it is tied to CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

For my first look into the NSF:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/

To read the ESSA Final Conference Report for those pages you should see for yourselves:
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School Board Special, Part Two

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Welcome to Part Two of my series devoted to those running for elections, especially the school board positions across America. Like this Weekend’s article, it is lengthy, but you MUST know this information! Your schools depend on it.

Running for school board jobs ARE so much MORE important than they get credit for. In case you didn’t get the Part One of this series, here is the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/ (*Note: In Part One, I have provided both the links to the ESSA Final Conference Report as well as the Final Law Version, as a candidate, you need both!)

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Kindergarten to 12th Grade:

Of all the grade groups Common Core Standards have impacted, the K-12th group has been the most talked about, the most publicized. If you have followed my blog long enough OR heard any of my speeches, chats, or interviews, you know that I have purposed to expose the CCSS Machine in all the other areas and educational choices. However, I have plenty to share with you concerning the K-12th grade group, too. For example, if you are seeking office, did you know there was an initiative which set CCSS into motion? (and which the ESSA will continue?!) For starters, see the picture below of the track  Pre-K-12th graders are experiencing thanks to Common Core State Standards Initiative!

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Here’s the CCSS pipeline. The NGA(National Governors Association) and the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) have ensured our students are put through this.

The CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative):


What do I mean by the CCSS Initiative? Simply put it refers to the entire scope of not only the CCS Standards, but the agenda which accompanies it; the resources (including curriculum and assessments); and ANYTHING else connected to the Common Core.

As a candidate, you need to know that there is a real CCSSI, not just a set of educational Standards known simply as Common Core State Standards. If you would like to learn all you can about the CCSSI, please see Donna Gardner’s credible work. She was there in the U.S. Dept. of Education years ago, and has been witness to the CCSS Machine’s roots.
See: (Part One) 
http://cityonahill.squarespace.com/city-on-a-hill-blogs/2010/8/28/common-core-standards-parents-need-to-ask-why-is-there-no-de.html
Part Two:
 http://cityonahill.squarespace.com/city-on-a-hill-blogs/2010/9/4/nationalizing-or-federalizing-education-ccsi-the-inside-stor.html
(*Note: Part Three’s link was broken, as of this writing)

As many anti CCSS Warriors have stated since the ESSA’s passage, we have been lied to about this! As a candidate of any race where education will be impacted, this is probably the single MOST important information you can glean from this series!! Do not simply take the mass media or Congress’s word for it, we ARE NOT free from the Common Core State Standards Initiative!

The only references I have found to the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) in the ESSA Final Conference Report (that over 1,000 page bill no one in Congress appears to have bothered to read) were located on page 130 (pertaining to standards and assessments), page 825 (pertaining to educational waivers), page 843 (pertaining to financial support from the federal government and how its officials/representatives are limited), page 859 (‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit a State from withdrawing from the Common Core State Standards or from otherwise revising their standards.”)

Now, if you only stop there, as both the U.S. Congress and the mass media did, you can say this language means exactly what it says, that the States were no longer tied to the Common Core!

Candidates, think of it this way, “Whatever happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.” Educational federal law plays the same game, whatever started in the ESEA was carried over each time to some degree or another until the ESSA. ESSA, however, makes the previous versions look like a powder puff.

 

Alphabet Soup,  D.C. Style:

Before we ‘dig in’ to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015) to learn how it will continue the Initiative behind Common Core:
1) Know that the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) got replaced with ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in between these two? NCLB (No Child Left Behind) followed by the RttT Initiative (Race to the Top).
2) Know that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), STEM to STEAM (same as STEM with the Arts added in), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), CTE (Career Tech Education), CP (Career Pathways) are also woven into the ESSA Law. (*Note: If you did not know that STEM is part of the Presidential agenda for education, I urge you to read one of my very first blog articles where the Report detailing HOW STEM was the among the ultimate goals of aligning America via the CCSS! See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/)

Maybe you've heard of STEM, but have you heard about STEM to STEaM?

Why you, as a candidate, need to know this? STEM is a huge selling point among the States for not only education, but for a workforce. STEM is also woven into the WIOA of 2014!

As a candidate, knowing which alphabet soup acronym stands for which one is important.

 

One more game D.C. has played with us about all this? The ESSA’s Final Conference Report has been reduced to a mere 391 page law! You will find all of the same points from the Report embedded in the Law, just not as wordy. We need the entire context so we can know how we are being duped into the lie that CCSS will no longer be a player in American Education! You can access both documents in Part One of this series.

 

From the ESSA Language Itself:

One thing you can count on is this, the shift in name from Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness as well as Challenging State Academic Standards, is about the only shifting there will be, as far as names.

You have to look harder at the Law. As evidence look on Pages 5 & 6. Here the tricky language begins. It’s context is about what programs will continue to receive multi-year funding and which won’t

(As a candidate, you need to know which programs in your school districts receive multi year funding and were provided for under the old ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965), NCLB, RttT, you need to read this passage so you can understand how the ESSA will continue select programs.)

Why this is important: it is to cover the TRANSITION from one law to another!

Speaking of transitions, look at Page 7 where you will see what the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education is in charge of in regards to the States!
“ORDERLY TRANSITION.—Subject to subsection (a)(1)(A)(i), the Secretary shall take such steps as are necessary to provide for the orderly transition to, and implementation of, programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et. seq.), as amended by this Act, from programs  authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.), as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act.”

Pages which follow this excerpt lay out the dates for the transitioning to begin. As early as July 1, 2016, folks!


Other Pages and Sections, You as the Candidate MUST Research:

Section 6, embeds all of the old ESEA into the new Law.

Section 1002, gives a grand total of the federal money to be awarded among the 50 States for the next few fiscal years. You, as the candidate, need to see the amounts, as well as the strings attached (ie: assessments).

Section 1003 details the strings attached to Section 1002.

Section 1004 details all the ‘Direct Student Services’. As part of the ‘Services’, this is where you can see the WIOA and CTE begin to appear for elementary and secondary students.It is here you will see the AP(Advanced Placement) Courses and IB (International Baccalaureate) students encompassed.
How will this make a difference in your candidacy? The amount of funding your State receives and the hoops the LEAs (local education agencies) are to use the funding. Not only that, but jobs mean money for your States. The economic health of America has been a huge selling point from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (courtesy of Bill Gates Foundation) and has been passed on to each State via the Chambers of Commerce. You will also see that in this Section, parents and higher education are also included in the alignment mix.

Section 4107 details for you what is meant by “Activities To Support a Well-Rounded Student”.  As a candidate, you need to know this is where the P3s (public private partnerships) will have an increased presence in the classroom, where communities are expected to align and help educate all students, and more! As part of the ‘Activities’, this is where you will see STEM really focused on.

Section 4108 details all the ‘Activities to Support Safe and Healthy Students’ your state must have (includes sex ed, behavior management, assessments, mental services, and so much more) As a candidate, read page 447 very carefully, as well as the immediate pages around it.

Section 4109 goes into all the digital and technology strings for education. This is a huge point of every school district and state budget. Read it, candidates!

Section 8005 State funding for elementary/secondary administration consolidation plans. (Remember, candidates, follow the money trail from the top down)
Section 8201 goes into more detail about money States receive from the federal government.

Page 489 begins the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. As a candidate, you need to know this is going to totally transform not only your local schools, but your communities. This Initiative is a huge part of the CCSS Machine! It has roots in not only the White House, but a entity called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. If you do not know about this, PLEASE contact me, I will be happy to provide the information you really need to know!

Page 905 states what the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary will oversee in each of the 50 States concerning the homeless students.

Page 910 gives you the requirements each State must meet per the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary for every grant and sub-grant the States receive.

Page 911 details the assurances States must provide the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary with each year.

Page 919 introduces the phrase “Ed Flex Partnership State” and will be given to every State meeting the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary’s conditions. As a candidate, you need to read what those parameters mean.I urge you to read from page 919 to 941 so you can see how private schools are included. Of special note to you will be page 937 where the general public is to be informed of any State educational application for waivers (means money for your State and local districts). Also, page 938 points to a bridge (if you will) between elementary and secondary education to post-secondary education via Perkins funding.

Closing:

Candidates, is there more that will impact your K-12th graders? ABSOLUTELY! Will it be only the public schools hit by this? NO! Run your race with integrity, with truth, and with everything you can to kill the CCSSI!
Part Three will address the post-secondary alignment of education according to the CCSS Machine.
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Tech Thursday: STEM/CCSS Push, Making it American?

For this “Tech Thursday”, I’d like to share with you fellow anti CCSS Warriors, how STEM (also tied to Common Core) is pushing more and more for “American Made”.

Is STEM really tied to CCSS? Absolutely! In the recent past I shared with you how the STEM Act of 2015 is tied to it, as I have repeatedly in other past articles.

If we are to fight EVERYTHING about CCSS, we MUST include STEM. We MUST acknowledge CCSS is more than just ‘standards’,  it includes “Career Tech Education”, “College and Career Readiness”, “STEM”, “Career Pathways”, “Career Clusters”, and more.

The D.C. Push:

Federal level education efforts and the legislation created to support those efforts is nothing new. It is however, against the U.S. Constitution! The power to create education reform is reserved, per the U.S. Constitution, for the states. ‘State sovereignty’ is the phrase used.

In my previous article revealing the PCAST report given to the U.S. President as efforts to be taken via a federal level, made embedding STEM into Common Core State Standards! Since that 2010 Report, millions of dollars have been spent, as well as millions of fallacies have been spun about American education. Sadly, those efforts and the resulting pieces of legislation aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

To read the article about the STEM Act, which will also give you the PCAST Report article,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/

So, what’s some of the latest dribble D.C. is spewing? I’m so glad you’re curious! Below is a screen shot from Twitter. The event causing the ‘tweet’? Read on, Warriors!

This U.S. elected official is not alone in her belief. What a waste of citizen representation.
This U.S. elected official is not alone in her belief. What a waste of citizen representation.

If you noticed one of the hash tags above, it says “#MakeItInAmerica”. What is “Make It in America”? It’s tied to the Export-Import Re-authorization. In a nutshell, another U.S. elected official (Bryan Higgins of NY) announced yesterday (10/28/15) that the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank. What does this mean for education? Per Rep. Higgins, “The Export-Import Bank levels the playing field, allowing for American businesses and workers to remain internationally competitive.”

Can you tell where this is going? How many times have we heard from the CCSS Machine that our students need ’21st century skills for 21st century jobs’, or that ‘to be globally competitive’, and so on? ‘Businesses need skilled workers’, as well. That too, is another yarn the CCSS Machine has spun. It helps support all the P3 (public, private partnerships) meddling in education. I know you’ve noticed it.

To see Rep. Higgins’ full statement, http://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-house-passage-of-bill-reauthorizing-the-export-import
To find out all the different groups a positive export-import bank behooves, see:
http://www.exim.gov/authority-has-lapsed/
Anti CCSS/STEM takeaway point, the more positive the relationship, the more jobs. The more jobs, the more educational reform we will continue to be subject to!
(*Also worth noting, if you’d like to see all the supporters involved in this #MakeItInAmerica campaign, check out the Twitter feed. You can see all kinds of tweets about tying education to jobs. This particular hashtag is for the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives)

 

If you are interested in hearing the House Democrats hearing on HOW to “Make It In America”, (be sure to use the ‘show more’ feature on You Tube, you can see what topics and which members of Congress will be addressing those topics) Education is certainly among them.

 

 

 

In case the ‘show more’ feature isn’t working, here is a screen shot to show  you which members spoke:
DemsAmerica

Rep. Higgins’ announcement said there was bipartisan support in the House. So what did the Republicans say or do toward ‘Make It in America’? There are at least 3 media reports from 2014 which state the House Republicans blocked the bill. (‘Huffington Post’, ‘Daily KOS’, and ‘Our Future’. Google it, you should see those 3 on the first search results page) As far as 2015’s stance, see the Congressional Record, https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2015/9/29/house-section/article/h6700-4

 
Bring on the STEM, CCSS, Please:

As you know, if you’ve read my blog long enough that I normally do not cover the political ups/downs in DC EXCEPT when it deals directly with CCSS/CTE and all the other names it hides behind. So far, you’ve gotten a pretty good idea where the Congress is taking aligned education, but, as a Warrior Against the Core, you want to know where the CCSS/STEM I’ve referred to so far is actually showing up.

It will continue to show up in the appropriations (money). It will continue to surface wherever there are conversations about ‘closing the skills gap’ or ‘getting more businesses in education’. It will continue to be thrust upon our states, schools, and everyone in education participating in Career Tech Education/Career Clusters/Career Pathways.

To prove this, consider the evidence I showed you when I wrote about the STEM Affinity Network, where Race to the Top funds were devoted to STEM education/careers. There I showed you how STEM was tucked away in the state levels of education using federal money! If you haven’t read it, it is, indeed an eye opener. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/

Need more CCSS/STEM evidence? Here’s an entire set of my articles with embedded documents and links (this was previously published in my “Recap Special”; the entire article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/special-wybi-ccss-recaps/)

“CCR/CTE/CCSS/STEM for all educational choices:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/wybi-jhuy/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/wybiupclosewithnsf/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/wybi-whats-in-a-word/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/

 

 

The 2015 Fed Budget:

Go back and look at the articles I wrote in Dec. 2014 about the (then) upcoming Federal Budget. There you can see exactly where our tax dollars were being funneled. A huge chunk went to the CCS Machine (which includes STEM) Use it as a tool to hone in on your state’s CCSS/STEM expenses. You should see CCR (college/career readiness), CTE (career tech education) or it might be CP (Career Pathways) or CC (Career Clusters). Look for a line by line state budget first, then access a local school board or district’s budget and look at the line by line figures. You should see a distinct pattern of where these funds are going. Make note of how many involve activities including the community (will encompass after school enrichments, camps, field trips, etc.)

To show you what I mean, see the excerpt below from the Part 1 of my “Fed Budget” articles:

Where our taxes are going to help support the CCSS Machine:
$300 million for a new Race to the Top (student longitudinal data system on a state-wide platform); $14.4 billion for Title One College/Career Readiness; $1.1 billion for those 21st Century Community Learning Centers (think cradle to grave agenda); $100 million for “Promise Neighborhoods” (cradle to career initiative); $70 million for Statewide Longitudinal Student Data System; $200 million for ConnectED (trains teachers to be CCSS and college/career readiness aligned, assessments, digital aspects, and more in the classroom); $5 billion for incentives (RESPECT) teachers who’ve completed College/Career Readiness training, building like-minded network; $1.3 billion in mandatory preK for everyone; $165 million for “Investment in Innovation” (i3) which will use a best-practices approach to education while affording the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education a whopping $49.5 million to transform technology; $150 million to redesign high schools so they become college/career ready centers; $170 million for STEM revitalizing (of that, $110 million goes to LEAs to create a STEM network; $40 million to create a teacher STEM Pathway, $20 million to create a National STEM Teacher Corps;$1.1 billion to reauthorize the Perkins Act (means even more Career Tech Ed that’s aligned to CCSS).”


To get the entire article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/fom-friday-2015-fed-ed-budget/
To access Part 2: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/sic-em-saturday-more-fed-budget-watch/

Oh. one last STEM figure for you: $3 billion plus for 2016. See the President’s pdf:
stem_fact_sheet_2016_budget_0

As we’ve seen in D.C. before, I’m sure, once again anti CCSS Warriors, we’ll see D.C. push for MORE CCSS/STEM in the coming election period. Watch for it, fight it, and help STOP it! The noise we make, the actions we take are certainly “American made”!