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Weekend News for the War Against the Core

For the last weekend in April (2016), I wanted to leave you with a few things every anti CCSS Warrior needs to know about P3s (Public private partnerships). If you missed these, you can now find them in one place. If you haven’t gotten this information before, you now have some great tools to use.

Blasted P3s!

If you have followed my research long, you know that time and time again, the P3s keep showing up in the midst of the CCSS Machine and its grinding away at America. Like everything fed through the CCSS Machine, P3s and their intent is not good for education at all.

What once was to be a healthy relationship between government and the private sector has become a holy hell. Consider this: early P3 relationships concerning the private sector and schools were to BUILD the schools. That way the private sector could return to their private business and the schools could get on with teaching.

But in the shift to CBE (Competency Based Education) aka OBE, (Outcome Based Education) the private sector has done more than build the schools, they now help guide what is taught. Meanwhile the schools have appeared to have no problem selling our kids education out in the process.

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In the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), States will be awarded big bucks for allowing MORE P3s in our schools, not less. P3s will get to work with the LEAs (Local Education Agencies) to determine if a student is ready to proceed to the next grade level. (Page 137 of the ESSA Final Conference Report states this.)

Recently, while on a national webinar/conference call with a pro CCSS group concerned about the ESSA and civil rights, they brought up the fact that P3s were a great thing in schools. When I asked them about Page 137 and the mandate; how would the P3s be accountable; how could the P3s do the teacher’s job, they were stumped! I was told that while they didn’t have a good answer they certainly agreed P3s need to be vetted and deemed appropriate.

Warriors, do you see what an open-ended message the ESSA used in this instance? Do you see how fraught with alignment this leaves our States?! Consider the recent news that Planned Parenthood has now been given the green light to open offices directly in select schools across the country. (Source: http://associatedmediacoverage.com/planned-parenthood-announces-on-site-partnership-with-select-public-school-systems/ )

This is a blazing example of a P3 overreach. While it is supposed to be in high schools only, think about the fact our high schools are being redesigned (or already have been) and now include middle school age kids in the SAME buildings!! This means students younger than high school could now have access to the P3, CCSS agenda driven Planned Parenthood.

Please note, Planned Parenthood is not the only agenda driven group. There are plenty more. Ask yourselves, since ESSA has it that groups like this will help determine how ready for the next grade level your student is, HOW will they measure this?!

More on P3s from my blog articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/ (*Note: P3s will definitely include the digital makeovers in our homes/schools/wrap around services as laid out in the ESSA.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/ (*Note: According to the White House Promise Neighborhood has over 1,000 P3s involved. The White House link to find this is embedded in the article.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/play-money/ (*Note: just published earlier in April, the article where I featured the P3 group teaching teachers how to run recess/play time and their alignment to the Social Emotional Learning aspects of CCSS.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/watch-out-alignment-ahead/ (*Note: Also recently published, this one shows how the States will be incentivized to create MORE P3 partnerships for education.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/update-ccss-cte-stem-and-connect-nc-bond/ (*Note: Will give you an example of how the P3s are in our community colleges already. NC is used as the example.)

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Related P3 Information, Top/Down and Spread Around:

From the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the i3 Grantees (Investing in Innovation):
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/awards.html

From the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the Promise Neighborhood Awards (will only be up to 2012, as 2013-14, no new awards were given. Also note that Promise Neighborhoods are codified in the ESSA and have an entire Section in the Law, see Section 4624; Others related to Promise Neighborhoods: Full Service Community Schools, Section 2465; 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Section 4001-42016. Each of these will also have P3 involvment/overreach):
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/awards.html

While I provide the following as examples, please note that each named partner may also have other partners they work with and are NOT named. Regardless of how trustworthy the names of the partners/groups are, remember, this is all part of the purposed and planned overreach in the name of ‘student success’!

An example from CA of an existing Promise Neighborhood Partnership program:
http://www.haywardpromise.org/partners.php
However, look at the vision behind the Promise Neighborhood in this instance:
http://www.haywardpromise.org/vision.php

Here is another CA example of a Promise Neighborhood, in this one, I saw at least 3 CCSS Machine members (United Way, La Raza, and a Economic and Workforce Development Council)http://missionpromise.org/our-work/mpn-partners/

This Promise Neighborhood in MN is governed by a private council!!
https://www.wilder.org/Community-Leadership/Saint-Paul-Promise-Neighborhood/Pages/Partnership-Council.aspx (Ask yourselves, what does this mean in an ESSA era? Will this type of governing replace current school boards, town councils, etc.?) Think I am nuts for suggesting this question? Remember the ESSA is written as an open-ended law in some of its parameters on purpose! Also, the mandate of student achievement wrap around services basically rubber stamps ANYTHING as long as it can be considered educational, a resource, or both.

From TX, A Promise Neighborhood’s  Picture:
(when you click to enlarge it, notice the tag line at the bottom)

TXPN
From their Strategic Plan (2013-2107), the following excerpt, “EPN initiated its target setting process in November, 2013 prior to DOE/Urban Institute’s released of its target setting guidance. EPN’s process included thirteen community-wide meetings with over 200 individuals from the broader community and ten small-group meetings with over 50 individuals from specific workgroups (e.g., the Dual Generation Workforce Pipeline workgroup) or specific partnerships (e.g., Out of School Time providers, City Year, all SAISD campus principals and their teams). The process continued up until the submission of the Data Plan on March 31st, 2014.” To get the entire PlanEPN-Strategic-Plan-to-Achieve-Results-2013-2017
(*Note: you will need to know that Head Start is mentioned in this Plan. Head Start is also aligned to the CCSS Machine! Early Head Start is too. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Funding (used in many communities across America) is also aligned.)

For Head Start/Early Head Start:
a) This one will show you many P3s in the educational mix now:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/
b) This one ties the U.S. Dept. of Health/Human Services and their Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services to all CCSS Machine alignment, top/down style:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/

For the TANF Funding:
a) See point #3: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/ftf-more-tracking-the-workforce-aligned-society/
b) How TANF is used in CCSS aligned research for preK and up to accomplish CBE/OBE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/ftf-prek-research-ccss-cbe/

Tying Promise Neighborhoods,P3s, Head Start, and TANF to the ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/

Closing:

I hope I have not confused you on the intent embedded in the ESSA and the P3s. They mean to ruin academic education and replace it with competency based, workforce purposed, social justice minded, and constricted paths for our students. While much is being said about P3s, the danger is what ISN’T being said and how it will be carried out thanks to the ESSA!

As I recently heard an author state about this kind of treatment in another country (I have paraphrased it):
They (those in charge of government/education) do not kill you outright with guns  and knives, they kill you daily by not allowing you to be who you were meant to be or doing what you want.

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Monday Musings: Know Thy Title 9, CCSS Warriors

Where false authority governs, fallacies are ripe.
Where false authority governs, fallacies are ripe.

Greetings fellow anti CCSS Warriors! What can we expect from the CCSS Machine now that the precedent has been set to allow those who are not to govern us, in fact, do so? How do we handle this latest assault on our U.S. Constitution? How does all this impact Common Core and our battle against it in education? I believe all these questions have at least one thing in relation to each other…

Title 9 (a 1972 Education Amendment)
Updated and renamed in 2002

How Title 9 Already Impacts Education:

Because of the original intent of Title 9,Every school district and college in the United States is required to have a Title IX Coordinator who oversees implementation, training and compliance with Title IX. ATIXA brings campus and district Title IX Coordinators and administrators into professional collaboration to explore best practices, share resources and advance the worthy goal of gender equity in education.” (Source: ATIXA, or Association of Title 9 Administrators;  https://atixa.org/)

Wait, that’s not all! From the U.S. Dept. of Education, here’s what else Title 9 already impacts: Title IX applies to institutions that receive federal financial assistance from ED, including state and local educational agencies. These agencies include approximately 16,500 local school districts, 7,000 postsecondary institutions, as well as charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries, and museums. Also included are vocational rehabilitation agencies and education agencies of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories and possessions of the United States.” (Source: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html)

So why I am I bringing this up now? Two reasons. The first: in case someone fighting Common Core didn’t know the above. The second: by knowing the above we can be watchful for the areas in which the most recent decision made by the Supreme Court will surface.

*NOTE: I’ll be digging into more about ATIXA and its parent group in tomorrow’s “From the File” Tuesday article. Be sure to access it. It’ll reveal more about the agenda/education grasp in America.

Title  9 Groundwork Already Achieved via CCSS:

1) An archive of everything the Title 9 has accomplished from the U.S. Dept. of Ed:
http://findit.ed.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=ed.gov&query=title+9

2) An example from the Ohioans Against CCSS. proves what many of us are finding in our current school systems..as a result of Title 9 (and the gender/non-gender issue we’re seeing more and more from CCSS aligned curricula). See: http://ohioansagainstcommoncore.com/2014/11/guess-what-your-local-school-board-member-learned-today/)

3) An example of the ‘gender/no gender’ CCSS aligned curricula resource from Teaching Tolerance (a group many of us anti CCSS warriors have published evidence on about their allegiance to the CCSS Machine). See: http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/think-outside-box-brainstorming-about-gender-stereotypes

4) From Washington(state), a pdf of the National Sex Education Standards where CCSS is woven into them (access the document, then see Appendix D for “Selected CCSS English Language Arts”) WAsexed

5) If you’ve not seen these set of Sex Skills Standards from Planned Parenthood, you should. These combine all sorts of CCSS, gender-no-gender, anything is okay attitudes for students beginning Kindergarten and up). You’ll  need to visit the Freedom Project Education’s Common Core Resource page if you’ve not seen the PP’s Sex Skills Standards (be sure to note what other groups helped with these besides PP). See: http://www.fpeusa.org/commoncore (*Note: Scroll down to “National Sex Standards”, you’ll be able to download a zip drive document of the Standards)

Oh, For the Hype of It All:

So, what’s next for us in this educational battle? Plenty! We can expect more federal overreach. Maybe the next time it will be more sex education related, maybe not. We’ve seen the U.S. Dept. of Ed overreach its federal jurisdiction, now we know the Supreme Court is ‘playing this tune’ as well.

Congress? Well, we’ve seen (as researched and evidenced) where legislation is being bent to support federal overreach. An example of this is my last Friday’s “Fib-o-Meter” article. As important as the topic I addressed in it is, I purposed to NOT share it as much on Friday. Why? Because I knew with all the headlines the article would get lost.  So, here’s the link. The topic? “The D.C. Hype” for passing re-authorized versions of the Higher Education Act (which will contain Title 9 ramifications) and the HR5 (Every Child Achieves, or the latest version of ESEA from 1965, which also will have Title 9 implications). BOTH of these bills are MORE CCSS! MORE data mining! MORE federal overreach. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/fom-ccsscte-hype-d-c-style/

What Does an Anti CCSS Warrior Do Now?

Know that not just Title 9 impacts education. There titles built into educational parameters for almost every combination of guidelines you can imagine.
Know that when a bill or law or even suggested piece of legislation or related matter is state or federal hands it doesn’t belong, we need to not only know about it, but share the news and react proactively.
Know that bills on a state or federal level don’t necessarily have to do with educational needs to impact education. For example, not too long ago a federal level bill was put into action where the title pointed to just one issue, but in fact, had aligned educational intent embedded.

Don’t be surprised when moves like the one made last week is used to pit us against each other. That’s, in my researched opinion, a definite unintended bonus of the CCSS Machine. If they cannot conquer us, they’ll use certain issues tied to education OR education itself to cause us to fight amongst ourselves. We must beat them at their own intent! We must stand firm.

Lastly, realize that it is not only the outcome of any authority’s decision that sets the mold by which all future activities will be based; more importantly is HOW the decision is made. Did it follow proper, legal channels? Did it consider the citizens? When appropriate, were citizens involved? When appropriate, did the correct authority address the decision.

Why is all this important? It’s my belief that not only is anything LESS than what I’ve just described criminal, it sends a dangerous message of fallacy to all of us. If we play to win, we must win properly and justly. Not by any means possible. To win unjustly or by improper means it shows all of us, what you’re fighting for isn’t  all that important. It also proves out the age old saying. “Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.”