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Featured image is courtesy of ‘Clipart by Animals’ and was drawn by Irene Murphy

Author’s Correction on “Bamboozled”, yesterday’s article. In that article and pertaining to ESSA, page 151, I did not clearly state my concerns for teachers and students. I do ask that you forgive that error. My point to the language there is that under the present SEL training teachers are receiving, it is an over-burdening addition to their already  ‘full plate’ of responsibilities. Teachers should be able to note and help point out any learning disability.
At the CCSS Machine’s beckoning, however, it seems that teachers will be asked to do much more than this. As Warriors, this is an area we must watch. Teachers and students need protecting from the harm ESSA is dishing out.

Warriors Against the Core, in the past 2 articles I’ve gone back over ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). As you know, I combed through it when it was first introduced, as well as re-visited it quite a bit after it became Law. So why now? Since implementation is in swing, we need to see what’s happened. We need to see how much of a lie ‘giving the States back control of education’ is being carried out on a daily basis.

My most recent ESSA reviews have covered the ‘at-risk’, or, troubled youth. Then, special needs. Today’s review? Native Americans. If you missed when I first uncovered the CCSS Machine grasp on the original citizens of our nation, you can go back and read it now.

In that article you’ll see how 21st Century Community Learning Centers, school reform, and much more from ESSA and other federally contrived legislative acts.

ESSA: No Feather of Greatness:

Of all the student subgroups (as ESSA likes to refer to our children by), the Native Americans (including the HI and AK tribal nations) are mentioned a whopping 244 times! The first 16 are in the Table of Contents. Warriors, I do not know about you, but by the sheer number of times our fellow citizens are brought up, I  have to ponder WHY so much attention is being directed their way.

No American group deserves to be more left alone by the federal government.

The ESSA Strings:

With over 200 references to the Indians of America in ESSA, I’m only going to point out the worst ‘strings’ (aka: mandates).
The Sections pertaining to Native American education are: 4505 (Family Engagement in Education); 6001 and 6101 are the ‘conforming amendments’; 6121 (Improving Educational Opportunities); 6141 (National Advisory Council on Indian Education); 7004 (Impact Aid); 8004 and 8103 (BIE schools, see the article embedded in ‘now’, above), and 8535 (must consult with tribal organizations).

Page 19 of ESSA’s law mandates Native Americans must be included in State Plans.
Page 44 shows how the SEAs (State Education Agencies) and LEAs (Local Education Agencies) having control over Native American education.
Below is Page 51:

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On Page 102, what appears to be a simple word being replaced is a ‘front’ for a much deeper agenda:

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Following on Page 103:

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Over on Page 125, you’ll see a ‘blast from the past’ tie Native American education to more government strings:

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Notice the ‘national’ levels of control or funding on Page 143 and what it is to be used for:

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On Page 219, we’ll find family engagement centers:

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Page 222, full service community schools, especially in low-income areas and Native American tribal groups. Not sure what that means? ESSA’s definition: “FULL-SERVICE COMMUNITY SCHOOL.—means a public elementary school or secondary school that— ‘‘(A) participates in a community-based effort to coordinate and integrate educational, developmental, family, health, and other comprehensive services through community-based organizations and public and private partnerships; ‘‘(B) provides access to such services in school to students, families, and the community, such as access during the school year (including before- and after-school hours and weekends), as well as during the summer.”

Warriors, there is plenty more like all this above,  in store for all of us.

Injurious Insults:

From a fellow Warrior in WY, shared with me the day my “Captive Education” article was published, that, U.S. Sec. of Education DeVos visited an Indian Reservation’s school to help jump start her “Rethink Education” tour. It’s quite interesting (and not to mention, telling) that ‘her’ choice of wording smacked of the recently broadcast Project XQ: Super School Live! Where the entire CCSS Machine propaganda fest was geared on ‘rethinking/reforming’ high schools.
It’s ironic that the school on the Reservation didn’t have DeVos’s visit in their school news or on their calendar.

NIEA (National Indian Education Association) is partners with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), so any question of what side of the CCSS Machine they are on, is an automatic ‘supportive’. NIEA’s website.

The 2016 (114th Congressional Session) RAISE Act (Reforming American Indian Standards of Education) announcement can be found on the NIEA website. You’ll want to see the Report which accompanied the RAISE Act. In it you’ll see how many students are involved in Native American education, how much money is involved, and also, the ‘federal education’ shift.

Current Congressional bills to reform Native American education are:
HR 1528 (Native American Indian Education Act) will amend the HEA (Higher Education Act) to continue federal mandates for Indians in post-secondary education.
S 660 (Native American Indian Education Act) this is the Senate’s version of the HR 1528.
S 934 (Johnson-O’Malley Act) would data mine students for the sake of ‘modernization’.
S 1294 (Native American Education Opportunity Act) will give education savings accounts to the Native American students.
HR 2727 (NEST Act or Native Educator Support and Training Act) amends the HEA and will give scholarships for Native Americans to become teachers and school administrators.
S 458 (NEST Act) this is the Senate version of HR 2727.

Warriors, there are more like these, as well. You can find any federal legislative bill by using the website: https://www.congress.gov

State Levels of Control?

Since my fellow Warrior is from WY, I thought we should end with looking at what is happening to our Native Americans at the State level. We see the alignment and confinement from the federal level, above. Below is a blog entry I thought you, Warriors, would ‘love’:
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If you’d like to read that Dec. 2014 article, here it is.

WY has a Tribal Children’s Triad. This is a partnership between communities and schools. ESSA ‘loves’ these kinds of relationships. In fact, in some of my earlier ESSA research, I shared with you how entire communities will be assessed/measured/tested for alignment to ensure ‘student success’.

According to WY’s ESSA State Plan, a mere $6.6 million will be used for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which the ESSA law mandated. Page 51 of the Plan, is where you’ll find this figure.

Closing:

Warriors, I trust you will find this information helpful wherever you live in America.
One last thought I’d like to leave you with. You’ll see it below. Share it if you like.
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Do You Know This GA?

Sure, we Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors know there are General Assemblies of all kinds. We have them in our communities, our legislatures, and even global ones. But, did you know there is a CCSS Machine ‘General Assembly’ group?

How I Found Them:

As an avid researcher, it is easy to find one group when investigating another group. Add in an educational topic, and the groups appear to be not only tied at the hip, but plentiful.
My latest ‘connect the dots’ findings come from when I was looking into WhiteBoard Advisors and found General Assembly, a Global Educational Group.

In case you missed my Weekend News, my third point in the publication was to point you to the WhiteBoard Advisors and their May 2016 Education Insiders Report. I noticed in several instances on the W/A (as they refer to themselves) website, General Assembly was brought up. Thinking it meant that the W/A had a General Assembly (GA), I tried to find out who serves on it. However, what I found instead was the linkage between the two separate groups. All in the name of education reform, to boot! While there will be plenty to share about W/A in the near future, I will be using the rest of my Monday Musings to look at the General Assembly Educational Group.

The General Assembly:

galogoThe website: https://generalassemb.ly/
The Co-Founders: Matt Brimer and Jake Schwartz

Their message: General Assembly (GA) is a global educational company on a mission to empower a global community to pursue work they love. Focusing on the most relevant and in-demand skills across data, design, business and technology, GA is confronting a skills gap through best-in-class instruction and providing access to opportunities. GA works with students online and in person across 15 campuses in 4 continents. GA also works with companies as partners in course development and graduate placement as well as helps companies stay competitive in today’s digital landscape. Additionally, GA’s focus on affordable and accessible education combined with our education-to-employment approach is helping to create a diverse talent pipeline.”

Warriors, do you see the CCSS Machine agenda? I do!

GA’s tie to the WhiteBoard Advisors is the Sr. Vice President and Co-Director of Research for W/A, David DeSchryver. See below:

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To see the rest of DeSchryver’s bio: http://www.whiteboardadvisors.com/david-deschryver

To access the Beyond Bootcamps Report: General_Assembly_Beyond_Bootcamps_Policy_Report

What in the Report is of note?
1) Former Governor for NC, Bev Purdue (also a Senior Advisor for W/A) wrote the Forward in the Report. Bev Purdue, is a ‘card carrying member’ of the CCSS Machine. (*Note: her company DigiLearn is proof.)
2) The Report is from 2015.
3) It gives a ‘Top Ten’ list of policy making considerations to boost state and local economies via skill based education.
4) Both authors (DeSchryver and Kelly) are tied to other CCSS Machine member organizations. Kelly is tied to the Gates Foundation funded Education Week; DeSchryver has been in the thick of education reform since the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) days.
5) The Report falsely carries the notion of the ‘skills gap’ (*Note: I have shared documented evidence with you in the past that the skills gap is narrative of panic the CCSS Machine is using to further their involvement of workforce based, P3 (public private partnership) driven education.)
6) Cities are giving grants to GA to come and operate there. An example is New York City and can be seen on page 6. (A related NYC article: http://www.businessinsider.com/hustle-con-presentations-on-startups-from-nerdwallet-teespring-general-assembly-thirdlove-2015-4)
7) The Report details how GA is helping transform America’s economy.
8) GA is working with an official from the  U.S. Dept. of Ed to help accelerate learning.
9) The Report details how all this will be regulated in various States. Usually either the Workforce Training or the Higher Education Committees.
10) Employers are expected to not only be clear about their workforce needs, but to help in the credentialing process for education.
Lastly, of the Top Ten priorities for state and local policy makers? Outcomes! Not true education, but outcomes of our students…of all ages!

What organizations have invested in GA? In 2014, the following:
GSV Capital, Rethink Education, Maveron, and Western Technology Investment also participated, and GA’s funding now totals $49.3 million.” See: http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/07/general-assembly-raises-35m-led-by-new-investor-ivp-to-add-more-tech-courses-new-campuses/

In 2015, more investors jumped on the GA Bandwagon: “Our new investors are Advance Publications and Wellington Capital Management LLPSee: http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/30/general-assembly-raises-70-million-closing-in-on-25000-alumni-worldwide/

More Nebulous Connections:

From the list above, you may (or may not) see any further CCSS Machine connections. However, there are a couple which really stand out to me, GSV Capital and Rethink Education. In a short sentence, GSV is tied to the CCSS Machine through investments.
Rethink Education is tied back to W/A (WhiteBoard Advisors) via Ben Wallerstein, one of the co-founders. That said, let’s see what else I can point you to about each of THESE CCSS Machine member organizations.

GSV Capital: I first exposed this group by in 2014. See my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/
In this article, I showed you the ‘GSV’ in GSV Capital stands for Global Silicon Valley. The Capital’s goal? Re-imagining education…we are talking well-known heavy hitting big name CCSS Machine members are involved; we’re looking at least $4 trillion dollars in the global education market, Warriors! We are also looking at how this group wants to eliminate school boards in the process. To see where in the list of priorities THIS bombshell is, be sure to enlarge the picture when you read the above article.

Okay, that was 2014, what about GSV Capital has changed? From their Blog titled A2Apple,
“While there was plenty of competition for “mindshare”, last week we co-hosted the seventh annual ASU GSV Summit in San Diego, a gathering of leaders from across the global innovation economy with the mission of accelerating exponential ideas in education and talent. We welcomed over 3,500 entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, policymakers, and investors, as well as 350 game-changing presenting companies.” (*Note: ASU is short for AZ State University, another well known CCSS Machine member.) See the screen shot below from the Blog.

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Yes, Warriors, we knew Gates would be involved somehow. To read the rest of the article where both the excerpt and the picture are from: http://www.a2apple.com/change-your-mind/ (*Note: be sure to scroll down and see the pictures of the other speakers. Among them are Ted Mitchell, of the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and Dr. Condoleezza Rice of the Jeb Bush-backed FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education. Be sure to look at the rhetoric and the research sources.)

By visiting the GSV Capital’s Strategy webpage, be sure you read the Making Private Public section to see where education comes into play. See:
http://gsvcap.com/about/strategy-purpose/

Rethink Education:
The website for this education venture investment firm: http://rteducation.com/
Tying them back to the W/A group is WhiteBoard Advisor co-founder, Jake Schwartz.(*Note: he can be found among the Rethink Education Portfolio Investors.)

Also among the Rethink Education folks, is Tom Segal, one of the co-founders. He is regularly featured on EdSurge (another CCSS Machine member). Tom also posts blog entries on the Rethink Education website. His entry about the beginning of Rethink is worth noting. Why? Both co-founders have a long history of ties to CCSS Machine connected entities, like Head Start and CUNY (NY). I have tied both of these back to the Machine in previous articles. As far as EdSurge’s ties: One of the Board members represents GSV Capital!
To see the beginning of Rethink Educationhttp://rteducation.com/where-we-came-from/
To see the GSV Capital Board member: http://about.edsurge.com/board/ (*Note: When you read Matt Hanson’s bio, be sure to see where it mentions he is also tied to GA, as in the General Assembly Global Education group!) 

To read a related article about Rethink Education and how it is a great new thing for education to be incentivized by private groups: https://www.edsurge.com/news/incentivizing-innovation-in-education-or-a-role-for-for-profits-in-education

Closing:
Warriors, do you see the nebulous ties above? It is insane how these groups are so closely in-bred. Not only are we having to fight the federal and state levels of government over Common Core and all that goes with it, but we have a plethora of private groups strangling our voices! Our governments and our schools should NOT have ANY private investors except the parents! By this, I am not talking investing money, but parents investing with their hearts because they are simply trying to do the best for their students. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and the HEA (Higher Education Act) mock us. The P3s mock us. The CCSS Machine not only mocks us, but is doing its best to silence us!

Be sure to note that I will continue to delve into this subject and report what I uncover. I will also be exposing more about WhiteBoard Advisors soon.