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So, Where’s the Choice?

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

Why?

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

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

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

Enter: Penguins!

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

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

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

What’s New For 2018?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing:

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

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

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

Back Door Alignment

Greetings, my fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors! As we’ve known for quite awhile the alignment facing our nation’s schools is no longer hanging back in the shadows. No, since ESSA’s passage (Every Student Succeeds Act), it has been very easy to see even more alignment being flaunted in our faces.

While I’ve been away from my home taking care of a family crisis, I’ve been  keeping up with most of the education news.  Warriors, as you know,  I’ve shared with you the moves of  the NC Dept. of Public  Instruction (NC DPI). You’ve also seen my evidence where the NC DPI and the NC SBE (NC State Board of Education) unite forces to  project the grinding down of our educational system. 

Since it’s a new year,  new faces are popping up in the NC DPI/NC SBE. Among these faces are their ties to  CCSS Machine member groups which have posed as groups with only the best of intentions concerning your child’s education. The stark reality is that  these groups do NOT have the best of intentions at all concerning education. Their feigned interest is propelling the CCSS Machine’s alignment for workforce based  training to every school in America, regardless of choice. 

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Meet The New NC  SBE Attorney:

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Warriors
, that’s right Eric Snider, a former
Teach for America member will now be the attorney for the State Board of Education. While this may not seem like a big deal, consider that our current State Superintendent, Mark Johnson, is also a Teach for America alumni.  When you access Snider’s LinkedIN profile, notice he also is involved with the NC Business Committee for Education. The sole goal for the NC Business Committee for Education is aligning workforce training to the CCSS Machine’s grasp on education in the name of the economy. To see how the American Bar Association (which includes the NC Bar Snider belongs to) is helping promote the CCSS Machine, go here. If you missed how much the NC Chamber of Commerce is on board with the CCSS Machine, here it is. *Warriors, remember the Gates Foundation has given millions to the national level Chamber of Commerce to divide up and distribute money to each State for the express intent of alignment between jobs and school based education.

Helping Widen The Back Door Approach:

Warriors, you should be able to find the Joint Education Oversight Committee in your State. For NC, 2 of the Co-Chairs are virtually CCSS disciples. Rep. Craig Horn and Rep. Linda Johnson.  To see the entire list of serving legislators, go here.

Among the Joint Committee’s 2017 Reports received includes quarterly documents from Teach for America. From the introduction of one of the reports comes what you see in this screen shot:

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To access the Oct. 2014 Report, go here. To access the NC Joint Report the screen shot exposes, go here. From my archives, the researched article where I exposed how the Consortium for Educational Research and Evaluation (CERE) is tied to the NC Teacher Corps as well as how CERE uses the national GEAR UP program for CCR (College and Career Readiness). In that article, you’ll see the numerous States involved in GEAR UP.

Enter NC’s 2017 Education Report:

Warriors, even if you do not live in NC, you can use this as evidence to look for what’s afoot in your States. This recently released publication details not only the laws and bills concerning education, but dollar amounts the taxpayers will need to cough up to support the back door alignment. For example: the DLP (Digital Learning Plan) will need over $2 million in funding so there can be an increase in how much time is spent on a computer. Then the Workforce and Education Innovation Commission will need big bucks to move from it’s current State level position to the NC DPI! Then there’s legislation and funds for specialized high schools (more workforce training institutions), CTE (Career Technical Education) for 6th and 7th graders. Alignment for early education, ‘future ready’ students, and so much more!

Closing:

Warriors, while we are seeing more and more overt moves in education, we MUST continue to see, speak, and, act on what is exposed. No State is exempt. No child will be excluded. How do I know this? ESSA’s chilling language that ALL education MUST align to workforce based industry credentialed standards.

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The Common Core Machine loves to create minions to do its bidding.

 

May We Move On?

Ahh…summer is quickly approaching, anti Fed Ed Warriors. In some States, EOGs/EOCs have all been taken; graduations completed. In others, this season is upon them. Social media’s been flooded with proud parents and teachers showing off Johnny and Suzy’s rites of passage.

Pardon me, if I’m a bit melancholy. You see, I’d LIKE to feel great for these young people about to set foot into the next chapter of their lives. I’d LIKE to know they would be able to be free enough to be who they WANT to be. Maybe it’s the research, maybe it’s the evidence. I’m not sure. Somewhere in all that I’ve uncovered about the CCSS Machine’s grasp on our nation, I am finding my mom’s heart is troubled for yet another graduating class. I’m a bit angry, a bit sad.  

Why? Warriors, thanks to the modern education reform, what you see below IS their future! 

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 Education in America was never supposed to be about streamlining our students for adherence to one way to learn/think/act or believe. It was never supposed to be about chucking academics out the door and replacing learning with skill based, workforce ready competencies. It’s purpose was not supposed to dishonor all the different choices of HOW to educate, either. But, again, thanks to the modern education reform via ESSA’s (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates, EVERY education choice will face the bridge you see above.

No, education was supposed to gift our students with how to think, NOT what to think.
Education is a NOT a business to be micromanaged! Being educated is a privilege. Being a teacher is a gift. Neither should be governmentally over-regulated….EVER!

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Think about it Warriors, every single time the government (and, yes, include the P3s, public private partnerships) has taken natural privileges and gifts away and replaced them with man-made rights and programs with strings to give you something.

What happens? Is the results BETTER than before? Absolutely not! Every single time, what the government takes away and ‘re-gifts’ Americans is sub-par. Where there was a natural flow before, now there’s a dam.

History is a clear marker of the assault on many citizens in this regard. Voltaire’s quote below pretty much illustrates the shift in education, thanks to the modern educational reform from the CCSS Machine.

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So, Warriors, how shall we move on? How shall we continue to fight against all that is seeking to rob our students? How may we rise against the national changes we are seeing?

1) We need to remember some ‘leaders’ have not led us well. They have led us astray.
While some ‘leaders’ have clearly sold out to the CCSS Machine, not all have.
We must work with those leaders who are like-minded.
Our ‘leaders’ are merely representing us in their positions of power. They are not mega-lords or demi-gods. Stop treating them as such. Holding their ‘feet to the fire’ is not mean, it’s necessary.
Respect doesn’t mean bowing down, it means being firm and standing up.

2) Remember for whom we fight to protect. This War isn’t for our glory and fame; it’s for preserving freedom for the next generations.

3) Use the summer to catch up on what’s going on in your environment. This is not the time to be an ostrich, Warriors! We know, come the fall of 2017, more over-reach and over-regulations will hit us all. We also know that the CCSS Machine doesn’t slow down just because of summer vacations. We also know that the reform is NOT just for one type of educational choice or grade level. It is a purposed intention to impact ALL choices and EVERY grade level.

Resources to use to sharpen your Warrior mindsets:

1) The 4 part video series by FPE Media. Suitable for all educational choices, but mainly for those outside the public system. Make no mistake, there is MUCH for public education Warriors within the content. Use them in small group settings, watch; discuss; formulate what actions your group wishes to put in place.

Part One addresses the purposed shift as illustrated by the bridge graphic above.
The remaining 3 portions will fit underneath the water line in the iceberg graphic above.

Part Two reveals what you may know or may need to know about data mining as the ‘cash cow’ by which ‘education’ has become.
Part Three addresses the purposed fallacy behind ‘school choice’ as being played out in real time in DC.
Part Four exposes the exclusion of parent participation and how ‘local control’ of education is far from locally decided.
(*Note: a follow up to the FPE Media series is in the works.)

2) Re-examine your position in the War Vs the Core. Maybe it’s time to step beyond where you are right now. Is there more you can do? Is there an area you need to release? Are there others you’ve been working with who will take what you release? Are you seeking others to work with? Is it time to step from attending the school board meetings and speak at them? Are you thinking of serving on the school board or a State level education related position? This War cannot be won from the outside-in, exclusively. We need to consider infiltration. Why not?! The CCSS Machine hasn’t hesitated to infiltrate our school boards and State level offices!

Closing:

Warriors, our road ahead is long. We all need to be sharply focused and ‘at the ready’ for what’s before us. Rest a bit, regroup; but do not give up. Do not give in. We are the only ones our children will be able to trust. 

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Four Parts, One Truth

Hello, my fellow Anti Fed Ed/CCSS Warriors! I’m back from a brief break and so honored to share with you all 4 segments of the special video project I told you about back in April 2017.

Freedom Project Media recorded and produced the Series titled “Alternative Education in the Crosshairs”. The Series is a result of the education research and activism of not only myself, but Kirsten Lombard (Resounding Books) and Mary Black (Freedom Project Academy)

Since I began my fight (2009), I’ve purposed to look in every area the push for national standards has been taken. Most Warriors, early on, were easily finding the push/reform in public/traditional classrooms across America. However, I knew, from other ‘non traditional’ educators that NO educational choice would escape the national standards.

The problem was, not many outside this group,  believed it. To this day, even some inside the ‘non traditional’ education community still think they will escape the national overhaul in education. This, quite simply, is a purposed lie produced by the CCSS Machine’s propaganda.

As you know, many (myself included), have brought this overlooked reality into the forefront. Since ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) passed, it is really becoming QUITE clear, just how menacing these national standards are to ALL educational choices. 

Kirsten, Mary, and, I knew we had to do more. In less than 3 months, we met, wrote, traveled, and, filmed these 4 segments. They are geared for anyone outside the ‘traditional’ public education system. That stated, there is plenty in each segment, for anyone involved in education. Be it teaching, leading, researching, advocating, etc.

The results of our efforts? Four open conversations. One distinct truth: ESSA does not reserve itself for public PreK to Career classrooms or educational resources. It encompassses every single citizen in this nation. We tell you HOW in plain terms.

On behalf of Kirsten and Mary, I ask you to share these segments. They are about 20 to 28 minutes each. They are in segments so that you, the Anti Fed Ed/CCSS Warrior, can take listen/watch as your schedule allows. Take what you can and use it LOCALLY. Learn from it and hold fast to the truths revealed on the FEDERAL level.

Segment 1: Workforce Shift in Education embraces all ages and at every educational institution. What’s already in place and what’s about to march into your home towns.
We expose the word games being played on us, as American citizens.

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Segment 2: Data Mining as New Currency especially impacts all ages at every educational institution to support the ruse of ‘personalized learning’ AND big profits for big businesses as well as your States. 

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Segment 3: The Danger of School Choice again will reveal for you the word games being played out from the federal level on down to your local districts. If you think ‘school choice’ in ESSA will be allowed, listen to the evidence we have uncovered. Control by the CCSS Machine lurks behind those ‘education savings accounts’, too.

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Segment 4: Local Control/Exclusion of Parents via ESSA is not, at all, what we’ve been led to believe! We’ve all heard and seen the passionate speeches about ESSA returning control to the States. We’ve all seen the States begin to turn in their ‘local’ ESSA plans. We show you HOW every bit of this will remain in the hands of those in the FEDERAL level. In fact, the federal grasp, especially through P3s (public private partnerships), will INCREASE!

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Closing:

Warriors, if you have enjoyed this Series, let us know. Any questions or comments you have should be directed to mblack@fpeusa.org
We are already receiving great (and helpful) feedback from those Anti Fed Ed Warriors who have already viewed them.
Join us, Warriors; we so need to have more discussions centered on researched evidence the mainstream media will not acknowledge.

If there is a topic you would like Kirsten, Mary, and I to address, please, let us know!

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Will The Real Leaders, Please, Stand Up!

My fellow Anti Fed Ed/CCSS Warriors, we’ve seen countless ways in which those involved in the CCSS Machine have welded their power. We’ve seen the damage. We’ve felt the sting as we’re lashed back at for speaking the truth. Are we to give up? Not I!

My question in the title, points to several things in our War Vs. the Core:
1) Those sold out to the CCSS Machine and its ruining of our educational system are no true leaders at all.
2) Those of us fighting against the ruinious mess across America, have risen up to become truthful leaders who were united. 
3) Some of our Warriors have been swayed by  ESSA’s rhetoric of the ‘school choice’ issue. Thereby playing right into the CCSS Machine’s plan of fallacies before facts. The result? In-fighting amongst our combined efforts.
4) Some  of our Warriors have remained solid in their stance against the CCSS Machine. How? By continuing to present consistent evidence that, not only school choice, but other CCSS Machine fallacies (data mining is not a big deal; States can actually lead their own efforts in ESSA’s implementation) are about to render all we’ve held near and dear about ‘quality education’, completely useless.
5) Those leaders in our political offices we’ve looked to to ‘save’ our kids, have, for the most part, continued to sell them down the river. Those who’ve dared to stand up against the Machine, have suffered as well.

All the while, the CCSS Machine churns on.

While we’re looking so hard at one portion of the CCSS Machine, the other parts make moves clothed in ‘greatness’. In truth, these are setting our nation up for total alignment to everything America fought to be free of.

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

Not sure which part of the Machine I’m referring to, while the other parts churn on?

As I revealed yesterday, in my highly censored article, the CCSSO or the Council of Chief State School Officers.
1) They’ve posed as leaders we trusted in the past; while, they have proven themselves to be 100% untrustworthy.
2) They’ve inserted themselves into the global push to change American education.
3) They love data mining our students and teachers of all ages.

4) The CCSS Machine group has had the audacity to brag about how their partnering with those citizens who THOUGHT they were helping shape their State’s ESSA plans was a positive move, knowing full well those citizen voices wouldn’t be written in!
5) CCSSO was actually named, by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s newer ESSA regulations, as one of the groups States HAD to work with to create State plans. (So, as always, my question has been: How can a State create its own plan when the CCSS Machine is micro-managing every move?!)
6) Most of all, CCSSO owns half the copyright to the Common Core State Standards. As I’ve proven to you before, ESSA did NOT kill Common Core! It re-branded it! So, in essence, CCSSO will still literally profit off our State educational systems.

So much for ‘great’ objective leadership, huh?


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What Leaders Will We Be From Here On Out?

Warriors, we do, in fact, face a bleak outcome in the War Vs the Core; if we continue to ignore the ENTIRE set of CCSS Machine’s movements.

How can this be done when all the ‘cards are stacked against us’?

1) Get the facts about the CCSS Machine fallacies for school choice, data mining, etc.
2) Know that the assessments geared to the CCSS Machine will not be going away anytime soon due to the ESSA mandates. This means the participation rates will also be enforced. Mandates in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and HEA (Higher Education Act) also ensure high-stakes assessments are here to stay.
3) Petition your States to sever their membership with the CCSSO. Find out if there is a State level, or even, a federal level law requiring membership in this sold-out-to-the- workforce-global-way-of-21st-Century-living. Is there a State level or federal level policy which has been misconstrewed to fool each State into thinking membership is required?
4) Fire up the Warrior’s cry against the CCSS Machine lobbyists who have purchased politicans votes. Both at the State and federal levels. If the CCSS Machine believes we’re divided and in-fighting, here’s where we can prove it wrong! We’re NOT going away! We will NOT surrender each other to this one-way-to-learn-one-way-to-conform system!

We are STILL that mighty force which outnumbers the CCSS Machine, question is, will we continue to lead like we believe it?

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Protecting each other well during a battle is vital for success.

We must face the fact that there is SO much more to taking down the CCSS Machine than simply at the federal level. We MUST look at our States. The biggest portions of  education funding in each State is from within, meaning your tax dollars.

Getting the States out of the CCSSO, is a definite beginning to true State-led education. Repealing all federal level education laws will absolutely re-instate our U.S. Constitution’s State Sovereignty in education.

Finally, while it may appear we face a ‘stacked deck’, appearances can be deceiving. We must carry ourselves as leaders who want a victory SO bad, we will be the mightest we’ve ever been!

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Closing:

Warriors, as we leave each other to celebrate this Holy Weekend, know that we STILL have much to accomplish. As such, most of next week, I will be away helping create a new and special Warrior tool to aid us in our War Vs. the Core. Use this article as a ‘study guide’ for how your troops can unite and formulate a great strategy to help your State regain its Sovereignty.