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Expanding ESSA

Anti Fed Ed Warriors,

Just when we thought ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) couldn’t get any MORE nanny-state like, a new House of Representatives bill comes along to blow that right out of the water. I’m talking about HR 804. As the language of the Bill introduces it, ‘to amend the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965)’.

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Why does DC continue to refer to ESSA’s former name and not use its current one? The answer is simple, everything in ESEA was codified in ESSA’s ‘update’, so that means every bit of NCLB (No Child Left Behind), RttT (Race to the Top), and everything which binds it all up in one stinky package is STILL in place!

HR 804, Transition to Success Mentoring Act:
(Bill link)
As the summary states it, Warriors, this Bill will give grant money to eligible groups to establish or expand school based mentoring for ‘at-risk’ middle school students heading to high school.  Sounds great, right? Look between the lines, my friends.
a) ‘At risk’ is the ESSA/ESEA label for any student outside a government determined set of parameters.
b) ‘At risk’ is nebulous on purpose. It’s a back door way to ensnare homeschool students, students who don’t fit in, students who are homeless, and so on.
c) ‘Eligible groups’ doesn’t mean at school, it means any of the ESSA/ESEA mandated P3s (public private partnerships) which qualify for predetermined government assigned parameters. Look at some of the after school groups and their ideals/morals. Are these really the people you want mentoring your child? Why is the government overreaching into the middle school to high school transition, anyway? Those sensitive years should be the parents responsibility, NOT the federal nannies!
d) “Mentoring” is a safe word for behavior interventions and mental health overreaches.

Think I’m overreacting? Let’s see…

This mentoring bill is sponsored by Rep. Carson (IN). It has 3 co-sponsors, Soto (FL), Moore (WI), and, Norton (DC). Below, is a screen shot of Rep. Carson’s website statement on education.

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(Source)

Warriors, if you are curious, Mr. Carson’s 2nd top campaign donor was Eli Lilly and Company. Eli Lilly has a powerful lobbying effort in DC for all kinds of health related items, including well adjusted youth. If you’d like to read up on the Eli Lilly Indiana SEL (Social Emotional Learning) mental health/mentoring grabs, visit their “Strengthening Students’ Pathways” page.

**Warriors, this isn’t the first time counselors have been assimilated into the CCSS Machine. Before Pres. Obama left office, he started the School Counselor alignment through an initiative which was to use these school staff members as salespeople for workforce aligned career tracks.

Why bring that up now? The ESSA re-authorization of ESEA mandated that ALL education be aligned to post-secondary readiness for workforce aligned education. The SEL shift we’ve seen plays right into the ‘readiness’ in several ways. Especially under the guise of forcing students to be emotionally ‘ready’ before they naturally mature. ESSA also handled this shift in a variety of other mandates, specifically expanded school staff for behavior management and mental health services.

Mentoring falls under BOTH of these categories!!

 

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What Else HR 804 Does:

Warriors, from this 10 page bill, if made into federal law would use an increased amount of taxpayer funds for ‘prevention and intervention’ for students who are ‘at risk’, ‘neglected’ or/and ‘delinquent’.

Side Notes:**Since more and more States are having to dance to the federal ESSA tunes, this is where home education will be hit hard. How? States are introducing legislation to classify homeschoolers as ‘neglected’ or somehow ‘at risk’. IL has HB 3560; PJMedia also has a report on this Bill. Be sure to read the article and comments. NV reports some dire issues with freedom to homeschool there; IL has a 2nd bill which will lump homeschoolers into the CCSS Machine, then there’s CA. (The NV report will include some information on the CA overreaches.) GA is also considering clamping down on home education. TX is pushing an entire mental health hub system for ALL students via SB 10 and HB 1448. MN has a record 6 bills which seek to rip families apart with all the mentoring/mental health birth to 5 overreaches.

As you can see the WHO’s idea of mental health overreaches mirrors that of America’s!
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*Federal Bill HR 804’s price tag is $50 million for FY 2020 alone. Fiscal years after that will be as much as Congress believes mentoring needs.
*As usual, Congress has created a bill, that if turned into law, gives the Secretary of Education MORE power.
*Any group (including a school) must submit an application to receive grant money. Anything the Secretary deems necessary, as far as information (aka: data), applicants must supply.
*Awarded grants MUST be used in mandated ways as laid out in HR 804:

 

*HR 804 allows for hiring coaches, but doesn’t say what limitations or requirements these coaches are to have.
*Grants are to be used for 5 years or less.
*Reports of what number of students, their academic data, how many hours were spent between Coaches and their students, and anything else the Secretary of Education deems as necessary to evaluate ‘success’. By the end of the 3rd fiscal year, the Secretary must pass data to the Congress. By the end of the 5th year, Congress will make a final report.
*“At risk students are defined by grade point averages (2.0 or below) or has been deemed as ‘at risk for academic failure’ by parents, teachers, or other educational ‘experts’. At risk extends to those who want to drop out, may have substance issues, be pregnant, been in trouble with the law, is a parent, doesn’t speak English well, is a gang member, or has been absent from school repeatedly. (a full description of ‘at risk’, eligible groups, are on Pages 7 and 8)

* Success Coaches are defined as anyone in school administration, from a community-school partnership or volunteer who wishes to serve. Service includes training and support. The training is to be at a minimum of 2 hours, have a screening (includes background check, child abuse, and job references).

Warriors, do you have as many warning bells going off in your heart and head as I do?

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Closing:

As one of my dear anti Fed Ed Warriors, in ID has stated, this battle is ours to lose. We MUST speak out. Our naturally given parental responsibility as our child’s BEST mentor is under attack! Our naturally given parental choice to home education is also under attack. Will we remain passive while Rep. Carson backed by Eli Lilly;  while TX, GA, IL, NV, CA and other States ursurp our power to nurture our children.
HR 804 expands ESSA in harmful ways. We cannot allow this.

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Parents!! Please…STOP HR 804 Please STOP your States!

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Education Used Against Us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Enter, NC’s “New” Report Cards:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing:

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

 

Keeping It Local

Warriors Against the Core, we all know how great it can be to have things available to us without having to go too far from home. BUT, what happens when all the ‘local’ education becomes anything but local?!

We enjoy not having to travel  so far to recieve an education. We need to keep in mind it’s set up for us by those who live far away. We WILL have to adhere to its constraints..like it or not.

It should go without saying that the constraints will include Common Core, in one of its many forms.

The CC Forms Are ‘A-plenty’, But Hardly Original Or Local:

As we know, CC is only one form of the modern education reform’s educratic buzz word ‘game’. There’s the more adult form of CC: CTE (Career Tech Education); then, there’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); there’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math); NGSS (Next Gen Science Standards); NGSS (Next Gen Social Studies); C3 (College, Career, Civics Life); CPs (Career Pathways); AAI (American Apprencticeship Iniatiative); CCR (College/Career Readiness), and, probably others we’ve yet to hear about.

The goal, regardless of the name, is the same: Workforce based education for 21st competency based learners.

As we know, none..not ONE of the above alphabet soup names is locally written, created, inspired, or otherwise fashioned together after. Every bit of the programs above is in the CCSS Machine from a top-down force. I do not mean a D.C. to your backyard force, I mean a globally driven force.

So, it should be NO surprise that when we wake up in our homes across America to face another day, we find the CCSS Machine has made one more stride toward us. Today, it may target your little ones; tomorrow, it might be the adults who are targeted; the following day could see our learners who are gifted tapped for the Machine. We may find that our special needs students will also be ‘blessed’ with educratic reform.

The point of the CCSS Machine is that NO age group will escape the top-down education reform.

The Proof Is Right Before Us:

Maybe you’ve seen, Warriors, the ads on social media for education grants awarded to those citizens in America over 50. That’s right, those over the “Golden Age” can get ‘free money’ to go back to school. But, what real LOCAL influence will these people receive if and when they go back to the classroom?

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In the picture above, the article shared that across America, certain community colleges waived tutition for students over 60.

That’s great, right? I mean, who doesn’t love free stuff?! But, as I’ve shared with you time and time again, our community colleges are being used as workforce education mills for the CCSS Machine.

If I’m one of these lovely elderly citizens, I may not know that by going to college for ‘free’ is laced with workforce agenda. If you know someone like this, share my  August 2016 article detailing the CCSS Machine’s power grab for citizens ages 50 and over. 

Wait, though…what if I’m a student under age 50?! What waits for me at my local community college or for-profit school? 

The CCSS Machine Grinds On:

Warriors, you know we’ve seen and heard plenty to prove CCSS is after the zero to post-secondary set. Somehow, that’s EASY to talk about. But, no matter how much evidence surfaces for those above a college graduate level (say, around 30 years and older), the conversations become hushed, or worse, non-existent.

It’s also quite okay to say CCSS is infiltrating public education. Try using that mindset backed by evidence for all the other school choices and you can be laughed at, scoffed at, or, my favorite; wearing your tin foil hat a bit too tight.

Since we know the CCSS Machine is linked to the UN’s Master Agenda, we should be ready admit that NO AGE limit is to be free and safe from the reform happening.

So, why was education chosen as the ‘silver bullet’ of the change agents?
Education is an on-going process. It is open to any age limit. Learning, without the CCSS Machine, is a natural progression.

Ah, The Aligned and Defined:

Community Colleges, as I’ve proven before are the ideal location for the CCSS Machine to grasp anyone who’s not been its grasp before. How? Think about it, home educated students often choose (or have chosen for them) their local community colleges for dual enrollment, or, as a stop gap between their K-12 education and any further education. Community colleges welcome those who are between careers, needing to take a course of two for their job, rehabilitate a person who’s been in prison, or, anyone going back to school after some absence.

Community Colleges are also beacons in their respective towns. Local taxpayer funds go into these schools..but so do federal dollars. Warriors, that, as we know, is the downfall of every single State in the United States. The local control, the local say completely gets muted when federal funds are involved. So, what’s the latest anti CCSS News as far as community colleges go? How will this news impact any age person who attends a community college?

The Digital “Do-Gooders”:

Warriors, if you’ve not clicked on any of the embedded links so far, you won’t know how ESSA, WIOA, and HEA (Every Student Succeeds Act/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act/Higher Education Act) are woven into every age group.

That stated, I am positive, you, as an  anti CCSS Warrior, do know about the ‘digital do-gooders’. You know them by their name or their sales pitches. These are the companies which act ‘educational’ with their computer, devices, software, and ‘personalized learning’.

These are the companies which have lobbyists championing the ‘ditch the traditional textbook and let’s get everyone on-line’ sales pitch. All the while, the legislators stare googly-eyed at the prospect of how going 100% digital will make them an ‘education rock star’ with the voters back home. If you believe the hype, there’s so much digital goodness to be had in education, it’s a wonder the entire nation isn’t running over with saints!

One such company, Vital Source has created a wonderful (and I do mean it sarcastically) guide of digital ‘do-goodness’ for EdSurge (a sold out CCSS Machine member organization).

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This short video will show you how all the digital goodness (in this case the data mining) will work together to help your school.

If you are an educator, this video will show you have to ‘leverage’ data for better ‘personalized learning’.

For those who are in the school leadership positions, Google’s using the digital opportunities to include school administrators in the data sharing of what goes on in the classroom. See this article.

Closing:

Warriors, make no mistake, the CCSS Machine has proven time and time again, that by every available means, it is out to assimilate everyone in its path. The question is, how willing are we to stop this?

 

Taking One for the Team

Teamwork is such an integral part of success. Anti CCSS Warriors, we have seen how our teamwork has helped us repeatedly strike a blow to the CCSS Machine. We have also seen how the CCSS Machine has used teamwork against our nation’s education, values, work ethic, and anything in between.

In the name of ‘student success’ we have seen ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) blatantly misguide our nation. No doubt we will continue to see more and more teamwork from the CCSS Machine from now until ESSA is fully entrenched.

So, what can, we, the Anti CCSS Warriors work on as a team?!

It is my researched opinion AND personal belief that we CONTINUE with truthful consistency in what we expose. While I have used the David/Goliath story as a comparison between ‘teams’ in this War Against the Core, I think we can also use the principles behind erosion.

Think about it, that one drop of water hitting the dirt will do little, but several drops at the same time create a puddle. Turn a hose full of water on the soil and you see the ground create a hole. The more water, the bigger the hole. What’s my point? With enough truthful evidence pointed in the most influencing direction, it  will create such a gap in the CCSS Machine, there is NO way it will be able to grind on.

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So, what truth have I for you this weekend? The CCSS Machine is grinding out some teamwork of their own you can use against them.

 
Collective Resumes?

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) uses social media quite a bit to spew CCSS Machine rhetoric. Below is a screen shot I think you will find interesting. As usual, the added emphasis you see is mine.

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As you well know, several anti CCSS Warriors have connected the Gates Foundation to ASCD, so we won’t focus on that aspect. What we need to focus on is the “Faculty 
Team Resume”. However, before we do, I want you to see what I was able to find out about Patrick Crawford in a visual way.

 

Crawford and a MD School:

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That MD School: 
As far as finding out any more about Fountaindale, there is almost no information on their website. I can tell you that they are associated with the Chesapeake Coalition of Essential Schools. Fountaindale is an elementary school aligned to CCSS and STEM. The school uses Teacher Incentive Funds and MAPS for assessing ‘rigor’. See: http://fountaindaleleadershipportfolio.weebly.com/index.html

I can also share with you that Fountaindale’s school has been key to a LA (Louisiana School District).

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Anti CCSS Consistent Truths to Learn and Share:


As anti CCSS Warriors, you need to see this 73 page document. It refers to all kinds of CCSS Machine groups, efforts, practices, and more. For example, Project RED (a Pearson Publishing Data mining mammoth); Using only CCSS Machine member organizations for Professional Development; How the Essential School Networks/Corsortiums are needed; Laying out what whole school reform should look like; How Gulen type education is needed; Using the “Using Minds Well” products; and how students are to be the ‘workers’ while teachers are the ‘coaches’, especially when it comes to 21st Century Learning. See: baker—baker-middle-2015-sig-application

As anti CCSS Warriors, here is what I have found on the Chesapeake Coalition of Essential Schools,
a) their website address: http://chesapeakeces.org/
b) their trademark tagline uses ‘rigor’ and ‘caring’
c)  their mission statement, “is to support schools and the people and communities touched by them in shaping respectful, rigorous, and responsive places of learning.”
d) all other information was blocked when I clicked on the tabs.

As anti CCSS Warriors, here is the link to the entire (nationwide) CES (Coalition of Essential Schools) directory:
 http://archive.essentialschools.org/affiliates%3Fby=type&order=asc.html

As anti CCSS Warriors, you need to know that CES is big on ‘coaching’ not so much true teaching and that Dr.Linda Darling-Hammond is one of the Executive Leaders. See:
http://archive.essentialschools.org/items/7.html (*Note: you will want to the the CES Benchmarks for Education: http://archive.essentialschools.org/items/5.html)

Those ‘Faculty Team Resumes’:

According to ASCD’s article which  Patrick Crawford wrote, here are his reasons WHY we need to shift from individual resumes to team resumes.

1) As a source of pride for your school collectively
2) Using humans as ‘assets’ during perspective parents/student events
3) As a tool to build each other up in a public way
4) Showing a collective body of achievements earned
5) Here is a screen shot of what Crawford has created and is helping spread across the nation:

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Crawford even gives ASCD readers (and us as Warriors) tips on how to make your school’s faculty look like his. (As Warriors, of course we will use the information to preserve individualism in our schools.)
Here is the link to his article: http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/education-update/aug16/vol58/num08/Showing-Off-with-a-Faculty-R%C3%A9sum%C3%A9.aspx

ASCD:  Churning Out 21st Century Professional Development:

Crawford’s work wasn’t the only recent news I thought we should learn about, there is
also the Professional Development model for 21st Century Learning. Here is a screen shot I thought you might find very revealing.

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To explain what I mean by Fetters best advice above, here is his opinionated statement near the close of the article he wrote for ASCD. “Of course, in my opinion, the most powerful PD out there is your PLN (professional learning network) via Twitter & Voxer. It takes time to build and maintain an effective PLN but it’s so worth the investment. Feel free to check out my blog post from a few months back on this very topic if you’re not connected……yet.”

Fetters also says we must ‘think outside the box’ when it comes to Professional Development in a modern day setting. See what else he has to say about the great things about CCSS, 21st Century technology, and more: http://edge.ascd.org/blogpost/21st-century-professional-development

Fetters is in the IRT (Information and Resources and Technology) Department (a Support Staff position) at Wendell ES Magnet.  See: http://www.wcpss.net/Page/19898

As an Anti CCSS Warrior, you might find interesting the School Improvement Plan from Wendell ES Magnet. See: http://www.wcpss.net/Page/19099

Related:

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)  has quite a few ideas about 21st Century PD in team settings which resemble what Crawford and Fetters are harping on: on-line, collective, and aligned!

If you want a quick look at ISTE’s view, check out this blog (with a short video) detailing ISTE’s Professional Development. This work by a grad student.
http://annietremonte.com/iste-teaching-standard-5-leading-collaborative-pd-in-edtech/

Closing:

Press on, my Warriors, get this truth out as you need to and let’s continue to erode the CCSS Machine!

Foolish Moves

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Happy April, anti CCSS Warriors! As you can see, a prominent member of the CCSS Machine has foolishly sent me an invitation to join them.

We help encourage each other every time we are blocked from sharing anti CCSS/Fed Ed truth by saying it is a ‘badge of honor’. So, I guess a personalized invitation is ‘a trophy’. Oh, how  I ‘hate’ to break it to ASCD, but this is one trophy I will happily discard!

If you think I am being pithy about this, I am. Consider this my way of celebrating April Fool’s Day. However, I know there is serious business to attend to, so let’s get to it, shall we?

In Case You Missed These Recent Truths:

I will confess, March was a whirlwind month for me, so I wasn’t as on target with sharing the following as I have been in the past, especially with my Twitter followers. So, in the spirit of unity, here are the items from March we really need to know about. An informed and active Warrior is much better to War Against the Core! We cannot let up, too much is at stake.

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The Fools Line Up:

1) The NEA (National Educators Assoc.) will begin their “Spring Into ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)” campaign, April 3, 2016. The goal? To ‘inform’ as many parents and schools about the great things ESSA will do to restore local control. As we know from researching the ESSA, this is a bold lie. NEA will use its power to bully the nation with this lie. To see what other CCSS Machine members are planning to do similar things to America:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/

Action Step: This weekend, brainstorm for how the REAL truths about ESSA can be shared in your local areas. To read the rest of the article where I highlighted this (near the bottom of the article): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/quick-kill-the-education-romance/
(*Note: After you brainstorm how to combat the lies with the truth for next week, go back and access the VITAL information the rest of article reveals! Post secondary education will need our anti CCSS Warrior truths as well!)

2) CBE (Competency Based Education) will be a requirement for teachers, thanks to ESSA.
Here are the biggest and latest moves being plotted by a number of CCSS fools.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/technically-speaking/

3) Other School Leaders will be aligned to the ESSA, as well as being put into positions to ‘heavily influence’ others under their authority and throughout the local communities. One of their weapons? Title One funding! (Title One is just one of the federally funded education Titles which will be re-purposed.) Read the plots being laid out: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

4) If you want to learn how the CCSS Machine is set to make MORE profits off our citizens across America, then you will need to read this eye-opener. All this profit will be made by adhering to the ESSA (most specifically the passages embedded which allow MORE P3s in education (P3s, public private partnerships).

While the private businesses will reap money, the federal government will reap student and teacher data. Educational data is worth at least $21 billion dollars and is used for the express purpose of a ‘birth to Workforce to Professional Development alignment’. An added fact from the ESSA is that $849 million dollars is earmarked for MORE digital access in education, for education, and to create a streamlined education!
To see the profit making, money grubbing fools’ plans/actions: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/ccss-machines-dangerous-3/
To see the ESSA’s earmarked funds:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

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More Fools Rush In:

As the clock ticks ever closer to the full implementation of the ESSA, expect more CCSS Machine members to almost trip over themselves to rush out MORE foolish information, plans, products, services, propaganda, subjective webinars/conferences/resources.

This is a huge bonus for those of us warring against this illegally based modern reform set to impact our entire nation. How?! Think in military terms here, you know your enemy; you know their objective; you know they will not give up.
That said, remember this: we are not giving up either! We are more in number than the enemy. We are more invested in this War than they will EVER be! How? We haven’t sold out, compromised, or walked away with our hands in the air. We have TRUTH! We have ‘gumption’ (ie: guts, fortitude)! We have the protective hearts to do WHATEVER it takes to stand up for those in education. We have the patriotism to stand up and do WHATEVER it takes to unite to save our country!

I leave you with the ‘Warriors Theme’. It was especially created for our U.S. Military forces to support their dedication to our nation. While the images show only Armed Forces personnel, listen to the words, the attitude conveyed, and the precision. Apply it to our War. (Note: There are a few colorful words in the song.)


“Conformity Readiness”

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Warriors Against the Core: In today’s “Tech Thursday” article, I will be taking an in-depth look at the ‘College and Career Readiness’ so interwoven in the ESSA. How does it connect to the Common Core? History, updates, resources, and much more information you need to know.

You recognize CCR, right? The College and Career Readiness that was to replace CCSS (Common Core State Standards), that was to be better than CCSS? That was to be one of the ways the ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act) ditched the CCSS? Yeah, right..I we all have beach front homes in KS!

“Air Apparent”:

It is no secret how much a part of the CCSS Machine Air, Inc. is but in case you haven’t seen some of the latest CCR (College and Career Readiness) propaganda, you are in for a ‘treat’!
Before we continue our look at AIR, Inc. let’s take a step back in time to see the foundation for CCR (College and Career Readiness).

 

A Step Back:

One of the only truly apparent things about CCR is that they were woven into the RttT (Race to the Top) applications and waivers..right along WITH CCSS! Below (as an example) is what NC did with its RttT money for CCR:
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Access the document: NCCCRRttTguide

From the blast of the past concerning the screen shot above, comes this excerpt that will help continue the point I am making today.
Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! is designed to mobilize all of these individuals and groups toward the goal of graduating all students from high school prepared for further education and successful employment. This high-level goal encompasses many smaller goals and objectives that will move North Carolina public schools forward. In their successful application for federal Race to the Top funding, state education leaders capitalized on the work that was already underway and received federal funding to help North Carolina move further and faster toward realizing Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! for every school district, every public school and every student.

Now, notice that “public schools” were stressed. Back when this was written, most school choices were not conforming to the CCR.
Fast forward to 2016..and every school choice, in some way or other is conforming to CCR!

This is NOT a NC specific problem, either, this is a nation-wide one. Before we move on, take one more look at this old NC document. Notice the SAT ties, the AP ties, the post-secondary aspects (community colleges and major 4 year universities). Notice the timeline. The 2016-17 school year is the LAST year before ESSA’s complete implementation is to take place. (Per the ESSA, everything must be in place no later than the 2017-18 school year.) Again, a nation-wide problem, not just a NC issue!

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So what do you think the rest of the States will do with the money coming down from D.C. with the CCR ties in the ESSA? If what the States did with RttT is an example, they will use it to continue breeding master conformers NOT citizens with free will! However, if your State didn’t get RttT funds, you still have the CCR..thanks to the CCSS Machine! All so conformity can be the end result of education for workforce needs.

 

Those Handy, Dandy Air, Inc. CCR Pocket Guides:

These are rather dated as well, the post I found was from 2013. Again, before the ESSA and its passage, but also another portion of the CCR foundation. It is here we will see the point in time when our States truly sold us out.

The Guides were created in a way to ‘help state and local policymakers and practitioners implement the college- and career-ready reforms included in the flexibility waivers approved by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2011, the Department of Education waived certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in exchange for reform plans related to four principles, including achieving college and career readiness.’  What were the other 3 reform plans? Revamping state waivers to adhere to CCR; how CCR would be defined; and using best practices to help shape the States for CCR. Air, Inc. just helped promote the CCR to the States (at that point, 35 in total). It was the ESEA Flexibility Waivers the States received to help them conform to CCR
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It is important to point out that the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) does contain a passage where it declares the ESEA Flexibility Waivers as expired. However, there are other passages where the CCR lives on without them. Go back and read those Flex Waivers,however.
Why? The ESSA gives MORE power to the SEAs(State Education Agencies) in alignment for CCR’s Outcome Based Education. ESSA also gives the Feds MORE power when it comes to approving any State’s education plan. The old Flex Waivers study by Air, Inc. will tell you the CCR was rapidly replacing the importance of high school graduation. Why? The economic impacts!
The CCR Pocket Guide (below); read it to also see the involvement of the NGA (National Governors Association), the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), the P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) and how the embedding of CCR into the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) would bring about all this conformity!
To get the CCR Guide this information is from: CCR_Pocket_Guide_0

Warriors, did you catch that? CCR was embedded INTO the CCSS! Since the ESSA embraces CCR that means the CCSS will live on! ESSA does use the phrase Common Core State Standards Initiative(CCSSI) 4 times in its Final Conference Report (1,059 pages), which means it is ALSO in the 391 page ESSA Final Law!! (Pages 130 uses CCSSI in relation to standards states use and their assessments; 825 uses CCSSI in relation to State educational waivers; 843 uses CCSSI in relation to federal financial support to the States; and 859 in relation to not prohibiting the States from withdrawing from the CCSS.)

Warriors, ask yourselves this: How can you keep the Initiative without the Initiative’s Standards??

Air, Inc.’s 2015-16 CCR Resource Guide:

What is the most interesting about this guide (not available in pocket size) is that while it says College and Career Readiness Standards and Assessments, scroll through and see how many of the resources are in fact, Common Core State Standards and Assessments. Notice how many other CCSS Machine members you see! Get this Guide: College-and-Career-Readiness-Assessment-Resources-Winter-2015-16

 

‘New America’ Maps CCR:

This member of the CCSS Machine has a handy, dandy website where you can literally see a map of the USA in colors to denote just how CCR they truly are. To see it: http://atlas.newamerica.org/mapping-college-readiness

How I know they are a CCSS Machine member: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/wybi-new-america-ed-central-pre-k-to-high-pay/ (*Note: the biggest clue to The Atlas website and my article? Beside the name, the logo gives it away.)

 

 

ESSA’s CCR:

When you search for the exact phrase ‘college career readiness’ in the ESSA Final Report, you will receive nothing. However, shorten it to one word (in my search, I used ‘readiness’). I found the following page numbers which will tie up the point:
CCR is most definitely embedded in the ESSA! It isn’t going away!
*Be sure to note that these are summaries. How did the writers omit CCR as we know it? ‘Post-secondary readiness’ OR ‘career readiness’, but NOT ‘College and Career Readiness’!

Page 85, Page 324, Page 328, Page 340, Page 374, Page 439, Page 462, Page 482, Page 516, Page 597, Page 601, Page 611, Page 615, Pages 626/629, Page 631, Pages 677/684,
Page 695, Pages 723/724, Page 803, Page 884, and Page 951.

Warriors Against the Core, just because the writers and sponsors of ESSA performed ‘language foul play’ by not using the exact phrase “College and Career Readiness”, doesn’t mean CCR isn’t there..it is, in plain sight with words that mean the same thing!!

 

Other Handy, Dandy Pocket Guides from the Government:

Directly related to the ESSA (and the supposed return of state control/CCR improvements/ and more) I give you the U.S. House of Representative’s EdWorkforce Committee Pocket Guides. 
http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/top10.png
http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/gop_principles.png

From the U.S. Senate’s HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) page, I searched for their take on CCR, the top resource? A group of supportive statements for the ESSA’s passage into law, where CCR was mentioned by several. See: http://www.help.senate.gov/ranking/newsroom/press/widespread-support-for-every-student-succeeds-act
To see their pdf documents for ‘CCR in Practice’:
http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/career-and-college-readiness-in-practice

Also of note from the HELP website is a document they have in their archives titled
This undated document is from the WV Dept. of Education and its addressing of the (then) newly released, voluntary CCSS.
Why do I bring this up? The search I conducted was for ‘College Career Readiness’, the description HELP has this document labeled with is that the NGA and the CCSSO published the CCR Standards(see the screen shot). Do you see the connection? The NGA and CCSO did publish Standards, but they were the CCSS, this document serves as proof the CCS AND the CCR are one and the same!

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Here’s the most CCR excerpt I could find from the document, “Lastly, the common standards are aligned with college and work expectations. By preparing all students to be both college and career ready, all students are able compete in their post-secondary education and/or career choice. Preparing all students to be college and career is absolutely critical to the long-term success of the country. By providing a set of expectations that are clear to students, parents and educators about what it takes to be college and career ready, the states have taken a major step forward in producing students who are ready for later success.” To access the entire document: Paine1 
To see the 2014 CCSSO CCR Task Force ReportEmbargoedCCSSOTaskForceonCareerReadiness120114

Warrior Question, why is it ‘Standards’ if they are ‘expectations’?

 

Other CCR Standards WannaBes:

Pearson Publishing’s CCRCCR_WEB_FINAL Pearson
EPIC’s (Education Improvement Policy Center’s) CCR:
 Defining_College_Career_Readiness
ACT, Inc’s CCR Standards claim: https://www.act.org/standard/
Their pdf document (be sure to see the bottom of Page 2): ACTAlignment-White-Paper

Closing:

There you have it Anti CCSS Warriors, the story of the CCR, CCSS, ESSA, and conformity in excess. We have much information to share, many more battles to fight, so let’s get busy!

 

ESSA in a Nutshell

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Anti CCSS Warriors, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is meant to be tough. It is meant to embed educational reform as we have never before seen. It was meant to be SO tough, no one would ever truly know the rotten insides lurking underneath the ink.
It is full of CCSS, CCR, CTE(Common Core State Standards/College Career Readiness/Career Tech Education), and a host of other programs, initiatives, and WASPs (Wrap Around Service Programs) which will conduct anything and everything in the name of student outcomes, student achievement, and/or student competency.

BUT like every tough nut, the ESSA is NOT impossible to pry open to reveal the rottenness inside of it! In today’s article, I will do my best to expose the rottenness in one ‘crunch’!
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The following lists are from the ESSA Final Conference Report. They will also be in the ‘Final Law Version’, but the page numbers will be different.

 

Data (and all that goes with it), Technology, and the In Home Assessments:
Page 123; 138; Page 255; Page 363; Page 450/451; Page 463/464; Pages 485-488; Page 508; Page 630; and Pages 943/ 944. (A complete explanation as to why these are so rotten:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/ )
In a crunch: almost $900 million for more technology to data track, data mine, and sell to almost anyone connected in or outside of education. All in the name of ‘student success’. Assessments will be part of this rotten portion. (Section 9210 is where you need to crack open the in home assessing.)

Teachers,  School Leaders, Non-Profits, For-Profits Inside and Outside the Classrooms:
Pages 300/301; Page 302; Pages 323, 324; Page 344; Pages 347-349; 351-357; Page 406; and Section 9210 (yes, as in the Data paragraph above). In one ‘crunch’, see my “School Board Special Part 3”, for not only more revealed rottenness for teachers and leaders, but you will see more about intrusive data mining, as well as whole community alignment all in the name of ‘challenging state academic standards’ for student competency based education.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/school-board-special-part-three/

Timeline the States Will Have to Adhere to:
In a crunch, just keep July 1, 2016 circled on your calendars and share with your legislators this date. There will be others, but this one will hit the States bank accounts rapidly.
See the ESSA timeline of the MOST important dates (there are others that we will discover as the school year 2017-18 approaches. To fund this straight path to alignment rottenness, the FY 2017 Federal Education Budget Requests.
Timeline: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/school-board-special-part-4/
Big Bucks for ESSAhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/ (*Note: be sure to follow the 2017 Budget’s rottenness is the related articles.)

Workforce/Career Tech/Career Pathways/Career Clusters/STEM/Apprenticeships:
This is a huge part of the rottenness in the ESSA! The passage of the ESSA embedded workforce based education in a multitude of page numbers, programs (existing or about to be introduced). The supposed lack of business trained workers is what we are told the career paths are for and why they are needed in education ON THE SURFACE, but underneath? The rottenness: more data mining, tracking, and aligning students (0f all ages) for the sake of Mr. and Mrs. Businesses. ESSA directly ties to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).
In a crunch know that the WIOA and HEA (Higher Education Act) are mentioned in the ESSA over 160 times!  To see the rest of the rottenness surrounding this ESSA/WIOA marriage: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

The WASPs (Wrap Around Service Programs):
Unlike the nuts we’ve crunched so far, the WASPs won’t be inside the nuts, they will, however, be close by the nuts. This will be another huge part of the ESSA rottenness.
Look for Promise Neighborhoods, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, SEL (social emotional learning) interventions, and much more. Page numbers and all the stinging news will be seen: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/
and here: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/


Is There More Rottenness?
Absolutely, we could break the above categories down into smaller ones to reveal even more rottenness disguised as good legislation for education. However, we know if we are to share this with legislators, we must, out of respect for their busy schedules, keep the information concise. In my researched findings, this is about as concise as I can make the over 1, 059 pages. ( ESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915 ) or its shorter Final Law version ( Finalessa.391pages ) Why do I continually refer to the larger document? It is easier to read, therefore easier to sift through.

Not a Nut, but a Cog:
I have kept the nut theme going for a reason. Nuts all look the same on the outside, of course depending on their variety. You usually can only tell when the meat inside is rotten once it is cracked open, crunched in an inertia device, etc. However, you know I have long referred to all the activities in the education reform we are witnessing, as part of the CCSS Machine. Below, I leave you with my ESSA, CCSS-Machine-like screen shot. You certainly may share this with your busy legislators, but please be sure to make it as relevant to your state as possible. I have one specifically for NC, that I will be sharing with the NC General Assembly. If you live in NC and would like that graphic, please contact me.

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Tell ’em it’s from the Common Core Diva when you share this!!