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“The Prudence Files, Part Two”

Welcome back, Anti Fed Ed Warriors, it’s Part Two of my look at the 2020 Presidential race. In Part One, you not only got a feel for how I am putting the series together, but a close up look at the Senators running for the Oval Office.  Today, the close up is on  Representatives (and former DC leaders)??

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As you saw in Part One, there are 20 candidates who have announced their candidacy and at least 13 others considering running. In both groups, you have current and former public servants and private citizens.
Below is the screen shot from Part One for the federal public servants. Note the Representatives for today’s article.

***Please note: Rep. John Delaney left his office  after the 2018 mid term elections.***

Rep. Ryan has 20 current education bills (or related) and one House Resolution which relates.

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Reps. Moulton, Swalwell, and Gabbard share co-sponsorship of HR 1, 5, 6, and 1784. They also voted ‘yes’ to HR 1’s final House vote. Rep. Amash voted ‘no’ to HR 1.
Reps. Moulton and Swalwell share co-sponsorship of HR 51 and HR 865.
Reps. Gabbard and Moulton share co-sponsorship of HR 728.
Reps. Gabbard and Swalwell share co-sponsorship of HR 1384.
Rep. Swalwell shares co-sponsorship of HR 1733. Rep. Moulton is the sponsor of HR 1733.
Rep. Moulton shares co-sponsorship of HR 1109 and HR 1170.
**Note: HR 1 also embeds the automatic protection of the U.S. Dept. of Education (and other agencies) in the event of a disaster (natural or man-made).

Rep. Moulton currently has 8 education related bills. (*Note: from his Congressional page, his education stance.)
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Rep. Swalwell shares co-sponsorship of HR 590.
Reps. Ryan and Gabbard share co-sponsorship of HR 873.
Rep. Ryan shares co-sponsorship of HR 1058.
Rep. Gabbard shares co-sponsorship of HR 1943. Rep. Gabbard is also the sponsor of HR 1587.

Rep. Gabbard has 7 Education related bills. Her education stance was featured in Part One.

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Reps. Moulton, Swalwell, and, Ryan share co-sponsorship of HR 860.
Rep. Moulton shares co-sponsorship of HR 674.

Rep. Swalwell has 6 education related bills. His education/workforce stance can be found here.

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Rep. Moulton shares co-sponsorship of HR 9 and HR 1368.


Rep. Amash has 2 education related bills. Warriors, as I pointed out in Part One, while voting ‘no’ to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was a good thing, it appears that’s been cast aside. Why would I say that? Look above, do you see the support for school vouchers?
School vouchers are a big part of, not only ESSA, but current federal budgets! From BallotOPedia, you can see he previously voted ‘yes’ to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That Act has been kept in place. So how does it connect to education? Creating more P3s (Public Private Partnerships) in education, at all ages!

The first bill Rep. Amash has co-sponsored is HR 899, it’s the one bill which would shut down the U.S. Dept. of Education by Dec. 31, 2020. While I do agree the U.S. Dept. of Education should be shut down, it is absolutely NOT prudent to shut it down without REPEALING ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), first.

Something the Bill’s sponsor and co-sponsors didn’t attach to the bill. I’ve written previously about the ‘unintended consequences’ which would happen should this Bill become law. With the direction education is headed in, as well as the upcoming election, we don’t need to throw wisdom out the window. (*Note: the embedded article above features the 115th version of HR 899. The 116th version is the same except the termination date.)

The Second bill is HR  1910, which would end the Import/Export Bank. While that’s a good thing (for education), It’s doubtful this bill will pass.

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Former federal politicians running for President (or considering it)

1) Former Rep. John Delaney:

Warriors, as I shared above, Mr. Delaney left Congress to pursue the 2020 Campaign, full time. Here’s his website:

To see his education stance (and it’s pretty awful), go here. As a ‘bonus’ you’ll even see he mentions some of his work in education while he was in the House. Let’s not forget, he did vote “yes” to ESSA.

2) Former Rep., Beto O’Rourke:
Warriors, I know there’s been lots of questions about Beto’s stance on charters. I can tell you that Reuters has recently published his past support for them could be trouble. However, as an Anti Fed Ed Warrior, you need to know the non-profit his wife heads (which ‘improves education’) is a partner with the Gates Foundation.
As far as the official O’Rourke for President campaign website, his education stance is pretty scary. Strengthening education unions will only breed more globalism!


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3) Former VP, Joe Biden:

Warriors, if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you will know I’ve already connected Mr. Biden (while he was the Vice President) to the CCSS Machine. Times haven’t changed at all.


To see the Biden Foundation information on education, go here. To see my articles on Biden, go here.

According to The Hill, if Biden does run in 2020, he’ll be the guy to beat.

4) Former Senator/Former Sec. Of State, John Kerry:

Warriors, if you missed the Kerry/Bush debate on education, I’ve got it right here! Kerry was in full support of nationalized standards. That was while Kerry was a Senator.

As the Secretary of State (State Dept., which is very much in the CCSS Machine/UN back pocket), Kerry’s getting us in the Paris Agreement (which has influenced education via climate change, even in 2019) was counted as one of his greatest accomplishments.

(Sources for the information seen above)

The CCSS Machine’s money (as seen in Part One). Regardless of the Senate, the House, or former public service, the campaign dollars show us quite a bit.

 

Warriors, use your prudence when looking at the other issues your candidate stands for. As we’ve seen from the Senators, the Representatives, the Vice President, and the Secretary, education connects to everything else.

Closing:

Warriors, in Part Three, I’ll be reviewing the Trump/Pence team’s actions in education. In Part Four, I’ll be exposing the State level politicians running for the Oval Office.
Part Five, will conclude the series with private citizens running, as well as, other election information.
Be watchful my followers, we’ve got much to do in the coming days.
**This just in, Rep. Swalwell was reported in Part One as considering to run, he has since confirmed it. 

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“The Prudence Files, Part One”

Greetings, Anti Fed Ed Warriors, welcome to my latest series. All this week, we’ll look at the 2020 Presidential race.

“Prudent decision making” is key when exercising our right to vote. Being prudent is also associated with the roots of wisdom.

 

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A Starting Point:

Warriors, let’s face it, the 2020 Presidential race is already crowded. By looking at the candidates NOW, we have a great opportunity to use our voices to SHAPE the race.

What I will NOT be doing in this series: telling you whom to choose. That is not my business nor place. I simply want to give you information no one else will dare. I will spare no candidate.

Why? Information, in our case, Warriors, is teamwork.
It’s teamwork we need and teamwork is how we work best when arming Warriors against federal education intrusions.***

 

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We should use our prudence to back up our feelings we felt right after ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was passed. 

Against-Common-Core-and-VoteThe Issues:

Warriors, according to the website called the “Top Tens”, the 2020 key issues are:
1) Nuclear Weapons, 2) the Middle Class, 3) War, 4) Health Care, 5) the Environment, 6) Education, 7) the National Debt, 8) Gun Violence, 9) Immigration, and, 10) Abortion.

The Top Tens author did boldly point out that education should be the #1 issue, but as I’ve learned in researching the candidates, for many, it isn’t even on their ‘radars’. So, they lack prudence in education, right off the bat.

Warriors, in fact, many have placed the Green Deal and/or Climate Change as their #1 issue. As we know, I’ve shown you how the Climate Change and Green Deal overreach into education.

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As I stated in my last article, the series will be broken down in the following ways:
1) Current federal politicians (Senators first, then Representatives and former leaders), any current legislation related to education, the candidates & their stances on education, and, are they connected to the CCSS Machine in any way.
2) Pres. Trump’s review on education.
3) State politicians and their education stances/activities.
4) Private citizens running for President.
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The Race Begins:

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The 20 candidates are (in no particular order/highlighted names will link to my previous research on them):

Rep. Tom Ryan, businesswoman Marianne Williamson, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Pres. Donald Trump, Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Julian Castro, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Kamala Harris, Gov. John Hickenlooper,
Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Wayne Messam, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. William F. Weld, businessman Andrew Yang, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Justin Amash (source).

The 2 who voted “NO” on ESSA? Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) and Rep. Justin Amash (MI).
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, don’t rush to their sides just yet. Let me show you what I’ve found out about their education issue stances.

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Warriors, as you see the very Anti Fed Ed action of voting ‘no’ is at the center of the knot. Very prudent, but notice the outlying points. These are what detract from the prudence.
*(Note: We’ll look at Rep. Amash’s information more in-depth in Part 2.)

 

Harris:
Other non-prudent moves by Sen. Harris include Medicaid for All (funds used in education are included), expanding early childhood education, embedding 21st Century Skills, keeping national testing, and expanding Higher Education. (*Note: other education stances can be found here.)
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As far as the other Congress members who voted ‘yes’ on ESSA? I’ve put together a chart below:


 

The Other Federal Candidates Who May Join The Race:

Warriors, here are the other federal (current or former) leaders from DC, VP Joe Biden, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Seth Moulton, and former Sec. of State, John Kerry.

What ties to the CCSS Machine do these people have? Biden (LGBTQ education for all, Big Labor/Unions, CTE); Swalwell said ‘yes’ to ESSA; Bennet also said ‘yes’; Moulton said ‘yes’ and has added green jobs, STEM, and CTE to his stance; Kerry is tied to the Clintons and received campaign donations at one time from (then, citizen) Donald Trump.

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Current Legislation From Those In Office Which Impact Education:

Warriors, be sure to use www.congress.gov to look up the Bills by number. I’ve included a brief statement of how these connect to education. If I’ve already written about any of these, they will be highlighted.

Sen. Warren currently has co-sponsored a dozen education related Bills.

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If you’ve not seen Sen. Warren’s universal ECE (Early Childhood Education) and Universal Child Care Plan as President, I urge to read this article she wrote.

Sens. Harris, Booker, and, Gillibrand share co-sponsorship of S 672 (see description above).
Sens. Gillibrand, Booker, Klobuchar, and, Harris
share co-sponsorship of S 477 (see above).

Sens. Harris and Klobuchar share co-sponsorship of S 720 (see above).
Sens. Harris, Gillibrand and Booker share co-sponsorship of S 579 (see above).
Sen. Booker and Klobuchar share co-sponsorship of S 461 (see above).
Sens. Harris and Klobuchar share co-sponsorship of S 523 (see above).
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Senator Harris currently is associated with 7 other Senate bills. (*Note: her education plans as President are near the bottom of the page when you visit the link above.)
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Sens.  Warren, Sanders, Klobuchar, Gillibrand, and Booker share co-sponsorship of S 610 (see description above).

Sen. Booker shares co-sponsorship of S 166 (Sen. Gillibrand is the sponsor), see above.
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Sen. Gillibrand has 14 education related bills. See below:

gillbill Sens. Harris, Klobuchar, Booker, and Bennet share co-sponsorship of S 791 (see above description).
Sens. Warren and Harris share co-sponsorship of S 851 (see above).
Sens. Harris, Klobuchar, and, Bennet share co-sponsorship of S 358 (see above).
Sens. Harris and Klobucar share co-sponsorship of S 758 (see above).
Sen. Klobuchar shares co-sponsorship of S 137 (see above).
Sens. Booker, Bennet, Harris, Sanders, and, Klobuchar share co-sponsorship of S 768; Sen. Warren is the sponsor (see above).
Sen. Harris shares co-sponsorship of S 260 (see above).
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Senator Klobuchar has 15 bills and 3 Senate Resolutions which are education related.

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Sens. Harris, Bennet, and, Sanders share co-sponsorship of S Res. 79 (see description above).
Sens. Warren, Harris, Bennet
, and, Booker share co-sponsorship of S Res. 127 (see above).

Sens. Warren, Harris, Gillibrand, Booker, and, Sanders share co-sponsorship of S 266 (see above).
Sens. Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders, and, Warren share co-sponsorship of S 627 (see above).
Sens. Harris and Booker share co-sponsorship of S 729 (see above).
Senator Bennet shares co-sponsorship of S 759 (see above).
Senator Gillibrand shares co-sponsorship of S 839 (see above).
Senator Harris shares co-sponsorship of S 943 (see above).
Senator Booker shares co-sponsorship of S 625 (see above).
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Senator Booker has 4 education related bills. If you’ve not read this article, you’ll find out Sen. Booker is a DeVos supporter on school vouchers and charter schools.

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Senator Gillibrand shares co-sponsorship of S 497 (see above).
Sens. Harris and Klobuchar share co-sponsorship of S 981. Senator Bennet is the sponsor (see above).
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Sens. Sanders, Klobuchar, Warren, Booker, and, Harris were among the Senate co-sponsors of S 461 which seeks to improve education outcomes for HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). The Bill has passed the entire Senate and is now in the House’s Education and Labor Committee. In 2017, I showed you how HBCUs were being targeted by the Ford Foundation (CCSS Machine member) for STEM.

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Senator Bennet
is the co-sponsor of S 381 which would amend the HEA for NASA (STEM) based resources. He also is a co-sponsor of S 876 which will provide STEM jobs for our military veterans. Bennet is also a co-sponsor of S 317 and S 468. S 317 will amend the Social Security Act to increase children’s mental health in wrap around services. S 468 will require schools to partner with mental health services.

The CCSS Machine’s Money:

Below, is a chart of the most recent campaign information from Open Secrets:

 

Closing:

Warriors, in Part 2, we’ll look at the House of Representative Presidential Candidates as well as the former public servants. 

 

 

 

When “Choice” Really Means “Confinement”

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, this is my second article on the federal overreach into education by the 116th Congress.

So, far we’ve seen the HR 62’s grab for our little learners with shifting Head Start and Early Head Start funds to block grants your Governor’s will be in charge of. The hidden in plain sight agenda there? “School choice”, especially via vouchers for low-income families.
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Since ESSA codified Common Core and ALL that goes with it, let’s remember what ‘school choice’ REALLY looks like in 2019:

 

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For today’s article, it’s HR 69, the ‘‘Ending Common Core  and Expanding School Choice Act’’.
This bill is 6 pages long and is sponsored by Rep. Bill Riggs from AZ. There’s one co-sponsor from CO (Rep. Doug Lamborn).
HR 69 is in the hands of the House’s Education and Labor Committee.

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Warriors
, before you break out the champagne and burn your anti Common Core t-shirts, let’s dig into this Bill as well as some breaking announcements from around the education news circuits which connect to ‘ending Common Core’.

 NO State has gotten rid of Common Core, it’s re-brands, assessments, resources, curriculum, professional development, etc. The ‘name’Common Core might be missing, but it is still there. You know it’s been proven repeatedly on my blog and others!
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SO, does HR 69 get rid of Common Core or does it champion school choice?! Look at these tweets from Rep. Biggs. Do you see what’s missing?

From Jan. 24, 2019:

On the 25th of January, rather than promote the HR 69’s intent to “End Common Core”, Biggs once again touts ‘school choice’. Warriors, don’t you think if your Bill had the first three words as “Ending Common Core” that you’d shout it from the mountain tops?!


In this Tweet, near the time HR 69 was introduced in the 116th (1/3/19), note the promise Biggs felt was honored:

 

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First up: The Fine Print:


Warriors,  HR 69 has “End Common Core” in its title, but does it REALLY end CCSS?!
Let’s find out!

As I stated, this bill is only 6 pages long, the first 3 and 1/2 pages are devoted to expanding school choice via ‘money following the child’ schemes.

HR 69 also is targeting the money toward low-income families. This is dangerous in the false hope it gives. Money following the child is a worn out CCSS Machine tactic to attract those outside the current education system and draws them in, only to be trapped in the alignment. Homeschoolers are also among those targeted by ‘school choice’.

On Page 4, nearly at the bottom is ONE paragraph devoted to actually mentioning ‘Common Core’ and its supposed end.
But look how Rep. Biggs worded it. This, is not only a deception, it’s a waste of taxpayer money to even print this Bill!

Warriors, if you cannot read the excerpt from the bottom of Page 4, here it is, along with the balance of the paragraph on Page 5:
‘‘SEC. 1113. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.  ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—No officer or employee of the  Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative agreements, mandate, direct, or control  a State, local educational agency, or school’s specific instructional content, academic standards and assessments, curricula, or program of instruction (including any requirement, direction, or mandate to adopt the Common
 Core State Standards developed under the Common Core State Standards Initiative, any other academic standards  common to a significant number of States, or any assessment, instructional content, or curriculum aligned to such  standards), nor shall anything in this Act be construed to authorize such officer or employee to do so. “

As I stated in the screen shot, there’s no need to stress that States are not to be forced into ADOPTING Common Core, that has already happened via RttT (Race to the Top) AND ESSA!

ESSA also removes ‘school choice’ as we knew it. How? The mandate for all education to be aligned to the same workforce based standards (teaching, resources, assessments, and, curricula) as laid out by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

HSLDA Joins Jeb’s Yellow Scarves:

Warriors, back in 2018, I published an article which featured a scathing expose on Jeb Bush’s involvement with National School Choice Week and the iconic yellow scarves used to signify support.

Congress has embraced this annual CCSS Machine laced week. Rep. Biggs, among them. However, he is far from the only Congress member who supports and (falsely) believes ‘choice’ (meaning the type of education learned/taught) still exists.

Since ESSA’s passage, ‘choice’ is only applicable to location. So, those very so-called champions of education who keep telling the nation education isn’t defined by zip code, are in essence, MAKING education defined by zip codes. The very agenda they say they ‘hate’ is one they are backing 100%. Will we continue to support these double-speaking educrats?!

Remember, earlier I stated homeschoolers were being drawn in the school choice debacle?

HSLDA, Homeschool Legal Defense Association has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight. In this HSLDA press release you see how the organization is using ‘school choice’ to equate to educational freedoms. Sure, back before ESSA, we had educational freedoms. A few still exist, but, Warriors, the longer we see the ESSA mandates continue to increase (like those in-visits and the birth to 5 yrs overreaches), the freedoms will totally disappear.

Warriors, if you look more closely to what other CCSS Machine items HSLDA supports, you may be surprised. What may those be? Career Technical Education, education savings accounts, apprenticeships, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  Frankly, I’m glad to see HSLDA remove all the behind the scenes support for the CCSS Machine and come out blazing. It means all the illusions of the past few years have been shattered.

 

CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don’t be fooled!

Here Comes Betsy!

On January 23rd, during “School Choice Week” Sec. of Education, DeVos was reported as saying it’s imperative Congress support school vouchers and thereby school choice. The Daily Signal’s article tells the entire story.

In January, and on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s blog, a ‘myth vs fact’ guide to ‘school choice’ has been provided. However, it paints those opposed to school choice as somehow the problem. How like the federal government to point the finger at citizens rather than admit the reality of THEIR lies.

Related Resources:
1) To see the Paradise Valley Community College/Chamber of Commerce connections which connect to the AZ charter school featured in the first Biggs Tweet picture, go here. To see the AZ Chamber of Commerce News about this, go here.
2) Paradise Community College is a part of the Maricopa Community College District in Phoenix, AZ. Maricopa Community College District is tied to the League for Innovation in Community Colleges (LICC). LICC has received grant awards from the Gates Foundation. LICC also has Pearson Publishing and WalMart (among others) as partners. LICC also is a nationwide organization.
3) To read Rep. Biggs’ “Freedom Friday” post about HR 69, that’s located here.
4) To see Rep. Lamborn’s pro-ESSA stance, as well as his belief in school vouchers and ESAs (education savings accounts), read this.
5) Rep. Biggs’ Campaign contributions show that the Koch Industries (as in Koch Brothers, part of the CCSS Machine) was among the funding groups.
6) To see my collection of HOW many ways the CCSS Machine has already infiltrated homeschooling, go here.
7) Since the CCSS Machine’s ultimate goal is total control of our children (and ourselves), we see parental rights eroding a bit slower than school choice is disappearing. We know the ESSA mandates for family involvement and student success mean those in-home tracking visits (see the very first part of this article).
However, Illinois has just shared that a bill which FURTHER takes parental rights away is in the works. The Bill also will factor directly into home visits and family involvement. It’s called the Parental Bullying Bill.  The way in which this Bill will also add to the CCSS Machine’s control of children is through ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and mental/behavior health interventions. Most certainly all this will be included in ‘school choice’ options. (*Note: I am not condoning parental bullying in its true form, however, the broad strokes being used against parents needs to be of concern.)

Closing:

Warriors, my next article in the latest Congressional overreaches will look at the increase in educratic powers the NSF, National Science Foundation, is set for.

 

Current Nat’l Science Foundation work for CCSS includes professional development (for the teachers, leaders), infrastructure (computers, software), research (as in mind, education, etc.) and assessments (tests that measure)