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Bon Voyage! Hello, Grinders

Well, Warriors Against the Core, we’ve made it halfway through the week. While Congress hasn’t made too much noise about fed ed, the U.S. Dept. of Ed has.

Also busy at work? Those CCSS Machine members/groups bent on aligning our nation as quickly as they can.

However,  before we get to the latest moves, let’s be sure to say a not so cheerful ‘Bon Voyage’ to Rep. John Kline as the head chairman for the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee.

During Kline’s rein, he helped ramp up fed ed, not decrease it. His position of power for education and workforce has plunged our nation further into deep and dark places which will take years, if not the rest of our lives, to correct….and, Kline’s walking away. Why are our students not given the same choice?!

His partnering with Sen. Lamar Alexander, as chairman of the Senate’s HELP Committee, has been one we Warriors do not need to soon forget. Between these ‘twins’, American education has seen a complete shift from academic to aligned; from freedom of choice to forcibly constricted. The only thing these 2 have filled our ‘looking glasses’ with is smoke.

While we know Kline’s leaving all this behind, who is stepping into his shoes? Rep. Joe Wilson from SC. Time will tell what we can expect from him. It is my personal hope that Mr. Wilson will be a true champ to our students, not another chump. Serving as co-chair will be Rep. Virginia Foxx from NC. She’s already shown her love for CTE (Career Tech Education) many times over. Will our voices be enough to melt her heart? Time will tell.

To all those about to be elected  as Congress members, the featured picture is an oath I hope you will take on behalf of the anti CCSS Warriors and those opposed to fed led ed.

So all that said, Bon Voyage, Rep. Kline, we Warriors Against the Core, will not pine.

Let the ESSA Grinders Begin:

Grinding down our kids Participant #1)
9/27/16, Data Quality Campaign had the unmitigated gall to release this:
“Among ESSA’s numerous provisions highlighting the value of data in education is a new provision to expand the role of research in education.” They carry on with how this is to help the States.

If you wish to see the 5 page document: http://2pido73em67o3eytaq1cp8au.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/DQC-Why-research-matters-09142016.pdf

Be sure you note the OTHER involved CCSS Machine member groups.

You will also want to see the 4 data policies DQC will ram down our throats, too.

Grinding down our kids Participant #2)

While folks are still scrambling mad about Dr. King’s ‘overreach’ in post-secondary education and his off-base remarks about home education, he’s been busier than a king in his court. Meeting with special education teachers, leaders of education related groups (aka CCSS Machine member groups), groups who influence teachers in Title II funding, and all the while telling American students how great education is, and hey, while you’re at it, come fill out a new and improved FASFA app. He even crowned a ‘family engagement ambassador’.

Congress has proven they have short-term memory problems. Why? It’s their confirmation which saddled our nation with Dr. King’s ‘service’.

Participant #2 grinds on….

Late Tuesday, 9/27, America was given a newly crowned “Family Engagement Ambassador”. But, wait, more will be crowned in the future. Here’s an excerpt from the 27’s Press Release, ” U.S. Department of Education’s first Family Ambassador, Frances Frost, to increase parent and family engagement in education policy. The Family Ambassador position is made possible by a grant from the Kellogg Foundation and an agreement with The Campagna Center of Alexandria, Virginia, to support family engagement in education.”

Remember when it was decreed by first Duncan, and then King, that the U.S. of Ed was to be your partner as a parent? This is the way in which it’s being softly sold. Below, it a picture:

You’ll want to download this. Look at the CCSS Machine member groups who contributed to this! frameworks-resources

Grinder #3)
The ‘Chiefs for Change’ meeting was all about Title II funds. I covered the toxic CCSS Machine ties to CforC back in the previous election cycle when lots of State Superintendents were running in elections. These ‘Chiefs’ are all up in federally led education! To see their website: http://chiefsforchange.org/

To see how CCSS Machine influence is being used in relation to Title II funding (ie: public tax dollars): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/saluting-all-you-hortons/

To see the Dr. King/Chiefs for Change meeting:


To access the Chiefs Title II/ESSA document: cfc-title-ii-policy-brief

What’s interesting is that King met with Chiefs in the afternoon, and led a teacher discussion in the evening…hmmm, can we say ‘agenda’?!

Back to Grinder #2, again)
So what in ‘blue blazes’ did King say to the special education  folks at their convention?
The CCSS Machine member group, EdWeek, tells a subjective side,

From the EdWeek article, you can see that two national groups devoted to special education had a first ever joint conference. The NASDSE (National Association of State Directors for Special Education) and the CASE (Council of Administrators) just wrapped up. See what ESSA items they discussed:


My research about NASDSE :
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/monday-musings-idea-when-good-goes-ccscte-bad/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/
3) What ESSA has in store for special needs:

Grinder #2, yet still)
even showed up (9/26) to encourage the Gen-I students! Gen-I is short for “Generation Indigenous”
See the Press Release: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/09/26/white-house-outlines-massive-outreach-indian-country-tribal-nations-conference-165903
You’ll need to note that Sec. Sally Jewell was there, HUD (as in U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) and others were not only in attendance, but helping to lead the ‘unity’ (aka: alignment). I recently wrote about the degradation of education at the hands of the CCSS Machine:


Warriors, I know you see lots of opportunity to choose where you’d like to take a shot at the CCSS Machine. After all, It’s mission is what I call an ‘equal opportunity offender’.
Let’s be purposed, focused, and armed with facts when we do strike.


“Fed” Triples Up

My fellow Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, while the U.S. Dept. of Education is anxiously waiting for the public comment period on the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Proposed Regulations to END, they are also busy pumping out MORE CCSS Machine rhetoric.

This time it is celebration of the 2nd anniversary of WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). What does WIOA have to do with ESSA? After all, ESSA was supposed to impact K-12th grades only.

Well, if you haven’t been following my blog or research long, you haven’t seen how I was able to uncover how WIOA is written into the ESSA’s language; is now a mandated part of ESSA; how it ties CTE (Career Tech Education), CCR (College and Career Readiness), AAI (American Apprenticeship Initiative), CP (Career Pathways), CC (Career Clusters), and CBE (Competency Based Education) BOTH the laws together. You also haven’t seen how BOTH the Laws are also tied to the HEA (Higher Education Act), or, how HEA is also full of the alphabet soup names you see above.

What does the WIOA have to do with the Proposed Regulations for ESSA? Put briefly, plenty. The Regulations mandate that in the name of ‘State Accountability’ TO the ‘Fed Ed’, how ALL students must be shown as on track for College/Career Readiness; that ALL teachers MUST teach to post-secondary readiness, and more.

My point? Simple: We are getting a triple hit of ‘education reform’ via the CCSS Machine’s grasp in D.C.! WIOA is a law the U.S. Dept. of Labor is under. We know ESSA is the law the U.S. Dept. of Ed is under. So which federal agency is the third portion of the triple hit?
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. HOW? The HHS is in ALL the Laws anywhere near this shift in education FROM academics TO workforce based.

The Previously Published Evidence: 

These will help you connect the dots between then and now.

One of the most eye-opening articles about WIOA, which will pre-date ESSA’s passage and HEA’s renewal (for funding purposes only) is this one , below. Sec. of Labor Perez is gloating about how this (then) new Law would revolutionize education. See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1187

This article will show you how Sec. of Ed Duncan and Sec. of Labor Perez visited MA to put on a dog and pony type press conference promoting the united efforts of the Ed/Labor through CCSS and more. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/tech-thursday-duncan-goes-to-massachusetts/

Another related article details how the President put the Vice President in charge of a workforce based shift for education which includes not only the federal departments previously mentioned, but shows you what other federal agencies are involved. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/rmt-sunday-vp-common-core-and-jobs/

This article has a variety of workforce based education facts, see: 

Also related is the article where you can see how the Health and Human Services was taking advantage of the shift for workforce based education. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/

From Dec. 2015, when the ink from signing ESSA into law was barely dry. How ESSA and HEA are connected and how WIOA ties them together for a seamless bridge from cradle to career.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

From Jan. 2016, one of my first after digging through ESSA. It connects WIOA and ESSA, as well as shows you how both are to create a new kind of American citizen.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

Related is this one where you can see how the federal agency, Housing and Urban Development is behind the ESSA/WIOA/HEA laws. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/silent-partners/

You may also like this one from earlier this month. Since the ESSA is trying to mislead us by switching language from the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness, I look at the push for how the States are redefining WHAT CCR means. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/ready-or-not/

The Latest Rhetoric:

Release just a few days ago, is this Press Release from the U.S. Dept. of Ed about WIOA’s ‘virtues’http://blog.ed.gov/2016/07/5-things-know-wioa/
You can be sure the current Sec. of Ed, Dr. King is ‘partying on’.
Among those 5 things ED wants to know and celebrate (but haven’t told you to down sides about each) are in bold type, my ‘down’ side to each will be italicized.

a) education reform for 21st Century skilled labor
b) a job network across the nation relying upon massive data mining/sharing
c) the job network will ensnare anyone looking for work and align them via training or re-training
d) community-wide, P3 involvement for reform (by the way, ESSA mandates region specific educational tracks)
e) evidence-based research and benchmarks (in other words subjective and selective resources to fit the reform agenda). (*Note: as far as ‘benchmarks’ for career/workforce based education, see what I found out about them back in 2014: 
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/tech-thursday-cte-career-technical-education-workforce/) According to the National Association for CTE, the last time the information for benchmarks was updated was 2014. See:

Aren’t you ready to break out the confetti and balloons?!

Here is the slick video sales pitch for how great WIOA is about connecting the nation via education, data, and more.

If you would like to see this older slide show about WIOA being implemented in your State:

If you would like to see how I have been able to connect the Workforce 3in1 (now called by a newer name) to those job centers ED is so excited about and are mentioned in the above video. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/makeover-for-workforce/


As the march toward a complete implementation of ESSA, we will see more rhetoric like above. We must be consistent in exposing the rhetoric, Warriors! So know that all the WIOA/ESSA/HEA laced education is awaiting our nation in the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

One way to help exposure from our side of the War Against the Core is to publicly comment on the Proposed ESSA Regulations, especially where the connections between education and workforce exist. From the researched evidence for the ESSA Proposed Regulations, the anti Fed-Ed group, US PIE (United State Parents Involved in Education)’s special team found the following.
1)   “ESSA is supposed to give flexibility and more control to States by decreasing the burden of reporting requirements. Proposed regulations 299.13 and 299.19 will expand data reporting for “States and LEAs in order to provide parents, practitioners, policy makers, and public officials at the Federal, State, and local levels with actionable data,” which will entail additional costs for States. These reports must include accountability indicators to show how the State is aligned with a College and Career Readiness Standard (Common Core).” 

2)  “Proposed 200.21 through 200.24 require LEA’s to include evidence-based interventions in order to receive improvement funds. Such interventions include the safe and healthy school environments and the community and family engagement plans. These plans include the heavy use of surveys—student surveys and home surveys.”

3) “Proposed 200.14 states assessments provide information about whether all students are on track to graduate “college-and-career-ready” (Common Core).”

To see the entire document of federal overreaches from this special project: http://nebula.wsimg.com/c3dbda7825b179bb2ad5358ef3acc6a4?AccessKeyId=13C8A0E7EBB1F1E5E658&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

To publicly comment against the ESSA Proposed Regulations:

If you are interested in my formal dissent comments on the ESSA Proposed Regulations:

Are you ready for a ‘Triple Hit’ of our own? I am!




FTF Tuesday: AACTE and Common Core

AACTE stands for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
AACTE stands for American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Have you heard of the AACTE? American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Their main goal? Prepping the next generation of teachers to lead in the classrooms. So, how aligned with Common Core  programs are they? Let’s see if we can find out in today’s “From the Files” article.


Founded in 1948 (their 50th anniversary was 1998, in celebration of that, a rather comprehensive book was put together and was said to be free to download for members only.) Included in the book are the future plans of the group as well as their past. Other downloads like the global view of early education, USA and UK education reform, and more innovation via education are on the site as well, but members only.

The CEF (Committee for Education Funding) has the following description of AACTE: “The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national voluntary association of higher education institutions and other organizations and is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality preparation and continuing professional development for teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning. The almost 800 institutions holding AACTE membership include private, state, and municipal colleges and universities large and small located in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Collectively, the AACTE membership prepares more than two-thirds of the new teachers entering schools each year in the United States.” 

You’ll want to check out the Board of Directors for AACTE, as it is comprised of leaders from various colleges across the USA, so be sure to check to see if your alma mater has become a part of this group OR if the post-secondary school of choice for your students is on this list.

AACTE gives grants to state chapters. State chapter resources include CCSS assessments. You’ll have to be a member, however, to retrieve those resources. See: http://aacte.org/state-chapters/state-chapter-support-grant-program (*Note: scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the state chapter resources.)

AACTE has an official publication titled JTE or Journal of Teacher Education. AACTE and Sage Publishing work together to bring this media source to educators. To access the publications since 1959 to present, see: http://jte.sagepub.com/content/by/year

The funds for AACTE? That’s quite interesting. Here’s a screen shot from their website that details the federal dollars for various projects. If you’d like to see more about the federal funding aspect, http://aacte.org/policy-and-advocacy/federal-policy-and-legislation/437-federal-funding

Research didn't prove successful for funds coming from the usual CCSS sources.
Research didn’t prove successful for funds coming from the usual CCSS sources.

What’s really interesting is the PDF I found from 1969 which states AACTE is a voluntary consortium. So how do they receive federal money? Big question..no easy answer, from what I can find. Here’s the document for you to have. Maybe you can glean the answer for yourselves. ED034722 I can tell you from the sounds of things, it reeks of another P3 (public private partnership), however, after extensive searching I can neither confirm nor deny this possibility.

Pearson Publishing:

Yes, you can’t get anywhere in CCSS Land without Pearson. Here’s the list of the Pearson co-operative programs the AACTE uses for EdPTA (of which Stanford University is the sole owner of):

  • Chalk&Wire
  • Data180 (Folio180)
  • Digication
  • Edthena
  • EPCS Online (UW-Madison)
  • FolioTek
  • ILAT (Pass-Port)
  • Lessoncast Learning
  • LiveText
  • ShowEvidence
  • Taskstream
  • Tk20What’s an EdPTA? Here’s the AACTE’s description, “edTPA development was led by Stanford University and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity. Stanford University is the author and exclusive owner of edTPA and responsible for ongoing development of the assessment, and implementation support resources for participating states and institutions of higher education. Stanford University is also responsible for the design and development of the online scoring training, including selecting and coding subject-specific benchmarks and other training materials.”

If you’d like to learn more about Stanford, Pearson, the platforms, and EdTPAs, https://secure.aacte.org/faq#will-the-pearson-platform-replace-other-electronic-portfolio-vendors-for-edtpa

More about AACTE’s CCSS/STEM Connection:

AACTE, Congressional hearing and Linda Darling-Hammond..what a combination. See: https://aacte.org/news-room/press-releases-statements/22-nevada-teacher-to-testify-during-aactes-congressional-briefing-on-qpreparing-stem-teachers-the-key-to-global-competitivenessq

For AACTE’s rubber stamp statement of support for CCSS: https://aacte.org/resources/common-core-state-standards

For AACTE’s Letter to Sec. Duncan, aacte-response-with-appendixes (*Note: lots of perspective here, in my opinion. Not so sure if it’s one I like, however. While the Association cries ‘federal overreach’ is needs to remember where the funding connected to those projects from the chart above)

For an view of AACTE we don’t see anywhere on the internet, but you will find revealing: http://www.nctq.org/commentary/article.do?id=147

To see who likes to work with AACTE, be sure to check out this screen shot, then head to Twitter for more.


One more thing, if you’d like to see the 2015 promo that AACTE has on You Tube, it’s below. Freeze the video when you get to the sponsors of the conference which just wrapped up. See how quickly you can connect the CCSS dots between these sponsors.

Tech Thursday: A “CTSO” Near You

How would you know if your state has a CTSO? Visit: http://www.ctsos.org/
How would you know if your state has a  CTSO?
Visit: http://www.ctsos.org/

Common Core Back Story for Today’s Post:

Back in July of 2014, I wrote a guest post about Common Core Standards taking over the leadership clubs our students can belong to. Clubs like the FFA (Future Farmers of America), DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), and others. Funny thing is, these clubs are available to ALL students regardless of their educational choice. This means private, parochial, home, charter, post-secondary schools (like 2 year or 4 year colleges), and proprietary schools (those for profit schools). 

The facts I discovered weren’t all that well received, I wonder how they will be now. Very few want to consider that CCSS isn’t JUST for those in public school (and that it ends once the students leave the building) OR is K-12 only. Very few are willing to see ALL the other places CCSS is hiding. However, we MUST look! We must continue to dig..so that anyone who wishes to see, CAN see where CCSS is tucked away right under our noses.

In the original article, I first told all about CTSO (Career Tech Student Organizations) Today’s “Tech Thursday” will take an updated look at the CTSO movement..all thanks to Common Core! To access the article I wrote in July 2014,


Today’s CTSO:

Sec. Duncan poses with CTE (CCSS adult version) students.
Sec. Duncan poses with CTE (CCSS adult version) students.

Fiscal year 2015 funding for Career Tech Education is well over $1 billion dollars. One of the organizations in the CTSO consortium is worried about ‘inadequacies’. See this excerpt, “On March 4, 2014, the Obama Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. The budget proposes to level fund the Perkins Basic State Grant at $1.118 billion in FY 2015, with no increase for CTE National Programs either. ACTE is concerned that continued inadequacies in state Perkins funding are negatively impacting high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students nationwide. Congress must make building our federal investment in CTE a top priority!”  The Association of Career Technical Education, ACTE, has more about this on their website, https://www.acteonline.org/funding/#.VNKQ8J3F-hQ  *Note: while you’re there, be sure to access the blog feed for the latest in federally funding post-secondary CTE (remember, Career Pathways, Career Clusters begin in secondary schools.)

So, the CTSO in your state: 

If you’d like to see the colorful flyer the CTSO has for each member (upon becoming one), see: http://www.ctsos.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/CTSOTrifoldNoMembership.pdf

Want to get the ‘facts’ about your state’s CTE efforts via these clubs?

Just to see what KIND of facts are available,  I looked at NC (the introductory picture showed VT’s). I was able to see that over 57,000 CTSO members live in NC. Of those over 57, 000, I got a breakdown of how many CTSOs are in EACH Congressional district. (useful tool for anti CC Warriors) *Note: Given the fact there’s a ton of federal AND state money tied up, knowing the Congressional districts is key to helping educate those who are ELECTED to serve, we the people with HOW ‘Adult CCSS’ IS Career Tech Education!

The goal of aligned careeers?? 'Workforce' workers.
The goal of aligned careeers?? ‘Workforce’ workers.

You can also get a ‘State Profile’ so you can see just how great an aligned CTE/CTSO state can be. Without NC specific material, I thought you’d more like to see the general rhetoric in the profile. Here’s the excerpt, ACADEMIC AND TECHNICAL SKILLS Align with National Curriculum Standards CTSO programs and activities, such as competitive events, are aligned with National Curriculum Standards in sixteen career clusters recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Integrate Into Classroom Instruction CTSO programs and activities are designed to provide authentic, experiential application of essential skills and knowledge obtained through classroom instruction. Industry Validated The sixteen career clusters and their National Curriculum Standards are based on research conducted by and through industries associated with each career cluster. Assess Classroom Learning CTSOs use a variety of assessment models that are reflective of industry practices. Each requires the student to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to industry situations through a variety of assessment techniques such as comprehensive exams, role-plays, presentations, demonstrations and case-studies.” More of the rhetoric? Those ready for 21st Century Skills, global collectiveness, and engaging everyone! Also, in your state’s profile are all the CTSO member organizations–again broken down by Congressional districts.

*Note: be sure to look over all the secondary AND post secondary schools involved.

Sponsors Involved in CTSOs:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Dupont, Farmers Feeding the World, Finish Line, Ford Motor Company, Geico Insurance, G-W Publishing, H & R Block, Hospital Corporations of America (HCA), Hilton, John Deere, Journeys, LifeSmarts, Marriott, MasterCam, Medical Reserve Corps, Men’s Warehouse, Microsoft, Monsanto, NAPA Auto Parts, NCL (National Consumers League) NFIE Young Entrepreneur Foundation, Office Depot, Otis Spunkmeyer, Pioneer (part of Dupont), PITSCO Education (This is related to the  STEM part of CCSS), PostNet, PLTW (Project Lead the Way; more STEM), RFD-TV, Rockwell Collins, Safeway Foods, SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), Sygenta, U.S. Army, Public Health Service, University of Phoenix, USA Today (Gannett Publishing), Vector, Verizon, Visa, Walgreens, and Zoetis.

Selling the CCSS aligned CTE.
Selling the CCSS aligned CTE.

Related resource: 

If you want to get to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website for all things CTE related, be sure to visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/grntprgm.html