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Alexander’s Rag(e)?!

Thanks to a dedicated anti CCSS Warrior, I was pointed to the Morning News by Politico.
Link: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2016/09/career-education-bill-breaks-down-in-senate-216421

While this is a temporary victory, we need to remember the source: Sen. Alexander.

*Cheerleader for ESSA
*Caught on public record stating alignment for HEA (Higher Ed Act) was next after ESSA became law, and supported by many CTE (Career Tech Ed special interest groups).
*He also knows full well that Perkins Funds (used for CTE) are federal level and given to the States.
*Alexander surely knows all this and much more. He helped write these laws! He’s also a huge key player in birth to grave alignment (that infamous late 80s speech is proof).

From Alexander’s ragging on/raging on this morning:

*We now know the Senate HELP was set to hear ‘discussion’ on S3271, The Workforce Advance Act. The ‘sister’ bill to HR5587, Strengthening Career Tech Education in the 21st Century.

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How Both tie to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act):

* ESSA ties those funds to not only post-secondary readiness, but student enrollment numbers for those ages 5 to 17 years old.
* ESSA also ties the Perkins funds to education as defined by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).
* ESSA also embedded every single shred of the ESEA of 1965, which means NCLB went with it to, ESSA DID NOT fix NCLB!
* ESSA also gives the US Sec. of Ed tremendous increases in his authority. One of which is he is the one to oversee a smooth transition from old ESEA to new ESSA nationwide. Since Perkins funds/CTE are in ESSA, that means King’s got the authority over them in other bills.

What Politico reported:

The article states, “Democrats are opposed to the new restrictions on the education secretary’s authority, and point out that such measures were not included in the House bill — which cleared that chamber on a 405-5 vote. “Senator Murray has been working with Democrats and Republicans toward a bipartisan bill to reauthorize Perkins CTE, and she is hopeful that this can continue and get done as quickly as possible,” said Murray spokesman Eli Zupnick.”

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As far as HR 5587’s (The Strengthening Career Technical Education in the 21st Century which passed 405-5) position on Dr. King’s authority: See Page 18 of the 88 page Bill:

 SEC. 8. TRANSITION PROVISIONS.  Section 4 (20 U.S.C. 2303) is amended—  (1) by striking ‘‘the Secretary determines to be appropriate’and inserting ‘‘are necessary’’;  (2) by striking ‘‘Carl D. Perkins Career and  Technical Education Act of 2006’’ each place it appears and inserting ‘‘Strengthening Career and  Technical Education for the 21st Century Act’’;
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As far as King’s power in the S3271, Workforce Advance Act 
(An excerpt from my “Congress Loves CTE” article/comparing  S3271 and HR5587)

 the bill would allow the Department of Education to use national CTE activities to help identify successful methods and best practices for providing dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high school career and technical education opportunities.” See:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

While in the text of S3271 you do not see Dr. King’s shift from determining ‘appropriate’ CTE  to ‘necessary’ CTE; you do see he has total rein over dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, Perkins Funds, all the Title funds involved in CTE, early college high schools, apprenticeship programs, as well as the backing of the National Assoc. for CTE, see their crosswalk document for aligning ESSA and WIOA.

https://commoncorediva.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/senate-principles-crosswalk_final.pdf

You’ll also want to see this little gem from the Congress.gov website about S3271, “Official Titles as Introduced: A bill to amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 regarding dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high schools.”

Source: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3271/titles


Closing:

Warriors, while it is a sigh of relief for WHATEVER reason Alexander pulled his stunt this morning, it goes without saying that we MUST brace ourselves.

We’ve been able to see right through the smoke and mirror, pro CCSS Machine chatter from D.C., especially from Senators Alexander and Murray. Remember, they BOTH led the nation to ESSA as law. BUT, they were hardly alone.

We know the HELP Committee isn’t done. There are 2 OTHER CTE Bills remaining in their  hands: S3190 (CTE for Rural Health Care; ties Obama Care to CTE), and S3174 (LADDER Act; creates a national workforce council in the Executive Branch of the government).
Oh, and by the way, Dr. John King, as US Sec. of Ed (0r his appointee) is to be among the council members).

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Knowing Fiscal 2016 is winding down, it is truly important we keep tuned to Congress. Especially on the LADDER Act. Why? As I previously researched, published, and have spoken out about, the LADDER funds are ALREADY set aside for Fiscal Years 2017 to 2026. It wouldn’t surprise me at all that Alexander purposefully is taking S3271 off the immediate action table (especially since the House threw the nation under the CCSS Machine 405-5) and put S3174 in its place.

The House’s Ed/Workforce Committee hearing for 10 am on ESSA Title 3 Regulatory Fiat, appears to still be on schedule for 9/21.  Link: http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=401015

Why this hearing’s a CCSS Machine dream come true? Funding and educratic doublespeak. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/special-edition/

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Success is Costly

Warriors, what price do you think the CCSS Machine has put on our nation? It has to be an astronomical amount. I mean to continue to bend over backwards to ensure ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) carries on the mission of the CCSS Machine, no expense is too little. No lie is too small. The agenda is globally encompassing.

Last evening, the US PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education), joined anti CCSS Warrior forces with PJNET (Patriot Journalists Network) and spread (via Twitter) the clear, concise, and TRUTHFUL messages about ESSA, specifically about the current Proposed Regulations and the vast amount of power Sec. Dr. King will use…at our expense.

Was the social media protest from last night successful? Yes! Volunteers from all over created special images depicting our dissent, distrust, and anger over ESSA, Sec. Dr. King, and the Proposed Regulations. The evening was SO successful that Warriors are STILL re-tweeting these truths! Why? Because each one of the protest tweets goes directly to the U.S. Dept. of Education! What is the cost of this success? Hours upon hours were poured into the Rally. That’s the great thing about grass-roots groups, their passions are deep, their dedication to truth is priceless. For all the big bucks the CCSS Machine is spending, it can’t match our Warrior spirits!

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For number crunchers, just over 5, 700 tweets of protest were delivered to the U.S. Dept. of Ed on Monday evening. Today, there are about 940 protest tweets being sent.

We can do more! We need to flood the U.S. Dept. of Ed with truth!

We have from now until 8/1/16 to publicly dissent. The Twitter Action page put together by PJNET is still up and running. So use it, if you can. You can also create your own messages to send to the US Dept. of Ed. The tweets and images PJNET is using are the ones the volunteers in (or associated) with US PIE created just for this event.
Link: http://patriotjournalist.com/ReinInTheKingAction.php?v=0&src=Schedule

IF you don’t use Twitter, use other social media to help spread a message of public outcry over these Regulations. The U.S. Dept. of Ed also has a link to the Federal Registry for public outcries to be sent to. The Federal Registry is a great body of evidence and testimony we should use (it is free) for our cause of ending the reign of educational abuse at the hands of the Feds in America!

When you visit the Federal Registry, note some of the other comments submitted. Especially the ‘canned ones’ by some of the pro ESSA/CCSS groups (especially the NEA).
To access the Comment Page: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032-0001
To read the comments: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032

I would suggest you skip the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s view of the Proposed Regulations. You know they will wax eloquent (and confusing) about just what these implementation rules for ESSA do. The Regulations span 192 pages.

If you haven’t seen the Talking Points Against the ESSA Proposed Regulations, US PIE has put together: http://nebula.wsimg.com/c3dbda7825b179bb2ad5358ef3acc6a4?AccessKeyId=13C8A0E7EBB1F1E5E658&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

It will cost you little to read these AND then make your comments public in the ways you think will be the MOST effective. (As for myself, I am using any social media I have access to and the Federal Registry.)

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It is important to note that Congress is on recess. As such, contacting them with your comments (which we should do) may not receive much feedback. However, what we need to point out is something Dr. Sandra Stotsky and I have in common. We have discussed it in a private email exchange.

Who (or what group) wrote the Proposed Regulations? Why does it matter? If the U.S. Dept. of Ed DIDN’T write them, they cannot and should not be used. They are illegal!

This, my Warriors, IS a matter your Congress members should address. To be the most effective with this, I truly believe we need to wait until Congress is back in session. An inquiry, at the very least, should be conducted. Does that mean we shouldn’t have conversations about this matter between now and then? Absolutely not! We should be prudent in our planning, if this is an avenue we Warriors need to take.

To see Dr. Stotsky’s article about the authorship mystery:
http://newbostonpost.com/blogs/can-parents-combat-the-medias-tolerance-of-institutional-manipulation/

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Success does include financial costs. If you would like to give a small (or large) donation to either the U.S. PIE group or the PJNET for their hard work, as a ‘thank you’ for the Rally, please do. Both grass-roots organizations receive no funds which are tied to the CCSS Machine. As such, every bit helps our anti CCSS cause tremendously.  

PJNET’s funding link: http://patriotjournalist.com/RallyFunding.php
US PIE’s funding link: http://www.uspie.org/home.html (look for the ‘donate’ button on the top right corner to be linked to PayPal)

Closing:

As for myself, no cost is too much when it comes to fighting for this nation, its freedom, our citizens, and most especially, our children. Thank you for being of a like mind, anti CCSS Warriors. Together, we are unstoppable!

The Gift That Keeps Aligning

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, have no fear, I am still here! Yes, it has been a few days since I last shared any education research with you. However, that does not mean I have been slacking off. Quite the contrary. I have found myself involved in a project which has me combing through the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) once again. I wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed any nugget of truth hidden inside the Law. The first time I read the Law (yes, I actually read all the pages of the Final Conference Report (1, 059) pages and the Law (391 pages) ), I knew there were mandates in there to impact every single educational choice known to man, but I also knew that with the ESSA Proposed Regulations Public Comment period drawing to a close (Aug. 1, 2016), I’d better see if there was anything else I missed the first time. A special note for you Warriors, the Final Conference Report AND the Law have the same wording, items, and intent, it is simply a matter of page number difference. The font on the Report is much easier to decipher.

That Gift Quote:

Warriors, we know the ESSA was signed in early December 2015. We know the CCSS Machine members in the Congress, White House, and those in attendance, were almost giddy with joy over the Law. (See below)

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Now, I am not rubbing salt in any wounds. I am actually using the President’s quote to make a valid point:

While the Law was to ONLY encompass K-12th, look at the picture. This is based off my research/reading of the ESSA (as well as the WIOA and HEA) As I have shared with you in the past, birth to career education is embedded in the Law.  ESSA embeds WIOA and HEA in it! ESSA will not stop at the school’s front doors, it means to invade your home, your neighborhood, your entire town (rural or urban), it means to invade your job, too! { WIOA: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; HEA: Higher Education Act) } Some gift…some miracle, Obama.
( To see the entire speech: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/10/remarks-president-every-student-succeeds-act-signing-ceremony )


The Gifted Students:

While I have covered how ESSA will cover every educational choice and shown you have almost every type of student/citizen will be entwined, I have not gone into as much detail for the gifted students as I have for the others. So, the remainder of this article will focus on how ESSA will take this subgroup (as ESSA refers to any type of student outside of the traditional public school student) and align them as well.

The National Gifted and Talented Student Associations:

If you didn’t know it, there are a few of these groups. There is the NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children), there is the NSGT (National Society for the Gifted and Talented), The U.S. State Department’s Gifted Education, The Acceleration Institute and, more. (*Note: According to the Open Education Data Base Website) there are at least 50 organizations of some type for gifted students. See: http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/50-essential-links-for-the-parents-of-gifted-children/)
I urge you to look into as many of these as you can. Like always, I am delving into just one of these groups and ESSA Law itself. (I will be looking in-depth at the other gifted groups later.)

NAGC, National Assoc. of Gifted Children:

Website: https://www.nagc.org
Their stance on Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards:
 https://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/Position%20Statement/Common%20Core%20and%20Next%20Generation%20Science%20Standards.pdf

An excerpt from this Press Release, ” The developers of the CCSS and NGSS have acknowledged individual differences of gifted students noting that some students will master the standards before grade 12, and that it is up to educators to extend the learning goals and objectives beyond the standards to meet their needs. This acknowledgement means that effective implementation of the standards requires specific instructional strategies and curricular materials, including modified formative and summative assessments, for advanced and gifted students whose levels of learning exceed grade-level expectations. Effective instruction using CCSS and NGSS for gifted students will require extensive professional development on the standards and the assessment systems, sufficient materials and personnel resources to support implementation..

The NAGC’s Board of Directors includes a Dr. Dina Brulle. If you do not recognize her name, she has written much on the subject of Common Core, gifted students, how they learn, and why group cluster settings are the best for the gifted learners. You can see her position paper on the group cluster settings on the AASA (American Assoc. of School Administrators, aka: The School Superintendents Assoc.). AASA is a huge CCSS Machine member organization! Access the paper: http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=17446

Now, Warriors, why would I point out this one Board member? Certainly there are others who are CCSS Machine friendly. Brulle is a former Product Developer for Pearson Publishing’s Assessments Division! Her CV (Curriculum Vita) shows that from 2006-2009, Pearson was Brulle’s employer. See the CV: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/cv?id=282980

To see the other NAGC Board Members: https://www.nagc.org/about-nagc/who-we-are/nagc-board-directors
The NAGC Annual Fund uses part of its money to promote and train leaders for gifted students in Common Core. Among the top donors in 2015? Pearson Publishing! See: http://www.nagc.org/get-involved/volunteercontribute-nagc/thanks-these-nagc-2015-annual-fund-donors

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To access the NAGC’s Common Core/Next Gen Science website pages:
http://www.nagc.org/common-core-state-standards-national-science-standards-and-gifted-education

Warriors, you might be interested in the NAGC’s Special Interest Groups and what groups they network with in the name of educating gifted students. See: http://www.nagc.org/get-involved/nagc-networks-and-special-interest-groups

There are Gifted Programs nation-wide which align to the NAGC Standards. One example is from CA. The University of California at Irvine’s Extension has the GATE (Gifted and Talented) program. Not only does it align to the NAGC Educational Standards, but to the CAG (California Assoc. for the Gifted) Standards. See the UCI brochure:
https://ce.uci.edu/pdfs/brochures/color/gate.pdf

Do the GATE Standards include Common Core? Indeed they do. Taken from the 2013 document from the CAG, is the screen shot below:

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To see the rest of how CCSS and GATE influence gifted learning:
https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/cagifted.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/docs/ccss-gate_cde_website.pdf


ESSA, That Gift for the Gifted?

Okay, Warriors, just WHAT does the ESSA have to say about gifted students? Well, according to the NAGC, ESSA includes several items (mandates) from the TALENT Act. TALENT Act was to support and enrich gifted/talented learners. (*Note: TALENT stands for:  To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation’s Teachers Act {S. 363 and HR2960}. To read the S 363, (HR 2960 is an exact copy): 
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s363/text
Basically, the Act was to help address the so called achievement gap, both here in the US and globally in the 21st Century with 21st Century skills. As we know, ESSA is full of this very theme.

As far as what those several TALENT Act items are, the NAGC doesn’t make too clear on their page concerning ESSA and gifted learners. See: http://www.nagc.org/get-involved/advocate-high-ability-learners/nagc-advocacy/federal-legislative-update/every-student

SO, what have I found in the ESSA language about gifted and talented learners? From my July 5th article, I showed you how an entire program (called Envision) is geared for younger gifted students and uses CTE (Career Tech Education) as one of its ties to both the CCSS Machine AND ESSA. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/youth-envisioned/

Back in January 2016, I shared with you how gifted students (including those in AP Courses and dual enrollment) where being sucked in by ESSA. This one gives you exact page numbers, too.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/the-great-education-experiment/

Not included in either article are the following ESSA Final Conference Report page numbers and how they relate to gifted students:
Page 138, identifying schools serving gifted and talented students (means any school with gifted learners will be noted.)
Page 328, ELLs (English Language Learners) who are identified as ‘gifted’  receive personalized  learning
Pages 335 and 336 explain how local funds must include activities for gifted learners
Page 636 (Section 4644) begins the Supporting High-Ability Learners and Learning details.
Here is a screen shot as to why this should be a concern.

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On Page 637 you will find that it is the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Secretary who will consult with Gifted and Talented Child Experts and enter into contracts with the States for funding the Javits Program. Further in on Pages 637 and 638, you will find how the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Secretary will have any group or person wishing to help educate the gifted and talented, must submit an application to him, NOT their States!

Page 639 establishes a National Research Center for Gifted and Talented Students! Here is the proof, “CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.—
‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary (after consultation with experts in the field of the education
of gifted and talented students) shall establish a National Research Center for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth through grants to, or contracts with, one or more institutions of higher education or State educational agencies, or a combination or consortium of such institutions and  agencies and other public or private agencies and organizations, for the purpose of carrying out activities described in subsection (c). ‘‘(2) DIRECTOR.—The National Center shall be  headed by a Director. The Secretary may authorize  the Director to carry out such functions of the National Center as may be agreed upon through arrangements with institutions of higher education,  State educational agencies, local educational agencies, or other public or private agencies and organizations.”

More details can be found out about this National Center from Pages 639-642.

Closing:

I know this is a lot to take in. It is a lot to wrap our heads and hearts around. How in the world our Congress members DID NOT read this Bill before it became a LAW is still something I do not understand. Aligning education is one thing, using our teachers and students for ‘research’ is quite another. Let’s remember, however, that ALL students and teachers will be used for ESSA purposes, not necessarily their own.

Be sure to stay tuned for my look into the other Gifted Associations.

Fed Ed Budget for Teachers/Leaders

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It is no secret how fed up most American teachers are with Common Core Standards. Now iron-clad bound by the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

What MORE CCS (aka: Competency Based Education, College and Career Readiness, or Challenging State Academic Standards) will they be subjected to? What about the other school leaders (principals, superintendents, school board members)? Will, they to, now be dancing with ESSA puppet strings? You bet!
How many of our tax dollars with be used to set the music? Plenty!
Today’s focus: the President’s Education funding requests built into the Fiscal Year 2017 Federal Budget. Why talk about it now so early in 2016? The Budget has just been released and needs Congress’s rubber stamp!

 

Lead On, Oh ‘Mighty Feds’:

In case you missed the preceding article where I detailed the CCSS Machine’s grasp on the ESSA and how it impacts students, schools, families, and communities, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

Knowing the agenda BEHIND the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) is one of ‘cradle to grave’ AND will include every citizen, we know that teachers and leaders in our schools will NOT be exempt from aligning to whatever name the CCSS Machine slaps on their educational standards.

Like yesterday’s article, you will get a summary of the main ways in which this alignment will either continue or begin.

Oh, and one technicality, ‘Mighty Feds’: ESSA, like CCSS, is illegally based and thus is Constitutionally prohibited! Asking money to back all this ‘conducting’, is quite egregious.

 

ESSA’s ‘Sheet Music’:

To see the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s blog article about the Education Budget requests for teachers/leaders, see: http://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/the-presidents-fiscal-year-2017-budget-request-supporting-teachers-and-school-leaders-for-student-success-3/

To see the hidden CCSS Machine ‘notes and strings’ is where we will spend the bulk of this article.

The article begins with a pretty big erroneous statement about how the ESSA passage will continue the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) and its civil rights legacy. I guess the U.S. Dept. of Ed totally overlooking the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) as a continuation of the ESEA, is no big deal. Without NCLB, there would not of been the RttT (Race to the Top) which saddled all of us with CCSS in one form or another! Be sure you read the next part about what research proves and every parent understands “the most important school-based factor impacting a child’s academic success is the quality of the classroom teacher..”
No, it isn’t, U.S. Dept. of Ed! As a retired private educator I know for a FACT that the teacher IS important, but she/he is certainly NOT the MOST important factor in education. There is MUCH more that goes into a student’s academic success. I will add, as I have heard from parents and teachers across the nation that they not only understand this, but KNOW it! So, how will the federal government apply even more pressure to perform on our teachers/school leaders? Let’s see:

1) ‘RESPECT: The Best Job in the World’, a new billion dollar program in MANDATORY funding. What is this ‘new’ program? From the 2017 Federal Budget Fact Sheet:
“Helping ensure equitable access to effective teachers and school leaders for low-income and minority students in high-need schools by investing $1 billion in mandatory funds for the new RESPECT: Best Job in the World program to support a nationwide effort to attract and retain effective teachers in high-need schools, and $2.8 billion in discretionary funding to support teachers and principals at every phase of their careers.” Page 5 of the 7 Pages of Facts points out this billion dollars is a one time investment and implies the program is an update of an older version. I found the older version, as well as what ‘RESPECT’ stands for. From the Federal Budget 2015 Justifications document, “Recognizing Education Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching (RESPECT) Project”. See the dollar amount below in the screen shot:
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2) Ten million taxpayer dollars will go to to ‘Teach to Lead’, a most definite collection of CCSS Machine members support this program. Visual proof below is directly from their website (http://teachtolead.org/) You can click on the picture to enlarge it, if needed.
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My look into the ‘Teach to Lead’ article and what, you the anti CCSS Warrior needs to know about them (in case you are not familiar with them): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/monday-musings-leadingteaching-duncan-style/

3) A proposed ‘Teacher/Principal Pathways’ program is also included in the 2017 taxpayer funded Federal budget. The cost? It isn’t spelled out in the Ed’s blog, but I did find a dollar amount in the Fact Sheet. There it states, $125 million. Here is the excerpt, “$125 million for the proposed Teacher and Principal Pathways program for grants to institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations, working closely with school districts, to create or expand high-quality pathways into the teaching profession, particularly into high-needs schools and high-need subjects such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”
I have repeatedly shown proof as to HOW STEM is a federal led program to create a STEM nation filled with STEM citizens who have STEM jobs and HOW the CCSS was the best way to embed this. Here is JUST one of my anti CCSS Warrior, need-to-know, articles where you can learn this fact AND more! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/

As an example of what the new proposed program may contain, see how Louisiana started their program for teacher and principal pathways from their RttT funds (2012), see: http://sites.ed.gov/progress/category/teacher-and-leader-preparation-and-pathways/

4) Supposedly saving students ,who decide to teach, big bucks (‘up to $25,000’) is a built in forgiveness clause in the 2017 Budget Request. Sad truth of it all is, the forgiving won’t apply until 2021 and as one teacher who left a comment on the Blog stated, she can’t qualify because she already consolidated her student debt load in 1994! From the Fact Sheet, “A streamlined and expanded initiative to provide up to $25,000 in student loan forgiveness for teachers graduating from an effective preparation program who serve in low income schools, starting in 2021. This proposal would consolidate various post-secondary assistance options available for teachers, such as TEACH grants and the current teacher loan forgiveness program, into a single loan forgiveness program in which the benefit increases over time as teachers stay in high-needs schools.”

5) ‘Teacher and School Leader Incentive Grants’ will receive a whopping $250 million dollars. As an anti CCSS Warrior, you need to know what they will be getting for their money. From the Ed Blog, “support efforts to develop, implement, or expand human capital management systems or performance-based compensation systems in schools.” Why? From the Budget Fact Sheet,attract, develop and retain talented, committed, and accomplished teachers in high-need schools.”

6) “Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED)”, will get $100 million. Being sold as a way to help teachers become better teachers, this money will go to “nonprofits (who) can provide evidence-based professional development activities, as well as prepare teachers and principals to serve in traditionally under-served school districts.” Below is the screen shot of the 2015 SEED grantees.
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To see the U.S. Dept. of Ed Press Release this came from:
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-50-million-support-great-teaching-and-school-leadership


Closing:

For the last look at the proposed (after all, Congress hasn’t approved all this yet) 2017 Federal Education Budget Request, the focus will be the overreach into post-secondary education and how the ESSA is involved.

Related Resources:

To see just how many laws are being violated with JUST the data tracking/mining included in the ESSA and applies to not only our students, but everyone, see: http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/breaking-laws-or-breaking-children-a-list-of-data-and-the-laws/

To see the 2017 Federal Budget 7 Page Fact Sheet:
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To access the 2015 Federal Budget Justifications Document for RESPECT, as well, as other very revealing CCSS Machine ties: 2015Justified

If you haven’t read these, or need a refresher as to HOW the CCSS Machine is targeting our school teachers and leaders:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/weekend-news-ccss-school-officials-alignment/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/wybi-crystal-clear-common-core/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/

Tech Thursday: Technically Speaking for CCSS

Last night, I had the honor of speaking out against Common Core and the ‘CCSS Machine’ as I call it. In today’s “Tech Thursday”, I will share the details so you discover for yourselves, just how broadly the all-encompassing education reform (illegally based) has progressed.

 

Technically Speaking, A Bit if Background:

When I was invited to join last night’s phone call, I asked my hostess what the topic was to be so I could prepare. The topic, she said, would be to tie in how the most recent shooting in OR,  not only Common Core, but the overall mental damage our educational system has wrought upon our schools. My part of the conversation was to see where Common Core, communities, mental health, and gun control intersected.

My first connection between all of the above came with my “Project Aware” article (published in Dec. 2014) In that article, you can find how much gun control plays into Project Aware. It ties the SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration) to the President’s gun control policies presented to America just after the Sandy Hook School shootings. The Report details how much data mining throughout your communities will be carried out by Local Education Agencies(LEAs)and SEAs (State Educational Agencies), it will reveal how teachers are to become mental health minions; how any other adult involved in education will also become aligned. Access to this article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/rmt-sunday-beware-of-project-aware/
To see just how aligned your school counselors (one of those ‘other; educational personnel included in the alignment, see my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/ (*NOTE: this article reveals another Presidential initiative being carried out in the name of educational alignment to the CCSS Machine.)

To access the Presidential Report from 2013, be sure to click on the embedded link ion the “Project Aware” article.

Bottom line technical detail: With this much effort (trust me, this is just a glimpse) put into aligning our educational leaders to the overall CCSS agenda, it’s no wonder education is in trouble. CCSS is breeding compliance.

 

Technically speaking, The Mental Health:

Okay, so we have the foundation, which is ‘compliance’. We all know that to be compliant, our thinking, our beliefs have to undergo big transformations. Our mental health plays into the CCSS Machine’s agenda beautifully. Think of all the research my fellow anti CCSS warriors have produced, especially Anita Hoge. This article should be of great help to you:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita117.htm
(*NOTE: In this article she shares how the upcoming re-authorizations of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) will advance the mental health power grab of our students.

That’s not the only source available to you as anti CCSS warriors. However. let’s move on to more technically speaking aspects of the mental health moves being made.

While getting my resources together for last night’s call, I was on Twitter about the time Bill Gates’ big educational speech was on. I was still sharing anti CCSS information with everyone, when I noticed some of the tweets and retweets surrounding this ‘big’ speech. Ones like below:
Mrs. Gates was sharing with all how social issues/social, emotional learning are just as vital to education & its reformation. The Ed & Workforce Democrats were stating early childhood is their focus at the moment because, as early as 9 months old, achievement gaps can be found! Head Start joined in the Gates speech with the words of we don’t enroll just the child, we enroll the family; citywide data collection and data sharing and using Detroit as a shining example. So, this got my attention. What else has Head Start done in the name of educational reform? Below is just one of the things I discovered:

Early Childhood Development Training and Technical Assistant Centers
Early Childhood Development Training and Technical Assistant Centers

What you see above is a program already in place for birth to 13 years of age! If you aren’t familiar with Head Start, it’s part of the U. S. Dept of Health and Human Services (one of the 3 main federal level departments involved in aligning education. Working with HHS are the U. S. Depts of Education and Labor) What this image shows us is another top down (federal to state to local) overreach. It shows us where our tax dollars are being used. It shows us how communities are being aligned right under our noses. If you look deep enough into these new centers, you can find pro CCSS funding groups like WestED; you can find international digital and data collectors like ICF International (where one of the main education consultants is a pro CCSS contributor*) You can also find the CCSS/CTE aligned Zero to Three program involved. How do I know the Zero to Three is pro CCSS/CTE? In my research. Here’s the original article I wrote:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/  From this article, you can learn how Head Start, Bill Gates, Jeb Bush, and others are backing education reform to impact our youngest students. The American Association of Pediatrics is even helping out! You’ll also learn how the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) is involved for the purpose of total community alignment.

To learn more about the Head Start Centers,
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/interagency-projects/ece-technical-assistance
To learn about ICF Intertnational‘s education consultant, http://www.icfi.com/about/our-people/icf/b/branch-jeannine
To see how connected to CCSS WestED is, http://www.wested.org/about-us/clients/
To see the community alignment where P21 is contributing to all this,
 http://www.expandinglearning.org/expandingminds/article/upgrading-afterschool-common-sense-shifts-expanded-learning-digital-age

Bottom line technical detail: When you look at the language of the Student Success Act (HR5), the Every Child Achieves Act (S1177), and the upcoming bills which will impact higher education, mental health is most definitely being used against us with the goal of re-ordering how we feel, think, and, what we believe. 

 

Technically Speaking, CCSS and Gun Control:

You have a foundation of compliance, a layer of mental health re-ordering for all involved, so where do the guns factor in? Think about all we’ve heard and seen in the homework examples where our Constitution is re-written. Consider the other social issues which have crept into our classrooms with rapid speed. Gun control is definitely in the mix. Here is the evidence of CCSS aligned lessons concerning guns.

ccssgun

To see this resource for yourselves, http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2013/05/guncontrol_guide_final2.pdf
One noteworthy thing, the first ‘guided question’ doesn’t refer to the U. S. Constitution, instead, ‘rules and guidelines created over 200 years ago’.

Are there other resources for CCSS and the Second Amendment? Sure there are. Just conduct a general internet search for ‘Common Core gun control’ or “CCSS gun control”.
Think about how distorted CCSS is making every subject it touches. Consider that while the CCSS in our lives is illegally based (breaches the 10th Amendment, breaks at least educational laws), we’re seeing policies watered down, legislation created to support the CCSS Machine..not end it!

Bottom line technical detail: CCSS, by reshaping what is taught, what is to be believed, is killing our schools. It’s rendering them as workforce training centers, not academic learning centers. I urge you to look further into the mental health parts of the CCSS Machine’s agenda. Research Anita’s work, find Robin Eubanks‘ writing; listen to Charlotte Iserbyt, use the Women on the Wall calls, like last week’s:  https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-conference-call-canisee-what-you-are-teaching-my-child-curriculum-audit (*Note: as soon as last night’s call is posted, I will be sure to add it in the comments section of this article)

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: CCSS Naysayers

Seventeen did not a victory make, however, they got the message 'we've had all we'll take!'
Seventeen did not a victory make, however, they got the
message ‘we’ve had all we’ll take!’

Anti CCSS Warriors, you’ve read the stories, culled the Congressional Reports. You know this ‘War Against Common Core’ is NOT over yet.  However, today, we’ll take a look at the 17 who stood strong in the Senate against not only their peers, but the CCSS Machine. I’d like to preface my article, I am NOT endorsing any political candidate publicly. My focus isn’t on the campaigns of any of the 17 Senators. Are these 17 tied to Common Core in any way? Let’s find out.
The Nay Sayers:

Here, again, are those 17 names. Senators Graham and Nelson didn't vote.
Here, again, are those 17 names. Senators Graham and Nelson didn’t vote.

While each of the following said ‘no’ July 16th, will they remain nay sayers? We’ll need to continue to hold them accountable. Especially when you discover more about their education stances.
Blunt: MO, voted ‘no’ to S1177, As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Blunt gets to help decide where our taxpayer’s money is spent. One such benefactor? The U.S. Dept. of Education. See: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments I didn’t find a press release following his ‘no’ to ECAA on his website. However, I did find that his stance on job growth may be of concern, therefore watching how he continues to vote where education is concerned. See: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grow-jobs-and-opportunity Note the phrase ‘shovel ready’ and Missouri’s community colleges. As we’ve discovered, community colleges are entrapped in the CCSS/CTE pipeline for education.
Booker: NJ, voted ‘no’ to S1177, HIs statement following his vote, revealed his dissatisfaction with Title One funding. See: http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=281 That said, Sen. Booker’s involvement in a trained workforce is worthy of not only our concern, but our voice. Sen. Booker has teamed up with Sen. Scott (see below) in LEAP, Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Program Act. Why would a CCSS Warrior need to be concerned? I’ve published a detailed article previously detailing how the Apprenticeship program in America is CCSS, CTE aligned.
Booker’s statement on jobs and the economy:  http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=281 His committee service includes commerce and science. See:
http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=about_senator My article about apprentices:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/

Crapo: ID, voted ‘no’ to S1177, If you don’t know his stance on education, you should. While he’s a big supporter of public education, he desires more local control. That said, he also shares that the federal role in education is helpful. Anti CC Warriors, I’m curious, do Congress members receive a ‘Know your Constitution’ exam before being sworn in? If not, maybe they should. As per our 10th Amendment, there is to be NO federal role in education. See Sen. Crapo’s educational stance:
http://www.crapo.senate.gov/issues/education/education.cfm While I didn’t see his service on any committees which directly impact education, I did notice a few caucuses he belongs to which are tied to CCSS. (for example: TRIO, 4-H, and others) See:  http://www.crapo.senate.gov/about_mike/committees.cfm
Cruz: TX,  voted ‘no’ to S1177, Sen. Cruz’s vote was consistent with his education stance as an opposer of CCSS. His statement following that vote said ECAA missed the mark. See:
http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2385 His education page: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=36 According to his bio page, he is a defender of the U.S. Constitution. As you’ll see with some of the other Senators, Cruz serves of the Joint Economic Committee and others. Commerce is among them. Knowing how big business has its hands all over education, I’m sure we’ll need to watch to see how this is handled.
Daines: MT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His amendment, SAFE Kids, is said to protect student data privacy, however, in looking at the website detailing this amendment, several CCSS Machine members are supportive. This should be a huge concern to us, as opposed to Common Core! See: http://www.daines.senate.gov/news/press-releases/daines-blumenthal-introduce-bill-to-protect-students-data A noted other key concern for us should be his participation in cloud data storage. See: http://www.daines.senate.gov/meet-steve/biography
Flake: AZ, voted ‘no’ to S1177, While some of his amendments were included in ECAA (Every Child Achieves Act), he couldn’t support some of the other components of the bill. See: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=dfad8ae1-0422-49b6-9ae1-68181f4053b9 However, his amendments were for charter school authority and early learning alignment are very concerning to anti CC Warriors. Why? As I’ve shared with you before, many overseeing charter schools are part of the CCSS Machine. Early learning alignment? No! Absolutely not! His education page will reveal he voted against NCLB and believes in local control. See: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/?p=healthcare-and-education
Lee: UT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His press release statement following that vote stated it was because the bill expands the U.S. Dept. of Education, increases early education overhaul,and more. See:  http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=9c7f3ff8-1e62-4fcb-98ef-4c0b7f30406f According to his website, Sen. Lee is a defender of the U.S. Constitution. He also is a member of the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. (JEC’s website address is provided below in another Senator’s description) Lee is currently working on higher education legislation. He has even asked for America’s help. Anti CCSS Warriors, if you’re concerned about Sen. Lamar Alexander’s push for aligning as much as he can of education from birth to post grad, perhaps you’d like to help Sen. Lee’s writing of legislation. See: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/higher-education-reform-and-college-opportunity#form_a6481d29-13fc-4476-a3f8-525869be3f88  As any good anti CC Warrior, we need to be ever watchful of what transpires from here on out.
Moran: KS, voted ‘no’ to S1177, A fan of CTE (career and technical education) is a big cause of concern for those of us opposed to the CCSS Machine. We now very well by now, that CTE is in every state of the United States, no matter if your state ‘adopted’ CCSS or not.
The Senator’s website will tell you he voted against NCLB in 2001, and why. See:
http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/education His service on two committees which involve education (commerce and science) are worth holding him accountable in the coming days. See: http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments
Murphy: CT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His stance on education includes the 21st century skills needed for the global economy statement we’ve heard so much from the CCSS Machine. There are other statements in his education view point which are concerning to us as anti CCSS Warriors. For example, the states and accountability facing us in a re-authorized ESEA. (Press release: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-booker-warren-coons-esea-accountability-amendment-receives-broad-support)
Murphy is a member of hte HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pension). See: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/issues/education
Paul: KY, voted ‘no’ to S1177, Which directly supports his stance on education view point. His website has a well explained statement to detail his stance. See: http://www.paul.senate.gov/about-rand/issues/promoting-opportunity-through-education
His statement following the passage of S1177: http://www.paul.senate.gov/news/press/dr-rand-paul-votes-against-flawed-education-reform-bill-
Paul is a member of the HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pension) Committee. HELP was key in S1177’s existence.
Risch: ID, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His statement on education is brief, but to the anti CC Warrior, says a lot. For example, his stance on the role of the federal government in education is one of concern. How so? He believes the federal government should have a role in education. Warriors, does no one remember that federal government, per the U.S. Constitution, shouldn’t have ANY role in education?! See Risch’s statement: http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Education
Rubio: FL, voted ‘no’ to S1177, There’s not a message on his website concerning his vote that I could find. His blog has no entry for 7/16/15, either. However, I did find he serves on several committees that are directly related to education (technology, for example). His bio page on his website can serve as alert to his stance on higher education (as in making it affordable). Then, there’s the concern for the ‘global economy’. Why are these areas to hold him accountable? Sen. Alexander’s statement concerning the Higher Education Act was next on his list is a great reason. Add to that the push from the CCSS Machine where digital this and that are on a hyper speed effort to impact technology. See Rubio’s website: http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography
Sasse: NE, voted ‘no’ to S1177, I cannot find any sort of press release after the vote. His website does not share any education view points that I can find. However, he does serve on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. Since the CCSS Machine has a huge goal for the economic status of the U.S. A., I’d say we most definitely need to find out more about Sen Sasse’s view of education. See his website:
http://www.sasse.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/about
See the Joint Econ Website:  http://www.jec.senate.gov/public/
Scott: SC, voted ‘no’ to S1177, because he didn’t feel the bill was good enough. See his statement explaining his vote: http://www.scott.senate.gov/press-release/sen-tim-scott-statement-every-child-achieves-act However, Sen. Scott’s been key to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and other ‘opportunities’ for aligned education and labor. WIOA embedded CCSS aligned Career Pathways at least 21 times. (See Sen. Scott’s agenda for a trained workforce, http://www.scott.senate.gov/opportunityagenda
Shelby: AL, voted ‘no’ to S1177, according to his website, he serves on at least 2 committees where funding occurs. Combine that with his stance that states are choosing CCSS, is a cause, in my opinion, to continue to watch him. See: http://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/legislativeissues?p=Education
Vitter: LA, voted ‘no’ to S1177, due to his stance against CCSS, assessments, privacy violatons (see his education stance on his website page: http://www.vitter.senate.gov/issues/education However, he supports school choice and charter schools (which CCSS is using both of these  to distort education) and is supportive of 21st Century job preparation for students.
Warren: MA, voted ‘no’ to S1177,  due to dissatisfaction over the funding for schools.See Her statement on her website,  http://www.warren.senate.gov/?p=committees(scroll down, look to the right) She’s also friendly towards post secondary alignment efforts. She’s a member of the HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions). HELP has been extremely involved in re-writing ESEA.

Actions We Should Take:

1) Continue to watch Congress for how voting goes.
2) Continue to interact with Congress where HR5, S1177, child care, preK, post-secondary are concerned. EVERY educational level and choice will be impacted by what happens in D.C. concerning the re-authorization of the ESEA.
3) Look, not only at the Congress members’ stances on education, but look at workforce, public-private partnerships, etc. Remember, economy and a trained workforce are 2 of the main CCSS agenda points. NO Congress member should support a CCSS/CTE aligned America. It’s unconstitutional! It’s unAmerican! It violates the oath each Congress member swore to uphold!
4) Thank these 17 Senators for standing with we, the anti CCSS Warriors! Remind them we are watching.
5) PJNET has a one stop tool to help you thank each Senator. See: http://patriotjournalist.com/CommonCoreAction.php?v=6

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FTF: CHEA, CTE, CCSS, and America

I know you recognize CCSS (Common Core State Standards). You probably know that CTE is short for Career Tech Education (which is post-secondary speak for adult CCSS). But, do you what CHEA stands for? Council for Higher Education. This is the group responsible for ensuring that your students attend a post secondary school that is accredited. Meaning the degree they receive (or in CTE’s case, a national certificate) is really worth something. However, I’m digging in to see who’s ensuring the CHEA is worth believing. After all, if they’d aligned with the CCSS Machine, how credible can THEY be?!

http://www.chea.org/default.asp
http://www.chea.org/default.asp

Background Articles for You to Research:

(ICYMI: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/sic-em-saturday-ccss-in-christian-schools-even-more/) *NOTE: the article will link you to another related one.
Here’s another one which exposes JCSEE (oversees the standards we use in America) as well as some other groups: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/ftf-creating-common-core-minions/
For another look at yet another organization in charge of charter schools: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/ftf-tuesday-clarity-for-sale-aligned-to-common-core-for-free/ 
As we all know public schools are accredited by state governments.  So, all this to ask, what is accrediting a school? Answer: quality control. Yet, how can you have quality control in Common Core?

Quality control with CCSS is like fool's gold. Yeah, it looks like the real thing? But it's a mockery.
Quality control with CCSS is like fool’s gold. Yeah, it looks like the real thing? But it’s a mockery.

CHEA:

As state above, CHEA is short for Council for Higher Education. It is the largest organization of its kind, overseeing more than 3, 000 schools. It is the primary voice to both the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Dept. of Education. It also has an international presence among education circles. It is a primary data resource for other schools and institutions. They have a principle of forcefulness when it comes to advocacy. CHEA is also in clear understanding of existing educational standards; as a results they know what to hold higher learning institutions to as quality education. See all the facts about them: http://www.chea.org/pdf/chea-at-a-glance_2012.pdf

The Higher Ed Guidelines:

It’s important to know just how CHEA judges a school to be worthy of accrediting. After all, your student’s loans and grants will go to these schools. Your students will more than likely be living there. You want to know that the school is a good one.
No matter where your student attended their former educational days, when they go off to ANY post-secondary school in today’s America, They face CCSS via Career Pathways, Career Tech Ed, or it’s embedded in those classes that are fundamentally required. Think about all that I’ve shared over the past months about many of the higher ed schools and how they’ve been instrumental in CCSS.
So, does CHEA include CCSS or CCR or CTE in THEIR guidelines? Let’s look. The CHEA website points you to their research and publications on the home page of the website. So, I clicked on the “Guidelines” pdf and was taken immediately to a brightly colored report. Nothing too unusual in that, but it was the tie to the Carnegie Foundation that caught my attention. Carnegie LOVES the CCSS. Grants from Carnegie’s Foundation and the Teagle Foundation made the 2012 report possible. What also caught my eye is that CHEA has the publication, but another organization’s name was cited as authoring it. (see below) We’ll come back to who’s behind the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability later. First, let’s see those guidelines.

According to NLAFfSLaA's website, not much information about WHO makes up the Alliance is there.
According to NLAfSLaA’s website, not much information about WHO makes up the Alliance is there.

From the introduction of the report comes the U.S. government’s agenda right off the bat. Here’s an excerpt, “The U.S. government has made a commitment to lead the world in post secondary degree attainment. This is a necessary and laudable goal that is critical to the economic competitiveness, equal opportunity, and a healthy democracy.…The primary responsibility for assessing and improving student learning falls on (two- and four-year) colleges and universities. Those granting educational credentials must ensure that students have developed the requisite knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes that prepare them for work, life, and responsible citizenship.”

First guideline is ‘ambitious goals’ via outcome based education. I guess seeing the failure of OBE in preK-12th isn’t enough. Secondly: gathering evidence students are learning (fancy talk for data mining). Third goal has to do with using that evidence to steer improvement. How’s this concerning? Improvement isn’t only based on evidence..it’s based on current policies as well. IF the policies are CCSS laden, so’s the improvement. The fourth goal is sharing all that evidence with internal AND external constituents (aka ‘stakeholders’) Lastly, our trust as a public in those higher learning educational places. Along with the Alliance’s Board of Directors, the following organizations fully support these goals and all that goes with them.

“ACPA — College Student Educators International, American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Psychological Association, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Association of College and Research Libraries, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association for Institutional Research, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, Council for Aid to Education, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Council of Independent Colleges, Council of Regional Accrediting, Commissions Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, Higher Education Research Institute, Institute for Higher Education Policy, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, National Survey of Student Engagement, National Advisory Board, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, State Higher Education Executive Officers, and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education” 

Board members for the Alliance: Gretchen Bataille Senior Vice President, American Council on Education, Walter Bumphus President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges, W. Robert Connor Senior Advisor, The Teagle Foundation, Judith Eaton, Chair President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Richard Ekman President, Council of Independent Colleges, Peter Ewell Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Paul Lingenfelter President, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Sylvia Manning President, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, David Paris, ex officio Executive Director, New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability, Carol Geary Schneider President, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and David Shulenburger Senior Fellow, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. To access the entire guideline report:
http://www.chea.org/pdf/Committing%20to%20Quality.pdf

That Alliance:
Earlier I stated we’d look at the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability. Website: http://www.newleadershipalliance.org/home.html (you’ll need to know that what you see is all there is. There is no ‘about us’ or ‘history’, there’s no list of members of the Alliance, no funding information either. I did find a principles statement from the Allliance on CHEA’s website. I’ll include it here. While there’s no specific mention of CCSS, CCR, CTE, or any other CCSS Machine speak, you’ll really want to read about the basis of this allied group. Not once did I see ‘rigor’, BUT I did see ‘vigor’. Could it be the CCSS Machine has switched to a new buzzword?
Don’t get me wrong, I know higher education is needed. Our students have every right to a free (as in how to live life) and  wonderful future. What is grievous is that higher ed, just like all the other types of education are being filtered through the Common Core/Career Tech Ed/Career Pathways/Career Clusters/Workforce agenda.
Oh, the leader of the Alliance (stated above as ‘ex officio Executive Director’) David Paris? From his bio on the American Association of Colleges and Universities (also an Alliance member), he appears to be steeped in modern education reform. He’s even a fan of Horace Mann’s. He’s an expert in political theory and public policy, too. We’ve seen what those 2 entities have done to education. (the complete bio: https://www.aacu.org/contributor/david-paris) As far as the principles document?
(See: http://www.chea.org/pdf/2008.01.30_New_Leadership_Statement.pdf )

CHEA and the Feds:

Here are the links to find out just how deep the CHEA is tied to the U.S. Dept. of Ed. In 2013, a news brief detailing how much money the Dept of Ed. could use to help accreditation  changes via CHEA; how more organizations can get in on the student loan game, and what bills they were supporting that stood to change education. (see: http://www.chea.org/Government/FedUpdate/CHEA_FU31.html ) *Note: CHEA and the US Dept. of Ed, TOGETHER set the standards for higher education! CHEA’s funding comes from its member institutions. We know where Dept/Ed gets their funding from.

CHEA and the CTE:

Yes, Career Tech Education is alive and supported via CHEA. Here’s a report showing not only CHEA’s list, but the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s list of organizations for higher ed/career tech: CHEA_USDE_AllAccred

It's the Under Secretary for U.S. Dept. of Education who sets post secondary policy!
It’s the Under Secretary for U.S. Dept. of Education who sets post secondary policy!

The CHEA Sales Pitch:

Knowing public trust can be used against us is something we’ve seen happen repeatedly in the CCSS world in which we live. Here’s how CHEA sells what it does to those shopping for education in higher institutions.

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,

http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/03/guest-post-common-core-standards-usurp-leadership-clubs-in-our-schools/

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?
http://www.ctsos.org/advocate/state-ctso-fliers/

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

Monday Musings: Today’s The Day, Folks!

Do you want to keep Common Core? Allowing the re-authorization of Sen. Alexander's NCLB/ESEA will do just that AND more!
Do you want to keep Common Core? Allowing the re-authorization of Sen. Alexander’s NCLB/ESEA will do just that AND more!

By staying silent about this, we are allowing not only Common Core to proceed, but SO much more! A Couple of Weeks Ago, I wrote about the huge push for the re-authorization of the ESEA/NCLB bill sponsored by Sen. Alexander. (see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/rmt-will-you-help/)

In the essence of time, I’m only offering 12  succinct points of WHY this bill is toxic to our educational choices for ALL ages! To see the entire list of reasons why, be sure to access the above original article OR search out others who’ve written about this.
1) LEA grants will be a whopping $15 billion per year until 2021. Add to that $400 million for assessments. Federal money will be relegated for the states to have ‘technical assistance’ in 2 areas (closing the skills gap and guaranteeing no remediation).

2) Perkins Funding, IDEA legislation, the Nation’s Report Card will all be used to further have states be held accountable TO the federal government, NOT the federal government leaving states rights alone!

3) Family financial information, family lifestyle information…all private information will be open accessed under this re-authorization!

4) Massive teacher reform, assessment reform, and the Adult CCSS (Career Tech Education) are all written into this bill!

5) Further alliance to the CCSS via AP courses, IB schools! (see my article for HOW this is capable, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/fib-o-meter-friday-ib-international-baccalaureate-schools-common-core/)

6) Any professional development for educators can be lead by ANYONE the Secretary of Education deems worthy!

7) Any public-private partnership deemed capable of being involved in a child’s education gets the green light!

8) Outcome based education will continue to live on!

9) Those 21st Century Community Learning Centers will be given an increase in power!

10) The power the Secretary of Education increases in other ways!

11) Another state vs. state competition for federal money via education will occur!
States will increase their power over how the littlest children will be taught at home!

12) How are U.S. tax dollars are used in all of this is not our choice!

Have you not read enough?! Will you stay silent? I won’t!! CALL today!