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“Gridding” Education

Hello, Anti Fed Ed Warriors

While we’ve all had a bit of rest from all that is going on and impacted education negatively, it’s time we get back to work.

Major attention is needed to combat the massive data mining bills from Congress, D.C.’s got a slew of CTE (Career Tech Education), Workforce based education, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) bills we’ve not been paying attention to.

Congress is using (mis-using) all the data to create more legislation to align work/jobs to education!

Every one of these bills absolutely continues the data sharing. They will continue to re-create our schools into workforce skills factories, not hallowed places of learning.

Imagine it this way, Warriors, our schools (of all choices) are in the middle of a grid.
The CCSS Machine has surrounded your child’s school on EVERY corner.
Your child’s education is secondary to their worth as an investment by the CCSS Machine.
That’s why terms like “human capital”, ‘talent pipeline’, and, others are SO degrading.

Below is my simple grid from previous articles.

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The agenda hasn’t changed since I made this image; the bill numbers have.

From Current Congressional Work:

1) S 1875 is the “Flexible Grid Infrastructure Act of 2017”.  (Warriors, note, ‘education’ isn’t in the title, but it’s in the fine print.)
Sponsor is Sen. Ron Wyden from OR. He’s a big CCSS Machine backer.
He was responsible for helping create CTE legislation on a national level in the 114th Session of Congress(*Note: the Bill in the Press Release embedded in the highlighted link is for CTE in middle schools and is called “Middle STEP Act”.)

S 1875 is currently in the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (*Note: The Chair for this Committee is a huge CCSS Machine member, Sen. Murkowski of AK.)

The supposed benefit of S 1875 is a more efficient energy system for America.
Woven into this Bill will be more independence and security while staying globally competitive as a nation.
Warriors, in this Bill, ‘energy’ is the broad category for not only electricity, but digital, technology, ANY kind of service or product using ‘energy’, as well as those providers of services/products.

“Education” is woven in 9 times in this “Grid”. Page 16 reveals a national communication program with customer-based education; Page 36 will involve our higher education buildings; Page 44 shows ‘model grids for power distribution’ in our homes, schools, etc.; Page 47, however, reveals the federal agencies and their authority when it comes to energy and all the training involved to work in energy. (See below):

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If all this sounds brand new, it’s not. Back in July 2015, I published a two-part article on the US Smart Grid legislation and many others. Go back and look at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s angle, THEN, for education, and compare it to NOW. (The document you are looking for is just above the White House paragraph.)

One more note for S 1875, it refers to a law from 1980, which has since been amended. It is this law which is driving Congress’s decisions on technology, data, innovation, and more.
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2) HR 2933, is the LEARNS Act. “LEARNS” stands for ‘Leveraging Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild the National Skills’ Act. This massive agenda-driven bill would also expand the federal government’s role in education by creating a new office in the U.S. Dept. of Labor expressly for apprenticeships alignment to education.

Twenty-one Representatives have been involved in its introduction. It’s sitting in the House’s Education and Workforce Committee. As you know, Warriors, Rep. Foxx of NC is the chair of that Committee. Her love for CTE is no secret.

Below, is a screen shot from Page 2 of the HR 2933’s forty-nine pages:

HR2933Congress’s ‘findings’ include the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce’s Report that by 2020,  a shortage of workers without post-secondary credentials will a national plight. Warriors, I believe it is this 2013 Georgetown Report used. Congress also cites the Annie B. Casey Foundation and the Mathematica Policy Research as sources. (*Note: Mathematica is a Gates Foundation grant recipient.)

Warriors, the Georgetown Center is a non-profit group which has received funds from the Gates Foundation! That grant from Gates is as recent as 2016 and was over $3.3 million dollars. The purpose of the grant was to ‘support’ the research and policy agenda behind skilled workforce education in America!

Below is a screen shot from the Center. It is from a Report published July 11, 2017.

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The House introduced HR 2933 in June of 2017.

The Career Pathways Report totally backs up the Congressional push for more CTE (which includes Career Pathways). According to the Press Release for this Report, curriculum alignment with workforce needs is a requirement.

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is where you’ll find the mandate which cements having such a requirement.

On Page 5 of HR 2933, you’ll see the purpose of aligning apprenticeships to education is to carry out the mandates of both WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and ESSA’s.

That mandate? All education MUST be aligned to post-secondary readiness standards. Those post-secondary readiness standards have been branded “college and career readiness”, future-ready, choice-ready, ‘challenging state academic standards’, and more. All of these are re-brands for the same thing: Common Core!

Warriors, ICYMI, I revealed to you some time ago how Harvard University and Pearson helped get “Career Pathways” into the CCSS Machine’s reform via their “Pathways to Prosperity” Research Study. (*Note: Harvard’s also heavy into student data mining.)

Congress has relied on Harvard as well as Georgetown for ‘evidence’ and policy.

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3 and 4) The last two current proposed bills related to numbers 1 and 2 are a set of ‘sister bills’. The House’s version is HR 2865; the Senate’s is S 1193. The names are the same.
They are the “Better Education and Skills Training for America’s Workforce Act”.
The House’s version is in the Education and Workforce Committee; the Senate’s is in the Committee on Finance.

Both of these Bills are designed to give an update to the IRS tax codes so businesses can pay for education for employees. While that sounds great for businesses, what does this mean for the students of all ages and educational backgrounds? Below is a screen shot you may find interesting:

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Warriors, ask yourselves this: With the current shift in education encompassing job training, does the current ‘federal apprenticeship registered program’ get expanded to include non government employees under the language of S 1193? I believe it will, based on all the research and evidence.

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(* Note: ICYMI: When Workforce 3:1 was re-branded and how it ties to K-12 education.)

On Page 10 of S 1193, you’ll see the U.S. Dept. of Labor will get another expansion as far as offices/agencies for “qualified job training partnerships” (Public/Private Partnerships, P3s, which ESSA mandated had to be increased in education for ‘student success’).

This new office will get $1 billion dollars to use as tax credits for those participating. Page 11 is specific to point out the how all this will ‘allow non-traditional learners’ to be involved in workforce based learning for jobs.

Is there anything different is HR 2865? As far as agenda, not that I could see. I did see, however, that since these bills involve tax credits, that means the U.S. Treasury Dept. will have to be involved. This means MORE data mining/sharing.

There’s also some confusing language for businesses which invest in employee’s education as to ‘is it a tax credit for me’ or ‘is it a grant to them’? Warriors, this is taxpayer funding, ultimately. How will this impact every American when it comes to our national debt?

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Warriors
, in HR 2933, the National Skills Act was mentioned. In 2015, I shared with you much about the “Skills Act”. ICYMI, look how Rep. Virginia Foxx was involved, look at the data mining, the purposed shift in education to meet jobs, not learning. Also look at the number of government agencies involved.

Closely tied to the National Skills Act is the National Skills Coalition. It’s a huge CCSS Machine organization in 100% support of CTE, STEM, and job apprenticeships replacing real education. Check out their 2017 State by State Report where data mining is going full grid to ensnare your citizens/students. This will prove a State level legislative shift which is feeding off the federal legislative shift. Why would the States do this to us? Fed-to-state funding streams.

Warriors, this is all the more reason we need to fight HR 7174, S 2046 (will set up a national data base on everyone in the name of education). The House and Senate versions of the College Transparency Act (HR 2434 and S 1211) will also create a massive data snooping base on everyone in the name of education.

Warriors, we do NOT have much time before Congress heads home for all the major holidays. From what I could tell, Dec. 15th, will be the last day of business in D.C. for Congress.

While D.C. thinks ‘skills’ can build America’s economy; D.C. is forgetting it’s ‘killing’ academics in the meantime! ALL these bills are creating a gridlock on us. We must fight back!

Mimics or Puppets?

Warriors, is there a connection between the Aspire assessment (College Board) and the recently introduced “ASPIRE Act” (Senate)? Is Congress a puppet for the CCSS Machine? Could it be Congress is mimicking the CCSS Machine? 

What am I talking about?! The “ASPIRE Act” in Congress is supposedly a solution to a massive education problems concerning higher education. However the “Aspire” Assessment by the College Board is ALSO being used as a massive ‘solution’ for higher education.
The remainder of this article will take an in-depth look.

Before the ASPIRE Act, there was College Board’s ‘Aspire’:

Basically, Aspire is just like the other assessments meant to pigeon hole your student’s education. So, from middle school through college or trade school, Aspire dictates their path.(What if your student isn’t in a school where Aspire is given? Depending on which State you live in, the skill based assessments WILL be given to them.)

I wrote about this back in 2016, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/assessment-quest-parts-1-and-2/
Before “Aspire”, I revealed another College Board assessment which is a ‘cousin’ to the other types of skill based assessments, called “Springboard”. You can learn all about it from my 2014 article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/sic-em-saturday-springboarding-into-the-ccssap-pool/

From the College Board’s “How We’re Governed” page, “More than 6,000 two- and four-year colleges, universities, secondary schools and districts, higher education systems, and other nonprofit organizations compose the College Board.”
To see the entire page: https://www.collegeboard.org/about/governance

In the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Era, what impact is College Board having on our States? Look at where I live (NC). What was laid out in 2011, continues today.
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SAT and ACT appear to be ESSA’s national assessments, so what about our States already subsidizing these assessments? What will the per State federal funding formulas for ‘nationally normed assessments’ look like?

According to the Education Commission of the States (www.ecs.org), where I live (NC) MUST have a partnership with a group such as The College Board! Why? To ensure college readiness for those in high school. To see all the parameters (including teachers, subsidies, and more): http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/mbstprofexcL?Rep=APP16&st=North%20Carolina


According to the ECS’ NC specific page, since 2013, there’s been a State Statue for providing alternate College Board assessments! Click to enlarge the screen shot below. If you cannot, the grade range for these alternates? P-12th! (see below)

But, what if you don’t live in NC? http://www.ecs.org/state-legislation-by-state/

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ECS is absolutely on the CCSS Machine side of education. Look at the leadership, check out their state-by-state leaders (find these under the “Commissioners By State” tab when visiting the link below), and their partners. The Gates Foundation, USA Funds, Walton Family Foundation, GE Foundation, ACT, Pearson, Scholastic, AT & T, State Farm, AdvancED, Avid, Bloomboard, ETS, Questar, College Board, KnowledgeWorks, Measured Progress, Meta Metrics, Microsoft, SAS, Reainassance Learning, and the National Assoc. of Charter School Authorizers.
See it all: http://www.ecs.org/about-us/partners/

 

The Senate’s “ASPIRE Act”:

1) Two U.S. Senators are pushing this ‘post secondary success bill’, Sen. Isakson (GA) and Sen. Coons (DE).

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2) The goals of the “ASPIRE Act” appear to be (a) reduce student debt; and (b) reducing drop-outs. Here’s an excerpt, “That’s why we teamed up to tackle both ends of the college access and college completion problem so that colleges start meeting students’ definition of success.”  You can read the entire article,  http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/colleges-universities-debt-success
The resource both Senators cite in their joint effort to help American students? Data from the College Board!

3) So, what does the acronym “ASPIRE” stand for? “Access, Success, and Persistence in Reshaping Education Act of 2016”. The “ASPIRE Act”( S3368) link:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3368/text

4) According to the legislative summary, of the ASPIRE Act, by the  National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the U.S. Secretary of Education would ‘create two thresholds’ to determine which post-secondary institutions and what students would be impacted. See:
https://www.naspa.org/rpi/posts/congress-introduces-the-aspire-act-in-efforts-to-close-the-completion-gap (*Note: the Gates Foundation gave NASPA over $1 million dollars in 2016 and just over $285,000.00 in 2015. See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=NASPA )

5) The ASPIRE Act (S3368) has quite a bit of ‘reshaping’ planned:
i) Amends the HEA (Higher Education Act of 1965). HEA was last re-authorized in 2008.

ii) S3368 was introduced to the U.S. Senate in Sept. 2016 and is currently in the HELP Committee.

iii) The definition of ASPIRE“Improving College Access and Completion for All Students.”

iv) Lots of expenses will be attached to making college access for all, including updating technology..aka: more taxpayer burdens for data mining our students.

v) Secretary of Education is given more power. This makes sense, as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) does the same. (Since the ESSA is to be a part of the WIOA-ESSA-HEA workforce based streamlined education bridge, this has been an expected move we’ve known was coming.)

vi) The lowest performing higher education institutions will face much of the same treatment as those in the K-12th grade system, all at the Secretary’s discretion. (This will impact everyone in the schools. It also leads to what group(s) will take over a consistently failing higher education institution.)

vii) Caught in the midst of all this? Pell Grants.

viii) Each higher educational institution not measuring up to the Secretary’s parameters, will have penalties. Think about this, if a school gets a big penalty fee, who ends up paying for it? More than likely, the taxpayers. (*Note: in this Act, it is clearly stated schools cannot raise tuition or student fees to recapture the cost. You can find this in the “Prohibitions” section which follows all the penalties.)

ix) To get federal school funding, these institutions MUST comply with the ‘improving completion’ program as laid out in this Act. Schools which choose to skip the Secretary’s penalties, will miss out on grants, including ‘bonus’ completion grants.

x) Those higher educational institutions this Act will have impact on are non-profit (all public and most private) and for-profit (proprietary) ones.

xi) The Secretary of Education will create ‘peer groups’ in higher education institutions. The groups are to have 10-15 schools. They must have the following in place.

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xii) There are a few ‘consumer warnings’ included in this Act. If a higher educational institution is not up to the Secretary’s bar, it must be noted on the school’s website in plain sight. The Secretary will also be issuing a “Consumer Warning Report”. To create this Report, you know lots of data will have to be collected.

xiii) Starting in the 2017-18 school year and every 5th year following it, the Secretary will be able to almost literally pick and choose which schools are in these Peer Groups. (*Note: See Section C under “Calculation of Average”)

xiv) If schools do receive any federal funding, look below for how they are to use those funds.

aspireact2xv) If schools do well with all this Act has, they are eligible for  Bonus Grants. Those Bonus Grants  must be used in the same way as you see directly above.  This Act also includes non-financial ‘rewards’ in the Bonuses. They are “a) Reporting less frequently and avoiding duplicative reporting requirements; b)  Extra points in Department grant competitions for which institutions of higher education are eligible entities; c) Waiving the multiple disbursement rule or disbursement delays; and d) Preferable status for experimental sites.”

xvi) The Secretary  will create a data tracking portal. Look for the “best practices” database.

xvii) The Secretary of Education will report to the U.S. Congress within 2 years of this Act’s passage. What will he/she report on? Ways to EXPAND Section 493E of the Higher Education Act of 1965. What’s that Section about? According to the U.S. Dept. of Ed, it’s a section devoted to “Eligibility and Certification” for Higher Education. See: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea98/sec493.html (*Note: from what else I found out about Section 493, it was a Section added to the HEA in 1998.)

 

Puppet or Mimic?

Warriors, this article began with a question. It is clear the ACT and SAT are being used in both the Congress and the CCSS Machine.  WHY has Congress become a puppet to the CCSS Machine?! By Congress’s legislation, it forces the States to mimic the CCSS Machine in order to receive federal funds. This, in turn creates a servile society.

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Related Information to Section 493 (Part G of Title 4) of the HEA :
1) The 1998 Federal Registry of all the updates to HEA:
https://ifap.ed.gov/fregisters/attachments/122304.pdf (This is a 4 page document. Page 3 will have certain portions of Section 493.)
1a) To see the U.S. Dept of Ed’s more recent Section 493 (Part G of Title 4) information:
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea98/sec493.html

2) From Oregon’s Senator Wyden, this document about Section 493 should be of great concern. Why? It deals with the Integrated Post-secondary Educational Data System (IPEDS). Senator Rubio and Senator Warner helped create this 2013 Act called “Student Right to Know Before You Go Act”. It’s a fancy way of lining students up for workforce based education. To see the Wyden Education Priorities where “Know/Go” is featured:
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/priorities/education To see the nuts and bolts of “Know/Go”, see:
 https://www.wyden.senate.gov/download/?id=10D9791A-C6AA-4BDD-9CCB-C57CA8E6BF82&download=1

3) Introduced earlier this month (Jan. 2017), HR 483, “No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act”. While this Bill (has been sent to the U.S. House’s Education and Workforce Committee) does not specifically mention Section 493, it does mention Part G of Title 4 of the HEA(1965). The Dept of Homeland Security will have to work with the Dept. of Education on this Bill. To read it for yourselves: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/483/text/ih?overview=closed&format=xml

Closing:

Warriors
, the HEA’s re-authorization will be here soon. It’s the last link in the birth to workforce chain. It streamlines education. The CCSS Machine likes to call it a ‘bridge’. Congress likes to call it a ‘streamlined transition’. We call it ‘criminal’.

A special shout out to all of you who helped make the Anti DeVos/Senate HELP Twitter Blast (this past Thursday) a success. Teamwork rocks!