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Get Your Free Money Here!

Warriors Against Fed Led Ed, when you hear me mention the CCSS Machine, you know I am referring to the P3 (Public Private Partnerships) controlling EVERYTHING connected to education in America. Everything from the laws to the curriculum is included.

When I say “Fed Ed”,though, are you thinking only CCSS (Common Core State Standards)?

Fed Ed means SO much more! Here are the top examples: Common Core, Career Tech Ed, Career Tracks/Pathways, Career Clusters, Next Gen, STEM, College/Career Readiness, Challenging State Academic Standards, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills Ready, AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Community Colleges, Public Universities, some Private Colleges, Learn to Earn schools, and all the other connecting entities/programs in PreK to Grad School.

Because there is SO much ‘fed ed’, that means there’s LOTS of federal money (aka: your taxpayer burden) to be had.

What’s more, is the CCSS Machine is just itching to help you not only SPEND that money in your schools, but can show you how to get it!

The Money Train Stops Here:

Recently, I saw an article (link is below) about groups sold out to Fed Ed. These groups want to be the ONES to guide you to get the most E-Rate funding for your school possible.

Knowing I’ve written at least 2 articles about how the federal government has used this seemingly innocent fee on your phone bill (or your internet bill) to ram CCSS Machine reform down our throats, I knew I had to find out more. Especially knowing how full of digital upgrades and technology purchases ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)  has written in as requirements.

ESSA has also tagged roughly $850 million just for these activities alone.That’s a hefty taxpayer burden, don’t you think? What happens when all that ‘free to your schools’ money runs short? Who picks up the tab? The citizens! Either through an increased tax burden OR a bond (taxes paid later over  a long period of time). Trouble is, either way, those paying taxes now will be impacted as well as those who will be paying taxes in the future!

Think of it this way, our money used against us in the name of progress/success/readiness.

Group #1:   “Funds for Learning (FFL)” (website: https://www.fundsforlearning.com/)

How I found “FFL” was through this article:
https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/resources/maximizing-e-rate-updated-program-is-custom-built-for-connectivity-in-schools.html (*Note: in the screen shot above, you’ll see the main point I focused on, the ConnectEd Initiative. ESSA has portions of ConnectEd embedded: Digital Promise, Computer Science for All, and more.)

Here’s an excerpt from the article, where I learned more about E-Rate/ConnectEd:
Most critically, the agency shifted its funding focus to meet the digital goals outlined in President Obama’s ConnectED initiative: Now, instead of helping schools subsidize their telephone bills and basic internet connectivity as it has done since 1997, the E-Rate program is focused on helping schools obtain affordable high-speed broadband connections to campus (known as Category 1 funding) and Wi-Fi equipment and services (known as Category 2 funding) so they can enable high-capacity digital classroom instruction.The change couldn’t have come at a better time, according to John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, an E-Rate consulting firm. “The need is so great for connectivity inside of schools, and the E-Rate program as it’s designed now is custom-built for this,” he says. “It’s a real game changer.””
(*Note: In ESSA, Title One funding has been shifted, too. In that shift are the ‘capital purchases’ schools must make. A capital purchase example is buying computer equipment. Where you’ll find this shift ‘hiding’ is in the update from ‘targeted student support’ to ‘whole school support’.)

Other, need-to-know, highlights of the article include:
1) The author, He
ather B. Hayes, goes on to share top tips for schools to get all the access to the ‘free’ E-Rate funding. That is, after she laments that many K-12 schools aren’t lining up in droves to get this ‘free money’.

2) Mentioned in Hayes’ article are (Group #2) CoSN (Consortium of School Networking), (Group #3) Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), and, The e2e Exchange (Group #4).
(*Notes: A) CoSN is a sold out CCSS Machine member and is actively helping redefine what student readiness should be! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/ready-or-not/
B) USAC is also sold out to the CCSS Machine.
See how: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/your-home-or-bust/  )

3) It appears school leaders are having trouble applying for the E-rate funding due to the EPCs (E-Rate Productivity Centers). When I looked these Centers up, it lead me right back to USAC (see #1). Below is a screen shot of the 4 step process. The Centers help you
gain discounts when purchasing digital services for your schools/libraries.

To see the entire illustrated process:

4) E-rate Funds will be spread out over the next 5 years.

5) The Funds are not meant only to be used for digital technology, but curriculum and other school wide accessed programs/services/resources.

6) Lots of ‘help’ is available to those school leaders applying..non-profits with CCSS Machine agenda are only happy to offer guidance through the mandatory 28 day bidding competitions.

7) If you’d like to see the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) document about E-rate funds in schools/libraries:
(*Note: the federal law this activity is protected under is the Communications Act of 1934 (and all its amendments.)


Related Resources:
1) My article about the ESSA and digital ”updates”: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/state-digital-education/
(*Note: has ESSA digital/technology page numbers, links to the other ESSA articles directly tied to E-Rate and/or the digital push in education, and more you can use to find the CCSS Machine’s overreach in your State.)

2) The USAC’s Schools and Libraries Committee leaders and their duties:

3) The Funds for Learning Partners:
https://www.fundsforlearning.com/FFLServices/affiliations.php (*Note: SETDA (State Education Technology Directors Association is among them. You can find out more about them in my article above in #1.)

4) e2e Exchange is the nation’s leading entity when it comes to E-Rate consulting. Below is their “Connectivity Gap” illustration:

To see the leaders of e2e Exchange: http://www.erateexchange.com/about.htm (*Note: be sure to watch the almost 2 minute video from the President.)

5) The Gates Foundation funds awarded to CoSN:

6) The OLC (Online Learning Consortium’s Feb. 2015) pdf on ‘Tracking Education’:
http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/gradelevel.pdf (*Note: Pearson is a partner!)

7) The OLC received over $2 million for digital/technology educational alignment from the Gates Foundation in 2015: http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/news_item/online-learning-consortium-expands-digital-learning-initiative-gates-funding/


Warriors, no matter who is elected, ESSA and all its mandates, requirements, and related CCSS Machine member groups are going to keep going on with their agenda.
We must use information like this to help expose this agenda.


State Digital Education


Anti CCSS Warriors, if you have seen my last two articles, then you know the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has mandates for digital education embedded, a massive and invasive data collection study in the works and more.
But what about the digital education push from your state’s level?In case you haven’t read the articles, please note both are very detailed, so be sure you take your time reading them. Today’s is also jam packed, but it it imperative we read and share!

Thursday’s Article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
This Past Weekend’s Article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/


The U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Latest Propaganda:

In preparing for this article, I stumbled upon the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s latest Twitter video. It fits right into today’s question concerning the state levels for digital education. What a slick sales pitch for College/Career Readiness AND digital learning!


Now that you have watched the video, look at this screen shot (also from the Knewton Presentation seen above).
facilitatedigitalIf you would like to see the entire Knewton Presentation, see:
(*Note: Knewton is hardly anti-CCSS or for that matter, anti-ANYTHING that goes with them.)

1) http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/03/who-puts-scary-in-pearson-meet-knewton.html

2) Access this YouTube video from my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, Nicole Revels:

So, What’s in Your State?

The video above was specific to an NC meeting. However, look at the information presented, it doesn’t stop at the NC state lines! The data mining, digital education tie is in ALL 50 States! So where do you look to find the amounts of money, people, and legislation allowing all this to happen? How will the newly passed ESSA law (with all its digital education mandates) change all this already in place?

1) State Policy Network (SPN) claims their digital education toolkit is the best available. However, I tend to see their toolkit as a subjective view NOT an objective one. Why? First, look at the toolkit’s main page and you will see an embedded video from KIPP ( a very big CCSS Machine member) See my previously published article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/tech-thursday-the-latest-faux-pas-in-education-workforce/
Then, check out the Gates Foundation Grant Database, where KIPP has been generously awarded money for alignment to all things CCSS: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=KIPP
The KIPP connection is but one clue the SPN Toolkit is subjective. There is more:
See: http://nonprofitquarterly.org/2013/11/14/corporate-money-in-network-of-right-wing-state-policy-think-tanks/

There are 5 goals the SPN states as to WHY digital education is so vital today. You can see the excerpt, “Evaluate students (based on what they know, not how long they are in a place);
Certify and evaluate teachers (based on how well they teach what they know, not the credentials obtained); Evaluate courses and materials (based on state standards); Provide access (instead of getting in the way); and Pay for all of it (with proper accountability).”
To see the entire Toolkit: http://www.spn.org/digital_education/

2) SETDA and the Friday Institute have a June 2015 report detailing the 50 States and Digital Education. Before we look at it, however, consider that BOTH are also Pro-CCSS/CCR/CTE (Common Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness, Career Tech Education) See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/fom-sbac-and-parcc-revisited/
Then: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/08/30/possibly-the-most-arrogant-and-insulting-common-core-article-ive-seen-in-a-while/

According the the 2015 Report, there are 5 States heralded as leaders in digital education:
Alabama, North Carolina, Utah, Indiana, and Kentucky. There are also 5 main components of digital education every State will have, thanks to ESSA.
As I have shared with you in past 2 articles detailing the digital mandates in ESSA, the Infrastructure will be one of the biggest clues as to where to look in your State. What are the plans for better internet in your area? Are your service providers upgrading their systems? Has your state recently passed legislation for Rural Education funding? There are other similar questions for you to ask.

To access the June 2015 Report (where just below this screen shot you will see the descriptions of how each of the 5 goals will be obtained): DigitalLearningExemplars_June2015

As an example of legislation passed, here in NC, to support digital learning, read this excerpt from the Report, “State Law 2013-12 requires the North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to assist districts in the transition from textbooks to digital materials by 2017. These materials must be effective for all learners and align with the curriculum and standards. Such a law promotes progress toward some level of digital learning statewide.” What if you don’t live in one of the 5 States mentioned as leaders? The Report will also detail all the other States and where they are in the path of mass alignment.

Since AL is considered to be the #1 leader in the shift to digital education, see this article about the Governor pushing for more fiber optic connections throughout the State:

If you would like to see how SETDA is modernizing the E-rate in your State, see:

So Where in ESSA are the Libraries?

Based on the ESSA Final Conference Report (I shared the document with you in the Thursday article mentioned above), here are page numbers concerning digital education and libraries:
1) Page 138, school libraries and their programs to be updated to digital
2) Page 323, school libraries and their programs must offer digital courses to all school leaders
3) Page 343, school libraries and their programs to lead all school employees in digitally led courses as part of ‘safe schools’
4) Page 384, possible U.S. Dept. of Ed Secretary awarded grants for school libraries and digital led programming
5) 387, all libraries (school or public) are included, with museums, non-profits, and post-secondary educational instututions
6) Page 515, after school programs via extended public library services/hours
7) Page 1,000, authorizes the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant money to be used for technology upgrades and/or purchases for digital education for all
8) Page 1,037, embeds the Museum and Library Services Act, MLSA


 Related Information:

Kipp has partnered with several post-secondary institutions in America to continue the CCSS Machine’s alignment. See:

The Gates Foundation-friendly Education Week has an article you will need to access as well. It deals with the E-rate legislation (a federal level law which impacts all 50 States) and its role in digital education. See: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2015/10/e-rate_application_toolkit.html
In contrast, I wrote an anti CCSS Warrior article about the E-rate legislation back in 2014 for Prevent Common Core’s website. See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

The Federal Learning Registry is slam full of massive data mining via digital education.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/monday-musings-assessments-data-mining/

SETDA’s role in ridding the world of printed textbooks:

For LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) see my previously published article:

For how much MLSA (Museum and Library Services Act) grant money your State has been awarded, see:


Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Creatively Turning the USA Common

How many of us have, by now, seen the image below? How do you think it’s connected to Common Core? DO you think they are connected? I wasn’t so sure, but now I know!

Gibberish? Looks like it, but there's so much more to learn...
Gibberish? Looks like it, but there’s so much more to learn…

“Creative Commons”:

If you’re like me, you have seen these. With so much “CC” stuff out there, I was under the impression the “CC” you see above in some way denoted “Common Core”. However, I was wrong. It stands for “Creative Commons”, as in “Creative Commons Licenses. The non-profit company got is start in 2001. Supposedly to help everyone share their creative projects freely. The images you see above ARE code. Each of them denotes the level of control being expressed by the person, company, or group holding the CC License. While there are tons of tutorials out there telling you what each symbol means, I’m not diving into that. As you know by now, I’m looking behind the obvious.

Gates Foundation:

Yes, the Gates Foundation is an ardent supporter of the CC Licensing. So much so that the Foundation has awarded Creative Commons with $8,755,145.00 in grants for ‘college readiness’ and ‘postsecondary success’ since 2011. (see: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=creative%20commons)

2011’s “postsecondary success” grant’s purpose: to provide federal grantees support for quality development of interactive curricula, open licensing, technical interoperability, collaboration between like projects, and widespread adoption of open curricula by community colleges and states.’ We know, from past posts here and elsewhere that community colleges are aligned or are being aligned to Common Core. Here in NC, all 58 of our community colleges are aligned with the Standards. (I’ve wrote that up about a month ago) 

2011’s ‘college readiness’ grant’s purpose: to partner in the development of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, to help identify learning resources that complement Common Core State Standards.’ This is globally, including America.

2013’s ‘college readiness grant purpose: ‘general operations’ for not only the US, but the global community.

Center for Public Domain:

Housed at Duke University (see: http://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/), known as the Center for the Study of Public Domain which began in 2002, according to their website.
Duke University has been the recipient of many Gates Foundation grants, including ‘postsecondary success’ via developing & implementing a MOOC (massive online open course) MOOCs impact students everywhere.

Originally, the name was Center for Public Domain, founded in 2000, by the same man who helped to start RedHat Software, Bob Young. Here’s an somewhat related article: http://www.zdnet.com/bob-young-talks-about-the-origins-of-red-hat-7000035051/)

If you follow Mr. Young’s trail, you’ll find he’s big on sharing freely. He’s behind Lulu (a global open course site) More on his bio: (http://www.csc.ncsu.edu/corporate_relations/fi_lit/214)

Learning Resource Metadata Initiative:

From the LRMI’s ‘about’ website page, the entire initiative was started to help Common Core Standards along. The exact wording, “This initiative started with the creation of tags in accordance with the Common Core Standards.” What companies are behind the LRMI?
Creative Commons and the Association of Educational Publishers.

From an article featured on EdTech Digest  (http://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/the-lrmi-a-common-sense-method-for-finding-common-core-resources/)

The following excerpt is regarding locating CCSS resources on-line, “That’s where the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) comes in. Launched in June 2011 and co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, the LRMI is working to create and implement a standard tagging specification for learning resources that enables alignment to learning standards, such as the Common Core. The LRMI’s work extends the effort by Schema.org (a consortium involving search engine giants Microsoft Bing, Google, Yahoo!, and Yandex) to establish a standard method of tagging Web pages across the Internet.” 

LRMI is also being funded by the Gates Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. The Initiative began in 2011. Common Core aligning was to be completed by 2012. Note this sentence from the press release, ‘The initial scope will at a minimum cover the Common Core State Standards for K-12.’  Here’s the entire press release: http://www.lrmi.net/the-association-of-educational-publishers-and-creative-commons-to-co-lead-learning-resources-framework-initiative-2

One last huge thing you need to know about LRMI, it’s ‘stewardship’ is under an American based non-profit group, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. (DCMI), which is a project of the Association for Information Science  and Technology. However, Korea and Japan are also involved in housing the Initiative’s website and registry. This DCMI has links to International Standards and American National Standards. (To find these, go to: http://dublincore.org/specifications/ and click on ‘Dublin Core Metadata Element Set’.



Saturday’s posts are to help lead you in some active way to combat the CCSS Machine. Below are related resources you can access to learn more about them, their connects to CCSS so you can remain informed, so you know where to focus your anti CC campaigns.

  • Related resource from 2012, a description of how the LRMI was being developed: http://www.ofthat.com/2012/08/common-identifiers-for-common-core.html
  • Related resource for finding not only CCSS aligned resources, but all the standards each state is using. Found at the Achievement Standards Network. The ASN was created to address the problem that not every state is CCSS aligned. ‘The Achievement Standards Network is an open access service to competency framework data. It was originally developed by Professor Stuart Sutton. PhD, JD, LLM, at the Information School, University of Washington, in collaboration with JES & Co. through NSF awards DUE-0121717 and DUE-0840740 with subsequent support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and licensed to JES & Co. under agreement with the University of Washington. As of February 2014, the ASN was owned operated by D2L.’

See this website: http://asn.jesandco.org/resources/ASNJurisdiction

  • All this open sharing creates massive amounts of data, here’s a related source on how that data is being collected and what happens to all of it. State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is another non profit agency created to help in all the efforts associated with ed data. You will really want to delve into this website.

Website: http://www.setda.org/priorities/interoperability/

  • A downloadable document you’ll want to grab, is the SETDA’s “Out of Print” resource describing what will happen when all the traditional textbooks are abandoned.


  • Finally, watch this short video for where all this on-line, open sharing via the Web is leading.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/110256895″>Web standards for the future</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/w3c”>W3C</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>