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Taking Us For A Ride

Warriors, maybe you remember back in the early 90s, a PBS show called “Magic School Bus”. I know I sure do. My children loved the show.

Well, it’s back and fully aligned to not only to the CCSS Machine, but to it’s counter-part, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The show is to be used as a tool to entice children into anything and everything STEM has to offer. All the way from its “STEM education” for a “STEM nation”, to its “STEM citizens”. (These references are to the PCAST Report I’ve shared with you many times where it’s revealed that Common Core’s introduction into education was to help hide the agenda behind STEM’s roll-out.) The show’s also sure to include the “A” (for Arts). Thus, making “STEM” become “STEAM”. (I’ve also exposed THAT agenda in education reform as well.)

I was really saddened to hear another really fun educational show has become ensnared by the CCSS Machine.

What Lurks Behind That Bus:

In a word, Scholastic, Inc. This CCSS Machine member organization has totally sold out to the education reform. Scholastic, Inc. is the company which owns “Magic School Bus”. The updated STEM Version is to be called “Magic School Bus 360”.

In another word, PBS. This CCSS Machine member organization has seen fit to have Sesame Street aligned to Common Core, so why NOT Magic School Bus?!

In a third word, Netflix. This company is owned by an educratic reformer convinced America should eliminate all school boards. Netflix also is streaming the 90s versions of Magic School Bus.

From Scholastic, Inc’s press release, this excerpt, Uniquely aligned with the global emphasis on STEM education, the new Magic School Bus360° showcases all fields of science, while embracing technology as a creative tool that supports learning and impacts daily life. The series provides an exceptional opportunity for kids to watch, learn and explore science, inspiring them to become active participants in the scientific process through the show’s extraordinary adventures and fantastic discoveries.”

Access the entire Press Release: http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/press-release/scholastic-medias-magic-school-bus-continues-legacy-magic-school-bus-360-new-netflix-o

According to the Magic School Bus website, the Bus makes real life stops at libraries across the nation. Given how ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has communities aligning to the education reform, these stops will be a great opportunity for more STEM agenda to be spread around. See: http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/travel/index.htm

While you will not see “Common Core” in plain sight on the Magic School Bus website, I did find this as evidence:

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According to EdWeek’s Blog (EdWeek is also sold out to the CCSS Machine), “The revival is timely, as there has been a nationwide push for STEM education, including by President Barack Obama, who has championed investments in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for years.” (*Note: the entire article can be found, 
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2017/01/magic_school_bus_reboot.html?cmp=SOC-EDIT-FB )



From The Bus To The White House:

It’s no secret how much federal overreach has taken place in education. It’s also no secret how much the outgoing President has participated in these efforts either. It was, in fact, his PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) group which gave him that Report back in 2010.

That Report had bipartisan support. The goal? Improving education. Trouble is, as we’ve seen before, Warriors, take an agenda targeting group, add federal funds, new legislation, and ‘presto-changeo’: education reform run amuck. If you’ve not seen all that I found about this Report, revisit it: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

As far as the President’s STEM activities (and those closely related) since then:
STEM Act of 2015:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/
Tying STEM to the Import Export legislation:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/tech-thursday-stemccss-push-making-it-american/ *(Note: watch for ‘Smart Cities’)
Education waivers and the STEM Affinity Network:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wybi-wednesday-rttt-stem-ed-waivers-and-more/ (ESSA will have States competing for federal funding and waivers as well.)
i3 Initiativehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/sorry-mr-babbage/
STEM Master Corps: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/and-the-winners-are/
STEM, your community’s alignment, and a Vacation Bible School:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/full-steam-ahead/ (*also ties ESSA, WIOA, HEA to STEM)
STEM and Teacher Pay: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/
The Brain Initiativehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/sure-fire-disaster-fed-ed/
Computer Science for All, ConnectED,  Promise Neighborhoods,  and, America’s College Promisehttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/kings-bandwagon-its-a-comin/

STEM, STEAM, And America:

1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/tech-thursday-pt-2-stem-to-steams-ties-to-common-core/
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/friday-special-post-part-3-stem-to-steam-ties-to-ccss/

Netflix’s Ties to the CCSS Machine:
1) An interview: http://educationnext.org/disrupting-the-education-monopoly-reed-hastings-interview/

2) How I tied the company to Google’s education CCSS/STEM activites: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/sic-em-saturday-googles-common-core-classroom/

3) How a group of business investors in Silicon Valley have the ‘get rid of all school boards’ agenda: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/

PBS and ESSA:
1) Will also tie back to the President’s Digital Promise Initiative now codified in ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/ (*Note: you will find 3 other PBS, CCSS Machine/STEM embedded researched articles in this link as well.)

Closing:

Warriors, while we see the damage of the STEM agenda/CCSS Machine behind us, we know that in the coming days, there will be much to fight in this continued War Vs. the Core. How much of the top-down overreach will we be free of is anyone’s guess at this point. Just remember, every single day this type of poor education continues, is another day we’ve lost many great minds.


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Something Wicked Brewing

No, I don’t mean the latest hurricane or tropical storm. I’m not referring to the Halloween season. I’m referring to the constant push to ruin not only our educational system, but America itself.

Anti CCSS Warriors, I know you are being bombarded with all sorts of things right now. But, let’s remember that some of the worst moves made by the CCSS Machine, have been made while our heads have been turned.

Example #1:
The recent “I Just Sued the School System” video. I’ve had plenty of folks send this to me and say something like ‘that’s a great idea’. That’s where the CCSS Machine wants us to look, however, LOOK behind the video (if you haven’t already).

sueschool
If you’ve not seen the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8
While the famous rapper (Prince Ea) gripes about one size fits all education, he also brings up PBLs (project based learning), charter schools, and other CCSS Machine alternatives which are clearly NOT alternatives!

While the rapper does list John Taylor Gatto as a inspiration, he also cites Ken Robinson (as in Sir Ken Robinson, a global education fan) as well as the Khan behind Khan Academy who was personally paid by Bill Gates to align his educational resources to the CCSS Machine.
As far as Susan Blum, I have no idea, but knowing she wrote about higher education, I’d say an in-depth look is in order.
My point: Most folks stop looking when they heard ‘sue’, the phrases about being fed up and then seeing John T. Gatto’s name. What’s been missed is HUGE, if that’s where we stop.

If you’d like to see the website of the company behind the video: https://www.neste.com/fi/en/corporate-info/who-we-are/mission-and-vision-0

I encourage you to really look at their website. This is an global oil company with a definite agenda.Why? They are hoping the Prince Ea video reaches at least 2 million ‘likes’. There are plenty of other agenda items as well.

Example #2:

This one’s also on YouTube right now, but is a preview. I do not suggest you watch it with your children. Called “The Thinning” it’s supposedly a ‘what-if-this-could-happen’ type of movie. The plot is population control via student assessments. Basically, you pass the high-stakes test, you get to live; you do not score well or fail the test, you are escorted immediately to a death chamber. Of course the setting is a post-apocalyptic one, but LISTEN to the words in the trailer.

This movie comes out in its full form, 10/12/16. The company behind it is Legendary Digital. Legendary is funded by some pretty big CCSS Machine member organizations. Who holds the financial debt? Bank of America, a huge supporter of education-for-one-size-fits-all-global-citizen-workforce-educated. Other investors include: Goldman Sachs and Accel Partners (venture capitalist group/also funds Facebook). To see all the Legendary Digital investors, use the second link in the screen shot. As always, to see the picture better, click on it.

thinlegend

While the ‘look here while we do this’ isn’t as thinly veiled as the “Sued” video, we MUST look at what is behind this movie.

To see what else Accel Partners fund: http://www.accel.com/companies/
(*Note: look for ‘Dropbox’..then think data mining.)

Example #3:

Early yesterday, I spied this tweet sent out by notorious CCSS Machine member, McGraw Hill Publishing. They are SO grateful for educators they will award $50,000. What really ticked me off, was the ‘iconic sculpture’

mcghbribe

Well, Warriors, we KNOW that McGraw Hill isn’t hiding anything in plain sight as far as aligned education, BUT is there more? Yes! I believe so. You see the money and statue are being used to sway folks. McGraw Hill, will, create another false narrative as to the ‘success’ of CCSS.

Hiding behind the Prize? Arizona State University! This higher education institution is also a notorious CCSS Machine member organization. The trail grows, though. Because I also found the ASU/GSV Summit is behind the Prize.

To learn McGraw Hill’s side of the Prizehttp://www.mcgrawprize.com/about/

To see how ASU and the ASU/GSV Summit hit my ‘anti CCSS radar’:

a) GSV Capital ties to General Assembly, which ties to White Board Advisors:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-this-ga/

b) GSV Advisors with plans to dissolve school boards:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/

c) AZ State University with ties to Parchment (data mining), Unique Identifier Numbers, and more: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/credentialed-transcripts/

d) AZ State University also ties us to Jason Zimba (math for CCSS):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/monday-musings-whats-in-a-name/
(*Note to see the team he’s a part of for CCSS at ASU:
http://math.arizona.edu/~ime/progressions/ )

e) AZ State, the 2015 Superbowl, and related information:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/rmt-sunday-superbowl-ccss/

f) What I have on Khan of Khan Academy:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/ftf-tuesday-the-core-is-ready-are-you/

Other Related Technology/Digital Articles:

a) ICANNhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/no-enigma-here/

b) Facebook, Google, and other tech giants for a new council for artificial intelligence:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/bees-in-ncs-bonnet/
(*Note: refer to Part 2)

Closing:

Gather the troops, Warriors! We must look in every direction.

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CCSS wickedness surrounds our nation! We must be ready.

FTF: Revisit to Redesigned CCSS High School

Anti CCSS Warriors, back in May 2015, I shared with you the article about the “Redesigning American High Schools”. However, just yesterday, I had a warrior from the NE USA, send me the picture you’ll see below. It’s part of the “XQ, American Super School Project”.

Be  sure to click on this picture to enlarge it.
Be sure to click on this picture to enlarge it.

To access my May 2015 article, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/sic-em-saturday-aligned-summer/
To access the document about the redesign, you can search the internet for “Reinventing the American High School for the 21st Century” from the Association of Career and Technical Education, published 2006 or click here. Reinventing_American_High_School  Part one of this older document shows you the (then) current efforts to redesigning American High Schools. Go back and read what those efforts were when you can. However, for the rest of this report, we’ll look at the XQ Project and even more related to it.

Apple’s Part:

The XQ Project” has ties to Apple, Inc. (as in the computers branded “Apple”) Who’s behind “XQ”? Steve Jobs widow. See: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/us/laurene-powell-jobs-commits-dollar50-million-to-create-new-high-schools.html?referrer&_r=0
If you’re not sure who Steve Jobs was, he was one of the co-founders of Apple Computers. Now known as “Apple, Inc.”.  How is Apple connected to CCSS? CTE? For starters, see the ‘education’ section of the Apple, Inc.’s website: http://www.apple.com/education/connectED/

Here’s another Apple/CCSS, CTE tie, the assessments connected to CCSS/CTE, see: http://www.cft.org/news-publications/newsletters/california-teacher/september-october-2013/a-year-of-transition-preparing-for-the-common-core-standards.html

What’s “ConnectEd”? The ConnectEd is a direct link to the White House and more CCSS/CTE. How? Digitally, my fellow warriors. See the pdf document:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/connected_fact_sheet.pdf
The ‘smoking gun’ for ConnectEd, digital, and CCSS? Race-to-the-Top! See: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/index.html

The XQ Project:

Website: http://xqsuperschool.org/challenge
The mission/challenge is longer than the excerpt I’m including, but it’s important you see this much.
“The Super School Project is an open call to reimagine and design the next American high school. In towns and cities far and wide, teams will unite and take on this important work of our time: rethinking and building schools that deeply prepare our students for the rigorous challenges of college, jobs, and life.”

xq

So What Does “XQ” stand for? According to the website, it’s a combination of one’s IQ (your cognitive abilities)  and your EQ (how well you learn with others) to create something ‘extra special’. To learn more about how this is to all work together for rigor for all, see: http://xqsuperschool.org/about (*NOTE: you’ll also see the ‘collective’ partnerships)
If you’d like to see the student led ‘voices’ connected to the XQ, visit: http://xqsuperschool.org/voices
As far as much more information, you’ll find it’s not very transparent, at least on the website.

However, jump over to Twitter, look up the #Rethinkhighschool and you’ll see celebrities, athletes, and others weighing in with ideas like ”What if parents got tax deductions based on their kids grades?”(Ashton Kutchner) and “We talk a lot about innovation and problem solving, but we aren’t training our kids to do it.” (Joe Montana)
However, the tweets worth noticing aren’t from the rich and famous, they are from groups which support aligned assessments, more in-depth skills based learning, and on and on. Watch for “New Tech Network” and “American Dream Schools”. The former supports the deep learning, the latter is on a mission to transform thousands of high schools in the next 10 years. (*Note: “American Dream Schools” has 2 Twitter accounts, one tagged “Deeper Learning” as well as their ADS name).

American Dream Schools:

Their website: http://www.righttosucceed.org/
Serving advisors include a Gates Foundation Senior member as well as a member of the IL Charter Schools! (See: http://www.righttosucceed.org/#!advisors/c165s)
Their take on the educational crisis? Preventing drop outs in high school. Here’s an excerpt from one of the co-founders, “I worry that education reform is so focused on what we are fighting against (bad schools, bad teachers, bad unions, bad districts, bad funding, bad parenting, bad kids, and bad communities) that there is no vision about what we should be fighting for – great schools for every neighborhood!”

Want to see what a real ADS looks like? (be prepared..it’s about preparing for the workplace)

Notice, this began in Napa Valley, CA (very close by is Silicon Valley, where many businesses are. As are many venture capitalists. How do these play into this redesigned education movement? See my previously published article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/

Deeper Learning:

Their website: http://deeperlearning4all.org/
Their base of research appears to be AIR (American Institutes of Research), however they also use PISA assessments and other well connected CCSS/CTE/CCR groups or tools. In fact, I’m sharing with you the 30 CCSS results I got when I searched the website for “Common Core” (see:
http://deeperlearning4all.org/?s=Common+Core&source=global)

If you’d like to see just how deeply the Deeper Learning folks are into all things Common Core (including college and career readiness (CCR), career technical education (CTE), be sure to look at the ‘resources’ page. Just be sure you have something to throw at the wall when you read it all..it’s like a ‘who’s who’ of agenda laden CCSS supporters. (see: http://deeperlearning4all.org/resources)

The group behind “Deeper Learning” is the “Alliance for Excellent Education”. I wrote about AEE back in July 2015. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/todays-the-day-will-ecaa-survive/
Why do I bring up the Alliance? Simple,refer to their statement on student data dashboards. http://all4ed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DataDashboards.pdf

Here’s what the cover illustration looked like:

Note how your student is to be measured. Note what's missing!
Note how your student is to be measured. Note what’s missing!

Closing:

It seems the ties to connect all of the above are in reality quite simple. Data, agenda, and our schools. The chokehold on our schools? The Common Core State Standards Initiative and all that it encompasses. The payoff for the likes of Apple, Project XQ, Deeper Learning, the Gates Foundation, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and all those others joined at the hip? A manageable trained workforce creating a rich economy for a select few.

FTF: CCSS ‘Pearsonites’, at Your Higher Ed Campuses Now!

Pearson and Starbucks..'pimping out' education one student at a time.
Pearson and Starbucks..’pimping out’ education one student at a time.

Common Core Warriors, have you taken a stand against some of the P3 (public, private partnerships) yet? I hope after today’s “From the File” Tuesday, you will!

The Club:

Over on Twitter, it’s the “Pearson Students”, especially their “AcedIt” campaign. (see the photo above)

On the Internet, it’s also “Pearson Students”..tag line, “Join Pearson and help build the future of higher education.” Website: http://www.pearsonstudents.com/ You can access all the other PS social media sites from this main page.

Turning Students to “Pearsonites”:


Before we delve too much into this information, look at the screen shot. The emphasis you see is mine to point out the subtle messages packed with punch.

Pearson is relentless is recruiting an army, it would appear.
Pearson is relentless is recruiting an army, it would appear.

Across America and Canada there are now 40 Pearsonites (actually their real title is Pearson Campus Ambassador). Responsibilities? Oh yes, interacting with the company, endorsing products, influencing others like you, and all the while, putting career tech education into motion. You’ll even get paid to do it.

Oh, the campuses? Why they are public AND private universities as well as  community colleges in CA, OR, MN, MI, OH, IL, MO, KS, TX, FL, GA, SC, TN, NC, and VA in the US. In Canada, you’ll find the Pearsonites in Ontario and British Columbia.

I feel I must point out that one of the VA Pearsonites is on the campus of Liberty University..you know, a private Christian college. But, as I’ve shared before even Christian schools are not exempt from CCSS. (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/fom-friday-christian-colleges-exempt-from-common-core-not/ ) To see the entire “Pearson Campus Ambassador” page/information: http://www.pearsonstudents.com/get-involved/campus-ambassador-program/index.html
Becoming a Pearson “Free Agent”:

What better way to utilize your subjects than by having them choose to be a free agent? No long term commitment to Pearson, the ability to be project based or work from home, all the while seeking information from your fellow campus buddies. Check out the promo video to entice you to sign up:

Be a STEM Pearsonite:

Maybe all of the previous Pearsonite opportunities aren’t to your liking, maybe being an intern for the CCSS profit maker is however. The company has a place for you there as well. What’s even more exciting is you can be a STEM Pearsonite, too!! Can’t get enough of Common Core? Need some STEM, Pearson covers you well!
Here’s their description of themselves, “Pearson is more than just the world’s leading learning company: we are a global organization revolutionizing both what and how people learn in and outside of the classroom.”

As a STEM Pearson Person you can data mine! You can test curriculum and assessments! You can influence social media for Pearson/STEM! Here’s a list of the cities where STEM Pearsonite are spreading their agenda:

  • Austin, TX
  • Bloomington West, MN
  • Boston, MA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Centennial, CO
  • Columbus, OH
  • Denver, CO
  • Glenview, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Old Tappan, NJ
  • Portland, OR
  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sandy, UT
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ
  • Washington, DC

Oh, I almost forgot, as an intern you are handled by a Pearson Mentor…and more career path incentives, training, and alignment. Unlike the other positions for leading the masses to convert to Pearson-ology, this unique group is the leaders with strong skills. To find out more, be sure to use the above website address and look up at the top for the other categories I’ve shared, as well as learning about the other ‘opportunities’ Pearson has to sway your students.

Pearson’s Outreach “Mission”:

Not content with our Pre-K through 20 year olds, Pearson’s got a bead on all the adults. I’ve included a website address where you can see all the agenda-driven events that are either archived or coming up soon. You wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to be a possible Pearsonite, now would you?! See: http://www.pearsoned.com/events-and-webinars/higher-education-events-and-webinars/

Pearson’s College/Career Ready Disciples:

Since it’s “From the Files Tuesday” here on my blog, it wouldn’t be complete without a download to share. You’ll love this one. All the ‘research’ Pearson could muster to tell us exactly how and what CCR (College/Career Ready) the Pearson Way can be. CCR_WEB_FINAL Pearson If you need more ‘subjective’ research, visit: http://home.pearsonhighered.com/research.html

Need Funding? Let Pearson Guide Your School:

To round out a fine CCSS/STEM/CCR army, you’ve got to get the leaders in on it as well. Pearson doesn’t disappoint here, no sir, not at all! No matter if your school is Title 1 – 1 billion, Perkins to Workings, they’ve got your back (just watch for the knife). Here’s where their Grant Keepers can get your school the money:

  • Title I
  • Title II
  • Title III
  • IDEA
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Head Start
  • School Improvement Grants
  • Carl D Perkins
  • School Climate Transformation

The Danger of 21st Century Community Learning Centers:
From the list above, be sure you pay especially close attention to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. (If you’ve not heard, the 21stCCLCs are a ‘present’ to our nation from the likes of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. CCSSO, Council of Chief State School Officers is also working with other groups to get in on the action as well. The federal government is part of the process to.

Look into them, you’ll find the 21stCCLCs are what will replace our traditional schools systems..if all goes as they have planned. See: http://www.p21.org/ (for P21); To see all the results for the CCSSO’s plans and parts of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, see: http://ccsso.org/Search_Results.html?q=21st+century+community+learning+centers; the Federal Government’s role in 21stCCLCs? Oh, that’s another resource you’ll need in your state. See: nri_pb_agencies_final_9 You might also want to learn about the 2014 Conference, where several states got together and gleaned from each other. See: http://21centurymultistateconference.org/ *(Note, be sure to look at the very bottom of the page to see how the ESEA factors into all this.)
Maybe the Policy Updates from the After School Alliance, will help you, see: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/policyFedNewsArchive.cfm *(Note, be sure to see how Congress’s treatment of the budget factors in.)

If you’d like even more of a context in background about 21st CCLCs, be sure to use the search bar of my blog. Use ‘venture capitalists’, or “Silicon Valley” to access the articles and vast networking others are going to to rearrange how education is conducted in America. Lastly, if you’ve heard me speak out on Women on the Wall, you’ve heard me refer to the eerie “KnowledgeWorks” and their “Strive Together” Program.

Closing:

My warriors, do you see the picture here? Pearsonites doing Pearson’s bidding while marching to the agenda of those with plans to re-arrange our educational landscape. As we’ve known for quite some time the CCSS Machine is looming, it’s large, and it’s coming for our future leaders.

FTF: The SBA and Common Core

The SBA (Small Business Administration) is helping led the way for Common Core.
The SBA (Small Business Administration) is helping led the way for Common Core.

Common Core and the SBA:

For this “From the File” Tuesday, I have a ‘hum-dinger’ for you. The SBA (as in the ‘Small Business Administration’) has been supporting Common Core. How do I know? A Oct. 2014 National Summit.

The Summit:

Titled the “National Summit of Middle Market Funds” (see: https://www.sba.gov/content/national-summit-middle-market-funds), Maria Contreras-Sweet (the SBA’s administrator) addressed those in attendance how the SBIC (Small Business Investment Company) has been giving us ‘common sense financial reform’.

Refer the the above website for the entire speech text. *Note: while the speech does spell out what SBIC/SBIA stands for, I looked them up for you. I hope you learned something new. I sure did. I had no clue the SBA had a ‘alliance’. But, hey, how much else have we learned in fighting CC that ties one group to yet another.

Okay, so where’s the Common Core? Wait for it…it’s coming.

First, however:
SBICs have helped Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and others with over $67 billion dollars. Did you catch those names? There are others, too.

Here’s HP’s Common Core support proof: http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/getpdf.aspx/4AA5-3577ENUC.pdf?ver=2.0

Here’s Apple’s Common Core support proof:
https://www.apple.com/education/docs/Curriculum_Assessment_Teaching_Tools_for_iPad_8-14.pdf

Intel’s Common Core support proof, an excerpt from “Education Week”.
“Carlos Contreras, the director of U.S. education for tech giant Intel, said his company has been discussing the importance of the common core at forums for its employees, with the idea that those workers will become ambassadors for the standards.” (see: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2013/09/business_execs_fight_for_common_core_before_its_too_late.html)

So, is that all the CC/SBA proof you’ve got, Lynne? Not by a long shot, folks!

SBA funding venture capitalists:

Maybe not a secret, but many VCs (venture capitalists) are those P3s (Public Private Partnerships) which we’ve seen run amuck with Common Core. I’m not saying every VC or P3, but I think you know the ones I’m referring to. Here’s what the SBA Admin. said, “Many of the first venture capital funds in the United States were SBICs. This program is one of the most successful private-public partnerships in existence. I always tell people SBICs are the best deal on the market. We provide the capital you need to employ your investment strategy, but we don’t take any carry, so you can reap the full benefits from your investments.” 

Why this type of thing is a BIG deal for those fighting Common Core:
In case you weren’t following me ‘way back when’, here’s what I uncovered about some of those venture capitalists dreams for education. Again, I have no clue if the ones I discovered are ones which have benefited from the SBA’s foray into VCs, but consider this truth, no matter the source, there are VCs out there intent on reforming education. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/from-the-files-tuesday-down-in-the-valley/

SBA’s funding the Core activities:

Thanks to the speech’s text, you can find many nuggets in what was stated. For example, the 2011 Impact Fund, which has recently been extended beyond it’s original stop date of fiscal year 2016. Where’s the money going? Here’s an excerpt, “The SBA launched our Impact Fund in 2011 as a five-year pilot to support President Obama’s vision of a more inclusive and sustainable economy. The Fund was set to expire at the end of FY2016. Last month, we announced plans to continue and expand this fund as vital and ongoing part of our SBIC portfolio. What we’re focused on with this fund is investments in underserved areas, and we want to work with fund managers with expertise in clean energy, education, and advanced manufacturing. We know you’re all investing in a competitive environment, and it can be challenging to find the right business to differentiate yourself. Our goal is to provide you with more flexibility to facilitate returns in places you may not traditionally look. Impact investing can help you find that gem off the beaten path, one that hasn’t been over-shopped. There’s money to be made in impact investing and some real good to be done, as well.” *Note: while we know education is CCSS’s area, when you consider CTE, or Career Tech Education’s Clusters, you know energy and manufacturing are in CCSS’s area, as well.

Then, the ‘smoking gun’ for the Core:

One of the BEST examples of the 2011 Impact Fund was this from TX. “In Texas, SJF Capital Funds is investing in a company that’s using educational technology to implement Common Core and raise the math scores of our K-12 students so they can compete for 21st century jobs. They’ve invested in gaming software that allows students to design their own “avatars” and compete in math against their own classmates and other kids across the state. Schools using this technology are reporting double-digit increases in their math scores. That’s the kind of innovation that our SBICs are making possible through impact investing.” *Note: notice the push for more money, more people, especially women; more alignment.

Related resources: 

To learn more about the SBA’s Investment Company:
https://www.sba.gov/category/lender-navigation/sba-loan-programs/sbic-program-0

To learn more about the SBA’s Investment Alliance: http://www.sbia.org/ *Note their website page brags about their educational investments. Be sure to look at their ‘Congressional Action’ page, lots of research worthy educational stuff there. See how powerful this Alliance is.

To find the SBA’s venture capitalists: https://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business/loans-grants-funding/venture-capital