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Weekend News: Worker Ed

Warriors in the War Vs the Core, we are approaching the one year ‘anniversary’ of the passage of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) into federal law. While much remains status quo in the quest to transform American education into a skill based worker pipeline, much has already changed. As we approach a new calendar year, new administration, and new ESSA mandates in action, we must remember one thing:

     Protect the students, teachers, and citizens!

Just take a close look at the feature shot above. It was one of the simplest ways to illustrate how all the recent laws, initiatives, and programs tie altogether for one goal. What the   CCSS Machine often calls our students: ‘human capital’ or ‘talent pipeline supply’.

Those recent laws?
HEA (Higher Education Act of 2008) is said to be currently under its latest rewriting
WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014),
STEM* (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Act of 2015
 ESSA, 2015

*STEM actually appeared about the same time as Common Core State Standards according to a 2010 PCAST (Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) Report.

Each of these connect Career Tech Ed, Career Pathways or Clusters,  STEM to STEAM, American Apprenticeships, and all the associated programs to the shift from academics to workforce. ESSA refers to all of this as ‘college and career readiness’ or ‘challenging state academic standards. ESSA also collectively groups all the initiatives and programs into professional development/streamlined learning with one goal:

                        Post secondary readiness in competency based education

 

Workforce/Ed News With A Spin:

During the past week, the U.S. House’s Ed and Workforce Committee have been zipping out press releases ‘celebrating’ the important work of the past few years under Rep. Kline’s leadership. Somehow, we the Warriors and Citizens, need to be reminded of the pro CCSS/CTE side of education at the hands of these legislative educrats. They are desperate to have us believe all this reform will make our nation stronger.
However, this past week isn’t the only time the CCSS Machine has used Congress to churn out fodder. Since the last recess began, Ed/Workforce has zipped out many such press releases. I’ve dug through those and shown you the fallacies. I’ll include them in the Related Resource section below.

The ‘Success’ Emails:

A quadruple spun set of Ed/Workforce articles began showing up in my email on Nov. 30th. The subject title? “Leadership & Results: Empowering Americans to compete in the workforce”
The email was quick to point out that under Rep. Kline’s leadership, the Committee had worked hard on the behalf of all Americans. The track record of ‘success’ begins (in the email) in 2007. It also points out the Skills Act* of 2011 where Rep. Foxx was a key player. (Look for my Skills Act article below in Related Resources.) The email ends with the terrific news about WIOA becoming law. No where in the email does it state Rep. Foxx was set to become the new chair for Ed/Workforce.
*Skills Act (2013) stands for: “The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act”
It was also Rep. Foxx’s ‘baby’. (In Monday’s article, we’ll look closely at her education stance.)

The bottom line? American education had already begun its shift to becoming a workforce based education well before 2007, the Skills Act.

The next Ed/Workforce email was also dated 11/30/16. It’s subject line? “Leadership & Results Part 2: Helping every child receive an excellent education”
Right away, the red flag was the same introduction as the first. How hard Ed/Workforce had worked to represent the citizens of America. Another red flag? The ‘lifelong learning’ educratic phrase is code for ‘birth to grave’ streamlined education* (look for “Local Schools Open for WIOA in ‘Related Resources’). This email was all about how ‘local’ ESSA is going to make American education.

The bottom line? No American citizen truly desires ‘success’ at the price our government expects our education system to cough up.

Ed/Workforce’s third email (dated 12/1/16) focused on child safety via Neighborhood Development Block Grants. The subject line stated it this way, “Leadership & Results Part 3: Protecting the nation’s most vulnerable”This will most definitely continue to tie education to the U.S. Dept. of HHS (Health and Human Services). In ‘Related Resources’ look for  the “Sure Fire Disaster” article.

Lastly, the series of ‘success’ emails showed up on Dec. 2nd. It’s subject line, “Leadership & Results Part 4: Making it easier for students to pursue higher education”. This email touted the “Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013”. Warriors, while I have not studied this Law, I can tell you what I do know about higher education when it comes to the federal overreaches. Look in ‘Related Resources’ for them.

To find all 4 press releases: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentquery.aspx?DocumentTypeID=1854:1826:1925:1825:1924:2481

Related Resources:
1) This one shows Rep. Foxx’s statement in support of competency based, federally supported innovations in education, as well as Rep. Kline’s ties to Sen. Alexander, along with how Lumina and other CCSS Machine members are involved:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/

2) The Skills Act article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/ftf-more-tracking-the-workforce-aligned-society/ (*Note, it will show you how the SKILLS Act was embedded in not only WIOA, but will link you to my article where it was also embedded in the House/Senate versions of what was to become ESSA! In case you do not spot the link (will be in ‘Related Articles’ at the bottom, here is the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/)

3) WIOA and HEA embedded into ESSA articles (has page numbers to the Final Conference Report version):
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

4) ESSA and WIOA, along with HEA and STEM mean to have every citizen, regardless of age or school choice, somewhere in the ‘talent supply, workforce based education pipeline’.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/ (*Note: this is also the article where you will find the featured image.)

5) How ‘local’ can a State be with ESSA aligned national leadership (P3s,  public private partnerships)? These articles expose what Ed/Workforce didn’t.
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/
d) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/
e) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
f) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

6) Just one of the HHS articles I have which directly relates to ESSA and fed ed overreach:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/sure-fire-disaster-fed-ed/

7) The ‘affordable’ post-secondary education myth can be tied to the CCSS Machine in these articles. One of the most vocal selling points for HEA re-authorization will most definitely include student debt load and taxpayer burdens. While it is true these need addressing, must they be tied to the CCSS Machine to achieve them?! NO!!!
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/affording-ccss-higher-ed-reform/
(*Note: takes a look at federal and state (NC) legislation meant to help ease student debt, but with a ton of CCSS Machine strings.)
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/tech-thursday-more-alexander-hea-and-the-next-america/ (*Note: written in 2015, this one shows you Sen. Alexander leading the bandwagon for higher education reform. Since he’s ruined K-12, we know he’ll ruin higher education, too.!)
c) Since we’re already in the fiscal year of 2017, you may wish to see how the ‘savings’ for higher education is to occur in this article. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/ (*Note: if you like, skip to the “Next Up: It’s All in the Name of Savings” portion.)

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FTF: More Tracking the Workforce Aligned Society

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As promised, anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, here’s the article detailing more information on how our nation is slowly, but surely becoming a workforce aligned nation.  Over the weekend, if you read my “Weekend News”,  I shared 2 distinct graphics from the federal government’s Education and the Workforce Committee.  See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/weekend-news-tracking-the-ccsscteworkforce-aligned-society/

SKILLS Act? It’s a Law Now and It Has a New Name!:

In today’s ‘From the File Tuesday’, we’ll look at several legislative moves meant for the express purpose of aligning our nation. First up, the SKILLS Act (Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act). It’s bill number was HR803. It was put before Congress in the 2013-14 Session. According to the Library of Congress, HR803 has had 6 makeovers. The very first one appeared in Feb. 2013. Now, if you’ll remember, I shared with you over the weekend, that I’d tie the SKILLS Act to the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014). Folks, you may already know this, or you may not. The tie? Quite simply, over the course of the Congressional ins/outs/swapping Chambers, etc. The SKILLS Act was renamed to become the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act!

(*Note: The WIOA became law in July 2015. One of my Nov. 2014 published articles detailed  information on how  legislation set in Washington trickled down to the state level and how the data collection in the name of Workforce was happening. If you’d like to see just HOW Workforce Data is handled in your state, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/)

When it was SKILLS:

When HR803 was known as “SKILLS”:
1) The bill (introduced by NC legislator Virginia Foxx)  ‘will empower employers, rein in bureaucracy, and provide America’s workers with a more dynamic, flexible, and effective network of job training services.”


2) The bill used a 2011 Government Accountability Office document, which reveals connections to  the 2009 “Recovery Act”. (remember this was the Act which gave us ‘shovel ready’ projects, Affordable Health Care, and a host of other changes?)
The document:  2011GAOreport


3) A program “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)” was included. Why is this important in 2015? Did WIOA keep this program? Expand it? Keep reading, my warriors!

4) The bill gave our governors even more power when it comes to workforce training programs. (If you’ve not seen any of my published work on just HOW far NC has gone to align education for the good of NC, here’s one where not only will you see the selling out of the citizens of NC to the Common Core, you’ll also get to see how the state used its grant money from the Workforce Quality Data (in the Nov. 2014 article above) : https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/ccss-follow-up-system-more-than-money-will-follow-your-students/


5) The bill also gave greater power to businesses (the ‘private’ in “public, private partnerships embedded in the CCSS Machine). All the ‘bonuses of HR803’ are included in this archived ‘fact sheet’. See: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/short_bill_summary_-_skills_act_final.pdf

I give you these items so we can look at where these programs/efforts have been increased through the WIOA or other legislation (will include federal and state levels).

TANF:

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families certainly sounds like a noble cause, and I’m sure for those in need, the help is appropriate. However, in the vane of aligning education for workforce needs, is it truly noble? To learn more about TANF, see their website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/programs/tanf
TANF is part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (one of the 3 federal agencies using education as an alignment tool to reform America)
One of the features about TANF mentioned in that Government Accountability Report? The ‘one-stop-job-centers’ created by combining at least 2 programs. Here’s an excerpt, “Options that may increase efficiencies include colocating services and consolidating administrative structures, but implementation may pose challenges. While WIA Adult and ES services are generally colocated in onestop
centers, TANF employment services are colocated in one-stops to a lesser extent. Florida, Texas, and Utah have consolidated their welfare and workforce agencies, and state officials said this reduced costs and improved services, but they could not provide a dollar figure for cost savings.”

Did TANF get included in the WIOA (what SKILLS turned into)? You bet it did! Here’s a document called “Aligned by Design”: WIOA and TANF2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-TANF

TANF funds include Title 4 funding for each state, Anita Hoge, a well known anti CCSS Warrior has shared many times how Title 4 funding is being abused to align our schools. The abuse WILL continue in the current Student Success Act (HR5), the Every Child Achieves Act (S1177), and the upcoming efforts toward re-authorizing the HEA (Higher Education Act).

In Kansas, TANF funds, the GED, and students highlight the stealthy Career Tech, College Readiness portions of CCSS. See the story: http://ksn.com/2014/12/11/state-focuses-on-g-e-d-and-tech-students/

In Utah, TANF funds are tying STEM (also connected to the CCSS Machine as one of the foremost nationally aligning efforts in education, workforce, and our nation) to the state’s Dept. of Workforce. See that story: http://ksn.com/2014/12/11/state-focuses-on-g-e-d-and-tech-students/

Here in NC, a TANF report will reveal how the state’s “Common Follow Up System” is involved in CTE for Workforce trained citizens. Access: NC TANF report

More Workforce/CTE resourced information:

The Career Tech Education (part of the Common Core) which made it from the SKILLS Act into the WIOA? Access this other “Aligned by Design”2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-CTE

To find out how the Career Pathways (part of the Career Tech Education) made it into the WIOA, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/rmt-sunday-vp-common-core-and-jobs/

If you’d like to see the state of Arkansas’s TANF for Career Pathways funding/presentation:
http://www.powershow.com/view/ad4ea-ZDgwO/ARKANSAS_CAREER_PATHWAYS_INITIATIVE_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

If you’d like to see how Job Development Grants (given by the feds to the states) is also Common Core aligned and will continue to carry out the mission of helping align our nation to ‘workforce readiness’, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss

Workforce/Education Historical Evidence you can use:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/weekend-news-labor-day-weekend-special/

Weekend News: Tracking the CCSS/CTE/Workforce Aligned Society

Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

It’s time for the Weekend News, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors. As you know, I’ve given you several fact based articles of how the CCSS Machine has expanded its domain into the post-secondary world. What’s interesting, is the post-secondary world includes all citizens, not just students. We’ve all read and seen others share similar information with the aligned communities. This weekend’s article is devoted to showing you how the U.S. Government is helping align our entire nation to all things Common Core through the re-authorization of the 1965 version of the HEA (Higher Education Act). Please note, that just this past week, I’ve provided you with evidence of how the HR5 and the S1177 are tied to the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). It’s no secret that the CTE (Career Tech Education) is most definitely tied to the WIOA as well. So, it makes sense (if you want a totally aligned community) to embed as much as you can in the post-secondary educational choices, too.

Committee on Education and the Workforce:

According to one of the most recent Committee calendars, (9/16/15), the following bills are either in the wings waiting to advance or have already been turned into law. Each of the ones below will fit ‘beautifully’ into the CCSS Machine’s vision for totally aligned communities. Naturally, for those already law, the impact is being felt.

HR596, set to repeal parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it also repeals portions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (2010). Look closely at the Health Care Ed Act, and you’ll find Medicaid funding, student loans, and how they intersect not only our schools, but our communities. As has been pointed out repeatedly with documented research, the embedded abuse of Medicaid in our schools is in both the HR5 and the S1177, it’s bound to be in the Higher Ed bills, too.
To see the text of HR596 (where you can access the Health Care Education Act, too):
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/596/text
As far as the Health Care “Career Clusters”, “Career Pathways”, or the”American Apprenticeships”, there are plenty of documents to attest to it in your state.
Here’s the “CareerTech.org” ‘Health Care Career Clusters/Pathways to College and Career Readiness’CCFrame-HealthScience
To learn more about the $175 million in state grants for the American Apprenticeships, see:
http://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/grants.htm
(*Note: you can find out more information about the AA (American Apprenticeships), see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/)
If you’d like to see a very well laid out graphic of how convoluted the healthcare (which includes education and workforce):

Look in the bottom right hand corner when you expand this.
Look in the bottom right hand corner when you expand this.

One more thing about HR596, it’s been sitting on the Senate’s calendar since Feb. 2015.
HR2028: Connects Workforce to the Army Corps of Engineers (The U.S.Army is 100% pro CCSS/CTE; see my articles: a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/tech-thursday-common-core-military-special/
(*Note: HR2029 is also a military related bill, however, this one will be more about the money used by the Dept. of Defense for bases, Vet Affairs. Both HR 2028 and 2029 are also on the Senate’s calendar.)
HR2604 has to do with Need Based Educational Funding amendment to the “Improving American Schools Act” (1994; IASA). It’s in the Improving Act, you’ll find how all this encompasses not only U.S. Citizens, but all the ‘aliens’ who’ve been admitted for permanent residence. To see the HR2604, and be linked to the IASA, see: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2604/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr2604%5C%22%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=1
(*Note: this bill is not on the Senate’s calendar, but the Union’s calendar. This is a separate calendar the House of Reps holds, as per the U.S. Constitution’s Article 1.)

S1124, WIOA Technical Amendments Act (became law back in May 2015 and was sponsored by none other than Sen. Lamar Alexander. This law allows each state’s governor to increase workforce based/aligned programs (which include education) This law involves much more local alignment, too. Biggest targets? Adult workers who need more education or to be retrained. This law also stipulates that a huge portion of each state’s budget be devoted to the re-education of their workforce. See: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1124?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22s1124%5C%22%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=1
(*Note: This bill passed in the House without one objection to it! What does that tell an anti CCSS/CTE Warrior like you? It means that once again, all the House of Representative members didn’t stop the CCSS Machine here, just like they didn’t with the HR5’s passage!)
Also of note and related, the HR5 is in the Senate’s Chambers, as it has been since 07/2015.
Lastly, to see the entire HELP (the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) hearing on the WIOA Technical Amendments as they pertain to the S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act), see: http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/s-every-child-achieves-act-of-2015-s-wioa-technical-amendments-act-and-nominations

I’m sure there are others on the Committee on Education and the Workforce’s calendar which can be tied to the overall alignment of our communities, but I want to focus on the other efforts we need to know about.

The U.S. Government’s ‘Workforce Web of Development’:

The graphic below is one of the biggest ‘tell all’ visuals I’ve seen yet. In this one, it ties 9 U.S. federal level agencies to the Workforce (and therefore the WIOA, HR5, S1177, and the upcoming HEA legislative moves, as well as many other bills and established laws.) This graphic is based off a comment the current U.S. President made during a State of the Union address.

While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.
While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.

Where did I find this ‘gem’? The U.S. House’s Committee on Education and Workforce!
Here’s another one that is absolute undeniable proof about the purposed alignment of our communities; the overreach of the CCSS into ever citizen’s life. You must open this one and share it with anyone who still doubts the all encompassing efforts of all those involved with Common Core, Career Tech Education, and every single connected entity! This is not just federal, this is local, this is in your backyard, anti CCSS/CTE warriors!
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Wait, this says, “Skills Act”, what’s that? Is it new? (no, became a law in 2013). What does “Skills” stand for? “The Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills”.

I’ll be following up with more on the Skills Act in Tuesday’s article, so be sure to read it. I’ll be able to connect it to the HR5, the S1177, the WIOA, and more.