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Hitting the Books, Part 2

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, it has been almost 2 years since I shared with you how the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) Machine is overreaching into our public libraries. In between the time I first published this news and now, what, if anything, has been going on? PLENTY! Especially with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as law of the land.

What Caught My Eye:

A recent weekly newspaper which comes delivered for free in my neighborhood had a brief statement. I have the screen shot below so you can see what I saw. While the location states “Denver”, it is not the Colorado city, rather a small town in North Carolina.

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The EZ Literacy and Lifelong Learning Grants you see underlined are given in detail:
http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ld/grants/lsta/2015-2016Abstract.htm (*Note: the partnering with local community colleges ties the Career Tech, Common Core to public places. How do I know? Previous research has shown all 58 of NC’s Community Colleges are CCSS/CTE aligned.)


The ‘Old News’ from 2014:

Here is an excerpt from the original article where I tied not only public libraries to the CCSS Machine, but private bookstores, as well.
“Here’s what NC’s state library page said about the grants: “Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants are federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that are awarded by the State Library to eligible North Carolina libraries.” ”
To see the entire article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/monday-musings-hitting-the-books/ (*Note: be sure to open in a new tab, the 2013 embedded document where CCSS and public libraries are to be joined together.)

What you see below is from Detroit, Michigan and is the Mark Twain Public Library. In my mind this is a great visual for how our libraries have been culled for any books which are NOT aligned to Common Core or its agenda. If your library is like my local one, almost every book BEFORE 2008’s publishing date has been REMOVED!

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So, What ARE the Priorities?

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov), here are the priorities embedded in the federal Laws which are in place to award the grants to each of the US States and its Territories. Federal laws 20 U.S. C. 9121 and 20 U.S.C. 9141. The 9121 is for the reasons museums and libraries need grants; the 9141 gives the parameters for the award money.

9121:Enhance coordination among federal programs that relate to library and information services; promote continuous improvement in library services in all types of libraries in order to better serve the people of the United States; facilitate access to resources in all types of libraries for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry; encourage resource sharing among all types of libraries for the purpose of achieving economical and efficient delivery of library services to the public; promote literacy, education, and lifelong learning and to enhance and expand the services and resources provided by libraries, including those services and resources relating to workforce development, 21st century skills, and digital literacy skills; enhance the skills of the current library workforce and to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services; ensure the preservation of knowledge and library collections in all formats and to enable libraries to serve their communities during disasters; enhance the role of libraries within the information infrastructure of the United States in order to support research, education, and innovation; and promote library services that provide users with access to information through national, state, local, regional, and international collaborations and networks.”

Warriors, did you see ‘workforce’? That will tie into the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) as well! Did you see the ’21st Century skills’?! That will tie to the ESSA, the WIOA, and the HEA (Higher Education Act). Did you see the ‘digital literacy’? ESSA has set aside almost $850 million for nationwide digital renovations! The STEM Education Act will also be tied to every bit of this, too! I am sure other laws will also be connected.

9141: Expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals’ needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills; establish or enhance electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services; provide training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services; enhance efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services; develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizationstarget library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills; target library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved; develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks; and carry out other activities consistent with the purposes set forth in section 9121, as described in the SLAA’s plan.”

Warriors, did you notice the repeated emphasis on ‘electronics’ (aka ‘digital’)? Did you see the ‘public private partnership’ included? ESSA mandates for MORE P3 (public private partnerships) in education,as well as total community alignment in the name of support for student achievement! Much of ESSA is written with the underserved in mind., as well. In fact, much of Title One funding is being transformed to include more folks as underserved, so they, too, can be aligned! Finally, did you notice the ‘international’ and other ‘collaborations’? This most definitely  fits the global aspects of the Common Core Agenda for global education, global citizens, and global workers.

To date, NC has received over $21 million dollars (from 2012 to 2016) in these Library Service and Technology Act grants. What has your State received? Find out, here:
https://www.imls.gov/grants/grants-state/state-allotments

Each State has a 5 year plan for their grant money, the federal government reviews each State Plan every 5 years as well. Among the highlights of NC’s grant money, data collection, career/workforce development, lifelong learning, and, of course, partners in the community. After all, our libraries are considered cornerstones of each community, what better way to access citizens for the alignment to ESSA/CCSS?! You can see the entire NC 5 Year State Plan,
 https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/state-profiles/plans/northcarolina5yearplan.pdf
If you would like to see the last Evaluation NC received (2012), https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/state-profiles/evals/northcarolina5yearevaluation.pdf

You can find your State’s profile, https://www.imls.gov/grants/grants-state/state-profiles

Warriors, consider this fact (according to the Institute for Museum and Library Services:
there are 123,000 libraries across our Nation and 35,00 museums. Those are big numbers the CCSS Machine is using to advance community alignment. With ESSA as law of the land, we will see even more community alignment.

If you wish to see who serves as a National Board member for the Institute:
https://www.imls.gov/about-us/national-museum-and-library-services-board

To better understand how libraries and museums will continue to be entrenched in the ESSA/CSSS ways, read this excerpt, “As a federal agency administering discretionary federal programs, IMLS receives its funding through the annual appropriations process. We are one of several independent agencies whose spending limits each year are established in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.See:
https://www.imls.gov/about-us/legislation-budget
Who holds the key to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations? The US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee http://appropriations.house.gov/subcommittees/subcommittee/?IssueID=34777
AND
, the US Senate’s Appropriations Committee
http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/subcommittees/labor-health-and-human-services-education-and-related-agencies
(*Note, on the Senate’s Committee, Patty Murray (‘co-cheerleader’ for the ESSA) is a ranking member. Her ‘companion cheerleader’ for ESSA, Lamar Alexander is also a serving member.)

To see the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act on the Senate’s side (S 1695)https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1695
The House of Representatives’ side, H 3020: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3020/related-bills
To see the Congressional Report of the above: https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/114th-congress/house-report/195/1

The Institute for Museum and Library Services also receives donations. I found evidence of the Gates Foundation awarding a grant the federal government Institute. See below:
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I also found evidence of STEM, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and a program called ‘WebWise’ (this one is from 2011). It also gives evidence to the MacArthur Foundation’s support. See: https://www.imls.gov/assets/1/workflow_staging/News/855.pdf
(*Note: be sure to look at all the speakers and other supporters.)

To see the Institute’s 2015 Progress and Accountability Report (where you will see STEM, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, WIOA, Career Tech Education, and SO much more): 2015par (*Note: Page 120 will reveal how this federal agency is able to receive private donations.)



Enter, Big Bucks and Lots of Agenda:

Helping the Institute for Museum and Library Services embed a collective, common good mindset in each community is the LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). In fact, there is a Report detailing the partnership. Page 54 of this Report gives you the collective efforts for common communities. See: museumslibrariesandcomprehensiveinitiatives

Why look at the LISC? Simple, among the original donors, the Ford Foundation, a HUGE CCSS Machine member, joined others who are out to improve communities. While community improvement IS a good thing, filtering it through the CCSS Machine agenda is NOT. See the other original donorsand the top current ones. Then count how many are among the CCSS Machine’s well known membershttp://www.lisc.org/about-us/supporters/major-supporters/#origfunders

To see the Education agenda LISC has, http://www.lisc.org/our-initiatives/education/

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To read the rest of the Report, http://www.lisc.org/annualreport/2015/welcome.html
To see how much the Gates Foundation has given the LISC,
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=LISC
To meet the LISC Board (notice that Strive Together is represented, as well as other CCSS Machine members), http://www.lisc.org/annualreport/2015/team.html

Why did I stress Strive Together? Good question. The Strive Together Initiative is all about 100% community alignment for cradle to career citizens.  If you haven’t heard of this, here are my previously published articles. Be sure to share this news, as the ESSA will bring more programs like this. 
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/fom-collective-education/ (*Note that some of the same funders are revealed.)
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/tech-thursday-cradlecareer-conference/
(*Note: this one gives you a look at the Strive Together cities already in alignment.)
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/wybi-wednesday-national-center-for-post-secondary-research-and-ccss/ (*Note: this one gives you the research behind the cradle to career movement.)
d) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/ (*Note: this one ties the cradle/career efforts to iNACOL, the CCSSO, and others. iNACOL is short for the International Association for K-12 On-line Learning. The CCSSO is short for Council of Chief State School Officers, which owns half the copyright to the Common Core State Standards (aka: College and Career Readiness Standards). )

How the ESSA and Strive Together intersect:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/

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NC Education Primary, Pt.2

Against-Common-Core-and-Vote

Yesterday, I gave you a first look into the 2 Democrats running for NC Superintendent of Public Instruction. One candidate is known nation wide for her PRO CCSS/CTE/CCR stance. The other candidate appears to be on the pro CC side as well. However, as I stated, it was a first look. Today’s Monday Musings will focus on the 3 Republicans also running for NC Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Let me state that the purpose of these two articles is point out that any race impacting education in this day and age of illegally based national education reform is important! We MUST know who is running in these races! We must know if they are  going to continue the path of educational destruction. Or, will they ride the fence (so to speak) and watch it continue?
Will any of them be strong enough to state from the start that they are against Common Core and all that goes with it? As voters, we have a right to know!

(**Please note, since this article is specific to NC in most of the information, I haven’t left the rest of America out. I will share information from other states as it can point to any concerns or related information for all of us.
As always, this is done to provide you with as much information as we can find. Knowledge is power, votes are power. Combined and used in the correct applications, we can begin to climb out of the educational straitjacket the CCSS Machine has placed us in.)

In case you missed yesterday’s look at the candidates, here is the link to it:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/weekend-news-nc-primary-part-one/
J. Wesley Sills’ Campaign:

You can find Mr. Sills’ website: http://www.jwesleysills.org/home/

According to his personal background, it is widely varied, just like all of ours. I would like to point out, however, that the “About Me” page has me musing. What do I mean?
1) While he did become a fully licensed NC teacher in 2015, his grammar is lacking (at least on this page) While everyone of us makes grammatical errors (including myself), I would certainly hope AND expect my Superintendent to have excellent grammar skills. I would certainly hope AND expect my child’s teacher to have excellent grammar skills, too!

2) According to his website, he became FULLY licensed in 2015. The Raleigh News and Observer (The N & O) stated he graduated in 2012 (has been teaching since) from UNC-Wilmington.
Both sources share he has been teaching since 2012. To see the
N & O feature (which I will refer to again, below): http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article50074500.html

So where does he stand on the issues involved in education?
Some of  his views appeared in an article by the N & O: “I believe in the mission of public education and will work tirelessly to eliminate the endless bureaucratic policies that do not promote student learning, reign (sic) in all this testing, and make public schools a parent’s first choice in their student’s education,” he said in a prepared statement.”  The blog writer for the N & O went on to share this, “A press release announcing his candidacy said Sills “looks forward to a spirituous campaign focused on the issues of educating our children.”Usually, the best voters can hope for in Council of State primaries are spirited campaigns, so a spirituous campaign (one infused with alcohol) would offer a new twist.””

Again, the grammar skills! But I digress..

Other views Sills’ has can be found:
http://www.jwesleysills.org/policy-position/
In a nutshell, he wants to increase ‘rigor’. Here is an excerpt, “The difference between increasing rigor and just making things “harder” is similar to assigning fifty homework problems for the sake of length, when ten higher order problems could successfully reinforce the day’s lesson.”
Since he is an active teacher in NC, he does express a few valid concerns about learning. Here is one question I am sure many teachers ask, “Does anyone care about the learning or is the focus simply the scores?”  

He also believes we should re-instate the Teaching Fellows Scholarships. (Not sure if those are Common Core tied? See: https://www.nccivitas.org/2011/teaching-fellows-a-closer-look/ NEA (National Educators Association is a huge pro CCSS group!)

Related:
Now, let me pause from looking at NC here, as I know many of you don’t live here.What are some of the other states doing with their Teaching Fellows?  Are their Teaching Fellows programs tied to Common Core? You bet!
In NY, their Teaching Fellows openly embrace not only Common Core, but STEM as well. See: https://www.nycteachingfellows.org/fellowship_experience/schools_students.asp
In Washington state, have been collaborating for a couple of years with districts and the state level education departments to align Fellows to CCSS.
See: http://www.k12.wa.us/CurriculumInstruct/Fellows.aspx
If you want to learn more about Teaching Fellows, legislation created to support it, which states serve as models, etc. See: https://aacte.org/policy-and-advocacy/state-policy-and-legislation/433-teaching-fellows-program-act (Be sure to note the pro CCSS groups involved like the AFT, NEA, and others)

 Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we? Be sure to read the rest of Sills’ positions on Testing, Federal Funding, the importance of reading and writing, how the high school one size fits all is wrong (sorry, Mr. Sills, it happens way before high school), and teacher pay.
Mark Johnson’s Campaign:

His campaign website: http://www.remarkableschoolsnc.com/
Johnson is from Forsyth County, NC. He states on his website he serves on the United Way Board for his area. (United Way is also pro CCSS, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/fom-collective-education/)
His stance on education as stated on his website includes that he acknowledges the failure of CCSS in NC (which is great), BUT he is all for college and career readiness (not great, as ‘CCR’, college and career readiness, is among the new names for the same ole Common Core)
Johnson has laid out 3 top priorities for how he would serve:
1) “Reform the System of Testing Created and Supported by the Incumbent”
2) “Better Professional Development for All Teachers and School Leaders”
3) “Smart, Measured Use of Technology”
He has Teacher Recruitment, Retainment, and Rewards under “Other Top Priorities”, the College/Career Readiness immediately follows this.
This has my musing mind in gear. Does he knows what the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has in store for NC (as well as the other 49 states)? Does he realize his stances, as stated, will only continue the educational demise of the state NOT lessen it! Common Core runs the tests now! Companies may millions off the data collected during these assessments! Teacher/Leader develop is chock full of ways to become aligned to all things Common Core, not LESS! Does he know that College and Career Readiness is the ‘new’ Common Core?!

To see all of his solutions for the above, see: http://www.remarkableschoolsnc.com/how

Related:
If you have followed my blog long, you may remember I have pointed out aligned communities across America which are part of the Strive Together Network. Forsyth County is among this network! It is called ‘Forsyth Promise’. The danger (as well as the CCSS tie) is the entire network has the ‘cradle to career education’ component. I am sharing my articles about Strive Together (where you will see a map of the communities nation-wide already involved) so you can see how the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will increase the aligned communities.See:  https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=StriveTogether

 

Dr. Rosemary Stein’s Campaign:

You can find her website at: http://drrosemarystein.org/
Of the Republicans, Dr. Stein’s biography includes not only the most organized biography, but it is much more impressive (education wise) than is being publicized by most sources.To see her biography, http://drrosemarystein.org/about.html

Unlike her opponents, she sees the damages of Common Core (and all that goes with it) from the health care side of our students and teachers. I have heard her speak out against these criminal-like activities at least twice.
Dr. Stein, among the candidates, has been the only one to contact me directly to learn all she can about how Common Core impacts not only traditional K-12 public schools, but in the post-secondary environments, the homeschool community, and more.
Here is her Common Core position, as stated on her website, COMMON CORE: All citizens can agree that our children should be taught the correct, factual information during their K-12 education. We have had common testing in our country for decades. Unfortunately, Common Core is not a common set of standards and testing. Common Core is primarily a curriculum that teaches English and Mathematics in a manner that is not conducive to the learning development of children. The change from a phonics based English education to the sight or block word memorization is one of the primary reasons that our children are struggling in school. It prevents our kids from making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. The new mathematics curriculum, that few parents can understand, is also not the best way to teach our children mathematics.”
Dr. Stein openly states that she is in full support of a classical model of education! What a breath of wisdom. See the rest of her stances on education, http://drrosemarystein.org/positions.html

Personal note: As being so anti CCSS, I am thrilled to see there is one person running for office who is also against CCSS enough to want to learn all she can so she can stop it in its tracks. I am honored that I am among those she has contacted to investigate just how far, wide, and deep CCSS is in NC! We have even shared a speaking event earlier this month in the mountains of NC. While Dr. Stein addressed the early stages of learning and how toxic CCSS is, I was able to point out toxicity in all the other areas in education and how every school choice is impacted!


All the Candidates:

I do not know each candidate’s schedule of appearances between now and the upcoming March 2015 Primary.

But, I do know that on January 23rd, 2016, in Kinston, NC there will be an event where all 3 Republicans will debate and share more about themselves, what they have in mind for NC, and how they would serve NC during their term. If you live near there and wish to attend, the details are below:
Council of State Forum (Attorney General’s Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, Secretary of State, Secretary of Labor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates)
405 New Bern Rd (‘The Kings’Restaurant)
Kinston, NC
Time: 11 am to 1 pm (EST)
It would be lovely (as well as fitting) to have 100 citizens in attendance.
Cost: meeting is free, lunch and dining is optional and is your responsibility.

 

Closing:
I look forward to not only finding out and sharing with you more about those who will be vying for the office of NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, but I hope to bring you more information about HOW they would eradicate the abysmal CCSS Machine from NC (if they indeed plan to).

For those of us in NC, or wherever we live, we MUST know our candidates and their educational philosophies. I, for one, do not want to waste one more vote on a candidate who says one thing and does another when elected. Especially where education is concerned.

Please note that there will be no published articles 1/19 or 1/20, as I will be on the road speaking out against Common Core, College and Career Readiness (1/19), and participating in my usual media appearances on 1/20. I look forward to joining you for Tech Thursday!