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Anti Fed Ed Warriors,

How many times have we seen the CCSS Machine invite us to a place at the community table for education? It’s been many times, right? How many of those times have we seen the Delphi method used? (Delphi methods invite people in to have a discussion and then drive the discussion to predetermined results which has nothing to do with the people’s input.)

We’ve seen this tactic repeatedly used against us, Warriors. It stinks. Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its mandates for MORE federal control in education, the Delphi method was launched in every ‘stakeholder’ meeting; every ESSA forum for ideas and suggestions; and, it was pulled off right under our noses.

To add insult to injury, NOW, the States are rolling out all kinds of meetings across their boundaries. These meetings are a continued effort to attract (under false pretenses) community citizens to become involved in ‘local’ education.

The example? Why, NC (North Carolina), of course. Warriors, you know it’s where I live. You also know, from a few articles ago, the State education, business, and, political leaders are rolling out the CCSS Machine bandwagon fallacies.

The leaders want SO much for NC to be a national leader of ‘local education’. Yet, look behind the facade and you’ll see the same egregiousness here, that is happening THERE (wherever you live).

To be more specific about the latest NC example of CCSS Machine education alignment, think ‘innovation’. As in ‘districts of innovation’. As in, piling on more technology, digital learning, and the data mining which goes with it. (*Note, back in 2016, I published this article about the NC ties to other States and some of their ‘districts of innovation’. Scroll down to “Part 2”.)

Before I get to the latest innovation news, let me give you some background and context.

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The State Data Gets You Every Time:

Many NC leaders, especially some high profile elected officials (like Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest), have been pushing for the past few years to have MORE digital programs and technology and more band-width internet connections in EVERY classroom across our State. (*Note: the ‘connections’ article will show you Forrest is also on the ‘school choice’ bandwagon for CCSS.)

Forrest is currently gearing up for a run as the next NC Governor. Forrest also sits on the NC SBE (State Board of Education) and has signed at least one resolution damning our students across the State to MORE CCSS aligned CTE (Career Tech Education), because, after all, jobs in NC will make our State excel above others. His initiative for 1 technology device for every single student is also a death knell in education.

How? A computer in every student’s hands will some how many education even better. Yep, and let’s recall the plethora of articles proving how damaging too much computer access, time, and, education is literally sucking the life out of students.

All this technology  is tied to STEM (which is part of the UN, United Nations, education agenda). STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math. The data mining which accompanies all this technology will make millions of dollars for the members and their organizations of the CCSS Machine.

More Background/Context Related Resources:
From 2016, after ESSA became law, a look at the NC digital shift and State law which supports and promotes this activity in education.

From 2015, the ‘new’ digital upgrades NC got which most definitely set the trap for data mining in all school choices from Pre-K to adult, using technology and CTE for jobs and the economic health of the State.

From 2014, the NC Community College System, the (former) Governor of NC, McCrory, and business leaders sell out higher education for alignment to workforce based learning. (*Notes: McCrory (a conservative Republican) was Forrest’s former boss.
The current Governor of NC, Cooper (a liberal Democrat) has done zero to unhinge NC from the federal overreaches in education, the alignment of cradle to career tracking systems, and everything which connects these.
Serving as Lt. Governor alongside BOTH these Governors, Forrest has NOT bucked the educational alignment system either.)

The Latest Delphi Method/Innovation For NC:

Warriors, the latest innovation push is called the “Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders (CCES)” Conference.  Below is a screen shot of the topic strands for ‘innovation’:

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The Conference was announced on the NC DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction). The official title of the Community Conference is “Fostering Innovation Across Our State”.
The vision for all this updating in education? Warriors, you’ll ‘love’ it! According to the website page for the Conference, the coming together of all the ‘stakeholders’ for innovation’s sake, “builds capacity for continued growth and success for all learners.”

Among the goals for the Conference is ‘data-driven’ strategies and resources’.

Found in the 84 page Conference Guide, beginning March 12th, 2018, the opening breakout sessions will give teachers data gathering tools to use as they walk about their classrooms. How compliance from students will be turned into ‘engagement’, and, digital classes for coding on-line and reading for little ones. That’s just for the students. For the teachers there is digital badging in competency driven PD (professional development). For the parents? How to use Twitter for your school.

Warriors, those are just the first few breakouts. Do you see what kind of tactic is being used? While each breakout says the target audiences include parents, I wonder how many parents who can afford this Conference (about $250.00 per person), will be able to attend the breakouts where they are not mentioned in the descriptions? If they are allowed, how many will be ‘delphi-ed’?

You’ll want to scroll through the Guide to find out what other data mining, and ‘innovation’ can be found. Look for assessments, districts for innovation, any company specified. (For example, I saw PowerSchool mentioned quite a few times) You’ll also want to look for globalization of your classes, shared business and school fiscal ventures.

Closing:

Warriors, ‘innovation’ is a code word, I do believe. What’s it code for? Anything the CCSS Machine needs to happen in education can fit under ‘innovation’ and be found acceptable. The CCSS Machine needs more data to mine, track, and sell.
Easy, label a program or initiative with ‘innovation’ and presto-bingo! People buy into it. We’re being delphi-ed to death, Warriors! Our kids are being data raped every day in the name of ‘innovation’. Look at the levels of compliance, too.

A leader needs to look good so that more people will support their agendas. Easy, pop in the word ‘innovation’ or use it in connection with ’21st Century education’, and watch the support pour in!

The federal government wants to maintain its compliance with the United Nations and their global grasp on education for workforce needs. Easy, write ‘innovation’ into a piece of legislation and watch how quickly it becomes a law. Laws, which by their very existence render their illegal based overreaches as ‘treason’.  When it comes to education, we are no longer a United States of America, Warriors. We’ve become the United State of Delphi.

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First of Its Kind

Warriors Against Fed Ed, Common Core, and, Global Education’s takeover in America, we find ourselves approaching the end of June 2017. As I said earlier in the year, summer would not be a time the CCSS Machine would slow down its continual grinding down of education.

To that end, a CCSS/Global Ed laced Conference is just getting started. It’s the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2017 Conference. It’s meeting in Texas. Late Sunday afternoon, #ISTE and #GlobalEd17 were trending topics on Twitter.
The proganda was digusting. The painted on smiles of those attending and leading were deceiving.  Be sure to check all the latest ‘news’ out.

As I also stated earlier in the year, the summer is the ideal time for us Warriors to continue to arm ourselves with information to be ready for action when the new school year begins. The War Vs. the Core is NOT over, not by a long stretch.

Briefly, ISTE’s Connection To Global Education:

Warriors, back in 2015, I shared with you, an article titled “Tech Thursday: Global Day for Education”. It was the first time I’d run across ISTE. Quickly, just think “Microsoft” (and we know who THAT leads us to). Microsoft is the main sponsor of ISTE. Does it align the standards for technology in the classrooms to the dreaded CCSS (Common Core State Standards)? Absolutely. Does the ISTE apply its alignment to the re-branded names of CCSS, certainly! Where there’s international data, there’s got to be international data mining. That too, has an annual conference. Here’s an article where you can see the plethora of workshops devoted to harvesting education information.

Because technology is global, we know data created by technology is also global. However, the connections to global education and technology, which are very disturbing, (CCSS Machine propaganda uses ‘disruptive’) are the cultural mindset shifts hiding behind all those neat sounding apps and computer programs.

For example, from the article I’ve linked above, is a screen shot (below) where you ‘ll see the ‘global’ pledge. This pledge is used by all kinds of education related groups.

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With international technology comes the need for global education days. At least that’s what Harvard University and the others involved in the Global Education Conference Network believe. You can find out more about the Network in the article I’ve linked you to to learn more about the ISTE. You’ll also see how the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is connected. (*Note: both the NEA (National Education Association and AFT) have ‘bought’ into the Education International, an organization with ties to UNESCO (you know, an arm of the United Nations. UNESCO is also known for it’s “Education for All” Program.) You can find out more about this, here.

Related: One of my most in-depth global education articles can be accessed here. It is from earlier this year and jam packed with information you can use to ready yourselves for the 2017-18 school year. (*Note: global education is present in all educaiton choices and will continue to seek out ways in which to lessen those choices until there is no choice at all. ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, is a great example for reducing school choices, not increasing them.)

ISTE 2017 and Global2017:

Warriors, since the ISTE Conference is technology based, you know the latest and most aligned resources will be available to you, even if you can’t make it to TX. Here’s the schedule, with embedded links 
Wait, is there a separate Global Ed 2017 Conference at the same location?
From what I can find, no; the global education is part of the ISTE Conference. How? The location is the same.  See below:

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Warriors, you can sign up for free to access all the Global Education Network resources (you’ll want to see the Google classroom items, the lists of global organizations, the resources and those who’ve written them (I saw Steve Hardagon’s name pop up).

How to access all this? Visit this website, click on ‘visit’. Sign in (you can use your Facebook, Google Plus, or email if you don’t have an Iparticipate i.d.) Notice at the bottom of the page, that the P21, Inc (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) is a sponsor.
Access this list of global education organizations and people on Twitter. Even if you do no ‘tweet’ you can still find out about this CCSS Machine global members.

Why access all this? After all, it’s from the CCSS Machine. Warriors, if we are to be armed with the latest information, especially when it comes to technology and data mining, we must ‘hang out’ among the creators. Since so many of our schools are leaving parents, grandparents, and taxpayers in the dark, any advantage we can gain by seeing what the CCSS Machine is doing, is needed.

First Isn’t Always Best:

So far, Warriors, I’ve not said anything which relates to the title of this article. What is ‘first of its kind’? In the push for global technology, these two examples I want to leave you with. Ask yourselves, is this being planned for my school district? Is this where my tax dollars are going? Am I okay with the continued misuse of money to not educate students, but, to indoctrinate them?

Digital Portfolios may NOT be brand new, but a school district in AL is featured among the ISTE resources (and global education) for its first of its kind update. What’s the update? “Whole Story for the Whole Child”. This is about 30 minutes of video.

By giving the students a computer, showing them how to use it to lay out their lives, this portfolio COULD be used for other purposes. Such as, at the 3:25 mark (or just after it) a high school teacher reveals just ONE of the ‘other’ purposes: a track to see where each student needs to round themselves out for “college and career readiness”! (If you are new to the War vs Common Core, ‘College and Career Ready” is a re-branded name for the same thing.)

You’ll also have the person in charge of the federal funding for this AL school district explain how to start digital portfolios in your area. She will tell you that as school leaders implementing this you’ll WANT to look into each student’s personal life as well as their academic ‘lives’. Watch for the grade levels involved and the end result. (hint: by the times the students get to colleges, not enough is known about them)
Here is the website’s banner from the school district featured:

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Warriors, so much of global education and technolgy involves STEM (Science, Engineering, and Math), but they also include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math).

Both STEM and STEAM are not American. STEM is the marketing name dreamed up by the NSF (National Science Foundation) to incorporate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. STEM and CCSS go hand in hand. STEM was introduced about the time the CCSS was rolled out. Common Core was the distraction; STEM was the real agenda for education. It’s all been researched and documented.  As far as STEAM, it too, is not American. It’s roots are from South Korea and brought to the US. If you’ve missed these facts, please find them here.

This leads me to another ‘first of its kind’ and in the nation. This time we’ll find it in TN.

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Full article  (*Note: this was back in 2016). Warriors, notice the underlined portions of this published article. K-12 grades; Arts Innovation Zone, PBL(Project Based Learning) daily on STEAM. Do we have any idea how one-dimensional this is going to be for our littlest ones? Sure, the CCSS Machine talks it up that all kinds of engaging education will happen with STEAM, but every day?! True education honors that while engaging needs to happen, so does some down-time. So what’s happened to this one-of-a-kind school since 2016? A big dollar donation from a private company to go to a public school; the hope that those big bucks will prove STEAM can work for both inner city schools and rural schools. See the article here.

Closing:

Warriors, the bottom line to all the ISTE/global ed dribble is this:
“Learning without limits” will get us farther in education than ever before. Yeah, right…

The Best For The Worst

Welcome back, my fellow Anti Fed Ed/CCSS Warriors!

I’ve returned home after a bittersweet journey. That said, let’s dive in, shall we?!
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In playing ‘catch up’ on the latest education news, I found this ‘lovely’ rotten apple:
The CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) has been given an award for being one of the BEST non-profit groups in our nation!

If you missed this news, it is no surprise. It was announced on the CCSSO’s Press Release Page on 4/1/17 (aka: April Fool’s Day). CCSSO’s Twitter account waited to ‘tweet’ the news the same day as the first ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) deadline expired. In fact, if you use Twitter and wish to see all the ‘cheering tweets’ CCSSO gave each State as they ‘lined up’ for ESSA (per the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s website), find them here.

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Warriors, I hope you see not only the irony of the dates used, but the groups involved. It’s been known for quite some time how tied to the CCSS Machine the CCSSO is. The same is true for the U.S. Dept. of Education, too.
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So, what group(s) are involved in recognizing the CCSSO as ‘one of the best’?

 


The NonProfit Times:

First, here’s a quote from the CCSSO Press Release about the “The NonProfit Times”: “This is the second year that CCSSO made the list of 50 organizations recognized. The NonProfit Times partnered with Best Companies Group, Inc. on this report.”

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What we need to know about the NonProfit Times is this: It is a publication of the BridgeTower Media group. BridgeTower Media uses its’ research arm, the Best Companies Group, Inc., for ’employee satisfaction’ data collection.

Crossing Over On A Bridge:

BridgeTower Media is the business arm of GateHouse Media: “BridgeTower Media is the business-to-business media division of Gatehouse Media, the largest publisher of daily newspapers in the United States.” Source

However, Warriors, BridgeTower is a ‘rebrand’ in business news! See below:

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See the rest of the article.

Enter The Warriors:

So, how does this involve what we are experiencing in classrooms? Why as an Anti Fed Ed/CCSS Warrior should I take notice?

1) Technology is really big deal in modern education. Technology means data collection, sharing, and, power. Power for those who capture it/loss of power in our privacy. So, apply the following in that context.

 SoftBank has a “Vision Plan. Technology is the root of the Plan. Also involved in the “Plan” is Saudi Arabia. The Plan includes increasing globally led AI (Artificial Intellegience). Apple, Inc. has already jumped into the Plan. Apple, Inc. is also part of the CCSS Machine’s overreach into educational settings.

GateHouse Media is considered America’s largest publisher of daily news. GateHouse, thus has tremendous influence in our local areas. Consider this, the single largest investor (Fortress Investment Group, LLC)  in GateHouse Media was sold to a Japanese based investment group (SoftBank Group Corp.) earlier this year!

2) Warriors, a globally based investment group has been able to get their collective foot further into our American doorways by making such a move. The evidence for globally-led influence in American education is becoming stronger every day.

3) Notes: Technology-based education was given the go-ahead with the passage of WIOA (2014’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), STEM Act of 2015 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015). Technology based education in the HEA (Higher Education Act, 2008) will most certainly received the ‘go-ahead’ for streamlined education when it is re-authorized.

Current leadership in D.C. is ‘hell-bent’ on expanding technology, especially in classrooms. A huge portion of federal funds has been earmarked for technology purchases and upgrades via ESSA.

So, how does all this tie back to the CCSSO’s ‘award’?!

You have a  massive global group with plenty of CCSS Machine ties congratulating ANOTHER CCSS Machine member for being a best ‘non profit’ group. Non profit groups have been used for years to usher in the education reform.

We are on a  fast track set for meeting the U.N.’s global education goals as written out in the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)!

Technology will render ‘school choice’ a thing of the past. ESSA’s implementation will render true ‘school choice’ as a thing of the past.

Related Warrior Information:

Artificial Intelligence in the classroom. (Note: scroll down to the YouTube Video and related article)
The digital overload thanks to ESSA.
The SDGs in our educational resources.

Closing:

Warriors,  the CCSSO should receive no reward for anything it does.  By the acknowledgement as one of the best places to work, according to the NonProfit Times, those employees are rubbing our noses it what they do for the CCSSO. Helping lead the way in un-Americanizing education.

There is a place for CCSSO and every other CCSS Machine member group.  It’s called “Traitors Gate”.

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Ready, Set, Go!

YOU’RE INVITED:

Who: All anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors
When: Monday, February 13th, 2017, from 9 pm to 11 pm (EST)
Where: Twitter
Hosts: ‘Twitter Rally for Education’ (made up of grass roots folks like us) and PJNET

Details: 

1) This is a hash tag rally NOT a handle rally. What does that mean? It is a Rally to raise awareness NOT to attack or target individuals. Our goal is simple: hold our President accountable for his campaign promise to end CCSS, as well as to hold the new Secretary of Education accountable for working with We the People.

2) We need messages/memes (graphics, screen shots, etc.) as soon as possible. (*Note: We are not trying to get out complicated information. JUST LOTS of TWEETS to express public DEMAND that they Stop Common Core. Please KEEP IT SIMPLE!)
For the Rally to work WELL, our goal is 100 messages/memes. Send them via Twitter, to #KeepYourPromise and #PJNET BEFORE 2/11/17.

3) To find out more information about the “Twitter Rally for Education”:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/211416412659573/?multi_permalinks=212389645895583%2C212039872597227%2C212037525930795&notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1486493523896801

4) Check back over the weekend for updated information about the Rally. An ‘Action Page’ link will be shared with instructions.

5) If the above link does not work, type in “Twitter Rally for Education” in the Facebook search bar. (*Be sure to check back over the weekend for the latest updates!)

6) Other hash tags we’ll be using are, #StopCommonCore; #RepealESSA

 

DeVos Is In, So What’s The Point?

This is not a ‘revenge’ Rally!

Since we must work with Mrs. DeVos, let’s remind her We the People desparately want our students (of all ages) out of CCSS aligned education!

The education reform road has a long and conflicted path. It won’t get fixed overnight. It will not be easy. But, We the Parents CANNOT give up!

Regardless of your like/dislike for Mrs. DeVos, we have to move forward in our War vs the Core. We do not have time to complain.

We must purpose to hold the Adminstration 100% accountable where education is concerned. If they are unwilling to keep their promises, we MUST call them out. We begin, Monday, Feb. 13th in a respectful manner.

Below are some examples:

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A sample message for the above picture: “#KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore #PJNET #Repeal ESSA: Parents know that aligned edu didn’t work/won’t work w/ ESSA.”
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Sample message for this one: “RepealESSA #StopCommonCore #PJNET #KeepYourPromise: ESSA doesn’t rid USA of CCSS, but YOU can!”
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Sample tweet for this one, “#PJNET #RepealESSA #KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore:
Parents sick of warn out message. Fed laws/fed funds don’t fix edu; they give control.”
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Sample tweet for this one, “#KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore #RepealESSA #PJNET:
I am holding DC accountable 4 edu promises 2 end fed ed/give back sovereignty.”

Thanks for joining us in this Rally to raise awareness.

We the People are not giving up on a true quality education free from federal control, national standards or curriculum, and a pack of educrats calling the shots.

 

Joining In

Hey, Warriors Against the Core! By now you’ve probably heard that the U.S. Senate HELP Committee has postponed the vote on Betsy DeVos until 1/31/17. As you know, Mrs. DeVos was tagged to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Since that announcement, much evidence has surfaced exposing her ties to the CCSS Machine. This proves IF she is to receive the ‘yes’ votes to become ‘education czar’, we’re all in trouble.

Since the evidence has surfaced, many groups, from ultra conservative to ultra liberal, have agreed on one thing: Betsy DeVos is a terrible candidate for the leadership of education. What all these groups don’t agree on is who is a qualified candidate. Those groups with ties to the CCSS Machine, are suggesting the President choose people with education experience which resembles more educratic nonsense than true academics. Those groups without ties to the CCSS Machine have suggested some true educators, but, because of their political standings, may be brushed aside. This is a terrible “catch 22” for our nation.

So, what’s anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warrior to do?! I believe we need to split this situation into manageable portions. 1) Continued pressure directed to the U.S. Senate HELP committee to NOT vote ‘yes’ on DeVos’ confirmation. 2) Voice our support for those with BOTH the qualifications AND the firm stance it takes to be worthy of such a leadership role.

Those with a firm stance should know that the CCSS Machine is NOT the best education partner and divorce the entire Dept. of Ed from it. A firm stance also means working well with others and not sweeping the citizens under the rug. A firm stance means the Dept. of Ed leadership should recommend to the President to totally repeal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). A firm stance also means the next Secretary should recognize that the existence of the Dept. of Ed is an unconstitutional entity and begin the process of shutting it down.From the ties of finances and seats of power Mrs. DeVos has held thus far, do not speak of this kind of strength.

While the goal #2 is huge, the first goal (continued pressure directed to the Senate HELP) isn’t. In fact, the remainder of this article will be focused on HOW we can direct pressure.

Let The ‘Blasting’ Begin:

This Thursday, 1/26/17, from 1 pm to 6pm, EST, join my co-hosts and I as we use Twitter to ‘blast’ the Senate HELP Committee. If you follow me on Facebook (my Common Core Diva page or the U.S. Parent Call to Action page), you hopefully saw the event announced late yesterday (1/23/17). If you didn’t see it, no problem, you can find the information here.

Here’s what I posted describing the event. “Join the Common Core Diva and other concerned Americans about the DeVos confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education.
Let’s use Twitter to ‘blast’ the U.S. Senate HELP Committee members. Use the #DumpDeVos #ConflictsofInterestMatter #RepealESSA #StopESSA and #SenateHELP ”

Here’s how the Twitter Blast is to work (also posted on Facebook):
“1) Log on to your Twitter acct (if you have one. If not, it’s quick, easy, and free to join)
1a) Our goals in blasting the Senate HELP are getting those who have received DeVos campaign donations to recuse themselves from voting(look for the asterisk or star); getting as many HELP members to deny DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education as possible and get a true anti Common Core/federally led education, experienced leader like Dr. Peg Luksik, Dr. Pat Huff, Dr. Everett Piper, or Dr. Duke Pesta. Those supporting more federally led/CCSS Machine education are suggesting Michelle Rhee, Linda Darling-Hammond, and others who would not truly represent we, the parents.

2) Access my Twitter page (@CommoncoreDiva), or, if you already follow me, look for the tweets going out. (Remember, only 140 characters per tweet.)

3) Tweet and or re-tweet the jpgs/screen shots you like to the following (please remember to be respectful while being firm). If you choose to use your own images, please keep them appropriate for general audiences. Also, DO NOT attack the person. We are simply raising awareness to our disagreement over Mrs. DeVos, nothing else. The strategy is to open eyes to the truth, not burn bridges. :
a) #DumpDeVos
b) #SenateHELP
c) @SenateHELP
d) #ConflictsofInterestMatter
e) #RepealESSA
f) #StopESSA
OR any other ‘anti DeVos’ hash tag you choose

You can also directly send a message to the following D.C. Leaders:
Senate HELP Committee members:
i) Senator Lamar Alexander* (@SenAlexander)
ii) Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray)
iii) Senator Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin)
iv) Senator Michael Bennet (@SenBennetCO)
v) Senator Richard Burr* (@SenatorBurr)
vi) Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey)
vii) Senator Bill Cassidy* (@BillCassidy)
viii) Senator Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins)
ix) Senator Mike Enzi (@SenatorEnzi)
x) Senator Al Franken (@SenFranken)
xi) Senator Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan)
xii) Senator Orrin Hatch* (@SenOrrinHatch)
xiii) Senator Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson)
xiv) Senator Tim Kaine (@SenKaineOffice)
xv) Senator Lisa Murkowski* (@lisamurkowski)
xvi) Senator Chris Murphy (@SenMurphyOffice)
xvii) Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul)
xviii) Senator Pat Roberts* (@SenPatRoberts)
xix) Senator Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders)
xx) Senator Tim Scott* (@SenatorTimScott)
xxi) Senator Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren)
xxii) Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse)
xxiii) Senator Todd Young* (@SenToddYoung)”

Below are some sample tweets and images you’ll be seeing during the ‘blast’:

“@SenateHELP #DumpDeVos Betsy says implant ESSA as is. ESSA mandates almost $900 mil 4 more tech 2 data track/mine/sell 2 anyone in/out of edu.”

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“#DumpDeVos #RepealESSA If ESSA implanted ‘as is’, ties WIOA/HEA over 160 times in fine print mandates 4 ALL students. Where ‘choice’ in that? Vote NO, #Senate HELP”

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“#ConflictsofInterestMatter #DumpDeVos @SenateHELP Recuse if u got DeVos $$! Can’t b objective when pockets lined.Break crony capital edu.”

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“#StopESSA #SenateHELP #DumpDeVos ESSA mandates what taught/how learned (no choice) 4 workforce agenda/whole community assessments/family interventions. Profit win/edu lose.”
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Closing:

Warriors, it’s important to note that while Twitter is a social media outlet, it does help our cause of registering public dissent. Public dissent SHOULD be enough to force our elected leaders to see the truth. Does it always work? Not always, however, in the past, our Warrior voices HAVE made a difference.

That said, join us, this Thursday, and let’s shake up D.C. as only we anti Fed Ed Warriors can do!!

Remember, you are welcome to upload your own images and messages. Just base them on facts, keep under 140 characters, and know you ARE making a difference! Thank you for standing with me.

Twelve Pains, Revisited

Warriors, it’s hard to believe that 2 Decembers ago, I was writing my first Christmas themed anti CCSS article. That’s right, Dec. 2014 was when I first wrote “Monday Musings” CCSS’s Twelve Pains of Christmas”.

This time last year (2015) we, as anti CCSS Warriors, were still reeling from the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) as the ‘new’ education law of the land.

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The irony? Between that 2014 version and the 2015 version, not a whole heck of a lot had changed, as far as federal overreach in education and/or the grasp the CCSS Machine had on education.

So, here we are approaching Christmas 2016 as anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors. Are the 12 Pains of Common Core the same?! Let’s see:

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2014’s first Pain was “Illegality”, meaning the CCSS wasn’t based on proper vetting or legislation. In 2015, we saw the ‘illegality’ continue with the passage of ESSA. It simply extended the criminal-worthy actions. In 2016, we’ve begun to see just HOW those illegally based education laws are harming our nation.

The 2nd pain? “Deception”. How have we seen that play out in 2016? I just published an article detailing the deceptions.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/the-delusion-games/

Coming in at #3? “Sacrificing quality for conformity”. This particular pain has only increased in the amount of agony it is causing everyone opposed to the federally led overreaches in education. Quality education is continually being laid upon an altar to be sacrificed. The replacement? Conformed workforce based skills.

Back in 2014, I stated that the 4th pain was ‘facts that lie’. Thanks to the powerful CCSS Machine members and the organizations, subjective research (aka: best practices) has been churned out at record speed. This one pain by itself is enough to keep any researcher busy for years. In 2016, we’ve seen many true facts surface about how painful the CCSS education is. We’ve also seen these ‘true facts’ pretty much ignored. So, in 2017, we need to make this pain an area of focus.

Pains 5 through 8 are largely due to the 9th pain of CCSS.
Pain #5 was “Profits” made by undeserving groups/people; related are high (6th pain) stakes (7th) assessments (8th). In 2016, those profits made with anything related to Common Core were enormous. High Stakes Assessments are NOT going away with ESSA!
Therefore, profits are going to be made. Researching the education law as I have, I know that ESSA increases the opportunities for not only the assessments to be even more high stakes, but the companies associated with the assessments to be more involved in education. So, what is the 9th pain?! “Public-private partnerships”!

In 2014, I shared  with you that Pains 10, 11, and 12 were the most tragic of all.
Killing (10th)  Great (11th) Minds (12th). “No matter if it is the student in the school, the staff at the school, or the community at large, we all lose greatness when CCSS is allowed to continue. We lose valuable minds by continuing to see CCSS and all that goes with it grow. We’ve literally seen how the outcomes can kill some kids. Throw in how CCSS has killed a love for learning; killed the importance of reading for fun; killed the rich and storied history of not just our world, but of our nation.” In 2016, we’ve seen great minds killed with ESSA.

CCSS,Not worthy of anything more than a lump of hard, cold, and dirty coal.

The biggest painful factor of all (to me) is that only the names of what harms our nation in education have changed, NOT the agenda.

If you’d like to see the original 2014 Pains with the updated 2015 introduction:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/monday-musings-ccsss-twelve-pains-of-christmas/

Closing:

Warriors, as I did in 2015, I will be taking a break from writing, but NOT researching. From Dec. 16th to Jan. 6th, no new articles will appear here. I can still be reached via Facebook (Common Core Diva page or U.S. Parent Call to Action), Twitter (@commoncorediva), or MeWe (Lynne M Taylor).

I wish each and every one of you a blessed time with your families in whatever celebrations or festivities you partake of. Here, at my house, we will celebrating Christmas. As always, I am so honored to be a part of your lives. See you in 2017.

Special Edition!

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Warriors Against the Core!!

First, I will apologize for the non-successful LiveStream Presentation I conducted about an hour ago. When I did the sound/visual check, all appeared to be working just fine. Not to be stopped, here, in written form is what I shared:

1) Two U.S. Congressional Hearings are set for 9/21/16. The first is the US Senate HELP Committee’s at 9:30 am, EDT; the House’s Ed/Workforce Committee Hearing is set for 10 am, EDT.

2) Both need all the anti CCSS Warrior coverage possible! We need dedicated ‘ears’ in attendance. Why? As we’ve seen with the hearings around ESSA, they tend to be ‘dog and pony’ shows. The results are subjective and NOT objective. Therefore, the agenda grinds on instead of true Constitutionally conducted legislation.

3) I would love to be able to have Warriors attend either the Senate’s discussion or the House’s.

4) By listening and sharing what we hear, we can not only have evidence, but TRUTH! Truth is ‘ammunition’ to defeat the CCSS Machine.

5) If you wish to head up the Warriors for either hearing, please text me: 704-517-3481, or post a comment below this article. If you want to be one of the sets of listening ears, text or post; if you know you can assemble a large or small group to be listening in, text or comment. You can also reach me on the Common Core Diva Facebook page, my @commoncorediva Twitter, or use the U.S. Parent Call to Action Facebook page.
Unfortunately, we have hours, not days to assemble Warriors. We must act quickly. If we want the TRUTH to be as effective as possible, we MUST beat Congress at their media game! Once we have our teams, we can Skype, Twitter, or whatever we need to do to use a united Warrior front to ‘charge’ D.C.

6) If you listen to the Senate HELP’s meeting:
a) Pay close attention to Sen. Alexander’s words. He’s the ringleader for ESSA, champions CTE (Career Tech Education), and is set to head up the re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act). ESSA embeds CTE via the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) and the HEA. 
b) The announcement for the Hearing didn’t specify WHICH Senate CTE Bill, but there are currently 3 horrible ones:
i) S3271, the ‘sister’ to HR5587 (passed in the House last week, 405-5). S3271 will ramp up the data tracking and mining. It will increased P3s in education (public private partnerships). It will tie to Title 1 funding and the School Lunch Act. It will increase the amount of State accountability measures mandated to receive funding. Those are just a few of the CCSS Machine daggers.
ii) S3190, the CTE Health Workforce related act. It will use funds from Social Security and Medicare. It will tie to the Obamacare. It will increase career tracking and amend the National Health Care Workforce Commission. It will INCREASE federal funding; use ROI (return on investment) to measure students. Those are just a few of the CCSS Machine daggers.
iii) S3174, LADDER Act. This is the MOST dangerous of all. It has the fiscal funds already set aside for 2017-2026. It will create a new Executive Branch Workforce Council. Their main job is to create a National Workforce Plan culled from all the ‘successes’ of the States. It will target those who cannot keep jobs, change jobs often, are discouraged, cannot find a suitable job, and ’employment barred’. The U.S. Dept. of Labor decides who qualifies as ‘discouraged’. There’s much more to this Bill.


7) IF you choose to listen the House’s Ed/Workforce Hearing:
a) This is a Hearing for ‘regulatory fiat’ (meaning whatever it takes to get these regulations in motion) on ESSA.
b) The main target is Title 3 funding (used for post-secondary education institutions) on the LEAs/SEAs level.
c) The announcement for this hearing stated that ‘Supplanting federal funds’ is among the regulatory fiat.
d) We’ve been told repeatedly that ESSA was to END the supplanting of federal funding in education. ESSA was to change it to ‘supplementing’. Warriors, Warning: educratic doublespeak in use!
e) NO matter which it is, ‘supplanting’ (aka: incentives) or ‘supplementing’, it’s illegal!
f) Here are the ESSA Final Conference Report references to federal supplanting/supplementing:
i) page 157, (Section 1008) begins. See page 160’s “School Wide Activities”.
ii) page 193 (Section 1012) begins. On page 194 look at the LEAs/SEAs language. Two words, “shall” (as in telling them what to do), and ‘compliance’.
iii) page 291, (Section 1601) begins. Page 292’s ‘standards and assessments’ to be supplanted/supplemented.
iv) page 351, (Section 2212) begins. This is the Teacher Incentive Funds Grant. See on page 359 how States must report information to the U.S. Sec. of Ed, who in turn, reports this to the U.S. Congress.
v) page 407, (Section 2301) begins. This is for ELLs. Skip to page 430, to see what is to be federally funded one way or the other.
vi) page 488, (Section 4110). This is the Activities to Support Technology. Look at the wording. (*Note: this is a tiny section considering how much technology is embedded in ESSA.) Warrior Warning: a tip of the iceberg for the CCSS Machine!
vii) page 498, (Section 4203) begins. Skim the pages up to 500 and look at what the States must do in their ‘applications’ for funds to ‘assure’ the feds!
viii) page 506, under the “Expanded Learning”, funds aren’t supplemented/supplanted here, but SCHOOL hours are! The funding is on page 508.
ix) page 561, per pupil funds for charters
x) page 626, (Section 4642) begins. “Assist the Arts”. Page 627 shows you the supplant/supplement.
xi) page 704, Tribal students
xii) page 809, Education Fiscal Support Teams
xiii) page 940, Title I, part A funds, especially for low-income and civil rights
xiv) page 964, Early education (those entering Kindergarten), especially low-income and disadvantaged

If you need more background:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/selective-hearing/

Please, help me/help you, by getting the word out. Finding dedicated Warriors who can gather this information so we can all share. Thank you! I look forward to charging D.C. on after these Hearings!

Success is Costly

Warriors, what price do you think the CCSS Machine has put on our nation? It has to be an astronomical amount. I mean to continue to bend over backwards to ensure ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) carries on the mission of the CCSS Machine, no expense is too little. No lie is too small. The agenda is globally encompassing.

Last evening, the US PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education), joined anti CCSS Warrior forces with PJNET (Patriot Journalists Network) and spread (via Twitter) the clear, concise, and TRUTHFUL messages about ESSA, specifically about the current Proposed Regulations and the vast amount of power Sec. Dr. King will use…at our expense.

Was the social media protest from last night successful? Yes! Volunteers from all over created special images depicting our dissent, distrust, and anger over ESSA, Sec. Dr. King, and the Proposed Regulations. The evening was SO successful that Warriors are STILL re-tweeting these truths! Why? Because each one of the protest tweets goes directly to the U.S. Dept. of Education! What is the cost of this success? Hours upon hours were poured into the Rally. That’s the great thing about grass-roots groups, their passions are deep, their dedication to truth is priceless. For all the big bucks the CCSS Machine is spending, it can’t match our Warrior spirits!

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For number crunchers, just over 5, 700 tweets of protest were delivered to the U.S. Dept. of Ed on Monday evening. Today, there are about 940 protest tweets being sent.

We can do more! We need to flood the U.S. Dept. of Ed with truth!

We have from now until 8/1/16 to publicly dissent. The Twitter Action page put together by PJNET is still up and running. So use it, if you can. You can also create your own messages to send to the US Dept. of Ed. The tweets and images PJNET is using are the ones the volunteers in (or associated) with US PIE created just for this event.
Link: http://patriotjournalist.com/ReinInTheKingAction.php?v=0&src=Schedule

IF you don’t use Twitter, use other social media to help spread a message of public outcry over these Regulations. The U.S. Dept. of Ed also has a link to the Federal Registry for public outcries to be sent to. The Federal Registry is a great body of evidence and testimony we should use (it is free) for our cause of ending the reign of educational abuse at the hands of the Feds in America!

When you visit the Federal Registry, note some of the other comments submitted. Especially the ‘canned ones’ by some of the pro ESSA/CCSS groups (especially the NEA).
To access the Comment Page: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032-0001
To read the comments: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032

I would suggest you skip the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s view of the Proposed Regulations. You know they will wax eloquent (and confusing) about just what these implementation rules for ESSA do. The Regulations span 192 pages.

If you haven’t seen the Talking Points Against the ESSA Proposed Regulations, US PIE has put together: http://nebula.wsimg.com/c3dbda7825b179bb2ad5358ef3acc6a4?AccessKeyId=13C8A0E7EBB1F1E5E658&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

It will cost you little to read these AND then make your comments public in the ways you think will be the MOST effective. (As for myself, I am using any social media I have access to and the Federal Registry.)

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It is important to note that Congress is on recess. As such, contacting them with your comments (which we should do) may not receive much feedback. However, what we need to point out is something Dr. Sandra Stotsky and I have in common. We have discussed it in a private email exchange.

Who (or what group) wrote the Proposed Regulations? Why does it matter? If the U.S. Dept. of Ed DIDN’T write them, they cannot and should not be used. They are illegal!

This, my Warriors, IS a matter your Congress members should address. To be the most effective with this, I truly believe we need to wait until Congress is back in session. An inquiry, at the very least, should be conducted. Does that mean we shouldn’t have conversations about this matter between now and then? Absolutely not! We should be prudent in our planning, if this is an avenue we Warriors need to take.

To see Dr. Stotsky’s article about the authorship mystery:
http://newbostonpost.com/blogs/can-parents-combat-the-medias-tolerance-of-institutional-manipulation/

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Success does include financial costs. If you would like to give a small (or large) donation to either the U.S. PIE group or the PJNET for their hard work, as a ‘thank you’ for the Rally, please do. Both grass-roots organizations receive no funds which are tied to the CCSS Machine. As such, every bit helps our anti CCSS cause tremendously.  

PJNET’s funding link: http://patriotjournalist.com/RallyFunding.php
US PIE’s funding link: http://www.uspie.org/home.html (look for the ‘donate’ button on the top right corner to be linked to PayPal)

Closing:

As for myself, no cost is too much when it comes to fighting for this nation, its freedom, our citizens, and most especially, our children. Thank you for being of a like mind, anti CCSS Warriors. Together, we are unstoppable!

Shrill’s Call

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, what you see above is hardly new information for you. Yet, it is still worth displaying.

It is my belief that the CCSS Machine not only knows this, but is doing all it can to plot opportunities to be as shrill sounding as possible.

In the words of the the Center for Education Reform, CER, now is the time for a ‘clarion call’ in education reform. If you look up the meaning of ‘clarion’, you will find the first definition refers to shrillness. The second one refers to loud and clear. While the CER would LIKE to fool us into believing they are using the second version, it is my researched opinion (as well as other anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors) that they are using the first version without abandon.

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CER and the BR:

Above, you see the CER, Center for Education Reform, but who/what is the BR? BR stands for Business Roundtable, one of the CCSS Machine BIGGEST organizations! If you do not know, BR has about 200 corporations which have (in the past) pledged their undying support for all things Common Core (which includes College/Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, etc.). Since the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates MORE P3s (public private partnerships), we can expect the SHRILLNESS of BR to be heard, as well as CER’s. Why the shrillness? Corporate greed; control; and, changing our nation.

In the past couple of days, Deb Herbage published a terrific expose related to corporate greed in education. See:
https://dezignzbydeb.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/evidence-based-research-based-data-sharing-big-datadata-data/

So, how did CER and BR meet recently? What did they decide was ‘clarion-worthy’ about education?! In a nutshell: ‘reform means achievement.’ How did I get that message? The President of the BR at the recent CER gathering! Below is the YouTube video where you can listen for yourselves:

Want more? Access the CER’s Manifesto for Education. See: https://www.edreform.com/2016/06/ed-reform-i-o-innovation-opportunity-results-a-manifesto/
Below is a screen shot from the Manifesto. Notice the ‘Innovation’ and ‘Opportunity’ words. Yes, Warriors, we have seen those before. They are part of the SHRILL call from WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).

WIOA, is also embedded in the ESSA. After all, you can’t have businesses succeed and corporate greed without workforce based education! ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA (Higher Education Act) all have shrilly embedded this shift in education FROM academics TO competency workers.

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When you read the entire Manifesto, notice all the different aspects of greed, control, and a reshaping of our nation..it is ALL there.

From Twitter, here is a screen shot of a few of the pro CCSS/ESSA and education reform messages. All involve businesses. Note the shouts out to charter schools, too.

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I hope some true educators will point out to the BR President (and all those education reformers), that teaching reading has been a problem in America long before now. Illiteracy is NOT a new problem, NOR can it be fixed with modern ELA materials and agenda items. However, I guess we cannot expect much from BR when they hone in on proficiency instead of mastery. When you teach a child to read CORRECTLY, proficiency follows mastery, NOT vice-versa.

CER, Backing Politics?

Warriors, you know 2016 is an election year. You know we will have all kinds of political races, including Governors of our States. However, did you know the CER (Center for Education Reform) has a campaign called ‘Education 50’? If you would like to see the Mission of the Education 50https://www.edreform.com/education-50/faq/

ed50Included in the Education 50 is a resource which is supposedly to steer you to REAL education minded reformers and combat posing education reformers. What do I mean?
According to the CER (and duly representing the CCSS Machine’s idea of reformers). https://www.edreform.com/2014/09/the-field-guide-to-education-reform/

Really, CER?! C’mon. A real measure of our Governors/education reformers, or any candidate running would be to look at the CBE (competency based education) shift. A real measure would be which candidate supports this shift or not. What do I mean? Look at the NGA (National Governors Association, which all 50 Governors belong to) and their stance on CBE. See: 1510ExpandingStudentSuccess

A real measure of a candidate who WILL give first voice to the citizens (parents, students, and taxpayers) is someone who has NOT publicly declared their love of Career Tech Education, Competency Based Education, Common Core, College and Career Ready Standards, Job Development Growth (which encompasses both WIOA and CTE), etc.!

 Any candidate using the educratic buzzphrases of CCSS Machine type ed reform is a candidate we DO NOT need in our elections. Any candidate supporting business and jobs OVER education or in conjunction with education need not be elected either. What do I mean? The best example is the Resolution the NC State Board of Education wrote and delivered to the Governor of NC in support of all things CBE/CCSS related. See below:

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To access the entire article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/weekend-news-tangled-webs-of-educratic-moves/
(*Note: look at the list of key points the Resolution has. Find out what your State has done which is the same or similar. Compare it to the NGA’s checklist, too!)

As far as knowing the Governor of NC fully supports the shift in education from academics to workforce based, my first hand account of his appearance in 2014:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/tech-thursday-ncs-workforce-despicable-moves/
NC’s Governor, Common Core, Career Tech Ed, Prosperity Zones, data mining for workforce based education, etc.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/weekend-news-collective-workforce/

For all States and Related:
a) A real test of how your State stacks up in College/Career Readiness just in time for the elections and the implementation of ESSA,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/states-get-graded-ccr-style/
b) The real look at the CBE shift for all States:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/competency-pathway-update/

Closing:

If your State is anything like the one I live in, the State Board of Ed will have members from every grade group possible, from birth to post-secondary. What is their stance on REAL education? What resolutions have they passed which support the SHRILL voice of education reform for workforce based learning? Who among our leaders will lead the TRUE voices of those MOST valuable in all this?!