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Know Thy Local Board, Parts 1 and 2

Part One:

Warriors Against Common Core, how well do you know your local school board? Are you a school board member? If so, how well do you know the State laws for your important position in the community? If you are a school board member, read what I’ve found and ask yourself, ‘Am I okay with this?’
These questions and more await us in today’s in-depth article.

The Search Began:

I was recently contacted by a concerned NC citizen. She needed help in figuring out what is State law for school boards, does local policy adhere to State law, and, is there any policy which side-steps the State, and goes to a federal level of compliance. All excellent questions.

I shared with her I’d already found one NC county school board with a local policy which, from all appearances, seems to side-step the State of NC and pledge compliance to the federal level. (See below)


Warriors, I profess that I am not a lawyer, but with a policy which reads like this, it certainly calls into question, why is a county school board appearing to go around the State law to pledge adherence at the federal level?

FYI: The ‘NC Standard Course of Study’, aka, ‘Essential Standards’ (Common Core rebrand) are written into State law. Look for NC General Statute 115C, Article 8.

While I didn’t find a similar policy for the county I was contacted about, what I found in our State law is worth sharing. It also gives us some BIG questions to have answered!

Part Two:

The School Board Laws In NC General Statute 115C, Article 5:

1) Access the Statute here. You’ll notice that the specific legislation is 22 pages. One of the most immediate concerns we should all be thinking ahead about: Will school boards across America change much under the ESSA mandates?

1’s Reality: Here in NC, our school boards are locally elected. However, not every State is the same. Elected or not, what does it mean locally? ESSA  increases power, both at federal and State levels.

2) In the paragraph marked 115C-36 (Page 1), Said boards of education shall have general control and supervision of all matters pertaining to the public schools in their respective administrative units and they shall enforce the school law in their respective units.”
The big questions: What is ‘school law’? Does the ‘enforcement’ mean ‘any and all measures’? What group holds the school board in check to ensure local citizens there’s no manipulation of the assigned power?

2’s Reality: Under ESSA, all education MUST be aligned to post-secondary readiness as defined by WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). WIOA is not a specific ‘school law’. It DOES encompass education, but it is, after all, a U.S. Dept. of Labor law. How will NC, or, for that matter, ANY State, fare locally with their school boards when a workforce based law dictates education?!

3) Near the bottom of Page 2 and continuing on Page 3, “The local board of education shall revise electoral district boundaries from time to time as provided by this subsection.”
Wait, What?! Yes, according to NC Law, local boards can adjust districts. BUT these are depedent on federal Census information. Supposedly, the benefit is financial, BUT, consider these realities, Warriors:

a) The Census is being used by the CCSS Machine to orchestrate neighborhoods, manhandle museums and libraries, and more. From right here, in the town I live in, an excerpt from this article about local control and federal overreach.
“* You will see lots of data (includes the U.S. Census) and graphs used to support the moves; you’ll see the increased push for social and economic equality;”

b) ESSA’s codification of Promise Neighborhoods, as well as the continued creation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

c) Does your State have ‘Prosperity Zones’? NC does. There’s even another State Statute in place to streamline jobs and their training. By now, we know that ESSA is the ‘missing link’ between jobs and training. While the article about the Zones is from 2015, you can see just how overreaching the federal government is and how State districts will directly play into the overreaches.

4) Page 4, under the paragraph 115C-40, this excerpt, “Local boards of education, subject to any paramount powers vested by law in the State Board of Education or any other authorized agency shall have general control and supervision of all matters pertaining to the public schools in their respective local school administrative units;”
Your big question here should be, does my State have similar language? If so, what other agencies in addition to the SBE, have control over my school board? What about heavy influence over the school board, is there a tie to the CCSS Machine?

5) Pages 9-21 spell out the 63 responsibilites and powers  local school boards in NC have, as well as are authorized to carry out. I won’t list all 63, but, I will point to the ones we should all be looking at, regardless of where you live. Each will be followed by a question to consider.
5’s Realities: a)  “To Provide the Opportunity to Receive a Sound Basic Education”, page 9.
Who decides the soundness of a basic education? ESSA says the States must have the Secretary of Education’s approval for what’s taught. Where’s the local control there?

b) “To Regulate Extracurricular Activities”. With ESSA’s 24/7/365 mandate for anytime, anywhere learning (you can’t have student achievement without being hooked to a computer device), this is going to be almost impossible for local school boards to carry out.
(Refer back to the embedded articles above about wrap around services in the community.)

c) “To Accept and Administer Federal or Private Funds”, page 10. Warriors, this is huge!
ESSA increases the amount of P3s in our schools. P3s are public-private partnerships. We have seen the damage of P3s in our educational systems across America. One of the biggest supporters for interferring business with education is Business RoundtableBR was big on Common Core; they are also behind CC’s other names: CCR (College and Career Ready) and CTE (Career Tech Education). Let’s not forget some other big names in creating P3 overload in our local schools: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, your State Chambers, and Bill Gates. (*Note: Items 32, 32a, 34, and, 34a on Page 15 are directly related to MORE P3 education through Career Tech Education, Community Colleges, or School-to-Work.)

d) “To Sponsor or Conduct Educational Research”, bottom of Page 10. ESSA’s ‘educational research’ includes an in-home assessment for how well connected to the internet everyone is America is. See my article.Also, Warriors, any time you see ‘educational research’, think of what the underlying activity: data mining. Then, the big question: What group or groups did my local school board hire?

e) “To Adopt Rules and Policies Limiting the Noninstructional Duties of Teachers”, Page 13.
ESSA’s not kind to teachers at all. They are expected to teach to post-secondary readiness, regardless of age or grade, their pay will be factored by overall student success and engagement, AND, they will become quasi-doctors via the social emotional learning and behavior interventions. (*Notes: Look directly below the ‘teachers’ on Page 13 and you’ll see their training, as well as principals. Use all 3 embedded links directly above and apply. Then, refer to Page 18, Items 43 and 46) Our big question here: What pro CCSS/CCR/CTE/STEM groups is my school using at their discretion OR the State’s bidding which train, incentivize, or other wise reward for aligning teachers to ESSA?

f) Page 15, “To Appoint Advisory Councils”. This is legalized in yet another NC State General Statute. Appointing key positions is dangerous. No vote means no voice. This, in the long run, mutes the taxpayer’s and parent’s voices. Big question: Are these ‘advisors’ local or are they somehow connected to the educational reform?


I noticed in searching some of the NC local school board policy pages, that more than 1 have not only our State Board of Ed to satisfy, but AdvancED, too. What is AdvancED? A  sold out CCSS Machine member organization. In my County, the exact words are:
“Maintain accreditation of its schools by AdvancED and/or the State Board of Education.”

We’ll pick this up in my next article, Warriors. We’ll also address how city school boards, private schools, home education, and, charters authorities will be treated in the ‘ESSA Era’


A Pied Piper’s Tale

Warriors Against the Core, it’s not a festive report I bring to you today. However, it IS relevant to our War Vs Fed Ed.

That stated, I would like you to recall the ancient tale of the Pied Piper. You may remember the version where the Piper would play his flute to lead the rats away. However, the original version of the tale is a bit more sinister. In that version, the Piper returns to the village for payment for removal of said rats. His payment? The children. I’ll leave it at that. However, if you wish to read the more ghastly version: http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/disturbing-true-story-pied-piper-hamelin-001969

So how is the CCSS Machine playing its own version of the Pied Piper?

I think, we, as educated anti CCSS Warriors, know how: with deception at almost every level of existence.

Depending on what type of deception is needed determines what tune the Piper uses on the flute. Depending on what level of ‘accountability’ is being performed determines just who the Piper may be at that moment. For example, The Pied Piper of ESSA has to be Sen. Lamar Alexander playing his ‘song’ of ‘returning education control to the States’. However, the Piper’s tune for something like ‘filling the skills gap’ or ’21st Century Skills’ could be led by many groups anxious to lead our students away.

In the remainder of this article, our Piper for the “21st Century Skills” is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Business Leads Solutions”:


Warriors, this article appeared almost at the end of November, 2016. To see the entire ‘song’ of this Pied Piperhttps://www.uschamber.com/above-the-fold/business-leads-solutions-workforce-challenges

One of the first graphics you’ll see is this (added emphasis is mine):


To see my U.S. Chamber/Gates Foundation article:

To see my USA Funds researched article:

To see one of my articles on the “Talent Supply Pipeline”:

The Academy Piper Tune:

First off, watch the video about the “Academy”:

So, Warriors, just WHAT does this organization do to lead our students off to a CCSS/CTE/Workforce Educated demise?! Here’s an excerpt from Oct. 2016:
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) announced today the first cohort of nineteen participants in the Talent Pipeline Management Academy which is supported by a $2.5 million grant from USA Funds. USCCF’s signature workforce development initiative, Talent Pipeline Management (TPM), is a new way of addressing the nation’s skills gap by positioning employers in a more central role as key customers of post-secondary education and training providers. The TPM Academy consists of workshops led by USCCF for business professionals to receive instruction on talent pipeline strategies and guidance for implementation. In addition to a curriculum, technical assistance, and a peer-to-peer learning network, a key resource to be developed as part of the Academy will be the next generation of software tools and applications that support ongoing implementation of signature TPM strategies.”


To access the article where the screen shot above is located: 

The Talent Pipeline has regional hubs, “The regional partners include the Arizona Chamber Foundation, Vermilion Advantages in Illinois, the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Kansas, Impact Northern Kentucky, Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium, the Greater Houston Partnership, and Elevate Virginia.”
To see the Talent Pipeline “Piper’s hubs”: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/center-education-and-workforce/talent-pipeline-management-learning-network

To see short videos for Talent Pipelines in KS, KY, MI, TX, IL, and VA:

More Piper Tunes:

One of the ‘biggest’ Piper tunes the CCSS Machine churns out and that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plays, leads students astray via business/corporate overreach into the classroom as the answer to lots of ‘skill gap’ problems.

GradsforLife plies this ‘tune’“The talent pipeline is developed with specific needs and current challenges in mind. Standards developed by the employer coalition are constantly changing based on the current economic environment. It is, therefore, more impactful for the business community to define what skills its workforce needs than to wait for the world of academia to catch up. At the same time, this progressive approach may incentivize academic chiefs to develop reforms.”

To see the rest of this ghastly Piper tune: 

Warriors, we’ve seen enough non-educator based disaster via the CCSS Machine. We do not need more. Yet, between ESSA, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and HEA (Higher Education Act) have laid a road for the “Pied Piper” where businesses and corporations INCREASE their overreach into the classrooms.

Of the Case Studies the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline has conducted, at least 2 are corporations and/or businesses are ones I’ve researched and published my findings as to each of their “Pied Piper CCSS/CTE” tunes. Toyota and General Assembly. To see the Case Studies, https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management-case-studies

To see my articles on each:

Toyota’s (Notice they have every age group covered): 
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/monday-musings-more-parent-ccss-alignment/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

General Assembly’s:

a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-this-ga/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/special-edition-news/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/something-wicked-brewing/
(*Note, this last GA related article is truly fitting into the Piped Piper’s luring of our students away from true education to a workforce based nightmare existence. It features a made-for-You Tube movie were students are given achievement tests. If they pass, they live; if they do not, they die.)


Warriors Against the Core, I do not wish to leave you on such a drastic mental image. However, I am not the only Warrior who’s compared what is happening to our students to awful things. I am not alone in hating what is going on in America, as far as our education system being so overrun with Pipers who deceive, indoctrinate, and conform our students.
We must mute their tunes! We must stand between the Pipers of Reform and our students, regardless of their age. The Pipers of Reform are here for EVERY student, not a select few.

Is It “Yes” or Is It “No”?

Recently, my fellow Anti CCSS/ESSA/Fed Ed Warriors, I shared with you how BOTH Chambers of Congress have chosen to use our tax dollars to continue the illegally based education reform.

Included in the continued overreaches are funds for aligning entire communities to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates. There are other items as well which should be of concern. If you missed either one, but sure to use the bottom left arrow at the end of this article. It will send you back to the Senate article (“Setting Us Up”). Embedded in the Senate article, you’ll find the House’s article (“Sure Fire Disaster: Fed Ed”)

The remainder of today’s article is in response to a reader’s comment/question.

I had posted the House article on Sunday to the Facebook page “Moms Against Duncan”. In the article was the fact that Museum and Library Grants (M & L Grants) are tied to the CCSS Machine. I not only shared how the House is using FY (Fiscal Year) 2017 funds to keep this up, but I linked my previously published article with details on HOW M & L Grants are being used by the CCSS Machine (before, during, and after ESSA’s passage into law).

One reader responded with the fact her local area had a Millage Tax vote for their library and wondered if this tax is somehow connected to all the education alignment. She also shared that scare tactics were used before the vote took place. The rhetoric was pretty much vote ‘yes’ or libraries will be forced to shut down.

This reader sent me the link to all these events to see if I could dig out the truth.

The News Source:

Warriors, here is the link I was sent: http://yes4muskegonlibraries.org/
As best as I can tell, Muskegon is located in Michigan.
What’s a ‘millage’ tax? Basically, its a unit used to calculate how much your property is worth. This is usually done for personal property taxes. However, from a quick internet search, it seems many communities are using the millage rate tax calculations as a way to raise money for expanding libraries.

If you’re like me, the “Despite Protests” article jumped out at you. I clicked on it and found that in SE Arkansas, a battle was brewing. Here’s an excerpt from the full article,
“Despite an existing state law that requires legislative bodies to place millage issues requested by library boards before voters, three members of the Pine Bluff City Council voted Friday to ignore that law, shooting down a request by the Jefferson County Library Board to place a millage increase initiative on the November General Election ballot.” To see the entire article for yourselves:

Wow, this raises a question to consider. Are our local communities doing this?
I wonder if Muskegon did. Let’s see what else we can find.

According to the Muskegon Library article, the millage tax proposal didn’t pass. However, this sent the town leaders on a goose chase for how to FUND the library.

Going To Follow The Money?

The library article also mentioned the Muskegon Area District Library asking its patrons to vote (August 2016), as the current millage expires 12/16. Eighty percent of the Library’s funding comes from the millage tax. The District Library even hired an outside firm to conduct a survey.

Mitchell Research and Communications. The head of Mitchell is also a board member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. (Hhmm…a big CCSS Machine warning bell there. Remember, Gates Foundation gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce millions so they could pass on the money to the State Chambers. The express goal? Alignment to Common Core, Career Tech Ed)

Below is a screen shot you may find interesting about Mitchell Research’s OTHER education related activities:


To learn more about Mitchell Researchhttp://mitchellresearch.net/

Back to the Muskegon District Library’s website. Would I find any CCSS Machine clues there? Would I be able to find out more about the millage tax and/or the Museum and Library Grants?

To access the District Library’s website: http://www.madl.org/
In their 2015-16 Budget I didn’t find any M & L Grants, but I did find that between the local taxes and the State Grants (including those for special needs), this District has quite an income. To see their budget: http://www.madl.org/images/pdfs/BUDGET2015.2016merged.pdf

While that may seem like a dead end, we need to see what money the State received in the way of grants to determine if an M & L Grant was awarded. Remember, where you find the M & L grants, you find the CCSS Machine and its agenda. Part of the agenda in ESSA is community alignment in the name of ‘student success’.

The other part? Communities will be held accountable for their part in your child’s education. Another CCSS Machine ‘benefit’ of the M & L grants? It ties to WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. How? Those seeking jobs who don’t have access at a home computer will likely use the local library’s. Add that to the fact the library is a public place, job training sessions will also be held there. This all ties into the technology infrastructure and data mining, too.

Before we leave Muskegon District Library, get a look at their agenda (aka ‘strategy’):


MI State Grants for Museums and Libraries:

Over the past 5 years: $21,824,354.00 awarded to MI from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (see: https://www.imls.gov/grants/grants-state/state-profiles/michigan)

The grants support upgrading/maintaining technology. They are based on population (guess where that information comes from? The U.S. Census) These grants do a whole lot more, too. If you refer back to my articles “Hitting the Books” and the “Hitting the Books, Part 2”, you can find out TONS of truth you won’t find elsewhere when it comes to the CCSS Machine and our communities.

According the 2011-2015 Michigan 5 Year Evaluation for being eligible to receive M & L Grants, it appears the Governor eliminated governance over the State’s Library and that power now rests with the Dept. of Education.  See this excerpt, “During the plan period the Library of Michigan experienced tremendous change in both funding and its location within the Michigan state government. The agency experienced cuts of up to 20% in its annual budget as well as substantial decrease in staffing levels. Since 2000 the Library staffing levels have decreased from approximately 75 positions to a current 33 positions, not all of which are currently filled. In addition to these internal issues the organization as a whole was declared to no longer be an independent state agency and was moved under the Department of History, Arts and Libraries, HAL. In 2010 the Governor eliminated HAL and moved the Library of Michigan once again. Currently, the state library is under the authority of the Department of Education as a departmental unit.

This Evaluation also revealed a sub-grant called “Modeling the Future”. The sub-grant information below is a bit dated, but the agenda isn’t. Innovation is a huge, top-down mission for education.


Warriors, I do believe I’ve found the answer as to WHY Muskegon’s District Library was pushing so hard for the millage rate. IF States can’t match the fed led grants, they cannot qualify! Those libraries are hardly in danger, but by using the scare tactic, I can see how it was successful!!

To see where I got this from:


Warriors, while the reader was concerned about MI, know that the M & L Grants are nation-wide as well as applicable to all US Territories.

Once again, I thank each of you who trust me enough to find the evidence you seek. By doing so, we are helping others to know where to look in their local areas for how the CCSS Machine is grinding them down.

The Fan’s Been Hit

Goodbye, September…Hello, October! Fellow anti CCSS Warriors; Warriors Against the Core; and Anti Fed Ed Warriors, you know life is changing for us all on a daily basis. You know we, as a nation are being impacted every day by the CCSS Machine in some way.

I’m a bit more angry at the continued overreach in education from all the levels it SHOULD NEVER be getting. I’ve also seen an increase (again) in being blocked, so some of my latest research isn’t getting out there quite as good as it once did. Still, I press on.


We’ve reached a point, in the War Against the Core, where the ‘poop’ is hitting the fan at almost breakneck speed!

At the beginning of the week, if you remember, I said we had 5 days of which to survive U.S. Congress’s moves concerning their part of the CCSS Machine’s overreach in education legislation. Mid-week, I said it didn’t appear much was happening on the Hill, but there was plenty going on elsewhere in D.C. (Dr. King and the U.S. Dept. of Ed)

All the while, the blocking of all that I’d researched and written grew. Then, last night, at least for me, the poop really hit the fan when I received an email from the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee.

The email goes on to share all the other education/job reform projects. Then, the letter is ended with, “All of these reforms will provide Americans “A Better Way” to pursue successful, fulfilling lives and work toward a brighter future. And there’s more where these came from. September may be drawing to a close, but House Republicans know there is more work to be done.”

If you wish to read the entire message,
(*Note: The H5963, is included; the Higher Education Forum Rep. Kline spoke during, also there. As you know, I’ve written on both of these to expose the real rotten, stinky logs of poop.)

Let me backtrack from here. Ed/Workforce had been sending plenty of emails out this week, so I’d seen an increase in the ‘poop factor’.

Other Poop Factors:

1) Literally starting today, Oct. 1, a new fiscal year. The CCSS Machine’s gotten its claws in the federal budget. See:

2) The ‘King sized sack of poop’ being dished up:
(*Note: near the end of the bad news I shared in this one, you’ll see all the information on how you can sling some ‘poop’ of your own on Oct. 17th, 2016)

3) The new Family Engagement Ambassador Program from the U.S. Dept. of Ed and other CCSS Machine members has begun. This article has the framework for HOW the Fed ED will take over your family as a ‘nanny’ to align all to the CCSS Machine’s plans for educationhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/bon-voyage-hello-grinders/

4) The Rep. Kline speech on higher education poop,

5) How the CCSS Machine, via McGraw-Hill, is doing its best to align the Nov. 2016 elections:


“Got Poop?”

From the articles above, you’ll be able to see how much poop is currently flying. However, during the course of this week, there was a ‘new’ bill Ed/Workforce trotted out, HR6094. The official name, “The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act.”

HR6094 is to put a delay of 6 months on a rule made by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
So, we know the U.S. Dept. of Labor is a big CCSS Machine organization. The rule has to do with overtime pay. See: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/6month_02_xml.pdf

Okay, so now we are talking something to impact our national economy. We know, also, that national economy is a key platform FOR the CCSS Machine’s rhetoric for a stream-lined, workforce based education. Any time you see workforce, education, and the economy, you’ll see at least 4 alphabet soup CCSS Machine names. CTE, WIOA, ESSA, and HEA. (Career Tech Education/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act/Every Student Succeeds Act/Higher Education Act).


Walberg from Michigan, is the main Representative behind HR6094. He released a statement about it earlier this year. See:

Oh, his stance on CTE which is the adult level for Common Core? He voted ‘Yes’ to the HR 5587 on 9/13/16. As you know I extensively researched HR5587 and exposed all the CCSS Machine ties. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

Walberg also voted ‘Yes’ to the ESSA back in Dec. 2015. His vote for WIOA back in 2014? Also a ‘Yes’. As far as the HEA, Walberg shared quite a bit of news he was so proud of: http://walberg.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=372550

Delaying the rule may be a good move, it may not. However, when you have a federal level committee churning out CTE bills faster than ever, you know it’s going to be bad by the time all the poop flushes down the toilet. Add to these facts, it appears Walberg is holding the tissue paper, we’d better see EXACTLY  what U.S. Labor Dept. rule needs a delay.
“Wages and Fair Standards Labor Act” or FLSA. See: https://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/

Why should we, the Anti CCSS Warriors give this a moment’s concern? Since ESSA expands Career Tech Education, P3s (public private partnerships), aligns to learn-to-earn initiatives, and more, We MUST pay attention! ESSA also builds on the mandate for more career exploration activities. The FLSA shows a detailed list of what is covered and what’s not when it comes to wages and related activities. (*Note: access the above FLSA website and look for ‘handy reference guide’. Also, look at the child labor information: http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/whd/flsa/cl/default.htm
Knowing how the CCSS Machine is bent on breeding young workers, we NEED to know what, if anything will be changing.)

If you wish to see the U.S. Representative’s Ed/Workforce spin on HR6094 via their ‘Fact Sheet’: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fact_sheet_-_h.r._6094.pdf

Meet the Plungers:

When I saw the tweet earlier this week, about how ‘great’ this bill is, I knew in an instant, that something foul is in the making.

So, how do I know these groups are ‘plungers’? First off, I do not know if every single one of these groups is a CCSS Machine member.

However, looking at the above picture, I can easily spot several CCSS Machine members/groups. For example: the APLU (Association of Public Land Grant Universities) is up to their necks in education alignment to the CCSS Machine.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/ftf-more-evidence-for-aligned-ccss-higher-education/
Another easy one to spot? The AACC (American Association of Community Colleges)
Here’s my latest article on them. They are a notoriously known CCSS Machine member grouphttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/

What other group do I have research on? The AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities).

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a HUGE CCSS Machine ‘plunger’!! One of my past articles about them: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/fom-chambers-pot-of-lies-for-ccss/
Then, more recently, I shared how the State Chambers of Commerce (which get big bucks from the U.S. Chamber):

As far as groups like the NCPA, Heritage Action, etc. I do not know their stances on CCSS or any of the aforementioned related materials. HOWEVER, I would caution ANY group willing to work with these known CCSS Machine member groups.

Flush the poop, clean your hands of the CCSS Machine’s agenda, and get out of the bathroom. Helping align our nation in ANY way to the workforce based education, is a sewer-worthy move.


Bridges and Ladders

My Fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors,

In the above picture you see a classic example of a brilliant mind. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”.  He created this, and other bridges for military purposes. The bridges were light weight (easy to carry, travels well), they were sturdy (conveyed strength), and they lasted long periods of time.

I use this as an example, not to give you a history lesson, but to use it as an analogy for the webinar devoted to higher education.

During the CCSS Machine sponsored webinar, education bridges, ladders, and pathways were discussed. Much like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Revolving Bridge”, higher education is set to become transportable (easy to carry, travels well/stackable, chunkable certifications), sturdy with more ‘rigor’ (conveying strength), and lock in lifelong learning (lasts a long time).

The Webinar:

Hosted by Atlantic Live! (an arm of the publication, The Atlantic Magazine) Atlantic Magazine also has another arm, a project called “Next America”. If memory serves me correctly, the last time I wrote about “Next America”, Sen. Lamar Alexander was a featured speaker. If I’m thinking correctly it was the time period leading up to HR5 (Student Success Act) and S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act) were in the making. Of course, as history shows, HR5 and S1177 ‘married’ and gave us ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act.

Why do I bring this up? IF history is about to repeat itself, then Atlantic’s Next America having Rep. John Kline and other sold out CCSS Machine members gather to ‘discuss’ where higher education should go, we need to pay attention! Especially when your conversation guides are hand picked to feed the agenda of streamlining education to create a birth to grave education ladder or bridge.

The image you see above is NOT from one of the CCSS Machine member organizations present at the webinar. But, it does give you a great idea how the webinar’s conversation was geared.

Lumina Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Next America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and key members from SIGs (special interest groups) in higher education either had representative speak or they helped fund the production. Adding Rep. John Kline as the only federal Congress member was not a fluke. It was a strategic move. Kline admitted during the webinar that he had just come from breakfast with Sen. Lamar Alexander. You see, the two are partners in education demise.

Here’s the link to the webinar’s introduction page: http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/the-changing-face-of-higher-education/2016/
(*Note: Archive version should be available soon. You can check out the Twitter account for more information, too. Use #NextAmerica)

The Biggest Warnings for Us:

1) The changes are coming, no doubt at all. The CCSS Machine has already begun turning the screws for higher education/post-secondary education. As I’ve shared with you many times, this is how EVERY citizen from ALL educational backgrounds will be funneled through the CCSS Machine. One of the choice terms for citizens during the webinar? “Human Capital”. The very first comment spoken by the Lumina Foundation’s education ‘expert’: “Post-secondary education MUST change.”

2) The CBE (competency based education), Career Pathways, MOOCs, digital learning, soft skills development, and more are the front runners for all the changes. New patterns, systems, and alignment are either in the works, or yet to be created. BUT, they will be added.
3) Purposed placement of school counselors in our K-12 systems are already identifying students who are ‘achievers’, tracks them, pulling them into a pathway to a baccalaureate degree in college (sometimes early college) via community colleges(which by the way, are Common Core, Career Tech aligned). Then, these graduates are funneled through to a 4 year institution. Look for “Pathways Colleges”. The example program given was “Pathway to Baccalaureate”. See: https://www.nvcc.edu/pathway/ (*Note: look for the ‘extraordinary pipeline to college’. Running this program? Former NC Community College President, Scott Randall. He was key in helping align all 58 NC Community Colleges to the CCSS Machine.)

The rest of the students? They get tracked too. Their path will be directly to community college, get a skill, get a job. Return to community college, get another skill, return to job. Repeat this cycle until you have all the credentials you need to enter your career field. The ‘new’ higher education?! Imagine it for 100% of the population. I’m not kidding. Some form of higher education (aka: post-secondary institution) is what can help America.

4) Rep. Kline’s comments contained these ‘gems’.
a) The key higher education moves in the U.S. House’s “Better Way” plan. It was revealed that the Paul Ryan pushed Plan is based largely on Kline’s earlier work in politics. Education is SO important that it’s embedded in the ‘economy’ plan under item #4.
See: http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?page=economy (*Note: KIine was quick to repeatedly use ‘bipartisan’ and ‘bicameral’ when it came to education. However, for all the bi-partisanship in the House, he didn’t mention the House Democrats view for higher education. If you want to see what CCSS friendly programs they  would like to keep or expand: http://democrats-edworkforce.house.gov/issues/education/higher-education. Examples of CCSS aligned programs: TRIO and GEAR UP.) Kline was asked how the Senators view higher education. He said that was ‘unfair’.)
b) The U.S. Congress only has a few days left before closing before the 2016 Election, so much has to be done quickly. Means rushed legislation moves. Bad news for everyone.
c) “More Access, More Success” via lower costs in higher education. His solutions?! CBE and digital education. America MUST promote innovation! This will keep the government out of the way. Oh really?! I guess the ConnectEd, the Computer Science for All, Digital Promise, etc. are all ways to keep government of education. Especially when each of these i is embedded ALREADY in ESSA and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) or their related legislation. By the way, Kline said there have been 5 related bills already passed by the entire Congress to continue support for America’s College Promise (Obama’s plan for ‘free’ community college. “Free” is costing taxpayers at least $60 billion.) Way to keep government out of education, huh?!
d) Kline favors more digital, that’s obvious, but he also stated that families and students need things simple..as in a digital dashboard. The biggest impediment right now in higher education? Seat time because it’s taking away from CBE time and hinders credit hours. More P3s (used the Clemson/car manufacturing joint program as an example.) are the best way for America to go.

5) Add to your list of global programs, like “Education for All” and “Universal PreK for All”. The new one brought up in the webinar? “Universal Free Public Higher Education”.
I found the EduCause’s older version of “universal higher education for all” (circa 2000).
See: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ffpfp044.pdf

Link to this article that would make the United Nations SO proud:

Speaking of The Global Citizen:

There was plenty more in the webinar which can be used to alert us to the ‘global citizen’ mindset that the CCSS Machine is shoving at us.
a) pay as you go/learn to earn models
b) systems where higher education tracks your work hours while tracking your education hours so that you can have 2 transcripts to show you are a skilled citizen
c) eliminating extra curricular activities to divert space for the common community’s good (example: Paul Quinn College shut down their football team (said it was a drain on finances) and converted the football stadium into an organic community accessible farm.) The President of Paul Quinn College has been glorified by the Atlantic Magazine. He’s also been groomed for educational ‘success’ in part by the Aspen Institute. (Article about the Presidenthttp://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/09/bringing-a-college-back-from-the-brink/500375/)

I am not singling out this college, but rather, using it as an example. The reason we have extra curricular activities like football, arts, music, etc. is to expand our minds, exercise our bodies. Seeing these vital parts of Americana vanish is sad. Seeing them aligned to the CCSS Machine, outright tragic.

Seeing so many leaders in America moving us away from independence and freedom is not only un-American, it’s criminal!

School Board Special, Part Two


Welcome to Part Two of my series devoted to those running for elections, especially the school board positions across America. Like this Weekend’s article, it is lengthy, but you MUST know this information! Your schools depend on it.

Running for school board jobs ARE so much MORE important than they get credit for. In case you didn’t get the Part One of this series, here is the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/ (*Note: In Part One, I have provided both the links to the ESSA Final Conference Report as well as the Final Law Version, as a candidate, you need both!)


Kindergarten to 12th Grade:

Of all the grade groups Common Core Standards have impacted, the K-12th group has been the most talked about, the most publicized. If you have followed my blog long enough OR heard any of my speeches, chats, or interviews, you know that I have purposed to expose the CCSS Machine in all the other areas and educational choices. However, I have plenty to share with you concerning the K-12th grade group, too. For example, if you are seeking office, did you know there was an initiative which set CCSS into motion? (and which the ESSA will continue?!) For starters, see the picture below of the track  Pre-K-12th graders are experiencing thanks to Common Core State Standards Initiative!

Here’s the CCSS pipeline. The NGA(National Governors Association) and the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) have ensured our students are put through this.

The CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative):

What do I mean by the CCSS Initiative? Simply put it refers to the entire scope of not only the CCS Standards, but the agenda which accompanies it; the resources (including curriculum and assessments); and ANYTHING else connected to the Common Core.

As a candidate, you need to know that there is a real CCSSI, not just a set of educational Standards known simply as Common Core State Standards. If you would like to learn all you can about the CCSSI, please see Donna Gardner’s credible work. She was there in the U.S. Dept. of Education years ago, and has been witness to the CCSS Machine’s roots.
See: (Part One) 
Part Two:
(*Note: Part Three’s link was broken, as of this writing)

As many anti CCSS Warriors have stated since the ESSA’s passage, we have been lied to about this! As a candidate of any race where education will be impacted, this is probably the single MOST important information you can glean from this series!! Do not simply take the mass media or Congress’s word for it, we ARE NOT free from the Common Core State Standards Initiative!

The only references I have found to the CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) in the ESSA Final Conference Report (that over 1,000 page bill no one in Congress appears to have bothered to read) were located on page 130 (pertaining to standards and assessments), page 825 (pertaining to educational waivers), page 843 (pertaining to financial support from the federal government and how its officials/representatives are limited), page 859 (‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit a State from withdrawing from the Common Core State Standards or from otherwise revising their standards.”)

Now, if you only stop there, as both the U.S. Congress and the mass media did, you can say this language means exactly what it says, that the States were no longer tied to the Common Core!

Candidates, think of it this way, “Whatever happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.” Educational federal law plays the same game, whatever started in the ESEA was carried over each time to some degree or another until the ESSA. ESSA, however, makes the previous versions look like a powder puff.


Alphabet Soup,  D.C. Style:

Before we ‘dig in’ to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015) to learn how it will continue the Initiative behind Common Core:
1) Know that the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) got replaced with ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in between these two? NCLB (No Child Left Behind) followed by the RttT Initiative (Race to the Top).
2) Know that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), STEM to STEAM (same as STEM with the Arts added in), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), CTE (Career Tech Education), CP (Career Pathways) are also woven into the ESSA Law. (*Note: If you did not know that STEM is part of the Presidential agenda for education, I urge you to read one of my very first blog articles where the Report detailing HOW STEM was the among the ultimate goals of aligning America via the CCSS! See:

Maybe you've heard of STEM, but have you heard about STEM to STEaM?

Why you, as a candidate, need to know this? STEM is a huge selling point among the States for not only education, but for a workforce. STEM is also woven into the WIOA of 2014!

As a candidate, knowing which alphabet soup acronym stands for which one is important.


One more game D.C. has played with us about all this? The ESSA’s Final Conference Report has been reduced to a mere 391 page law! You will find all of the same points from the Report embedded in the Law, just not as wordy. We need the entire context so we can know how we are being duped into the lie that CCSS will no longer be a player in American Education! You can access both documents in Part One of this series.


From the ESSA Language Itself:

One thing you can count on is this, the shift in name from Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness as well as Challenging State Academic Standards, is about the only shifting there will be, as far as names.

You have to look harder at the Law. As evidence look on Pages 5 & 6. Here the tricky language begins. It’s context is about what programs will continue to receive multi-year funding and which won’t

(As a candidate, you need to know which programs in your school districts receive multi year funding and were provided for under the old ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965), NCLB, RttT, you need to read this passage so you can understand how the ESSA will continue select programs.)

Why this is important: it is to cover the TRANSITION from one law to another!

Speaking of transitions, look at Page 7 where you will see what the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education is in charge of in regards to the States!
“ORDERLY TRANSITION.—Subject to subsection (a)(1)(A)(i), the Secretary shall take such steps as are necessary to provide for the orderly transition to, and implementation of, programs authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et. seq.), as amended by this Act, from programs  authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.), as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act.”

Pages which follow this excerpt lay out the dates for the transitioning to begin. As early as July 1, 2016, folks!

Other Pages and Sections, You as the Candidate MUST Research:

Section 6, embeds all of the old ESEA into the new Law.

Section 1002, gives a grand total of the federal money to be awarded among the 50 States for the next few fiscal years. You, as the candidate, need to see the amounts, as well as the strings attached (ie: assessments).

Section 1003 details the strings attached to Section 1002.

Section 1004 details all the ‘Direct Student Services’. As part of the ‘Services’, this is where you can see the WIOA and CTE begin to appear for elementary and secondary students.It is here you will see the AP(Advanced Placement) Courses and IB (International Baccalaureate) students encompassed.
How will this make a difference in your candidacy? The amount of funding your State receives and the hoops the LEAs (local education agencies) are to use the funding. Not only that, but jobs mean money for your States. The economic health of America has been a huge selling point from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (courtesy of Bill Gates Foundation) and has been passed on to each State via the Chambers of Commerce. You will also see that in this Section, parents and higher education are also included in the alignment mix.

Section 4107 details for you what is meant by “Activities To Support a Well-Rounded Student”.  As a candidate, you need to know this is where the P3s (public private partnerships) will have an increased presence in the classroom, where communities are expected to align and help educate all students, and more! As part of the ‘Activities’, this is where you will see STEM really focused on.

Section 4108 details all the ‘Activities to Support Safe and Healthy Students’ your state must have (includes sex ed, behavior management, assessments, mental services, and so much more) As a candidate, read page 447 very carefully, as well as the immediate pages around it.

Section 4109 goes into all the digital and technology strings for education. This is a huge point of every school district and state budget. Read it, candidates!

Section 8005 State funding for elementary/secondary administration consolidation plans. (Remember, candidates, follow the money trail from the top down)
Section 8201 goes into more detail about money States receive from the federal government.

Page 489 begins the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. As a candidate, you need to know this is going to totally transform not only your local schools, but your communities. This Initiative is a huge part of the CCSS Machine! It has roots in not only the White House, but a entity called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. If you do not know about this, PLEASE contact me, I will be happy to provide the information you really need to know!

Page 905 states what the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary will oversee in each of the 50 States concerning the homeless students.

Page 910 gives you the requirements each State must meet per the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary for every grant and sub-grant the States receive.

Page 911 details the assurances States must provide the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary with each year.

Page 919 introduces the phrase “Ed Flex Partnership State” and will be given to every State meeting the U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary’s conditions. As a candidate, you need to read what those parameters mean.I urge you to read from page 919 to 941 so you can see how private schools are included. Of special note to you will be page 937 where the general public is to be informed of any State educational application for waivers (means money for your State and local districts). Also, page 938 points to a bridge (if you will) between elementary and secondary education to post-secondary education via Perkins funding.


Candidates, is there more that will impact your K-12th graders? ABSOLUTELY! Will it be only the public schools hit by this? NO! Run your race with integrity, with truth, and with everything you can to kill the CCSSI!
Part Three will address the post-secondary alignment of education according to the CCSS Machine.

Weekend News: Tangled Webs of Educratic Moves

Legislators, Politicians, and Businesses appear to be CCSS/CTE Kool-Aid Distributors!
Legislators, Politicians, and Businesses appear to be CCSS/CTE Kool-Aid Distributors!

For this first “Weekend News” of 2016, I wanted to focus in on how much CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and CTE (Career Technical Education) is still alive and thriving across the nation.
As most of you (anti CCSS Warriors) know, I reside in NC. As you can imagine, NC, like all the other States, has several legislators, politicians, and other various groups completely sold out to the educational alignment that spans from birth to career.  It has been well documented just HOW sold out NC is. I won’t bore you with the dreary details or name names. I would rather focus in on the information we can use as tools to FIGHT this continue assault on education and our citizens!

So what news do I have which has me re-visiting NC’s moves?! On January 7, 2016 (just yesterday) there was a release by the State Board of Education (SBE). This Resolution is to support the Governor’s alignment plans for a workforce based education system. Basically it is an announcement to the world that proclaims all things CCSS, Common Core State Standards is right for NC. Below is a screen shot. Please, click on it to expand it. Notice that even the fancy font and cursive letters can’t hide the selling out of our state’s education.

My fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885 wrote about this Resolution as well. Embedded in her article is the direct link to the Resolution in its entirety. Please read it. Then see if your state board of education has written a similar resolution to continue your state’s assault on education! Access the article:

Here are my key points (from the Resolution) as to what we can use as tools to fight this kind of continued alignment of education.

1) Scrutinize not only your SBEs but your Depts. of Commerce as well. Remember, the Gates Foundation gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce millions of dollars to use via the state Chambers for the express purpose of involving businesses in the educational alignment!

2) Hold accountable any legislator or politician who refuses to listen to the constituents.

3) Depending on how your State government works, investigate any Dept connected to education in any way. (see below in the instance of rural education)

4) If you do not already know this, find out: What are your State’s Workforce Development goals? How does WIOA{Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014} funding (federal to state trail) play into these goals? What portion of SBE (State Board of Education) RttT {Race to the Top} funding (federal to state trail) was used to help lay the ground work for Workforce education? (Look for Career Technical Education/Career Clusters/Career Pathways/STEM in budget line items) How far has your State come in establishing their WQDIWorkforce Quality Data Initiative (data mining job applicant’s work information)? (This information will be ‘married’ to the SLDS, Student Longitudinal Data System from the U.S. Dept. of Education to not only create a career track, streamlining jobs, but teacher and school measurements and accountability)

5) What measures has your State made for global readiness/global competitive citizens via education? What measures has your State made for CTE (Career Technical Education (which is the adult version of CCSS)? What current laws are in your State’s books which protect CTE?

6) What collaborations or partnerships has your State made in aligning education to not only CCSS or CTE, but College and Career Readiness Standards from the elementary, secondary institutions to post-secondary educational institutions (Don’t overlook proprietary {for profit} schools or on-line schools.)

7) What current legislation supports the continued use of CCR (College and Career Readiness). What legislation is being written or considered which supports the continued use of CCR (CCSS’s ‘newer name’) What evidence is your State ignoring (which has proven CCSS/CCR as developmentally inappropriate) to justify continuing this harmful education which is based illegally into law?

8) What current legislation is in your State’s Statutes which allows P3 (public-private partnerships) in education? (Be aware that the ESSA has language embedded which will allow for MORE P3 interference in education.)

9) What work-ready communities does your State have currently? (Be aware that the newly passed ESSA law has given the green light for total community alignment to College and Career Readiness, CCR.)

10) What power does your State give to LEAs (Local Educational Agents)now? What current laws protect those powers? (Know that the ESSA gives LEAs even more power than ever and that many accountability and assessment factors will now be at their discretion.)


From My Files:

Below are just a few of the articles I have previously researched and published which directly relate to the Resolution the NC SBE presented not only our Governor, but our entire state’s population.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss/ (Job development grants are given to the States, what are yours being used for?)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/tech-thursday-update/ (where ‘talent supply’ phrase is unabashedly used to describe students.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/tech-thursday-post-secondary-champs/ (NC’s College/Career Readiness Certificates; Rural education programs which impact economy and involve the Dept. of Agriculture.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/monday-musings-global-readiness-and-ccss/ (How far NC has come in the ‘globalness’ of education and how it is aligned to CCSS and the Global Competency Task Force)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/tech-thursday-career-readiness-pledge/ (an in-depth report on the CTE pledges many states have made previously and which in NC’s case, will now be furthered by the Resolution signed Jan. 7, 2016)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/weekend-news-collective-workforce/ (This one from Oct. 2015 gives you a detailed look at how the NC Governor has come in his quest to align NC to all things Workforce, WIOA, CTE, and more.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/ccss-follow-up-system-more-than-money-will-follow-your-students/ (Where you can see how NC spent some of its WQDI grant money.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/tech-thursday-high-school-equivalency-ccsscte-style/ (a huge look into NC, the U.S. Dept. of Ed, assessments, General Equivalency Diplomas (GEDs), and more!)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/rmt-dont-look-now-nc-ccsscte-overload/ (A blow by blow look at how the NC SBE has set NC up to support the Resolution they just presented to the Governor.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/ftf-this-just-in-military-bases-economy-and-ccss/ (CCSS, the NC economy and the U.S. Military.)


You got lots of work to do, as do I, so use what I have provided above. Share it, there is a time for everything, and it is our time to step on the toes of those legislators, politicians, and businesses which have taken education to a level that is not only harmful, but criminal.


CCSS Follow Up System: More than Money Will Follow Your Students

While it's yet to be determined if money follows your students, CCSS certainly is already following your students.
While it’s yet to be determined if money follows your students, CCSS certainly is already following your students.

In fighting the War Against the Core, we’ve all met those warriors who are great at sending tips to areas of the “Common Core” overreach into our lives. From an educational standpoint, we’ve seen the CCSS Machine usurp our schools; from a privacy standpoint, we seen the CCSS Machine ruin it. The damage is far from new NOR is it over.

Here in NC, the “Common Follow Up System” has been in place since 1992! How is this part of the agenda that comes with “Common Core”? Keep reading, my followers and anti CCSS Warriors..

What is a “CFS”?

The purpose of a “Common Follow Up System” is: “The purpose of the Common Follow-up System (CFS) is to provide information on the educational and employment outcomes of participants in publicly supported educational, employment and training programs for use in planning, policy-making, program evaluation, resource allocation and career planning.”

Do you see the CCSS/CTE footprints? I do. If you don’t, look at the emphasized words. Publicly supported education means schools or programs connected to them. That’s the CCSS portion. The employment and training is the Career Technical Education (CTE). The two are one in the same in that the CTE portion of the Common Core begins well before high school graduation.

Let’s dig deeper, shall we? The CFS (Common Follow Up System) was designed to be a unified effort to collect massive amounts of data. The data was supposedly to help all the agencies involved to plan better as well as to have better resource management capabilities. Yes, that’s right. Those are the supposed reasons. However, consider the original agencies involved:
University of North Carolina, General Administration (UNC)
  North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS)
 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Workforce Development Education
 Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina 
  Division of Employment and Training (DET)
  North Carolina Department of Human Resources, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVR)
 North Carolina Department of Labor (DOL)

Overseeing this CFS? Is the North Carolina State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NCSOICC).

In the earliest years of the CFS, a longitudinal data base system was formed. The system tracked each person’s progression through the state’s workforce; to study their paths of progress to see what education or other factors were involved. In 1995, the NC General Assembly helped the data collection efforts. (See Chapter 96 of the NC General Statutes). Since 1996, interest in all this data collection has increased quite a bit. Here’s an excerpt,Several groups turned to the CFS as a valuable source of quality outcome information for education, employment and training programs. The increased interest was due to initiatives at both the state and national levels regarding the collection, calculation and reporting of performance information throughout the education, employment and training system. These initiatives included the development of reports for the Commission on Workforce Development(and others).

My Files:

Now, as I’ve uncovered in the past, the CCSS Machine grinds on via the Career Pathways, Career Clusters, the Career Technical Education. I’ve shown you how each is a ‘marriage’ of education and workforce. So have others who’ve been fighting this War for our students. We’ve shown how the dots connect FROM education TO the Workforce AS WELL AS how legislation (state and federal) have PROTECTED this union. “The Workforce Quality Data Initiative” is a program I’ve reported on that has the main purpose of data mining our post secondary students from the labor aspect of their lives. Embedded in this program is language which plainly states it will join the data mining efforts from the Student Longitudinal Data System from the education aspect of the K-12 students. (see my article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/) You’ll find that back in June 2015 I shared this article with you: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/rmt-halting-a-ccsscte-aligned-workforce/

Back to the CFS:

In 2012, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to build a State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). While NCDPI is the lead on the SLDS grant, the project is a collaborative effort of several entities including: the NCDPI, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC GA), the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), and the North Carolina Department of Commerce (NCDOC).”  This direct quote is from the May 2015 Report I’ve been sharing excerpts from thus far. It’s the tip my fellow warrior shared.

Added to the grant given by the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the NC General Assembly boosted the data mining once again. State law 2012-131 gave the NC Dept. of Commerce the green light to ramp up data collection AND storage projects. See this, “As part of its efforts to improve the CFS, the Department of Commerce applied for a competitive grant with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration through their Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). The Department received notification in June of 2013 that North Carolina had been awarded a WDQI grant. The grant covers a three year period ending in June 2016. Grant funds are being utilized to further strengthen and enhance the CFS.”

*Note: In my June 2015 “Halting CCSS/CTE Aligned Workforce” I shared that NC had been awarded big bucks. Now I know where those big bucks specifically went. Thus, the last remaining dots of the agenda are exposed. Boom!

One of the programs the WQDI money gave NC is known as the “NC Tower”. The “Tower” stands for “Tool for Online Workforce and Education Reporting”.  Every one of the 16 University of North Carolina’s campuses, the 58 statewide Community Colleges has your post-secondary students data (and lots of it)! To see just which groups GET that data, see page 7 of the report. Page 8 of the report will tell you how the NGA (National Governors Association) is NOW involved. Here’s a small ‘tip’ for you to consider, “In July 2014, North Carolina submitted an application to the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Policy Academy for Aligning the Education and Training Pipeline to the Needs of the Economy. The state received notification in August 2014 that its application was successful. This initiative is a collaboration of the Office of the Governor, the Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Community College System, the Department of Public Instruction and the NCWorks Commission. This effort will assist the state in aligning its education and workforce resources, strengthening its services to citizens and businesses, connecting talent to jobs and growing North Carolina’s economy.”
Also involved is a group identified in the report as “Lead Staff”. “Lead” stands for “Labor and Economic Analysis Division”. See below for just how many NC students have been data mined since the CFS’s inception.


Page 13 of the Report shows how many NC organizations are NOW part of the CFS. To access the entire report:
CFS-Operational Report-May 2015
To access the NC Tower, so you can see just how much of the NC grant money from the WQDI  was used, visit:
To see a related article about the data mining in NC concerning the NC General Assembly, see my fellow warrior, Lady Liberty 1885’s article: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/04/20/parents-are-you-watching-data-collection-expansion-bills-hb401-and-hb767/
To see what the ‘education-to-work’ plans for those who are considered ‘at risk’ looks like, how the money will flow, the data mined, and more, see: Made in Durham PRINT 11 13 12-FINAL_0 (*Note: the CTE, Career Technical Education, shows up on page 16. Durham County, NC is also where SAS, IBM, and others like them in the CCSS Machine call home office. SAS, IBM, and the others are all in the same business: computers and data. Why did I include this report? Look at the amount of ‘national research’ involved for education/workforce.


The title of today’s “Tech Thursday” article is about money following our students. This is in reference not only to the current proposals of legislation about federal and state dollars being used as student savings accounts which would follow our students from education to workforce, it’s also in reference to the vast amounts of money which have already created a system that tracks our students. The difference is what may be yet to come will most definitely continue the CCSS Machine’s agenda via more initiatives to align, while what has happened, paved the way for the CCSS Machine’s agenda to succeed so far.

So, does your state have a CFS? If they have a state wide Dept of Commerce, have received federal grants for data, education, and/or workforce, have applied to the NGA for grants, AND had a cooperative state level Congress, it’s more than likely already well entrenched.
Here’s a report from 2013 out of Utah titled “Report of Select State Practices for Aligning Educational Supply with Occupational Demand”asa_2013-05-23_alignment_report (page 7 shows all the states contacted as resources)
One of the nationally based initiatives cited in the 2013 Utah document is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Leaders and Laggards”. See their website: http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/reportcard/

*Note, my coverage of the “Leaders/Laggards” is in the Jan. 2015 article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/tech-thursday-update/

FOM: Chamber’s Pot of Lies for CCSS

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

For today’s “Fib-o-Meter” article, the pro CCSS U. S. Chamber of Commerce is  up for examination! What? You didn’t know the U.S. Chamber of Commerce loves the ‘Core’? Does that mean my state level chamber is pro CCSS, too?? Does that mean ALL the state level chambers are supportive as well?

The ‘Total Truth’ short answer is YES for each of the questions above!

Why I’m Bringing This Up Now:

First of all, it has been well reported and documented that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not only supportive of the CCSS,  they are an integral part of the CCSS Machine. However, if you’re new to the fight against Common Core, you may not know that. So here’s a brief
“Total Truth” set of facts:

1) Nov. 2013, the Gates Foundation gives the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over a million dollars to support the implementation of the Common Core Standards. (see: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/how-we-work/quick-links/grants-database/grants/2013/11/opp1081590)

2) March 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce receives over $2 million dollars from the Gates Foundation to train business leaders dedicated to education reform, especially in the capacity of workforce for the 21st century.
(see: https://www.uschamber.com/press-release/us-chambers-institute-competitive-workforce-receives-26-million-grant-gates-foundation)

3) From 2004: The Chamber and Gates become partners to ‘close the digital divide’.
(see: https://www.uschamber.com/press-release/chamber-joins-gates-foundation-close-digital-divide)

4) From just days ago, the Washington Post reported that the Gates have given even more to the U.S. Chamber. Here’s an excerpt, “In the last seven months, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has poured more than $10 million into implementation and parent support for the Core, according to grant details on the foundation website (see below). That includes $3.7 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support the Core at a time when it has come under increasing attack across the country, for both educational and political reasons.” (the entire article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/05/12/gates-foundation-pours-millions-more-into-common-core/)


While this cartoon was depicted a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the 'CCSS Machine' running  education.
While this cartoon was created to depict a U.S. Congress run by monopolists, it can easily resemble the ‘CCSS Machine’ running education.

The State Level Chambers of Commerce:

As an example, I’ll be giving you the “Total Truth” about NC’s Chamber of Commerce supporting CCSS. As I always do, you’ll be able to use what I share to ask the same questions of your state’s Chamber. By seeing where to look, it’ll be easier to ‘snoop’ out the “Total Truth” in your neck of the country.

NC’s Chamber of Commerce website address: http://ncchamber.net/

The top issue for the NC Chamber? Oh, that’s easy: Education and Workforce Development! Yes, they are all excited for that “Talent Supply Pipeline” (aka our students of all ages). They are very proud of the “21st Century skills” rhetoric..complete with assessments (aka high stakes standardized tests), aligned education (aka CCSS, CCR/College and Career Readiness, CTE/Career and Technical Education), and digital devices for everyone (aka data mining) from K-post-secondary schools, too!

To discover more “Total Truths” about NC’s Chamber,  see their page on Education and Workforce, visit: http://ncchamber.net/issue-advocacy/education/ (*Note: be sure to see what they classify as victories) Oh, you’ll definitely want to see the Chamber’s letter of support for CCSS: 2014-4-24-North-Carolina-Chamber-Opposes-Reducing-Standards-for-Future-Workforce
(I’ll spare you just how ugly the fight was here in NC when this letter was sent out. This was about the time we, the citizens were fighting like mad to get the General Assembly to repeal CCSS.)

The NC Chamber’s even got a ‘new set of education standards’…they’re called “Hire Standards”!! No, I’m not joking.  Where they believe we’re going to be misled is by the name they chose. Nowhere in “Hire” do you see “Common Core”, however, click a few times on “Hire Standards” and guess where you land?? That’s right the “Common Core” website! To access the “Hire Standards”, visit: http://hirestandardsnc.org/ To find out how easy it is to go from there to the CCSS website, first, click on “NC Standards”, then click the embedded “Math and English Standards” link, once the screen loads, you’ll see the dreaded logo and the top of the page. Note what you see (it’s a great opportunity to create your own ‘fib-o-meter’). Click on the “read the standards” balloon and Boom, you are at THE CCSS website! Below is a screen shot from the NC Chamber’s website where “Hire Standards” is included in the educational workforce agenda pipeline propaganda.

To see the entire "education talent supply pipeline' agenda: http://ncchamber.net/2015-jobs-agenda-education-talent-supply/
To see the entire “education talent supply pipeline’ agenda:

So, what to ask about in your state? Does my state Chamber have similar documents as shown here? Does my state’s Chamber attend any CCSS related legislative meetings or hearings? What businesses in my state have signed a pro CCSS letter? How much of the state funding for a pro CCSS agenda trickles down to my town? (For us in NC, we have a NC Chamber Federation which unites local chambers with the state level..and the national level. Visit the page: http://ncchamber.net/member-involvement/local-chambers-of-commerce/ (*Note: be sure to watch the embedded 1 minute video) )

Lastly: the U.S. Chamber Thinks Itself Funny:

Knowing the Higher Education Act AND the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are both up for re-authorization (it doesn’t hurt that both are in the midst of being discussed in D.C. or that hearings and much work on both is on-going). The Chamber got a bit ‘smarmy’ on their blog Thursday. In comedy, timing’s everything, right? Yeah, so’s an agenda’s timing, too. What do I mean? Take a look at the screen shot below:

Click to enlarge this, if you like.
Click to enlarge this, if you like.

Fib-o-Meter’s rating the “Top Ten Milestones in Education”. Why you ask? Just wait until you see what the U.S. Chamber deems ‘successful’ (Please remember, these are business people NOT educators)

10) A lawsuit from CA about tenure and ineffectiveness in the classroom. Fib-o-Meter’s call? “Neutral”  How did FOM get ‘neutral’? Not enough facts. Besides, I wonder how many of those teachers were blamed when the CCSS should be to blame instead?
9) MOOCs (Massive online open courses). Fib-o-Meter’s call? “Total Fallacy” Why? online anything in education means automatic data mining…hardly a ‘success’ for the students. Besides, what’s being counted for ‘credit’ isn’t free of CCSS/CTE/CCR.
8) Common Core Standards.Is the US Chamber  serious?? “Total Fallacy” 100%!
7) Commission on the Future of Higher Education. “Total Fallacy” Why? Look who is in charge, a Gates Foundation US Program Advisory Panel member! (see: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Who-We-Are/General-Information/United-States-Program-Advisory-Panel)
6) NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Act…again, is the US Chamber serious?? “Total Fallacy” Thanks to NCLB (an updated version of the original ESEA ) we got saddled with more groundwork for CCSS completed.
5) A historic moment for the US Dept. of Ed, it’s first leader of African-American descent. “Neutral” At least this leader had some educational background. The current one doesn’t.
4) A state passes the first charter school law. “Total Fallacy”, not all charters are successful nor free of all things CCSS. Besides, if you look at many of the 21st Century educational models, charters are the vehicle for more reform.
3) TFA (Teach for America) is formed. “Total Fallacy”, this corps of educators is 100% sold out to the CCSS Machine.
2) Perkins Funding begins. “Neutral”. While the funding at one point was CCSS/CTE/CCR free, it’s since been used to hold states to more alignment to all things Common Core. IF states would exercise their sovereignty, Perkins funding could be free again.
1) That “Nation At Risk” report..“Total Fallacy”. It’s been used as a guidebook to the educational mess we find ourselves in now!

Monday Musings: HR5 Rally Tonight!

From 6 pm and for as long as you can. Twitter Rally against HR5.. Tonight!
From 6 pm and for as long as you can. Twitter Rally against HR5.. Tonight!

It’s a great day to be preparing for the Twitter Rally tonight to take down the CCSS laden HR5 Bill. Yesterday I shared with you, from my extensive research what points to make AGAINST the “Student Success Act”. Today, however, I’m sharing with you what those who support the toxic bill have to say.

Support from Washington:

No surprise the Ed/Workforce folks want HR5 to succeed. Common Core via Career Tech Ed will become even stronger if the “Student Success Act” lives on.

Want a 'handy dandy' infograph as to WHY HR5 is good? http://edworkforce.house.gov/studentsuccessact/
Want a ‘handy dandy’ infograph as to WHY HR5 is good? http://edworkforce.house.gov/studentsuccessact/

From “Open Congress”, The Organizations Supporting HR5:

“Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, Agudath Israel of America, Concerned Women for America, ASSA: the School Superintendents Association, National Center for Technological Literacy, National Catholic Educational Association, National Association of Independent Schools, Association of Christian Schools International, Council of Chief State School Officers, Knowledge Alliance, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops”  If you’d like to see the many (and there are quite a few) organizations OPPOSED to HR5, visit: https://www.opencongress.org/bill/hr5-113/bill_positions 

It is very interesting to see some of the biggest CCSS supportive groups on this list. For example, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is listed as ‘opposed’. Another interesting note is that Business Roundtable is listed as ‘opposed’, yet, their website shows they are clearly in support of HR5. Here’s an excerpt, “Business Roundtable CEOs are very supportive of your efforts to reauthorize ESEA.  We have advocated for reauthorization for several years now and are committed to working with you and the rest of Congress to ensure this legislation becomes law as soon as possible.” To read the rest (which I suggest as preparation for tonight), see: http://businessroundtable.org/resources/business-roundtable-letter-hr-5-student-success-act

A Little Fly Told Me:

Those of us fighting CCSS, know that the Fordham Institute can’t be trusted with its stance. It claims to be ‘conservative’, however, Michael Petrelli and crew have been caught on more than one occasion how they have mastered doublespeak. Their position on HR5? You really need to read their ‘GadFly’ blog article, http://edexcellence.net/articles/the-conservative-case-for-hr-5 Suffice it to say, they’re helping spread the misguided message of how local control will be given back to the states.

From the Catholic Bishops:

Knowing how many of my followers who are Catholic have shared with me how much they know their schools shouldn’t have CCSS, but yet do. So, to see the U.S. Bishops supporting HR5 was a surprise to me. Again, the misguided message of how local control, independence is given. See their supportive statement, http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/public-policy/


I think we can see where our strategy can be put to the best use tonight: exposing HOW local control is not the overall message of HR5. It’s overall message has nothing to do with your student’s ‘success’. It has everything to do with an agenda’s success.