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Ed/Workforce’s Dirty Laundry?!

Hello, my Anti Fed Ed/CCSS Warriors! As you know, I’ve dedicated years to researching just how deep the roots to the shift in American education to workforce training are.

Today’s article will give you a rundown which is sure to help your War vs the Core in your State.

Why you need such a rundown of items is simple. The CCSS Machine’s rhetoric will somewhat slow down during the summer months. A perfect opportunity for us to make some moves of our own. No battle is won without specific preparation.

D.C.’s Dirty Laundry:

So far, during the current Congressional session, there are PLENTY of ‘dirty’ education/workforce bills in the making. Using the Congress.gov website (where you can easily look up bills), there are 733 Workforce bills for the 2017 session.

Since we know what happens in D.C. travels to each of the 50 States, we know what to look for at our General Assemblies, State Congresses, etc. Much like the proverbial red towel left in the load of white sheets, the goal of the CCSS Machine is simple, make all education ‘pink’ (ie: workforce training, not academic-minded). As we also, know, once dyed pink, sheets do not return to their former color easily, if at all.

Below are only a few of the ‘dirty’ bills:

S268, Investing in Student Success Act of 2017 (Senator Young from IN is the main sponsor).
Sounds not so ‘dirty’ right? I mean who doesn’t want to invest in their child’s post-secondary education?! Ah, but Warriors, the ‘dirt’ is that your student and someone not related to you invests in their education via an ISA (Income Share Agreement).

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Some hidden ‘dirt’ for S268 is that this FEDERAL bill goes above any existing State law about investment agreements! Targeted group for S268? Low-income students.

HR1837, The 21st Century Energy Workforce Act (Representative Norcross from NJ is the main sponsor)
This bill points out that energy in the United States is the 3rd largest industry. As such, it needs more skilled workers than other industries.
The ‘hidden dirt’ to this bill? Using community colleges for the uniting of all educational choices for STEM/CTE aligned Common Core workforce educated students. (*Note: STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; CTE is short for Career Technical Education. Both are tied to Common Core and have been for years.)

The embedded ‘pink’ stain to this bill? The Secretary of Energy will be in charge of grants for creating apprenticeships to carry all this alignment out. This will, of course, involve the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and the U.S. Dept. of Education.
This HR1837, also establishes a National Center for Excellence for the  21st Century Workforce Advisory Board.(see pages 3 and 4)

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Warriors, notice the ‘pipeline’ begins in elementary school!
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A Former ‘Stain’ Which Will Not Wash Out:

Our Senate, over the past 2 Congressional sessions, has tried to get a bill to support a National Workforce Board. See below from Sen. Cantwell’s (WA):

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S1304, was last introduced during the 2015-2016 Session by Sen. Cantwell. If you read the 9 pages, it is very similar in several instances to the HR 1837 language. Talk about ‘dirty laundry’….
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New Wash Load, Same Old Dirt:

During THIS Congressional Session (2017-2018) The Senate’s 21st Century Energy Workforce Act is mainly sponsored by Sen. Heinrich, NM. It is S895.

S895’s title is officially “Energy Workforce for the 21st Century Act of 2017”. This bill specifies an increase in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) especially for low-income students of ALL ages (like the House’s bill, this one will begin in elementary schools and go all the way to the workforce). This bill also specifies WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s) definition of ‘education’..just like ESSA did.

S895 will have not only the Secretary of Energy creating education collaborations, but awarding all kinds of incentives to them.

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Warriors, if you missed my article from earlier this year about how the major Cabinet agencies all have CTE/STEM plans to streamline education to workforce skills, I urge you to access that information here. It is absolutely key to what we see Congress plotting NOW.

Also, take into consideration that the Federal Budget has millions of taxpayer funds earmarked for job creation. On Page 2 of the 2018 Federal Budget, energy development is at the top of the continued priority list. Education is last. On Page 8, funding/discussion for American jobs is highlighted.

Back in March 2017, when the Blueprint for the Federal Budget was released, I shared with you just how the education/workforce stream of money was being kept alive, in spite of all the noise about reining in the federal overreach into education.
Here is that article. (*Note: be sure to access my special 5 page guide to see just how the Cabinet level agenices are involved. It will help in understanding the Congressional bills we are exposing in this article.)

Continuing the Spin Cycle:

S1186 is sponsored by several Senators from across the nation. Leading them is Sen. Baldwin from WI. This bill, the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act of 2017, would have the Secretary of Transportation select existing community colleges (and technical schools) for an increase in educated workforce training. This Secretary’s assistance also includes funding, use of federal resources, AND, create new career pathways!

S628, Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of  2017 is mainly sponsored by Sen. Kaine of VA. While it’s been rumored VA never had Common Core, it’s been researched and proven VA has Common Core’s ‘adult version’ of education, CTE (Career Tech Education). This bill should be an absolute dead ringer for exposing the shift in education. Why? See below:

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Closing:

Warriors, as you can see, these are just a few of the over 700 bills Congress has created in the name of job creation, education, workforce skills, and more. The bottom line, however, is 100% alignment to WIOA via ESSA. HEA (Higher Education Act) is also to be included. Career Pathways, STEM, and so much more connects every one of these existing laws and proposed bills. Will every one of these bills survive? No, but even if ONE of them succeeds, look at the agenda it embeds, not only federally, but LOCALLY.
The ‘stain’ of CCSS Machine reform is becoming permanently marked on America.

 

Human capital concept in tag cloud
Is this what we will continue to allow Congress to see when it comes to our children?!

 

Trickery Gets Education Nowhere

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, for years AND in spite of whatever political party is in charge, we’ve gotten pretty much NOWHERE near ending the grasp of those educratic, sold out leaders to the CCSS Machine in relation to our citizens.

What we HAVE gotten in exchange is a bunch of U.S. Constitution dishonoring laws, policies, and farces.

Amendment 13 was written to end slavery, yet, as the Progressive/Technocratic modern education reform has been playing out, more and more students, teachers, and education leaders of all ages are being enslaved to mind numbing workforce training!

Amendment 14 was written to throw out any Congress member or other federal leader for insurrection against the Constitution.

The entire education reform IS an insurrection against America!

Let’s not forget that what happens at the Federal level makes it way down to the State level as long as the States ignore the 10th Amendment!!

A Fighting Back Tool:

Warriors, if you already listened to the FPE Media “Alternative Education in the Crosshairs” Segment 1’s discussion of the lies being spun about the shift in education FROM academics TO workforce training, then you’ll know I cited HR5587 and S3271.
These pieces of legislation were expressly FOR increasing the amount of workforce based/competency geared education for ALL educational choices.

Today, I’m tackling two of them in an update.

Trickery, Process, or, Both?

As per the legislative process, at the end of each Congressional session, no pending business is left on the table. So, when the new Congress convened in January 2017, it was a fresh start. That BOTH Chambers rebrand older versions of bills or update them, is nothing new.

What has Congress done to HR5587 and S3271? It is important to note that their newer versions weren’t released  until AFTER our Series was published.

The Bills:

HR5587 (Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century) and its ‘sister’ S3271 (Workforce Advance Act).

In 2016 I laid each of these (and a few more) out for your information bank of anti Fed Ed Warrior ‘weapons’.

So, what changes/updates have HR5587 and S3271 seen?

Check out this excerpt from the ACTE’s “CTE Policy Watch” in the screen shot below in regards to HR5587.

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Wow, 5587’s name remained!
Only the bill number (and a few other small changes) will be revised. So, what are those ‘small’ changes? I’d like to point out the yet-to-numbered version is 97 pages long.

The first change I saw was a word play game. (a very worn out CCSS Machine tactic)

For example, on Page 4, “by striking ‘‘academic and career and  technical skills’’ and inserting ‘‘academic knowledge and technical and employability skills’’;  B) by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’  after ‘‘technical education programs’’; (2) in paragraph (3), by striking “including  tech prep education’’; and  (3) in paragraph (4), by inserting ‘‘and programs of study’’ after ‘‘technical education programs’’.

By removing ‘including’, education’s shift to that of a worker skilled based one is undeniable. 

How so? The only amount of  academics remaining will directly be related to your career tracked CTE courses.

Other noticeable changes to HR5587:
A shift from 5 occupational tracks to 3 tracks
That aligned ‘challenging academic state standards’ must be present at the post-secondary level of education in your State
‘In demand industry skills’ will be given top priority in education
Crenditialing will replace Associate degrees and other such certificates in some instances
The increasingly popular education ‘fix all tool’: pay for success formulas for States.

The rest of HR5587 remains (for example: the early college programs; dual enrollment; middle school career explorations, etc.) Most especially: CTE Concentrators and Participants (meaning teachers, students, schools, and partnerships between education and business).
The Senate HELP Committee  5/3/17 introduced S1004 “Perkins Fund for Equity and Excellence”. From all appearances, S1004 replaced S3271. According to Congress.gov’s website, S3271 is still in the HELP’s possession..dormant. Does that mean the content of S3271 went away, too? Not in a ‘New York minute’.

You’ll still find the CCSS Machine’s rhetoric concerning the value of competency based education. You’ll still spot the ‘need’ to ‘redesign high schools’ as well as ‘support CTE innovation’ without a need to remediate students.

How?! “equitable access to rigorous, engaging, and relevant real world education through partnerships with business and industry and higher education that prepare students to graduate from high school and enroll into postsecondary education… with the ability to use knowledge to solve complex problems, think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and develop academic mindsets.”

S1004 will also encompass those outside the public, traditional classrooms.

In the screen shot below, note the highlighted sentences and phrases. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) embedded ‘region specific education’. WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) contains the STANDARDS (as cited in ESSA) by which States are to align all learning/teaching. Lastly, let’s remember that one of the CCSS’s rebrands for nationally aligned Standards was/is “College/Career Readiness”!!

S1004

Warriors, as was pointed out in our Series, these federal laws and bills are written to link each other like gears and cogs. This is fitting considering the CCSS Machine is grinding our nation down.

Other S1004 important notes:
Skill based assessments will not go away
Funding for States will be up for increase/decrease depending on the conformity level of participation by each State
Workforce Development Boards at the State level will continue to increase
Increased presence of corporate America in the classrooms and resources (for all age groups/education ‘choices’)
Wrap-around services, including SEL (social emotional learning) 
The Secretary of Education (DeVos) will get an increase in power as well

Power Is A Dangerous Thing:

Finding yet another piece of proposed legislation giving the U.S. Secretary of Education (regardless who that person is)more power is proof our Congress has no clue, or doesn’t care, that NO federal intrustion into education should be happening!! It definitely feels like a trick.

So, here’s what I found on DeVos and CTE.
1) U.S. News and World Reports’ Opinion page stated (Dec. 2016) that DeVos should have CTE high on her priority list. The author even titled the piece ‘A New Race to the Top’. (a side note here: I wonder if the author realized the U.S. Dept. of Labor already has this in place for CTE via the WQDI (Workforce Quality Data Initiative). In the article, P-Tech (already in place in NY) is mentioned, as is the Western MI Avation Academy.

2) Advance CTE’s website includes Western MI Avation Academy AND DeVos’s testimony before the Senate HELP Committee here.

In her HELP testimony she stated students SHOULD have CTE. Her exact words: “students really need to have a full menu of options,” including “technical schools, community colleges [and] apprenticeships.” (by the way, this fits with her ‘school choice’ belief)

3) DeVos is also pushing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as part of the way America can have more connections to CTE. This makes sense when you factor in how much STEM is embedded in WIOA, ESSA, HEA, and the STEM Act.

4) DeVos was joined by a Trump family member pushing STEM back in March 2017.


More Tricks:

Warriors, my good friend Deb Gerry Herbage writes a blog named “Exposed!”. She recently had a post where you’ll find out other tricks and lies we’ve been sold/told by the CCSS Machine member group, AIR, Inc. You’ll see how she found the States involvement in these lies, too. I urge you to read it.

You’ll also want to consider this screen shot from an AIR, Inc. 2015 publication. Then apply this evidence to the updates in both HR5587’s update and S1004:

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Closing:

Warriors, have no fear! Regardless of the countless tricks the CCSS Machine dishes out, I am confident we will be swift in exposing the word games, number changes, and anything else coming down the pike. I will keep digging to see what other changes Congress isn’t openly sharing.

 

The Other “Dear Colleague” Letter

Warriors, as you know, it takes dedicated teamwork to to what we do everyday. Finding information and then sharing it to help each other in our War Vs. the Core.

In the past, we’ve heard lots about this U.S. Dept. of Ed’s “Dear Colleague” Letter. The Letter was to dispel and discourage bullying, however, it was a distinct overrstep of control by the U.S. Dept. of Ed.

The U.S. Dept. of Education, uses many “Dear Colleague” letters to create the illusion of more power and authority. Think of it as intimidation. The U.S. Dept. of Education  takes guidelines and treats them as federally approved legislation they must carry out.

So, when an avid anti CCSS Warrior shared this ‘new’ “Dear Colleague” Letter, I knew I had to share it with you. Below is a screen shot of it.

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In the shot you see the question ‘Where are they now, in 2017?’ If you missed when I first exposed S3271, HR5587, and the others, click here. I’ll give an update later in this article.

Right now, let’s look at this 2016 Colleague Letter to promote CTE (Career Tech Education).

1): CTE (Career Tech Education) is part of the streamlined birth to grave educational shift for a skilled workforce.
2): Look at the federal level partnership! Not only to we have an illegally based U.S. Dept. of Education, but we now have it partnering with several other federal departments!
This isn’t a new partnership, however, some time ago, I shared with you a workforce education graphic where it laid out all the different federal agencies where student data flowed freely. In case you missed it, look below:

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

(*Note: The Bills, HR5 and S1177, were combined to become what we now know as ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act.)

3) In 2012, the U.S. Dept. of Education joined forces with the U.S. Dept. of Labor and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to create a federal partnership. Here’s an excerpt, ” issued a letter of joint commitment to promote the use of career pathways to assist youth and adults with acquiring marketable skills and industry-recognized credentials through better alignment of education, training and employment, and human and social services among public agencies and with employers.” (*Note: I give you a detailed historical timeline of the joint efforts of the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept. of Labor here.)

4) In 2013, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation joined those in #3 to support CTE.

5) In 2014, (then) Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Tom Perez, launched a “Skills Working Group” for the Obama Administration. The Group was to push the Administration’s “Job-Driven Training Initiative”.

Group member agencies/departments/offices:  White House National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, and thirteen Federal agencies, including: the U. S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, the Social Security Administration, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs. The Working Group coordinates activities across these various agencies, including efforts to ensure that career pathways are available to all individuals, especially our nation’s low-skilled youth and adults, many of whom are already in the workplace.”

6) This powerhouse Partnership expanded the federal role in education, especially for workforce development. As the Letter puts it, the expansion was (and continues to be) to help the States carry out CTE. Look below:

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The Tool Kits:

Each of the 13 federal agencies will have ‘CTE Tool Kits’ of some form.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s is 147 pages long and includes 6 elements for creating more CTE in your State. From the Preface of the document, “The primary audience for this Toolkit is staff who work at the state level representing one of the core partners required to develop a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified Plan. The core partners include the State Workforce Agency, the State Adult Education Agency, and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency overseeing Title I, II, III and IV of WIOA.” Other agencies and people will be added as plans grow. 

The U.S. Dept. of Education’s is only 94 pages and was published in 2015. “Jobs for the Future” produced Ed’s Tool Kit. JFF (Jobs for the Future) is tied to the Gates Foundation, the  Casey Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and others. JFF’s Media Sources include a road map of federal funds your State can access for ‘cradle to career’  CTE alignment. (Find out more)

The U.S. Health and Human Services offer all kings of Grants to promote CTE, such as TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). I’ve written about this before. What is new information is that HHS also offers HPOGs for CTE expansion in your State.(Health Profession Opportunity Grants) (*Note: in the highlighted link above, you will find a Congressional Bill introduced in 2016 specifically for expanding CTE in the health care professions for rural areas.)

Over at the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, their CTE Tool Kit (85 pages long) has expansion plans for the next 10 years, at least 30,000 new jobs, and a whole lot of data mining for everyone.

The Career Pathways Exchange  is a free CTE information hub. According to the CTE “Colleague” Letter, the Exchange is a trio (Ed/Labor/Energy) supported resource. However, if you go to the Exchange’s website, you’ll see who/what inspired the project.
Vice President Biden’s jobs report (2014), Page 69 states ED will launch the Career Pathways Exchange, an online information dissemination service that will give all states and interested stakeholders access to resources and guidance to develop, expand, and strengthen their career pathways systems. ED will work with 14 states to provide intensive, customized technical assistance, tools, and coaching to make their education and training systems easier to navigate.” (*Notes: a) VP Biden was a huge supporter for CTE during his term of service. b) the former First Lady and the VP’s wife also helped drum up lots of CTE support. Find that on Page 18 of Mr. Biden’s Report. c) ICYMI: Biden’s articles where I exposed his CTE work supported by some American Unions.)

You may find this helpful in your anti CCSS/Fed Ed War.
**A related Letter about CTE CTE “Dear Colleague” Letter is also from 2016, but deals with Title 9 and CTE.

So Where Are Those CTE Bills Now?

Earlier, an update was promised for you on HR 5587 (will increase CTE nationwide), the ‘sister’ Senate Bill, S3271; S 3190 (will increase CTE in health care); and the worst of the CTE Bills, S3174 (LADDER Act; will create a new executive branch protected and separate Council) for a National Workforce Plan.

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HR5587, passed the U.S. House of Representatives and was sent to the U.S. Senate in Sept. 2016. It remains to be acted further upon.

S3271, S3190, and, S3174
are all in the HELP Committee’s (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee) hands. While I could not find any recent action on these 3, we must stay alert about these. Each will continue to codify illegally based federal overreach in education as well as increase the size of our government.

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While these Bills appear to be dormant, remember several other Bills throughout history have also been dormant, only to be resurrected and sprung upon We the People. We must be watchful of these, especially considering the current Administration’s push for creating jobs, school choice, and, a VP who is considered a CTE champion by his peers. (*Note: look for a special video message coming Monday about this.)

Who Doesn’t Love Coupons?!

Warriors, if you haven’t noticed, lately there has been plenty of conversation about ‘education savings accounts’. Sometimes these are referred to as ‘vouchers’.

For this article, we’ll refer to them as ‘coupons’. Why? Think about the way in which coupons work. Companies offer discounts in order to grab your attention. Once they’ve succeeded grabbing your attenion, you do one of two things. 1) Use the coupon as soon as possible. 2) You put the coupon with the others you are saving until you go shopping again.
It’s the ‘get something for almost nothing’ mindset. Face it, we love to save money. We love to THINK we are saving money while getting that ‘must have’ item or service. Regardless what name is slapped on ‘education savings accounts’, they are no more than a glorified coupon to sway you and your family!

Think about it, Warriors, why do we need so many legislators and educrats telling us we need MORE choices in education?! We already have PLENTY of choice! Homeschooling, private schools, faith-based schools, and. public schools have been around for generations. THEY are NOT new choices. Charter schools, however, are a newer choice than previous ones. Micro-schools, alternative schools, and skill based schools are also newer choices. 
How? Every one of them is a product of the CCSS Machine! We’ve known for a few years now, how the CCSS Machine has wrecked public education, infiltrated home and private education. It’s a no-brainer to see that the goal is one type of education IN ALL schools is what the CCSS Machine is steering the nation to.

***By listening to the legislators and educrats telling us what to think when it comes to our tax dollars and how to spend them, we have chosen to not think for ourselves.***

The ‘coupon’ those in charge want to give us when it comes to education, is bogus. It’s false advertising. You won’t be saving anything if you take the coupon!! Just the opposite, you will be selling out. You will be giving the CCSS Machine a foot in the door to your family’s home.

**You will have given your most precious possession, your actual freedom of choice, away for mere dollars.**

What’s troubling is the fact that many of the well organized, well known groups which stood beside us in fighting Common Core, have abandoned us to come out in full support of ‘school choice’. In fact, some of these groups have been building ‘education savings accounts’ rhetoric for quite awhile.

Sure, the liberal thinkers LOVE ‘choice’. “Choice” means ‘selection’. So, the liberals are telling us their ‘coupons’ will give you, the coupon holder, something you’ve never had access to before…a supposedly better selection in education for your children. The conservative thinkers, likewise, LOVE ‘choice’ as well. They, also LOVE to offer a better way for you to have that ‘choice’. Enter the ‘education savings accounts’ or ‘vouchers’. Either way, they are actually ‘permission slip coupons’ using YOUR tax dollars. Think of it as “Mother, May I?”

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**Warriors, we all have had access to all the types of education out there. We choose every day our children have gone to school, where that location is. Countless sacrifices have been made by plenty of parents to make their choices. The government’s solution of handing you a ‘coupon’ to exercise your choice is DANGEROUS!**

When we accept the ‘coupon’ premise of education savings accounts, we are accepting the following:
1) setting our children up for more data mining
2) allowing the government control where it has no right to control
3) opening the door to being accountable to the government in ways we’ve never been before
4) helping the restructing of our nation happen in our neighborhoods
5) letting our freedom be taken openly and willingly

WHY would we EVER choose these?!

Do NOT let our legislators misguide you in the frenzy around this “in the news” topic.

Current Federal Legislation For Education Savings Accounts Or ‘Coupons’:

(Note: all of these have been introduced in their Chambers, are in Committees, and will impact all education choices, including home education!) All references to ESSA will be from the Final Conference Report version (easier to read). The Final Conference Report is word for word in the ESSA Final Law.

HR610To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.” Short title, “Choices in Education Act 2017”.

The ‘coupon’s’ fine print: “SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that States should distribute non-Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in a manner that promotes competition and choices in education.”

Warriors, Congress should not exercise their sense in this manner! With all education choices learning and teaching  the same things, there will be NO competition!

Don’t believe me? Refer to the language of Every Student Succeeds Act’s pages 33 (where LEAs will use those state awarded funds to align all educational choices to the ‘industry recognized credentialing system’ set forth by the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) of 2014!); 48, (where it is stated that all education must be streamlined); 323, 780 and 781 (where all teachers will be trained to teach to post-secondary readiness, especially dual enrolled, concurrent enrolled, and early college students. (Related is Page 344, where the education will be ‘region specific’ as well as ‘post secondary ready’.)

HR716: Enhancing Educational Opportunities for all Students Act
The ‘coupon’s’ fine print,
“To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage the use of 529 plans and Coverdell education savings accounts, and for other purposes.”

Warriors, this one is a ‘special coupon’ in that it impacts pre-Kindergarteners, elementary, and secondary students.

HR675: Empowering Parents to Invest in Choice Act of 2017
The ‘coupon’s’ fine print:
“To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the coverage of qualified tuition programs and increase the limitation on contributions to Coverdell education savings accounts.”

Warriors, anytime the federal government increases or expands, especially in education, we’ve seen disasterous results! Take into considertion the mess the federal government has created when it decided to get in the student loan business and wiped out all private competition!

HR529: “529 and ABLE Account Improvement Act of 2017”
(*Note: ABLE stands for ‘Achieving a Better Life Experience’. While ABLE accounts are designed for people with disabilites and related expenses, this Act crosses over into education.)

The ‘coupon’s’ fine print:EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS TO QUALIFIED TUITION PROGRAMS AND QUALIFIED ABLE PROGRAMSTAX CREDIT FOR SMALL EMPLOYER COSTS OF ESTABLISHING DIRECT PAYROLL DEDUCTION INTO QUALIFIED TUITION PROGRAMS AND QUALIFIED ABLE PROGRAMS.”

Warriors, this is the first ‘coupon’ where you will see the involvement of private businesses enter education. We’ve seen the damage this partnership has given us in education, thanks to the CCSS Machine already. Yet, ESSA embeds even more of the P3s (public-private partnership)! For example, straight from the language on “P. 137,The LEAs determine how students transition from one grade group to the next (including post-secondary) with the help of P3s (Public Private Partnerships) and ‘other stakeholders in education’.”

S148: Educational Opportunities Act
The ‘coupon’s’ fine print: “TAX CREDIT FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCHOLARSHIP GRANTING ORGANIZATIONS” Then, there’s this,
“to participate in the evaluation conducted by the Institute of Education Science (IES) under section 2(d) of the Educational Opportunities Act..”

Warriors, the data collected in relation to the scholarships will be shared by the IES. IES works with a plethora of data miners! The IES is also in the language of ESSA.

S235: CHOICE Act or ““Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act” 

The ‘coupon’s’ fine print: “The purpose of this title is to provide options to States to innovate and improve the education of children with disabilities by expanding the choices for students and parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act..”

Warriors, from the language of ESSA’s Final Conference Report, ” P. 50, Special needs students who have benefited from IDEA funding/programs and seek higher education ‘on track with alternative aligned courses/assessments’.”

S221: A PLUS Act,”A bill to allow a State to submit a declaration of intent to the Secretary of Education to combine certain funds to improve the academic achievement of students”
Short title, “Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act”

The ‘coupon’s’ fine print: Those authorizing the declaration are to be:“(A) The governor of the State. (B) The highest elected education official of the State, if any. (C) The legislature of the State.”
What’s in the declaration? “Each State is authorized to submit to the Secretary a declaration of intent permitting the State to receive Federal funds on a consolidated basis to manage the expenditure of such funds to advance the educational policy of the State.” Then, there’s this: “Removal of fiscal and accounting barriers.–Each State educational agency that operates under a declaration of intent under this Act shall modify or eliminate State fiscal and accounting barriers that prevent local educational agencies and schools from easily consolidating funds from other Federal, State, and local sources in order to improve educational opportunities and reduce unnecessary fiscal and accounting requirements.”

Warriors, if the States are to have full control of education, why is this Bill revealing that States will be allowed to do something? Why is it suggesting the elimination of state agencies? Why does it state ‘advancing educational policy’ and not law? Policies are NOT laws! Laws must be carried out, policies, especially in education, have been taken over by the CCSS Machine!! There is quite a bit more about A PLUS you should read and consider the ‘unintended consequences’!

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Closing:

 

Warriors, help me share the truth about school choice via the education savings accounts! You see how the dots have been connected. If you need more evidence about how false these accounts are:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/in-alignment-we-trust/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/gravy-anyone/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/veteran-warrior-speaks-up/

Return these ‘coupons’ to Congress! We don’t want them.

The Last To Go

Warriors, we’ve had a hell of a couple of weeks, haven’t we? Yes, I know, I normally do not use such language, but what we’ve seen happen in DC lately (as far as the DeVos saga), has me spewing a few more choice words.

It totally baffles me; though, I shouldn’t be all THAT surprised; that time and time again, our Congress members have ignored the overwhelming majority of evidence and protesting citizens who’ve repeatedly stated “No to DeVos as Secretary of Education!”

However, this is NOT the topic I wish to write about.

No, we as prepared Warriors, need to look ahead, beyond the next couple of days, and look at the last federal education law left to be re-authorized/updated and 100% aligned to Common Core*: the HEA (Higher Education Act) (*ESSA’s code names: College/Career Readiness/Challenging State Academic Standards), CTE (Career Tech Ed), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and ‘post-secondary readiness’ (as ESSA mandates ALL education is to be geared.)

Why would ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) need to mandate ALL education to be geared to ‘post-secondary readiness’?
**Because that 3 word phrase embeds every bit of the federal workforce/education law known as WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Why does HEA need to be re-authorized/updated?
**Because the CCSS Machine’s education reform calls for a ‘seamless transition from birth to career’. Congress, as a huge CCSS Machine member organization has bought into the fallacy that this ‘seamless transition’ creates an educational bridge which can not only improve ‘personalized learning’, but make that learning career based so the economy can benefit.
Higher education is the ‘perfect’ intersection to ensnare EVERY citizen into this learn-to-earn model. How so?
**If you haven’t been streamlined in a career type education in a public traditionally run school, you’ll see it when you get to college, trade school, university, community college, on-line training courses/schools, hybrid or blended courses/schools, some private post-secondary schools, and every single post-secondary public institution. You’ll find it waiting for you if you are recently graduated, updating a degree or certificate, going back to school after many years, or if you need to get a job.

Since Congress has the thickest set of ear muffs known to mankind (I mean it must be the only explanation as to why our Warrior voices didn’t reach them, right?!), we must look at what is being done to the higher education world NOW. We must see what they are doing in the HEA law updates. Why? So we can prepare, not only our evidence, but more importantly, our students headed right for all this!

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What’s On The Books Right Now:

The website I used: http://www.congress.gov 

There are 287 higher education related bills or resolutions currently in Congress. Some are to amend the HEA (Higher Education Act of 1965). Why go back to 1965’s version? Look how going back to the ESEA of 1965 worked for ESSA:

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Congress did a super job of covering its tracks (aka: backside). They’ve done it before and you can bet the farm the re-authorization of HEA will be a repeat.

Here’s a brief rundown (this is not a complete list, nor is it in any particular order of importance):

* S 206, amends the 1965 HEA for federal job training Pell Grants awarded by the Secretary of Education.
* HR 413 is an amendment to 1965’s HEA for early commitment to Pell Grant Programs.
* HR 414, amends the 1965 HEA for educators in student loan forgiveness areas.
*S 149, amends the 1965 HEA so post-secondary terrorism survivors can may defer student loans.
*HR 483, amends the 1965 HEA’s Title 4 funding. Specifically the Part G and ‘sanctuary campuses’. (*Note: Title 4 funds are several types of student loans, “Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL); Direct Loans; Federal Perkins Loans; Federal Pell Grants; Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG); National SMART Grants; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Granst (FSEOG); and, Federal Work-Study (FWS)”)
*HR 201
, also amends the 1965 version of the HEA. This one provides loan deferment and/or cancellation of certain types of small start up businesses for young people.
*HR 415, GEAR Up amends the HEA of 1965 in the regards of mental health counseling, as well as academic counseling.

Related to higher education activities:
* HR 813, the ACCESS Act. As of this writing, the text of the Bill was not available, so I cannot see if it stated that it is to amend the HEA of 1965. I can tell you Rep. Sanchez from CA sponsored it. Sixty-three other Representatives have co-sponsored this bill. It is to give students access to year round Pell Grants.
* HR 615, Student Loan Repayment Act of 2017. Changes an IRS tax code. Rep. Ross from FL is the sponsor.
* HR 795
, Sponsored by Rep. Davis of IL, also changes an IRS tax code. This one differs slightly in that impacts those employer education assistance. Only certain qualifying student loans are accepted.
* HR 287, Student Job Protection Act, is the 3rd one in a string of IRS code changing/pos-secondary bills. Rep. Turner of OH is the sponsor. It exempts “student workers for purposes of determining a higher education institution’s employer health care shared responsibility.”
*S 268, Sponsored by Senator Todd Young (CT). This bill text was also unavailable, so verifying if it amends HEA of 1965, was not possible. The gist of the bill is to set up a way for students to find private funding for post-secondary education.

Now, Warriors, you probably are wondering why in the world I included all these bills. After all, a quick glance reveals lots about higher education which APPEARS to be safe from the CCSS Machine. Oh, but let’s examine the following facts, shall we?

1) Sen. Lamar Alexander and his education reform minions are hard at work rewriting HEA of 1965. They’ve been working on it since the passage of ESSA. Go back and listen to his gloating ESSA speech where it was revealed, next up (and last to go) was the HEA re-authorization. Lamar also is head of the Senate HELP Committee. We’ve got lots of evidence as to how sold out to the CCSS Machine the Committee is overall.
2) The DeVos Family has given tons of money to many Congress members. For example, from the Congress members identified here, Todd Young has received $48,600.00 in campaign donations from them.
3) Besty DeVos, if confirmed as Secretary of Education, will oversee all activities in higher education (as well as K-12 and early learners).
4) Rep. Virginia Foxx oversees the House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee. We’ve also got plenty of evidence of how devoted to the CCSS Machine this Committee is, too! Remember, while new as the leader, Virginia has revealed how she sees education.

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5) Before Rep. John Kline stepped down as the Ed/Workforce chair, he gave an interview where he revealed he wasn’t worried about the upcoming HEA re-authorization passing because his good buddy Lamar was leading the way. I wrote about Kline/Alexander and others: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/edworkforce-false-positive/
6) The HEA is tied to the ESSA and the WIOA already. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/
7) Anytime funding and education are in the same sentence, we need to pay attention.
8) Anytime education and jobs (or the workforce) are in the same bill, we better sit up and get ready to act.
9) Congress has a love affair with CTE (Career Tech Education). While I wrote this in August 2016, these Bills are still in their respective Committees: See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/
Congress shares the CTE love in our health care system: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/
10) Most damming of all is the LADDER Act Congress has in store for America.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/agenda-junkies/

Closing:

Warriors, have no fear, our War Vs the Core isn’t over yet. DeVos or no DeVos, it’s Congress which needs our focus.

Agenda Junkies

Warriors Against the Core! Warriors Opposed to Federally Led Education!!

Are you tired of all the agenda, reform, and propaganda which comes with  CCSS, or, as it is more politically correct, ‘College and Career Readiness’?!

It all reminds me of a bunch of  junkies. Especially when you factor in the amount of money spent to ‘snow’ our nation into believing Common Core and its Machine are the best thing for America since ‘dirt was invented’.

No, Warriors, quite the opposite is true: Common Core and ALL that goes with it have driven our nation straight to ‘pot’!

I call those involved ‘agenda driven junkies’. Question is who among our leaders from D.C. to downtown are strung out on the lies? The agenda junkies don’t only help string education along, they are taking their toxicity into your neighborhoods.

The U.S. Dept. of Education (with some pretty ‘addictive’ help) has published a Plan to turn our communities into ‘USERS’.

The simplest way to state it: Public private partnerships (P3s) were purposefully expanded in ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). If you factor in the other federal laws where the P3s are also embedded (WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the HEA, Higher Education Act), you’ll start to see the ‘need for a fix’: businesses need workers to build the economy. What ‘cheaper’ way in which to train workers than by selling a ‘crack’ education like is was the best drug in town?!

                             Our students are the businesses’ ‘fix’.

U.S. Dept. Of Education’s Community User Plan:

I literally stumbled across this Aug. 2016 document just a few days ago. Of course, the agenda junkies at US Ed, came up with a ‘cool’ sounding name for the Plan, but the main point: how the P3s and/or CBAs will use our communities for workforce based education.


So, what’s the name of the Plan?

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The Highs And Lows Of The Plan:
1) The relationships between education and local businesses (P3s) is still pretty new. So, in order to make the most of this, the Plan lays out how to use this ‘urban and development tool’ as the source for filling the need of educated workforce. (Oh, by the way, did you know ESSA involves the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development?!)

2)  CBAs (Community Benefit Agreements), according to the Plan are slightly different than P3s in the overreach in education. Both carry a steep price: our schools.

3) By combining CTE and CBAs, your town can be assured of a steady ‘supply’ of educated workers strung out on agenda, not academics; on feeding your local economy not feeding their minds. Here’s how the Plan worded it, “This paper will help state and local policymakers understand the potential use of CBAs to support the delivery of high-quality CTE services in schools and colleges serving their surrounding communities. CBAs can serve as a potent tool for delivering comprehensive CTE programs that benefit a broad population of resident youths and adults. This desired outcome can be accomplished only if those charged with negotiating CBAs understand the benefits of well-designed CTE programs—and the importance of engaging CTE educators from the secondary and postsecondary levels in planning discussions.”

4) The ‘common agenda’ of the Plan? A unified, stronger community.

5) The Plan cites 2 Case Studies where CBAs and early CTE efforts were combined.Of these it appears these date back to 2004 and extend to the current year.
One involves Home Depot, Inc. (*Note: Home Depot, Inc. was tied to the new Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ed/Workforce Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx in my “Fox in a Hen House” article, published yesterday.)

6) A source cited in the Plan refers to a 2013 construction career book, The Construction Careers Handbook, published by the Partnership for Working Families (2013), and how those who want to push CTE can create labor/education conversations. The goal? To make CTE even more rigorous!

7) See the screen shot below for  the 6 goals a CBA full of agenda is being pushed on our nation:

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To access the entire Planncicte_cbas_marcello

To see a 2014 U.S. Dept. of Ed/NCiCTE 108 page Report on Financing CTE across America:
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Those Pushing The Plan:

To see the 2015 NCiCTE article where I updated you on this federally funded group and how they can be tied to the Aspen Institute, Gates Foundation, and others:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/tech-thursday-career-tech-education-federal-style-update/


NCiCTE is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Ed.  Find it: http://ctecenter.ed.gov/
(*Notes:
a) Read their Mission Statement.
b) Be sure to refer to the NCiCTE’s Research Papers. This one is titled “Applying Human Capital Performance Bonds to Career and Technical Education” (See: http://s3.amazonaws.com/NCICTE/pdf/ncicte_financing.pdf ) The second one is all about defining and assessing College/Career Readiness: https://s3.amazonaws.com/NCICTE/training/training_2/module_2/resources/NCICTE%20Training%202%20Module%202.pdf ) )

The RTI International, Inc. is the newer name for the Research Triangle Institute based right in Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham, NC). On their website, the Career and Technical Education can be found on the “Education and Workforce Development” page.
The group shares that they are busy behind the scene of ‘education’ and ‘global’ workforce. They collect massive amounts of data. Here’s an excerpt, “Clients in the education space rely on us to track elements such as early childhood health, school readiness, academic performance, noncognitive skills development, high school graduation and the transition to college, financial aid and college completion, and workforce education.”

To see the RTI, Int’l, Inc.’s full Ed/Workforce page:
 https://www.rti.org/practice-area/education-and-workforce-development

(*Note: When you visit this full page, be sure to click on the Career and Adult Education and Workforce Development section. It’s where I found (once again) definitive proof CCSS and CTE are united. See the image below.)

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To access the CCSS/CTE Employability Framework:
 http://cte.ed.gov/employabilityskills/index.php/background/what#

(*Also noteworthy: When RTI, Int’l, Inc. was still RTI, the Gates Foundation awarded this group many grants from 2009 (and earlier) to 2016. Most of the grants are in the health care field, but as we’ve seen, Warriors, Gates Foundation Grants are used for all kinds of reform directly OR indirectly impacting education. To see the 2 pages of Grants: 
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=Research%20Triangle%20Institute )

Closing:

Warriors, whom among our leaders are the ‘agenda junkies’? Ask your Congress members have they read these NCiCTE documents? Especially in light of the upcoming CTE Bills in the House’s Ed/Workforce Committee and the Senate’s HELP Committee!
There are many, however, knowing our government is creating communities aligned to CTE, what about a national CTE Workforce Plan? It’s already in the works. The LADDER Act.

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A Nation Scorned

In the waning days of November 2016, there are many  mixed emotions among us as the Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors.

No doubt you’ve seen days worth of articles both in support of President-elect Trump’s choice for the U.S. Secretary of Education AND opposition of his choice. Most of the Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors have been extremely diligent in bringing forth much needed evidence as to WHY Mrs. DeVos is a TERRIBLE education champion, yet this evidence is ignored by Mr. Trump and his Transition Team.

In the days since the announcement, once again, the suggestion that Bill Evers is the BEST choice for the Secretary of Education has been raised. Others, like myself have suggested Dr. Peg Luksik as superior in choice. Not only has Dr. Peg been an educator in almost every grade level created, she’s written tons of reports, spoken numerous times, been featured as an expert witness as to WHY national standards, school choice, and over assessing ARE BAD for AMERICA. She’s even created a paper for HOW to end the ‘fed-led-ed’!! That can be accessed here: statement-on-education-policy

Warriors, the bottom line: We CAN storm our Congress to deny DeVos as Ed Boss! We raised holy hell when it was Dr. King up for confirmation! Yes, he was still confirmed, but we narrowed the margin of ‘yes’ to ‘no’ votes quite a bit. WE CAN DO IT AGAIN! I’ve seen posts on social media during Thanksgiving urging us to call our Senators. There was a petition started to. (As of this writing, there are only 10 signatures and a goal of 100 signatures.) See: https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-rescind-nomination-of-betsy-devos-to-education-secretary

Put aside the worn out “Make America Great Again” when it comes to education. Education in America can be NO less than ‘SUPERB’. ‘Great’ is a mere shadow of ‘superb’.

IF and only IF the Trump Team wants to end federal overreach in education, then they MUST listen to us, as Warriors, NOT the educrats with fists full of agenda and money. As of yet, I’ve seen no one successful in having the upcoming administration contact any of us who have DAILY contacted them.

Contacting U.S. Senate is accessible: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
*Note: any Senator who voted for ESSA needs even more pressure. Mrs. DeVos is good buddies with Sen. Lamar Alexander, too.

Bottom line: We, as Warriors are like David vs. Goliath on steroids. That said we MUST be consistent, in large number, and visible. To win this battle in the War Vs the Core, we have to be seen AND heard!


Scorned? Use These Facts!

1) Common Core IS  located in more than traditional K-12 public schools!
2) Common Core has been rebranded so many times, the educrats not only know the buzzwords, they use them against the nation!
3) Common Core IS Career Tech Education! Common Core IS competency based, project based, collaborative efforts which groom students for workforce NOT academics!
4) Common Core IS written into the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and is present in the HEA (Higher Education Act). Of these 3, only the HEA remains to be completely re-authorized. It is the LAST nail to be hammered into the ‘seamless transition for birth to career education’ to create ‘a bridge for lifelong learning’!


More Scorn:
1) My dear friend, Kevin Ohlandt, at “Exceptional Delaware” wrote this about the DeVos appointment:
https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/america-is-getting-bamboozled-with-betsy-devos-she-is-all-in-on-the-true-agenda-cradle-to-grave-workforces-of-tomorrow/
2) This one by a hard hitting reporter exposing DeVos family ties to less than great American patriotism:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/83731/betsy-devos-affirmative-action-pimp-islamo-panderer-guess-who-her-brother-is/
3) This one reveals Diane Ravitch’s support of the DeVos appointment (red flags all over this one): http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2016/11/ravitchs-pick-betsy-devos-is-also.html
4) This one from Mother Jones media:
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/trump-chooses-dark-money-betsy-devos-education-secretary
5) One of the earliest articles I saw which debunked the main stream media spin of how great DeVos’s appointment was, appeared in the Conservative Reviewhttps://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/11/betsy-devos-as-education-secretary-what-you-need-to-know-about-trumps-pick
6) My dear friend, Alice Linahan at Voices Empower, shared this detailed set of facts:
Search for her Trump/DeVos Truth article at http://www.voicesempower.com/
7) My good friend, Nancy E. Bailey, also shared with the nation why the choice of DeVos is highly suspect: http://nancyebailey.com/2016/11/26/privatization-and-school-buses-thoughts-please-betsy-devos/
8) Breibart News’ article features a good friend of mine, Karen Braun. Karen lives in Michigan and has been fighting CCSS since before it was dubbed “CCSS”. Pay attention to her part of the article:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/23/bush-praises-trump-choice-betsy-devos-education-secretary/ (*Note: we also need to note the other parts of the article where vouchers/education savings accounts are going to be spun as ‘great’ when they are truly not.)
9) Here’s what Forbes has: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chasewithorn/2016/11/23/trump-picks-betsy-devos-daughter-in-law-of-billionaire-amway-cofounder-for-education-secretary/#4830ee4f5313 (*Note: the Jeb Bush ties surface again.)

Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, if you see nothing else from this small list of informative facts, NOTICE, far left or far right; on the fringes or in the middle, the same conclusion: DeVos as Ed Boss is a disaster for our nation!

The DeVos 990 Forms:

While you may find my article, so far, scornful or just plain annoying, you cannot argue with what the 990 Tax Forms for DeVos show. My dear friend/researcher Karen Bracken has provided the following evidence.

In short: 2012’s IRS Form 990 show:

$10,000.00 to Bridges of Understanding Foundation (exposes her ties to the Muslim teachings in schools.)

$50,000.00 to FEE (Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence, which supports school choice, education savings accounts AND Common Core!)

$10,000.00 to the Heritage Foundation (which is a huge education savings accounts/school choice proponent and an entity we’ve been warned about as being part of the education problem, not solution.)

From 2013’s IRS 990:

$20,000.00 to  Bridges of Understanding Foundation, $100,000.00 to FEE, and $5,000.00 to Heritage.

To see the 2012 form: 2012-irs-990

To see the 2013 form: 2012-irs-990

As far as can be proven, the 2014 Tax Documents were extended to November 2016.

DeVos as  Digitally Connected?

We all know, as Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, that the digital transformation in American education is a huge plank in the bridge for workforce aligned, global citizens. As a ‘change agent’ for transformative education, DeVos will have a key position IF she gets the job. However, Trump has stated he wants transformation AND innovation in education.

Warriors, Obama has laid a large digital technology net in his education initiatives! The CCSS Machine has spent billions in creating digital overload. ESSA continues both Obama’s digital overreach as well as the CCSS Machine’s!

Trump’s also been contacted early on by the Center for Education Reform to continue the innovations/digital technology via ‘incentives’. Warriors, ESSA, WIOA, and HEA (in its current form) all embed and continue the data for a workforce based education.

So, how does DeVos possibly fit into this puzzle even more so?
For a brief illustration, look below:

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How I arrived at these questions:
a) Bloomberg’s website with some of the connections:
http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=28324800
b) Relationship Science reveals more:
http://relationshipscience.com/solstice-holdings-inc-o85504
c) eCouple’s news about Fulton Innovation buying Splashdown:
http://ecoupled.com/content/fulton-innovation-acquires-assets-splashpower-ltd
d) Where I found Fulton Innovation’s Wireless Power Consortium relationship:
http://www.fultoninnovation.com/latest-news/fulton-opens-portfolio-for-licensing/
e) Where you can find the Wireless Power Consortium and its CCSS Machine members (examples are Toyota (huge CTE supporter) and Verizon (huge CCSS supporter):
https://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/
f) The “Un-Educated on Wireless Power” presentation by Fulton Innovation. (*Note: among the timeline, you’ll see Leggett and Platt as partners (among others). L & P are based in MO and are big Career Tech Education supporters nationwide.) 
Get the presentation: wireless_power_overview

See the Leggett & Platt  connection to the CCSS Machine’s CTE:

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Closing:

Warriors, regardless of anything or anyone, our goal/focus MUST remain on our students of all ages and making sure the system which has marginalized us, doesn’t get the opportunity to scorn them.

Ed/Workforce False Positive

Warriors Against Common Core/Fed Led Education, we’ve sat on the edge of change in this War vs. the Core everyday for years. Since the shift in education AWAY from academics and freedom TO a constricted workforce skill based education, we’ve seen elections come and go; we’ve seen re-brands of Common Core desperately passed off (or at least the attempts have been desperate) as something “new, better, more choice, and, the ever famous, ‘CCSS is dead.'”; and we’ve stood firm the ENTIRE time.

Today, on the eve of the most problematic and protested campaigns to date, we find ourselves just as RESOLVED to continue to fight this War, no matter what it costs us. I thank you for that. Together, we Warriors have more gumption (aka: spunk; spitfire; patriotism) than all of Washington, D.C. leadership put together.

We will need even more of these ethics in the coming days, Warriors.

Why? Those in Congress, especially the education/workforce based committees have locked us in to this education shift 100%. SO much legislation and money have gone into this arm of the CCSS Machine, it is quite ridiculous. Had our Congress members devoted as much effort to the issues THEY SHOULD GOVERN, we could have solved a plethora of American problems by now.

While we, the Anti CCSS Warriors, have been busy spreading evidence about the toxic overreach in education by the federal government, these ‘education/workforce based sold out Congressional members’ have been churning out statement after statement about how FANTASTIC it will be for America to have MORE Common Core in the form of Career Tech Education! They’ve spit out lie after lie, dressed as a positive growth step for our nation. If you’ve noticed, I’ve exposed several of these statements as dribble, especially from the chairmen and chairwomen.

So, do you think on the EVE of the 2016 Elections, they’d ease up on the CCSS Machine rhetoric?!

HARDLY!

The Ed/Workforce Statement Of The Day:

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While the email was sent out earlier today, the actual letter of blustering protest and ire was dated 11/4/16.

Here’s what is hiding in the email and letter we, as Warriors, should know and expose:
1) Rep. John Kline and Sen. Lamar Alexander (bosom D.C. buddies) are among the leaders of this latest false/positive move to bamboozle Americans.

2) Since there is a tremendous mountain of evidence, we, the Anti CCSS Warriors have amassed, it is no longer a conspiracy theory that Congress is acting illegally, it is a racket.
(Hat tip to my wonderfully sharp Alaska Warrior friend, Barbara H. for pointing this concept out.)

3) The email and letter BOTH use a Chevron vs. the Natural Resources Defense Council precedent.

Here’s the excerpt, “In Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, the U.S. Supreme Court established that the test for reviewing an agency’s interpretation of a statute consists of two related questions. First, the question is “whether Congress has directly spoken to the precise question at issue. If the intent of Congress is clear, that is the end of the matter” because the court and agency must “give effect to the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress.” Second, if “Congress has not directly addressed the precise question at issue” or “if the statute is silent or ambiguous” the question is “whether the agency’s answer is based on a permissible construction of the statute.” ”

A) It’s really ironic and probably a masterful move that the Ed/Workforce House and Senate members pulled this case out of the Supreme Court’s files. WHY?
Chevron is a sold out member to not only Common Core, but Career Tech Education, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)!

B) While the letter goes into lots of details about the U.S. Secretary of Education not carrying ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) out as written (an excerpt of the law is even quoted about the restrictions of the Secretary’s powers from one section), it (the letter) does NOT reveal to We the People, all the OTHER sections of the Law which are SO loosely defined…including those parts where the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary will have increased powers on certain mandates!!

C) Here are the 25 ‘angered’ Congress men and women:
1) Senate HELP (education/workforce) committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN),
2) House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN),
3) Senate committee members Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R- ME), Michael B. Enzi (R-WY), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Roberts (R-KS),
4) House committee members Mike Bishop (R-MI), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Joe Heck (R-NV), Luke Messer (R-IN), Phil Roe (R-TN), Todd Rokita (R-IN), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Tim Walberg (R-MI), and Joe Wilson (R-SC).

D) Go back and look at how each of these people have voted for HR5 (Student Success Act), S1177 (Every Child Achieves Act)..BOTH were combined to create ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). Then, go back and look at each of their votes when it came to HR5587, S3271. BOTH of these bills are not only companion ones, but will lock in Career Pathways, Career Clusters, and Career Tech Education for all students. The power to determine these tracks of ‘education’ will be in the FEDERAL government’s hands, Warriors!

E) Go back and look at the many statements which have been released since the Congress members left to go home in time for the Elections of 2016. Every damnable one of them states repeatedly how much our country needs CTE.

F) See if you can find out how each of these 25 members feels about S3174 (LADDER Act). It’s language not only tags the U.S. Secretary of Education as a member of a new Executive elite Workforce based education Council, it creates MORE national control in education geared for skill based citizens, NOT independent THINKERS!!

G) Both the email/letter proudly spew the ‘bipartisan’ line. That’s right, Congress, assume we know so little as to buy that just because it had both sides of the aisle involved, whatever is created is a positive move for America. That’s just the opposite of the truth, Warriors! We know the CCSS Machine has BOTH SIDES of the aisle embedded!

Related Resources:
A) My article where you can find S3271, H5587, and the LADDER Act:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/
B) My article where you will find CTE invading your health care:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/
C) The Ed/Workforce ‘Angered 25 Letter’:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/11-4-2016_help_ew_republican_letter_on_sns_final.pdf
D) Where Chevron has jumped the ‘freedom train’ to align to the CCSS Machine:
https://www.2ndvote.com/business-entity/chevron/ (look for the heading ‘education’)

Closing:

Warriors, while I do know for a fact the U.S. Secretary of Education is overstepping boundaries, these types of Congressional statements are a slap in our faces. Why?

Had Congress been as hard nosed and dedicated to serving the Citizens/Warriors, the Dept. of Education would have been penalized or abolished long ago. Congress is jumping up and down in mock anger, but what about their overreach into education?! They are JUST as guilty. Warriors, we also need to know that simply reining in one federal department is NOT ENOUGH. The CCSS Machine has infiltrated at least 9 federal departments! Chief among these 9 are: Education; Labor; and, Health/Human Services.

It is NOT enough to just rid our government of the CCSS Machine. Why? As long as our federal leaders keep signing agreements to adhere to the United Nations, we will NOT see a decrease in the shift in education.

Regardless of the results: friend or enemy. Much is going to be on our shoulders. We may be asked to be part of the solution for a change OR we may be called upon to present facts from our mountains of evidence which could be used to right the wrongs for our children.
I do not know. However, I do know one thing, we WILL CARRY ON!

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Setting Us Up

Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, this is the follow up to the U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee Appropriations article. When I closed that one, I promised that if the U.S. Senate had a similar appropriations report, I’d delve into it as well. This is that article.

If you missed the House article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/sure-fire-disaster-fed-ed/

What is interesting is that one of my dear fellow Anti CCSS/Freedom Loving Grandma Warriors, re-blogged my article with an obvious question: I do not understand how this is legal. Would someone explain it to me? My friend/Warrior was referring to how Medicaid/Medicare funding could be used in  education. I salute my friend for asking this vital question. I’m with you. HOW IS IT LEGAL?!

To see Granny’s blog, where she featured my article (I’d love for you to see what else she said/asked): http://www.rightwinggranny.com/?p=29500

Why these articles are needed: In the House Appropriations article, I showed you an in-depth look at how our taxpayer funds are being used against our children in, not only the name of education, but other areas of our lives, no matter their age. In this article, I’ll do the same with the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations for FY (fiscal year) 2017.

And…We Meet Again:

Seated on the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Appropriations are none other than Sen. Lamar Alexander AND Sen. Patty Murray. The two tag-team members we saw parading ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) around as the savior of American education.

Knowing there are other ESSA supporters on BOTH sides of the ‘American taxpayer bank accounts’, we need to pay VERY special attention to their moves.

We saw in first article how wicked the House is with our money. Let’s see how wicked the Senate is.

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Back in June of 2016, the Senate’s Subcommittee on Appropriations approved almost an exact copy of the House’s Report you saw in the House’s article.

While it’s obvious these approvals are dated, we need to hold Congress’ feet to the fire NOW. Why? The FY 2017 isn’t even 1 month old. Add to that elections in November, now a mere few days away. No matter who is elected, BECAUSE the money has already been budgeted, it will be their job to implement where the funds go!

In other words, Warriors, no matter how much we protest, Congress will continue to grind down our educational system. So, what CAN we do? Expose the wrong, seek any recourse we can.

That said, remember, I am NOT a Constitutional lawyer. However, no matter WHAT recourse we take it MUST be as a united front. These actions we are seeing are absolutely punishable. So why aren’t they being brought forth? At the very least, charging our elected officials with violating their oaths of office seems appropriate. Remember, Congress is setting a precedent here. They take our money, use it against us, dangle it in front of our States. It’s no WONDER our state leaders are jumping every time money is cast their way. How shameful it is that these leaders do NOT exercise their 10th Amendment sovereignty.
For IF they did, they’d send the federal bucks back in an envelope marked “Return to Sender”.

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To  see all that the Senate has earmarked which mirrors the House:
http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/majority/subcommittee-approves-fy2017-labor-hhs-and-education-appropriations-bill

A Trio of Noted Differences:

While most of what the Senate has approved appears to be exactly what the House approved for FY 2017. I did find a few differences. These differences, however, are just as toxic as the House’s.

1a) Charter Schools will see an increase in funding. ESSA’s mandates also increase charter schools’ influence. The danger in charter schools is: they are being used as a way to take public schools (along with those public funds) and be turned over to private management companies for reform (aka: school turnaround). The obvious unintended consequence? Loss of local school boards. This means loss of the parent’s voices. ESSA’s mandates also include MORE P3 (public private partnerships) arrangements.
I showed you a bit of how charter schools (as part of ‘school choice’ are being falsely lauded in ESSA propagandahttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/kings-bandwagon-its-a-comin/)
1b) Since some charter schools are private, I included them in my ESSA and Private Education article. Section 4301 in the ESSA Final Conference Report begins the Charter School mandates. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/

2) AmeriCorps will  see less money, but an increase in presence in your State. The reason? More national and local services. (See: http://www.nationalservice.gov/) Don’t let the name fool you. This is a CORPORATION, complete with a CEO.

AmeriCorps is part of the CCSS Machine for certain. AmeriCorps is in league with STEMCorps, SeniorCorps, and FEMACorps. In my previously published article about not only AmeriCorps, but P3s using children’s recess for social agendas and profit:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/play-money/

Their 5 year strategic plan includes, leverages the strength of grantees, participants, programs, state service commissions and the American public to build a network of programs that offer effective solutions in the six priority areas: Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. We will produce these results by investing in effective local initiatives, engaging more Americans in service, supporting evidence-based programs, and leveraging public-private partnerships.
The backing for the Strategy? ” April 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Serve America Act, which amended the national service laws to reauthorize CNCS and expand its scope and programs. This landmark bill, which passed with bipartisan support, is the foundation for our Strategic Plan.” To access the 2011-2015 Plan: 11_0203_cncs_strategic_plan
On Page 9, look at the Learn to Serve Program. Suspect to also consider: Social Innovation Fund.
Page 12: the ever present, ESSA friendly (as well as the CCSS Machine reform ideal) “school  readiness”. Yes, my Warrior friends, our students can be considered capable by, “Well-implemented national service-supported efforts can lead to critical outcomes such as improved attendance, improved engagement in coursework, improved course completion, performance at grade level, performance on standardized tests, high school graduation, and persistence in college and university. Academic achievement— performance on standardized tests, high school or college graduation—is premised on strong academic engagement—high levels of attendance, positive behavior in class, or on-time course completion.”
Page 13 in the footnotes shows you how the Corporation is working with the U.S. Education for the Higher Education parameters. Oh joy, another proving piece of evidence to unite K-12 and Higher Education. The CCSS Machine LOVES this. Why? The Higher Education Act is the LAST federal law to be reauthorized to adhere to the agenda the CCSS Machine has in the works.

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Page 14 starts in on the military families and veterans. Want to know about the CCSS Machine’s grasp on these people? https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/ftf-this-just-in-military-bases-economy-and-ccss/

3) Corporation for Public Broadcasting will see more money. The stated purpose is increase interconnectivity across America. Given how much the CCSS Machine already has invested in interconnectivity, infrastructure, and agenda, I’m not surprised. If you don’t know how PBS (Public Broadcasting System) is  embedded in ESSA, consider this excerpt, “Page 630: Preschool and ‘Ready to Learn’ digital content, especially via PBS (Public Broadcast Stations).” To see the rest of the article this comes from:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

Closing:

Warriors, I don’t need to tell you how dire it is we act swiftly.

First action we MUST take: refusing to vote for any leader (local, state, federal) who supports the CCSS Machine in any way.

The American education reform is NOT a one political party problem. It’s not any ONE party’s fault we have CCSS. It’s also not any ONE party’s fault they’ve turned a deaf ear to We the People or that there’s SO much more to Common Core than just K-12 public education!

Our second action: get news like this out there! Knowledge is power. Power like this is something we Warriors MUST use effectively.

Third, IF we are to create havoc for the CCSS Machine, we need to be united. We also, MUST use the full power of our U.S. Constitution to rein in the egregious overreaches of our leaders.

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!