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FTF: A ‘Dependent Truth’

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Well, the new U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary is wasting no time when it comes to selling higher education opportunities. But are these opportunities truthful ones? Will these opportunities come with MORE Common Core State Standards strings attached? What about College/Career Readiness? Career Tech Education (and all its other names) and their strings?

I guess it all DEPENDS! Join me in my “From the Files” Tuesday article as we explore this ‘dependent truth’.

The U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘Dependent’ Story:

If you just look at the Tweet above, you would think, ‘sounds great, we need more opportunities for low-income students’. However, as we have learned with the pro-CCSS U.S. Dept. of Ed, you can NOT take what sounds great and prove it out to BE great..there is ALWAYS some ‘dependent truth’ embedded. So just WHAT is the Tweet referring to, in hopes of drawing you in? Let’s find out!

First ‘dependent truth’: since the Tweet refers to ‘higher education’, you need to go directly to the OPE (Office of Post Secondary Education) WITHIN the U.S. Dept. of Education. See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html

But I guess Sec. King depended on you to know that already. As a new leader, it would of been kind of him to point you to where you could find more out if you wanted from the labyrinth Dept. of Ed is. Instead he points you to a research paper. (that is another ‘dependent truth’ for later).

Once you are in the OPE website pages, you can find this declaration
OPE works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation and improvement in post-secondary education, promote and expand access to post-secondary education and increase college completion rates for America’s students, and broaden global competencies that drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.”

How does the OPE pull this off? Lots and lots of programs! There are policy programs (which will shape how reform is carried out), programs to get educational institutions on the reform band wagon, programs for all kinds of students, too..and all chock full of reform under the guise of improving life.

All this leads us to the Second ‘Dependent Truth’: If all the reform and improvements were LEGALLY based and NON Common Core (or any of its other names) aligned, these programs would be better off. BUT, I guess the Dept. of Education depends on the fallacy of our believing them, right?

The Third ‘Dependent Truth’? Simple, policy is NOT law! But I guess no one at the U.S. Dept. of Ed exercised their ‘Captain Obvious’ muscles in this area. The Free Dictionary website stated that policy in relation to governments is intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters” They also continue on with this, “A course of action, guiding principle, or procedure considered expedient, prudent, or advantageous”. Since we know the U.S. Dept of Ed sides with all things CCSS, we know their dependence is on the ‘truth’ that prudence, advantage, and influence are subjective, NOT objective! The Free Dictionary offers one last definition of ‘policy’, whatever is “shrewdness” is the basic idea. That, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, is exactly where the CCSS Machine has been focusing on when it comes to ‘dependent truths’! Contrast the definition of ‘policy’ to ‘law’, and I think you will see yet another ‘dependent truth’ being skewed by the CCSS Machine and the U.S. Dept. of Ed!

If you want to see the 2015-16 Negotiated Rules for Higher Education and what this means for your students,
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2016/index.html

This brings up another ‘dependent truth’: Much of the hype around higher education is the cost of it. Much of the language in these negotiated rules has to deal with student loans. So what ‘dependent truth’ is the U.S. Dept of Ed using (as well as the CCSS Machine)?
Many states are now requiring kids to complete FASFA forms (these are the government financial aid applications) in order to graduate! The U.S. Dept. of Ed is basically hog-tying students to CCSS aligned post-secondary education as well as massive debt!
Because the HEA (Higher Education Act) will be up for re-authorization soon (as I believe it will be due to the ‘success’ of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)). Higher Ed is the LAST link in the “cradle to career alignment” which HAS NOT been cemented by the CCSS Machine.

So what is my point? We know where to look when the negotiations begin! See the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s resource for HOW the rulemaking process is conducted! http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2015-OPE-0103-0001

Other ‘Dependent Truth’ Participants:

The U.S. Dept. of Ed is hardly the only ‘dependent truth’ entity involved in the education alignment activities. Refer back to the Tweet featured above and you will notice Sec. King is sharing with you a report from another source. What source? What report? Read on, my Warriors!

Jack Kent Cooke  Foundation is the source.
“True Merit” is the report.
Wanna bet how many ‘dependent truths’ we can find?..First, look below at the screen shot from the Foundation’s website. Notice how young the students targeted are. Not post-secondary age, yet, but much younger.
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You can access the picture above: http://www.jkcf.org/

According to the website, the Foundation is The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.”

The Foundation has only been around since 2000 and is based in VA. According to a pdf I found buried in the website, the following is used in determining which students get help, “The Foundation chooses recipients for these awards following a rigorous review process led by independent, expert selection committees. Selection criteria include academic excellence, unmet financial need, will to succeed, leadership and public service, critical-thinking ability, and strong interest in the arts and humanities.” Want to see the pdf? http://www.jkcf.org/assets/1/7/back_matter.pdf

SO here is Cooke’s ‘first dependent truth’: “Research shows: There is a profound and widening excellence gap through elementary and secondary school.” Their second ‘dependent truth’ is(also from research): “High-achieving, low-income students are less likely to pursue rigorous coursework or to score highly on achievement tests.” I guess they are depending on the truth that their research left out how poorly ALL students are doing in both these areas due to CCSS and all that goes with it! Cooke has many more ‘dependent truths’ where I found these two beauties. It is on their ‘Guiding Principles’ page. Among them you will find why students must be academically engaged during, after and through summers to perform well.

Another of  Cooke’s ‘dependent truths’: Their Community College Initiative. As I have shared with you in the past, community colleges across the nation are aligned to CCSS via the CTE (Career Tech Education) and its paths. From the document detailing this Initiative, here is an excerpt, “The Foundation issued $6.8 million in grants to the institutions to increase the number of high achieving, low‐income community college transfer students at the participating four‐ year colleges and universities. The grants would enable the institutions to foster programs, policies, and partnerships with community colleges to improve student preparation, assistance with admission and financial aid processes, orientation and “bridge” programs, and post‐admission support. The eight institutions were Amherst College, Bucknell University, Cornell University, Mount Holyoke College, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina‐Chapel Hill, and University of Southern California. To evaluate the CCTI, the Foundation selected the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.”

Their research team? Another ‘dependent truth’:  “Prior to awarding the CCTI grants, the Foundation, in collaboration with the Lumina Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, commissioned research…” If you would like the entire Report, CookeCCTI

Before we leave Cooke, you need to know the Tweet Sec. King made was not referring to this Report, but Cooke’s latest, called “True Merit”.
Before I share True Merit’s document, here is the fancy, You Tube video to sell us on this idea the U.S. Dept. of Ed is embracing and tweeting about: 

Some of the ‘dependent truths’ in “True Merit”:
1) SAT/ACT prep and courses, assessments
2) Under served student populations (just a few days ago I wrote how the ESSA used this phrase in the language for purposed CCSS/CTE alignment)
3)  Student funding
4) CCSS/CTE/CCR aligned post-secondary education institutions which include Harvard, MIT, and others
5) Educational Longitude Studies and other data mining
6) School counselor guidance (I have also exposed the White House Initiative concerning school counselors and their purposed alignment to CCSS/CTE in the past.)
7) AP/IB courses and assessments
Get the entire document: JKCF_True_Merit_Report


If you are not sure how Lumina and Nellie Mae are part of the CCSS Machine and where their ‘dependent truths’ are, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Lumina and
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Nellie+Mae
I will suggest you search out Emily Talmadge’s website for her look into Nellie Mae. Her website: http://emilytalmage.com/

One last resource I found within the OPE of the Dept. of Ed and pertains to ‘dependent truths’ for higher education ties AIR (American Institutes of Research) into the alignment efforts in America! See: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012046.pdf

Closing:

Well, my Warriors Against the Core, you can see we have lots to look into in the coming days concerning higher education and the continued quest of aligning every educational choice to that of the CCSS Machine.

Remember to join me tomorrow morning on the Negdog Radio (a BlogTalk Radio Station) as we take a look into the College and Career Readiness Centers located across the nation. You can find Negdog Radio (FL based):
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WYBI: Job Development Grants and CCSS?

Known by a bevy of names, let’s see what we can learn today about CCSS and job development investments grants. Are they only in NC (where I first learned about them) or are these in other states? If so, what are the educational implications?

Some of the companies here love NC. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.
Some of the companies here love NC. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.

The Name Game:

As knee deep into CCSS as NC is, I wasn’t too terribly surprised to find one more ‘cutesy’ name to identify yet another grab at jobs and the economy..but is all this tied to education? If so, how? The first name I came across was JDIG, standing for “Job Development Investment Grants”. All the information about JDIGs wasn’t on a JDIG website. No, all the information I found was on a site called “Thrive in NC”. (see: http://www.thrivenc.com/incentives/financial/discretionary-programs/job-development-investment-grant) Now, if you look at the top of the website page, you’ll see the Economic Development Partnership of NC’s name. We’ll come back to the EDP of NC in a little bit. First, what is a JDIG? According to Thrive’s website description, it’s a program embedded in the NC General State Statutes. That means it’s a law that’s been decided upon by the GA (General Assembly) via voting.

So, what’s the law when it comes to JDIGs? In a nutshell, here’s what NC Legislative Study found and  has laid out per § 143B-437.50:
1) It’s state policy that NC generate jobs, keep the economy boosted via expanded industries already here and attracting new ones. What we’ve seen via the CCSS/CTE agenda in relation to this is that to accomplish this: anything goes.

2) Not content with keeping NC focused, part of the law is tracking international and national jobs, economic growth as well. Yep, in all things CCSS/CTE, we must be ‘cookie cutter’, workforce ready drones.

3 and 4) Since the economy is changing, re-evaluting how industries are attracted is vital. To accomplish this ‘certain programs’ must be updated. (No specifics here, of course) Also, because of all this updating, not only will citizens be better off, so will the ‘political subdivisions’. With CCSS/CTE firmly in place, states have lost their backbone and sacrificed their U.S. Constitution based 10th Amendment power. 

Statute § 143B-437.51 defines all that is in the preceding Statute. You’ll want to note what types of industries, and/or businesses can qualify for the JDIGs. CCSS/CTE groups especially like non-profits to ‘hide’ behind. NC’s Statute includes non-profits. (*Note: this is not to suggest all non-profits are CCSS/CTE aligned, nor are all businesses, industries.) This statute also includes community economic development boards..and we know how integral these are with Chambers of Commerce. Remember, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce received millions from the Gates Foundation for the express purpose of selling us the CCSS/CTE. Each state has been privy to those funds. Look at how hard NC’s Chamber promotes CCSS/CTE. (*Note, my fellow NC resident and anti CCSS warrior, Lady Liberty 1885, has the entire soap opera like drama extremely well detailed on her blog. See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/03/12/foia-nc-chamber-pushing-asrc-to-consider-rebrands-like-florida/ )

Statute § 143B-437.52 is the one which explains how the JDIGs will work and will also include the Attorney General of NC. So, in lay man’s terms, any qualifying business or industry meets with the NC Economic Council and the State AG to determine HOW the growth of jobs (and don’t forget where jobs are, so is education and training) is to be accomplished. (*NOTE: this is my interpretation. I am NOT a lawyer.)

Statute § 143B-437.53 reveals number crunching..as in how many JDIGs in any given area of the state.  It appears too many in one location isn’t the best for NC. Whatever happened to freedom of choice where my business is located? Well, in a CCSS/CTE aligned world, freedom’s an enemy.

So, who makes up the Economic Council which makes a lot of these state wide impacting decisions?? Great question. According to this set of statutes, The Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Revenue, the Director of the Office of the State Budget/Management, and two private sector appointees from the General Assembly. (*NOTE: this is all NC state level government. You’d have to check your state for JDIGs or similar if you live outside NC. See who’s involved and to what degree.)

To see the rest of the JDIG related Statutes, including how the individual community economic councils are involved, see: 2013-JDIG-TempUpdates What I can tell you is the “Thrive in NC” website page of member community econ councils is like a “Who’s Who in the Hall of Career Tech Education”. Be sure to enlarge the screen shot below.

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Here’s a set of Tweets about the “Thrive in NC” marketing strategy from 2011:
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To see a more modern sales pitch for trained workforce seekers, see below:

To access more information on JDIGS in NC:
http://www.thrivenc.com/incentives/financial/discretionary-programs/job-development-investment-grant

Is There a JDIG in MY State?:

Your state may OR may not use the same title that NC has chosen. I have found one nationally encompassing document that features all the places you can find career development or workforce training grants, especially those ‘under served’ groups of people. See: career_development_grants_for_underserved_populations

You’ll also want to access the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Just last year, 2014, they gave over 50 million dollars to various states and/or schools for workforce job development training programs. See: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141754.htm

If you cannot locate your state’s information from either of the above resources, try it from the U.S. Economic Development Administration angle. after all it’s part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce! See: http://www.eda.gov/
Their Career Tech Education (CTE) list is quite long and involves many states. See: http://search.eda.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=eda&query=Career+Tech+Education&commit=Search

Here’s an excerpt from a  stunning report the EDA has. “This report on the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC) program represents one element of the larger effort, and has been produced alongside reports on parallel studies of the i6 Challenge (i6) and Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) programs.” (*NOTE: here are other named programs you can use to search for in your state!!) To get the entire study so you can find out how careers, clusters, economy, data tracking, and assessment all are interwoven:
EDA-JIAC-Program-Assessment-and-Metrics Oh, and you’ll love this if you live in NC, UNC-Chapel Hill partnered with SRI International to conduct this study project which was completed in 2014.

A few other investment projects you might be able to glean more from, hardly an exhaustive listing, but a start.

AAUW (American Association of University Women), gives career grants, especially if you’re looking for a STEM related career. (*NOTE: STEM is CCSS’s granddaddy. That was revealed in my PCAST, STEM, and CCSS article in late 2014) See: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/career-development-grants/

Nationwide Workforce Development programs from the Weinberg Foundation. See: http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/program-areas/workforce-development/ (*NOTE: to see their CTE contributions, http://hjweinbergfoundation.org/?s=career+tech+education)

You’ll get plenty of CCSS/CTE agenda with Workforce training from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) See: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm

Previously Published and Related:

NC’s push to combine Workforce and Community Colleges: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/tech-thursday-ncs-workforce-despicable-moves/

Workforce alignment, apprenticeship alignment, and more CCSS/CTE: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/

Closing:

It would appear from all this that not only is education compromised via CCSS, CTE, but our state level economies. Not only will we need to research the educational side of our states, but it appears we’ll need to see where our Attorney Generals, Secretary of Economy, etc. stand on CCSS/CTE.