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It Isn’t All Sunshine And Nuts

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, in my last article, I shared with you how HR 62 would make a grab for our babies from a federal level. Included in that article was how MN is struggling to keep parents in control of their families.

The article before that,  I  showed you how FEPA (Foundations for Evidence-based Policy Making Act) would also assist in the grab for our babies, I showed you how OR was considering in-home visits. Also included was how UT has them firmly in place.

In both articles I stressed that the grab for babies/the in-home visits is not exclusive to one State. It’s in all the States and US territories ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) money goes to. If it hasn’t shown up in your State yet, hang on, it is in the works.

GA is struggling with recent news. So are KS and CT.

***For the remainder of this article, I share information sent to me concerning some other warning bells from the latest 3. Be sure to compare it to the information from OR, UT, and MN.

While the tactics may differ a bit, the overall goal of aligning babies to the CCSS Machine is the same. The CCSS Machine pushes ‘readiness’ at all levels, now, since ESSA, and the mandate to expand early childhood ‘learning’, as well as universal PreK, this is why we’re seeing SO much in the news.

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First Up, KS, The Sunflower State:

Warriors, Lisa H., shared this with me via email and wanted you to know about their ABC Program. No, it’s not for teaching little ones their alphabet. It’s called the Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-up Program.

 

Lisa shared that the group behind this Program (the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund) was on last year’s legislative calendar and appeared before the KS Education Committee. They are scheduled to appear before the KS Education Committee again this yearn for a follow up. The email went on to share that SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, a part of the US Dept. of HHS), as well as others are fully backing removing ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).

So is the CCSS Machine, Warriors, only it’s not for school readiness as much as it is micro-managing citizens. I wrote about this push headed up by the Rockefellers and being embraced by churches, law enforcement, etc. in my Resilience articles. )

What are Lisa’s concerns? Swabbing children’s mouths for cortisol levels and recording the entire in-home session with the parents and children.

While some may read this and think, “Oh, that’s not too bad.” The reason this ministry is able to intrude like this is due to the expansion of P3s (public-private partnerships) in ESSA for education! The in-home visits are part of ESSA’s supposed dedication to student achievement and family engagement.

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What it REALLY is, is home invasion by the government. Take into consideration that our U.S. Constitution was supposed to prohibit such (4th Amendment), but with FEPA actively neutering 9 U.S. Constitutional Amendments, the 4th is severely at risk. FEPA also will tie to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996). Which, as we know, is used in health care.

Related for KS and other States:
The United Methodist Health Ministry was awarded $650,000.00 by the Kansas Early Childhood Initiative (part of the Kansas Health Foundation) under “access to care”. The Grant was given in 2017 and ends in 2020. The ‘access’ is the ABC Program. The Kansas Health Foundation is a massive P3 and was created as the result of the Hospital Corporation of America purchasing the non-profit Wesley Hospital.

Hospital Corporation of America can be found in 20 States and the United Kingdom. From their latest Annual Report (2017), this quote, “Within our markets, we worked to broaden our service line capabilities by investing in cancer, trauma, stroke, behavioral health and pediatric services. This focus centers on elevating clinical performance and
establishing consistent clinical protocols to achieve better patient outcomes across the
organization.” HCA receives Medicare/aid funding from the federal government, as well as private investors on the Stock Exchange. On page 15, you’ll see how HCA has psychiatrics listed as a way to compete in health care. Page 42 admits the use of third party data contractors to handle patient data. Page 46 gives the list of  the 20 States and the United Kingdom information.

Also joining with the United Methodist Health Ministry is the Kansas  Children’s Service League (KCSL). It’s a part of the National Prevent Child Abuse America. The KCSL is all about collaboration. As in the ‘village’ concept as shared by this Kansas educratic leader.

Kansas has embedded (2015)  a State Wide Initiative called “Kansans Can”. A vital part of the KC Initiative? The “Kansas Can: School Redesign Project”. Warriors, as we know that’s 100% U.S. Dept. of Ed fodder.

 

Next, Stop: GA (Peach State):

Warriors, you may know Georgia is personally, very dear to me. That said, the grab for babies is just as bad in the Peach State as it is in the Sunflower State.

Recently, it was announced that the PreK Development Grant the State received would go to DECAL. DECAL (Dept. of Early Care and Learning) will be“Using grant funds, DECAL will conduct a statewide ECCE needs assessment; develop a statewide strategic plan to strengthen the state’s ECCE system; create resources to inform families about available programs and services; develop groups and opportunities for early childhood educators to share best practices; and create supports for the state’s dual language learners and their families.” (*Note: ECCE is short for Early Childhood Care and Education.)

Under DECAL, the early learning program is called “Bright From the Start”. Warriors, look at the ‘peach packed agenda’ below:

Also, recently in GA , and via Senate Bill 15, the push to expand ‘school safety’ (another ESSA mandate) into private schools. In GA, that also includes homeschoolers. Warriors, as you’ve known, I’ve been warning for years that the federal overreaches in ESSA would assimilate these families.
This will increase, not only the intrusion into family homes, but also set up more data mining and control by Homeland Security Agencies.

Lastly, The Nutmeg State, Connecticut:

Warriors, one of my Anti Fed Ed Warriors,  Anne M. in CT, recently posted a picture about the United Way of CT’s grab for babies and their Moms.

Here’s a screen shot of the United Way in Anne’s community.

Also tied to the (National Inoperability Collective) NIC, is David Wilkinson. Wilkinson, according to his LinkedIN profile as a Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation (under Pres. Obama). You can also tie Wilkinson to the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Back in 2016, I shared with you the OPF’s grab at children via ESSA.

The 2018 NIC Symposium notes and speakers can be located here. The NIC announcement about the Symposium is where you’ll see the ‘wheel house’.

For All The States:

United Way is tied to Google and the United Nations, so, of course, ‘cradle to career’ is the alignment. United Way is partners with the CCSS Machine in many other ways and groups as well.

From 2016, United Way, President Obama’s Promise Neighborhoods (which was a codified mandate in ESSA), U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and “Youth Build”. Also from that year, United Way and those ‘wrap around services’.

From 2017, United Way and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for cradle to career coding.

If you would like to see the United Way’s influence on the current NC State Superintendent,  read this from the election season of 2016. Collectivism was/is the name of the game.

Closing:

Warriors, the cradle to career, then grave will keep being seen in the news as the ESSA mandates continue to ursurp the Tenth Amendment. In my next article, we’ll look at the federal misguidance on ‘school choice’ and the 116th’s bill to support the deception.

Is There A Code For Alignment?

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, I know many of you will be getting ready for celebrating Thanksgiving, as I will be. However, before we all eat too much, I wanted to leave you with some things to ponder. 

You see a question in the article’s title. Look below and you’ll see another one to ponder.

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Warriors, as we’ve seen time and time again from the CCSS Machine and its educratic overreaches that modern education is not about the academics, or even the true critical thinking; it’s about confining a student’s life to a predisposed track based on a workforce skills assessment. So imagine my non-surprise when I received an e-mail from the NC DPI (Dept. of Public Instruction)

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Warriors, you really should see the rest of the education related compromises. While this IS a NC Legislative Budget supposedly for public education, it crosses the lines into private education and home education by using STEM, CTE, College and Career Promise, and more. In the academic year 2018-19, funds for the Coding Grant Program will double to $800,000.00.

What if you don’t live in NC? Well, Warriors, as we’ve learned from experience, when it’s connected to the CCSS Machine, it will be in ALL the States, Territories, and military bases contained within American power.

Lies From NC:

Warriors, below is a screen shot of an interactive NC DPI Career Pathway map. Here’s the link to the map. Be sure to refresh the page to find out whatever information you’d like most to see.

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While NC’s not a PARCC State, I did find this evidence of the International Morse Code inserted into 4th Grade Common Core Standards.

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Source

 About Lumos:

Lumos is located in NJ. It’s also knee-deep in 21st Century skill based learning.

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To see what I’ve previously shared (2015) with you about ACT’s Aspire, go here.
To see how Aspire is part of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates, go here.
Lumos Learning has quite a few resources where they help States with Title One funding, where they are sounding off about Pres. Trump’s impact on education, and more. Lumos Learning is a division of Lumos Information Services, LLC. I found plenty of YouTube videos for Lumos Information Services, LLC. I also tried to locate the CEO, the Board of Directors, and other related information, but very little success was had.

Back to NC’s Coding Grant Program:

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Warriors, what you see above is from the NC DPI’s document about the nuts and bolts behind the Coding Grant Program. Also in this document is that fact the entire Program gets off the ground in the Spring of 2018. The ‘winning schools’ will be judged on a 100 point scale as to how aligned their coding programs/partnerships are. Below, is just a portion of the judging (grading):

codedeceptionTo see the entire 9 page document: coding-and-mobile-app-grant-application

Warriors, this, of course brings about several questions.
1) What federal funds will these private coding partners receive, if any?
2) What State tax breaks will these coding partners receive?
3) What about any un-funded portions of the coding programs in schools. Will the taxpayers be expected to pick up the tab?
4) What happens if any of these schools are graded as failing?
5) What about the private schools and homeschool students utilizing NC DPI’s Virtual Public School or are involved in any early college/career programs?

Related Resources:
1) My article on the National Career Pathways Network.
2) My article from 2015 showing you CAPS from KS is still tied to the Career Pathways.
3) The ALA (American Library Assoc.) is giving $500,000.00 in coding grants. The sponsor? Google.
4) When I searched for ‘National Coding Grants’, the National Endowment of the Humanities surfaced. They sold out to the CCSS Machine long ago. Since the NEH receives federal funding, think about this: coding means technology, innovation, and, computers. Which translates to data. Data needs to be collected and studied. We also know how data collection has turned into a massive nightmare for our freedoms and privacy. We also know that the federal government is making bold steps (no matter how illegally based they are) to create MORE data mining. All this data will need deciphers. How awful it is that our students education will train them for such ill purposes. Sadly, the NEH is not alone when it comes to federally funded grants for coding or anything related.
5) When I searched for ‘STEM Coding Grants’, the first resource which popped up was the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. Below is the screen shot of the interactive map for all the innovation (will include Race to the Top, and much more) from FY 2009 to FY 2017.

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6) To access the “STEM 2026: A Vision” from the U.S. Dept. of Education, visit the highlighted phrase.
What you see is that coding is tied to Google, United Way, and more. You’ll see what student groups are being most targeted for coding.

That brings me to ponder something else. Since ESSA was supposedly going to break down education for equality, why is the federal government working with the CCSS Machine to discriminate against students using education as the weapon?

Warriors, we know Google is hardly the lone aligner in all this coding. We also know that all this coding is meant to confine citizens.

Closing:

Warriors, as I stated earlier, this is probably not the news you want to mull over during your family time. I do thank each of you for continuing to access my blog. I wish each of you a blessed time together. Look at what is going on in your State when it comes to coding or workforce based regional partners. Find out what is going on in your schools, or if your school is in the living room, look at what extra curricular activities involve anything related to any of the coding, apprenticeships, etc.

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Near or far, I wish you and your family a wonderful week.

 

Silent Partners

Yesterday, anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors, I stated we would look a bit closer into the CCSS Machine to find out about a ‘silent partner’. Before we look at who or what group is revealed, let’s continue with where I left off, the U.S. Dept of Labor’s involvement.

‘Building Youth’ via the U.S. Dept. of Labor:

If you have not heard of the YouthBuilder Grants from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, now is our opportunity to learn just how these are tied to the CCSS Machine.

The website: https://www.doleta.gov/Youth_services/YouthBuild.cfm

Their mission for your students in their words, “The Department of Labor has administered the YouthBuild program since September 2006. The YouthBuild program is administered by the Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Youth ServicesYouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24. Youth learn construction skills while constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families in their own neighborhoods. Youth split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their high school diploma or equivalency degree, learn to be community leaders, and prepare for college and other post-secondary training opportunities. YouthBuild includes significant support systems, such as a mentoring, follow-up education, employment, and personal counseling services; and participation in community service and civic engagement. There are over 220 DOL funded YouthBuild programs in 43 states serving over 6000 youth per year.”

To see the Fact Sheet (where you will find WIOA as a featured bonus of the CBGs):
https://www.doleta.gov/youth_services/pdf/AllAboutYouthBuild.pdf

If you are interested in the 2015 CBG Awarded Grants:
https://www.doleta.gov/Youth_services/pdf/2015_YB_Grant_Awards.pdf

As further evidence of the connection between WIOA and YouthBuild, look at the screen shot below from the Dept. of Labor:

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If you enlarge the screen shot, you will notice the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) is also on board with the Program. Does that mean the U.S. Dept. of HUD is a CCSS Machine member, too? Yes! However, before we get to HUD, let me finish the U.S. Dept. of Labor by linking you back to two very important articles:
a) This article details the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Secretary Perez, the U.S. Vice President (Biden), and a think tank organization with ties to the global aspect of workforce, global education:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/rmt-sunday-vp-common-core-and-jobs/
b) This article ties the alignment of Common Core to Career Tech Education as well as reveal a well known supposed anti CCSS Warrior and some other organizations you may not know are in the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/

 

HUD, A Silent CCSS Machine Member?

Knowing that I have shared with you many times, in many articles how the U.S. Dept. of Labor is ruining quality education, I haven’t shared what I have found out about HUD. That ends now.

HUD is a part of our government which seeks to equalize neighborhoods across America. While that is a good mission, it is not necessarily up to our federal levels of government to oversee, at least from what I have found out. However, we have seen the federal government overtake healthcare and education, so I guess overtaking the neighborhoods stands to reason.

HUD uses Community Block Grants (CBG) and Promise Zones, which include Promise Neighborhoods. Promise Neighborhoods are embedded in the ESSA (see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/)
Part of being eligible for a CBG is developing a ripe economic environment (aka: creating jobs). See the screen shot below for HUD’s Economic Success example:

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Also part of being eligible are ‘national activities’. While ESSA does not spell out what ‘national activities’ IT will require, it is worth noting that ESSA, does, in fact, mandate national activities. Activities on a national level are to target teachers and entire families, as well as students and communities. (*Note: Section 4601 in ESSA Final Conference Report is where you will find the family involvement. Section 2201 begins the teachers national activities.)

To learn all you can about CBGs: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/communitydevelopment/programs

While education is not specifically mentioned (that I saw) in the paper about the HUD’s New Core Shared Service Project, some of the same CCSS Machine member organizations ARE involved in this community wide, encompassing Project.

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To access the HUD paper:
http://www.imanet.org/docs/default-source/thought_leadership/operations-process-management-innovation/implementing_shared_service_centers.pdf?sfvrsn=2

To access the Official Report HUD has where they announced the New Core Services:
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=43-FY16CJ-OCFO.pdf

If you are curious about the Promise Zones featuring Promise Neighborhoods:
1) They are a White House led Initiative (meaning another top-down set of programs, laws to support them, etc.)
2) The first 5 Promise Zones were in TX. PA, CA, Southeastern KY, and the Choctaw Nation in OK. Below is a screen shot from the White House.

PromiseZoneTo access the rest of the facts from the White House:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/08/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-promise-zones-initiative

To see a Report on the Promise Zones (and when Promise Neighborhoods was a proposal in NJ) from the Center for  the Study of Social Policy: Promise-Zones
(*Note: The Center for the Study of Social Policy has some well known CCSS Machine member organizations including the U.S. Dept. of Education, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the United Way, the Promise Neighborhoods via Policy Link, and the HUD. See the entire list: http://www.cssp.org/about/major-funders)

To see the other social policies the Center studies: http://www.cssp.org/about
Look below to see one of the Center’s highlighted news items (click to enlarge it):

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Related Resources:
1) To see the Federal Register’s information on the Dec. 2015 Promise Zoneshttps://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/18/2015-31884/promise-zones-initiative-third-round-selection-process
2) To see what information you may need on Promise Neighborhoods; pipelines for students:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/school-board-special-part-two/

CLosing:

I hope you have been able to see the connections between the U.S. Depts of Education, Labor, Housing and Urban Development; the White House overreach; the CCSS Machine and the alignment to workforce based education. When you expand the screen shot below, you will find Youth Build in the upper left hand corner. You will find SNAP (it was the featured news NOT circled in the screen shot about the Center for the Study of Social Policy.). If you go back and look at the many programs HUD has for job training, you can probably spot them below, as well. Since all these agencies are involved in the education reform, alignment to workforce based education via WIOA and ESSA is a given.

 

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

 

Weekend News for the War Against the Core

For the last weekend in April (2016), I wanted to leave you with a few things every anti CCSS Warrior needs to know about P3s (Public private partnerships). If you missed these, you can now find them in one place. If you haven’t gotten this information before, you now have some great tools to use.

Blasted P3s!

If you have followed my research long, you know that time and time again, the P3s keep showing up in the midst of the CCSS Machine and its grinding away at America. Like everything fed through the CCSS Machine, P3s and their intent is not good for education at all.

What once was to be a healthy relationship between government and the private sector has become a holy hell. Consider this: early P3 relationships concerning the private sector and schools were to BUILD the schools. That way the private sector could return to their private business and the schools could get on with teaching.

But in the shift to CBE (Competency Based Education) aka OBE, (Outcome Based Education) the private sector has done more than build the schools, they now help guide what is taught. Meanwhile the schools have appeared to have no problem selling our kids education out in the process.

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In the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), States will be awarded big bucks for allowing MORE P3s in our schools, not less. P3s will get to work with the LEAs (Local Education Agencies) to determine if a student is ready to proceed to the next grade level. (Page 137 of the ESSA Final Conference Report states this.)

Recently, while on a national webinar/conference call with a pro CCSS group concerned about the ESSA and civil rights, they brought up the fact that P3s were a great thing in schools. When I asked them about Page 137 and the mandate; how would the P3s be accountable; how could the P3s do the teacher’s job, they were stumped! I was told that while they didn’t have a good answer they certainly agreed P3s need to be vetted and deemed appropriate.

Warriors, do you see what an open-ended message the ESSA used in this instance? Do you see how fraught with alignment this leaves our States?! Consider the recent news that Planned Parenthood has now been given the green light to open offices directly in select schools across the country. (Source: http://associatedmediacoverage.com/planned-parenthood-announces-on-site-partnership-with-select-public-school-systems/ )

This is a blazing example of a P3 overreach. While it is supposed to be in high schools only, think about the fact our high schools are being redesigned (or already have been) and now include middle school age kids in the SAME buildings!! This means students younger than high school could now have access to the P3, CCSS agenda driven Planned Parenthood.

Please note, Planned Parenthood is not the only agenda driven group. There are plenty more. Ask yourselves, since ESSA has it that groups like this will help determine how ready for the next grade level your student is, HOW will they measure this?!

More on P3s from my blog articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/ (*Note: P3s will definitely include the digital makeovers in our homes/schools/wrap around services as laid out in the ESSA.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/ (*Note: According to the White House Promise Neighborhood has over 1,000 P3s involved. The White House link to find this is embedded in the article.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/play-money/ (*Note: just published earlier in April, the article where I featured the P3 group teaching teachers how to run recess/play time and their alignment to the Social Emotional Learning aspects of CCSS.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/watch-out-alignment-ahead/ (*Note: Also recently published, this one shows how the States will be incentivized to create MORE P3 partnerships for education.)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/update-ccss-cte-stem-and-connect-nc-bond/ (*Note: Will give you an example of how the P3s are in our community colleges already. NC is used as the example.)

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Related P3 Information, Top/Down and Spread Around:

From the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the i3 Grantees (Investing in Innovation):
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovation/awards.html

From the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the Promise Neighborhood Awards (will only be up to 2012, as 2013-14, no new awards were given. Also note that Promise Neighborhoods are codified in the ESSA and have an entire Section in the Law, see Section 4624; Others related to Promise Neighborhoods: Full Service Community Schools, Section 2465; 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Section 4001-42016. Each of these will also have P3 involvment/overreach):
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/awards.html

While I provide the following as examples, please note that each named partner may also have other partners they work with and are NOT named. Regardless of how trustworthy the names of the partners/groups are, remember, this is all part of the purposed and planned overreach in the name of ‘student success’!

An example from CA of an existing Promise Neighborhood Partnership program:
http://www.haywardpromise.org/partners.php
However, look at the vision behind the Promise Neighborhood in this instance:
http://www.haywardpromise.org/vision.php

Here is another CA example of a Promise Neighborhood, in this one, I saw at least 3 CCSS Machine members (United Way, La Raza, and a Economic and Workforce Development Council)http://missionpromise.org/our-work/mpn-partners/

This Promise Neighborhood in MN is governed by a private council!!
https://www.wilder.org/Community-Leadership/Saint-Paul-Promise-Neighborhood/Pages/Partnership-Council.aspx (Ask yourselves, what does this mean in an ESSA era? Will this type of governing replace current school boards, town councils, etc.?) Think I am nuts for suggesting this question? Remember the ESSA is written as an open-ended law in some of its parameters on purpose! Also, the mandate of student achievement wrap around services basically rubber stamps ANYTHING as long as it can be considered educational, a resource, or both.

From TX, A Promise Neighborhood’s  Picture:
(when you click to enlarge it, notice the tag line at the bottom)

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From their Strategic Plan (2013-2107), the following excerpt, “EPN initiated its target setting process in November, 2013 prior to DOE/Urban Institute’s released of its target setting guidance. EPN’s process included thirteen community-wide meetings with over 200 individuals from the broader community and ten small-group meetings with over 50 individuals from specific workgroups (e.g., the Dual Generation Workforce Pipeline workgroup) or specific partnerships (e.g., Out of School Time providers, City Year, all SAISD campus principals and their teams). The process continued up until the submission of the Data Plan on March 31st, 2014.” To get the entire PlanEPN-Strategic-Plan-to-Achieve-Results-2013-2017
(*Note: you will need to know that Head Start is mentioned in this Plan. Head Start is also aligned to the CCSS Machine! Early Head Start is too. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Funding (used in many communities across America) is also aligned.)

For Head Start/Early Head Start:
a) This one will show you many P3s in the educational mix now:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/
b) This one ties the U.S. Dept. of Health/Human Services and their Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services to all CCSS Machine alignment, top/down style:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/

For the TANF Funding:
a) See point #3: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/ftf-more-tracking-the-workforce-aligned-society/
b) How TANF is used in CCSS aligned research for preK and up to accomplish CBE/OBE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/ftf-prek-research-ccss-cbe/

Tying Promise Neighborhoods,P3s, Head Start, and TANF to the ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/the-school-board-special-part-one/

Closing:

I hope I have not confused you on the intent embedded in the ESSA and the P3s. They mean to ruin academic education and replace it with competency based, workforce purposed, social justice minded, and constricted paths for our students. While much is being said about P3s, the danger is what ISN’T being said and how it will be carried out thanks to the ESSA!

As I recently heard an author state about this kind of treatment in another country (I have paraphrased it):
They (those in charge of government/education) do not kill you outright with guns  and knives, they kill you daily by not allowing you to be who you were meant to be or doing what you want.

NC Education Primary, Pt.2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Again, the grammar skills! But I digress..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dr. Rosemary Stein’s Campaign:

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

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

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


All the Candidates:

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

FOM: “Collective” Education

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

Literally, a couple of days ago, I shared with you about an organization called FSG and was able to tie it, not only to Common Core, but to the Gates Foundation. Before we fire up the “Fib-o-Meter” for its weekly measurement of “Total Truth”, “Neutral”, or “Total Fallacy”, I wanted to introduce to you a group that’s a result of the combined efforts of FSG and the Aspen Institute (a huge proponent for CCSS). It’s called the “Collective Impact Forum”. In the screen shot below, note the tone of voice the opening paragraph gives.

Nothing says 'alignment' quite like the 'collective good'.
Nothing says ‘alignment’ quite like the ‘collective good’.

First Up, the Funding:

If you log on to the CIF’s website, you’ll see alot about togetherness, community, and collective good. Then, on the right hand side of the screen, you’ll see a set of 3 boxes. One is about the funding. So, I clicked there. Seems CIF isn’t as ‘community oriented’ as they want us to believe. Why? You have to be a registered ‘funder’ to see whom else funds the Forum! For not being very neighbor-like in a community for collectiveness, “Total Fallacy” for denying access to those who respect transparency in our organizations. Oh, those other 2 tabs, one is labeled ‘Backbone Community’ (but you have to be a registered ‘backbone’ to view the rest of the others with backs). “Total Fallacy” for again, denying transparency to the general public.

The last one is labeled simply “Community”. That one I could access without being registered. Alas, this too is packed with general access. If you scroll down and see the pdf file they have to highlight their efforts in OUR communities, you have to be a registered member to have the document. I don’t think I like these neighbors very much, so far.
*NOTE: After digging around and being denied entry into several portions of this online community, I was able to find out the funding foundations. Fib-o-Meter’s rating this group as one big blob. For their collective efforts in funding our collective demise: “Total Fallacy”!

cifmoney

Next up, a “Total Truth”, Sort Of:

If you’re thinking there’s not much the Fib-o_Meter can measure today, just remember, we’ve not gotten very far. However, I did find this that from the perspective of the CIF, they feel is a “Total Truth”.

Those of us fighting CC, should consider it a chilling reminder why we fight so hard for our individual students. Visit, http://collectiveimpactforum.org/what-collective-impact, and as you scroll down, you’ll understand how the Fib-o-Meter measured this “Total Truth”.

I can share with you by snooping around the website a bit more the CIF considers the 2011 Standford Social Innovation Review’s article about collectiveness to be a foundation for what CIF does. The description CIF gives of the article shares it’s about large scale change with a common agenda for all. Here’s an excerpt you need to see concerning education.The scale and complexity of the U.S. public education system has thwarted attempted reforms for decades. Major funders, such as the Annenberg Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trusts have abandoned many of their efforts in frustration after acknowledging their lack of progress. Once the global leader—after World War II the United States had the highest high school graduation rate in the world—the country now ranks 18th among the top 24 industrialized nations, with more than 1 million secondary school students dropping out every year. The heroic efforts of countless teachers, administrators, and nonprofits, together with billions of dollars in charitable contributions, may have led to important improvements in individual schools and classrooms, yet system-wide progress has seemed virtually unobtainable.” Did you notice the “Total Truth” about those major funders? All 3 have been identified as pro-CCSS supporters. To see the rest of that 2011 article (where the Strive Together program is touted as successful; I’ve also written about Strive’s ties to CCSS), visit: http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/collective_impact

The “New” Neighbors?!:

In finding a page where you could actually find something other than ‘you must be a registered ____________.’, Look at the ‘neighbors’ committed to helping us all become more collective. (click to enlarge the picture)

cifneighbor

For each of the above groups you can conduct your own look into them as far as their ties to CCSS or this collectiveness. Just by the sheer fact they are named in a joint project by two OTHER pro CCSS groups, might be proof enough for you. As an example of what you can find, look at what  Fib-o-Meter did find out about United Way Worldwide (one of the organizations above). UWW  is committed to global education and has corporate ties with other supportive CCSS groups such as Ford Motor Company, Exxon, WalMart, AT and T, and more. (see: http://worldwide.unitedway.org/pages/corporate-partners )

For this, Fib-o-Meter, rates UWW’s activity in this as “Total Truth”. For more “Total Truth” about the US United Way’s design on aligned education, see their “Birth to 21 Continuum”. You can access the timeline AS well as see what else they are doing in US education, http://www.unitedway.org/our-work/education/

uwusa

Finally, Another Partner in the CIF You Should Know About:

Before the Fib-o-Meter shuts down for another week, let’s see how it rates this last group we’ll look at today. Called “The Integration Initiative”. 

Why is this one so special? Let’s find out. Here’s the reason Fib-o-Meter finds it ‘special’, see below and click to enlarge it.

Find out more: https://www.livingcities.org/about
Find out more:
https://www.livingcities.org/about

Those most powerful institutions behind this Initiative? Straight from the TII’s website:

The Financiers:

  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • AXA Equitable
  • Bank of America
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Citi Foundation
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Ford Foundation
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The JPB Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The McKnight Foundation
  • MetLife, Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Wells Fargo

Affiliate Members

  • The Cleveland Foundation
  • The Skillman Foundation

Did you notice any group listed above as ones you already know as CCSS friendly, supportive, or profiting from? Fib-o-Meter did! More “Total Truths” from the TII about ‘cradle to career’, ‘data mining useage’ and more can be found at:

 https://www.livingcities.org/search?q=education

Notice the amount of P3 (Public Private Partnerships) involvement in our education system. Certainly not a great thing at all! If you consider that P3s are how we were saddled with CCSS in the first place, you know what a “Total Fallacy” this concept is!!

Closing:

Each week, since I’ve begun my blog, we’ve looked at the fibs the CCSS Machine would like us to believe and exposed them. We’ve searched out and found the truth the Machine has wished to remain buried and brought them to the surface. I hope you’ve been able to see from this article and the one just 2 days ago that the collective mindset is ruining our education. It’s eroding our society. It’s simply a bad fit for America.