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Big Bucks for Post Secondary Ed

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In this final in-depth look at the massive amount of taxpayer money being requested to continue the CCSS Machine’s overreach into education (at all levels), we will see what portions of the almost $70 billion will go to post-secondary education. A part of Common Core, Career Tech Education, College and Career Readiness, I have researched well over the past 5+ years.

Like the previous 2 articles, I will connect the programs to how they are not only embedded in legislation (such as ESSA {Every Student Succeeds Act}, but others like the ACPA {America’s College Promise Act 2015} and the HEA {Higher Education Act}.

A link to the Fed Ed Budget for students, families, and communities:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/

A link to the Fed Ed Budget for teachers and school leaders:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/fed-ed-budget-for-teachersleaders/

First Up: The Big Bucks for Post-Secondary Education:

1) Via the America’s College Promise (ACP) “Through an investment of $61 billion over the next decade, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree and earn the skills needed to succeed in the workforce – at no cost.”
The justification for this amount of money continues with, ACP also would provide grants to schools that support new low-income students, including those transferring from a community college. Students would be able to receive up to two years of college at these institutions at zero or significantly reduced tuition.”
While the U.S. Dept. of Ed Blog states what you see above, the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Fact Sheet tells you a bit more. ACP, which would create a new partnership with States to make two years of community college free for responsible students..”

*What is noteworthy here is when you click on the embedded link to find out more about ACP, you are taken to a Fact Sheet for the America’s College Promise Act of 2015. (see Related Resources)

If you think community colleges are CCSS Machine-free (meaning not full of CCSS, CTE, and/or CCR {Common Core State Standards, Career Tech Education, and/or College Career Readiness} consider these:
a) The SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), a big CCSS Machine member has gone out of its way to use community colleges for a preK to PhD alignment. See my article (full of facts and embedded links to the documents):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/
b) The Adult CCSS Standards written by some of the same members of the other CCS StandardsCCRStandardsAdultEd

As far as the CCSS Machine’s presence in 4 year colleges and universities, both public and private, here are few other resources to help you connect all this. These are in no way the only institutions involved in the CCSS Machine.

a) Career Pathways (part of the CTE ‘arm of CCSS‘) got its start from a partnership between Harvard University and Pearson Publishing as a response to their ‘Pathways to Prosperity Study’. See this article for this and how national career credentials factor in:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/
b) Some Christian Colleges are using or teaching CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/fom-friday-christian-colleges-exempt-from-common-core-not/
c) The purposed  plan for aligning K-12 and post-secondary education can best be learned about from this document from
Lumina (a big CCSS Machine member):
A_path_to_alignment
d) A visual aid to help you see some of the bridging going on is below. It is from Illinois. The entire article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/wybi-wednesday-icaps-common-core-and-more/

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According to the report, there are many different names for the same agenda via Career Tech Education, Career Pathways, Common Core, and more.

(If you need to enlarge the picture, please click on it)

2) Thirty million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and MSI (Minority Serving Institutions) is also included in the Budget Request. The targeted population? Low-income students. Where are the CCSS Machine ties for them? For one, the Urban League. See my article (dates back to Sec. Duncan): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/fom-duncan-extols-upcoming-esea-renewal/
Then there are the  National Council of La Raza/United Negro College Fund ties: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/monday-musings-more-parent-ccss-alignment/

3) ‘First in the World Initiative’ will get $100 million including $30 million for schools in the included in #2. FY 2017 will be the 3rd round of funding for FITW (First in the World). It debuted in 2014. Why all the money? Evidence based research for student success in post-secondary education. Especially for ‘student outcomes’. In anti CCSS language that is a huge clue for OBE (Outcome Based Education).
The U.S. Dept. of Ed has a very generic explanation of just what FITW is. See: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fitw/index.html

If you want a bit more information about FITW, head to the Office where FITW is embedded in, the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. There you will see how our Veterans are involved, that there is a huge database of information, and other need-to-know items. See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/fipse/index.html

How will this tie back to the CCSS Machine? From the U.S. Dept. of Education side: CTE-Career Tech Education, TRIO Programs,  and more! From the U.S. Labor sideAmerican Apprenticeship Initiative, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity) programs, and more!
See the Ed’s ties: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/grntprgm.html
See the Labor’s ties: http://www.dol.gov/featured/apprenticeship/grants (as of 2015,$175 million in grants has been awarded across America). Just one of the WIOA related programs tied to the CCSS Machine: JDGs (Job Development Grants) . How do I know? Research! For the TRIO/Workforce ties: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/tech-thursday-ccss-workforce-pushing-labor-reform/
For the JDG ties: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/wybi-job-development-grants-and-ccss/

Next Up: It’s All in the Name of Savings:

Written into the Budget Request are a few of the taxpayer/student savings to be had. However, are these truly savings or simply more ties to bind us all to the CCSS Machine?
Pell Grants, according to the Ed’s Blog will be raised above inflation AFTER 2017. To see the parameters of what Pells offer NOW, see: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell
What does the Ed’s Fact Sheet tell us the Blog didn’t? There are to be incentives for accelerated completion of the Pell Grant applications for students and a one time bonus of $300.00 through an ‘On Track Pell Grant Program’. There are a few other items as well. Be sure to access the full Fact Sheet from the Related Resources below.
To learn more about both of these I have pointed you to, see:
http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-helping-more-americans-complete-college-new-proposals-success
*What is noteworthy is look at where the authority is coming from.

You will also see in the Fed Ed Budget Request,  FASFA didn’t get left out of the savings. FASFA, short for ‘Free Application for Federal Student Aid’. In the Ed Blog, we are only told that FASFA will be less complicated and will need to be completed earlier than previously required. What does the Fact Sheet share? No dollar amounts, but lots of parameters. Look on Page 7 of the document.

What you won’t get about the ‘savings’ to taxpayers/students is the strings attached. These strings are not just for our families and students, but entire post-secondary institutions! What do I mean? I am including an article I previously published which will tell you much more about how the college rating system, the HEA, FASFA, and education reform based on the CCSS Machine intersect. Better yet, there is a video where you can hear it for yourselves! See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/tech-thursday-more-on-the-hea-higher-ed-act/

How ALL this Ties Back to the ESSA/HEA:

For specific page numbers and the ties between ESSA and WIOA :
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

For specific page numbers and the ties between ESSA and HEA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/



Related Resources:

1) The Budget Fact Sheet from the U.S. Dept. of Education:
2017budget-factsheet

2) The U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Blog article in its entirety:
https://blog.ed.gov/2016/02/the-fy-2017-budget-request-for-education-aims-to-increase-college-access-affordability-and-completion-4/

3) My article tying the HEA to CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/weekend-news-hea-higher-ed-act-and-the-common-core/

4) My article exposing Sen. Alexander and the ‘Next America’:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/wybi-sen-alexander-the-hea-and-next-america/ (You can also read about the FITW here, too.)

5) How the ACTE (Association for Career Tech Education) had CTE (Career Tech Education) listed as a federal law and concern with the states as recipients on its priority list. Why does it still matter? See the amount of 2017 money sought for the similar support via the CPA of 2015:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/anti-cc-warrior-action-update/

6) An up close look at the America’s College Promise Act (CPA 2015):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/may-day-may-day-ccsscte-urgent-news/
6a) To see the White House’s Fact Sheet on CPA 2015https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/09/fact-sheet-white-house-unveils-america-s-college-promise-proposal-tuitio
6b) To see the ACCT (Association of Community Colleges Trustees) Fact Sheet for CPA 2015:
http://www.acct.org/files/Advocacy/Factsheets%20and%20Summaries/Fact%20Sheet%20ACP%20Act%20of%202015.pdf

7) To learn how the HEA was extended so Perkins Funding and CTE could continue:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/ftf-an-extension-for-higher-ed-act/

8) The full article where I featured the CCSS Adult Standards in an update:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/tech-thursday-update-on-ccsscte-for-adults/

9) More on  FAFSAs, CTE, Lumina, and host of post-secondary educational institutions:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/ftf-a-dependent-truth/

 


Closing:

I couldn’t resist sharing with you, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, a direct quote from the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Fact Sheet explaining where all the billions of taxpayer money is going.
“Yet while it is important to take stock of our progress, this Budget is not about looking back at the road we have traveled. It is about looking forward and making sure our economy works for everybody, not just those at the top. It is about choosing investments that not only make us stronger today, but also reflect the kind of country we aspire to be – the kind of country we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.”

I know, you, like myself, are determined to preserve a country truly worthy of passing on. From where I sit, it WILL NOT include ANYTHING connected to the CCSS Machine!

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FOM: Duncan Extols Upcoming ESEA Renewal

How one might say we feel about the quality of education CCSS is delivering.
How one might say we feel about the quality of education CCSS is delivering.

Happy Friday, Anti CCSS Warriors! The “Fib-o-Meter” for today is chock full of one of the biggest fibbers in modern education. So, without further delay..I present a short video featuring Secretary Arne Duncan and Urban Leguage’s Marc Morial. The clip is about the ‘virtues’ of ESEA.

The Video:

As we’ve seen with most things concerning D.C., little transparency; the only description this video clip gives is that is was after a ‘recent event in Washington’.

The Rhetoric:

Did you notice almost immediately the emphasis the Urban League’s spokesman put on the word ‘strong’? I did. What about the statement at 17 seconds describing ESEA’s reason for being? “Accountability”, you’ve got to be joking me! Followed by ‘equity’. Educratic speak, folks!

What IS equity? We’ve been over this before, but, since it’s relevant, let’s look at ‘equity’ again. Webster’s Dictionary says it could be as many as three different definitions. The first is ‘fairness or justice in the way people are treated’. Fib-o-Meter’s got ’em on this one. “Total Fallacy”. There’s NOTING fair or just about CCSS/CTE/CCR/ESEA/NCLB! (Common Core State Standards, Career Tech Education, College/Career Readiness, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, No Child Left Behind)

However, if you look at the next definition of ‘equity’ (which is basically the value of something of worth once it’s been paid off and debts settled), Fib-o-Meter can still nail them with a “Total Fallacy”! How? Think about it. The massive debt financially is one thing when it comes to federal overreach in education, BUT, add in the P3 (public private partnership) aspect of the CCSS Machine and you’ve got an emotional debt that will NEVER be satisfied!

“This blueprint” was talked about about 28 seconds into the clip above. Yes, look at the architect! Sen. Lamar Alexander. If you’re not sure who he is, here’s some “Total Truth” about him. A former chairman of the National Govenor’s Association (as in 1/2 owner of the copyright to CCSS), former U.S. Secretary of Education (as in the head of the department which gave us SBAC and PARCC), and former chairman of the committee for Health, Education,Labor, and Pensions(as in a part of the aligned workforce agenda). For more “Total Truth”, visit this Congressional page, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=a000360

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.

The Rhetoric Continues With….

At the 30 second mark, listen for the affirmation from the Urban League gentleman. Buzzword to listen for? “Aligned”. We’ve known how Sec. Duncan embraces aligning folks, but it sure was a bit of a surprise to hear  the UL feels the same way. Why am I not totally surprised? Maybe it’s just too much research. I’ve come to learn anytime any group or person entertains the U.S. Dept. of Ed, it usually means trouble.

Listen to Sec. Duncan at the 39 second mark for what he thinks the ESEA needs. (hint: fixing in a bipartisan way). That’s a huge “Total Fallacy”!! What the proposed HR5 needs is a stick of dynamite! What the politicians need is a dose of anti CCSS warrior education solution: ENDING the federal overreach of government! That’s a huge “Total Truth”!

Next, you’ll hear the same old song of ‘more early childhood ed’, ‘more resources for the poor’..blah, blah, blah. No, again, what we need is an END to federal overreach of the federal government. By the way, who’s the ‘we’, it certainly can’t be the U.S. Dept. of Ed, most of the tax money thrown their way has done nothing to improve education for decades! Boom! “Total Truth”! (*Note: a related resource and totally worth snagging is the Cato Institute’s “Handbook to Congress” where in reveals just how abysmal the Dept. of Ed truly is. Access it at the following website: http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/cato-handbook-policymakers/2003/9/hb108-28.pdf )

Ahh…Sec. Duncan can’t go one day with the use of the phrase ‘high standards’ or the word ‘assessment’, can he? Listen to him near the 50 second mark. Notice he shares that assessments are so THEY can know if what they are doing is right. Where I come from, if you need to be reassured you’re doing right by THAT many people (meaning those impacted by all the assessments), you most definitely shouldn’t be up to whatever it is in the first place.

Also listen for the following:


How interested in early childhood education the UL is. Having things down ‘pat’ at 3, 4, or 5 years of age..what a “Total Fallacy” that thinking is. At 3 through 5 years of age, kids are nowhere near ready for ‘pat’. They are ready for exploring, discovering, and for mercy’s sake..playing! Isn’t it interesting that neither of these gentlemen are licensed early childhood experts? Yet, they are forecasting what’s best for them? UGH!

Be sure you catch all the creative ways the different groups of citizens are described in. Wow! Talk about political correctness. UGH!

For any of us to remember when we were in school and still recall what we learned is a far cry from today’s educational drama. The “Total Truth” is modern outcome based education doesn’t work! If you’re a ‘seasoned adult’ as both the speakers appear to be, you know your teachers taught you for learning’s sake NOT some agenda’s bidding! UGH!

The combination of civil rights, opportunity, and excellence. You’ll ‘love’ how they are to be factored in education. At 2:58, the ‘be all, end all’ of the entire educational upheaval: competing in the global economy. “Total Truth”! CCSS/CTE/CCR are not about educating students; they are for grooming workers. UGH!

“Education HAS to be the great equalizer.” “Total Fallacy”!! No, it doesn’t HAVE to be, it CAN be, but it is NOT mandatory! It certainly shouldn’t even be discussed by anyone benefiting from the CCSS Machine. (about the 3:07 mark) Be sure you hear what follows, ‘increased social mobility’. Somehow, Sec. Duncan, I believe we’ve got the social mobility part of life down without the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s help, but then, I’m not the one stirring the pot of leverage either.

By 3:28 the guilt factor comes into play during this clip. It’s the ‘do it or die’ fallacy, folks. “IF we DON’T act now, we’ll be “losers” kind of attitude. UGH!

“Total Fallacy” that ‘nothing ideological’ is involved in the modern education mess of CCSS/CCR/CTE or any other crap connected to the CCSS Machine.

“We’re fighting for our kids”. Okay, Sec. Duncan, if we are to truly believe you are fighting for them, why are so many others fighting to SAVE them?! Another “Total Fallacy”!

What’s almost as bad is the statement immediately following by Mr. Morial’s mention of ‘that partnership’. We’d need an illustrated encyclopedia to review how ‘successful’ all those partners in education have been. Let’s remember it was a P3 partnership that saddled us with the CCSS Machine!

Oh, and let’s not forget all this is everyone’s responsibility. “Total Fallacy”! NO, our children are NOT everyone’s responsibility. No, education is not the government’s responsibility. Education is a privilege to be cherished and nurtured. A child is the parent or guardian’s responsibility. It is the state’s responsibility to protect the citizens AND it’s the federal government’s responsibility to see that things run smoothly.

Closing:

If you’d like to learn more about the Urban League’s view of education, see:

http://nulwb.iamempowered.com/policies/education
http://nulwb.iamempowered.com/policies/education

As far as Sec. Duncan’s view of education, I think we’ve seen enough.