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“Friend” Of The Family

Greetings fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors! September 2017 is upon us. 

Look below. What you see is actual evidence from a concerned Mom from the Raleigh, NC area.  She’s been with me, fighting the CCSS Machine in NC, for quite a while now.

This is the front page of the letter received by the concerned parent.

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Warriors, take note of the fine print, Harvard University Research is to receive this personal information. Harvard’s located in MA, not NC! Why is an NC school district farming personal information and data to an Ivy League School?

Next, is the middle page of the letter that was sent home.

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This form, as you can see is in the event you have more than one child in the same school system.

Below, is the back page of the letter received.

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Warriors, from the appearance of this part of the letter, all the data issues seem to be ‘not a big deal’, but as we know, all is never as it seems when it comes to our child’s personal information OR their school data.

To complete the guise of ‘friendly’ research data gathering, the folks behind the Wake County School System and the Harvard team, even give you a postage-paid envelope to mail the letter in!

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Foe #1:

Warriors, I’ve repeatedly shown you have up to its neck in CCSS Machine business Harvard University has been over the course of my published blog.

From their partnership with Pearson Publishing to create the “Pathways to Prosperity” which in turn spur on the “Career Pathways” of the CCSS (Common Core State Standards), STEM (Science, Technology,Engineering, and, Math) and the CTE (Career Tech Education) alignment, as well as create a hotbed for social justice alignment. Then, there’s the micro-management of school counselors with the co-operation of former President and First Lady Obama, which will impact students in K-12th and/or college, where the Harvard grab for adult learners  goes into hyper-drive.

We can’t leave Harvard’s activity in the CCSS Machine there, Warriors. The University has played a big part in the Career Pathways transformation to CBE (Competency Based Education), right along with InACOL, the Gates Foundation, and others.

Oh, and if you didn’t know it, 3rd grade students (and older) can thank Harvard for their undermining reading and writing for job skill training!
The final blow to Harvard’s ‘respected’ reputation, at least as far as an anti Fed Ed Warrior’s perspective goes, will be the global education push that Harvard pitches us into as part of the GECN (Global Education Conference Network).

Now they want us to TRUST them with sensitive school details?!

 

Foe #2:

“My Student’s Team” by the Harvard Research Team.

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When you visit the website (embedded in ‘team’ above), you will see almost nothing. There’s  very little wording. As far as the school districts using “My Student’s Team”? Three. One is Manchester Public Schools, another is Winsdor Public Schools. Wake is the only school system which is a county-wide one using the ‘friendly’ student support team.

Since I have no clue where Manchester and Windsor are located, I will use what information I do have. I hope wherever the Manchester and Winsdor parents are, the following information will be useful.

What does the Team do for the student?  As it appears on the first page of the letter my fellow Warrior received, it looks like a non-family member contact for your student. But notice the wording. I’m going to give you full access to my student I’m interested in knowing more about permission to access his/her behavior records?!

I understand, Warriors, this is a research project with a rubber stamp, but rubber won’t keep data safe.

The letter states a team member should be one who’s interested in knowing more about a student who’s a) not a parent, b) not normally in contact with the school, and c) by the legal guardian! Warriors, do you see what I see?

STRANGER DANGER!
We (meaning those who consent) are to readily and willingly hand over sensitive information to a nameless, faceless ‘team’ via the post office!
By allowing these people I don’t know very well/don’t know at all because they live so far away, what am I really signing up for? Who will background check my choice of ‘support person’ for my student? Who is going to be looking into MY records? For what purpose?

From Raleigh, NC to Harvard, MA is over 700 miles. It also passes through several States, thereby crossing state lines. Is this safe? Is the submission of consent by this ‘non-parent’ giving FULL disclosure? Do those signing this paper realize that given consent means whoever or whatever group Harvard shares this information with will be deemed as ‘okay’ by you, under the current FERPA regulations?

Warriors, because FERPA was changed and large loopholes exist NOW, no agreement seeking your permission should be trusted as ‘safe’!

How do I know? Child Abuse in the Classroom has an entire section on the real truth about how unsafe FERPA is when it comes to private information. Because of the loopholes, you have NO clue who or where Harvard will share this data.  Access the Child Abuse in the Classroom’s FERPA link, here.

(*Note: if you are ready to keep your student’s data safe, or, to see FERPA restored so that your child’s information IS safe, please join the grassroots national campaign called “Child Abuse in the Classroom” today!)

 

Harvard University, Wake County Schools, and SREE:

Warriors, how DID Wake County Schools get the attention of Harvard University to become an experimental research subject? 

One connection I found was a 2016 Conference listed on Harvard University’s website where an official from the Wake Co. system was featured as a speaker. The Conference was one for SREE (Society for Research on Education Effectiveness). You’ll be interested to know that the CCSS Machine member organization, AIR was a main sponsor. (AIR is short from American Institutes for Research)
Two of the SREE Board of Directors are Harvard University employees. AIR is also represented on the Board of Directors.

According to the Gates Foundation Grants website, SREE has received 2 grants. Both were in 2013.

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I’ve provided the full 29 page program from that Conference.  Another huge CCSS Machine member group in attendance: WestEd.

Foe #3:

However, it’s  Matthew Lenard (green arrows) which is the name connecting the Wake County Schools to Harvard. 

His resume is steeped in the CCSS Machine’s rhetoric.
He’s held a position with SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) which has received funds from the Gates Foundation as well as other  big name groups shoving the modern education reform down our throats.
In fact, SREB is one of the main groups using CCSS Machine money and resources to push the agenda onto school leaders, especially the counselors! (*Note: the highlighted phrase will give you access to every one of my SREB researched articles)

According to his LinkedIn Profile, Lenard is with the Wake County Public School System as a data and accountability officer. Here’s a quote, ” I joined WCPSS through the Strategic Data Project (SDP), a initiative housed at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. SDP partners with districts, school networks, and state agencies across the U.S. to transform the use of data in education.”

Lenard is tapped for the SREE 2018 Conference, where a featured speaker from WestEd will lead the attendees down the data strewn path of student information.

Foe #4:

Below, is a screen shot for the SDP (Strategic Data Project). Wake County’s been a partner since 2011. Gates Foundation grants to SDP: two, 1 in 2017 to the State of KY’s Dept. of Education for the data mining and one in 2012 directly to Harvard. Source

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To see the SDP Partner List, visit here. To see the Harvard created College-going Diagnostic Tool for Wake County, visit here.

Related:
This 2010 You Tube video features a woman from the IES speaking to an SREE audience about ‘practice guides’. Listen about the 1:14 minute mark when you’ll hear how behavior modification was almost casually mentioned. While the direct link in the comments to the video no longer exist, I did find some IES Practice Guides which may very well be the type of behavior modification the woman was referring to. In the modification plans? Multi-tier support and Response to Intervention. Both of these are ESSA mandates for our children.

https://youtu.be/pkQgXDlswxQ

From Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research, this screen shot from a 2016 Survey Report.

Since we’re in the latter part of 2017, and this Report is still awaiting student data, where has the data been since collected? Warriors, do not only look at what we’re being told, but also ask about all the other details being left out on purpose! (*Note: by clicking on ‘Research’, you’ll be able to access the Harvard Center for Education Policy publications.)

HarvardMQIWarriors, since we know ESSA’s mandates include assessments. Research like this will continue the assessment alignment cycle going.

Numerous Foes:

Who funds the Harvard Center for Education Policy?

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Closing:

Warriors, we know the data mining is intrusive. We know it violates our civil rights.
My most recent NC interview where we talked about data in the classroom. (Sept. 3, 2017)
I thank the CCTA (Coast Carolina Taxpayers Assoc.) for inviting me. (*Note: I mistakenly used the amount of $89 million in reference to the ESSA funds set aside for digital and technology. It should be $849 million.)

Hiding Behind the Tests

Warriors Against the Core, with school back in session (or just about to be back in session), we know assessments are on everyone’s minds.

Tests, assessments, check-ups, quizzes, and whatever else these measurement tools are being called have been the bane of our educational system since Outcome Based Education via the Common Core State Standards rolled out.

We’ve read countless headlines, participated in numerous opt-out movements, held our children as they cried about these ‘wicked weapons’ used against them, and cursed the CCSS Machine for being so cruel.

So, what more could I possible share with you that might help our efforts to END the mindful abuse?

In digging through some ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) resources, I found an organization which has been researching not only assessments, but education in America for the past 100 years. That’s right, since 1916, our education has been studied by an organization not too far removed from the federal government.

**What follows is an in-depth look at one mammoth organization.

Enter, American Educational Research Association (AERA):

Website: http://www.aera.net/
From their “About Us” page, this excerpt, “founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.”

Look at bit further into who is involved with AERA and you will find a mixed bag of public-private groups, testing companies, non-profits, federal and state agencies, as well as international organizations. (see the rest: http://www.aera.net/About-AERA/Who-We-Are) (If you would like to see some of the AERA members and their accomplishments, see:
http://www.aera.net/Membership-Achievements) *Note, you need to not only look at the names but what these folks are doing in education. For example, Linda Darling-Hammond was among 3 educational women to be named as one of the 2015 “18 Women Everyone Should Know in K-12 Education”.

As far as the leadership behind AERA? Currently, the ties extend to the NSF (National Science Foundation, a huge CCSS/STEM supporter); The American Bar Foundation (yes, I have found CCSS ties to the American Bar Association); the University of PA; and the University of Michigan. In the recent past, the leadership has been from the Ford Foundation ( a huge CCSS, CTE, STEM financer). Even further back in the leadership, you will find Linda Darling-Hammond (1995-96), Harvard University ties (2000-2001), and a host of other universities we now know which have been a part of the CCSS Machine. Oh, and AERA has lots of SIGs (Special Interest Groups).

The programs AERA has? Those include educational research communications, advocacy, making sure any government legislation impacting education has their input (especially to preserve the scientific parts), professional development for educators, AND social justice issues. See: http://www.aera.net/About-AERA/Key-Programs

As far as AERA and the future of educational research? Here is an excerpt I found on their 2017 Annual Conference theme page, “As we begin AERA’s second century, the theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is a call to examine these critical dimensions of educational opportunity and rigor in research as they pertain to the diversity of issues, populations, and contexts served in and by educational inquiry. These range from young children to their parents and families, from PreK-12 to postsecondary education and adult learning, from affluent districts to financially struggling schools, and from immigrant to low-income communities within urban and rural settings alike. They are studied in large datasets and in field studies, and through multiple methods, including qualitative approaches, experimental designs, and discourse analyses. They are investigated in both vastly different and complementary theories of learning, human development, literacy, sociolinguistics, and culture, and within different contexts. They are connected to race, language, and gender, and are embedded in systemic inequalities. Finally, they exist alongside enormous technological innovation, new approaches to studying diverse and historically underserved populations, refinement of existing methodologies, recurrent policy revisions, and the wide reach of global exchanges.” To see the rest (and you really should):
http://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting

Bring on the Assessments Research!

Among the SIGs (Special Interest Groups), you will find the following organizations:
a) SIG #18, Classroom Assessments, their website: http://www.aera.net/SIG018/Classroom-Assessment-SIG-18 (Key contact, University at Albany – SUNY)

b) SIG #167, Cognition and Assessment, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG167/Cognition-and-Assessment-SIG-167 (Key contact, University of Georgia)

c) SIG #22, Computer and Internet Applications in Education, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG022/-Computer-and-Internet-Applications-in-Educ-SIG-22
(Key contact, the University of South Florida)

d) SIG #179, Data-Driven Decision Making in Education, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG179/Data-Driven-Decision-Making-in-Education-SIG-179
(Key contact, WestEd)

e) SIG #56, The John Dewey Project, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG056/Dewey-Studies-SIG-56

f) SIG #96, Inclusion & Accommodation in Educational Assessment, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG096/IAEA-SIG-96
(Key contact, Anne Davidson)

g) SIG #141, Large Scale Assessment, no website or contact information. The purpose, however, ‘To provide a forum for discussion of the status, issues, and concerns related to large-scale assessment, including practices and innovations in state assessment programs.’

h) SIG #63, Longitudinal Studies, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG063/Longitudinal-Studies-SIG-63
(Key Contact, CA State University, Los Angeles at Long Beach)

i) SIG #64, Measurement and Assessment in Higher Education, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG064/Measurement-and-Assessment-in-Higher-Education-SIG-64
(Key contact, University of IL at Urbana-Champaign)

j) SIG #99, NAEP Studies, no website information. Key contact, the California Dept. of Education. However, the purpose is as follows, “To facilitate secondary analysis of the National Assessment of Educational Progress ongoing surveys regarding U.S. students knowledge, attitudes and experiences in diverse learning areas.”

k) SIG #83, Rasch Measurement, their website: http://www.raschsig.org/
(Key contact, University of Memphis)

l) SIG #90, Research on Evaluation, their website: http://www.aera.net/SIG090/Research-on-Evaluation-SIG-90
(Key contact, University of TX at El Paso)

m) SIG #151, Technology as an Agent of Change  in Teaching and Learning, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG151/SIG-By-Laws *Note: be sure to click on the “By-Laws” to see exactly what purpose this SIG is seeking to accomplish.
(Key contact, George Mason University)

n) SIG #72, Test Validity Research and Evaluation, their website:
http://www.aera.net/SIG072/Test-Validity-Research-and-Evaluation-SIG-72
(Key contact, University of Nebraska at Lincoln)

Warriors, I urge you to investigate AERA’s SIG list on your own. Why? Social emotional learning research, whole school reform research, workforce learning research, special needs education research, and so much more! See: http://www.aera.net/About-AERA/Member-Constituents/SIGs/SIG-Directory/First/A/Last/Z

So Are There CCSS Machine/ESSA Ties to AERA?

Absolutely! From an undated AERA Press Release, this excerpt, “Among the AERA members who contributed their research perspectives and expertise were Bridget Hamre, University of Virginia; Steve Hurlburt, American Institutes for Research; Steven Tozer, University of Illinois at Chicago; Mark Schneider, American Institutes for Research; Shaun Harper, University of Pennsylvania; Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University; Gary Miron, Western Michigan University; Laura Perna, University of Pennsylvania; Michael Olivas, University of Houston Law Center; Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; Richard Ingersoll, University of Pennsylvania; Deborah Loewenberg Ball, University of Michigan; Anthony Bryk, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and Bryan Hassel, Public Impact.”

What about all those universities? Aren’t they part of the CCSS Machine? Warriors, from my research I have been able to connect several colleges and universities across America as part of the CCSS Machine in one way or another.

I invite you to contribute any anti CCSS Warrior knowledge about ANY of the colleges/universities in this article. A simple way to see if an educational institution you suspect as tied to the CCSS Machine, is to get to their main website page (or, in the case of it being a university, go to their college of education’s main page). Type in ‘Common Core’ (or any of the code phrases you know are connected).

For example, my favorite college football team is from the University of GA (you saw them above in the SIG projects). In less than 1 minutes, I found almost 2,000 resources on GA’s main search page.

These public universities are perfect hiding places for the CCSS Machine to ‘improve’ the CCSS into the now famous CCR (College and Career Readiness); the “Next Generation”; the STEM to STEAM; the CTE (Career Tech Education), and on and on. Many privately funded educational post-secondary institutions are also in this mix. No educational offering should be considered safe anymore.

Remember, the public-private partnerships and their money grease the cogs in the CCSS Machine. It is our job to find as many wrenches to throw into those cogs!

To see what OTHER CCSS Machine member groups AERA works with, belongs to, contributes among: http://www.aera.net/Research-Policy-Advocacy/Coalition-Partners

To see AERA’s Position Paper on High Stakes Assessmentshttp://www.aera.net/About-AERA/AERA-Rules-Policies/Association-Policies/Position-Statement-on-High-Stakes-Testing
*Note, their position is based on a 2000 publication.

To see how AERA is supportive of the ESSA, AERA ESEA Rulemaking Comments
*Note: Much of AERA’s comments circle around the States and Title One. In the ESSA language, Title One is definitely tied to the assessments and these assessments are mandates from the Federal government.

Mentioned in the AERA comments is the “Common Rule”, to see what AERA is doing for the “Common Rule” for researching education (as well as their other research pet projects in the ESSA era), http://www.aera.net/Research-Policy-Advocacy/Issues-and-Initiatives

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If you would like to see a recent AERA Research Report on how ‘great’ measuring non academic skills is and should be, see: http://www.aera.net/Newsroom/Recent-AERA-Research/Measurement-Matters-Assessing-Personal-Qualities-Other-Than-Cognitive-Ability-for-Educational-Purposes  *Note: be sure to delve into their OTHER recent research, you’ll need to see the alignment to the CCSS Machine.

Our last tie to the CCSS Machine? You had to know this Foundation would show up at some point:
The Gates Foundation, 2013, granted AERA $250,000.00. See the purpose of the grant: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2013/05/OPP1091034

Closing:

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, there is plenty here to use as weapons of truth in our local fights. Use only what you need, share the other portions. It may seem a bit overwhelming, but when you divide a mammoth organization’s CCSS Machine ties among several like-minded Warriors, it makes light work.

We MUST use this information! Assessments, data mining, and using our educators and students as guinea pigs for research is unacceptable.

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Tech Thursday: Technically Speaking for CCSS

Last night, I had the honor of speaking out against Common Core and the ‘CCSS Machine’ as I call it. In today’s “Tech Thursday”, I will share the details so you discover for yourselves, just how broadly the all-encompassing education reform (illegally based) has progressed.

 

Technically Speaking, A Bit if Background:

When I was invited to join last night’s phone call, I asked my hostess what the topic was to be so I could prepare. The topic, she said, would be to tie in how the most recent shooting in OR,  not only Common Core, but the overall mental damage our educational system has wrought upon our schools. My part of the conversation was to see where Common Core, communities, mental health, and gun control intersected.

My first connection between all of the above came with my “Project Aware” article (published in Dec. 2014) In that article, you can find how much gun control plays into Project Aware. It ties the SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration) to the President’s gun control policies presented to America just after the Sandy Hook School shootings. The Report details how much data mining throughout your communities will be carried out by Local Education Agencies(LEAs)and SEAs (State Educational Agencies), it will reveal how teachers are to become mental health minions; how any other adult involved in education will also become aligned. Access to this article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/14/rmt-sunday-beware-of-project-aware/
To see just how aligned your school counselors (one of those ‘other; educational personnel included in the alignment, see my article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/ (*NOTE: this article reveals another Presidential initiative being carried out in the name of educational alignment to the CCSS Machine.)

To access the Presidential Report from 2013, be sure to click on the embedded link ion the “Project Aware” article.

Bottom line technical detail: With this much effort (trust me, this is just a glimpse) put into aligning our educational leaders to the overall CCSS agenda, it’s no wonder education is in trouble. CCSS is breeding compliance.

 

Technically speaking, The Mental Health:

Okay, so we have the foundation, which is ‘compliance’. We all know that to be compliant, our thinking, our beliefs have to undergo big transformations. Our mental health plays into the CCSS Machine’s agenda beautifully. Think of all the research my fellow anti CCSS warriors have produced, especially Anita Hoge. This article should be of great help to you:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anita117.htm
(*NOTE: In this article she shares how the upcoming re-authorizations of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) will advance the mental health power grab of our students.

That’s not the only source available to you as anti CCSS warriors. However. let’s move on to more technically speaking aspects of the mental health moves being made.

While getting my resources together for last night’s call, I was on Twitter about the time Bill Gates’ big educational speech was on. I was still sharing anti CCSS information with everyone, when I noticed some of the tweets and retweets surrounding this ‘big’ speech. Ones like below:
Mrs. Gates was sharing with all how social issues/social, emotional learning are just as vital to education & its reformation. The Ed & Workforce Democrats were stating early childhood is their focus at the moment because, as early as 9 months old, achievement gaps can be found! Head Start joined in the Gates speech with the words of we don’t enroll just the child, we enroll the family; citywide data collection and data sharing and using Detroit as a shining example. So, this got my attention. What else has Head Start done in the name of educational reform? Below is just one of the things I discovered:

Early Childhood Development Training and Technical Assistant Centers
Early Childhood Development Training and Technical Assistant Centers

What you see above is a program already in place for birth to 13 years of age! If you aren’t familiar with Head Start, it’s part of the U. S. Dept of Health and Human Services (one of the 3 main federal level departments involved in aligning education. Working with HHS are the U. S. Depts of Education and Labor) What this image shows us is another top down (federal to state to local) overreach. It shows us where our tax dollars are being used. It shows us how communities are being aligned right under our noses. If you look deep enough into these new centers, you can find pro CCSS funding groups like WestED; you can find international digital and data collectors like ICF International (where one of the main education consultants is a pro CCSS contributor*) You can also find the CCSS/CTE aligned Zero to Three program involved. How do I know the Zero to Three is pro CCSS/CTE? In my research. Here’s the original article I wrote:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/sic-em-saturday-pint-sized-common-core/  From this article, you can learn how Head Start, Bill Gates, Jeb Bush, and others are backing education reform to impact our youngest students. The American Association of Pediatrics is even helping out! You’ll also learn how the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) is involved for the purpose of total community alignment.

To learn more about the Head Start Centers,
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/interagency-projects/ece-technical-assistance
To learn about ICF Intertnational‘s education consultant, http://www.icfi.com/about/our-people/icf/b/branch-jeannine
To see how connected to CCSS WestED is, http://www.wested.org/about-us/clients/
To see the community alignment where P21 is contributing to all this,
 http://www.expandinglearning.org/expandingminds/article/upgrading-afterschool-common-sense-shifts-expanded-learning-digital-age

Bottom line technical detail: When you look at the language of the Student Success Act (HR5), the Every Child Achieves Act (S1177), and the upcoming bills which will impact higher education, mental health is most definitely being used against us with the goal of re-ordering how we feel, think, and, what we believe. 

 

Technically Speaking, CCSS and Gun Control:

You have a foundation of compliance, a layer of mental health re-ordering for all involved, so where do the guns factor in? Think about all we’ve heard and seen in the homework examples where our Constitution is re-written. Consider the other social issues which have crept into our classrooms with rapid speed. Gun control is definitely in the mix. Here is the evidence of CCSS aligned lessons concerning guns.

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To see this resource for yourselves, http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2013/05/guncontrol_guide_final2.pdf
One noteworthy thing, the first ‘guided question’ doesn’t refer to the U. S. Constitution, instead, ‘rules and guidelines created over 200 years ago’.

Are there other resources for CCSS and the Second Amendment? Sure there are. Just conduct a general internet search for ‘Common Core gun control’ or “CCSS gun control”.
Think about how distorted CCSS is making every subject it touches. Consider that while the CCSS in our lives is illegally based (breaches the 10th Amendment, breaks at least educational laws), we’re seeing policies watered down, legislation created to support the CCSS Machine..not end it!

Bottom line technical detail: CCSS, by reshaping what is taught, what is to be believed, is killing our schools. It’s rendering them as workforce training centers, not academic learning centers. I urge you to look further into the mental health parts of the CCSS Machine’s agenda. Research Anita’s work, find Robin Eubanks‘ writing; listen to Charlotte Iserbyt, use the Women on the Wall calls, like last week’s:  https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-conference-call-canisee-what-you-are-teaching-my-child-curriculum-audit (*Note: as soon as last night’s call is posted, I will be sure to add it in the comments section of this article)

FTF: This Just In: Military Bases, Economy, and, CCSS

A new pro CCSS report filled with the pro CCSS side’s version of truth is now available for we, the warriors, against CCSS.

The book was announced on Twitter by the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), Dr. June Atkinson, on July 6th, 2015. See below:
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I’ll be sure to post the link so you can access the latest ‘news’, but first, I want to share another report about military families and CCSS. My fellow anti CC Warrior, LadyLiberty1885, pointed out this report from Pioneer Institute. Here’s the lead in sentence: “Study finds college and career readiness focus of Common Core a disconnect with students from Military Families since majority are under seven years old.”  If you’d like to access more about the not surprising statement OR read the rest of the Pioneer findings, visit: http://pioneerinstitute.org/education/new-report-the-successes-and-challenges-of-educating-military-connected-children/

It’s amazing to me how the CCSS Machine and its operators will try to spin everything possible towards keeping the Common Core. Dr. Atkinson, especially. So why is she offering up the latest information about CCSS and the economy? Timing, my fellow warriors. With all the hub-bub in D.C., it makes sense to have one high profile, well known CCSS supporter suddenly ‘reveal’ a little known benefit to keeping CCSS.. boosting the economy of military bases..which indirectly boosts America’s economy. Alas, my warriors against CCSS, what have we discovered time and time again in this war? Economics is one of the major goals for the CCSS Machine, not an academic education!

The Military Base Economy Author:

This report is written by Matthew Leatherman, of NC. He’s a non resident fellow of the Stimson Center (more about them in a bit) as well as “Matthew also is active on national defense issues at the state level in North Carolina. He has been a special correspondent for the Raleigh News and Observer’s opinion page for four years. Matthew also is an independent adviser to the US Global Leadership Coalition’s North Carolina project, the University of North Carolina’s Citizen Soldier Support Program, and the Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville, Fort Bragg’s host community.” To see his entire ‘expert’ biography,
http://www.stimson.org/experts/matthew-leatherman/

Every one of this groups is either tied to the CCSS Machine, helped form it, or, makes it their business to ‘sell it’ to the USA as a ‘good thing’. So, not only do you have one of the chiefs of the CCSS Machine revealing new information, you have a well connected CCSS supporter writing the information up. Excuse me, haven’t we had enough subjectivity about CCSS? Objectivity is something the CCSS Machine can’t handle, folks! The CCSS Machine’s tactic is eerily like Jack Nicholson’s character stated in “A Few Good Men” :

“You Can’t Handle the Truth!”

Warriors, take heart. We, as opposed to the CCSS Machine have been quite successful at not only handling the truth, but exposing it on a daily basis!! As long as the CCSS Machine continues to dis-serve our nation with their lies spun as truth, we WILL handle it. Why? Because we possess some things the CCSS Machine left in the dust years ago….
  Honesty, Integrity, and Justice

The New Report:

Titled, “The Army Goes to School: The Connection Between K-12 Education Standards and the Military Base Economy”, June 2015. Stimson (the group Leatherman wrote this for) is offering a free download of the report. Get yours, http://www.stimson.org/images/uploads/research-pdfs/ArmyGoesToSchool.pdf

Here’s who helped fund this report, “A grant from the New Venture Fund made this project possible. Stimson was fortunate to partner with the Collaborative for Student Success, a “non-profit organization consisting of a diverse group of regional and national education foundations committed to improving public education.” 

Great, more subjectivity for the CCSS Machine. What do I mean? Here’s a brief look at Stimson, New Venture, and the Collaborative for Student Success.

Stimson: Founded in 1989, the Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. The Centerʼs approach is pragmatic — geared toward providing policy alternatives, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles to a more peaceful and secure world.” Funding for Stimson? A mix of public and private organizations which include pro CCSS supporters the Carnegie Foundation and the United Nations. You’ll need to see what other groups are funding to believe it. See: http://www.stimson.org/images/uploads/Stimson_Funding_Report_2014.pdf

New Venture Fund: “The New Venture Fund (NVF) works to achieve a healthier, more equitable world. Our work spans a range of issue areas to realize social and environmental change.”  Here’s more, “The New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity, supports innovative and effective public interest projects. NVF was established in 2006 in response to demand from leading philanthropists for an efficient, cost-effective, and time-saving platform to launch and operate charitable projects.”
Funding for NVF? A major long term funding organization is the Gates Foundation. When I searched the grant data based provided on the GF website, I got 62 different grants tied to the NVF. That’s just one pro CCSS backer (and not to mention one of the biggest backers). See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=New%20Venture%20Fund

Collaboration for Student Success: “The Collaborative for Student Success is a grant-making initiative created with the pooled resources of a diverse group of regional and national education foundations deeply committed to improving public education. The members of the Collaborative share the belief that the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards is an important next step in ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed at college level work. The mission of the Collaborative is to support the state-led efforts of State Education Agencies and local education organizations responsible for educating and informing all stakeholders — parents, students, teachers and community leaders — about the new state standards and assessments.” 

Members? Among them are the NEA, the AFT, Gates Foundation, and the Carnegie Foundation. To see all the members, http://forstudentsuccess.org/about/
It’s rather obvious how the Collaborative is funded, however, to be thorough, http://forstudentsuccess.org/resources/faqs/ (*Note: scroll down to the appropriate question/answer)

Other CCSS Nuggets From Leatherman’s Report:

1) “Communities that host Army bases should take heed of this powerful message from General Odierno, which otherwise might sound like an ordinary endorsement of good schools. Many of these communities have a deep economic dependency on military wages. Losing soldiers and their wages for any reason, including because of shortcomings in their schools, would push the economies of host communities sharply downward. In this sense, the Army’s impact is similar to other major employers, and the potential for transfers within its future workforce of 420,000– 450,000 men and women could reshape the economic landscape of cities and regions.”

2) “The Army has completed the evaluation of local schools General Odierno promised in the family forum 18 months ago. This review — known as the WestEd study — will recognize those communities that meet the Army’s baseline education standards and identify those that do not.”
Related: The “Military Times” article about the WestEd Study shared the results of military kids on CCSS were ‘average’. See: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/2015/07/01/study-shows-mixed-results-quality-of-schools-military-children-attend/29566721/
WestEd is ‘all in’ with the CCSS Machine. Here’s their website, http://www.wested.org/ (*Note: see how quickly you can identify all the ways in which WestEd loves CCSS)

3) “The only comparable nationwide academic standards today are the Common Core State Standards, which cover mathematics and language arts. The Pentagon decided in June 2012 to use Common Core standards in the schools it runs on military bases.  Meanwhile, a majority of states overall have adopted Common Core, but states that host the Army’s bases have varied in the decision whether to adopt these standards. Missouri and North Carolina, for example, have adopted Common Core, though both state governments have taken action to reconsider this decision. Texas, which hosts nearly 80,000 soldiers at bases like Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, has never adopted common standards,neither has Virginia nor Alaska which boast major installations such as Fort Lee and Fort Wainright, respectively. Oklahoma, home of Fort Sill, initially signed up for Common Core, but then reversed the adoption of the standards.” (*Note: did you spot all the pro CCSS truths, which are the anti CCSS warriors examples of their web of lies?)

Some Anti CCSS Military Truth They Can’t Handle:

Lastly, the CCSS Machine can’t handle that many of us warriors against CCSS, have uncovered, researched, and reported the real truths about the military and Common Core. I offer you, my previously published article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/tech-thursday-common-core-military-special/ (includes more on the Collaborative for Student Success and U.S. State Dept. documents)
An excerpt from my 3/20/15 article about elected officials and CCSS which is suitable for today’s context,

“The entire debacle is un- Constitutional! It’s a domestic enemy! Every time you continue to allow Career Tech Education, rebrands of CCSS, Career Pathways, Workforce Education, high stakes assessments, textbooks that are rewritten to teach America is a hostile nation, YOU are the domestic enemy! Instead of keeping your oath to do all you can to protect, you’ve replaced it with a pledge to the CCSS Machine (all those fund, create, and continue to purport CCSS) The fact that federal funding has been accepted to help further align has happened of each of your ‘watches’ in office! How is that protecting the people OR defending the Constitution?!

Here’s, my version, of the pledge you’ve sacrificed us all for:

“I pledge my allegiance to the Core and to the deterioration for which it exists.
I have pledged my support to the degrading of my people which CCSS ensues.
That being one way to learn, for all, indivisible and rigor for all.”

FTF: CCSS Frying Pan into the Fire

A recent round of supposedly good news for us anti CCSS Warriors, deserves a closer look. As we’ve seen in the past, what’s reported as victories for defeating the CCSS Machine, we’ve learned the news is always bittersweet. It’s like 2 steps forward, one step back; or jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

A look at the news behind the latest CCSS headlines.
A look at the news behind the latest CCSS headlines.

TX and AR’s “Ditched Assessments”:

In recent news both TX and AR have ‘ditched’ their high stakes assessments contracts.
At least those are the headlines. There’s even been some celebrating. However, when you take a closer look at these types of stories, you’ll find that while it’s apparently those well known high stakes assessments are on their way out, what is replacing them is ALSO just as toxic.

1) Texas announced in May of this year that it was ending its contract with the high-stakes assessment company, Pearson Publishing. (See: http://www.centerdigitaled.com/k-12/Pearson-Loses-Bulk-of-Texas-Student-Testing-Contract.html)

While those of us who are familiar with how Pearson is involved in the USA’s national assessments ‘game’, it appeared at first to be quite a blow in favor of  those opposed to CCSS..until you look at what entity is to replace Pearson.

That is ETS (Educational Testing Service). I’ve written about ETS at least two other times. The man behind the helm of ETS is also the head of the Marzano Institute.  Marzano Institute which is heavy into the social emotional end of CCSS. I have a ‘tell all’ article about the whole convoluted jumble which connects “MI” to many other groups…all intent on amassing as much information on our students as possible. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/monday-musings-purposed-embedding-for-the-core/
For my other article on ETS (which will detail how ETS is tied to an international competency based group), see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/rmt-why-is-the-deck-still-being-stacked-to-serve-ccss/

2) Announced just yesterday, AR was another one which supposedly struck a blow to the CCSS Machine by ending its’ ties with PARCC.(See: http://governor.arkansas.gov/press-releases/detail/governors-council-on-common-core-review-makes-testing-recommendation)..only to replace it with the ACT Aspire (See: http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/105408/arkansas-to-pull-out-of-parcc-use-act-for-standard-tests).

ACT Aspire is used in the Career Pathways, Career Clusters, Career and Technical Education alignment to set a path for students. Again, when you peel back the surface, you’ll see just as much data mining and CCSS as with PARCC. See my fellow anti CCSS Warrior’s article about Aspire: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/02/common-core-aligned-act-replacing-tests-with-aspire/
I also wrote about ACT and their Career alignment. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/ftf-tuesday-iassc-universal-certification/

If you’d like to learn more about the “ACT Aspire” straight from their website, here’s the link:
http://www.discoveractaspire.org/ Just know where “Aspire” is, ACT will be and where ACT will be, so will the CCSS Machine waiting to unleash the “WorkKeys” assessment, where even more CTE and data mining wait. (I’ve got an entire set of Workkeys articles, as do some other anti CCSS Warriors. You can access mine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=WorkKeys+
)

Special Needs and a ‘New’ U.S. Dept. of Ed Official:

Also happening in the past day or two was Arne Duncan swore in a ‘new’ member of the U.S. Dept. of Ed team. While this may not be such epic news, we need to look beyond the headlines to see who was sworn in and what he will be responsible for. Here’s the link to the Flicker account where you’ll see Arne Duncan and Michael Yudin. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/departmentofed/sets/72157654245709205 )

So, who is he? Let’s find out. The Washington Post (on June 5th, 2015) reported Mr. Yudin had been cleared by the Senate to serve as Asst. Sec. for Special Education and Rehab Services. But, he’s been at this position since 2012. (See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/personnel-changes-at-us-department-of-education/2015/06/05/50c91182-0b8d-11e5-a7ad-b430fc1d3f5c_story.html ) *NOTE: look for the last paragraph of the article.

So, just who is he? The Post article said almost nothing.  I did find, however, that according the the U.S. Government’s bio of Yudkin, if it has to do with Special Education, he’s involved. If you read the entire biography you’ll notice his involvement with all kinds of education activities which we know (now) are impacted by CCSS. Also consider this, he’s been given a rubber stamp to carry on. See the entire bio: http://www.allgov.com/news/appointments-and-resignations/acting-assistant-secretary-of-education-for-special-education-and-rehabilitative-services-who-is-michael-yudin-121020?news=845999

Why or how does this tie to CCSS? Think about the ways in which the funding for the students with special needs are factored into state education budgets; how scores of parents have shared how awful anything CCSS is for their children. Then consider the following. From my article about CCSS and alignment, I was able to find this document from the NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities), National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): Their website, http://www.ld.org/ , has a tab ‘Advocacy’. You’ll want to access that to see the 4 pages of policy statements the organization has on their stance in education for those with special needs. Among them?Workforce, Career Tech Readiness and Higher Education;  Competency Based Outcomes. (see: http://www.ncld.org/action-center/where-we-stand/?page=3)” (If you’d like to see the entire article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/ftf-more-evidence-for-aligned-ccss-higher-education/

 

Data Mining and Teacher Assessments (by Way of AK):

I love the warriors in Alaska who fight CCSS. They are so far in distance from those of us in the lower 48, yet every bit of CCSS evidence I’ve seen from them has been tremendous.
Case in point: from their Facebook page, just yesterday, was a stark revelation about how the teachers are held under the ‘effectiveness’ microscope. We’ve seen teachers almost everywhere take a bad rap, thanks to CCSS and the CCSS Machine. The report that was shared by the AK Warriors shows the 3 levels of data mining happening to teachers.

AK assess

The image is from the Alaska Comprehensive Center website: http://alaskacc.org/node/882

Also on this site is a recent study about how the 3 levels of data is collected and used. The CCSS tie? WestEd, Linda Darling-Hammond, the Gates Foundation, the AACTE (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education), the New Teacher Project, and others.
Get the report: aacc_teacher_quality_report

If you’d like to read my published article about the AACTE and CCSS, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/ftf-tuesday-aacte-and-common-core/

 

Closing:
Well, there you have it. Lots of news about CCSS from around the nation. I hope you’ve been able to find out something informative AND useful for your state.

Related resources:

See my article exposing even more high stakes assessment consortia across the USA. If your state backs out of SBAC or PARCC (or they were never in them) , there are others ion charge or waiting to step in. NO matter which consortia or service it is: if it’s tied to CCSS, it’ll be the same old business, just a different company.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/wybi-wednesday-summative-testing-task-force/

For an article I’ve published about the IEPs special students need and how CCSS is rewriting them, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/rmt-ccsss-present-to-special-needs/

For an article about WestEd and its ties to CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/wybi-the-elephant-in-the-ccss-room/

WYBI: The Elephant in the CCSS Room

Every noticed a subject so important yet so not discussed properly?
Every noticed a subject so important yet so not discussed properly?

You know me, if there’s a Common Core related topic not being exposed, I’m your gal. So, imagine my surprise at some of the rhetoric shared during the last NC Academic Standards Review Committee meeting. I truly hope the Committee can access the documented truth behind it before it’s too late.

The Announcement That Got Me So Excited:

A few weeks ago, a press release stating that Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram, along with WestEd’s Dr. Perks would be presenting information to the NC ASRC (Academic Standards Review Committee)was released. This is the group charged with seeing if CCSS is right for NC or not. If not, what course of action is needed? If CCSS IS right, I hope there’s a mass exodus out of the state. In case you didn’t see the announcement, here it is:
http://stopcommoncorenc.org/nc-asrc-press-release-for-march-16th-meeting-stotsky-milgram-to-attend/

The Previous Testimonies I’d Heard:

Like most other anti CCSS warriors, I’ve seen several of the YouTube video recordings of the, as I call them, Dynamic Duo taking on what’s wrong with CCSS. I’ve also read several of their published criticisms that have been shared among those against CCSS. Somewhere in my mind I envisioned a packed meeting room, a bank of reporters lining the walls, and succinct, compelling testimony from them. On the other hand, having researched WestEd so well and knowing how sold out to the CCSS the non-profit is, I knew the expectation bar would be set for extremely low come time for that presentation.

The Meeting:

So, imagine my surprise on meeting day when I make the trip to Raleigh, get up to the top floor of the State Board of Education building, and find that maybe 20 people are there! What?? Where are the angry parents? Who forgot to tell the TV Stations? How come more people from all sides of the education spectrum aren’t here? Now, true, my guest and I were about 20 minutes early, but THIS meeting was to be HISTORIC!

When, just one year ago (March 20, 2014), the public was invited, encouraged, and sought after to make an appearance to speak either for or against CCSS. Folks lined up (number was capped at 60). However, those speaking arrived earlier. They were waiting on the doors to be unlocked. THAT was historic!!

So, knowing so many across the state of NC have been fighting against CC for so long, I assumed the Milgram/Stotsky/Perks presentations would be even more attendance worthy. Yes, the ARSC does use 1 pm to 5 pm as their meeting time. Yet, there were those of us who did take the time to attend. I can tell you that by 2 pm, there were about 30 folks..so we did see a gain in attendance. As far as the bank of reporters? There were a few. I think I counted 2 video cameras. One was in the possession of a true American patriot who fights CCSS. The other one?? No clue.

Oh, one fun fact before I get into the elephant in the room, one of the members of the validation committee for CCSS (yes, THAT committee) was seated directly to my left. While she did approve the CCSS as worthy (meaning her name is there with the others who signed off), she was not asked to speak (at least yet) to the ASRC. I’m glad no one could hear her comments during the meeting..they weren’t very pleasant. I can happily tell you that every time she looked my way, my big anti CCSS lapel button was the first thing she spied. I’m also happy to report, no bloodshed was seen during the entire meeting.

The button that can stop a supporter dead in their tracks.
The button that can stop a supporter dead in their tracks.

The Presentations:

By and large, the Dr. Stotsky and Dr. Milgram presentations were full of very good information. Even Dr. Perks’ presentation was full of information. The difference was 2 were open about their feelings for Common Core, while one appeared content riding a fence. (Gee, I sure hope they have splinter removal kits at WestEd.)

Several of the comments spoken by the “Dynamic Duo” received rounds of applause. My patriot friend, Major Dave took the time to video their entire talks. I’ll include the links so you can hear all of them for yourselves.

Dr. Stotsky’s:

Dr. Milgram’s:

Dr. Perks’:

Those Damned Elephants of CCSS:

While what I’m about to share could be taken as I’m being critical of the meeting, that is NOT my purpose. My only purpose in sharing the following is to help shed light on how deceptive the education reform (largely in part due to CCSS) can be. It’s the biggest elephant in our students’ lives! If we don’t start talking about it, we’ll not have any room when the elephant sits on us and crushes us!

Elephant #1:
Beefing up professional development for teachers. (Dr. Stotsky)

Alone, that statement is accurate. However, knowing how many dollars, for profit, not-for-profit, and non-profit groups dedicated to this is staggering, especially when you consider that almost every single one of them has been or is being funded by pro CCSS supporters. (I just published an article about Duncan-led teacher alignment) We MUST be careful who’s in charge!!

Elephant #2:
Doing away with traditional high schools and their diplomas. (Dr. Stotsky)

The good doctor gave some examples of how successful these are from the New England states. However, again..CCSS research is showing that this type of education reform is not only embedded, it has been tied to Workforce, or Career Tech Education..ALL of which are CCSS aligned!!

Elephant #3:
NC currently isn’t using mathematical researchers to build standards. (Dr. Milgram)

Alone, this statement is not only honest, it’s crucial. However, If the researchers include anyone tied to CCSS (past, present, or future) in any way, shape, form, or fashion, we’ll be no better off than we are right now.

Elephant #4:
Research mathematicians are out there, just not in the USA. (Dr. Milgram)

Comparisons to several countries were made during the meeting by several people, not just Dr. Milgram. However, isn’t international benchmarking and the global competition crap helping feed the CCSS Machine??!! We cannot be a strong America if we don’t think American. We are losing so many bright students due to crappy education because we are trying to be un-American in how/what we teach. Remember, at one time in our nation’s history, our students (and other citizens) were at an almost 100% proficiency rate for important school subjects. We were great at one time in education. We can be great again. I think constantly looking overseas will not only strain our necks, it will cause us to lose focus on our nation. I don’t want my students to be like every other global student. I want my students to be the best students they can be!

Elephant #5:
The Standards Contiuum (Dr. Perks)

This visual (which wasn’t to plain to see from several feet away from the screen or the bad lighting in the room) was a real eye opener. My interpretation of the visual is below:

Dr. Perks also shared standards should be vertical.  A continuum is horizontal.
Dr. Perks also shared standards should be vertical. A continuum is horizontal.

Elephant #6:
Dr. Perks addressed Mr. Peek (ASRC co-chair) formally throughout the presentation, except once when he was sharing how to understand standards (CCSS or any other). He was stating that  you needed to look at the nouns used. Dr. Stotsky countered with verbs were worth considering as well. In fact if a standard is written correctly, no unpacking it is needed. It’s clear, concise, and easy to begin!

Now, this is an elephant (switch from formal to casual) only if you wonder (as I do) are these two really that familiar with each other? I certainly saw plenty of questioning faces when this slip happened. Have IBM and WestED conferred on CCSS’s behalf?? Who knows..it was awkward, however.

Several other elephants in the room by Dr. Perks were given. You can see them for yourselves in his clip above. However, be sure to count the educratic buzzwords throughout all the presentations. I was really surprised.  Be sure you listen for who among the doctors is for ‘radical education reform’.

What Was Downright Dangerous:

During the ASRC’s question/answer time for each of the experts presenting, one was asked by Katie Lemon (an NC Teacher of the Year) about ‘rigor’ in the classroom. Quite a spirited banter ensued. While the long/short of it is that you need to define what ‘rigor’ means and how much of it you want, it was the resources suggested that had me sit up in my seat and think (almost out loud), “NO!!”.

Dr. Perks was steering the ASRC to Dr. Marzano and the Fordham Institute for resources to help define rigor. Where’s the danger? Dr. Marzano is known for a socialist, emotional learning vent in education. Fordham flat out lies about education. Dr. Perks also stopped short of advertising for his company, but you certainly could tell he was heavily suggesting the need for more professional development and collaboration among teachers.

The Biggest Elephant of All:

The ASRC is being held up on funding yet again. It was shared in the meeting that the funds are somehow tied to the NC Coal Ash bill, Senate Bill 14 (see: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/Senate/PDF/S14v3.pdf)

So knowing that the bill which created the NC ASRC included funding was to be used to get speakers like the 3 from the meeting AND knowing the funding is still tied up..how did NC pay for the guests? Why were they all rushed away before the public could speak directly to them after the meeting?

Final note: If you’d like to access any of the articles I’ve written about Dr. Marzano or his research institute, Fordham, WestEd, etc. Be sure to use the search bar on the blog.