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Partnering Up!

There’s no doubt about life, Warriors; some partnerships make a lot of sense. Some partnerships are fantastic and help us out greatly. Then, as we’ve seen through our War Vs. the Core, some partnerships belong in Hell.

As you were able to find out in my last article, the partnerships made to align American education to anything which resembles a more traditionally academic or patriotic one, happened long ago.

For today’s article, we’ll look at how the partnerships made among our leaders in DC and elsewhere are just as Hell-bound as the others.

Sen. Hatch’s Partnership:

Back in March 2017, the Oregon Senator’s press release stated he’d joined forces with Senator Bennet from Colorado to create ‘critical’ CTE (Career Technical Education) legislation. They are sponsoring the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act  The number is S790. It is to accompany this existing Workforce Advance Act, S795. (*Note: S795 has replaced last Congressional Session’s  S3271, by the same name).

From my research into CTE, the only ‘critical’ legislation needed is a repeal of what exists to divorce workforce training from academic education. Why? CTE is, as you know, a direct form of Common Core. As I call it, it’s the ‘adult version’. It’s only purpose is to streamline education into workforce training.

So, what’s the ‘critical’ need for CTE as seen by these partners?
In a few words: by increasing the technology uses in and for CTE, you improve the ‘quality’ of what is learned and taught.

How will all this technology ‘improve’ education?
*Bring in more apprenticeships. work-based programs, and CBE (competency based education) all of which are also CCSS, STEM, and, CTE aligned.

*Easily transfer massive data points on students from one educational institution to the next (this doesn’t include all the third parties involved in the data pool)

*Increase the involvement of more businesses in the classroom; thereby changing academics to workforce based industry needs (which ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, has so handily already mandated)

*Have the Secretary of Education (DeVos) decide the funding streams for CTE (largest money trail from federal level to each State level via Perkins Funding). Where it goes and to whom it goes to. (expect favortism via locations and public-private partnerships)

*Embeds Sen. Hatch’s ‘favorite’ tool: The ‘pay for success’ business model applied to education (it’s been a disaster before now, it will only get worse)
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*Before we move on, when we see these types of Congressional partnerships, let’s bear in mind that many have special interest groups in common. Take for example, the resource which tracked all the ‘yes’ votes and ‘no’ votes on the passage of ESSA per special interest campaign donations. Over 100 special interest groups ‘incentivized’ Congress on how to vote. Find that information here.

Then consider this: what Congress did with ESSA, they will do again, when it it time to re-authorize the HEA (Higher Education Act).
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The Warren Partnership:

In the current Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 3 others have taken former legislation of a few Senators/Reprensentatives’ data mining bill and ‘improved’ upon it. We’ll get back to this one in a few minutes, but first, a bit of background.

In previous Congress sessions, Sen. Marco Rubio had teamed up several others to create a ‘Know Before You Go’ bill. In 2013, the Senators/Reps. partnering together were Marco Rubio, Ron Wyden, Mark Warner, Duncan Hunter, and Robert Andrews. In 2015, it was simply Rubio, Warner, and Wyden.

The purpose of the bill sounds fine, having access to facts about a college or school before you attend. I mean, who wouldn’t like help in making a decision about education?

HOWEVER, add in what our fellow Anti Fed Ed Warriors, Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty published about the unspoken federal education and data mining capabilities, that is a HUGE red flag for us.

If you recall, it’s been in previous articles that other Anti Fed Ed Warriors (myself included) have warned about the purposed uniting of student data (all ages, all educational backgrounds) via the SLDS and the WQDI (Student Longitudinal Data System and the Workforce Quality Data Initiative).

So, what has Sen. Warren done with this type of legislation?
According to her Press Release, she’s partnered with 3 other Senators (Hatch, Cassidy, and Whitehouse).
The name of the bill is the College Transparency Act.
The telling sign that this partnership is connected to the CCSS Machine? The involvement of Third Way and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
It’s important to note that Sen. Warren is not the lead sponsor for S1121, but she does appear to have the most information on it.

The House of Representatives also has a College Transparency Act Bill (HR2434). How many partners there? Eight in all. Reps Paul Mitchell (main sponsor), Jared Polis, Thomas Garrett, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Steve Stivers, Jimmy Panetta, Neal Dunn, and Fred Upton.
Like the Senate version, some of the same dangers Robbins/McGroarty have published, are in the House’s version, too.

If you wish to see the government’s Digital Play Book for data/technology use (as mentioned in HR2434), find it here.

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Let’s face it, Warriors, I’ve shown you before how devoted to CTE our Congress members are!
If they truly listened to us and honored the Constitution, they would need
to repeal WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014/STEM Act of 2015 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)/ HEA’s (Higher Education Act) funding streams continuing/ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)/The WIOA Technical Amendments/the American Apprenticeship Initiative, and anything legislatively binding us to CTE!
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Partnering Up For Your Little Ones:

HR 2590 (Computer Science for All Act) by Rep. Lee. According to her Press Release,
Computer Science should start in PreK or preschool. It’s streamlined track ends at 12th grade. (*Here’s my Jan. 2017 article on the “Computer Science for All” push by Scholastic, Inc. and others.)

Other CCSS Machine alignment clues from the Press Release
*those 21st Century jobs/skills for a greater economy, especially in STEAM fields (STEAM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math)
*the backing of leading STEM organizations (STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
*uses OECD data/influence as justification for the need to target women and minorities
*uses at least $250 million in taxpayer money
(While the text of the newer version isn’t available, be sure to access its former version below. See what’s being done in the ‘name’ of student success.
That Act was HR 6095. It was also Rep. Lee’s bill. During THAT Session, these Representatives partnered together with Lee:
Eddie B Johnson, GK Butterfield, Judy Chu, Jared Polis, Susan DelBene, Ruben Hinojosa, Dina Titus, Robin Kelly, Michael Honda, Katherine Clark, and Marcia Fudge.)

Closing:

Warriors, these are by far, NOT the only Congressional partnerships being used to further the intrusion of WIOA, HEA, ESSA, the STEM Act, Apprenticeships, and everything which connects them into our lives.

These types of partnerships are NOT exclusive among Congress members. As we’ve seen, outside influences are involved.

So, on the federal level, we see alignment all around us. Warriors, it’s on the State levels, too! ESSA will force these partnerships in your communities as well.

Think of it this way: you have the information from the top, you know the system. It flows downward. Get this type of information to your State and local levels before there’s time for the grasp of the CCSS Machine to continue grinding us down. While we are playing catch up on some battles in the War Vs the Core, we CAN surge ahead in areas like these WHEN we use the power of information! Warriors, these Bills (above) haven’t been made law. THEY CAN BE STOPPED!

If you stop and look, almost everything in education/workforce is lined up to meet the UN’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). With legislative partners like we see above are in action, they bring us ever closer to what you see below.

Let us no longer turn a blind eye, or, a deaf ear to this situation. For, if we do, this very well may be the only type of ‘class photo’ we’ll see from now on.

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Youth Envisioned

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, in the past couple of weeks, I shared with you a look at Envision and how it is tied to the CCSS Machine. If you missed it, the article exposed how Act, Inc. is partnering with Envision in the name of globally workforce ready students. (See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/envisioning-you/ )

While researching the Envision entity, I uncovered a similarly named group. It appears that only the names are almost the same. So, today’s article will look at this other ‘Envision’ group which is designed for gifted students.

Envisioning Gifted Students:

To access this Envision program, http://www.mindvinepress.com/about.html
Look below at the screen shot. The question in red (mine) will be where we spend the remainder of this article.:

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Mind Vine Press:

According to the Mind Vine Press website, the Envision tools you see in the picture begin in Grade 3, last one year, and are great for personalized learning. Remember the question above? I am most interested in how the ‘Career Aspiration’ connects to the CCSS Machine. We can get to how this connects to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in a bit.

See this screen shot as an example of how this gifted program is tied to the Common Core AND the Career Tech Education (adult CCSS):

envisiongiftcareer
When you use the address to find the other Student Links, note that it is interesting how few Career links are actually given. Of those, it is also not a surprise to see how the CCSS Machine is included. You may also catch that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is among the links. It has been proven that the EPA is tied to CCSS/CTE and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/wybi-tying-stem-to-ccss-again/

So, who is behind Mine Vine Press? I can only find one person on the website. The Mind Vine Press is based in TX. Melanie Bondy is not only the only person I could find on the website, she is also the author and consultant for Mind Vine Press. Below is the latest brochure from the Press:

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To see Ms. Bondy, speech topics (and see her fee based schedule):
http://www.mindvinepress.com/consulting.html

According to LinkedIn, Bondy has been at the Mind Vine since 2007. See:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanie-bondy-b4919246 (*Note: her educational background is listed as  Central Michigan University.)
If you would like to access CMU’s CCSS information,
See: http://libguides.cmich.edu/c.php?g=104186&p=677683
If you would like to see CMU’s CTE (Career Tech Education) and STEM information, see:  https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/ehs/unit/css/Pages/Future-Teachers.aspx (*Note: the CTE information will be in plain sight. The STEM information can be found at the bottom of the page.)

You may find it also noteworthy that back in 2014 (the same copyright date on the presentation below), Central Michigan University partnered with the Michigan Dept. of Ed to target high school students desiring to become educators in a CTE based program. See: https://www.cmich.edu/news/article/Pages/cmu-to-offer-course-credit-to-high-schoolers-looking-to-become-teachers.aspx

Other Bondy information:
1) Access this  previous presentation Bondy gave and note how the Bloom Taxonomy is the basis for the Mind Vine Press publications. (Slide #5)
http://www.gagc.org/Resources/Documents/2015%20Convention/Handouts/Mind%20Vine%20Press/2015%20Bondy%20Handouts%20(1).pdf (*Note: be sure to see her slides on the Career Paths)
2) Related is Bondy’s 2007 Career Path resources from Texas, see: http://www.humbleisd.net/cms/lib2/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/150/careeraspirationposter.pdf
3) If you’d like to find more of Bondy’s Career/Envision Path tools, resources (all geared to PBLs (project based learning) ), where you can find the U.S. Dept. of Labor, various State Depts of Labor, etc, be sure you check out her Pinterest page:

What you WON’T see on Bondy’s work is a copyright from CCSS or CTE, BUT you do see the ties. You can see the support she gives the CCSS/CTE Machine!

Tying CTE to the ESSA:

Since it appears the overall goal of Envision for Gifted Students, is workforce (I mean career based) education, how DOES CTE fit in the ESSA?! Will gifted students be standardized just like all the other students via ESSA?!

For a quick answer, CTE is found in the ESSA under a few different phrases. For example, ‘post-secondary readiness’. CTE is also woven into the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). WIOA is specifically named in the ESSA multiple times.

A bit more in-depth answer is that while CTE (is also called Career Pathways, Career Clusters) is in the ESSA under other phrases (in addition to CTE), the post-secondary readiness (PSR) factors includes ALL students AND all teachers. Students must learn to be PSR AND teachers MUST teach everything to PSR factors. Who is deciding those factors? Supposedly the States, but look at the current Proposed U.S. Dept. of Ed ESSA Regulations where PSR is among the mandates. If you look closely at the Proposals, you can see other CCSS Machine member groups as cited in research/evidence sources for justifying these proposed measures.

We also need to consider that Career Pathways (another one of the CTE names) is embedded in WIOA (2014) at least 21 different times..again, interchanging phrases! We also need to remember that the HEA (Higher Education Act) is full of ALL of this as well!

Below are links to not only my articles with research/evidence to support the answers you see here, but to the Proposed ESSA Regulations.

To see how I found WIOA in the ESSA (and connecting them to the HEA and STEM Acts):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

To see how AP (Advanced Placement) Courses, Exams (usually attended by gifted students) ties into the standardization of ESSA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
(*Note: while this article is geared for private education, AP is most definitely included.)

To see how teachers will be rewarded/punished via the ESSA and student achievement:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/

To find where the ‘post-secondary readiness’ is in ESSA (and how it is craftily substituted for ‘college/career readiness’):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/conformity-readiness/

To see how PBLs tie to CCSS and CCR:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/sic-em-saturday-ccss-progressives-and-pbls/

To find the ESSA Proposed Regulations:
1) https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/31/2016-12451/elementary-and-secondary-education-act-of-1965-as-amended-by-the-every-student-succeeds
2) https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032
3) My response to the Regulations (so far): https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/leading-the-charge/

Closing:

Warriors, we need to know that there are many large pro CCSS/ESSA groups AS WELL as some smaller groups. We need to know how they are carrying on the ESSA, CCSS reform, AS WELL as the push to continue shifting education to Career-based NOT traditional based.
We need to continue to hold accountable ANY person, group, or company in education or ANYTHING connected IN any WAY to education! Why? ESSA will level and standardize every student (young, old, rich, poor, gifted, special needs, private educated, homeschooled or not).

ESSA will go down as one of the greatest bridges in the educational reform. Why? It bridges birth to K and higher ed for a streamlined workforce full of competency based quasi-education. One of the worst parts in all this? Companies (big or small), speakers (well known or not-so-much) are making lots of money while seemingly pedaling student supportive educational materials.


 

Tech Thursday: Just Say “No” to ‘NOCC’

No, our students won't receive Olympic medals out of bronze, silver, or gold. What they WILL receive via Common Core/Career Readiness are National certificates.
No, our students won’t receive Olympic medals out of bronze, silver, or gold. What they WILL receive via Common Core/Career Readiness are National certificates.

Part of the CCSS Machine includes the “College/Career Readiness” movement. Today’s article will focus on the “Career Readiness Certificates” our students are facing.

Maybe you’ve heard of these Certificates. They are available in bronze, silver, and gold. Some states even offer platinum levels.  What do these Olympic-like ‘badges’ offer? Let’s find out.

 

The 50 States:

Each of the 50 United States has a CRC Center. “CRC” stands for “Career Readiness Certificate”. While your state may or may not of been incentivized to have “Common Core”, your state has a CRC entity. For example, I live in NC. The CRC entity here is known as the “North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate”. It’s also based off the Act, Inc.’s “WorkKeys” assessment. Now, if you’ve followed my blog long, you know the assessment is 100% CCSS/CTE aligned; contains massive data mining activities; and helps create a job track that’s set in stone. This way of assessing is not exercising a student’s free choice..it’s manipulating them into a career. It also is a requirement in some states and IF you are job seeking and don’t have a CRC,  you’ll not even need to apply. In short, no job. No job means no income. No income means bad news for a student’s well being. What a vicious trap.

If you’d like to see the NC’s CRC website, visit: http://www.crcnc.org/ (be sure to notice the menu to your left. Don’t gasp when you see ‘talent pipeline’. As I’ve reported to your from research and in the field activity, NC is totally devoted to forcing its students into a ‘talent supply pipeline’ situation.  Here’s one article I wrote and published back in 2014 about the ‘talent supply pipeline’: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/wybi-wednesday-flying-minds-common-core/
For a NC specific article on the subject:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/tech-thursday-ncs-workforce-despicable-moves/

From NC’s website, I was linked to a National CRC website. That’s how I discovered each of the 50 states is involved with CRCs. That website is:
 http://nationaloccorg.siteprotect.net/crc/  Below, is a screen shot of the website.

Refer to the website in the screen shot to see how your state did in 2014.
Refer to the website in the screen shot to see how your state did in 2014.

This website is clear to point out it is not associated with the “WorkKeys” assessment. It also sends you to another national website. Before we leave this website, I feel I must point you to the 2008 downloadable book on the history of the CRC. In this War Against the Core, if we don’t take the time to study the history behind the illegally based education overreach, we may miss vital clues as how to help STOP this overreach! Be sure to read this!! http://nationaloccorg.siteprotect.net/CRC-handbook.htm

 

The Next National CRC website:

This website you are pointed to from the former one (see above), is the “National Organization of Career Credentialing” (website: http://www.nationalocc.org/) It’s a 501c3 group devoted to improving a person’s life while boosting the national economy. Wow. What an agenda. Imagine how demeaning it is for anyone to hear ‘no’ when it comes to getting a job IF you aren’t credentialed…nationally.

The NOCC’s president is the same one who wrote the history of the CRC! It is supported by public donations. See who else is a board member: http://www.nationalocc.org/board/

As far as the rhetoric, the fallacies, and the aligned Workforce agenda, NOCC makes no effort to hide its true feelings. See the below screen shot.

See the rest of the agenda, fallacies, and rhetoric supportive of the CCSS Machine: http://nationaloccorg.siteprotect.net/
See the rest of the agenda, fallacies, and rhetoric supportive of the CCSS Machine:
http://nationaloccorg.siteprotect.net/

Note that between the NOCC and the National Career Credentialing Consortium, Dr. Boling cites resources that are ALL aligned to the CTE/CCR/Career Pathways agenda that are also part of the CCSS Machine. For example, “Pathways to Prosperity”, the joint project between Harvard University and Pearson Publishing is what helped set the Career Pathways Network into motion. Career Pathways is part of the CTE (Career Technical Education). It can also include the CCR (College/Career Readiness). Want more truth on the Pathways to Prosperity? See my previously published article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/  This article includes the 10 agenda points created to support this network. Note the ones which involve our legislation..especially the WIOA of 2014. (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).

 

The Doctor’s Ties:

The PhD who sits on the Board for the credentialing consortium and is president of the other national organization is Dr. Barbara Boling. Her ties to Workforce and CTE aligned education are well placed. She has an official biography on the NGA website (as in the National Governors Association). To see Dr. Bolin’s bio from NGA (where she’s a Workforce Advisor),  http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/0501WORKFORCEADVISORSBOLIN.pdf
Bolin used to work for Dell Computers , as well. However Common Core tied those connections are its the excerpt below which is huge.

“In December 2002, Governor Mark Warner of Virginia announced his workforce reform agenda, which included the appointment of a high level coordinator for workforce development. In July 2003, Governor Warner hired Dr. Bolin as Special Advisor for Workforce Development”

Why is this huge? Warner is now a U.S. Senator serving VA in Washington, D.C.
Go look at his view on CTE. Go research how he voted on the ECAA (Every Child Achieves Act) or S1177..you’ll find he voted ‘Yea’. (see: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/L)IS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?&congress=114&session=1&vote=00249 )

According to his website, he’s helped co-sponsor STEM legislation (another arm of the CCSSI, Common Core State Standards Initiative). See his current Workforce and Education activities: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/education

Sen. Warner also has introduced a “Middle Step” CTE legislation! Yes, it’s not enough we have high school CTE and post-secondary CTE, now we must have middle school CTE!
See: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=4cae3b51-8a60-4eef-9eca-9830dd7513ee&ContentType_id=be18767f-f5c6-4981-babb-79ae6ecdfc7d

Other CTE Credentialing Articles:

Here I’ve given you the link to my other articles about Career Credentialing. Use them. Each of my articles are written so you have the documents, the facts to use as weapons to fight the CCSS Machine in your state.
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/wybi-wednesday-ice-chilling-our-education/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/ftf-tuesday-iassc-universal-certification/

 

FYI: Post Secondary Common Core Intel

Tired of being led astray by the CCSS Machine? I am!
Tired of being led astray by the CCSS Machine? I am!

Anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, are you sick and tired of the repeated lies we hear about how the CCSS is just K-12th grades? I got fed up with it from the beginning. That’s why I’ve specialized in researching all the other areas of education CCSS swears it is..but, oh how we know it is.

To that end I’m devoting the rest of this article to the POST SECONDARY evidence new followers of my blog and/or new anti CC Warriors will need to have access to. Why? If you don’t have access to this information, it’s very likely our legislators don’t have it either. As a dedicated warrior/researcher in the War Against the Core. We need to share this type of information with those in the authoritative positions SO they can help END Common Core, Career Tech Education, and all the related components of the CCSS Machine.

Each of the article links below are from previously published researched posts. Each is written so you have the facts, not opinions. Each contains links to the documents to support the truth and/or dispel the lies. We’ve not much time before the HEA (Higher Education Act) is set to be re-authorized.

We MUST use the information we already know to combat Sen. Alexander and Sen. Murray’s push for more alignment to the CCSS Machine in higher education. We MUST also use this information to influence our legislators to combat the same efforts for Pre-K through 12th grades!! Why? Because, what’s been started in the Pre-K through 12th grade (the Student Success Act and the Every Child Achieves Act) WILL be carried on in the HEA’s re-authorization!

From Sept. 2014, Common Core, Career Tech Education in our community colleges.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/tech-thursday-common-core-community-college/
Why your legislators need to know this: the movement to make community colleges into workforce stations, as well as offer courses for ‘free’. There’s a dangerous misinformed mindset out there surrounding ‘free tuition’.
As we’ve seen, NOTHING about Common Core is ‘free’ or worth investing in.

If you don’t share any other facts with those responsible for helping create the laws, this is the one paragraph from the above article you should pass on.
“Common Core Standards in community colleges, you say? Certainly not! Ahh, sadly my friends, community colleges are being made over to also align with the CC ‘just standards’ Standards. You may know from personal experience or from someone close to you about  community colleges. They are what used to be known as ‘Junior Colleges’, and are 2 year  schools of higher learning. Selling points have been that the schools are local, a great bang for your education buck, not as stringent with admissions, have a better professor/student ratio. This of course, may change drastically as we continue to see Common Core implemented in whatever fashion the states choose. One fact is for certain: if we only seek to rid K-12 schools of Common Core, we’re not really going to be as effective as if we consider the Standards are before kindergarten and extend to colleges of all distinctions.”

From October 2014, Workforce through the Common Core filter.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/tech-thursday-workforce-common-core-style/
Why your legislators need to have this article’s information: if we are to truly be against Common Core, we MUST also oppose it’s damage in our workforce.

Things you should share about the Workforce and Common Core, Career Tech Education:
a) assessments are being realigned to manipulate student’s careers
b) many alphabet soup programs, entities are being used as the vehicles of choice to force CCSS/CTE outcome based education (performance based NOT academic based)
c) outside forces are influencing education which have no legal authority to do so
d) the joint efforts which ‘marry’ labor and education are toxically filled with CCSS Machine products, services, and lies
From November 2014, two articles about how the Vice President is leading the CCSS/Workforce bandwagon.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/rmt-sunday-vp-common-core-and-jobs/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/

What your legislators need to know: acting on the orders of the current U.S. President, the Vice President has been a big leader in aligning post secondary education and the workforce.

The one portion of the memo creating this task for Joe Biden you should share, ”  “Job-Driven Reform of Federal Employment and Training Programs. (a) Within 180 days of the date of this memorandum and in coordination with the Office of the Vice President, the National Economic Council, the Domestic Policy Council, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Office of Management and Budget, the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, and Education(Secretaries), in consultation with other executive departments and agencies as appropriate, shall develop a specific action plan, to be provided to me through the Vice President, tomake the workforce and training system more job-driven, integrated, and effective.”Among one of the ‘concrete steps’, is this:  “ensuring better alignment across secondary,post-secondary, and adult education, and workforce training, including coordinating Federal programs and promoting foundational skill development for employability, on-the-job training, and apprenticeship options..” then:  “encouraging effective regionalpartnerships among industry, educators, worker representatives, nonprofits, and the workforce system to prepare, support, and train youth, unemployed workers, low-skilled employed adults, and others for career path employment and advancement.” “

The second most important thing to share, is how Perkins funding is being manipulated to fit the CCSS Machine’s needs, ” Maintains state administrative funding at 5 percents of a state’s allocation
The new law also requires the development of articulation agreements and strengthens local
accountability provisions. The Perkins Act provides almost $1.3 billion annually to career and technical education programs in all 50 states until 2016.’ Each state gets to decide how to split the funding between secondary schools and post-secondary schools. (source: http://www.aypf.org/documents/PerkinsActFactSheet.pdf) ”

From December 2014, how CTE and CCSS are impacting those with alternative education needs.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/tech-thursday-career-techcommon-core-and-alternative-education/
What your legislators need to know. CCSS/CTE is a one-student-learns-the-same-as-all-the-others system. Students in the ‘alternative’ category will be the MOST damaged by this. There should be NO place in ANY education level that supports or accepts alignment as a great thing!
The one paragraph they should read? ” This 2013 presentation supports UDL (Universal Designed Learning) for teaching all ‘special populations’ (their phrase, not mine)
http://www.careertech.org/sites/default/files/C1MahadevanUDL_AccessibletoAll.pdf (originally out of the Texas Education Administration); from Alabama, a presentation on streamlining all students into CTE: http://www.careertech.org/sites/default/files/C5MSmithcareercluster-1.pdf “

From December 2014, two articles exposing the Federal Budget’s alignment dollars towards CCSS/CTE in post secondary education.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/fom-friday-2015-fed-ed-budget/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/sic-em-saturday-more-fed-budget-watch/
What your legislators need to know: the 10th Amendment plainly states NO federal involvement in what wasn’t laid out in Amendments 1-9! Education, along with several other states rights issues, are to NOT have ANY federal influence..including money! As one who has been elected to represent the citizens and taken an oath to uphold our U.S. Constitution, these legislators should NOT be seeking federal funds for education..period. Common Core/Career Tech at the post secondary level included! They also need to know how other federal level agencies are chiming in and using funds in the name of CCSS/CTE for post secondary levels.

Want to see where our money goes? Here’s an excerpt:
Where our taxes are going to help support the CCSS Machine:
$300 million for a new Race to the Top (student longitudinal data system on a state-wide platform); $14.4 billion for Title One College/Career Readiness; $1.1 billion for those 21st Century Community Learning Centers (think cradle to grave agenda); $100 million for “Promise Neighborhoods” (cradle to career initiative); $70 million for Statewide Longitudinal Student Data System; $200 million for ConnectED (trains teachers to be CCSS and college/career readiness aligned, assessments, digital aspects, and more in the classroom); $5 billion for incentives (RESPECT) teachers who’ve completed College/Career Readiness training, building like-minded network; $1.3 billion in mandatory preK for everyone; $165 million for “Investment in Innovation” (i3) which will use a best-practices approach to education while affording the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education a whopping $49.5 million to transform technology; $150 million to redesign high schools so they become college/career ready centers; $170 million for STEM revitalizing (of that, $110 million goes to LEAs to create a STEM network; $40 million to create a teacher STEM Pathway, $20 million to create a National STEM Teacher Corps;$1.1 billion to reauthorize the Perkins Act (means even more Career Tech Ed that’s aligned to CCSS). “

From January 2015, More evidence for post secondary education’s alignment to the CCSS Machine:

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/ftf-more-evidence-for-aligned-ccss-higher-education/
What our legislators need to know: those very groups so eager to help them are part of the CCSS Machine. NEA, AFT, and the list goes on. They also need to know that all the alignment in post secondary education ISN’T just for the students! All staff will be aligned, just as in Pre-K through 12th grades. Show them the networks, the documents in this article!!

Finally, from January 2015, the National Career Pathway Network:

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/
What the legislators need to know: “Career Pathways is post-secondary Common Core and is coming at our students (regardless of age or school choice) via the recent Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.”

What to share that is THE most important? The 10 Agenda points from the Dept. of Education and the 6 Keys from the Dept. of Labor! Then, ‘hit’ them with the ‘slick sales pitches’ we citizens are being slammed with!
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Blog note: You’ll notice this article is in a new category “Weekend News”. Until further notice, I’m combining the 3 separate blog categories of “Fib-o-Meter Friday”, “Sic’ ‘Em Saturday”, and, “Riddle Me This?! Sunday” into one. With the recent change of status in my mother’s decline into Alzheimer’s Disease, I must adjust my schedule. I thank you for your support, your patience with me during this time. Each of the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday features WILL return sometime in the future.

FTF Tuesday: “Align and mine”, Part 2

Last week I shared with you detailed information about the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s grant awards given in rounds to help align data mining with the U.S. Dept. of  Education. The connector? CCSS aligned Workforce. For a reminder of last week’s post, see this picture.

Click to enlarge to see which round your state receive 'align and mine' money. IF you do not see a color on your state, you've not been awarded money yet.
Click to enlarge to see which round your state receive ‘align and mine’ money. IF you do not see a color on your state, you’ve not been awarded money yet.

In the past few days, Missouri Education Watchdog (as well as a few other anti CC warriors) has posted information about global connections in education via India. As a result, a ‘new’ resource was revealed. “Connectallschools”. What struck me, was the year the program is using as its goal: 2016. Then, I remembered, in researching the first article, I saw a page on the “Workforce” website about big changes in 2016. Coincidence? Let’s find out.

“Common Measure”:

On the DOL’s (Department of Labor) website,  http://www.doleta.gov/performance/guidance/tools_commonmeasures.cfm, {“ETA”, this stands for Employment and Training Administration. ETA is a part of Dept. of Labor (DOL)} Before we get too far, don’t read the top portion of the page just yet, I want you to understand FIRST, the foundation for what’s written at the top. Why? Because, if you only read the top, it sounds so normal, so innocuous, you may not catch the true meaning of what’s in store.

For our purposes, let’s start at the section that’s titled “Common Measure”. At the beginning of this section are the changes being made OR those which WILL be made. Don’t go there just yet.. It is the attachments you want to start looking into. Go to “Attachment D” (Workforcemeasure). This pdf goes into detail about which groups of people have been measured since 2005. Why is this important in the context of CCSS? Because one of the largest groups measured is the Youth. It’s so big, it is broken into 2 subcategories, Younger Youth, 14-18 and Older Youth, 18-21. You’ll find this age group at the bottom of page 15 and ending at the top of page 21. The document also tells you 3 funding streams from the federal government are used with not only the Youth, but Adults (those 22 and older) and the Displaced Workers. For brevity’s sake, we’re focusing on the Youth, however, since by the time all the changes are in place, it appears everyone will be impacted, you should go back and read the entire document.

From pages 15-21, notice how many times the different youth age sub categories are being measured, how many ways they are measured. Note when the measuring begins (age 14 in most cases). Okay, so you didn’t see CCSS in there by name did you? No, it’s not there. However, knowing what we know now about all the job assessments, Career Pathways, etc. is it coming together for you where this is connecting? I hope so. However, if you’re not quite sure, that’s okay too.

There’s even more to help us connect the dots.  For instance, “Attachment C” should help.  (see: workforceeddescript) These, my friends are the parameters the federal government is using to gauge how competent we are. Notice when you access the document, the assessments used at the bottom of each page. You should see “WorkKeys” in there. Well, what’s so bad about “WorkKeys”? 1) It’s from ACT, Inc., owned by the College Board; 2) it’s being used as a job profiler for students AND a ‘you want to work, you have to have been assessed and matched for your job’ for adults; 3) Because it’s owned by College Board, it’s 100 % CCSS aligned; 4) massive amounts of data collection that is shared all over the globe.

As far as those other measures? CASAS, or Comprehensive Adult and Student Assessment Systems. In other words, they measure basic skills. Here’s where they are employed: “CASAS is a nonprofit organization that focuses on assessment and curriculum development of basic skills for youth and adults. CASAS is used by federal and state government agencies, business and industry, community colleges, education and training providers, correctional facilities, and technical programs.” They, too are aligned to the hilt with CCSS. (See how: https://www.casas.org/product-overviews/curriculum-management-instruction/CCCS) ABEL, or Adult Basic Learning Examination, is owned by Pearson Publishing, Inc. Pearson is one of the most CCSS profitable companies in existence. Here’s who’s measured on their assessments: ‘ABLE™ is appropriate for use with adults in a variety of adult education programs, including Tech Prep programs, GED programs, and adult literacy programs. The content is appropriate for adults and accommodates the non-reader. Level 1 – Adults with 1-4 years formal education, Level 2 – Adults with 5-8 years formal education, Level 3 – Adults with 8+ years formal education.’ (want to read more about ABLE? http://www.pearsonassessments.com/learningassessments/products/100000311/adult-basic-learning-examination-second-edition-able-able.html#tab-details)

Let’s move on:

Okay, you, by now, hopefully have the full understanding of why I wanted you to go these places BEFORE you went to consider those new changes. Remember, all of the above has been going on for a while.

Where we are now:

With the passage of the 2014 WIOA (Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act)  it has embedded Workforce training and education to align with Career Pathways. Career Pathways are CCSS aligned via middle schools, high schools and stretch into CTE or CT (College Tech Career CCSS or College Transfer CCSS). I hope you see the pattern. Get everything to align via education, assessments, then put them to work. Here’s an excerpt from the DOL’s WIOA website, “DOL, in coordination with the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS), is working diligently to ensure that states, local areas, other grantees, and stakeholders are prepared for implementation of WIOA.” One date the trio of U.S. Federal Departments is holding out for: January 18, 2015 is when the 3 Depts. reveal the proposed rules for WIOA and January 22, 2016 is when the 3 get to publish the final rules for implementing the WIOA. A full 1 and 1/2 AFTER the Act was signed into being.

Now that you know all this, go back and re-read the changes to be made with this new knowledge. Then, go back up to the to and read the introductory paragraph again.  Are you able to better grasp what is being accomplished? If you would like to see the other key dates for the Workforce plan. http://www.doleta.gov/wioa/pdf/WIOA-Key-Implementation-Dates.pdf

A “Unified Plan”:

Have you already looked at the WIOA timeline? If so did you notice a ‘deadline for state Unified Plan submission? While we’ll get to the ‘state UP’, let’s look at the federal one first.

Yes, the ‘good ole’ WIOA includes a “Unified Plan”. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Requires States to Strategically Align Workforce Development Programs: WIOA ensures that employment and training services provided by the core programs are coordinated and complementary so that job seekers acquire skills and credentials that meet employers’ needs.
  •  Every state will develop and submit a four-year strategy – in the form of a single unified strategic
    plan for core programs – for preparing an educated and skilled workforce and meeting the workforce needs of employers.
  • Promotes Accountability and Transparency: WIOA ensures that Federal investments in employment and training programs are evidence-based and data-driven, and accountable to participants and tax-payers.
  •           Core programs are required to report on common performance indicators that     provide key employment information, such as how many workers entered and retained employment, their median wages, whether they attained a credentials, and their measurable skill gains.
    Core programs must measure the effectiveness of services to employers for the first time.
    DOL and DoED, with input from stakeholders, will establish a common performance accountability system for the core programs.
    • Negotiated levels of performance for the common indicators will be adjusted based on a statistical model that takes into account economic conditions and participant characteristics.
    • Performance reports for states, local areas, and eligible training providers will be publicly available.
    • Programs will be evaluated by independent third parties at least every four years.
    Fosters Regional Collaboration: WIOA promotes alignment of workforce development programs with regional economic development strategies to meet the needs of local and regional employers.
    • States will identify regions within their state.
    • Local areas in regions will have coordinated planning and service delivery strategies.
    Improves the American Job Center (AJC) System: WIOA increases the quality and accessibility  (to see the rest of the overview: http://www.doleta.gov/wioa/pdf/WIOA-Overview.pdf)

My State’s Unified Plan is called “NCWorks!”:

As aligned to CCSS as NC is, I really didn’t think we WOULDN’T have a plan, I just was a bit surprised who has the document. NC Dept. of Commerce! (see: http://www.nccommerce.com/Portals/11/Documents/Commission/Commission%20on%20Workforce%20Development%20Strategic%20Plan%202014-16.pdf) In this report, it is shared that no less than 6 State level departments have aligned to streamline our NC Workforce. Leading the charge? Our governor and the General Assembly, according to the Dept. of Commerce. The State and the Community Colleges according to the Governor’s Press Release from April 2014. Either way, it’s further proof that more and more of a dragnet is being readied for our citizens.

Key Words: 

Have you noticed in each of these files, or each of the resources that the same words are being used to make everything sound so positive? For example, data will be collected, but only for accountability purposes. The unifying is for speed and ease of use by all.
“ConnectAllSchools”:

How this ties in? Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Now, you wouldn’t guess if all you saw was the cute video:

To access Connect/Schools, http://www.connectallschools.org/about/overview Partnership for 21st Century Skills can be found at: http://www.p21.org/

Partnership? 

Straight from the P21’s website, P21 Members: American Camp Association, Apple Inc., Bahcesehir K-12 Schools, Cable in the Classroom, The College Board, Common Sense Media, Crayola, Destination Imagination, EdLeader21, EF Education, Education Networks of America, Fisher-Price, Ford Motor Company Fund, Gale Cengage Learning, Goddard Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, JP – Inspiring Knowledge, Learning.com, LEGO Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education Association, PBS, Pearson Foundation, People to People Ambassador Programs, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, VIF International Education, and The Walt Disney Company. The U.S. Leading states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

There will be nothing very American about any school by the time the Global 6 anchors are in place. No more USA education standards, no, these will be replaced by global ones..for students AND teachers. Language learning will be revamped, schools will get made over to become ‘whole child’ (don’t get me started), school districts will regulate and align even more, and tons of global competitions. The framework: P21_State_Framework_on_Global_Education
How did P21 feel about the recent passage of WIOA? They were thrilled. Here’s the press release, http://www.p21.org/news-events/press-releases/1463-p21-applauds-bipartisan-action-on-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act

Last but not least: 

The National Governor’s Association, half of the CCSS copyright owner, back in 2013, had this to say about a trained Workforce, “For Americans to stay competitive in the global economy, it will take bold transformation and modernization of our nation’s education and workforce systems and a stronger federal-state partnership.   Every member of the workforce must be given the opportunity to realize their full potential over the course of their careers in order to keep pace with the ever- evolving demand for new skills and knowledge.” This is from the Preamble to their Policy Position on Workforce. The document is called, “Building a World-Class Workforce”.

Conclusion:

Not only did we prove “ConnectAllSchools” and Workforce are connected, look how many other entities we picked up along the way. {Note: If you wish to look back on my blog entries for any of the related topics mentioned here, please do. If you would rather access more information elsewhere and would desire my help in pointing you in the right direction, please leave me a comment. Thanks for your support.}