Greetings to you, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors. We’ve been hearing the phrase ‘end federally led education’ for some time now. We’ve heard citizens, leaders, and others state their desire in closing down the U.S. Dept. of Education. We know how hungry for an anti CCSS (Common Core State Standards or whatever other names it hides behind) educational change Americans are. We now have an organized group ready to serve John King (the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Secretary) and the rest of the “Fed Ed” their just desserts!
I am honored to help introduce the U.S. PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education). US PIE is 50 healthy portions of parents who have had enough of the CCSS Machine’sruining their children’s education, running their lives, and grinding the staff down. U.S. PIE is 50 united land masses working together to stand for U.S. Constitutionally protected state sovereignty in education. A dedicated, as well as well known group of anti CCSS Warriorshas been working behind the scenes for months now to get this PIE ready to be served. However, since America is such a large nation, we need more PIE servers in each of the 50 states. There is safety in numbers, by having as many PIE servers as we can, our leaders can know we are very serious about the educational menu our schools are offering. In like fashion, there is a PIE Pledge we are EXPECTING our leaders/legislators to sign to show their seriousness AND willingness to work with us to ‘END Fed Ed’!
In helping share this timely news, I have included the PIE Pledge, as well as the other resources you will need to find out how you can help your state serve up educationally minded just desserts. See below for them.
Before I close today, please let me state this: Those of us working to shut down the U.S. Dept. of Education know this is one of many steps needed to take our educational system back. We know there will be other federal departments which are in need of some just desserts of their own. (for example, the U.S. Dept. of Labor has a huge federally led overreach into education via the WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014). I pray and hope these other federal departments are destined to be met by U.S. PIE as well, but for now, we have the U.S. Dept. of Education in our sights! Join us, we need you, your schools need you! Your nation cannot survive without you.
To see the You Tube version of the U.S. PIE official announcement. Here you will see some well known anti CCSS Warriors speak out:
Anti CCSS Warriors, you’ve read the stories, culled the Congressional Reports. You know this ‘War Against Common Core’ is NOT over yet. However, today, we’ll take a look at the 17 who stood strong in the Senate against not only their peers, but the CCSS Machine. I’d like to preface my article, I am NOT endorsing any political candidate publicly. My focus isn’t on the campaigns of any of the 17 Senators. Are these 17 tied to Common Core in any way? Let’s find out. The Nay Sayers:
While each of the following said ‘no’ July 16th, will they remain nay sayers? We’ll need to continue to hold them accountable. Especially when you discover more about their education stances. Blunt: MO, voted ‘no’ to S1177, As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Blunt gets to help decide where our taxpayer’s money is spent. One such benefactor? The U.S. Dept. of Education. See: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments I didn’t find a press release following his ‘no’ to ECAA on his website. However, I did find that his stance on job growth may be of concern, therefore watching how he continues to vote where education is concerned. See: http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grow-jobs-and-opportunity Note the phrase ‘shovel ready’ and Missouri’s community colleges. As we’ve discovered, community colleges are entrapped in the CCSS/CTE pipeline for education. Booker: NJ, voted ‘no’ to S1177, HIs statement following his vote, revealed his dissatisfaction with Title One funding. See: http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=281 That said, Sen. Booker’s involvement in a trained workforce is worthy of not only our concern, but our voice. Sen. Booker has teamed up with Sen. Scott (see below) in LEAP, Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Program Act. Why would a CCSS Warrior need to be concerned? I’ve published a detailed article previously detailing how the Apprenticeship program in America is CCSS, CTE aligned.
Booker’s statement on jobs and the economy: http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=281His committee service includes commerce and science. See: http://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=about_senator My article about apprentices: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/ Crapo: ID, voted ‘no’ to S1177, If you don’t know his stance on education, you should. While he’s a big supporter of public education, he desires more local control. That said, he also shares that the federal role in education is helpful. Anti CC Warriors, I’m curious, do Congress members receive a ‘Know your Constitution’ exam before being sworn in? If not, maybe they should. As per our 10th Amendment, there is to be NO federal role in education. See Sen. Crapo’s educational stance: http://www.crapo.senate.gov/issues/education/education.cfm While I didn’t see his service on any committees which directly impact education, I did notice a few caucuses he belongs to which are tied to CCSS. (for example: TRIO, 4-H, and others) See: http://www.crapo.senate.gov/about_mike/committees.cfm Cruz: TX, voted ‘no’ to S1177, Sen. Cruz’s vote was consistent with his education stance as an opposer of CCSS. His statement following that vote said ECAA missed the mark. See: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2385 His education page: http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=36 According to his bio page, he is a defender of the U.S. Constitution. As you’ll see with some of the other Senators, Cruz serves of the Joint Economic Committee and others. Commerce is among them. Knowing how big business has its hands all over education, I’m sure we’ll need to watch to see how this is handled. Daines: MT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His amendment, SAFE Kids, is said to protect student data privacy, however, in looking at the website detailing this amendment, several CCSS Machine members are supportive. This should be a huge concern to us, as opposed to Common Core! See: http://www.daines.senate.gov/news/press-releases/daines-blumenthal-introduce-bill-to-protect-students-data A noted other key concern for us should be his participation in cloud data storage. See: http://www.daines.senate.gov/meet-steve/biography Flake: AZ, voted ‘no’ to S1177, While some of his amendments were included in ECAA (Every Child Achieves Act), he couldn’t support some of the other components of the bill. See: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=dfad8ae1-0422-49b6-9ae1-68181f4053b9 However, his amendments were for charter school authority and early learning alignment are very concerning to anti CC Warriors. Why? As I’ve shared with you before, many overseeing charter schools are part of the CCSS Machine. Early learning alignment? No! Absolutely not! His education page will reveal he voted against NCLB and believes in local control. See: http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/?p=healthcare-and-education Lee: UT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His press release statement following that vote stated it was because the bill expands the U.S. Dept. of Education, increases early education overhaul,and more. See: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=9c7f3ff8-1e62-4fcb-98ef-4c0b7f30406f According to his website, Sen. Lee is a defender of the U.S. Constitution. He also is a member of the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. (JEC’s website address is provided below in another Senator’s description) Lee is currently working on higher education legislation. He has even asked for America’s help. Anti CCSS Warriors, if you’re concerned about Sen. Lamar Alexander’s push for aligning as much as he can of education from birth to post grad, perhaps you’d like to help Sen. Lee’s writing of legislation. See: http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/higher-education-reform-and-college-opportunity#form_a6481d29-13fc-4476-a3f8-525869be3f88As any good anti CC Warrior, we need to be ever watchful of what transpires from here on out. Moran: KS, voted ‘no’ to S1177, A fan of CTE (career and technical education) is a big cause of concern for those of us opposed to the CCSS Machine. We now very well by now, that CTE is in every state of the United States, no matter if your state ‘adopted’ CCSS or not.
The Senator’s website will tell you he voted against NCLB in 2001, and why. See: http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/education His service on two committees which involve education (commerce and science) are worth holding him accountable in the coming days. See: http://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-assignments Murphy: CT, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His stance on education includes the 21st century skills needed for the global economy statement we’ve heard so much from the CCSS Machine. There are other statements in his education view point which are concerning to us as anti CCSS Warriors. For example, the states and accountability facing us in a re-authorized ESEA. (Press release: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-booker-warren-coons-esea-accountability-amendment-receives-broad-support)
Murphy is a member of hte HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pension). See: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/issues/education Paul: KY, voted ‘no’ to S1177, Which directly supports his stance on education view point. His website has a well explained statement to detail his stance. See: http://www.paul.senate.gov/about-rand/issues/promoting-opportunity-through-education His statement following the passage of S1177: http://www.paul.senate.gov/news/press/dr-rand-paul-votes-against-flawed-education-reform-bill- Paul is a member of the HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pension) Committee. HELP was key in S1177’s existence. Risch: ID, voted ‘no’ to S1177, His statement on education is brief, but to the anti CC Warrior, says a lot. For example, his stance on the role of the federal government in education is one of concern. How so? He believes the federal government should have a role in education. Warriors, does no one remember that federal government, per the U.S. Constitution, shouldn’t have ANY role in education?! See Risch’s statement: http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Education Rubio: FL, voted ‘no’ to S1177, There’s not a message on his website concerning his vote that I could find. His blog has no entry for 7/16/15, either. However, I did find he serves on several committees that are directly related to education (technology, for example). His bio page on his website can serve as alert to his stance on higher education (as in making it affordable). Then, there’s the concern for the ‘global economy’. Why are these areas to hold him accountable? Sen. Alexander’s statement concerning the Higher Education Act was next on his list is a great reason. Add to that the push from the CCSS Machine where digital this and that are on a hyper speed effort to impact technology. See Rubio’s website: http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography Sasse: NE, voted ‘no’ to S1177, I cannot find any sort of press release after the vote. His website does not share any education view points that I can find. However, he does serve on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. Since the CCSS Machine has a huge goal for the economic status of the U.S. A., I’d say we most definitely need to find out more about Sen Sasse’s view of education. See his website: http://www.sasse.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/about
See the Joint Econ Website: http://www.jec.senate.gov/public/ Scott: SC, voted ‘no’ to S1177, because he didn’t feel the bill was good enough. See his statement explaining his vote: http://www.scott.senate.gov/press-release/sen-tim-scott-statement-every-child-achieves-act However, Sen. Scott’s been key to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and other ‘opportunities’ for aligned education and labor. WIOA embedded CCSS aligned Career Pathways at least 21 times. (See Sen. Scott’s agenda for a trained workforce, http://www.scott.senate.gov/opportunityagenda Shelby: AL, voted ‘no’ to S1177, according to his website, he serves on at least 2 committees where funding occurs. Combine that with his stance that states are choosing CCSS, is a cause, in my opinion, to continue to watch him. See: http://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/legislativeissues?p=Education Vitter: LA, voted ‘no’ to S1177, due to his stance against CCSS, assessments, privacy violatons (see his education stance on his website page: http://www.vitter.senate.gov/issues/education However, he supports school choice and charter schools (which CCSS is using both of these to distort education) and is supportive of 21st Century job preparation for students. Warren: MA, voted ‘no’ to S1177, due to dissatisfaction over the funding for schools.See Her statement on her website, http://www.warren.senate.gov/?p=committees(scroll down, look to the right) She’s also friendly towards post secondary alignment efforts. She’s a member of the HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions). HELP has been extremely involved in re-writing ESEA.
Actions We Should Take:
1) Continue to watch Congress for how voting goes.
2) Continue to interact with Congress where HR5, S1177, child care, preK, post-secondary are concerned. EVERY educational level and choice will be impacted by what happens in D.C. concerning the re-authorization of the ESEA.
3) Look, not only at the Congress members’ stances on education, but look at workforce, public-private partnerships, etc. Remember, economy and a trained workforce are 2 of the main CCSS agenda points. NO Congress member should support a CCSS/CTE aligned America. It’s unconstitutional! It’s unAmerican! It violates the oath each Congress member swore to uphold!
4) Thank these 17 Senators for standing with we, the anti CCSS Warriors! Remind them we are watching.
5) PJNET has a one stop tool to help you thank each Senator. See: http://patriotjournalist.com/CommonCoreAction.php?v=6
To the Warriors against the ‘Core’, we’ve learned over and over that the CCSS Machine has many parts to it. Those parts include Career Clusters, Career Pathways, the American Apprenticeship Initiative, Career and Technical Education, and the Common Core Standards (which encompass every subject, including the Arts and PE).
One of the biggest parts of the Machine? That would be the amount of legislation expressly written to protect the embedding of all this illegally based education reform!
To date one of the most important pieces of this type of legislation is the (already passed as a law in 2014 on the federal level) WIOA. Also known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The other key pieces of federal level CCSS Machine protecting legislative moves are the re-authorizations of the ESEA/NCLB (HR5, which has had a name change every time we turn around) and the HEA(Higher Education Act).
So What’s the Riddle, Today?:
As you know, each Sunday, I have a riddle for you. So what’s today’s based on the topic thus far? Can we halt the WIOA’s overreach in any way? Let’s find out.
Scores of articles (several are available right here on my blog; just use the ‘search bar’.) have been written; interviews recorded; documents uncovered (with the express purpose of exposing the vast amount of CCSS/CTE/Career Clusters/Career Pathways, etc.) as proof of the embedded and planned course to reshape America starting with education. In the past, the message had been somewhat marginalized.
However, it appears the message is gaining a wider voice and many citizens are recognizing action MUST be taken to save our nation!..beginning with education. You see, the trail of the CCSS Machine STARTS at the child care years and steamrolls all the way to career-land. No educational choice will be respected, no citizen left unscathed by the time the full impact of the WIOA, HR5, and HEA are felt…IF left as is, in their current forms! I’ve inserted 3 visuals below to illustrate my points.
The visual below shows what parts of WIOA are already in play to ‘align and mine’ student/workforce data. What’s not in the visual is the language stating how this information pipeline will ‘marry’ with SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System).
The 3rd visual is an old one, but is very fitting as to the success of the CCSS Machine’s efforts in WIOA. What’s the ‘secret’? P3s! Public private partnerships. They’ve invested millions of dollars on lobbying for WIOA and advertising it as ‘a good thing’.
So, the Answer to Our Riddle?:
Continue to HELP spread the message that WIOA is bad news! That HR5 and HEA are terrible moves!
One of the ways in which you can impact WIOA is to contact your federal level Congress members IMMEDIATELY!
Another way is to use any ‘public comment’ window the federal levels open up. These ‘windows’ are announced; this is true. However, if you don’t know these announcements have been made, how can we participate? We’ve seen this type of move made before by the CCSS Machine and anything connected to its viability.
Currently the U.S. Dept. of Ed has one for WIOA (it is only open until the 15th of June 2015). I’m providing the information below so you CAN share it, respond to it, and be ‘on the record’ as an anti CCSS Warrior.
What the U.S. Dept of Ed isn’t sharing about WIOA is just how embedded in CCSS/CTE the law really is. For that side of the truth, you’ll need facts. Below are some related resources I urge you to dig into.
From the “Prevent Common Core” website, 3 articles:
1) An article about the skewing of our communities via CCSS/CTE, http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1247
c) a playlist of 5 more related audio archives featuring Anita Hoge, Dr. Jessica Anderson and others is also needed ‘anti CCSS ammo’). See: https://soundcloud.com/alice-linahan/women-on-the-wall-with-lynne-taylor-on-hea-higher-education-act/sets
Another interview I gave was with Tamara Scott on the connections between HR5, HEA, and WIOA. Listen in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDboNzTM_Jc&list=PLEmQgGVFLx6b9vM_JLa35jrHHlI7xB4nZ&index=1
A Final Key Answer We Need for Our Riddle:
If you’ve not found the above resources to be helpful in why we should halt WIOA’s/CCSS Machine moves, here’s one which I hope will be a deciding factor for you. From the National Skills Coalition, a pdf titled ” Aligned by Design: WIOA and Career and Technical Education”. Key phrases to look for in your state’s legislation: ‘unified plan’; ‘combined plan’. Get the ‘plans’: 2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-CTE
Please, read the PDF as well as the other related resources BEFORE you make any public comments! We have a short time span to make a HUGE impact.
It’s been an honor to be a trusted ‘go to’ person in this War Against the Core (as I call it). Especially when it’s come to the aspect that Common Core is extremely embedded in our post-secondary world. Why is it so important to repeat this? Because no matter where your pre-K through 12th grade education took place(ie: homeschools, private schools, parochial schools, charter schools, virtual schools, or public schools), post-secondary schools(meaning 2 year community colleges, public (and some private) 4 year colleges/universities, for profit trade schools, on-line courses, etc.) ARE aligned to Common Core via Career and Technical Education, Career Pathways, Career Clusters. This includes education majors.
So, while I’ve written about this extensively before 2015 and in 2015, I’m giving you the most important articles from 2015 which can be extremely helpful in helping educate others in the fight against Common Core. Listed in no particular order.
The Difference Between ‘Career Clusters’ and ‘Career Pathways’:
One of these is older than the other one, however, they’ve both got Common Core alignment as their conjoining factor. Why it’s important to know the difference isn’t so much what the students and teachers have to perform, it’s who is involved in ‘gifting America’ with all of this.
Here’s a program being touted as a great alternative education choice yet is also under the CCSS/Career Pathways realm. Known as AAI, the American Apprenticeship Initiative, this Career Pathways baby is a gift from the U.S. Dept. of Labor to America. This also connects to the Workforce Act.
Attracting the Students Via Extra Curricular Clubs:
Back in Feb. 2015, I shared with you how our students are being sought after by the extra curricular clubs. The problem with this? Many are now going by CCSS/CTE guidelines. Would you know which ones? Do you know someone who needs to know? Share this one.