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Meet Your New ‘Neighbor’: ESSA, Seriously!

Ushered in via the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act): Title 4 Funding's "wrap arounds" and more Promise Neighbors.
Ushered in via the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act): Title 4 Funding’s “wrap arounds” and more Promise Neighbors.

Being a great neighbor is a privilege. But what do you do when your new neighbor is a portion of the Every Student Succeeds Act{ESSA}?! Hang on, anti CCSS Warriors, the information  you are about to read may cause shock!

The Language:
We all know the ESSA is over 1,000 pages and its ink was barely dry when it was voted on and passed into law. Very few took time to read it when it first came out. I wager many others STILL haven’t read through it today! However, we MUST keep digging, we MUST know what the language says. To date, several truths have been uncovered and shared. Warriors, we CANNOT stop now! This huge education bill has more embedded which loosely pertains to education, but largely changes our communities as we know them!

So where in the ESSA do we find anything that deals with our neighborhoods? Section 4624, titled “Promise Neighborhoods” specifically. Yet, I found on page 602 (Section 4623) language using the above phrase as well. Further down on page 602, you can see Section 4621 is referenced as a set of parameters for these Neighborhoods. Page 603, gives us language where funding is discussed. Page 606 and pages following explain the Secretary (as in the U.S. Dept of Education Secretary) will have to approve grants for these neighbors, how pipeline services must be used; how families will be measured, and more!

Over on page 612 you can learn about types of schools and what they must provide to the neighborhood will include. Follow this through to page 615. There you will see the following language. “(2) INDICATORS.—The performance indicators  established by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be indicators of improved academic and developmental outcomes for children, including indicators of school readiness, high school graduation, postsecondary education and career readiness, and other
academic and developmental outcomes…” The next section is 2465 and this is where the full service community school is laid out in detail.

Before we move on, though, let me urge you to read the above pages. There you can find out how the data mining on our students plays into their neighborhoods and SO much more! You can see how the U.S. Secretary of Education will be able to control more than ever before!
Access to the ESSAESSA FINAL CONFRPT_112915

 

A Promise:

Let me state I am NOT picking on any one group. I am pointing out how a program which has, in the past, been helpful, has been used as a way to usher in MORE control in our communities. If you haven’t heard of the Promise Neighborhood program, please refer to the following resources.

1) PolicyLink’s excerpt, PolicyLink also pushed for and is grateful for the inclusion of the Promise Neighborhoods program in this legislation. Housed under Title IV, the legislation authorizes Promise Neighborhoods, a program inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, which wraps children in high-quality, coordinated health, social, community, and educational supports from cradle to college and career.”
See the rest of the article: https://www.policylink.org/blog/promise-neighborhoods-authorized-in-ESSA

2) The White House’s ESSA Report excerpt, “Creating Promise Neighborhoods: Since 2010, the Administration’s Promise Neighborhoods program has sought to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by investing $270 million in more than 50 of our nation’s most distressed communities, representing over 700 schools. These efforts are helping to build a pipeline from early learning to high school and beyond for our highest-need students by creating comprehensive, wrap-around educational support services and strong, vibrant school environments. Moreover, 1,000 national, state, and community organizations have signed-on to support and partner with Promise Neighborhoods to ensure these initiatives are effective and long-lasting.
See the rest of the report: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/10/white-house-report-every-student-succeeds-act

3) Meet the PolicyLink’s Promise Neighborhood Network Institute:
http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/about-our-movement/pni-network
Here you can find out all kinds of information. Such as the solutions to our cradle to career problems. (see:  http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/cradle-to-career-solutions) However, what I wish to draw your attention to is the screen shot below:

Source: http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/about-our-movement/pni-network
Source: http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/about-our-movement/pni-network

Want to see a visual of a successful Promise Neighborhood’s cradle to career cycle? See below:

If you would like to see the tools used to create a successful PN, access: http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/sites/default/files/PNI-DEVELOPMENTAL-PATHWAY-FINAL.pdf
If you would like to see the tools used to create a successful PN, access:
http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/sites/default/files/PNI-DEVELOPMENTAL-PATHWAY-FINAL.pdf

Once you have accessed the ‘tools of success’, go back to the ESSA and compare the language so you can see how the tools of success will be used in the future.

4) The PN(Promise Neighborhood) Research Consortium has it own manual on Neighborhood Data Mining and Collection, get it here: PNRC Data Collection Manual – V11
See the rest of the tools the Consortium has and uses in your neighborhoods,
http://promiseneighborhoods.org/neighborhood.html

Interesting note concerning PNs, back in 2015 there was a national gathering in VA for a conference. In attendance was not only the U.S. Dept. of Education, but StriveTogether (a group I have written about before several times concerning their total community alignment of cradle to career pathway. StriveTogether also has a national map of totally aligned communities. ST works hand in hand with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) My related articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/tech-thursday-cradlecareer-conference/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/

 
As far as the ‘full service community schools’, Anita Hoge has detailed much about what those schools will look like and how they will transform your neighborhood schools into a one stop shop of education related (and most of the time not education related) services.
However, if you want to read the ESSA for yourselves to see the details of what a full service school will offer, see pages 597 through 618. One of the best graphics you can get for these learning centers can be see below. This is Anita’s work, not mine. (The White House has a special program for these full service community schools. It is called the ’21st Century Community Learning Centers’) To access Anita’s research, visit the following blog from Maine where links are embedded for you to follow. See: https://unmasker4maine.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/anita-hoge-womb-to-tomb-community-based-schools-school-based-clinics/

How is the "Community School" makeover thriving? "Promise Neighborhoods".
How is the “Community School” makeover thriving? “Promise Neighborhoods”.

If you would like more information:
1) From the U.S. Dept. of Ed on the 21st CLCCs (21st Century Community Learning Centers): http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html

2) From the White House on 21st CLCCs:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/omb/expectmore/summary/10001028.2003.html

3) From the Charlotte Iserbyt website, the ‘ABCs of Dumbing Down’, this article tying Promise Neighborhoods, 21st CLCCs to the ESSA:
http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2015/12/hud-communist-neighborhood-for-you.html

Remember anti CCSS Warriors, now that you know, share and point out this is all done in the name of ‘college and career readiness’, the new term for Common Core State Standards and its Initiative!

 

 

FTF: CCSS Education/Community Alignment Reaction

The Common Core Machine loves to create minions to do its bidding.
The Common Core Machine loves to create minions to do its bidding.

I really hope yesterday’s article got your attention. I know for those of us fighting to rid America of the CCSS Machine, its initiative; their educational inappropriateness; and everything else related, we needed to know that information. However disgusted we may be, we need to press on.

Among several anti CCSS Warriors, many nerves were touched by the image of the hub from yesterday. While I understand WHY the image may be upsetting, it is important to know that because of the information, others responded (either via Twitter or Facebook) with very similar images that depict educational/community alignment. Below is the one from “Tacoma 360” for a parents school!

Courtesy of Diana Anderson via the 'Stop Common Core in Oregon' Facebook page.
Courtesy of Diana Anderson via the ‘Stop Common Core in Oregon’ Facebook page.

Here’s what another reader posted from Oregon:

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Both the anti CCSS Warriors who provided these noted that like Ms. Hoge’s discovery of the 1990s hub (featured in yesterday’s post), these new versions all capture the Goals 2000 or Agenda 21 concept.

Another reaction which was shared to help us all in this data mining/community aligning educational reform is from another one of the anti CCSS warriors who happens to specialize in computer technology. His submission: http://itsmypii.com/
According to the mission statement for “It’s My Pii”:Secure, protect and defend Parental Rights and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of students, parents and teachers.’


Another follower was able to spot how the hub is a symbol used by several groups determined to undermine our nation.

No matter what we see, the fact of the matter is the CCSS Machine’s INTENT is this: 
Reshaping America (at any cost) in the name of education reform.

From Twitter:

In response to my article, Mrs. Anita Hoge posted the following DIRECTLY related resources. I urge you, as Warriors Against the Core, to access these, share them, and contact your legislators immediately!

Her 1995 discoveries titled “Womb to Tomb”Womb_To_Tomb-Anita_Hoge-1995-299pgs-EDU.sml

Contrast her findings on page 197 and the following pages with Sen. Lamar Alexander’s original vision for an aligned community via education reform. Remember, he’s the main person behind the “Every Child Achieves” Act (S1177). He also is the main one behind the upcoming re-authorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).

Here’s the visual explanation Mrs. Hoge tweeted earlier today:

Much of the re-authorization of the ESEA includes Title One funding!
Much of the re-authorization of the ESEA includes Title One funding!

Another good article she guest wrote that ties in ‘whole child learning’ and all the community alignment: http://www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest229.htm

 

The “Whole Child” Learning Destroyed by CCSS?

Yes! Before the outcome based education model, ‘whole child learning’ was what another dear researcher and anti CCSS Initiative Warrior, Donna Garner calls the “Type One”  whole child learning. That’s where basic, good academics were taught. Contrast that with her “Type Two” (outcome based education) definition of ‘whole child learning’. That’s all out performance levels, workforce training..in other words almost NO academics!

To further explain this shift , read her article about reading vs. pre-reading:
http://kgab.com/battle-lines-drawn-in-common-core-standards-whole-language-vs-phonics/

You may wish to see Mrs. Garner’s ‘whole child learning’ revelations on this North Texas
website. (Scroll to the bottom and look for point #3 where it is pointed out how illegal the ESEA waivers are and how the funds are being used to misrepresent ‘whole child learning’.)
http://www.northeasttexan.com/headlines/2015/2/21/big-texas-problem-congressman-culbersons-language-in-hr-5-th.html

The CCSS Machine’s idea of “Whole Child Learning” can be found at the ASCD website. ASCD is Gates Foundation funded. (I’ve exposed their ties to Gates and CCSS in other articles). Here’s their definition of ‘whole child learning’, “A whole child approach to education is defined by policies, practices, and relationships that ensure each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. It engages all stakeholders—educators, families, policymakers, and community members.”  To see the rest of the description: CCSS-and-Whole-Child-one-pager

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It):

Yesterday’s article featuring the toxic amendments in committee which will cement more whole child learning/community alignment: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/supportive-acts-to-back-initiative/

My ASCD article tying them to Gates:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/wybi-wednesday-ccss-and-the-altruism-movement/

Another of my ASCD articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/


Looking Ahead:

Just a reminder that Wednesday is my ‘media day’, so no blog article will be shared. However, you can catch me on the Negdog Radio Show, 9:30 am, (EDT, Eastern Daylight Time). Call in during the show with questions about fighting the CCSS Machine. The number is 347-843-4165. Then, catch me on the Women on the Wall national conference call, 302-202-1110, enter conference number 702165. That call begins at 8:30 pm (CDT, Central Daylight Time). I look forward to continuing to look at how we can take back our educational system. Join me!

Sic ‘Em Saturday: Aligned and Employed?!

“Want to implement a seamless pre-K through college educational pathway? Drive education and training off business needs? Address skills gaps? Package workforce board and community college offerings to help businesses hire “right-fit” employees?”
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The above quote is from a workforce collaboration between the NC Dept. of Public Instruction, private corporations and NC Community Colleges. “Key partnerships” is what #Align4NCWorks, the strategically designed initiative, can give, you the student, as well as you, the business. The apparent goals?? “Alignment”, “Engagement”, and “Responsiveness”. What does that look like in plain English?  Let’s look at one of the featured Community Colleges, Caldwell Community College located in Hudson, NC (not too far from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC). This particular #Align4NCWorks encompasses middle school through community college. Why?  A ‘seamless transition in education’. Here’s the link to the 2 page handout that was given during one of the Workforce Learning Summits: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/sites/default/files/a4ncw/caldwell_proven_partnerships_that_work_handout.pdf

What’s noteworthy about the PDF? Two things, Career & College Promise and NC New Schools Project. See if you can guess which one has received Gates Foundation funding and which one is Common Core Standards aligned?! (We’ll get to C & CP, NC New Schools in a bit)

August 2o, 2014:

“At a historic joint meeting between the Commission on Workforce Development and the Education Cabinet that focused on the new NCWorks system, NC Community College System President Scott Ralls offered examples from Align4NCWorks Summits of ways local partners are already working together to meet the needs of businesses, students and job seekers. The meeting on August 20 rebranded the Commission as the “NCWorks Commission” and involved active participation by Governor McCrory and the state’s top leaders in workforce development, education and economic development. As Commerce, the Public Schools, the Community Colleges and other state and local partners work to implement NCWorks, innovations from the Summits will inform State action and offer ideas for communities to adapt to their needs.” Dept. of Public Instruction. NC Community Colleges are connected to the Dept. of Public Instruction via the “Career and Technical Education” (see this graphic below) Here’s the document prepared to highlight the joint effort: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/cte/curriculum/clusters/nc-career-clusters-guide.pdf
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The Chamber of Commerce wants your students for their ‘talent supply’

What you should know that’s revealing about this? Commerce in the state of NC, just as in most US States is all about businesses and economy. Most of the time, one organization is their common bond…Chambers of Commerce. In case you didn’t know it, the NC Chamber of Commerce is so supportive of the Common Core Standards, they formed their own CC Coalition, send out a very suggestive communication (as in negative reaction) to any legislature who didn’t stick up for Common Core earlier this year when our state was in the early stages of trying to pass ‘repeal’ legislation. For a much more in-depth look at all this, I’m linking the previously published post from Lady Liberty 1885’s June 2014 blog: (http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/06/05/chamber-watch-nc-chamber-of-commerce-fear-mongers-on-hb1061/)

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Career & College Promise and NC New Schools Project

More Common Core Standards, just without the name. How? NC New Schools (http://ncnewschools.org/uploads/resources/resource-the-third-way-bridging-the-divide-between-preparation-for-college-and-career.pdf) Yet another document stressing the need for trained workers to impact the global economy. More skills gap pleas for help. Career & College Promise (from 2012,  “Success NC”. You really need to see who funded this, too. http://www.successnc.org/initiatives/common-core-alignment) A bit more current: http://www.successnc.org/initiatives/career-college-promise-0

Sic ‘Em!

Saturday’s posts wouldn’t be complete without some action steps, so here’s what we CAN do to stop the aligned workforce Common Core Standards machine:
Live in NC? Attend any one of the remaining Workforce Learning Summits! The remaining dates are between 9/24 and 10/15. Each begins at 8 am and ends at 12 noon. Complete schedule: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/workforce-learning-summits. Live outside NC? See what your state is up to in these areas. I’m sure NC isn’t alone in their ‘streamlined talent supply’ efforts.

Go armed with Common Core fact sheets! Don’t know where to find one? For those followers NOT in NC, Truth in American Education has a FREE Stop Common Core Tool Kit: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/action-center/tool-kit/ For those followers in NC, Stop Common Core in NC has a great FREE fact sheet: http://stopcommoncorenc.org/common-core-toolkit/common-core-fact-sheet/

Go to the local schools, chambers of commerce and communicate your concerns!

Fight the overreach of public private partnerships in education. Schools should be institutions reserved for learning, NOT businesses to be run like companies. (Business Round Table, the US Chamber of Commerce and several other business groups are pushing CCS alignment) Give education back to the parents, the local school boards and let Wall Street, Main Street and all the cronies get back to their business.
One last resource to help in this fight against P3s (public private partnerships) College/career readiness is FAKE! See: http://restoregedfairness.org/latest-news/31-career-and-college-ready-is-fake