Reporting on Current Obama Education Policies

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Teacher, Teacher, I Declare

Although, published in the mid1990′s, nothing explains Common Core Standards and the impact on teachers in the classroom, as this expose’ on the coming revolution in teacher education and teacher evaluation based on how well students perform on tests.

Common Core is not new. It is a revised, failed education system that has been systematically being forced on American students and American teachers since 1969, when NAEP began implementing a planned economy through education.

Healthcare, Education and Labor

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Abolishing Representative Government Through Education: Common Core, Choice, and Charter Schools

By Anita B Hoge

Transforming America One City at a Time

Is this country at a tipping point? How do you transform our Republic? There are four main issues I will discuss in this article:

• Governance—removing locally elected school officials;
• Funding—ushering in federal choice and vouchers under the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which will change our system of taxing and financing schools to one where the funding will follow the child (this is also a means to control private schools and expand charter schools);
• Charter schools—replacing your local neighborhood school with a zealous for-profit agenda so that there will no longer be parent or voter input, or elected school boards, specifically with an aim to kill public education.
• Common Core Standards—ushering in a system of individualized, psychotherapeutic learning; the standardization of teaching, testing, and technology in all 50 states; nationalizing education ; and changing traditional education based on academics to a workforce training model.
The combination of all four points above puts this scenario together. It demonstrates that this is the plan for the destruction of our country. The following stories tell the tale.

New Orleans. New York. Chicago. Detroit. Philadelphia. Washington DC, and countless other cities are casting a glimpse in how this nation is being transformed. If these large cities can be transformed, what chance do small cities and towns have to sidestep government takeover? There are both Democrat and Republican fingerprints all over this agenda. Based on a crisis such as a natural disaster, financial bankruptcy, corruption, or some other incident, there is an agenda to take control of a city’s schools by transferring all authority to the mayor or the governor. In 2006, an action guide for mayors was published by the United States Conference for Mayors and funded by the Gates Foundation called, “Mayoral Leadership and Involvement in Education, An Action Guide for Success.” It detailed a step-by-step process to gain control over a city, particularly its schools. Similarly, in 2008, the National Governor’s Association wrote a report, “State Support for High Performing Charter School Expansion,” which was a plan for state governors to expand charter schools. Is this the bigger plan?

What unique circumstances must be in place to force the closing of publicly-run schools by reorganizing them to become privatized charter schools? Dissolving all elected school board members and replacing them with appointed councils? Firing all the teachers and thereby breaking the back of the unions? [Leave aside for now the debate of benefit versus harm of the teachers unions, ed.] Replacing experienced teachers with fledgling ‘Teach For America’ or ‘Education Pioneer’ newbies who have had just a few weeks of training? Firing teachers through based on subjective evaluations and “high stakes” testing of students that measures and molds their personalities? Designing a tax system that moves the tax base away from the local community? Forcing local neighborhood schools to close? Dislocating students from their neighborhood surroundings? Co-locating charter schools within a public school? Destroying both your parental voice and your representative vote so that there is no longer any local school district accountability?

Many of us over the past few decades have been watching elected officials be thrown out of their rightful positions. We have watched as parents and educators at meetings and rallies begging for their schools not to close. Do American citizens truly understand the overall effects of these increasingly common local events to the entire country? Is there more to this story? Yes!

Common Core and Its Agenda

This report explains the reality that America is facing right now. The foundation of the [unconstitutional] individual mandate in Obamacare is the same authority creating an individual mandate in education with the implementation of Common Core Standards. Both represent an individual mandate that forces individuals to comply with regulations that erase individual rights, local control, and states’ rights. This foundation has already been laid in several of the largest cities in America, and those people have felt the pangs of freedom being stripped away from them. The smaller cities are wriggling, dangling bait waiting to be snatched up into this frenzy of privatization and crony-dealt deals. This agenda will be full-speed ahead when the reauthorization of ESEA legislation goes to conference and is passed, and it may also be hastened during another crisis, such as when the economy dips again.

President Barack Obama and both the Democratic and Republican policymakers have embraced the agenda. HR 5 and SB 1094 (the ESEA federal “choice” legislation where the money follows a child) will crush our Republic and usher the final blow. It will strangle budget-strapped cities and feed the privatized charter school spillover that will occur. Investors, especially those who will profit from this coming crisis, have been loitering on the sidelines, keeping their eyes on Washington policies and politics. And, we should do the same.

The Agenda of Common Core, Choice and Charter Schools

HR 5 and SB 1094, the reauthorization of the ESEA will ultimately destroy both public and private education, especially through nationalizing education in the United States through so-called choice” and charter schools. Charter schools are not private schools; they are publicly financed and regulated “choice” and the money follows the child.

It is important to realize that the finger pointing at each “side” by both Republican and Democrat was planned and intentional. Both sides want to get this job done even though it will end up crashing our economic system and our system of government.

Let’s set up the agenda: Common Core standards are already well established in almost all 50 states creating a de-facto national curriculum. Common Core is personalized education, requiring individualized remediation for both students and teachers. Common Core standardizes the national education system via testing data that will be collected, thereby assessing/measuring every child, teacher, digital curriculum, every principal, every school, every district, and every state through longitudinal monitoring instruments. Common Core changes our system of education to a business model. Basic functional literacy and workforce skills will replace the teaching of academic subject matter.

National testing through separate state consortiums (PARCC and Smarter Balanced and the testing contractor ACT) has formed the model research base and the foundation for a national test that measures Common Core (now College Career Citizenship Readiness Standards). A national diploma is being established: “Achieve, America’s Diploma Project” and “ACT National Career Readiness Project.”

Teachers will be evaluated, not on how well they teach academic content, but how well their students perform on assessment tests. With digital online curriculum and cyberschools replacing teacher functions in the daily school program, computers will reduce the need for teachers. This is all data-driven. Only the compliant will survive. Reuters reported on August 2, 2012, in an article titled “Private firms eyeing profits from U.S. public schools, that:

Education entrepreneur John Katzman urged investors to look for companies developing software that can replace teachers for segments of the school day, driving down labor costs. “How do we use technology so that we require fewer highly qualified teachers?” asked Katzman, who founded the Princeton Review test-prep company and now focuses on online learning. (Source)

So, how do we get rid of all those teachers? Union-busting mayors are taking over the schools, firing teachers, and launching charter schools where leniency in experience (such as “Teach for America” candidates) and certification varies.

Any state can easily opt out of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association plans to implement Common Core, but they are already ingrained into your school system when your state accepted “Race to the Top” grants and applied for ESEA flexibility waivers mandating standards, testing, curriculum, and teacher training. Common Core is not federal law, but your state has agreed to Common Core Standards, like it or not. It is cemented into your school system. Your state legislators must rescind Common Core and a standards-based system by law in order to return to an academic curriculum. This is a states’ rights and local control issue since the federal government cannot legally direct or supervise curriculum. It can be done. But, the real pulling-the-rabbit-out-of-the-hat trick will be performed by the Obama/Duncan agenda. It will complete the feat of nationalizing education through the federal reauthorization of ESEA by implementing “choice.” This agenda was designed with both Democrat and Republican approval in both houses of Congress. ESEA, (Title I) and Special Education (IDEA) will accomplish this goal.

In June of 2013, the Democrat-held Senate Education Committee released SB 1094, ESEA reauthorization, out of committee. On July 19, 2013, the Republican-held House of Representatives passed HR 5, with “choice” amendments in ESEA reauthorization bills that will change our system of government via a huge push toward charter schools. On July 24, 2013, Capital Roundtable, which provides information for the alternative asset industries, sponsored a private venue conference for middle market private equity investors in New York to learn where to invest in for-profit education companies; i.e. “choice.” Coincidental? I don’t think so. The private business sector is offering numerous opportunities to ride this wave. Follow the money trail.

Charter schools provide the greatest opportunity to collect a cut of your property taxes and destroy your local representative government by using public taxpayer funds. Charter schools do not have elected school boards nor any direct taxpayer accountability. They are designed to create an exodus of students from public schools into their federally-controlled “choice.” Take a glimpse at the models in major cities that have been over-run with charter schools through extreme measures from mayors and governors. This phony “choice” agenda is just the beginning to control the public education system and change how our government functions locally.

How Does the Reauthorization of ESEA Feed Into Charter Schools?

The combination of HR 5 and SB 1094 will permit “choice” funds to follow an individual student, and those “choice” monies will be able to go into any private, public, religious, or charter school, thus diminishing the local tax base. Your neighborhood school will struggle and may eventually have to close. This is because officials must fund other private and charter school children who are no longer in their district, or even across state lines. As local school attendance dwindles, so does funding to pay for salaries, extra programming, facility upkeep, Obamacare, and benefit pension costs. If a city or district continues closing smaller neighborhood schools to keep up with their debt, more and more services are cut back, teachers are furloughed, severely hurting the function of the school and feeding the explosive exodus of students leaving the district. Neighborhood schools will crash financially. Cities are going bankrupt.

In both Chicago and New York charter schools have utilized a creative business model to restructure education by forcing public schools and charters to compete against each other for scarce resources. By introducing “choice” initiatives parents and students think they are private consumers of educational services, while in reality “choice” is stealing their voice in representative government. School closings by the mayors in these two cities have created a war in neighborhoods where parents and teachers are fighting the system to keep their schools open. Shuttering of these schools has created chaos, while charters schools continue to be expanded and given funding to continue to expand. Most parents did not realize there was a bigger plan yanking their neighborhood school out from under them. They have lost their elected representatives, their children are paying the price, and they have nowhere left to go to change the system.

The Lessons of the Chicago Charter Schools

The pre-planned Obama/Duncan education agenda modeled in Chicago is designed to have all public schools become charter schools, and this privatization agenda has been promoted as education reform. As CEO of Chicago Public Schools in 2001, Duncan shut down 60 failing schools in the poorest areas and replaced them with 100 new charter schools. Over the course of his tenure, Duncan employed a series of measures including the complete shuttering of schools, the replacement of failing neighborhood schools with a charter-run school, and/or the total replacement of a school’s teaching staff. He used the test-driven, market-based policies [TQM, total quality management, a business model, ed.] built on the foundation of “Race to the Top.” Student test scores would be tied to teacher evaluations creating an almost impossible high-stakes feat for teachers. All students with varying abilities must be “proficient,” as it is defined by these assessments. Note: students are tbeing raumatized and have even become physically ill under the pressures of this constant testing bandwagon. Creative, bright children are refusing to go to school. Frustrated teachers and frustrated students do not make an environment for good learning.

Training and retraining of teachers has become a huge factor for the new Common Core reform evaluation agenda. “Teach to the test” is the survival tactic of educators. Teachers, public schools, and charters are all being evaluated by high stakes testing and the improvement brought about through “Race to the Top” federal grants. All this creates a lot of finger pointing. Pennsylvania’s ESEA flexibility waiver grant used federal monies, plus a Gates Foundation grant of $800,000 [Bill Gates has been funding pilot projects of all this reform, ed.], to establish the Charlotte Danielson Framework For Teaching as a model to prepare teachers, principles, and superintendents for standards-based instruction. It states, “Our flexibility grant is all about teachers performing and being evaluated on how they teach the standards.” Note: the standards are not under any local control; they are nationalized. Therefore, teaching the standards means teaching to the test. In fact, some charter schools do nothing but prime their students to take the test.

Controversy and charter schools are synonymous. There is an incessant juggling of test scores, picking and choosing their students, weeding out autistic kids, or those whose first language isn’t English, moving the line of proficiency so more students will fare better on testing. Some charter schools simply remove children who test poorly, thus artificially raising test scores. Charters get their funding through attendance levels and even that has been controversial as there are attrition numbers when students leave. Some Charter schools have lotteries, some do not accept special ed students. Some charters select students by grade point average which is easier to manipulate to improve scores. Unfair comparisons have been made between charter schools with an attendance number of only 75 and a public school that has an attendance number of over 500.

One of the biggest controversies sprang from Washington D.C.’s past Chancellor, Michelle Rhee, who has been under attack for erasing school test scores. The documentary, Waiting For Superman, sings praises about charter schools and highlights Chancellor, Michelle Rhee. However, her tenure in D.C. has been marred with controversy.

The focus of this insidious agenda is to break the back of your neighborhood public school by using under-achievement as a crisis to close public schools, and then, conveniently, offering funding and setting up charter schools as the answer. “Choice” will finish the job of crushing the old system. It doesn’t seem to matter to Obama, nor his Republican and Democratic cohorts, that this education plan is hurting minorities and the most desperate poor in this gentrification of communities and the remaking of public schools into charter schools. Families are being forced to move away or go to schools across the city. Objections from parents and teachers alike have fallen on deaf ears. Chicago, New York, New Orleans, and Philadelphia have felt the hard nudge of socialism, but not without protest, complaints, challenges and disapproval. However, parents and local communities seem to have no power to stop the changes once a mayor or governor takes control of their neighborhood schools. Make no mistake about it: Obama is using the “poor” to change our system of government.

The Per-Pupil Funding Agenda—”Following the Child”

Arne Duncan explained it in the Chicago District budget book that “funding is not tied to positions, which gives these schools much more flexibility in deciding how to spend their budget dollars.” Chicago’s business model attached dollars to students and let parents vote with their feet by choosing schools for their children. Chicago’s funding is attached to kids with their name on it. Funding would follow the child and not fund programs, staff, or certain types of schools. Uniform-base funding or per-pupil funding (i.e., equalization and equity in funding) would replace how schools finance their budgets. There has been experimentation with a pilot weighted student formula-type program under Arne Duncan’s seven-year tenure in Chicago where the money follows the child.

Will the United Sates ‘rethink’ how to finance public schools? It will be interesting to see the change toward the federal ‘per pupil funding’ (i.e., equalization and equity in funding) using “poverty” as a means for funding each individual student, and how that will work across the United States. Property taxes have been the norm, with local taxing authorities and local government in Plain Town America having control of the purse strings. What will happen to property values for homeowners? So, what will happen to those schools with Zip Codes in wealthier school districts, where parents want “better” schools, when the change for a uniform base funding scheme happens at the state level? Many states already have filed suit against the unconstitutionality of property taxes funding schools under “equality.” It is called” leveling the playing field” for a socialist America. We can only guess at the impact of how this change might take place. Older Americans may bite the bait, believing that they will not have to pay for schools through property taxes. On the other hand, state taxes on purchases as well as transfer taxes of property may skyrocket. This part of the scheme remains to be unknown.

More on the Chicago Schools Catastrophe

In May of 2008, Duncan organized a conference, “Free to Choose, Free to Succeed: The New Market in Public Education” in Chicago with the Renaissance Schools Fund, the financial wing of the Mayor Daley’s Renaissance 2010 plan operating under the auspices of the Commercial Club. Many critics denounced the scheme saying that this plan was not designed to improve the quality of education but rather a plan for privatization, union-busting and the dismantling of democratically-elected local school boards. It was also described as part of a neighborhood gentrification scheme involving the privatization of public housing projects through financial business developments. Poor, Black and Latino families were forced from their neighborhood schools and their homes when schools were closed and the property was bought up for redevelopment. The most impoverished would be dislocated. [Tony Rezko, friend of Obama and Mayor Blagojevich, made a fortune from these developments along with many corporate investors, ed.] The public school privatization agenda involved Renaissance schools being run by subcontracted for-profit companies. There was a shift in school governance away from teachers and elected community school boards to appointed administrators and appointed councils made up of business leaders.

Cities across America are gearing up for more charter schools. Why? Is it betrayal, is it a plan, or is it both?

In “Obama’s Betrayal of Public Education? Arne Duncan and the Corporate Model of Schooling,” December 17, 2008, Henry A. Giroux and Kenneth Saltman wrote:

It is difficult to understand how Barack Obama can reconcile his vision of change with Duncan’s history of supporting a corporate vision for school reform and a penchant for extreme zero-tolerance polices – both of which are much closer to the retrograde policies hatched in conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institution, Fordham Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, than to the values of the many millions who voted for the democratic change he promised. As is well known, these think tanks share an agenda not for strengthening public schooling, but for dismantling it and replacing it with a private market in consumable educational services.

Duncan characterized the goal of Renaissance 2010 creating the new market in public education as a “movement for social justice.” He invoked corporate investment terms to describe reforms explaining that the 100 new schools [charter] would leverage influence on the other 500 schools in Chicago. Redefining schools as stock investments he said, “I am not a manager of 600 schools. I’m a portfolio manager of 600 schools and I’m trying to improve the portfolio.” He claimed that education can end poverty. He explained that having a sense of altruism is important, but that creating good workers is a prime goal of educational reform and that the business sector has to embrace public education. “We’re trying to blur the lines between the public and the private,” he said. He argued that a primary goal of educational reform is to get the private sector to play a huge role in school change in terms of both money and intellectual capital. He also attacked the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), positioning it as an obstacle to business-led reform. He also insisted that the CTU opposes charter schools (and, hence, change itself), despite the fact that the CTU runs ten such schools under Renaissance 2010. Despite the representation in the popular press of Duncan as conciliatory to the unions, his statements and those of others at the symposium belied a deep hostility to teachers unions and a desire to end them (all of the charters created under Ren2010 are deunionized).”

In March of 2013, Chicago parents, teachers, and citizens held a three-day march across the city to stop school closings, but 47 were shut down. Twelve thousand Chicago children are walking new, often longer, routes to school this fall—after Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed schools (almost all) in poor, Black and Latino neighborhoods. Given its high rate of gun violence, the city dealt with the disruption by expanding its “Safe Passage” program. Police and firefighters were on the job and the city ended up spending $16 million to hire low-wage temps to monitor children to and from school. The upshot? Emanuel hijacked neighborhood schools and later had to police his decision. But, what is being put in their place? Charter schools. It is easy to see that Emanuel, Duncan, and Obama do not really care about the children. It’s the money to be made and the direct assault to control public schools.

A retired history teacher from Chicago had written this commentary on March 23,2013,

“It was a grim Thursday afternoon on March 21st as the news trickled out that 61 Chicago school buildings would be closed and that 54 school programs will be axed. The closings are heavily clustered in the poorest mostly African American and Latino neighborhoods, where decades of disinvestment and economic apartheid have taken a heavy toll on the residents. Many people have moved away from these communities, driven out by the lack of jobs, the meager resources given to the schools, the inadequate city services and the resulting crime and violence. Many believe that the forced exodus is part of a land grab for real estate interests who will move in to gentrify these areas.

On the South and West Sides of the city, where the closings are hitting hardest, poverty is a policy, not an accident. The Chicago financial elite, which could provide jobs and rational investment, has chosen displacement over renewal, ethnic cleansing over neighborhood stabilization. As the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is the public face of this prairie plutocracy.”

Obama’s “Race to the Top,” a $4.35 billion federal competitive grant program through the Recovery Act, mandated that states tie high stakes to test scores. In a bid for money, cash-strapped and reform-frenzied states rewrote their education laws, dropping caps on charter schools in order to permit students from struggling neighborhood schools to have a “choice” to transfer out of them. It also tied teacher job security to student test scores. States were rewarded for promising to reproduce the same plan Duncan implemented in Chicago. As a result, charter schools are mainstream. As of now the ratio is 1 to 20—one charter student for every 20 public school students in the United States.

New York Data-Mining

The mayor of New York changed the face of the American public school system. On August 1, 2006, New York Mayor Bloomberg took control of the public school system and power was transferred to city hall. Bloomberg took over 1200 schools and eliminated the city’s 32 elected community school boards. Education officials closed 164 public schools around the city since 2002 over the objections of parents and teachers who wanted the schools fixed. A non-elected council called Panel for Education Policy [PEP] has the authority to make decisions with 13 seats, 8 selected by the Mayor, the other five appointed from the community. The city launched a “fair student-funding” formula, called weighted funding to provide additional resources to districts with high poverty and special-needs students. Bloomberg created a change in representative government. It’s a move to deactivate the voice of elected representatives, teachers, and parents.

When the documentary called Waiting for Superman was released featuring Michelle Rhee, past controversial Chancellor from Washington D.C., parents, citizens, and teachers from New York issued a rebuttal to the film called the Inconvenient Truth About Waiting for Superman which tells the real truth about the takeover of public schools by charters. It exposes the forcing of students to leave the neighborhood, and how teachers are frustrated with the high stakes tests which evaluating them based on the results on how well students perform on tests. Inconvenient Truth highlights, with film clips of actual real-life experiences, how public school parents, students, neighborhoods and educators are being impacted and harmed by so-called reforms. Please watch this excellent one-hour video at http://vimeo.com/41994760 to get an understanding of the impact of the transfer of power. (See my notes at the end of this article regarding two issues that I disagree with that may actually perpetuate the adverse agenda that they are intending to stop.]

Data is a must for the business model to function. There is a New York update to the controversy over FERPA (Family Education Rights in Privacy Act), regarding allowing data-mining with personally identifiable information, a cloud based repository for data. Parents have filed a lawsuit against Commissioner King, the New York Department of Education, and the New York Board of Regents for violating student privacy by releasing personal student information to the InBloom corporation. Note the intrusive personal data on children that would be shared with outside vendors, thus violating a child’s right to privacy:

InBloom Inc., established by a $100 million dollar grant from the Gates Foundation, was designed as a multi-state data store, to collect and format personal student data and make it available to vendors to help them data mine, develop and market their software learning products…. The information to be shared with inBloom and other vendors will include the names of all public and charter school students, their addresses, phone numbers, emails, grades, test scores, race and economic status, disability and health diagnoses, their attendance and suspension records, and any services they receive. (Source)

This lawsuit is great news, but there is a need for a federal investigation to expose how Obama “unlocked” data, thus allowing data trafficking with third party vendors like inBloom across the United States. The re-disclosure of data means data is collected from the local level on students by the state information systems, and a written agreement is drawn up with a third party contractor to re-disclose the data.

Data collection is the foundation for the Common Core business model to function as a national market where children are a commodity. Since data was “unlocked” by Obama in January, 2012, FERPA (Family Education Rights in Privacy Act) regulations were changed allowing personally identifiable information [PII] from school records to be given to third party contractors. The definition for ” school official” was changed to allow any outside vendor or contractor to use PII for research to design curriculum, software, digital curriculum, and “user interaction information” collected by learning software systems to research teaching and interventions of individual students.

If a Private School Takes Federal Money They Must Take the Test

Washington D.C. is the first city to experience federal choice money for private and religious schools originally called DC-OSP (Opportunity Scholarship Program, 2003, D.C. School Choice Incentive Act) the first federally-funded, private school voucher program in the country run by the D.C. mayor. Reauthorized, HR 471 is now called called SOAR (Scholarships For Opportunity and Results), sponsored by Republican John Boehner. The bill authorizes a 20-20-20 plan—$20 million for private vouchers, $20 million for Charter schools, $20 million for public schools in DC for analysis.

This legislation lays out specifically that if a private school takes federal money, there are requirements that would mandate certain reporting requirements from private schools participating in the DC-OSP. It would also require such schools to administer a national norm-reference standardized test in reading and math. Take the money—take the test. But, what is the scenario when this so-called choice “follows the child”? If a religious private school doesn’t accept the grant voucher agenda, will it be forced to accept a “choice child” when the federal ESEA is passed? Yes. The school will be forced under federal discrimination laws to accept the “choice child.” Once the private religious school accepts the Title I “choice child,” the child must take the test. But notice: if the private school is not teaching Common Core, the children will likely fail the test, and the school will fail. What government funds, government controls. Follow the money trail.

Will The Real Agenda for Charter Schools Please Stand Up!

Charter schools are privately run, but they receive public money and, as already noted, an increasing number of these schools are being run on a for-profit basis. The federal government is subsidizing the CREDIT ENHANCEMENT FOR CHARTER SCHOOL FACILITIES PROGRAM, providing grants to eligible entities to permit them to enhance the credit of charter schools so that charter schools can access private-sector and other non-federal capital in order to acquire, construct, and renovate facilities at a reasonable cost. The tax code makes charter schools very lucrative.

Statistics have proven that where charter schools have proliferated it is more likely that the public schools have experienced financial stress due to the transfer of public assets and institutions into the hands of private corporations. The “New Markets Tax Credit” program that became law toward the end of the Clinton presidency allow firms to invest in charters and other projects located in “underserved” areas, and these schools can collect a generous tax credit up to 39% to offset their costs. Private investors are flocking to charter schools. There is a huge risk factor for any local school district in a state that has passed laws promoting “choice”—especially with an easy approval process for new charters with no caps on expansion. “Race to the Top” grants exacerbate this situation because states promised to drop their caps on charter schools when they took the money.

Charter public schools soak your local tax base, putting monies into a school run by for-profit investors. They have an ideal opportunity to collect a cut of your property taxes. A well-titled article in Forbes, “Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City,” pointedly remarks: “About the only thing charters do well is limit the influence of teachers’ unions. And fatten their investors’ portfolios.” (Source) The article explains:

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, dozens of bankers, hedge fund types and private equity investors gathered in New York to hear about the latest and greatest opportunities to collect a cut of your property taxes. Of course, the promotional material for the Capital Roundtable’s conference on “private equity investing in for-profit education companies” didn’t put it in such crass terms, but that’s what’s going on….

Charter schools are frequently a way for politicians to reward their cronies. In Ohio, two firms operate 9% of the state’s charter schools and are collecting 38% of the state’s charter school funding increase this year….

In Florida, the for-profit school industry flooded legislative candidates with $1.8 million in donations last year. “Most of the money,” reports The Miami Herald, “went to Republicans, whose support of charter schools, vouchers, online education and private colleges has put public education dollars in private-sector pockets.”…

So attractive is the math, according to a 2010 article by Juan Gonzalez in the New York Daily News, “that a lender who uses it can almost double his money in seven years.”

In the Capital Roundtable Conference advertisement it states,

So 2013, and beyond, will see numerous for-profit companies making inroads into public and non-profit education by taking over large swaths of the market. Consider—

• The entire education sector now represents nearly 9 percent of the U.S. GDP.
• Merger and acquisition activity in for-profit education last year surpassed activity at the peak of the Internet boom.
• More and more non-profit colleges are hitting the wall and seeking investors to help them transform into for-profit institutions.” [See Title IV, Higher Education Reauthorization, ed.]
Governor Jeb Bush is in the forefront of this push for charter schools with his Foundation For Excellence in Education. But don’t be mislead into thinking that charter schools are just a Republican thing. Big-city Democrats, like Philadelphia Democratic Mayor Nutter, currently the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, closed 23 public schools this past summer—replaced by charters. In 2009, charters were 15% of the District budget. In 2014, they will be 30% of the District budget. Chicago, of course, is another Democratic stronghold.

Minnesota’s leading newspaper, the Star Tribune, recounts the sordid history of its charter school movement:

Minnesota’s charter school movement, which sparked a national rethinking of public schooling nearly two decades ago, has been infected by an out-of-control financing system fueled by junk bonds, insider fees and lax oversight. (Source)

Another article in the Star Tribune, “Charter school fails and bondholders get bailout,” tells more of the story:

While junk-bond promoters claim taxpayers will never be forced to cover the costs of a failed charter school built with state lease-aid funds, that’s exactly what happened in St. Paul.

The deal dates to 2000, when American Express purchased $8.3 million in bonds used to convert the old Science Museum of Minnesota into a charter school called the Minnesota Business Academy. The project also received $1 million in community development funds from the city of St. Paul….

In exchange for a hefty 8 percent interest rate, American Express accepted the risk of default and nonpayment.

In less than a year, the school was faltering. There were cost overruns and fundraising shortfalls, and the school was forced to borrow another $1.6 million.

To pay off its debts, the school needed 440 students, with each student representing more than $1,000 in annual lease-aid payments. But the plan backfired, and total enrollment crashed to 292 in 2004.

In 2005, city officials approved another bond offering that allowed the school to reorganize its finances. American Express got $6 million, while the city recovered a total of $451,352. The unsecured creditors were paid 10 cents on the dollar. “The corporate folks got their dough,” said St. Paul City Council Member Lee Helgen, who voted against the bond issue.”(Source)

Star Tribune reporter Tony Kennedy, published an article in 2011 titled “State charter schools program is ‘out of control,’ Junk bonds fuel a building spree, but schools are more crowded, insiders are taking fees, and state regulators can’t do much about it.” His article divulged the following alarming statistics:

In the past decade, 18 charter schools have been built with $178 million in junk bonds, with financing costs on some projects chewing up nearly a quarter of the funds raised. Twelve more charter schools have taken steps to buy or build facilities, and the state projects annual spending on lease aid to reach $54 million in 2013, up from just $1.1 million in 1998.

To lure the investors they need for new buildings, some educators are abandoning the intimate campuses their founders envisioned and are building large schools that look more like the conventional institutions that some families are fleeing. Some charter school advocates say the build-your-own trend could undermine an education movement built on small class size and parental involvement….

State lawmakers are frustrated by the building boom. Since 2000, at least 64 public school buildings in the metro area closed because of declining enrollment. Charter schools are responsible for recruiting away some of those students.

Follow the Money

The flight to charter schools leave districts vulnerable for closure. Moody’s Investors Service issued a report on October 15, 2013 that “Charter Schools Pose Greatest Credit Challenge to School Districts in Economically Weak Urban Areas.”

…Tiphany Lee-Allen, the Moody’s Associate Analyst who co-authored the report [said] “Districts may face institutional barriers to cutting staff levels, capital footprints and benefit costs over the short term given the intricacies of collective bargaining contracts – leaving them with underutilized buildings and ongoing growth in personnel costs.”

Charter schools can pull students and revenues away from districts faster than the districts can reduce their costs, says Moody’s. As some of these districts trim costs to balance out declining revenues, cuts in programs and services will further drive students to seek alternative institutions including charter schools.

“Many older, urban areas that have experienced population and tax base losses, creating stress for their local school districts, have also been areas where charter schools have proliferated,” says Moody’s. “Among the cities where over a fifth of the students are enrolled in charter schools are Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Nationwide about one in 20 students is in a charter school.” (Source)

Consider the ramifications all of these statistics. Public schools will close, locally elected schools boards will be forced out of their positions. Representative government is diminished. Choice sets up this agenda and Charter schools are the end product. But meanwhile businesses are raking in the cash.

Bloomberg News reported that “Goldman to lend $25M for charter schools.”

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the most profitable Wall Street firm, will lend $25 million to a nonprofit community-development organization to finance 16 charter schools in New York City and New Jersey.

The nonprofit group, Local Initiatives Support Corp., will make the money available to the school operators during the next two years, Goldman Sachs and LISC, both based in New York, said Tuesday in a statement. The chairman of LISC, according to the group’s website, is Robert Rubin, former U.S. Treasury secretary. [under the Clinton Administration, ed.]

Charter schools are nonsectarian, public institutions that operate independently of local boards of education in the U.S. under special charters. Goldman Sachs’s Urban Investment Group has committed about $150 million for charter schools in New York and New Jersey, according to the statement.

The financing may allow the charter schools involved to obtain as much as $100 million in additional capital, credit-enhanced by funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. (Source)

That was three years ago.

The Detroit Disaster

Legislation in Michigan, under Republican leadership Governor Snyder, House Bill 6004 and Senate Bill 1358 expanded a separate and statewide school district called the “Education Achievement Authority” (EAA), overseen by a governor-appointed chancellor and functioning outside the authority of the State Board of Education or state school superintendent. These schools are exempt from the same laws and quality measures of community-governed public schools. The EAA can seize unused school buildings (built and financed by local taxpayers) and force sale or lease to charter, non-public or EAA schools.

A letter written by the Superintendent Rob Glass of Bloomfield Hills in Michigan on November 28, 2012, tells the story very distinctly:

Dear Parents and Citizens: This is an urgent call to action affecting your Bloomfield Hills Schools and public education in Michigan. A package of bills designed to corporatize and dismantle public education is being hastily pushed through this current ‘lame duck’ legislative session. If we do not take immediate action, I believe great damage will be done to public education, including our school system.

House Bill 5923: Creates several new forms of charter and online schools with no limit on the number. Bundled with HB 6004/ SB 1358, many of these schools could be created by the EAA. Public schools are not allowed to create these new schools unless they charter them. Selective enrollment/dis-enrollment policies will likely lead to greater segregation in our public schools. This bill creates new schools without changing the overall funding available, further diluting resources for community-governed public schools.

Senate Bill 620: Known as the ‘Parent Trigger’ bill, would allow the lowest achieving 5% of schools to be converted to a charter school while allowing parents or teachers to petition for the desired reform model. This bill will not directly affect our district, but disenfranchises voters, ends their local control, and unconstitutionally hands taxpayer-owned property over to for-profit companies. Characterized as parent-empowerment, this bill does little to develop deep, community-wide parent engagement and organization.

On May 6, 2013, the Detroit Free Press covered the continuing controversy over the EAA during a visit from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan:

Scott [Brenda Scott Academy, a school taken over by the EAA, ed.] is one of 15 Detroit public schools [DPS] operated by the EAA, which has been at the center of controversy in recent weeks. The EAA was established in 2011 with [Republican Governor] Snyder’s support through an interlocal agreement between Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University. Its objective is to take control over and reform the lowest performing 5% of schools. It does not operate on traditional grade levels, but has an online curriculum that personalizes learning so students progress through school at their own pace.

The EAA has experienced some budget shortfalls in its inaugural year operating schools, and used DPS as a conduit to borrow $12 million. The secretary of the board, mayoral candidate Mike Duggan, stepped down from the board Friday after the loans were made public, saying he didn’t want the EAA to be drawn into the mayoral campaign.

State Sen. Bert Johnson, a Democrat from Highland Park, gave Duncan a letter today asking him and President Barack Obama “to seriously consider the ramifications of giving the appearance of tacitly supporting this failed experiment,” a reference to the EAA.

“What the Republicans are doing does not work, is not working and will not work,” Johnson said. (Source)

In 2011, Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb hired the National Association of Charter School Authorizers to help evaluate potential operators as part of a plan to transform 41 city schools into privatized charter schools. That’s the same group that the year before worked with Chicago to select charter school operators—and worked in New Orleans in 2005 to transform neighborhood schools into business model factories. Bobb was given expanded powers by the state legislature, including the power to modify contracts and terminate collective bargaining agreements with teachers and fire elected officials. He said he intended to use these powers and issued layoff notices to all of the teachers in the school system, which will give him or other managers the power to call back or reassign teachers without having to consider seniority rights.

In 2009 Secretary of Education Duncan referred to Detroit public schools as “ground zero” for institutional education reform. Academic bankruptcy (i.e., using competency or standards-based tests to target a school for takeover or closure for underachievement), charter schools, EAA, and bankruptcy is ambush to the bigger agenda, taking taxes and school property paid for by you and giving it to others for profit.

“Ground zero”, Secretary of Education Duncan’s description for Detroit “renaissance” for charter school takeover in a city deemed financially broke, has also had some rippling undertones for other cities. Moody’s reported on December 5, 2012:

CitiyMayors.com reported that

In 2009, Moody’s Investors Service put all local governments in the United States on negative credit outlook. It was the first time such a blanket report was ever issued for cities, towns, counties, and school districts. To date, the negative outlook remains. It’s an understatement to say that local governments have been caught up in unfavorable financial and market trends since the economic downturn began in 2008. Local governments have cut services and laid off workers, including police officers and school teachers. The Wall Street Journal estimates that local government personnel reductions add a full percentage point to the nation’s unemployment rate. (Source)

In another article, “Corporatist mission accomplished: charter schools strangling public schools,” it was reported on November 13, 2013 that

A downgrade of the bond ratings of 53 Michigan school districts is proving what charter school opponents have long warned against: charter schools are diminishing public schools’ ability to have stable budgets by siphoning off tax dollars into for-profit corporations.

Moody’s cited “significant fiscal strain related to charter enrollment growth” stating that “A growing number of Michigan school districts” are facing “higher borrowing costs after downgrades by Moody.” The article continues:

Justin Marlowe, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who has written about local government finance, said increased charter school competition and tight state budgets are squeezing the districts.

The “proliferation of charter schools and ongoing state budget problems have put more pressure on local school districts,” Marlowe said, adding there “doesn’t seem to be any immediate solutions unless we rethink how we finance school districts.”

But as overall enrollment was falling, charter schools were growing….[bold in original] (Source)

The Plan for Losing Local Control

This is the plan. Rethinking how to finance school districts falls under the domain of the re-authorization of ESEA where funding follows the child. The system of property taxes must be dissolved and replaced by a more equitable plan. Elite Zip Codes and wealthier schools may no longer be a destination. Common Core and ESEA will level the playing field. Charter schools and choice will break the backs of public schools. All schools will be contract public schools. Teachers may come under contract from the state that certifies them. Parent trigger bills will allow parents and teachers to take over a school, in turn forming charter schools. Elected positions must be dissolved for a socialist takeover.

In Indiana right now there is a power struggle with Governor Pence’s (R) newly formed agency called the Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI) and the elected State Superintendent. The governors “power grab” is shifting resources and education policy matters to the unelected Center for Education and Career Innovation formed through an executive order. These unelected state authorities are pilots for regional economic development and job training. This is but another example of how a governor can take over, eliminating the representative authority and accountability of locally elected officials.

Another economic downturn could put most cities out of business. Bankrupt! This could be the point of no return for a declining America, the takeover of cities through fiscal control boards, a platform to usher in charter school takeover. CityMayors.com explains this concept:

A fiscal control board is a temporary team of “experts” appointed by the state that takes over the financial management and budgetary decisions of a local government that is about to default on its debt, cannot meet it payroll, or cannot provide basic services. Sometimes a state mandates a control board; in other cases, a local government requests one. Although the composition and responsibilities of control boards may vary, local elected officials invariably lose most authority over their government’s revenues and expenditures. Often control boards have the power to issue debt or re-negotiate labor contracts.

Control boards are essentially an intensification of a state’s existing authority over local governments. In normal times, states regulate local governments’ finances by providing aid; capping local income, sales, and property taxes; requiring balanced local budgets; limiting local investment options; and mandating specific services. A control board is a mechanism by which states can impose, alter, or suspend such financial regulations to address the emergency needs of a particular local government. Control boards are not meant to be democratic, but efficient. Their focus is on re-establishing long-term fiscal stability, and the wishes of citizens and elected officials for particular services are often ignored. [emphasis added] (Source)

The downslide into fiscal crisis continues. During September, 23 schools were closed and more than 4,000 employees were laid off in Philadelphia.

The city pledge of $50 million that month allowed a thousand employees to come back, just enough to open the doors the first week of school.

“We had cut all assistant principals, all guidance counselors, all art, all music, all sports, all secretaries,” [said Philadelphia School Superintendent, William Hite].

Philadelphia’s school crisis has been building for years. Debt and pension obligations piled up as students moved out to charter schools or the suburbs. Federal budget cuts have cost the city $130 million in aid. (Source)

It’s a familiar pattern showing up in the country’s biggest school districts over the last 18 months: Chicago laid off 3,000 teachers and closed 49 schools. In Cleveland, 500 teachers and staff lost their jobs in 2012. And in Los Angeles, 4,000 teachers and staff were unemployed.

And then there is Katrina and New Orleans Charter School Agenda. The devastation of Katrina to the poorest of poor in New Orleans cannot be overstated. But Republican Governor Jindal’s overhaul of public education in New Orleans can equally be said to be devastating. More than half of all public school students in New Orleans attend a charter school, more than any other US major city.

How many more stories do Americans need to hear before we all acknowledge there is something terribly wrong going on? The onslaught of charter schools is astounding. More and more pieces of America are going up for auction. How far down this road can we go without a collapse?

Senator Reid and Legislation: Technology and Bandwidth

In the Department of Education ‘Race to the Top’ grant for this past year there were some interesting reports made under paragraphs “Lessons Learned.” Schools that are not properly wired for the new technology architecture must come up to speed before the agenda can proceed.

Since states and districts need to understand the requirements to administer the computer-based assessment system with sufficient time to procure any additional devices or improve bandwidth or internal wiring in schools, PARCC established minimum technology guidelines in April 2012 which they updated in December 2012. This may limit the consortium’s options regarding the platform or its ability to develop an interoperable system.

Funding for technology, bandwidth, rewiring and electronic devices in the hands of every person, is a must for the agenda to proceed. This is why both Zuckerberg (of Facebook) and Bill Gates are funding $100 million dollars in San Francisco toward broadband updating. This means time is running out. Technology will soon catch up.

Of course, the push is on to pass this legislation. Senator Reid holds “choice” in his hands if he releases the reauthorization of ESEA to conference between the two chambers of Congress and then out for a vote. Note: both Republicans and Democrats have assisted, Obama will be credited for pushing America over the edge by changing our system of government through publicly-funded, so-called “private” charter schools, creating unelected school boards as the end goal. It is frightening to see Democrats scrambling for the power of “choice” money when Republicans have always strongly supported “choice” in private and religious schools. The two pieces of federal legislation—the House with a majority of Republicans, the Senate with a majority of Democrats—proves the point that they are working together fighting over who gets the profits from this robbery. It’s like insider trading, only worse. Our children and country are at stake. (See: Source and Source)

The Struggle For Survival

For those families that live in wealthy school districts who think their schools are great, here’s the bad news. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sounded an alert never before heard in America, in his now-famous speech denigrating “White suburban moms’ delivered in Richmond, Virginia on Nov. 13, 2013. Duncan blurted out this statement in frustration to parents objecting to Common Core,

“It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback [against Common Core, ed.] is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary,” Duncan said. “You’ve bet your house and where you live and everything on, ‘My child’s going to be prepared.’ That can be a punch in the gut.” (Source)

According to the Obama/Duncan equalization plan, an elite Zip Code may no longer be a destination. There is much more to this statement that clearly shows an underlying hatred against capitalism, for families who worked hard, who live in the suburbs, who own a home, and must pay property taxes. Parents are counting on the school district where they chose to buy a house so that their kids can go to a good school, but they are being scorned because they do not believe Common Core is good for their children. These parents intuitively know that something is wrong.

It is a punch-in-the-gut feeling and knowing that the system is somehow skewed. Education and common sense has been turned upside down. The tests do not measure academics anymore. And Secretary Duncan has news for you. His Big Brother message to the parents who live in the suburbs is saying in effect—“We will change how business was done in the past. We will redistribute the tax base so all schools and funding are equal and mandate that you, your child, and your teacher will bend under the will of subjective tests and dumbed down Common Core, so that all children will be equal. If they don’t test well, because they have the strong individualistic attitudes and values. We will fire your teachers. Your children won’t succeed in our new system. They won’t be accepted to college, and your world will come crashing down. That is our intent. We will force your schools to change and your child, too.” So….

What are we going to do about it?

If the Reauthorization of ESEA happens as noted, be prepared for a tsunami of political oppression. Public schools are going down quickly as a relic of the past.

The obvious conclusion is that we no longer will have elected representatives in our local school district. The impact of the collective and overlapping dissolution of elected local, county and state officials remains to be seen. Our tax money will be pooled toward an economic authority, or controlled from the state which has collected the individual, longitudinal data so that funding will be distributed equally across the economic spectrum for each child. No one is sure what will happen to property values when the transfer of power is wrested away from private landowners (taxpayers) and local elected officials.

Charter schools, privately owned and publicly funded, will replace public education under the auspice of an outside third party authorizer and considered a contract school. If teachers are not teaching Common Core, they will be fired and replaced with younger submissive, compliant drones. Teachers will be contracted by the state, appearing on a list of prospective positions, but apply through the school district.

Charter schools will break the back of unions, thus leaving teachers with no voice. When private and religious schools are forced to take “choice” students, they will learn that they must teach Common Core and submit to national testing. You can multiply school closings in all major cities and towns attributed to federal choice programs, and the expansion of charter schools with governors and mayors from both red and blue states. All of this downfall puts no caps on charter schools. When public schools fail, charter schools using public funds are there to take their place, their property, and their funding using your hard earned tax money without your voice and without your vote.

The outlook is pretty solemn. We are witnessing the demise one of our greatest American foundations—your neighborhood school, thanks to “choice” and charter schools, Republican and Democratic shysters and the Obama agenda together are hell-bent to get it done and finish the job.

The Good News Plan

What is the answer? Your state MUST put caps on charter schools or your local neighborhood school will be crushed. Your local school board must fight for their independence against a mayor or governor seeking to destroy their elected positions in your community. They must file suit to keep their positions. We must also fight against the federal legislation and meet with your elected officials to stop choice and vouchers in that reauthorization of ESEA where the funding will follow the child. You must also fight the Common Core Standards and do not be side-tracked by the debate of which standard is best.

Fight the transfer of power that are putting in place to destroy traditional education. Refuse the psychoanalyzing of your student at school. Stress academic solutions. Support your traditional teachers; they are being forced to change or be fired. Also, insist on a federal investigation against FERPA and the personal data-trafficking on your individual child that was unlocked by Obama. This is a tall order, but it can be done. It’s called local control and states rights.

In conclusion, a story about the community of Bridgeport, Connecticut is worthy of national attention. A group of citizens filed suit against Mayor Finch for dismantling the locally elected school board. Finch, along with Superintendent Paul Vallas, who had previously been hired to run the schools in Chicago, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, has had a set back. The challenging group won their seats back and they won control of the majority this past election. They have promised that Vallas will be gone. This is how a beneficial power-play is made, and this can be done in your city or a city near you.

Good luck, and may God bless this free land of ours.

Author’s Note: Concernig the “Inconvenient Truth About Waiting For Superman” Conclusions. The video responds to the adverse conditions in New York facing public schools with a list of solutions at the end of the video. I disagree with two of the issues that were listed. # 5 suggests equity in funding. This is part of the bigger agenda to change tax structures. #8 wants pre-school funding and early childhood programs with federal funding involved. Federal money drives compliance. This is the Obama agenda of changing attitudes and values at an earlier age, womb to career. This is part of the bigger agenda.

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Source Material for this article included:

Mayor Action Guide, Source

National Governor’s Association Push for Charter School Expansion, Source

Investing in Education, Source

Bridgeport, Conn Board files suit to keep elected positions, http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/City-school-board-tips-away-from-Finch-4958627.php and http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Challengers-win-school-board-primary-4803511.php

Arne Duncan on ” white suburban moms.”Source

Michelle Rhee Controversy with test erasures, Source

DC Public Schools Flagged For Erasures, Source

Chicago Mayor Daley’s Renaisance 2010, Source

Chicago spends $17 million On Safe Passage, Source

Chicago Safe Passage Routes-Unsafe, Source

Chicago School Closings, Source

New York Parents Lawsuit, Source and Source

The Village Voice, Eva Moskowitz, the Invasion of Charter Schools, Source

Credit Enhancement for Charter Facilities, Source

Charter School Gravy Train, Source

Capital Roundtable For Profit Education Conference-Private Equity Investing in For-Profit Education Companies ENCORE ROUNDTABLE, January, 2013, Source July 25,2013, Source

Charter Schools Pose Greatest Credit Challenge, Source

Troubled US Local Gov’t, Source

New York, Goldman Sachs Partners with LISC and Charter Schools: Source

“Goldman to lend $25M for charter schools, Source

Minnesota- State Charter Schools Out of Control: Source

Charter Schools Fail Bondholders Get Bailout, Source

Detroit named Ground Zero by Duncan: Source

Chicago Reform that Duncan Left Behind: Source

Chicago Charter Schools Equitable Funding: Source

Chicago and Philadelphia Closing Schools and Funding Charters: Source

Obama’s Betrayal of Public Education, Source

The Inconvenient Truth About ‘Waiting a for Superman’-rebuttal video against charters, Video

PARCC Grant Document-LESSONS LEARNED page 22, Source

Documents used in this article are used for research and educational purposes. Fair Use in Copyrighted Materials for Educational and Research Materials Section 107 of Title 17 of the US Code: http://www.copyright.gov/title17

Demand an Investigation into FERPA and the Illegal Access to Your Child’s Personally Identifiable Information

Why your support is needed and why I’m asking for your action today.

We must immediately request a federal investigation into the amended regulations of FERPA, Family Education Rights in Privacy Act.

Education has been used to set up data trafficking of personally identifiable information in the United States. Our rights are being trampled on. Your children and grandchildren will be at an incredible risk in the future as federal legislation is being prepared that changes how we teach our children. These are the changes: There will be no more grades like A,B,C,D or F; Curriculum will not be based on academics; Dispositions and values will be tested and remediated; Competition will be eliminated; Grade levels will be eliminated; The school year will no longer be based on 180 days; Your locally elected school board will become obsolete.

Your child must meet government standards which includes changing your child toward socialistic values. Data is given to large foundations and corporations for free so they can develop testing, curriculum, and software to change your child toward government approved attitudes and values which is a violation of your individual freedom.

Most people, including our legislators, do not know that FERPA, Family Education Rights in Privacy Act, has changed. Your family privacy is NOT protected. Your child’s personally identifiable information is being given out for FREE to large corporations to research how to “change your child into global citizens.”

Our plan is to open a privacy investigation and expose the release of this personal information to foundations, organizations, non-profits, and businesses that will profit from your children’s data. The amended FERPA regulations were issued without Congressional oversight. Obama has issued an Executive Order to change how the government and what the government collects on families. This would be a huge shakeup in the Department of Education IF we can have hundreds, thousands of people make requests to initiate an investigation into the expanded FERPA regulations that exceeded their statutory authority and are contrary to law. We could STOP the illegal rampant research on individual children in proposed legislation of the reauthorization of federal legislation, ESEA, Title I, and Special Education funds, IDEA, that will be used to fund remediation of your child’s attitudes, values, and dispositions. Your action could put a huge wrench in the cogs of our unruly Department of Education.

Please help. Your urgent action is needed. There are 2 steps. Step 1 is a letter to your Congressman and Senator for a federal investigation. Step 2 is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request through your Congressman and Senator for contracts and agreements that will expose who has access to your child’s personally identifiable information unknown to you or our legislators. Questions are added at the end of this article that must be answered.
Please contact ALL of your legislators TODAY!

STEP 1

Dear Honorable_________

I am requesting a federal investigation into the Family Education Rights in Privacy Act, (FERPA) amended regulations that went into effect January, 2012. It is my understanding that there was no Congressional authorization to expand the FERPA regulations. It is also my understanding that there are certain sections of these FERPA regulations that ALLOW for redisclosed personally identifiable information to be released because of a new definition for “school officials.” The new definition now allows outside vendors, contractors, non-profits, corporations, and businesses to access our children’s personally identifiable information without informed written parental permission and they may also receive it without any monetary expenditure.

Redisclosure is also allowed to organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions to develop, validate, or administer predictive tests and/or to improve instruction.

The extraordinary circumstances of this redisclosure of private information with the “unlocking” of this data will ultimately benefit these corporations and businesses when the information used to research and develop assessments, curriculum, digital software, and teacher training is sold back to our states and local districts. This is appalling. The invasion of privacy of our children and our families is without recourse. This must be stopped.

The trafficking of this information is an invasion of privacy and is unknown to most parents and legislators. But more important, this data is being proposed to be used to develop personalized software career modules and assessments for measuring specific behavioral changes on individual students proposed in the Common Core College and Career Ready Standards that recently included the measurement of values and dispositions. This invasion of privacy becomes an invasion of freedom. Collecting the information is one breach of law. But, the development of techniques and software to change my individual child’s attitudes, values, and beliefs is a breach of monumental concern in these United States and violates personal freedom.

I have attached a list of documents that must be requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), so that you may validate who the vendors, non-profits, and businesses are that currently have access to our children’s personally identifiable information in written agreements with the U.S. Department of Education and states involved in testing consortiums.

I will anxiously await your reply to these serious concerns and request that a federal investigation into FERPA is done immediately. Please take steps to ensure that our children are protected. All data transfer must be frozen until the investigation is closed.
I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,
Your Name

STEP 2

Request a Freedom of Information Act, (FOIA) from your US Congressman and Senator for the names of all foundations, contractors, organizations, non-profits, businesses, etc, who have access to and use Personally Identifiable Information, PII. The FOIA list is as follows:

Freedom of Information Act Requests

RE: Redisclosure of Personally Identifiable Information on Students According to 99.31 of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA (Unknown to Parents and Legislators)

Request the Cooperative Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding, and/or any Written Agreements to be able to access PII, personally identifiable information, between the US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, or Office of Science and Technology and the following:

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers, PARCC, and
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Florida acting as the fiscal agent for each of the states in the PARCC consortium and Achieve, Inc as project management partner

Washington state acting as the negotiating partner for each state in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and WestEd, the project management partner

States using the American College Testing, ACT (Aspire, Explore, or Plan,) and/or Pearson, Inc. to measure Common Core Standards

Contractors who have been given redisclosed PII on students to develop curriculum, computer adaptive digital software, and/or any testing development. These “school officials” may be identified as private sector contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom an agency or institution has outsourced services or functions, including, non-profit organizations, corporations, or businesses to do experimental research, develop curriculum and/ or computer adaptive resources for individual students. These contractors may include Microsoft, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Educational Testing Service, ACT and The Center for Disease Control.

Request the purchase agreement and amount for each written agreement between any “school official” and the US Department of Education, PARCC, and/or Smarter Balanced Assessment, for the purchase of obtained redisclosed data on personally identifiable information, PII, on individual students to develop curricula or computer digital programming or experimental testing materials.

Request any Requests for Proposal, RFP, or Written Agreements between any private sector working group, defined as a “school official” in FERPA, 99.31, including PARCC, Smarter Balanced Assessment, Wested, or Achieve, ACT or ETS, who are developing and expanding Common Core Standards to new individualized criteria to ” improve instruction”, called, CCCR, College Career Citizenship Readiness, in which Citizenship measures dispositions and attitudes.

Request any memorandums of understanding or cooperative agreements to test and measure disposition test items that are ” difficult to measure” according to Race to the Top grants that may infringe on personal privacy rights and violate federal law for redisclosing psychological information without informed written parental consent.

Research using data on individuals as identifiers for interventions for changing dispositions or “improving instruction,” without the informed written consent of the parent violating privacy laws, personal liberty, and illegal access to mental health criteria.

Request sample test items or test blueprints with scoring criteria that will measure dispositions, values, and non-cognitive areas in the new College Career Citizenship Ready Standards, CCCR, that are being introduced to the Common Core Standards by the CCSSO, ETS, and the Gordon Commission.

Questions that your Senator and Congressman must find answers to:

1. Do these contractors pay for the data on our children? Are they using the data to make a profit? Example, are contractors developing testing, software, or curriculum that must be paid for by the taxpayer when they get our children’s data for free? Most businesses PAY for lists of people and are very expensive.

2. Experts in tax law say that non-profit organizations like ACT, a testing contractor, the Pearson Foundation, as well as, their partnership with the Gates Foundation who are creating “a full series of digital instruction resources,” appear to be using their tax exempt foundations to push their business interests. Is this a violation of the federal tax code? How many other non-profit organizations are using this data for profit?

“The program ACT is rolling out, in partnership with leading global education company Pearson, also emphasizes improving the way educators use data from assessments in teaching. Erickson says many teachers now administer tests and evaluations without knowing how to interpret and use the results to students’ benefits.”
Source:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alisongriswold/2012/07/24/college-and-career-prep-to-start-in-the-third-grade/

3. Is the datum on individuals, which will assuredly be used for the personalized education modules in the new proposed ESEA (Title I) regulations and new special education (IDEA) regulations being proposed, paid for as Intellectual Property to that individual, since a profit will be made on their information that is collected without their consent or the consent of the parent? Is your child a commodity for their personal data to be sold without your permission and without reasonable compensation? These proposed regulations will have federal dollars ” follow the child”.

4. Data trafficking between the Department of Education and other outside contractors may contribute to violations of Cyber Security Laws when redisclosure of personally identifiable data is shared and does NOT request informed written parental permission of uses.

5. It’s NOT about academics. What type of data is being collected by the testing contractors? ACT, a testing contractor, states that it is testing the “whole child”. Is psychological information being collected to produce curriculum for ” behavior change” ? The CCSSO has added dispositions to the Common Core Standards. Is it illegal to transfer “mental health” information without the informed written permission of the parent?

“The assessment would look beyond academics to get a complete picture of the whole student,” stated Jon Erickson of ACT. “There would be interest inventories for students, as well as assessment of behavioral skills for students and teachers to evaluate.”
Source:

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/college_bound/2012/07

act_plans_to_roll_out_career_and_college_readiness_tests_for_3rd-10th_grades.html
Source

http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/ILN%20Knowledge%20Skills%20and%20Dispositions%20CCR%20Framework%20February%202013.pdf

6. Freeze all data transfer. Demand an investigation into the FERPA illegal dissemination of personally identifiable information from the Department of Education regarding these possible violations of privacy. Carbon copy everyone. Legislators, newspapers, privacy organizations, internet outlets.

Common Core Global Communion PART 2
Democratic Engagement-The New Term for Global Citizenship Beginning at Birth Through College

Once the envy of the world, the brightest, most productive, creative, economic power the world has ever known, the United States will fall to its knees. Not because we don’t have smart citizens, because we have indoctrinated citizens who have had heavy doses of psychological manipulation and mastery learning and cooperative education since kindergarten. Remember, Common Core Standards identify Johnny in the classroom, and federal funding, ESEA Title I and IDEA (Special Ed), (HR 5 plus SB 1094), proposed by the Obama administration, the Democratic held Senate, and the Republicans pushing Charter Schools and Choice to individualize educational plans for EACH student, there will no longer be doses of manipulation. It will be constant manipulation by computer programming and Master Teachers, no matter how long it takes. Different models have kids graduating from high school at the age of 19, 20 or older. More indoctrination will be needed before those students are released as global workers, but the indoctrination must begin at birth.

Cradle to Age 21

Remember, it doesn’t matter that your child is smart or has a high IQ…what matters is the right attitudes and values. Benjamin Bloom’s “whole child theory” of teaching, which is challenging the student’s fixed beliefs, includes the affective domain and must be taught from early ages to change American thoughts and values. SB 1094 calls for testing ‘across domains,’ the whole child, values included starting at birth.This is why the Pennsylvania EQA is so important. The test, which was a model for the nation, shows you exactly what is wanted in the future citizen. This is why ACT, who developed Work Keys for career readiness, is creating career tests for Kindergarten. (“Five Year Old Put to the Test as Kindergarten Exams Gain Steam”, by Stepheny Simon, Rueters,9-25-2012.) The earlier, the better, to mold cookie cutter kids ready to bow to the master plan after years of indoctrination. Career training for Kindergarten? Really? This is the “cradle to grave” indoctrination being put in place.

The Obama administration accelerated the trend in 2011 with a $500 million competitive grant to bolster early childhood education. States that pledged to assess all kindergarten kids earned extra points on their application. The Obama administration grant guidelines encouraged states to develop holistic assessments that measure a 5- year olds social, emotional, and physical development as well as their cognitive skills ( the whole child). About a dozen states including Georgia and Maryland have developed such broad assessments according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Now, Obama is proposing paying for pre-school for early detection and molding of attitudes and values. Attitudes and values are NOT so hardened or fixed if caught in early years. Senate Bill 1094 starts funding at birth through age 21.

Lately, the interesting thing about the education establishment is that they are sometimes blatantly saying what they are doing. The public is just not catching on as clearly can be seen in this article, “ACT to Roll Out Career and College Readiness Tests for 3rd-10th Grades” By Caralee Adams on July 2, 2012, Ed Week Oct 9 2012, “The assessment would look beyond academics to get a complete picture of the whole student,” he says ( Jon Erickson, the president of education for ACT, the Iowa City, Iowa-based nonprofit testing company.) “There would be interest inventories for students, as well as assessment of behavioral skills for students and teachers to evaluate.” This statement tells you a lot about the agenda.

Yes, each state is agreeing to the agenda of the Common Core Standards, as well as, all testing that is aligning to the NAEP. Standardization and accountability will be aligned internationally as the Bologna model strives to undermine our colleges and universities with their indoctrination.

Civic Education and Democratic Engagement is being taught in the United States as Global Citizenship-the dismantling of the idea of patriotism, individuality, and greatness in the world. Will American students bite the bait of indoctrination that our country is on the same level as other countries and to merge with other nations? Does the “Occupy” movement understand the implications? Do young voters know the consequence of changing the American concept of freedom? Lets hope so. The goal…acceptance of a global new world order. We are a nation at risk.

The Degree Qualification Profile-A New University Diploma-What College Students Must Know and Be Able To Do in Order to Graduate in Higher Ed-With International Standards

While the Common Core is sweeping the nation, HR 5 and SB 1094 will ultimately fund the take-over of education in the United States. Colleges appear to be the next target for the future to change and mold young adult student attitudes. Civic Engagement is on the move to redefine “quality” to be sure ALL college students are drawn into the agenda. The updated proposal to control higher education by providing compatible and comparable international benchmarking is escalating toward the international Bologna Model. Pilot projects are being implemented now in three states as models…Indiana, Minnesota, and Utah. The Bologna model refers to “tuning”. Tuning means matching US standards to the European international standards model. As of today, many colleges are turning a deaf ear to this model, thankfully. But the international push is on. You can be sure that NAEP, National Assessment of Educational Progress, and its international clone, the IEAP, International Assessment of Educational Progress, will be used for data comparisons in the international testing. Once standardization is complete, the psychological experimentation and manipulation to change older American students towards this socialistic, communistic system will move at triple speed targeted to individuals in college

January, 2011, the Obama Administration released its Road Map for civic learning, “Advancing Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy.” In October, 2012, the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement released a new study that explains how the convergence to world citizenship will function for our nation’s colleges called, ” A Crucible Moment-College Learning and Democracy’s Future.” Great detail is placed on the development of personality and values of the graduate student. (Page 4) This current proposal of civic education is a direct link to the European nations agreement for converging their higher education systems of standards-international benchmarks for all colleges world-wide. Many papers have been written that call for the standardization of all colleges, worldwide, to agree on global standards and outcomes. The doublespeak begins: entrusting a student’s responsibility and influence on civic values, assumptions; responsibilities to a wider public is stressed. Critical inquiry, also known as higher order thinking skills, universal democratic principles, deliberation and bridge building across differences, are central to building world citizenship. The new degree is called the Degree Qualification Profile.(page 54)

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This is the complete list of international values that each college student must attain for their degree listed in the Crucible document:

Focus on this partial list:
Respect for freedom & human dignity,
Empathy,
Open-mindedness,Tolerance, Justice, Equality, Ethical integrity,
Responsibility to a larger good,
Collective Action,
Integration of knowledge, skills, and examined values to inform actions taken in concert with other people,
Moral discernment and behavior,
Navigation of political systems and processes, both formal and informal,
Public problem solving with diverse partners,
Compromise, civility, and mutual respect.

This is the EQA, the NAEP, and the Common Core-College and Career Ready Standards for college students. How do you measure and score integrity, empathy and justice or other subjective values? Here we go again. The push is on to psychoanalyze and internationalize college students, too. (Just in case a student from homeschool or a Christian school slipped through the cracks.)

The Degree Qualification Profile, funded through the Lumina Foundation, defines ‘expected learning outcomes that graduates need for work, citizenship, global participation, and life’ that aligns with the Bologna Model. This is the blueprint that will force the standardization of college degrees to be equally and universally accepted worldwide. The Bologna Process ensures that the United States is prepared for convergence and urges the United States “for your eyes only” to take the most far reaching and ambitious reform of higher education ever undertaken. Our nation’s colleges and universities are far from approving this agenda. However, the agenda exists and is moving forward to standardize the process.

The Lumina Foundation explains that, “Preparing students for responsible citizenship is a widely acknowledged purpose of higher education. Like other forms of application, civic inquiry requires the integration of knowledge and skills acquired in both the broad curriculum and in the student’s specialized field. But because civic preparation also requires engagement — that is, practice in applying those skills to representative questions and problems in the wider society — it should be considered a discrete category of learning.”

“Higher education is experimenting with new ways to prepare students for effective democratic and global citizenship. Virtually all of these efforts use experiential or field-based learning as a means to develop civic insight, competence in public affairs and the ability to contribute to the common good. By definition field-based learning about civic issues is likely to immerse students in public debate about contested positions.”

“In developing civic competence, students engage a wide variety of perspectives and evidence and form their own reasoned views on public issues. Civic Learning — which is related to but goes beyond the Intellectual Skill we have labeled “Engaging Diverse Perspectives” — also involves active engagement with others. Exposure to these different perspectives helps students develop their own responses to social, environmental and economic challenges at the local, national and global levels. ”

The Bologna Model will first begin to introduce the ideas of unifying course credit, accountability and transferability internationally. The next steps are to ridicule the United States for no longer being on the “cutting edge” or the assumptions of world dominance to shame our universities and colleges into submission. The Executive Summary tells the story called the “macroeconomic theory of convergence”. Surely, our universities and colleges nationwide have big enough egos and self assurance not to allow this to happen. We pray it so.

Executive Summary: “The undertaking is known as The Bologna Process, named for the Italian city that is home to Europe’s oldest university, where the education ministers of 29 countries first agreed to the agenda and “action lines” that would bring down education borders in the same way that economic borders had been dissolved. That means harmonization, not standardization. When these national higher education systems work with the same reference points they produce a “zone of mutual trust” that most far reaching and ambitious reform of higher education ever undertaken. for their students. Everyone is singing in the same key, though not necessarily with the same tune. In terms reaching across geography and languages, let alone in terms of turning ancient higher education systems on their heads, the Bologna Process is the most far reaching and ambitious reform of higher education ever undertaken.

What has transpired since 1999 cannot be but lightly acknowledged in the United States. While still a work in progress, parts of the Bologna Process have already been imitated in Latin America, North Africa, and Australia. The core features of the Bologna Process have sufficient momentum to become the dominant global higher education model within the next two decades. Former Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings’ Commission on the Future of Higher Education paid no attention whatsoever to Bologna, and neither did the U.S. higher education community in its underwhelming response to that Commission’s report. Such purblind stances are unforgivable in a world without borders.

But since the first version of this monograph, a shorter essay entitled The Bologna Club: What U.S. Higher Education Can Learn from a Decade of European Reconstruction (Institute for Higher Education Policy, May 2008), U.S. higher education has started listening seriously to the core messages of the remarkable and difficult undertaking in which our European colleagues have engaged. Dozens of conferences have included panels, presentations, and intense discussions of Bologna approaches to accountability, access, quality assurance, credits and transfer, and, most notably, learning outcomes in the context of the disciplines. In that latter regard, in fact, three state higher education systems—Indiana, Minnesota, and Utah—have established study groups to examine the Bologna “Tuning” process to determine the forms and extent of its potential in U.S. contexts. Scarcely a year ago, such an effort would have been unthinkable.

Economist Jeffrey Sachs calls ours “the age of convergence,” and, indeed, that is what we witness when U.S. higher education opens its borders to learning. We’ve had a good run, as the saying goes, but we are no longer at the cutting edge. U.S. higher education can no longer sail on the assumption of world dominance, oblivious to the creative energies, natural intelligence, and hard work of other nations. We cannot rely on 50 research universities and 50 selective liberal arts colleges—some of which boast budgets and endowments (however diminished) greater than those of entire countries—to carry the day for the mass of our students. We cannot live in a room of mirrors, claiming that we are so unique that nothing occurring beyond that room matters. Mirrors lead to delusions, and to short-term, positivistic bean counting. We are mesmerized by the immediacy of “how much,” absent a historical “how well.” It’s time to break the mirrors. The point is not that other countries produce more degrees; it is that they just might be producing better degrees, certainly degrees whose reference points in student learning outcomes and meaning is transparent—something that cannot be said for the degrees we award.

The End of Higher Education and Freewill

Its all about equality and what is fair. Equalization across the board. Socialism. Those universities in the United States that think they are exceptional, well, think again. You are each a target for international tuning, equalization.The United States creeps closer to a world without borders. We are a nation at risk from losing all that’s dear to us, freedom. The individualists of our country are being identified and psychoanalyzed. Strong willed students and leaders of the Constitution are zeroed in on for psychological cleansing and group thought. Will your child survive? Will our country survive?
It is up to us!

NOTES

Read Charlotte Iserbyt’s historical book, deliberate dumbing down of america and Soviets In the Classroom, which details the history documenting how our country has been taken over from within through massive education funding, treaties, and deception. She Identifies names and the who. This extremely important background information and her expertise will connect you to the ‘internationalization’ of education and inevitable global citizenship. Whatever name you want to call the control, socialism or communism, the agenda is people control, and the United States has been the prize.

http://www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest229.htm

Getting Inside the EQA Inventory, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Resources for Improvement, Citizenship, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Interrelationships to the Pennsylvania Quality Goals: http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED238146

http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/The_Degree_Qualifications_Profile.pdf

http://www.aacu.org/civic_learning/crucible/documents/crucible_508F.pdf

http://www.luminafoundation.org/publications/A_stronger_nation.pdf

http://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/road-map-call-to-action.pdf

NAEP Civics Frameworks: http://www.nagb.org/content/nagb/assets/documents/publications/frameworks/civicsframework-word.doc#_Toc234923502
Chapter Three: The Civics Assessment: Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions

Tuning USA Indiana Committee. (2010). Tuning USA Indiana final report. Indianapolis, IN: Author.

Tuning USA Minnesota Committee. (2010). Tuning USA Minnesota final report. St. Paul, MN: Author.

Tuning USA Utah Committee. (2010). Tuning USA Utah final report. Salt Lake City, UT: Author.

Common Core Global Communion Part I
Background On Testing Global Subjective Standards

Pennsylvania EQA, Educational Quality Assessment, the test that I filed my federal complaint against, was the model for the NAEP, National Assessment for Educational Progress. The NAEP Civic Frameworks of today continue to test the same dispositions as were developed in the EQA. Ditto that for the workforce standards. Ditto that for the new degree for Higher Education. Pennsylvania was the “affective” test for the nation that tested attitudes and values. Responsible Citizenship was not what normal Americans thought was being measured and taught. The government goal was to collect information on the individual and the family. But, how do you measure and score a standard like honesty or integrity in our free society? We must ask these questions to clarify when measuring workforce skills and values, what will the standard be… what will be taught? What is the cut-off for how much honesty, integrity, and responsibility that a student needs to graduate? Liberals as well as conservatives should be very concerned about the manipulation and psychoanalyzing that comes with vague and subjective standards. Here is why!

EQA and NAEP background questions were always asked in the beginning of the test to categorize your family: books in the home, education of parent, race, do you own a computer, college education of the parent, salary of father, salary of mother, do you like to study, all related to as conditions or variables. There were also over 300 questions on values, 30 in math, 30 in reading analogies.

Deception, betrayal, and using our children as guinea pigs was the only way the behavioral educrats could access our kids. The educrats got away with this subversive agenda for a long time by deceptively using words and phrases you would agree with. There were 10 Pennsylvania Quality Goals in 1965 that were taken from the 10 Cardinal Principles of the NEA from 1913. The goals were expanded to 12 in later years including: communication skills, mathematics, science and technology, citizenship, arts and humanities, analytical thinking, family living, work, health, environment, self-esteem, and understanding others. Every goal and stated objectives could be taken from Blooms Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Pennsylvania was the pilot in the affective domain for the world. Lets look at one of the goals, Citizenship.

Tempest in a Test: the Pennsylvania EQA, the model test for measuring attitudes and values for World Citizenship.

The top behavioral scientists of the world were in Pennsylvania in 1965 formulating the Pennsylvania EQA which was the model for the national test, NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress.)The Advisory Standing Committee included: Urie Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University; Warren Findley, University of Georgia; Joshua Fishman, Yeshiva University; Eric Gardner, Syracuse University; David Krathwohls, Michigan State University; Robert Thorndike, Colombia University; Melvin Tumin, Princeton; Ralph Tyler, Palo Alto, UCLA, along with ETS, Educational Testing Service. ESEA was the federal funding that secretly moved this agenda along.

Pennsylvania Goal:Citizenship. Quality education should help every child acquire the habits and attitudes associated with responsible citizenship.”

We can ALL agree to the idea in this goal, but, what you, as an American, thought was really being measured, was totally opposite. The information that follows about the testing is scientific and complicated, but important. Please bear with me while I try to explain what B F Skinner was all about and how the social engineers above, went about the task of measuring our children’s attitudes and values. I have the tests and the scoring materials. Lets dig in….but hold onto your hats.The following quote was taken from the Pennsylvania Resource manual, “Getting Inside the EQA Inventory,”

The National Assessment of Educational Progress developed 9 citizenship objectives. These national objectives were used to provide a frame of reference for what was to be measured. Objectives in the factual domain, knowing structure of government or understanding problems of international relations were not considered in developing the scale. Arriving at a satisfactory definition of citizenship was much less complicated than applying the definition to the assessment of students’ attitudes and behaviors. The display of responsible citizenship behaviors like honesty or integrity are most often situational. A person’s display of good citizenship under one set of motivating conditions tells us little about the way he or she can be expected to act if those conditions are altered. The context in which the behavior is elicited therefore becomes at least as important in determining the outcome as the preposition of the individual involved.”

“To assess citizenship, a behavior-referenced model incorporating elements related to the psychological notion of threshold is used. In reference to citizenship, threshold refers to that set of conditions necessary to bring about the desired responses. Thus by varying the situation & introducing conditions of reward & punishment, we are able to determine the cutoff levels at which the student will display positive behavior. In this way it is possible to assess not only the students’ predisposition to behave in a manner consistent with responsible citizenship but also to provide some measure of intensity of that predisposition across a wide spectrum of situations.”>br/>

Betrayal and Deception. Let me remind you that positive behavior was the government desired responses, not what you as a citizen might think. Thresholds were being tested by reward and punishment. This is BF Skinner to the MAX. This was the only way the federal government could do its research on unassuming children at our neighborhood schools. EQA was really the national test. Parents were uninformed. Teachers were uninformed. The federal Department of Education has been testing attitudes and values of your children for years and monitoring behavior change.
Let’s define predisposition: Noun: A liability or tendency to suffer from a particular condition, hold a particular attitude, or act in a particular way. Synonyms: inclination, tendency, propensity, proclivity

The test questions were hypothetical situations or ‘social situations’ in which the students were asked to decide what they would do or what action they would take. Each story had 3 items which listed positive or negative consequences resulting from the action. There were 3 sub-scale objectives which were used to SCORE the behaviors to a minimum positive desired response according to the government;

The Science of Scoring Attitudes and Values Toward Collectivism: What Was the Government Looking For: Read The Question Carefully. Look at the Sub-Scales.>br/>

NAEP Sub-Scales

(1)willingness to protest unfair treatment, tendency to accept new members into a group, degree of restraint from teasing or degrading others and concern for others feelings
(2) willingness to report law breaking of others, obey authorities during emergencies, prevent
classroom disruptions, restraint from violence to harm others or damage property
(3) personal responsibility and integrity, willingness to honor self made commitments to individuals or groups, willingness to take responsibility for one’s own mistakes, report mistakes made in one’s favor.

Citizenship Question On the Test

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Situations were used for the student to respond to. The answers were “yes, maybe, no.” One story is about Midnight Artists that go out late at night and vandalize. The student is placed in a vandalizing situation and made to roll play in the first person, and asked if they personally would join the club to vandalize.

The first question is, ” in this situation I would join the club when I knew,” ‘my best friend had asked me to join’. Scoring to sub-scale #3, what is your willingness to honor self-made commitments to individuals or groups; you got 1 point for yes, (I would join the club if my best friend would join,) 0 points for no. If the student said ” No” I would not go out to vandalize with their best friend, that is a weakness, that student got a zero because there was not a willingness to commit to a best friend. Thresholds measure at what point your child will act. The sub-scale was looking for your loyalty to your best friend. So the government desired answer was “Yes” you would go out to vandalize if your best friend was going to do it. Everything was geared to group goals and group action.

The 2nd question is the same sub-scale, I would join the club when…’most of the popular students in school joined the club’, both positive reinforcements. What is your commitment to the group: 1 point for yes, 0 for no.

The 3rd question is interesting using a negative reinforcement. I would join the club when…’my parents would ground me if they found out I joined’. In this response, Skinner would want to know if punishment is incurred, will the student obey. The correct response is ‘no’. You got 1 point for no, 0 for yes. In this question, the government was looking for obedience to authority. The idea of collecting this particular information from this question on the student, explains what personality tendency the student has and will the student respond to punishment. The idea is to get information on the disposition of the student in differing situations, obedience….What would you do if? (Re-read the NAEP objectives on dispositions. You will begin to understand. The government is looking for information. )

So, you see, if your school had enough students that portrayed ‘weaknesses,’ ( that they wouldn’t go out to vandalize with a friend or a group of friends,) that was a target for specific curriculum to begin behavior change. Noble sounding goals would be used to hoodwink the parents while a sinister deceptive test was being used to develop an analysis that measured attitudes and behavior to find out how a person would act in certain situations. Citizenship was defined as measuring compliance to group goals & group action. The Skinnerian agenda measured the personality of the child according to a minimum positive attitude according to what the government standard was, which was scored toward collectivism, group think. They are measuring what you, as parents, have taught your children. Remember, this was only one goal. There were 11 others goals that tested the psychological profiles of your family and your child. (Remember, this was the test my son came home and said the test was weird. This is where my journey began fighting Outcome Based Education.)

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When a controversial activity shows up in your school, it is not by accident. Or, oh gee, we’re sorry, that wasn’t OK’d by the school board. Your school was pinpointed by research to receive curriculum to change the students in your school by the government scored tests for interventions and school improvement. Unfortunately, parents are usually upset about certain books being used or a specific activity. These controversial activities count. Little do the parents know that it’s more, a complete transformation of education. What I’m describing is the total ball of wax.

Common Core Global Communion:
The Debate About Which Flavor of Poison For the Masses

Our nation is being hypnotized and manipulated by skillful propagandists. Most debates about Common Core are very off-track. Stay focused. This is a power-play. The Common Core Standards aligned to funding in federal legislation, HR 5 and
SB 1094, will ultimately have total control of education, nationalizing education in the United States of America. Common Core will be used to TRACK individual students to meet individual standards. By stopping the Common Core Standards in your state, the federal government will not have the legal authority to access your child for tracking individual workforce plans and funding attached to your student.

Choice legislation is waiting in the wings. Charter schools are lining up at the federal trough for Title I funding that will follow the child in the choice legislation. By stopping HR 5 and SB 1094, we can stop the funding that follows the student linked to choice at any private, public or charter school. This legislation will diminish representative government and feed the charter school socialist take-over of education. Common Core was needed first to identify the student.

This is Obama’s Dream Come True: public funded- private charter schools with unelected school boards. This is a complete erosion of representative government; Control of K through 12 education; Obama expanding federal money for daycare starting at birth; the international connection, the Bologna Model, calling colleges in the United States to be “tuned” into this agenda of global convergence. Socialism is knocking on our front door and on all sides. We must act, now.

Overview of Propaganda.
The educrats want the debate to be off track away from the power that will be able to mandate to the individual student, just like the individual mandate in Obamacare. Do not agree to this power-play. The debate about which academics in the Common Core should be taught, is a side issue. It’s like debating which flavor of poison should be given to everyone, when poison is the issue. The word is CONTROL. The national standards, the national curriculum, and national testing, are being put in place. Your child is called human capital that will be molded to fit the global child for the new world order. True academics are being replaced by dumbed down, subjective standards.

Choice and Charter School Take-Over of All Education

Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ model schools call for individual education or career plans (school to work) to be created for the Common Core based system. Did you get that parents? Common Core Standards will target your individual student for change, not just the school curriculum. Good teachers will be forced to teach to the standards. HR 5 and SB 1094 will complete the vicious circle by controlling the purse strings.

Common Core College and Career Standards were needed to identify Johnny in the classroom. Place Johnny in the choice legislation, the model for abolishing representative government (where students, teachers, and schools must comply to federal accountability when the federal money follows the child in an IEP, individualized education plans or career pathway), we have set up the failure of public and private schools and opened the door for unelected charter school take-over. Government will now have COMPLETE control over molding the personality and values of every child in the United States and parents will have no authority to change the system. Chilling. Not a future for our Republic as we know it.

ACTION- These are the Weaknesses in the System

Access

The Common Core Standards are not federal law. This is the weakest link. Stop Common Core in your state and the federal government will not have the legal authority to access your child for tracking an IEP, or an individual career workforce plan and funding, identified for your child.

Funding

By stopping the combination of HR 5 and SB 1094, the federal government cannot fund the individual student without Common Core which is linked to choice at any private, public or charter school. This legislation will diminish representative government and feed the charter school socialist take-over of education.

States Rights- Title I funding ‘following the child” bypasses the state legislature.

Local Control- Common Core Standards control the workforce curriculum bypassing local school boards and teachers in the classroom. Choice diminishes control over local taxing authority when funding goes directly to the student.

(See these other articles for documentation, ‘Obama’s Dream Come True-Nationalizing Education,’ ‘States Under Republican Leadership Fall for Obama’s Carrot,’ ‘Common Core Molds Cookie Cutter Kids In Obama’s “Race To The Top” Schools’ by this author)

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H.R. 5 -Power, Control, Funding, and Enforcement Aligned to Common Core Standards, Identifies the Student, Nationalizing Education

Obama’s Dream Come True-Nationalizing Education

Obamacare was first to mandate to the individual. Now, education! Is this really what the American people want? Nationalizing education? HR 5, the re-authorization of ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, passed the House without a whimper. Two remarkable turns of events: first, on July 19, 2013, the Republican held House of Representatives gives Obama the socialist agenda that he dreams of-federalizing all of education and contributing to the loss of representative government. Second, the Common Core State Standards being passed in every state closed that loop. If this legislation passes this fall in combination with SB 1094, the federal government will be able to dictate what is taught in the classroom by fiat.

Local and state control will erode when federal funds go directly to the individual student bypassing all local & state authority. The individual student is identified, monitored, and targeted for intervention with the Common Core Standards. Common Core + HR 5 + SB 1094 =federal control of ALL education-private schools included with the Choice Amendments attached in HR 5. When HR 5 is combined to SB 1094, the companion bill in the Senate that was voted out of committee, the compromise will be disastrous for the Republic destroying public education, private education, and how local government functions.

Let’s explain how the Common Core Standards identifies ‘Johnny’ in the classroom for the federal government. But, keep in mind, the Common Core Standard’s key component is standardization in all 50 states.

Background
The standards are copyrighted by the National Governors Association, NGA Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO.) The copyright ensures that the standards will be the same throughout the nation, creating a de-facto national curriculum. The standards also carry a public license which waives the copyright notice for State Departments of Education to use the standards. Two conditions apply. First, the use of the standards must be “in support” of the standards and the waiver only applies if the state has adopted the standards “in whole.” This use of a copyright for public policy document is unprecedented in U.S. political history. The effect of the copyright and public license is standardization across the United States; the standards cannot be changed or modified, creating in effect, a national curriculum.

Overview of the Common Core Standards:

In 2009 the National Governors Association hired David Coleman and Student Achievement to write curriculum standards in literacy and mathematics. Announced on June 1, 2009, the standards were supposedly designed to be “relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills for success in college and careers to compete in a global economy.” What is missing here is that a standards based system totally changes how we educate students in the United States. This is the same outcome based education debate that was feverishly fought in the 90′s. Parents moved the clock back then on compliance, but not the continual research funded by the federal government, non-profits, corporations, and business. Obama also unlocked FERPA, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, opening the research on individual students to meet the Common Core Standards. This is a defunct, sorry, recurring, failed education model being duplicated again, and again, and again.

Older names for Common Core Standards are: OBE, Outcome Based Education, Competency Based Education, Performance Based Education, Mastery Learning Model, and Student Centered Learning. The key to this model deals with the individual meeting learning outcomes or standards. This model is an un-natural process and does not identify individual differences in people. The focus is removed from a teacher teaching the curriculum with curriculum objectives to a group of students with varying intellectual differences. The Common Core Standards transforms education with each student with varying intellectual differences meeting the same specific controlled outcomes. Traditional education is turned upside down. This system removes the Carnegie Unit (ABCD or failure). Students no longer go to school 180 days or seat time, now there is no time limit for meeting standards. There are no more grade delineations like freshman, sophomore, junior, senior. And, most important, there is a transformation away from teaching content toward teaching ‘standards only’ driven by constant assessments and testing.

Think about that. Everyone will meet the SAME standard. Hello, America! Everyone is not the same. This is a socialistic-communistic system….equitable education. This system does not identify differences in individuals. Those students who move faster through the standards, will be the 20% selected for higher education, the global children selected for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate, (Franken Amendment) but with the right attitudes. The other 80% will be trained for work. And yes, attitudes and values are part of the standards and part of the workforce skills for jobs aligned to the SCANS, Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills. Values and attitudes are a part of the College and Career Ready Standards. Senate Bill 1094 blatantly includes “across domain” testing for the social and emotional development of students. Parents be prepared for the psychoanalyzing of your student.

The Remarkable Carrot and Stick Routine

Forty-five of the fifty states in the United States are members of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. States were given an incentive to adopt the Common Core Standards through the competitive federal Race to the Top grants to the tune of $4.35 billion from the Recovery Act. President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Race to the Top competitive grants on July 24, 2009, as the carrot. To be eligible, states had to adopt “internationally benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and the work place.” This meant that in order for a state to be eligible for these grants, the states had to adopt the Common Core State Standards or something similar. The rush to accept federal dollars provided a major push for states to adopt the standards. The Common Core Standards are funded by the governors and state school chiefs, with grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and others. States are planning to implement this initiative by 2015 by basing at least 85% of their state curricula on the Standards. Last year Obama also provided the states with Flexibility Waivers for No Child Left Behind. With this funding coup, states would have to also entertain College and Career Ready Standards, workforce skills in the affective domain, moving away from an academic curriculum toward a standards based system.

With the implementation of new standards, states are also required to adopt new assessments. The two consortiums surfaced with two different approaches to test the standards. 26 states formed the PARCC RttT Assessment Consortium, (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, Race to the Top.) The approach focuses on computer-based ‘through-course assessments’ in each grade combined with streamlined end of year tests, including performance tasks. The second consortium, the SMARTER Balanced Consortium, consists of 31 states for adaptive online exams.The decision to use which assessment is determined by state education agencies.

Work is in the planning stage to create a common, universal assessment system based on the common core state standards. Of course. If you have a national curriculum, you must have a national test. This unprecedented move changes the Standardized Testing most students are currently taking, because standardized testing measures content and does not measure attitudes. The “Universal Assessment System” is assuredly NAEP, the National Assessment of Educational Progress and has always been the prototype for all state assessments that experimented with testing in the affective domain.

The clever plan to standardize the standards was actually passed by individual states or state boards of education. This removed the legal violation of the federal government directing and supervising curriculum which is against federal law. In summary, once your state accepts the Common Core Standards, power is removed from your neighborhood school and the teacher in the classroom. Common Core removes the old system based on content and replaces it with individual Common Core Standards that each individual student must meet and every individual teacher must teach. The Common Core lowers the bar of academics with a “dumbing down” approach in order for all children to meet them. Feedback loop control is initiated to force compliance on the school, the teacher, the student with data tracking creating a Total Quality Managed system. Individual educations plans, career pathways, small letter iep’s, whatever you want to call forcing the individual student to comply to ONLY the Common Core, will be developed for EACH and every student creating a system of interventions if the student does NOT meet each standard through federal Special Ed funds, IDEA. HR 5 and SB1094 refer to the interventions as “Specialized Student Support.”

HR 5, the Dollar and the Force Behind the Common Core. SB 1094 Out of Committee

The legislation passed by the Republican held House of Representatives sold our country out with this piece of legislation. The funding, Title I, “follows the child.” What does this mean? This means that the money will fund each student wherever they want to go to school. This funding bypasses the state government and the local district. Interesting enough, the amendments attached by key Republican Congressmen, and a few other Democrats, have an assortment of issues that contribute to ensuring that representative government is erased.

Eric Cantor, (VA) R, and Rob Bishop (UT) R, allows Title I funds to follow the student to other public or charters schools upon the state opting to allow it. Rob Bishop also makes Title I portable to public ( including charter) schools and private schools. Matt Salmon, (AZ) R, provides States with the flexibility to allocate Title I grant funds in a manner that follows the child. States may allocate these funds based on the number of eligible children enrolled in the public and private schools served. John Tierney (MA) D, ensures a state’s accountability system is applied to charter schools in the same manner as to other public schools. Jeff Duncan (SC) R, states would be able to direct block grant funding to any education purpose under state law.

In Summary: Creating Choice, Diminishing Public Schools, Grooming Charter Schools.

Under the House Bill, HR 5, a student is “given” Title I federal dollars to go to the school of their choice. Which school will they go to? The public school across the district? across the state? to a private school? Catholic school? homeschool? across state lines? Your tax money is traveling everywhere blurring tax bases. What will this do to your local school district? What will this do to a locally elected school board who will no longer have control over the tax base with students moving everywhere? The funds must be divided to each student in an equitable way.

Under the Senate Bill, SB 1094, funding establishes or expands inter- or intra-district public school choice programs that follow the child starting at birth to age 21, mandates workforce skills, and testing across ALL domains, attitudes and values included. It also establishes a NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD. (This bill does not extend the choice funds to private schools, Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Paul Rand (R-Ky.) amendment to allow Title I dollars to follow a student to any school, public or private, was defeated.) The meshing of the two bills gives us the entire agenda. The writing is on the wall.

Eventually, there will no longer be “better” schools, only equal schools. It is only fair, there shouldn’t be wealthy school districts and poor school districts. Right? This ensures that your local school district will struggle. If a local district survives, they must be in-tune and in compliance with the common core agenda with perhaps minor functions like hiring, firing, maintenance of buildings, and managing federal accountability guidelines. Many states have already gone to court over equitable school finance and alternatives to property taxes. The trend is a regional tax base, pooling tax money, and this legislation lays the groundwork to do just that. Schools will close because of less funding to operate, and so called “academic bankruptcy” for not meeting standards. This also sets the stage for charter school take over, which is a public school without an elected board. Local and state representative government will continue to be gradually diminished. Follow the money.

Sending Federal ‘Choice Children’ to Private Schools

Will a private school be forced to accept a choice student? Will this choice money force private schools into ” equal opportunity” and “an equitable resource implementation plan” for the choice students enrolled? Will choice students force the national curriculum and national testing on the private schools? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Particularly if your state passed the Common Core Standards.

Charter schools will be the norm, the future for all public schools. Charter schools are the model for taxation without representation. Specialized Student Support, Continuous Improvement, Teacher Evaluations, and Data Tracking Oversight with testing, testing, testing for accountability are all packed into HR 5 along with the choice amendments. Will the Democrat Senate pass this legislation this fall? Combined with SB 1094 introduced by Senator Harkin, which is the Democrat version of HR 5, we can count on it. We will have federalized all of education in the United States of America-Obama’s Dream.

Action:
Stop the Common Core Standards.
Stop HR 5.
Stop SB 1094
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Notes:
Historical Documentation: Charlotte Iserbyt,
the deliberate dumbing down of america

Soviets in the Classroom

See Obama’s, Race to the Top Agenda’ – States Under Republican Leadership Fall For the Carrot: Children Sold-Out for a Profit, by this author for documentation. Obama’s Race to the Top Agenda

HR 5 legislation HR 5
SB 1094 legislation out of Committee: Senate Bill 1094
Franken Amendment- Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate: The Chosen 20%:
Accelerated Learning Act