Reporting on Current Obama Education Policies

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

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.

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)


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.

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.

Stop the Common Core Standards.
Stop HR 5.
Stop SB 1094

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

To the Advocates For Choice and Vouchers-
Choice Means Chains

The Accountability That Comes With Private Schools Taking Federal Dollars.

The direction of education is moving toward customized individual plans for all children aligned to Common Core-College and Career Ready Standards. Federal funds in choice vouchers will follow a student to the private school of their choice, with federal strings attached. Don’t be deceived. If your students are granted a stipend of federal dollars from federal ESEA (Title I) or IDEA (special ed) monies under the guise of choice, say good bye to the private, Christian, or Catholic in your name. You will be a public school, just like all charter schools. Beware that HR 5 recently passed in the Republican held House of Representatives will make Obama’s dream of federalizing education come true.

There have been many questions asked about the role of federal money involved in the choice and voucher movement racing across the country. The questions range from:
Are these stipends funded with federal dollars?
Are there strings attached?
What happens when federal dollars “follow” a child, with a choice stipend, to a private school?
What does “accountability” mean when a Catholic or Christian school accepts a Title I child through a choice or voucher stipend?
What if a homeschool takes federal dollars for digital instruction?
Must a homeschooled ‘choice’ child take the state assessment for accountability?
Is a “charter school” a public school that must abide by all regulations but without a locally elected school board?
Will private schools, as well as charter schools, have to align to the Common Core Standards and take the state assessment which is aligned to the federal test, NAEP?
If a private school child is failing Common Core Standards, will the school have to engage in ‘specialized student support’ for accountability aspects and change their curriculum?
If a private school is deemed ” failing” Common Core Standards, will this indicate that they are not teaching to the standards?
Will private school teachers need in-service training when choice students fail?
Can this private school be targeted through “academic bankruptcy” by the government if they fail to meet federal guidelines called assurances?

According to ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, (the NOT conservative think-tank,) in their model “choice” legislation, please read the fine-print in Endnote 5 which states: “Unfortunately, tapping federal dollars may bring some unwanted federal regulations to choice schools.” I agree. Choice means chains.
(See the link below, scroll down to Endnote 5)

Let’s look at pending federal legislation that sets up a choice/voucher program through legislation. Note: federal money in Title I (your child is disadvantaged if they do not meet standards) and IDEA (special ed) are funding sources to expand choice. Student and curriculum interventions are called ‘specialized student support’ to meet Common Core Standards put in place through HR 5.

HR 5-Federal Legislation Passed in the House

See the NOTES at the end of this article for all of the Republicans that attached amendments to HR 5 to destroy private schools through Choice.
My overview of the Summary of HR 5 follows: my comments are in bold.

HR 5 Under Academic Standards: (emp. Mine)
Achievement standards used for judging student and school performance must align with content standards,

My comment: The end result, achievement, must align to standards. Each student must meet Common Core if those are the standards passed by your state.

HR 5-Under Direct Student Services: The bill requires states to set aside 3 percent of Title I money to provide competitive grants to school districts that wish to offer tutoring or public school choice to their students, including those in poor performing schools. (Notice the name of the stipends are competitive grants. In some states they are called scholarships.)

My comment: Under Title I the definition for disadvantaged changes to students meeting standards and needing “specialized instructional support” for meeting outcomes. This means Title I funds that follow the child. Although its only 3%, this is the start of undermining representative govt. This is federal money going to private schools with Title I. Poor performing schools (your private school) could be targeted for under-performing. Interventions apply.
(Eric Cantor placed an amendment that allows Title I to follow the child.)

HR 5-Under Accountability: The bill eliminates the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) metric and the unrealistic requirement that all students be proficient in reading and math by the end of the next school year. In their place, states are allowed to develop their own accountability systems that must comprise only three broad parameters:
HR 5- Annually measure the academic achievement of all public school students against the state’s academic standards (including growth toward the standards) using the statewide assessments in reading and math and other academic indicators.

My comment: Adequate Yearly Progress was designed for school aggregate data to compare how schools were doing. Eliminating the AYP will set the stage for individual student yearly progress monitoring IEP’s for all students. The new term is “specialized student support,” a special education term. Under State Plans there is a section calling for “individual student interpretive, descriptive, and diagnostic reports regarding achievement on assessments.” Plus, what are other academic indicators? Why not reading & math? If a state has agreed to Common Core, this will mean the exact same agenda as before. This will include the College & Career Outcomes & Common Core Standards that go beyond academics. This is testing in the affective domain. The statewide assessments are aligning to those standards, like PARCC, ACT, & Smarter Balanced using NAEP objectives. If the Feds can blame everything on the states, they get off scott-free. Most states have changed their tests to reflect Common Core already or are in the process. This means federal access to an individual student.

HR 5- Annually evaluate and identify the academic performance of each public school in the state based on student academic achievement, including the achievement of all students and achievement gaps between student subgroups.

My comment: Define academic achievement for all students. On math & reading or other indicators? Does this set up the IEP for each student? College & Career Ready Standards could be used here instead of academics. College & Career standards are work force standards like SCANS, Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (affective outcomes).

HR 5-Include a school improvement system implemented by school districts that includes interventions in poor performing Title I schools.

My comment: If a Title I school is identified as failing the Common Core Standards, the school is named a school-wide program. Because individual students are monitored, interventions will be identified for each student. Teachers will be targeted. Individual students will be targeted to improve scores. This is the opening for an IEP or individual learning plan in which the school can use flexibility funds for IEP interventions or ‘specialized student support.’ This could also open the door for private schools having to introduce Common Core and school improvement plans if they accept choice funding.

HR 5-Funding Flexibility: The bill allows states and school districts to use federal funds for special population programs for any activity authorized under any of the other programs. Instead of having to comply with a host of federal program requirements each dictating exactly how funds may be spent, state and local officials will be able to use federal funds to meet their own unique needs. While school districts will not be allowed to use Title I funds outside of those schools, they can move additional funding to low-income schools.

My Comment: This is exactly what the ESEA Flexibility Waiver that Obama gave the states this past year. (Use the money however you want, just meet the Common Core Standards.) Now the waiver will become law so the state can use Title I funds to establish the Common Core. Very clever. Get the states to agree to national Common Core Standards so the feds can identify individual students. Get the federal boot in the door. Then allow the states to use federal funds however they want to meet Common Core, but the feds will monitor individual students and the states in order to achieve compliance. This would eliminate the violation of the federal government supervising and directing curriculum, underhanded as it is. Notice how every thing is being changed to Title I. Schools could be tagged school-wide program under Title I. There is a distinct reason for that. Blanket compliance with percentage of free and reduced lunches. This is complete federal takeover of all states’ rights and all schools. A state accepting Common Core Standards was the first step to federal take-over of all public schools and relinquishing their individual power of states’ rights. Your local neighborhood school is now a federal government school. Your local school board has no authority except to meet Common Core Standards. What happened to states rights? Local control? One more huge erosion of the Constitution. The Republicans are in lock step with Obama.

Indiana “Choice” Application-Please read carefully.


Assurances (emp. mine)

As a condition of becoming an eligible school, the school makes the following assurances by the representative’s signature:
School will administer accountability assessments including Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) and End of Course Assessments (ECAs) to all students at the testing grade levels and participate in all required training and security measures.
School will not discriminate against any potential students based on race, color or national origin, and will follow the school’s admissions policy in regard to choice scholarship students.
If the number of applicants for enrollment in an eligible school under a Choice scholarship exceeds the number of Choice scholarships available to the eligible school, the school will draw at random in a public meeting the applications of applicants who are entitled to a Choice scholarship from among the applicants who meet the requirements for admission to the eligible school.
School will not transfer or attempt to transfer the choice scholarship to any other student.
School agrees to inform IDOE via a prescribed form within five (5) business days of a choice scholarship student being withdrawn or expelled.
School acknowledges that: 1. retroactive reimbursement to the State of Indiana may be required, or 2. future payments may be adjusted, as a result of the withdrawal or expulsion of a student. (It’s all about federal money.)
School agrees to participate in any data collections required by the department pursuant to IC 20-51-1-4.7, IC 20-51-4-6, IC 20-51-4-7, or IC 20-51-4-10.
School understands and agrees to the requirement that parents must co-sign a claim form provided by the department for the distribution of monies, on a schedule set by the department.
Upon eligibility, school agrees to complete and file a vendor application with the Indiana Auditor of State.
School agrees to provide prospective parents with a statement about any costs beyond the required fees, including whether the school participates in the Free / Reduced Lunch Program. (Title I) School acknowledges that any fees in excess of the amount of the choice scholarship must be funded through other sources.
School agrees to provide prospective parents with information about (free) transportation, including whether it is provided and whether the school is located along any existing bus routes that may be utilized.
School acknowledges that, by July 1, 2013, it will have a staff performance evaluation plan as required by 20-28-11.5-4(a) and (b).
School shall certify to the department annually that the eligible school is complying with the following legal requirements and that the school will cooperate with any visit made to the school by the department to verify compliance with these provisions, including granting the department reasonable access to its premises. School further understands that violation of any of the following requirements under the law or failure to comply with these assurances is grounds for loss of eligibility, and has the right to an administrative hearing upon loss of eligibility.

The federal strings are all attached here: testing, data collection, staff performance, accountability.

ALEC Pushes Choice in Colorado

Choice Scholarships

Beware of any ” help” from the government.
Acceptance of Common Core means takeover of education by the federal government. No more local control. Charter Schools eliminate representative government with no locally elected boards or taxpayer oversight. Private Schools must say ‘no’ to choice funding.

Accountability=Forced Compliance=Loss of Freedom of Choice

NOTES-Republicans Put Obama’s Agenda Into Law

HR 5
Republican’s Move to Make Choice Part of Title I federal funding-Strings Attached
Beware Private Schools-The Government Wants to Control You.

ALERT: passed in the House dated 7-19-2013. Please read the amendments that the Republicans have attached to HR 5. This is a total sell-out. Republicans are putting in place Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ pilot programming from the Innovation Lab Network. One Democrat aligned all rules to charter schools, as well.

Scroll down to the right to see the Republican Amendments at the link below:

Cantor (VA), Bishop, Rob (UT) Republican Allows Title I funds to follow students to other public schools or charter schools, upon the state opting to allow it. Made In Order

Bishop, Rob (UT) Republican Makes Title 1 funds portable to public (including charter) schools and private schools. Submitted

Salmon, (AZ) Republican Late 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.

Tierney (MA) Democrat Late Ensures a state’s accountability system is applied to charter schools in the same manner as to other public schools Submitted

Duncan (SC) Republican SUBSTITUTE Late RevisedSubstitutes the text of the bill with the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS, which allows states to completely opt out of the programs that fall under NCLB and empower state and local leaders to direct funding to their most pressing education needs. Specifically, A-PLUS sends funding under NCLB back to states in the form of block grants, and states would then be able to direct that funding to any education purpose under state law.

Charter Schools are a Trap-
Choice is the Bait:
Are You on the Hook?

Heritage’s Promise for ‘Great Schools For Maine’ Spreads Fallacies About Charter Schools & Choice
Something Fishy is Going on in Augusta

“Any agency, public or private, which receives federal funds directly or indirectly through a grant or contract .. .or by way of a voucher plan” must meet all programs that are set down for public schools . Acceptance of Federal funds is an agreement to abide by the requirements .”

In March, 1984, the U .S . Supreme Court ruled that private schools are subject to government regulations because they enroll students who receive tuition money from the government . Even though the checks are payable to individual students, not the school, the Court says any scholarships, loans, or grants to students “constitute federal financial assistance.”

“Whatever government funds, government controls,” quote from Charlotte Iserbyt, Former Senior Policy Advisor U.S. Department of Education

Governor LePage’s agenda for ‘Customized Learning’ opportunities for Maine students falls for Obama’s federal take-over of all private education in America. This is a trap. This is a Republican failure.

Why are Republicans & the Heritage Foundation pushing choice in education when accepting of federal monies to have a “choice” will mean government intervention? One part of the proposed legislation reveals that federal dollars will be permitted to be accepted by religious schools. Beware all private & religious schools. Once you accept federal monies, you will be forced to accept the Common Core-College & Career Ready Standards. If your students are granted a stipend of federal dollars from ESEA, Title I or IDEA monies under the guise of choice, say good bye to the private, Christian, or Catholic in your name. You will be a public school, just like a charter school.

When the legislation states that parents will have customized learning opportunities (public and private options) for kids who are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program, this means that federal dollars, Title I, will be used for an individual education plan or an individual career pathway for your child to meet government mandated Common Core-College Career Ready Standards. With choice money, comes Common Core Standards. With choice money comes mandated national testing & assessment. With choice money, that will follow the individual child, will mean the end of private education or homeschooling. You will be forced to use Common Core-College & Career Ready Standards & tests. This is the federal take-over of education in America. Maine, you are Obama’s prize.

Maine is Mimicking Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ Choice & Charter School Agenda & Heritage is Joining Forces With Obama.

Maine is a pilot state for the Innovation Lab Network under the Obama administration. This agenda is pushing to transform education toward a standards based program which must move toward an individualized education plan or career pathway. This agenda can only be implemented with “choice” by using federal funding to monitor individual students. These are major steps to removing representative government on the local level. Federal funds will bypass the locally elected school boards. Federal funds will follow the child, wherever that child goes to school.

Charter schools are already public schools that are publicly funded, mandated to conform to those same standards & testing. Plus, there is no accountability to the public or parents since there is no elected school boards, only appointed non-elected board members. Using tax payer money to fund private for profit charter schools is blatantly unConsitutional.

When looking at the 6 pilot states in Obama’s Race to the Top agenda, (Innovation Lab Network) there is a surge in re-designing Americas schools. The Obama agenda is pushing choice & charter schools because it aligns with controlling all education including private schools. The move to grant more charter schools plays into the hand of eroding representative government on the local level-no elected school boards. When a student is given federal dollars & decides to go to a private school, where’s the accountability for those federal taxpayer dollars? It’s fairly easy….Common Core & College & Career Standards & testing & assessment of those standards. How will the Commissioner of Education help failing schools? They will be forced to change their curriculum & retest for better government accountability usually referred to as ‘academic bankruptcy’ or the takeover of private schools. Beware of choice in education that mimics the Obama agenda.

What federal pieces of legislation are enabling this agenda to go forward to fund “customized learning opportunities? Elementary & Secondary Education Act, ESEA Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA (HR 347)
Why do charter schools play into the false choice agenda? Taxation without representation- privately owned public schools with no elected school board members yet uses public funds & public property. Walking down the unConstitutional yellow brick road. Abolishing representative government, local control & locally elected school board members.
What is government funded will adhere to government regulations. Common core standards align to government aligned testing. NAEP, & NAEP clones, will align to all state Assessments & embedded assessments. Accountability standards will be in place once you take government funds. Accountability=Forced Compliance=Loss of Freedom of Choice
Charter schools will eliminate locally elected representative government.
The choice argument sounds good, but is the fox in the henhouse. If choice legislation is passed the money follows the child in ESEA Title I or IDEA. Students must take the TEST & meet government standards. Private schools will be forced to accept ANY child who has a choice stipend. All private schools will become public schools where they must administer the test & teach to the test.
Republican Governors & the Heritage Foundation are leading Americans down the wrong path.
Charter Schools & Choice in Education is Obama’s big catch. Don’t be deceived.


HR 5, Student Success Act, passes in the House, July 19, 2013, initiates Title I, choice stipends, to follow the child in amendments brought by Republican representatives.

‘Innovation Lab Network’ States-Transforming Education in America

A Policy Statement of the Council of Chief State School Officers
March 2010

Romney’s Education Plan- Mimics Obama’s Race to the Top Education Plan, Romney Calls for Using Title I, IDEA Funds for School Choice-A failure for Republican leaders.