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Jeb Bush Caught with His Pants Down Again!

We the People caught you! Florida is the absolute worst state when it comes to the education of our children. Not only are we still being contaminated by the likes of Jeb Bush and his uneducated ideas regarding the education of our children, we have the largest herd of lap dogs in the country continually sniffing at his backside.

Not many independent thinkers here. Everyone just plays follow the leader and this has been going on since the passage of the original legislation putting Charter schools in motion.

To top it off we have a governor (Scott) who thinks he is the best thing ever since the invention of peanut butter and is just about as sticky. His idea of education has become to “follow the leader” being Jeb Bush taking funds from traditional public schools and playing like Congress to load the wallet of Charter schools with our tax dollars. And Scott thinks he deserves to win a seat in the U.S. Senate next year – watch out!

Part of Florida’s new legislation is to now protect the failing charter schools by keeping information from the public regarding the Charter school testing scores and results. Included in this “swamp” package is the forcing of the “D” and “F” scored schools to close or become Charter schools, ignoring the laid out “turnaround” plans by the “elected” school boards.

Bush and Scott both have endorsed this joke of a new Secretary of Education who like the two of them, know nothing about educating children – just the manipulation of money and lies.

How many times do people have to learn about the depth of the manipulation that has gone on in this state and others to capture the control of our children turning most of them into walking and talking “dumbed down” fabrics of what they could have been?

You all can take your 21st Century College Readiness BULL and stick it! These children are no more ready for college than the man in the moon. They can’t add and subtract simple change transactions or read well enough to comprehend what they are reading. And you think they are going to get into college? No, the real plan is for them not to get into college – that is what the “school-to-work” legislation was all about. LINK

Do you remember a couple of years ago Condoleezza Rice, CFR member, stating she thought the CFR should take over the education of our children? Now the New World Order freaks are trying to get their two cents into the equation.

Tax-supported school choice eroding our public, private, religious, and home school education is the vehicle to change not only the right of Americans to choose the kind of education they wish for their children but is removing our representative form of government to unelected councils.

Heck, people like Sen. Lamar Alexander and his lapdogs believe the system should have our children cradle to grave, 24/7. They want to take them from the hospital nursery. Just what is in the minds of these “swamp feeders”? Do they intend to begin just walking into hospital nurseries and taking our babies to be raised by the government?

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Never forget that Jeb Bush and all the cronies including members of Congress, former presidents, Pope Francis and your local government are working toward a New World Order and have no shame in using our children to accomplish that by indoctrination in the schools and removing your rights.

Jeb Bush’s comment on the campaign trail that he “actually carries little Baby Jesus in his pants pocket because it’s my strength,” makes me ill. This is a man that has spent his life following directives to ruin our children’s future’s and he is going to place the blame on Jesus? Reading this will tell you he does NOT follow Jesus’ lessons. Remember a good share of his funding for his foundations comes from Bill Gates, destroyer of all he touches!

On the other hand, Bush expressed this gobbledygook during the campaign “I am asked sometimes whether I would ever allow my decisions in government to be influenced by my Christian faith. The simple and safe reply is no, never, of course not.” Can’t have it both ways Jebbie – liar, liar, pants on fire!

DeVos ‘ push is for all schools to be under the title of private dances in tune with everything Bush has tried to do for years. I would guess that along with those in the Senate who also were sitting on the Education Committee and approved her for her appointment and received political donations from DeVos, Bush made a strong recommendation for her appointment to Trump.

Again, Mr. Trump, I thought we were draining the swamp, not filling it up!

When it comes to truth and Jeb Bush you won’t usually hear it and it certainly got out there during the 2016 campaign. Words matter, so it’s important to know that Bush never calls public school districts public schools districts. Instead, he says the United States has “over 13,000 government-run monopolies run by unions.” He doesn’t mention that some districts don’t have any unions, that unions can’t win a contract agreement by politicians, and that a number of governors have sharply curtailed the power of unions.

Bush advocates using public money for students to use to pay for private school tuition to include religious schools. I am not so sure that fits well with the 1st Amendment however in Florida it will do no good to file a lawsuit, because when it comes to anything education the judges are refusing to hear the cases.

The focus of his Bush’s 1998 campaign for Florida governor was the “Opportunity Scholarship Program,” a voucher program that allowed state funds to be used to pay tuition at church-run schools. It was struck down by the state Supreme Court in 2006. A short time later, the Florida Senate, controlled by Republicans, refused his request to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot repealing a provision in the state constitution separating church and state.

Bush and his legislative cronies tried to pass a similar amendment in 2012 and the voters shot it down. So as per usual, Bush found a back door for his scam. His Florida legislator lapdogs passed the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which allows students to attend private school with the help of publicly funded tax credits. In November 2014, he opened the annual conference of his Foundation for Excellence in Education by having himself introduced by a student who touted the program for helping to send her to private school.

In July 2014, Citizens for Strong Schools, Inc. and Fund Education Now amended a five-year-old lawsuit alleging the state has failed to adequately fund public education to include new claims concerning the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program and the McKay voucher program for students with special needs stating they were lowering funding for public schools and increasing funding for Charter/Choice/Vouchers by unconstitutionally “diverting” money from Florida’s public schools. They lost!  Link

Bush has said that “we can’t just outsource public education to bureaucracies and public education unions and hope for the best,” but he is perfectly comfortable on outsourcing public education to for-profit education companies who open public charter schools but run them like a business. (Is it a coincidence that Florida has the second-highest number of for-profit charter schools?) AND WE ARE STILL #47 IN THE COUNTRY!

Florida’s corporate brained Governor Scott already has a program in the state he claims is bringing jobs to Florida called Enterprise Florida which has for years been dumping tax dollars into it and at the same time giving horrendous tax credits to the corporations who are playing the game.

Now once again, Florida is using more tax credits on corporate income taxes and insurance premium taxes for donations to scholarship-funding organizations (SFOs), nonprofits that provide scholarships for low-income students and children in foster care and offer funds for transportation to public schools outside a child’s district. Businesses get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for SFO contributions, with total credits capped at $559.1 million. Unused credits can be carried forward to the next fiscal year.

They claim this plan proves they are NOT using tax dollars for the voucher scam, however, the shift in income must come from somewhere and with Scott looking at increasing state property taxes to make up for the shortfall, tax dollars are being affected, even if only indirectly.

  • Scholarships can be worth up to $5,886, though they may not exceed private school tuition and fees. Transportation grants for public schools are worth up to $500.
  • Again, the whole program is geared to “low-income” children which in itself is a form of “segregation”.

Back in 2011, Charter Schools USA, a charter school management company, makes its money charging the school a management fee similar to what happens when you live in an Association development. At that time, that money was a percentage of the $150 million in tax $$ that the state was paying the company to run its 25 Charter schools in Florida. At just one of their schools in Osceola County, Charter Schools USA was paid $822,182 in administration fees for just one year.

I wonder just exactly what you get for those $$! Lack of legislative oversite because the owners are buddies with Bush and most of the legislators who I would remind you, in Florida, are ALLOWED to own or be affiliated with Charter schools while at the same time writing, voting on and passing Charter school legislation. Do you think this is a conflict of interest?

As Bush walks around puffing his chest out at his clever work, you will never hear him talk about the Charter school test scores that were either no better or worse than the public schools. Or that under his program of assigning letter grades to schools based on test scores, a disproportionate number of charters get failing academic letter grades from the state. Or that Florida’s charter sector has been marred by numerous closures of charters — some even during the school year — and repeated financial mismanagement and corruption scandals.

Did you ever hear of your children going to school on a Monday morning and the school is locked up – lock, stock and barrel? Happens with Charter schools all the time.

The standardized test scores that the Bush reforms used to hold schools and districts “accountable” to came from his now-defunct Florida Comprehensive Accountability Test (FCAT) program, which collapsed over the years as the integrity of the test scores were questioned repeatedly by school districts.  In 2012, after a disaster with an FCAT writing test in which only 27 percent of fourth graders scored proficient — down from 81 percent the year before. It wasn’t the first time either.

And don’t think this hasn’t been tried before – the voucher and privatization experiment. In the 1980’s, Chile under the dictator Augusto Pinochet and continued by both liberal and conservative leadership, moved to vouchers and privatization to supposedly offer better education access for all.

In 1995, beloved by many Milton Friedman used Chile as an example as to why the U.S. needed to privatize public education. Thank God, we didn’t take his advice, since the voucher and privatization experiment in Chile resulted in a greater inequality and less educational access.

If you think my thoughts regarding charter/choice/vouchers is a “stand alone” prorogate, read some of the comments made by a DeVos Michigan Charter school (Eagle Crest Charter Academy) (ECCA) board president Brian Polet, and what he has to say in his resignation letter:

“This copy-written, corporate driven education model has been developed by non-teachers and Edu-crats from Washington to Lansing to the detriment of students, parents, taxpayers and local school boards. Without control of curriculum and a limited control of budgets, CC has effectively removed local control from parents and put it the hands of ESPs, the Dept. of Ed and state boards.” 

“As a logical conclusion to this hokum, ECCA has fallen victim to this Soviet-style education. The chaos that has ensued is not the consequence of bad management by NHA, but a result of a flawed educational system.  More disturbing to me is the inability to guarantee the data privacy of our students. Equally troubling is the ability for educational personal to manipulate tests and assessments to move any student into certain fields or vocations and to modify behavior without consent or knowledge of the parent. 

Sadly, as a volunteer I have no “skins” in this game. This puts the board and its individual members at a decided disadvantage against the combined efforts of CMU and NHA. I want no part of a lousy educational mode. With CC, we no longer have the Socratic model of education, but a new Bill Gates vocational schooling for worker bees and drones. Plainly, I have not left education, education has left me and more importantly, our students.” 

Keep in mind that Jeb Bush is also a lap dog to the New World Order!

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Parents it is time to rise up against this Socialist agenda and say NO MORE!

 

 

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Welcome To the Global Neighborhood –

Why Are Your Children Still in Public School?  By Anita Hoge

Dear Friends,

Another school year has rolled around.  The Federal legislation, ESSA, has passed which strip your rights away as a parent.  (Did you sign a parent engagement letter or conduct compact?  I hope not.) Teachers are transmitting data on your family and children to the federal government in the SLDS. The techniques teachers are being trained to impart on your children are techniques only certified psychologists and psychiatrists can practice.  I’ve warned you but … your kids are still in school.

What are you doing to protect your children, really?  An Opt-Out of tests is meaningless when arbitrary, observational data is collected on the behavior of your children. These behavioral techniques are embedded in the curriculum and everyday classes.

Academics have been dumbed-down and most of the school day is relegated to social, emotional, and behavioral rewards, punishments, stimulus, response animal conditioning. But you do not recognize it. Seven states have been selected for experimental research on your children in the social, emotional, behavioral conditioning in the affective domain, but I didn’t hear any screaming from Pennsylvania parents or any other state.

HooverBut, there’s more. The Feds aren’t finished with your family and kids yet. The force of the new law will force everyone to comply.  Spirited children will be found through CHILD FIND. Aggressive behavior once deemed, “oh, he’s just a boy” will be gone. Creative children will become depressed and not want to go to school.  Happy children are gone. Strong willed children, smashed. Shy children will be re-mediated with psychological manipulation, daily – Interventions, interventions, interventions galore. They will not stop. Your child will become confused, pliable and recycled until he/she thinks it is normal to be in a prison called school. It’s called conditioning – BF Skinner conditioning.  Starting in universal fed pre-school- they won’t have a chance.

DSM Codes will be tallied into the NCES/IES data warehouse. MEDICAID will be billed for psych interventions. Your child will have a mental health disability for minor infractions and personality traits that are normal human feelings…pain, anguish, disappointment, elation, frustration, sadness, anger, anxiety, love, fear, hate, all of these emotions that are part of our human endeavor…forming the character of your child. They will be gone. The slate that you imprinted on your child will be wiped clean. It is a new beginning of a new world. And, it is happening now as I write to you.

Be prepared for this: Once identified to the Feds, the whole new system under ObamaCare kicks in for Medicaid age 0-21 for case management for your family. An individual family service plan is in the works for caretakers to enter your home and remediate the family; moral knowing, moral feeling, moral acting…a global agenda.

I’m not kidding. I’m scared, so I know you will be when you read this note.

Sec of Ed Terrel Bell under the Reagan administration had laid out these plans called the Knowledge Network when he was supposed to eliminate the Department of Education which never happened. Bell believed parents should not be left to raise their own children. So here we are.  You bore them, clothe them, feed them, house them…they are your children, but the federal government owns “who they are”, their character, their thinking skills have turned against you and our country for the good of globalism. That is the plan. If you do not cooperate, they will condemn you, too, as an unfit parent. This is the “Village” that Hillary dreamed of.

I can only scream so loud, DANGER! DANGER!

Please read these 3 articles that will give you the overview you need to BEGIN to understand this process. The attachments are documents from the Knowledge Network. God bless the little children.

Anita

HillaryCare Part 1http://www.capitolhilloutsider.com/mental-health-stupid-part-1-parents-warned/

Part 2 Parents: Beware and Be Aware http://www.capitolhilloutsider.com/aware-beware-part-2-parents-warned/

Part 3 Data-Driven Transformationhttp://www.capitolhilloutsider.com/stop-the-data-driven-transformation-part-3-parents-be-warned/

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Our Federally Mandated Education System is Child Abuse! by DianeMarie

Parents – numerous researchers, psychologists, teachers and others have been warning you for years of what is coming down the pike using your children as the bait through the education system. Charter/Choice is not the answer since there now is not only government control over your children, but corporate money feeding the pot. Who but you care enough about your children to do something about this?

What can you do? First of all primary elections are going on all over the country for local, state and federal politicians. Stop relying on the news media or a political party to pick who the best candidates are. Do your research especially on those individuals who have the power over your children.

If someone is running and has in the past signed onto these egregious education bills fire them! If your local or state board of education willingly complies, vote them out or recall them. If they state they support Common Core dump them. This applies to almost everyone running for Congress – go here and here to see if your elected officials from your state voted for the Every Student’s Success Act. Take a hard look at your governor and other state officials right down to your local school boards – if they agreed to participate in the horror of Common Core – fire them! (Remember – Cruz, Rubio and Sanders did not bother to vote because they were campaigning – that was more important).

“In the United States the general thrust of education is directed toward political life; in Europe its main aim is to fit men for private life.” de Tocqueville 1831 

You owe nothing to these individuals, but you owe everything to your children. They are set to become wards of the state and your parental rights are being stripped right out from underneath you.

Bill Bennett, former Sec. of Education under Reagan was PAID by a lobbying firm to become the “Conservative Case for Common Core”. This man for years told America one of the most important things to him was our children and giving them a good education. Really? Liar!

Paid by the consulting firm DCI Group to write the op-ed perhaps explains why it doesn’t sound much like the writing of the Reagan appointee who agreed with his president at the time that there was no real necessity for a federal Department of Education. However, under the influence of Terrell Bell and other individuals he has changed his mind. Money usually does say it all!

It was very apparent in his op-ed that not only does he not know very much about the Common Core Standards, but it doesn’t take very much for him to leave whatever conservative principles he might have had in the past.

Bennett writes to conservatives, “First, we can all agree that there is a need for common standards of assessment in K-12 education.” Apparently out of touch with “we, the people,” if Bennett is a “conservative,” he would know that most Americans believe the individual states, and not the federal government, should decide their own education standards.

America has let Mike Huckabee get away with his dirty tricks of sitting with Jeb Bush’s group pushing for the preservation of the Common Core Standards. Huckabee even went so far as to have lunch in February, 2014 with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) (all who by the way have had their palms greased through this whole thing) telling them to get rid of the “Common Core” name as it had become toxic in households all over the country. He went on to state,” Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat”. And just the previous December he sat on his TV show telling America he no longer supported Common Core. Which is it Rev. Huckabee?  Truth or dare?

And rebrand they did – did you know that? Almost every state participating in this Trojan Horse came up with ways to remove Common Core from their states standards!

  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has used an executive order to purge the name “Common Core” from the standards and refer to them, instead, as Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards
  • Iowa, the Common Core standards are now called The Iowa Core
  • Florida deleted the words “Common Core” from official education documents and replaced them with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. In fact, Gov. Scott went too far as to write a letter to Arne Duncan telling him “Florida’s Education was Florida’s Education and not the federal governments. He openly lied to the parents of Florida in regard to what he was doing.

If they have lied to you vote them out! It doesn’t matter what PARTY they are with!

Huckabee like Gov’ s Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal all denounced their support of the Common Core Standards before announcing they were going to run for President. It does appear that Ted Cruz and Gov. Kasich are not the only ones who cannot stand behind their oaths. Kasich has continued to support the CCSS even when going into the primary process. Cruz stated he did not support the CCSS but co-signed with Senator Mike Lee on legislation to give an even stronger hold on our children’s education to include Home Schooling.

Even taking campaign funds to support an issue most parents in America are against is no different than “selling your soul for a few pieces of silver”, especially when the price paid is the futures of our children.

My websites and those of others have shared with you hours of research on how “they”, the boogie men of education” have planned for years to use the education system/your children to put in place their New World Order agenda under the United Nations.

Charlotte Iserbyt has been blowing the “whistle” since discovering in the 80’s while working as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first term of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and she leaked information regarding an important technology grant for computerizing our children’s education. Charlotte realized this was a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms.

Project BEST: “Better Education Skills through Technology” brought about by the writings and a study done by America’s No.1 “change agent” Dr. John I. Goodlad at the Center for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington.  One book of which Iserbyt was critical, “Schooling for a Global Age”, citing the book as having less to do with fostering learning and mainly to do with psychological manipulation of students, possibly against the teaching of the child’s parents.

Senator Lamar Alexander (leader of bad education legislation), Bush family, Bill Ayers, Bill Gates, Linda Darling-Hammond and many more to include many foundations especially the Walmart Family  And Gates Foundations have poured millions/billions into bad education for our children and then they sit back and claim we need them even more because our education stats are still dropping.

Of course they are dropping because we have non-educators and indoctrinated “change agent” teachers playing manipulation games with our children’s education and their minds. Always finding grant money and legislated $$ for low income area schools – why are there low income school areas? Because the politicians have always wanted to keep them in that position – Never a “hand up” – always a “hand down”.

I will openly state that as a mother Diane Ravitch is the one who gets under my skin. She joined President George H.W. Bush’s cabinet as assistant secretary in charge of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the Department of Education (1991-1993) under Lamar Alexander stating she embraced the conservative mantra of standards and choice. However, if you were to read any of the books she wrote co-authored by one of the education devils Chester Finn, Jr. you might get a different picture:

  • Challenges to the Humanities May 1985 by Finn, Chester E., Jr. and Diane Ravitch
  • Against Mediocrity: The Humanities in America’s High Schools May 1, 1984 by Chester E. Finn and Diane Ravitch
  • What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know: A Report on the First National Assessment of History and Literature Mar 1989 by Diane Ravitch and Chester E. Finn, Jr.

In Diane Ravitch’s book “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools” she tells you she is answering all the questions about why American education is in crisis and gives ideas as to what reforms can be implemented. One of her ideas is to include the Sen. Lamar Alexander and Chester Finn idea to include Pre-K programs (get’um young) and her version of school choice.

Sadly, most of her recommendations are based on Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” which gives you a good dose of the Humanistic Psychology worldview as he sees it. LINK

Anyone who would quote Maslow’s Humanistic Psychology (Third Force Psychology) is basing their worldview on the “whole child” theory, and the behavioral science that originated with Freud and was developed by B.F. Skinner.”  Anita Hoge

Ravitch later became a supporter of President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind, which he signed into law in 2002, but she changed her view after researching the consequences of NCLB on schools, students and teachers. Her 2010 book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” is supposed to explain why she changed her mind.

Sorry, Diane the damage has been done! Last year while Alexander was doing his push for the changes in the NCLB garbage Ravitch wrote to him explaining why she found the current education system (CCSS) unacceptable for our children. Her letter is a good one, but when she stated as to why she admired him I thought I would be sick as Alexander has been pushing for “cradle to grave” federal control of our children since the early 80’s. How can you work for a person in that capacity and not know their agenda? Letter

Boogyman in the closetI see Alexander as a drooling, black monster hovering in the darkness waiting to snatch up young children to end up with glazed eyes and no thought processes of their own.

Being a conservative and wanting our government governing the country by the Constitution and not political correctness is not wrong, but this is where our elected’s have led our country. We get people that claim they are conservatives to run and they wear that badge proudly while campaigning, but when they leave for their state capitals and Washington they leave it on their dresser at home, tarnished and void of honesty. Remember we as Americans are operating under two different systems – one for them and one for us.  If we lie to the government it a felony, but if they lie to us it politics as usual.

Sadly and extremely dangerous has been the Charter/Choice agenda. John Oliver’s video here although a little brash is extremely truthful as to what is happening throughout the country in our Charter schools. The political push for our government to unite with corporate America using our children as “Human Collateral” is inhuman!

It’s not happening in just one state but all over the country and they are NOT being held accountable for their actions and our children are the ones suffering from all these grandiose ideas, thoughts and actions taking place across our country. Using our children for this should be an offense that comes with jail time. I forgot – child abuse does!

I rest my case!

 

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“The Chokehold on Our Children” Part 2

The ‘progressive’ movement has been a slow, evil virus which has floated over this country like a deadly cloud. It is a man, woman and child eating monster for anyone who is a patriot, Christian, conservative or just happens to not agree with them. It demands redistribution of wealth and loan shark style taxation – known and hidden. It wants your speech, guns and children to form another fascist/socialist/whatever you want to call it to control your very existence, just by a new name -New World Order and his brother in crime the One World Religion.

I call it Collectivism versus Individualism!

They have known for many, many years the road to accomplish this was through the education of your children using indoctrination.

Why the push on Charter Schools? Because they are an experiment which to date have proven they can create more scandals than all the traditional public schools in the country put together. They don’t tell you that do they?

Why is the Federal government pouring billions of $$ into Charter school funding and yet what they put in place to “fix” the traditional public schools is more Title I funds for low income which has never worked because at the same time they continue to tell them they will never get to college or make anything of themselves. They play games with the grade scoring, curriculum, go up and then down as a priority and continue to throw our money down the drain on junk ideas – hence no improvement.

The scandals – how do they happen? Go here – it is like reading a mystery novel! Pick your state or city and go for it!

Charter Choice 2How! By putting a financial chokehold on the Charter schools by getting in too deep because of the mega fees charged by the Management companies; creating inflammatory budgets and outlandish salary packages for principals; less than excellent teachers through Teach for America teachers rather than those educated to be teachers; far too lenient legislation leaving the elected boards with no actual control and when they do try to close a failing school, the state charter boards and management companies step in and beg to give a failing school another 2 years; charter school board members serving as board members of several schools within a management  company circle. One or two school board meetings a year; school principals without credentials – not to mention the real dirt!

Let’s take a look at New Orleans where after Katrina, their schools were so bad they decided the cure was to make the whole school district charter. The results have been devastating! Called the state-level Recovery School District it was originally presented as a temporary solution.

The purpose of government controlled school “they” told us was to prepare our children to be good citizens for the country and to be able to gain a college degree if they wished and go into the job market they wanted. They never wanted us to know that it was corporate whores who would be making all the decisions regarding our children’s education.

A clear danger sign of things to come for all parents should have been when the CEO of Exxon-Mobil wrote that threatening letter to the governor of PA to “get in line with the Common Core Standards” or else!

With many citizens displaced after Katrina and more than 7K citizens unemployed, most schools were taken away from local control, with no community input as the feds and venture philanthropists provided money for the development of charter schools with no comparable sum offered to rebuild the traditional public schools.

Now, New Orleans has a system of individual and charter management schools (CMO’s) where taxpayer and Parental Control has flown the coop.

Charter school vulturesWith limited public oversight and transparency, these CMOs have the control of the taxpayers money; teachers working 70+ hours a week; staffed primarily by young, non-local white teachers who have no idea how to equate to the black students in New Orleans. Teach for America (TFA) teachers have tripled with a large share of them in leadership positions with little or no experience. TFA teachers are working mostly in the “no excuses” charter schools including KIPP and Mastery Charter.

What are “no excuses” Charter schools? They claim that more rigorous and uniform teaching methods along with scripted curriculum geared to being successful on high-stakes tests is the path to success. It sounds great until you understand the path being used is a very deliberate behavior regime that they insist all the children follow which begins in kindergarten and consists of submission, obedience and self-control.

Not bad values until you understand this path also includes no opportunity for play, relaxation or extra-curricular activities because that is “wasted” time. And they are being tested, tested, tested!

It has also produced very high rates of suspension in these schools which in some cases is not being documented and is from the statistics, being aimed at the black students.

Don't Be Charter Fooled 2In 2 of the “no excuses” charter schools (KIPP and Mastery) data is no longer being used for “education quality”, but the very purpose of the school itself. With few exceptions, the curriculum is characterized by a narrow interpretation of state standards at the expense of all other material. Students rarely learn local history or current events. Instead, science and social studies were relegated to ancillary classes in the elementary school and reduced to the accumulation of vocabulary and lists of facts at the middle school.

What makes a No-Excuses School a No-Excuses School?

  • High behavioral and academic expectations for all students—these expectations are applied without exception for extenuating circumstance, hence the designation No-Excuses. No-Excuses. This means that no matter how troubling a student’s home-life may be, no matter what difficulties they may have to overcome in their neighborhood or family, a student is still expected to work hard and follow the school’s code of behavior. This attitude arises from an idealistic and, in fact, very radical assumption that lies at the heart of the No-Excuses movement: that every student, no matter what his or her background, is capable of high academic achievement and success in life.
  • A strict behavioral and disciplinary code that leaves little room for ambiguity or inconsistency—rules and punishments are laid out in Talmudic detail, usually in a document that is required—and tested—reading for all students and faculty at the beginning of the year. In many schools, tardiness, even by a couple of minutes, and uniform violation (a missing belt, bright nail-polish, etc.) lead to automatic detentions.

Silence seemed to be especially important in the hallways. At the sound of each bell at the middle school, students were expected to line up at “level zero” with their faces forward and hands behind their backs and, when given permission, step into the hallway and onto strips of black duct tape. There they waited for the command of an administrator: “John, you can move to your next class!

Students then marched until they reach the STOP sign on the floor. Then their pass is checked for hallway permission before moving on to the next class or “restroom” time. Behavior infractions are being administered through their iPhone for everyone to see.

“No excuses” is also being used to foster “social justice” of which they are told it is to help them get into college. Detroit’s story is as interesting and shows education has come to be an element of social justice robots.

Remind you of any the pictures you have seen of Hitler’s education?

Joan Goodman, a professor in the Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania (not one of my favorites but she is right here in this quote about the programs) “These schools start with the belief that there’s no reason for the large academic gaps that exist between poor minority students and more privileged children. They argue that if we just used better methods, demanded more, had higher expectations, enforced these higher expectations through very rigorous and uniform teaching methods and a very uniform and scripted curriculum geared to being successful on high-stakes tests, we can minimize or even eradicate these large gaps, high rates of drop outs and the academic failures of these children. To reach these objectives, these schools have developed very elaborate behavioral regimes that they insist all children follow, starting in kindergarten.”

Submission, obedience, and self-control are very large values being taught in the “no excuses” formatted Charter schools. They want kids to submit. You can’t really do this kind of instruction if you don’t have very submissive children who are capable of high levels of inhibition and do whatever they’re told.

“These schools are not geared to what students have to know – that is considered wasted time”. Play, relaxation or extra-curricular activities are not important. The view of time and strict discipline are related, by the way; in order to get these kids to attend over very long hours—they have extended days and extended weeks — you have to be tough with the kids, really severe. They want these kids to understand that when authority speaks you have to follow because that’s basic to learning.”

These schools also believe that behaviors that you might not think are directly related to academic learning can have a domino effect if left unaddressed. Getting up from your chair to go to the bathroom without explicit permission, for example, or not having your hands folded on your desk, or not looking at the teacher every minute, or not having your feet firmly planted on each side of the center of the desk are problematic behaviors. If you don’t conform to these rules then you are going to precipitate the next domino and the next domino. It’s going to have a cascading effect on your behavior and pretty soon you’re going to be very disruptive.

Discipline comes in the form of being isolated from the rest of the class – they have to wear different colored shirts, can’t talk even to ask questions, may sit on a lower bench than the other children. And it’s all about the deliberate shaming of the kids.

Mastery Charter Schools and Mastery Schools of Camden form a non-profit school network in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ serving over 10,500 students in grades K-12.  “Our mission is to ensure that all students learn the academic and personal skills they need to succeed in higher education, compete in the global economy and pursue their dreams. This begins in kindergarten!”  KIPP schools format seems to fall in line with Mastery!

For years now, advocates of the “no excuses” brand of charter school have denied the obvious.  While loudly proclaiming the test scores and graduation rates of the students who remain at their schools are at the top, they have denied that their application processes combined with the harsh discipline environments that emphasize extreme conformity to extreme behavioral expectations are forms of “cream skimming” designed to drive out students less likely to burnish their reputations as “miracle factories.” (Low income students – hence all the offers from the feds to place charters in low income areas).

These schools claim to be targeting the low-income students to help bring them up to a higher standard yet it is these very ‘rules’ that are helping them bring the ‘cream to the top’ without seeming biased or racially defined.  These schools rates for children suspended, expelled or leaving all together far exceed the national averages.

You have heard of the “cream” rising to the top haven’t you? Helps their data figures!

Part of the means of obtaining the “cream” in their schools, they use extreme in-school discipline tactics that emphasize how only a certain type of child is welcome in the school, and discipline is often coupled with overt and covert pressure for parents to transfer struggling students out.  The evidence is by now substantial that charter schools in the “no excuses” category seek different applicants to their schools via complicated procedures prior to admissions lotteries, and once students enter they quickly seek to push out students who will not fully and promptly comply with their expectations.

Charter schools will tell you more than 90% of their students are passing tests and almost 100% get into college. Reformers want you to believe they are a success and they will never tell you there is any dishonesty going on with testing and data. Where is the data to prove these statements?

Education Monsters 2People like Jeb Bush, Huckabee and all the Charter school management companies will tell you they are serving the same students as traditional public schools – they just know how to do it better. They will tell you one of their goals is to beat the standings of Finland but even they have learned testing, especially teaching to a test for better scores, proves nothing. When in a discussion with these reformers and you tell them their students are actually not doing any better, they will revert to comparing different management schools rather than as a whole.

Mastery Learning was first introduced in the 1920’s suggesting this was the way to tap into an individual’s potential for learning. In the early 1960s the idea of mastery learning was revived in the form of programmed instruction. Other names used in reference to this are Competency Based Education, Performance Based Education and Student Centered Learning.

More and more of the current Charter school models are using this failed form of education and at the same time using different names for the same ole thing. Referring to our children as “human capital” and given as proof of the mentality of that is the corporate intrusion into our education systems all over the country.

The real main problem of this education is Mastery Learning supports the ideology that the individual students meet certain standards or learning outcomes, but since our children are NOT common and do learn different things at different paces – hence the ongoing failure of the use of this method of teaching. A more complete description of Mastery Learning can be found here which also includes Block’s reasoning behind Mastery Learning.

The powers to be have been experimenting with this education game since the late 80’s – the thoughts in their minds since the early 1900’s. Each time the experiment was put in place it was a failure and they knew the only way they could get this implemented all over the country was in the way they did it.

Keep in mind that the schools which claim to be teaching social and moral values may not necessarily be what you think are right for your children. In today’s educational system the mindset seems to be a more free thinking system – one that is addressing issues which conflict with conservative morals and values. Parents need to really look inside these schools and not assume that because they are a charter or private school that they are better than the traditional school their child is currently attending.

The words Charter and Private are just words – what is important is what is happening behind the closed doors.

I still have not been able to come to terms with the fact that OUR Commissioners/superintendents of our children’s education (who are supposed to have an education background) would deliberately do this to our children. It still comes down to money, power and control which also makes it extremely evil. Anyone involved in this scheme doesn’t deserve our respect and need to be sent home – charged with treason would be too good for them!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/07/25/teacher-blasts-popular-classroom-training-program-it-is-turning-us-into-robots/

 

 

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Charter/Choice/Corruption and Egos = Gulen

 Gulen Trap Expands

Even the famous Marxist theoretician Antonio Gramsci was a deep opponent of “progressive” educational methods. He wrote: “The most paradoxical aspect is that this new type of school is advocated as being democratic, while in fact it is destined not merely to perpetuate social differences, but to crystallize them.” He rightly saw that “progressive” methods were of no help to the poor – only intensified it!

Lack of oversight and filling the wallets of legislators by Charter School Management companies is one of the biggest problems in our country today.  I should say after the unlawful intrusion of the Federal government into our children’s education however, this is a path to the Federal government’s total takeover of our education system. Along the way corruption is more the rule than the exception and one of the reasons Charter schools are failing.

One of our biggest dangers to the sovereignty of this country and the protection of our children is the Gulen Charter School system. The American Foreign Policy Council has stated:  “The Charter school experiment has resulted in the U.S. being the ONLY country in the world where the Gulen Movement has been allowed to establish their schools fully funded by the host country’s taxpayers.” Just how insane is that!

Futah 2The Gulen Movement is fantastic at advertising PR, and bestowing fake honors on their students, politicians, and local media and academia. Hizmet aka Gulen Movement will shamelessly act like satisfied American parents or students. They will lie, cajole, manipulate, bribe, blackmail, threaten, and intimidate to get their way which is to expand the Islamic movement through Gulen charter schools. If this doesn’t work they play victim and cry “islamophobia”. Beware of the Gulen propagandists and Gulen owned media outlets.

It should be noted that Turkey has transferred its alliance from Europe and the United States to Russia and Iran. It has moved toward friendship with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria and created a pervasive anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, and anti-America animus throughout the populace.

Just last year, the Senate introduced the The Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) bill,  S.153, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R), Sen. Jeff Flake (R), Sen. Marco Rubio (R), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D), Sen. Chris Coons (D), and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D), that would enable companies to hire an unlimited number of workers with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions in science, technology, engineering and math, which critics have said would turn some universities into diploma factories for foreign students. Currently, the first 20,000 H-1B applications for those with advanced STEM degrees are exempted.

Senators who have since signed onto S.153 are Republicans Kirk, Lee, Gardner, McCain, Heller and Ayotte with the addition of Democrat McCaskill and an Independent King. Thank the good Lord this bill has gone nowhere since January 29, 2015.

Hatch said he hoped the bill would be a gateway to “more progress” on a broader immigration bill and at the same time would increase the annual cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 115,000, reform student visas, “authorize employment for the dependent spouses of H-1B visas holders, and allow a grace period for foreign workers to “change jobs and not be out of status.”

It needs to be noted that 3 out of 4 Americans with STEM degrees do not hold a job in the STEM field.  It has been calculated that 100% of new hires in the tech industry could be guest workers if Congress continues to increase the number of H-1B visas, which would hold “down wages for both them and new hires and at the same time keep American jobs away from Americans.”

Someone who has found their way into using the H-1B visa program to their best interest is the Fethullah Gülen Movement (FGM).

What should be the greatest attention getters in this country in regard to Charter schools is the Gulen movement. And make no mistake, it is a movement. It is noted and proven their main goal in setting up these Charter schools around the country has been to revive and institute the Ottoman Empire here in America. At the same time, the Gulen Charter system is the largest user of the H-1B visas in this country.

Gulen Charter schools are receiving our tax dollars of which are in turn being turned over to the various Gulen foundations. Fethullah Gulen is referred to as a scholar by the media when in fact he only completed the sixth grade. According to his website he is an “authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology.”

According to U.S. Department of Labor data, as of 2012 almost one third of the applications that the Cosmos Foundation which oversees all the Gulen schools in Texas received were for positions not related to mathematics and science, such as art teachers, English teachers, history teachers, accountants, assistant principals, legal counsel, and public relations coordinators. Prior to receiving their visa status from the US, it was reported these future employees had already been accepted into Harmony Charter system when their job positions changed, and that Harmony always promotes from within.

From 2001 to August 2010 the Cosmos Foundation had filed 1,157 H1-B visa applications, and it had imported 731 employees under the H1-B visa, a higher number than all of the other providers of secondary education in the United States combined.  By 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor certified 1,197 H1-B visa applications from Cosmos.

It is to be noted that foreign-educated teachers who would like to teach in U.S. public schools (K-12th grade) must also be certified by the state where they would like to work. Be aware though that some Gulen schools operate under the assumption that just because the school has been granted a certification from the U.S. Labor Department for a certain number of teachers that that qualifies and enables them to teach without certification. Parents should ask to see the certification of all H-1B teachers no matter where they teach.

July, 2015, Turkey’s President Erdogan stated the United States fosters the Gulen movement by allowing them to be in this country. Erdoğan stated that the Gülen Movement operates over 160 charter schools in the U.S. which receives state funding. With regards to how Turkey was dealing with the Gülen Movement and its network of schools, Erdoğan said that the U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen, had “ran away” to the U.S. in 1999, and then established between 150 and 160 schools on U.S. soil.

Fethullah Gulen was forced to leave Turkey having been accused of infiltrating key institutions, including police, judiciary and bureaucracy inside Turkey and trying to take over the country.

The president said that the so-called Gülen Movement was earning huge sums of money through these networks of schools. The Turkish government accuses the Gülen Movement of infiltrating key institutions, including police, judiciary and bureaucracy inside Turkey. “The key point in [winning the] battle with them was the prep schools,” Erdoğan said. “They earned around a billion Turkish liras [around $386 million] from such prep schools. We have shut them down and it was handled,” he added.

Gates MonsterWould it surprise you to know that “not really such a nice guy to our children”, Bill Gates through his Gates Foundation and the Texas High School Project in 2007 shelled out $10,550,000 to the Gulen’s Cosmos Foundation? It certainly doesn’t surprise me since Gates through his foundation has funded everything evil in regard to our children for years – especially through education (CCSS).

The Internal Revenue Service Form 990 for Cosmos shows that as of 2010 the Cosmos Foundation received $41,570,721 from taxpayers. These Gulen schools around the country are also eligible for Title I funds.

An audit done of the Harmony Charter school system and the Cosmos Foundation which was released in July 2012 was done by the TEA and announced that $186,197 in federal grant funds intended to improve education of low income and disabled children was misspent, with 34% of examined expenses being misspent, or 16.1% of the total expenses associated with the grants being misspent. The TEA deemed this “unallowable.” The TEA found that, on one occasion, a campus not eligible for Title I funds received Title I funds. In another, grant funds were used to cover payroll costs, a manner not allowed.

What did the TEA do about it?  There is no documentation to be found that shows the Cosmos Foundation and/or Harmony Charter school system was ever required to pay the Federal government back the misspent funds.

Now it has come to our attention Congress has been taking Gulen funded vacations to Turkey and not all of this activity is being properly documented. Surprised? I’m not!

The teachers, men and women, are allowed to begin teaching immediately (certification?) and these teachers are expected to give back to the school 30-40% of their salary. This money is placed into a secret fund which is used for the Gulen movement.

Gulen Charter schools are the largest charter network in the country and recently red flags have been raised by the FBI. They now have decided to investigate for immigration fraud as well as a misuse of taxpayer $$.  Remember these students are receiving taxpayer dollars as in any other Charter school, but the teachers are having to give back a large portion of their salaries which goes into a secret Gulen movement fund and these funds are taxpayer funds.

Gulen powers to be admit most of the Gulen schools claim to be STEM schools and that is the reason they need to use Turkish teachers. Critics also find it hard to believe that qualified American teachers in math and science are hard to find. One would hope though that American teachers are smart enough to stay away from the likes of Fethullah and his cult.

A former president of the parent’s group at the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania Charter School, Ruth Hocker started asking questions when popular, certified American teachers were replaced by uncertified Turkish men who often spoke limited English and were paid higher salaries. Most were placed in math and science classes.

I had previously reported on this blog about school parents describing how uncertified teachers on H-1B visas were moved from one charter school to another when their “emergency” teaching credentials expired and they told of a pattern of sudden turnovers of Turkish business managers, administrators, and board members. They always know how to play the system!

According to one U.S. government document, Gülenist’s use their school worldwide network (including dozens of schools in the U.S.) to cherry-pick students they think are susceptible to being molded as proselytizers and we have steadily heard reports about how the schools indoctrinate boarding students.”

The movement targets youth in the eighth through twelfth grades, mentor and indoctrinate them in the ışıkevi (Illuminated),  educate them in the Fethullah schools, and prepare them for future careers in legal, political, and educational professions in order to create the ruling classes of the future Islamist, Turkish state.”

Even more telling is a comment from Nurettin Veren, Gulen’s right hand man for 35 years who said: “These schools are like shop windows. Recruitment and Islamization are carried out through night classes.

Additionally, many of these students take 10-day summer trips to Turkey and you have to wonder where the heads of their parents are – even as to why they would place their child in an Islamic school. One teacher reported her class won a free cultural trip to Turkey through an art contest sponsored by a Gülen organization called the Atlantic Institute. They openly admit some of the founders and donors of the Institute are inspired by the values of the Hizmet Movement (Turkish for ‘service’) also called Gulen Movement.

Atlantic Institute tells you that the Hizmet Movement is a values-driven social movement and philosophy that advances interfaith dialogue, education and community service as tools to build a better and more harmonious society. The movement was inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Fethullah Gulen.

Teachers reported they were taken on a 10-day death march through Turkey and then after having been deprived of food the Gülenist’s hosts brought us to a building called the Journalist and Writer’s “light house” which was a compound. This is where we got the cult spiel for 2 hours. The speaker told us, ‘Fethullah Gülen, he is the imam that sheds light on the dark waters of our time,'” said the teacher.

“This trip was not about a moderate message of interfaith dialogue or Turkish culture. The whole purpose was to promote the imam Fethullah Gülen,” said the teacher.

The Gülen movement is a transnational religious and social movement led by Turkish Islamic scholar and preacher Fethullah Gülen. The movement has no official name but it is usually referred to as Hizmet (“the Service”) by its followers and as Cemaat (“the Community/Assembly”) by the broader public in Turkey.

Futhullah Gulen Graham FullerAt the same time, the U.S. government is allowing Fethullah Gülen to live in exile from his own country hidden away from the public eye in Saylorsburg, PA. Why do you suppose this is? Would it catch your eye if I tell you that the CIA was responsible for giving Gulen his hiding place from his own country? Under the excuse of “for health reasons”, truth be known Gulen’s health problem is diabetes and can be taken care of in almost any country.

Where is the U.S. State Department in all this?  Another case of the U.S. thinking they know who the leader of a country should be? Approval has to come through them for international education programs to be in this country. Is the State Department aware of what is happening or is this just part of more of the same with a dabble of corruption?

The Gülen movement’s ultimate goal is to open charter schools in the U.S., to funnel U.S. tax dollars back into the Gülen movement in Turkey. They skim just enough off the public taxpayers from these charter schools so it won’t look suspicious.”

Additionally, our government is providing opportunities to the Gulen movement because the US government has failed to deal with radical Islam. The US government is under the impression that the FGM is the answer for moderate Islam since Gulen pretends to promote dialog among the faiths.

This is a fatal mistake because in Islam, there is no dialog, there is no moderation. The Qur’an states and Muslims believe that every human being needs to convert to Islam sooner or later, otherwise, they all deserve to die. This is not a joke, nor a foolish statement. This is what all kids who receive Qur’an training before they reach the age of 12 believe.

As Gulen Schools slowly but surely move forward in their operations in the US, the main idea is to bring up more graduates of FGM who may in the future become the leaders of the US. Fethullah Gulen’s next school, The Harmony School of Political Science in Austin TX, being built is just a clue to prove my point.

Last year, FBI agents carried out raids to 19 Gulen Charter schools in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio as part of an “ongoing white-collar crime matter.”  The lack of transparency linked to these schools and the Gulen movement should be of major concern to all Americans especially those who have their children in these schools. Of major concern with all Gulen schools is the financial flow of taxpayer dollars and the lack of oversight and transparency.

The way they are using our taxpayer $$, the hierarchy, their pursuit of buying political influence leave enough reason in the minds of reasonable people that these Charter schools need to be closed down. Tax payers are actually being forced without their knowledge to support this Islamic movement within our own borders. Is there something more insidious going on here?

The use of the Islamic practice of taqiyya or “deception” to mask the true nature of the schools has been upheld by Gulen himself. In 1999 Turkish television aired footage of Fethullah Gülen delivering “sermons” which revealed his plan to implement Sharia in America:

  • You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 in Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is in confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—just as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.”

America – wake up!

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THE LIFE OF AMENDMENT 8 – You Thought It Was Over!

I apologize to my readers for this article being about Florida. However, since that is where I live and where most of the corruption and plans to destroy our children’s future’s originates, I hope that by informing you of the measures our legislature is taking in ruining our children’s futures – you will also take a long hard look at your state to see if you are becoming a ‘copycat’!  Amendment 8 to FL SB 1552!

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In 1999, Jeb Bush pushed through the legislature an “Opportunity Scholarship Program” that gave students in “failing” public schools state funding for tuition at religious and other private academies. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and other allied groups immediately challenged the voucher scheme in state court.  After years of legal wrangling, the Florida Supreme Court finally struck down the program in January 2006. The 5-2 court majority said vouchers violated a provision of the state constitution requiring a uniform system of free public schools.

Our new governor, Jeb Bush, stated vouchers will help parents rescue their children from chronically failing schools. If we have chronically failing schools, then the State of Florida and its legislators have failed to live up to what is expected by all Florida residents. A voucher allowing public money to be used in private schools defies the very definition of PRIVATE SCHOOLS. This money should be used to take all these failing and critically low-performing schools to a higher standard than we have today and get our legislators out of the BUSINESS of EDUCATION.

Jeb Bush reportedly was livid about the FL Supreme Court’s decision and vowed to press for a constitutional amendment, but he found it more difficult in the state legislature than expected. In May 2006, the proposed constitutional amendment fell short by one vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, despite a lot of hardball political pressure from the governor and his allies.

Bush then went for Plan B – after leaving office in Jan 07, he & his top advisers crafted a back-door maneuver to revise the state constitution and advance vouchers. They decided to stack the state’s 25 member Taxation and Budget Reform Commission  (TBRC) which meets every 20 years & has the power, by a two-thirds vote, to place initiatives directly on the ballot, bypassing the legislature and other governmental checks and balances.

Commission members were appointed by then governor Charlie Crist (Bush arranged with Crist to appoint Greg Turbeville, a former Bush policy director, the Senate president Ken Pruitt and the House speaker Marco Rubio who helped the scheme along by appointing Bush education adviser Patricia Levesque and other voucher fans). In all, “nine Bush-era acolytes with financial ties to voucher groups who stood to gain financially” were appointed to the Commission!

Bopsey Twins

Once again the FL Supreme Court stepped in and prior to the 2008 election, they ruled that the TBRC had exceeded its narrow authority of dealing with issues related to taxation or the state budgetary process in proposing the two initiatives and removed them from the ballot.

In the Spring of 2010, the Florida Legislature considered two resolutions (amendments) which, if passed, would have placed a ballot initiative similar to the TRBC’s Amendment 7 on the ballot. The legislation failed to advance beyond the Rules Committee in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Now we are back to the table again and in the Spring of 2011, the Florida Legislature approved a resolution to place Amendment 7 on the November 2012 ballot. Amendment 7, similar to the church-state related constitutional provisions considered by the TBRC and the Florida legislature, would strip the Florida Constitution of its long standing church-state separation provision. The Amendment was designed to eliminate religious freedom protections currently in place in Florida and open the back door to taxpayer funded vouchers for private and religious schools. The Amendment would eviscerate protections in place governing partnerships between the state and private or religiously affiliated organizations, (possibly even permitting taxpayer money to flow directly to houses of worship). The Amendment is the first step towards permitting private school vouchers.

In July of 2011, Florida parents and clergy, as well as representatives of school administrators, teachers, and school boards, filed a lawsuit in Leon Circuit Court seeking to remove Amendment 7 from the November 2012 general election ballot.

The lawsuit made two claims. First, the plaintiffs contended that the language that will appear on the 2012 ballot doesn’t accurately describe what the amendment, if adopted, will actually do. In short, they argued that the ballot language was misleading. Second, the plaintiffs argued that the process set in place by the legislature for fixing misleading ballot language violates the separation of powers. The current law would have allowed the Attorney General to rewrite Amendment 8 if the Court had found it to be defective. The Plaintiffs argued that the Attorney General (a member of the Executive Branch) lacks the power to rewrite the language, as only the legislature can approve ballot language.

Judge Terry P. Lewis of the Second Judicial Circuit of Leon County ruled that the language that was slated to appear on the actual ballot to explain Amendment 7 was misleading and ordered Attorney General Pam Bondi to make the changes and hence, Amendment 7 came back as Amendment 8 in 2012. http://www.au.org/content/legal-challenge

But wait, vouchers have already been ruled as unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court stating they violated a provision of the state constitution requiring a uniform system of free public schools. However, Amendment 8 is focusing on vouchers to be used by PRIVATE and RELIGIOUS AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS!

http://www.redefinedonline.org/2012/07/floridas-amendment-8-is-not-about-private-school-vouchers/

Then in April 2014, the voucher hypocrisy of Jeb Bush supporter Florida legislators gave us vouchers despite the fact the voters in 2013 turned it down by a decisive margin and the FL Supreme Court had ruled it unconstitutional.

You see here in Florida it is not about the children, but “whatever Jeb Bush wants, Jeb Bush gets – sooner or later and by hook or by crook! Cons to this scam:

  • Private schools have little to no accountability requirements as to having certified teachers. Taxpayer funds should never be made available to private or parochial schools. (In the 2012 Voucher amendment, 2 of the 3 legislative writers of the amendment are Catholic).
  • The untruth passed through the halls of the legislature were that the parents wanted a push for STEM ((Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) when it originated within the Federal government. Teaching children science and history that is corrupt is not the way to equip them for the modern world unless the intention is indoctrination or you plan for them to be in the fields and factories anyway.
  • Programs for private schools are sometimes attractive to parents precisely because they are free of the innumerable unfunded mandates and endless testing inflicted on public schools. Parents are NOT checking with the private and parochial schools to see if they participated in the RTTT grant games and a good share of them did take money from the federal government which means CC.
  • And last but certainly not least, private school vouchers defy the Florida Constitution, which states that it is the state’s paramount duty to have a uniform system of high quality, free public schools. Corporate tax vouchers create a dual system that is profoundly unfair, dangerous and is intended not to benefit our children, but to fill the wallets of legislators and their corporate cronies along with filling another dream of Jeb Bush’s.

In a poll taken by Sunshine State News in April 2014 showed 55% of those participating were against vouchers, 42% supported and 2% were undecided. So again we must ask who is the FL legislature working for. With Andy Gardiner (R) now the head of the Fl Senate and a strong supporter of education privatization our children are in serious trouble.

One thing taxpayers must remember when it comes to education in Florida is that our system is set up that the governor in the end CHOOSES who will be our Commissioner of Education and APPOINTS the State School Board. Cronyism? Where else do you know that an APPOINTED state school board can overrule a district ELECTED school board?

Charters make up a disproportionate number of F-rated schools within the state and you never hear about all their failures and always with the excuse that they enroll students who have struggled in traditional schools and that they are in the low-income areas and were set up for failure from the start. I ask those parents if that is the right mentality to start a school with and is that what they are projecting to their students?

But then you have charters where they are earning A’s. In some cases, as with magnet schools, that’s the result of cherry-picking good students with motivated parents. Charter Management companies have even found ways to weed out the lower achieving students to help make their overall grade look better – yet it is the charter school which have all the unaccountability, uncertified teachers and in some cases uncertified schools themselves.

A warning to parents who are choosing the voucher approach to educate your child if they fall into the category of ‘English Language Learners’ (ELL). In the state of Florida there are laws in place that cover this in a ‘traditional public school’.

When your child goes to a school where vouchers are used for payments, all bets are off when it comes to these rules, and it’s because these schools are private and are not required to comply with state ESOL rules.

Another failure by our legislature is instead of insisting that students going to private schools with public money take the same standardized tests that public school kids take, the legislature would use public money to pay the Learning System Institute at Florida State University to do annual reports on the performance and learning gains of voucher students.  So they are going to use additional taxpayer money to ‘assess’ the performance of the children being school on the voucher system?

Now we are back to the Florida State Constitution which states ALL children must be treated the same! I do believe we have some laws suits floating around again!

So in essence children going to a private school by voucher do not have to take the FL standardized tests but a child with disabilities who are in alternate schools do. In case you aren’t aware, so are hundreds and hundreds of students who are classified as not liking school, truant, 1-2 years behind their peers, or just normally cannot pass a test.

(Yet the FL Statutes clearly states all testing is mandatory and Commissioner Stewart has stated there will be consequences for anyone not participating in the testing process. She however fails to tell parents what those consequences are).

These children are housed in traditional and charter school settings within normally un-used buildings all over the state never having to take another test, not show graduation rates, but we are paying for their bus transportation not only to school but to work. For you see these students are actually in ‘school-to-work’ schools – not technical schools just school where the most important agenda is them working in a McDonald’s, Burger King, car wash – not very often in an office and certainly not in training that would support them.

And most certainly do not call one of these school principals and ask any questions. Not only do they become rude and unaccountable, but in some cases will even tell you they don’t have to answer your questions and they send you to your district board to try and find out who is overseeing the program.

Now the current chapter in Florida’s charter/voucher corruption, the legislators are using the basic format of Amendment 8 from the 2012 election cycle and putting it in SB 1552.

With an ongoing Republican control in the Florida Senate and House, parents best start forming home school coalitions and tap into the ‘good’ teachers who have quit teaching because of Common Core and the antics in Tallahassee.

Parents it is impossible to make this stuff up and we must come together and stop this madness. I don’t care what your party affiliation is, your nationality, or your race – I care about the futures of our children.

 

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Charter School Gravy Train and the Total Ruination of American Education by Treachery Part 2

Then comes an even warmer New York City day in August when the investors have all gathered in a tiny private club in Manhattan so eager to hear about the next “cash cow”, and education consultant Rob Lytle was happy to oblige.

Rob Lytle Parthenon GroupLytle, his suit neatly pressed to honor a king stated proudly, “Think about the upcoming rollout of the new national academic standards for public schools. If they’re as rigorous as advertised, a huge number of schools will suddenly look really bad with their students testing way behind in reading and math. And private, for-profit vendors, (Public Private Partnerships) (PPP), selling lesson plans, educational software and student assessments will be right there to provide it.”

Before we go any further, maybe we should take a look at Rob Lytle. He is employed by the Parthenon Group and is the Co-Head of the Education Practice Department along with Karen Khemka. Lytle states he has led client engagements on general strategy, performance improvement, and investment due diligence across a broad spectrum of educational organizations.

In reality, “a guy who likes to play with the big business boys and is joined by Public Private Corporations involving them in co-businesses using our children as their ‘human collateral’”. Their words, not mine.

Lytle goes on to tell them to imagine what this could mean for their “bottom-line”. IF these new standards are as rigorous as advertised, the schools are all going to look bad and they’ll need help quick. And we can be right there to provide it.”

 You start to see the entire ecosystem of investment opportunity lining up. It could get really, really big.”

 And indeed, investors of all stripes could just smell the big profit potential in public education. They could already hear the “cha-ching”!  They were like a bunch of high school boys getting ready for their first prom visualizing their evening expectations.

Never ever forget there has been a massive national and international organized plan to privatize education which has been in the process of being implemented over several decades. Billionaires such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie, Broad Foundation, Bush Dynasty and the Pearson Corporation among others, have infiltrated hundreds of governmental bodies including school boards, city and county councils and other sections of our local, state and federal government.

You don’t think former President Johnson pulled the original ESEA out of his hat do you? Then there’s George H.W. Bush first talk about Charter schools and volunteerism to be used toward a student gaining their diploma.

Ever since the Carnegie Foundation put out their 1934 Report on the Commission on Social Studies things regarding education have been headed down a slippery slope.

“The True Goal of School Choice by Charlotte Iserbyt is extremely telling!

The goal is to turn the education system into a for-profit center worth tens of billions of dollars while at the same time turning our kids into “worker-bees” for the factories and fields. They can spout all they want to about 21st Century College and Career Readiness and fancy acronyms like STEM, but if this were true then why in the world would our children be learning Skinnerian Outcome Based Education through the CCS and at the same time masquerading that Charter/Choice is the better road to take.

Charter, Private and Parochial schools are using the CCS – so ask yourself, what is the point of all this?

FutahHave you all forgotten we have foreign Gulen Charter schools in this country with the blessings of the U.S. State Department and they are also funded by YOUR tax dollars? What is wrong with American parents to think it is “kool” for their kids to attend an Islamic school when they are not Islamic and to allow their child to travel to Turkey for 4-5 weeks during the summer for private indoctrination?

Has everyone lost their minds?

Parents and school administrators all over the country think it makes them special to be associated with the International Baccalaurate program. Never mind the school district don’t care they are spending millions upon millions of dollars on this program with no superior results. Most parents are not even aware their tax dollars are being used to pay for the program nor do they care. And they certainly are not looking at what the program is subtlety teaching them. Try looking up GAIA for their Science.

The U.S. State Department also has allowed the UN/UNESCO proprietary curriculums to be implemented in our schools and there is even less control of these programs in the Charter schools.

There are also criminal elements of which have been allowed and encouraged politicians to personally benefit from using their public positions to profit from their votes and actions. http://youtu.be/JAeRbh1KVkg

Lytle states the K-12 market is tantalizingly huge! He states:

“According to the NCES the U.S. spends more than $591B a year to educate kids from ages five through 18. The entire education sector, including college and mid-career training represents nearly 11% of the U.S. gross domestic product, more than the energy or technology sectors.

Traditionally, public education has been a tough market for private firms to break into – fraught with politics, tangled in bureaucracy and fragmented into tens of thousands of individual schools and school districts from coast to coast.

Now investors are signaling optimism that the “golden calf” has arrived. They’re pouring private equity and venture capital into scores of companies that aim to profit by taking over broad swaths of public education.”

WOW! ‘If I were a rich man, yubby, dibby, dibby, dibby, dum’!

The very simple fact is the education system did NOT even begin to fail until the Federal government got their hands on the education of our children. They touch nothing they don’t ruin. Public education is not broken. It is not failing or declining – it is the curriculum, standards and object of controlling our children’s lives that has failed and the “reformers” looking to manage everything for their share of the “pot”.

Might I add it is these intrusive market-based “reformers” that have allied themselves with those who have long sought to destroy public education who are the monsters here.

All this has caused exactly what you would expect. With the transfer of public funds to private management companies/groups, and the creation of thousands of deregulated, unsupervised, and unaccountable charter schools it has opened the public coffers to profiteering, fraud, scandals and exploitation by large and small entrepreneurs. All with the encouragement of almost ALL elected legislators.

A conference at the NY University Club billed as a how-to on “private equity investing in for-profit education companies”, drew a full house of over 100 attendees.

You can be sure your children are headed for real problems when your state passes legislation to cover every “nook and cranny” of the public-private dealings in your state – especially if they are given carte blanche as they were in Florida.

Do you for one minute think these corporations care about your child’s success or failure in education or anything else for that matter?

In the venture capital world, transactions in the K-12 education sector soared to a record $389M in 2013, up from a mere $13M in 2005.

Do you realize that is a 3,000% increase in 6 years on the backs of YOUR children? This figure is expected to reach over $788B by next year.

And what do you get from the business world if you fight back? A nasty letter from the CEO of ExxonMobil to the governor of your state threatening to take their business elsewhere!

The rise and growth of the for-profit education industry has some really hard hitters on their side. They seek out different ways to sell products to schools and school districts, selling a variety of programs to match the Common Core Standards, even writing lucrative deals for charter school properties, data mining and investing in various Charter School Management Companies.

The goal for them:  an education revolution in which public schools outsource to private vendors such critical tasks as teaching math, educating disabled students, even writing report cards, said Michael Moe, of GSV Capital, a Silicon Valley type investment firm from Chicago which invests heavily in education start-ups including Knewton Inc. and Avenues, a New York–based private for-profit school with plans to expand into a global chain. (Tuition for the 2014-2015 year is $43,400 plus another $2,200 for snacks, athletic uniforms, and lap tops, etc.) Before and after school programs and transportation are optional). There is no doubt that you can make a lot of money in the business of education.

I know this article is about Charter schools, but it is also about the $$ flowing around our children like a cold cloud. I hit pay dirt today. If you have followed my postings these past few years you know I name names and two of my favorite names are Jeb Bush and Chris Whittle. And this will end back up in Charter schools.

Chris Whittle, Chairman and CEO of Avenues, is best known for his founding of the Edison Charter Schools in 1992 (now Edison Learning).  Now I know where a good share of his funding came from.

Whittle who presents himself as a “mild-mannered” genial man with his bow-ties and cardigan sweaters, is in fact a troublemaker who has had the reputation of getting himself swallowed up by hornet’s nests since his first business venture right after college. I’m going to stick to the one regarding Edison Charter Schools – also one of the first Charter school failures.

In 1989, Whittle Communication tanked and problems were uncovered having to do with the company’s accounting (they hadn’t paid state taxes dues) and Whittle was described by auditors as grandiose, profligate and self-deluded. The assets were split up, liquidated and their massive headquarters sold.

In 1991, with Whittle Communications still hanging on by a thread, it was re-named the Edison Project (or Edison Schools Inc., or Edison Learning – they were changing so fast) and began his first education involvement as a for-profit education management company. The initial idea was to create a network of 1,000 newly built private schools within a decade, but as the privatization drive picked up steam, he saw an opening in simply managing existing public schools for local governments. Charter Schools – he is a personal friend of Jeb Bush!

Making the circle of friends included the involvement of Tom Ingram (campaign manager and chief of staff to former TN governor and U.S. Secretary of Education from 1991-1993, Lamar Alexander), Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. (co-founder of Avenues), John Chubb (political scientist from the Hoover & Brookings Institutes), and Chester E. Finn, Jr. (assistant secretary of education to former presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush). Originally founded around the idea of school vouchers, Edison primarily contracted with school districts on the basis of performance partnerships, alliances, and charter school establishments.

The company never posted a profit and in 2001 the share’s reached $36 and plummeted another 95% in 2002 promoting a management buyout.

Roger Milliken, an 87-year-old textile and chemical mogul was rumored to be considering bailing Whittle out. Whittle was embarrassed for being known to being courted by a notorious right-wing radical with news stories and editorials saying Whittle’s business plan was to depend on “old fashioned panhandling”.

Christopher Byron, an old friend of Whittle, noted all of Whittle’s business failures and his inability to generate profit. He went on to remark that Edison’s business plan in reality was nothing more than relying on philanthropy and would be “inherently” nonmarket based. Elaborating on the charge of “panhandling,” Byron wrote:

What else would you call it when a NASDAQ listed company, which is presumably in business to make a profit, cannot even sell its service to nearly 20 percent of its clients, let alone make any money for itself thereafter, without first soliciting the indirect support of various philanthropic foundations around the country?

At the same time Byron was showing how Whittle was failing to operate Edison truly like a business, others were highlighting exactly the different ways “for-profit” schooling was rendering public schools unaccountable by subjecting them to the whims of the market and lack of transparency.

To paint you a clearer picture, Edison under the leadership of Whittle, had by September, 2002 accumulated $276.3M in debt dating back to 1996 plus another $61.8M in losses prior to 1996.

Chris WhittleAlso in 2002 as Edison was scrambling for capital, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Edison was settling a claim for misrepresenting corporate income to investors. The investigation revealed Edison had been counting “state” to “teacher” payments as company income despite the fact Edison never received that money. Edison failed to disclose that as much as 41 percent of its revenue that year consisted of money that it never saw, a sum of $154 million.

There is far too much to try and share with you about this company and the deceitful practices of Chris Whittle. I think you get the picture. His charter schools around the country were beginning to break their contracts giving their reasons as finances and lack of performance.

Kenneth Saltman who wrote a book about the Edison Schools stated: “what is happening is Edison had failed to achieve both its original mission and its financial goals”. The original mission was to privatize public schools through voucher schemes.

That turned into running public schools through performance contracting.

Edison, which was eventually made private in 2003 in a buyout facilitated by Liberty Partners on behalf of the Florida Retirement System and the three pension fund trustees, then Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. This involved using the pension investments from the state’s public school teacher’s pension fund. The trustee’s tried to ward off objections stating “that would be playing politics”.

Make no mistake – this deal was financed with retirement funds of Florida teachers and other state employees against their loud and hardy protests. The Public employees and their unions had absolutely nothing to say about the deal and Whittle came away from this deal with a promised $600K per year and a bonus worth nearly triple his base pay!

All the protests made to Bush by teachers, federal employees plus retirees fell on deaf ears. Even Florida Education Association spokesperson Mark Pudlow said that Bush “has had a strong privatization agenda.”

The wheels of the money go round and round, round and round!

This is a political/business game! Politician’s pass the legislation in favor of the management companies so they can make more money and in turn the management company gives the politicians more money so he in turn will present more legislation making the management company’s job easier for them to make more money so they can give more to the politician to then again!

Whittle and Edison are not unique. There are scandals galore in all forms all over the country. You should be checking on the Charter Management companies in your state and make every effort to protect your children. There are far too many charter schools failing for numerous reasons which far exceed regular public schools and who is paying for all this manipulation – your children!

 

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A STEP CLOSER to HITLER TYPE NATIONALIZED EDUCATION

As I discover or I am given leads to information that is rotten for America, especially when it comes to the education of our children, I can’t help but wonder how much more is out there waiting for the “ruination train” to pull into the station.

Change Agent ManToday we have Progressivism/Socialism being taught by teachers from kindergarten through college which in actuality is not teaching but indoctrination. It has been happening for years, but now the politicians and corporate giants are making BIG money from it. You will even see some cooperation between the 2 parties in relationship to this money pot called education.

Remember, the Republican Party came out with “no support” for the Common Core Standards but did NOTHING to stall, stop or defund anything that was linked to it.

Hitler would be proud of what has happened in America. The federal government, the unions and teaching colleges have done a number on education in America when you compare it to what he did with Hitler’s Youth. We aren’t there yet, but we certainly are close.

Hitlers children 2“From a sociological point of view, education is a process by which and through behavior changes are brought about in the individual in relation to the group in which he lives and comes into contact”. Looking at Nazi education through this sociological framework, one is better able to understand not only how Hitler rose to power, but how the sweeping changes he made to the educational system allowed for the systematic indoctrination of a nation.

Hitler’s system of education believed that a person who was less educated, but more physically healthy was of more value to the movement than someone who was intellectually strong but physically weak. They are called bullies! This rugged and mindless type of individual was considered to be the ideal candidate to forge into a tool for conquest and domination. To a young child, this sounds like a wonderful, controlling (on their part) way of life.

Brown Shirts

Brown Shirts are Blue(Remember, Obama has his own trained “BROWN shirts”). The shirts may not always be brown, but the message is there. Through the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), we have been given what Obama called for during his candidacy, a civilian homegrown army. What role are the children to play in this? These are not high school or college graduates but, those who have spent most of their lives playing kill games and watching kill & horror movies feeling no attachment to the end results. Do you really think they will hesitate to take a gun to their neighbors especially when they are young (16-24), no feelings, paid and made to feel important. Most of them are also very immature.

And the Federal government wants to talk about gun control? What about putting guns in the hands of these children to be used against their fellow Americans? They don’t want to arm teachers but will older students! Large populations of our children are so messed up they don’t know their right hand from their left. They certainly cannot make change in a store or answer a direct question in detail unless you give them multiple choice answers.

In Hitler’s schools intellectual development was not a priority. The curriculum privileged physical strength and robot-like obedience to Nazi ideologies was the priority. Academic studies were dominated by Nazi themes of racial struggle and German pride. Graduates would be the brutally efficient leaders of this new order.

Hitler understood that the most efficient way to unify Germany was through a new educational regime controlled by his new “government”. This system was based in a kind of multi-pronged fundamental revisionism.

Our politicians might begin to tread lightly since part of this new organizational movement eliminated all political parties and created a regime which had no political party, only underlings of Hitler’s choosing and a government which was not a government but a form of religion with Hitler as its God and the Nazi ideology as its Gospel.

Sounds like the groundwork for a New World Order.

Socialist, advocate of cradle to grave socialism, control freak and advocate of local control of education, Marc Tucker, has tried to destroy the education system in this country for years. He wrote the letter to Hillary laying out the groundwork for Bill Clinton’s School-to-Work Act and used an outcome-based education experiment around the country in the 80’s and 90’s which on every occasion failed miserably leaving their education systems in shambles. Tucker once said, “The United States will have to largely abandon the beloved emblem of American education: local control.”

Marc S TuckerMarc Tucker has posted several articles on the “Core Knowledge” curriculum blog endorsing the Common Core and Charter schools. My warning to some of you has been to repeatedly warn you about the use of Core Knowledge curriculum as a means of stating a charter school is teaching “Classical” education. How can they be teaching classical education if they are using Common Core aligned curriculums?

Bill Korach and Dr. Jerry Merckel of Florida have been traveling all over pushing Classical Charter schools especially Great Heart and those from the Barney Group of Hillsdale College. Both schools are using Core Knowledge and touting they are teaching “classical” education.

Merckel was a Univ. of Florida professor in the Engineering Dept. and was teaching a class on Venture Studies, conservative and a tea party supporter. He along with Bill Korach of Florida (Report Card) are laying out their new program that has been formed to help local groups form Classical Charter Schools in their community. Classical education is a good thing, but when you are basing your support on Charter School Management Companies using Core Knowledge it certainly is not.

Again, Charlotte Iserbyt, long time researcher and I will remind you “charters can and do operate outside of local control, citizen oversight, voter accountability, and parental scrutiny. Read here of another Charter school horror. A must read for all!

AlexanderCurrently we have Senator Lamar Alexander, who has forever, pushed for national control of our children through education, and is pushing through a new bill which is a Re-authorization of the ESEA. Understand, it is being amended, not presented as an amendment. This bill is on the fast track and is being scheduled to come out for a vote by the end of March. John Kline, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee stated last week he plans to have that bill on the House floor by the end of March.

Reminding you that Alexander is very pro charter schools and cradle to grave 24/7 education stated last year he would propose sweeping VOUCHER legislation which could allow families to use their share of the federal funding – about $2,100 per student – for private school tuition, and tutoring, extra-curricular enrichment.

His plan is to give 11,000,000 students in poverty (again low-income) a voucher to go to “whatever accredited institution they want”. The $24B package only gives $2,100 per student. Of course the rest of the tuition will come from the “School District of Record” meaning about $100 Billion will “follow the child”. Don’t these legislators ever think maybe a middle class kid would like to go to whatever school they want to?

A Hand UpYou all know how I feel about the use of (low-income) strategies in the progressive move of our education system. I have found the attitude and actions of a “hand up” rather than a “hand out” goes further in building a child’s self-confidence, self-pride and motivation rather than keeping them in the “you can’t do it hole”

No the middle class parents get to work and pay for all the handouts!

Bottom line: the Alexander plan will destroy public education in the U.S.

Do not be fooled again – this is NOT a conservative plan, but a radical one. It will spend public dollars to backwoods churches, and ambitious entrepreneurs.

NO HIGH PERFORMING NATION IN THE WORLD HAS VOUCHERS.

Is there party collusion going on here? It can’t be true that some of the Republicans would be showing their Progressive side and be agreeing with Arne Duncan on anything. But they are!

Duncan is calling for repealing and replacing the No Child Left Behind federal education law and doing a significant rewrite of the federal education law, the most dramatic in 14 years. And I am sure you have figured out that if Duncan is in on this, Obama intends to sign it which certainly tells you this is NOT GOOD!

This past Monday, Duncan laid out his “principles” for rewriting the education law and insisted he would still have within that law the federal mandate that all students be tested in math and reading every year from third through eighth grade. The NCLB bill has been due for re-authorization since 2007.

You need to seriously question why this is such a priority for Alexander and why the groundwork to have the legislation passed through so quickly. With a new Republican controlled Senate and Duncan participation, it is sure to be put through.

Duncan has previously said that the law must be replaced, that it has “significant flaws,” that it’s “fundamentally broken” and that it has served as a “barrier to reform.” In August 2013, he said the law “is outmoded and constrains state and district efforts for innovation and reform.”

Strange how certain laws are great at times and not so good at others. Duncan and Obama found the NCLB to be very handy in basically blackmailing the states into applying for the waivers and RTTT grants and the proliferation of the Common Core standards.

Vouchers3Watch for vouchers to be in the bill since I have tried to explain to you to you on numerous occasions Charters/Choice/Vouchers are the leading way to take parents out of the overseeing of their children’s education. The only place parents have any control is in traditional public schools BECAUSE of the election of their school boards. In a private or charter school the only say you have if unhappy is to remove your child to another school.

Please take the time to read Anita Hoge’s analysis of this re-authorization as of yesterday.

You can be sure with Obama insisting the testing remain we are going to see more repeats under Common Core of the “cheating” scandals in Atlanta, D.C. and other districts around the country. When your well-being is being based on testing of JUNK curriculum and standards, it leaves the system wide open to cheating to make themselves look good.

Some of the remaining controversy inside the NCLB legislation is the “when and how” to testing and if the law supports good teaching. The encroachment of “Teach for America” within the brick and mortar of our schools is certainly not helping with any higher level of education especially under the indoctrination of the Common Core Standards. You can also bet they will use the wording “low-income children” as this is where they always claim they need to put the money, but all the money that has been used for “low-income” programs has not advanced anything especially the grades.

As Anita Hoge said, “This bill is pretty inclusive and has most of the agenda which was in both older bills HR 5 and SB 1094. This bill includes Title I money that will follow the child; expansion of charter schools, federal choice for public and private schools, Response to Intervention, Positive Behavior Intervention and supports, specialized student support, are all of the mental health agenda. It continues the data collection through IES (Institute of Education Sciences) which is really the National Center for Education Statistics longitudinal data collection, puts FERPA into federal law. On and on. At least we now know what is in it”.

Boot StrapsHold onto your boot straps as the education fight against Common Core was only the beginning. Trojan Horse that it is, it has distracted parents all over the country from everything else going on in the education of our children. Blogs have quieted down and research has come to a halt for the most part.

When you wage war on the public schools and our children, you’re attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You’re not a conservative; you’re a vandal and an elected or corporate crook.

Anita B. Hoge, educational researcher http://www.newswithviews.com/Hoge/anitaA.htm

Charlotte Iserbyt, consummate whistleblower http://www.newswithviews.com/iserbyt/iserbyta.htm