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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACKDOOR TAKEOVER OF EDUCATION!

RTTT ChalkboardSchool boards around America need to take a serious look at what the Federal government is imposing on them when taking money! It can be far reaching and become absolutely out of control. Example – What if the Federal government under the Department of Labor (Obama’s hiding place for education implementation changes) begins to tell you your district MUST accept all requests for Charter schools? This is what is being pushed.

If a charter school does well they are supposed to be rewarded. Why? Traditional public schools are not! What about the failures – do you ever see those posted?

Have you ever asked yourself why HR5 is giving so much money to Charter school implementation and decreased the amount allowed for regular Federal Funding? They are practically mandating more Charter schools.
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Why not fix what the problem is with our traditional public school and that is that the Federal government has had their hands in education since 1964 and it has gone down hill ever since. It has nothing to do with the old standards or curriculum being bad or that we need to be more globally “connected”. It is big business trying to oversee the education of our children using them as “human capital” for public private partnerships.

This is what all these Charter School consortium’s and management companies are with other businesses feeding them money. They are even directing legislation that pertains to education with their donations into the legislators coffers.

There is no protection for local district taxing authorities when proposed ESEA federal legislation in HR 5 and SB 1094 allows federal Title I funds to ” follow a child” to the school of their choice; this system of funding will corrupt the taxing ability of your local district when funding of ‘choice students’ who can move within the district, to another district, to another state, blurring appropriations of funding to areas outside their taxing abilities; this will destroy local control and abolish elected representative local government.

There is no protection for local district taxing authorities when proposed ESEA federal legislation in HR 5 and SB 1094 allows federal Title I funds to ” follow a child” to the school of their choice; this system of funding will corrupt the taxing ability of your local district when funding of ‘choice students’ who can move within the district, to another district, to another state, blurring appropriations of funding to areas outside their taxing abilities; this will destroy local control and abolish elected representative local government.

There is no protection for states’ rights when the proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) “Choice” Legislation in HR 5 and SB 1094 will use Title I choice funds that will “follow” the individual child and bypass state control of funds; this is a violation of the 10th Amendment and states’ rights. There is no protection for the citizens and local representative government by pursuing unconstitutional Choice-Charter Schools, which will destroy our public and private school system, forcing federal mandates on all public and private religious schools when accepting Title I choice students; charter schools take away our voice in decision making on the local level, and forces taxpayers to succumb to an unelected for-profit board that will consume our hard earned tax dollars, not in the interest of educating children; charter schools will abolish representative government.
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Are our local school boards and District School Superintendent’s actually looking to force themselves out of a job? With unelected school boards manning our Charter schools nothing will be safe. Not their jobs, their income, the children’s education – can they not think out of the box?

Charter/Choice is the path to Nationalized Education. When the time is right, Obama/Duncan will go through the Federal Dept. of Labor to implement his changes so that they can say it was not done illegally through the USDOE. This is how they got the FERPA changes through and your state government is trying to tell you there were no changes.

They got the FERPA changes through by making it a mandate implemented through the Federal Dept. of Labor.

They got Data Mining through Race To The Top grant monies and now they are opening the doors to more money and just like with Obama Care – our Federal legislators will not de-fund the actions taking place.

Making school districts directly beholden to the federal Department of Education undermines, rather than advances, local control. The guidelines for the 2012-2013 Race To The Top (RTTT) application is referred to as “Race To The Top – District: Applying As A Consortium”. Now school districts are to operate as “consortiums”.

• Announced by the US Department of Education (USDOE) on May 22, 2012, this program is designed to bypass states and go directly to local districts to persuade them to accept strings-attached federal grants. In this way, USDOE can undermine sovereign state decisions with which it disagrees.

• The competition consists of a $400 million fund that will lure applications from eligible districts or groups of districts (defined as those serving at least 2,500 students, 40% or more of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch).

• Districts will be expected to “create plans for individualized classroom instruction aimed at closing achievement gaps and preparing each student for college and career.”

• “Eligibility . . . will be determined by a district’s demonstrated commitment to RTT’s four core reform areas.” These core areas include adopting standards acceptable to USDOE and building massive student-data systems.
• Among the 17 categories of vague promises the competing districts must make is the requirement that they show they can track students from pre-K through college, and tie student outcomes back to individual teachers.

• One of the more bizarre requirements is that competing districts promise to implement evaluation systems that consider student outcomes – not just for teacher and principal performance, but also for district superintendents and school boards. Is USDOE suggesting it can fire school boards if it deems them inadequate? Where does Arne Duncan get the authority to tell individual districts how to do their job?

• The competition “offers competitive preference to applicants that form partnerships with public and private organizations to . . . offer services that help meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs . . . .” So local schools will have to answer to Arne Duncan for whether students are well-adjusted socially and emotionally.

• This district-level program is a full-scale assault on state sovereignty. It is a power-grab through which the federal government will skirt citizens’ elected statewide bodies and negotiate directly with school districts to embrace federal policy. It will also undermine the state governmental structure by grouping school districts together on policy decisions and thereby making it more difficult for the group to disengage from federal programming.

Parents as busy as they are need to wake up before all the roses have wilted and their children are wearing brown shirts to school and their entire education process is run by the Federal government.

Disclaimer: As always if you find anything I have posted to not be factual, please contact me and I will gladly review your information. I spend hours researching for my posts and try to be as factual as possible. truthneducation@ymail.com

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Carnegie, Gates and Murdoch – Strange Bedfellows?

IT IS HERE – THE TRACKING SOFTWARE THAT WILL FOLLOW YOUR CHILDREN FOREVER! ”

GatesEntrepreneurs are rubbing their hands together and imagining the profits as they begin to roll out expensive tools for K-12 education at this week’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference.

Reuters:

An education technology conference this week in Austin, Texas, will clang with bells and whistles as startups eagerly show off their latest wares.

But the most influential new product may be the least flashy: a $100 million database built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school.

In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. In some cases, the database tracks student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school – even homework completion.

Local education officials retain legal control over their students’ information. But federal law allows them to share files in their portion of the database with private companies selling educational products and services. (Parents have no say in this – your parental rights are gone).

Entrepreneurs can’t wait.

“This is going to be a huge win for us,” said Jeffrey Olen, a product manager at CompassLearning, which sells education software.

Yeah, maybe. Parents are pretty creeped out over the idea of tracking their kids’ school performance over their K-12 educational careers. I have some ambivalence about the whole idea, but it’s a non-starter for me when I see how they’ve structured it, and particularly knowing Rupert Murdoch is involved.

CarneigieThe database is a joint project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided most of the funding, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from several states. Amplify Education, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, built the infrastructure over the past 18 months. When it was ready, the Gates Foundation turned the database over to a newly created nonprofit, inBloom Inc, which will run it.Murdoch

States and school districts can choose whether they want to input their student records into the system; the service is free for now, though inBloom officials say they will likely start to charge fees in 2015. So far, seven states – Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Massachusetts – have committed to enter data from select school districts. Louisiana and New York will be entering nearly all student records statewide.
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Former New York Public Schools chancellor Joel Klein signaled the onslaught last December:

Asserting that the K-12 education market is “ripe for disruption,” Joel Klein, former New York City schools chancellor, now executive VP at News Corp. and director of Murdoch’s Amplify, its education unit, offered a presentation of Amplify’s business model and plans to release hardware and software solutions optimized for a new generation of digitally savvy students and teachers. Klein outlined plans to release an open source tablet device, and specialized teaching software tied to it and to Common Core standards and data analytics, all in an effort to transform the basic model of American education.

What protections will there be for student privacy? And who’s going to pay for this? Taxpayers, of course. As the budget for data mining grows and Murdoch’s pockets bulge, will there be any money left for teachers?

(Klein also serves on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education and several other board’s overseeing the Charter school and school choice agenda.)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/03/us-education-database-idUSBRE92204W20130303

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Where Is The Oversight?

Charter Schools – the “for-profit” “public-private partnership” that is being allowed by our state legislature to use taxpayer funds to become rich. Oh you say they are not getting rich! You as a taxpayer need to check out the Financials of Academica, a Charter School Consortium run by Rep. Erick Fresen’s sister or maybe Senator John Legg who has been voting on Charter School legislation all the while running and serving as the schools business administrator of his Charter school or maybe even Sen. Anitiere Flores (who is leaving office) and will be the Administrator for the new Charter School Community College, Doral, which will fall under the Academica umbrella.

How about our legislators who are also serving on Jeb Bush’s various Foundations?

Maybe even the fact Florida’s last two Commissioners of Education are members of Jeb Bush’s Chief’s for Change.”

I wonder if this reminder of the facts will help the Florida legislators deal with what happened at the Northstar Charter High School in Orlando, Orange Cnty, FL.

The passing of the buck between the county school board and the legislators in Tallahassee should be interesting as the inspection goes on.
Is everyone in Tallahassee asleep or just so busy running for office that you cannot do the current job you are getting paid to do? The number of Charter school closures in this state or having severe rating problems in the past 2 years is outrageous and JUST WHO IS MINDING THE STORE? Why they are still open?

Is the point that you really want them to fail so you can push forward your “school-work” programs? Do the legislators really believe we have no idea what they are doing with the Charter school BUSINESS’?

Recently the story broke in regard to the abrupt closing of the Northstar Charter HS in Orlando.
http://www.edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/choice-words/2012/better-oversight-could-have-weeded-out-a-charter-school-scandal.html
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http://us.mg5.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=0ifk2lucrbk3m

“The law is very clear that school boards cannot put limits on or control how a charter school spends their money, including payouts like this ” Bill Sublette, Orange County School Board Chair told the Sentinel. He called the payment “a shameful abuse of public tax dollars” and “immoral and unethical.”

Bur sir, I would ask why this school has been allowed to remain open as many years as it has! Years ending in May of each school year, this school has had grades of: 2004 D; 2005 D; 2006 C; 2007 F; 2008 B; 2009 D; 2010 D; 2011 D and 2012 F. This works out in my world of a school average grade of D over 9 years! What the heck is wrong with the Orange County School Board this was allowed to happen? In 2010 and 2011 they graduated 69% of seniors and in 2012 44%. Just who is minding the store? Where is the concern for these students?

What do you guess the prospects of success are for these students who were not graduating – three-quarters of them had failed reading tests and half of them failed the math tests this past year?

How many times do we have to point out the errors of the ways of the State of Florida Department of Education? Now that this has happened you are asking questions when what you should be looking in the mirror!

Senator David Simmons, who was the Chairman of the FL. DOE, states “There’s no room for abuse by charter or traditional schools,” Simmons told the Sentinel. He called for an investigation. “All it does is hurt children.” I say to you Mr. Simmons for 2 years I tried to get an appointment with you to speak to you about the state of “Charter Schools” in Florida and I was forced to sit through a phone interview with your secretary who was given that privilege to determine whether what I wanted to discuss with you warranted your attention. I guess to her it did not! Do you honestly feel you are that important as to turn away from taxpayers?

Just what is going on in Tallahassee?

Legislators writing and voting on Charter School legislation who know nothing about education obviously is not the only problem!
1. Legislators who at the same time have a financial interest in Charter Schools
2. Legislators who are also serving on Jeb Bush’s Foundations and he has an alternative motive to his actions
3. Legislators who question Jeb Bush before voting on legislation as if he were still the governor and had a background in education of which he does not
4. A state school Board of which half of them are also in the business of Charter Schools in one form or another, work on Jeb Bush’s fund raising events, serve on his Foundations or have worked in some capacity for the Bush family.
5. Legislators who have written lenient legislation in regard to Charter schools with no oversight
6. Charter schools are “for-profit” “public-private” partnerships – to whom do you believe allegiance is to – the business of Charter Schools or the children?
7. Now with the governor’s blessing and involvement, Communist China may invest one million or more into our Charter schools and get a permanent green card status!
8. Since 2010, there have been 67 incidents of some form of “bad behavior” to give reason to close down Charter Schools around Florida. If there were that many public schools involved in this type of behavior i.e., uncertified teachers, embezzlement, cheating, poor conditions, no textbooks, un-responsible boards, cronyism, bankruptcy – if these kinds of actions were taking place in “regular” public schools the outcry could be heard around the country!

www.truthabouteducation.org
http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot.com/

In October, Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute wrote a glowing article about how the AZ Charter schools are the best in the country. My research showed they were not #1 in the country and in fact most of their Charter schools showed no grade at all for the 2011-2012 school year. Upon my research of the top 20 Charter schools in the Country, AZ had 2, Texas 4 and CA 9 with FL having 1. Now if you were to speak with Jeb Bush or his mouthpiece Patricia Levesque they would tell you Florida is the leader in Charter schools. They must mean in lenient legislation and lack of oversight – not the teacher accountability.

Oh, by the way, Mr. Bolick, who has written several favorable articles regarding Jeb Bush and his Charter school successes, the two of them are soon to release a book they wrote together on Immigration. More cronyism!

Please do not insult us by telling the taxpayers it is more money that is needed because it is not! What is needed is for Florida to take charge of its own Education system without the influence of the Federal government, get rid of RTTT, CCS and all foreign education/curriculum’s within our state.
It is time for Florida Legislators to do the job they are being paid for rather than paying homage to Jeb Bush and the lobbyists. You, the legislators, are ruining our children with your false beliefs that what you are doing in regard to education is right. You might do well to learn from people who know what they are talking about!

You ladies and gentlemen of the Orange County School Board, the Florida State School Board and the Florida Department of Education are to be held accountable for this ugly monster you have created. Time to clean house and act like Patriots rather than Politicians!

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AMERICA IS BLEEDING!

America has been bleeding for a long time! Most of us had no idea, the rest were behind it and even helping it along. Since the early 1900’s, long before most of our time, there were people making plans to destroy America as we know her for MONEY, POWER & CONTROL!

Killing her from inside out! We have tried different bandages over the years but none of them seem to be big enough because “those people” who want her destroyed keep using bigger weapons. Sometimes, unknowingly, we have aided in the process.

This brings to mind the difference between a Patriot and a Politician. A Patriot cares about his or her country and the people within – working to protect America from the evil lurking dangers. A Politician simply thinks they are working for the American people but in fact, they are only thinking about the next election.

Our Founders were Patriots – some of them dying or at the very least losing their homes and families in the founding and preservation of America. With God at their side, our Founders gave us the Constitution, so well laid out that at times to think about it can boggle a person’s mind. But the Founders used the genealogy of their previous homeland to know what worked and what had not in the past and they laid out those protections for us.

Most amazing to me was when I read that Samuel Adams had stated in 1776 the Founders had done everything they could to protect the people of this country from communism. COMMUNISM! Further research showed me communism began to raise its ugly head just a few years earlier.

America is in a waiting time period right now. For the past 1381 days, America has been on what certainly has felt like the final road to America’s destruction. Many who voted in 2010 believed that “O” was the “savior” of America. He was going to fix the big, bad, “right” and that he would “share the wealth” with those who felt they had been dealt a raw deal.

As a result, we have found ourselves with a lot of speculation about our President – is he God fearing or a Muslim? Communist or Colonialist or a combination?

Well, he has certainly done the “share the wealth” and more with a deliberate intention of bringing America to her knees. He is close but his job is not completed. Why? Because American’s fought back! We have been called racist, terrorists, tea baggers and even worse, but by following the ingrained love of America as do our military in protecting and preserving this country, true Americans moved ahead.

Now we are upon the election for a new President and leadership! Oh, it has not been easy! Hoping to help people understand what has been happening and showing them what has already taken place and what we are faced with in the future if this course is not changed has been extremely difficult and hard work. And would you believe there are still people out there in America who have not a clue?

We also have to remember that many state and local governments around the country have been playing the ruination game also and hopefully enough citizens are awake and understand what is at stake to change those offices also.

We as Americans should be expecting a lot from Romney if he wins. We know that if “O” wins things will not only be the same but at a faster pace. There are a lot of issues Romney has not addressed for me – Homeland Security, EPA, and Dept of Edu. He has said he will get legislation passed to remove “O”care but he is also in favor of a healthcare similar to what he implemented in Mass. We need a form of Homeland Security and the EPA but not agencies that are working as they are today – henchmen for evil and destruction. MONEY, CONTROL & POWER!

We already know Romney supports the direction our education system in America is going and it will be our job to show him he is wrong. We want the responsibility of educating our children put back in the hands of the parents and the individual states and without communism in our textbooks. Our children do not need self-serving politicians who know nothing about education playing on going games in regard to our children’s futures. Have you not already done enough in NCLB, RTTT, CCS and allowing communist and Islamic education into our schools? Just what in the world are you thinking?

I read an article the other day which was a warning about the influx of “takeover” by the Muslims and Muslim Brotherhood in the EU. Now we need another band aid! Citizens of the European countries who allowed Muslims to immigrate into their countries are being overtaken by them – infiltrating their governments. This report was being sent out as a warning to the world to pay attention to what is happening in the EU and to prevent it from happening in other countries. America is already bleeding from Muslim terrorist actions. We know where “O” stands in relationship to this problem, but where is Romney? It has not been a campaign topic – many things have not for fear of turning off the other side!

Over the years social justice has been used as a weapon to make those that disagree over an issue feel guilty. This brings me to the time period in America when the influx of foreigners was so huge – people from all over the world coming to our doors for peace, freedom to worship and work. None of them to my knowledge came here with the intention of changing America to something she was not. This is not true of Communists and Muslims today. They want CONTROL! Control of our every being and if we do not agree with them then well – I think you know what has happened in the past and is currently happening around the world if you disagree. Foreigners, especially those who have never even tried to become citizens, do not have the RIGHT to come to America and turn her into what THEY think she should be. If you want to be an American – called an American – live as an American, WELCOME!

If you do not like this country go back where you came from!

God, I believe, is ready and set to give America another chance. The “go” is up to Americans! Americas bleeding is a combination of many things and many band aids have been put in place. All of those can be fixed if Romney is elected and we stay awake. I believe Romney is a Godly man but in that lies the fear that America may go back to sleep. We need to remain vigilante and watchful – if things do not change for the better we will once again have another chance to make things right, but we need to stay awake!

Always remember politicians’ are elected by “WE THE PEOPLE” and they work for us – something they choose to ignore. They are people just like you and me, they get up in the morning and pull on their pants and go for the day. Be ever watchful!


Apathy is not an option – our new goal needs to be to continue educating Americans as to the hidden agenda underfoot and currently it has been able to “enter” our door of “FREEDOM” – COMMUNISM!

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NEFARIOUS ACTIONS DIRECTED AT OUR CHILDREN –

What is Nefarious? Webster’s Dictionary describes Nefarious as evil, immoral, unethical, deceitful, unrighteous, wrong, a scheme to cheat.

What is Racist? A person or group of persons who believe that race is the primary determinant of human traits and the capacity to achieve.

Before I go any further I want to make it perfectly clear I am white, female, conservative who has never belonged to a Union nor am I an educator, but a researcher.

Who are those who sit on the Florida State School Board? Seven appointed individuals whose control over our children has reached a new low – so low that I am having a hard time finding words to address the fact they would actually set the goals for our students in math and reading based upon their race.

What form of nefarious action is this? With the exception of Dr. Desai, an Indian-American (from India – not American Indian) the balance of the board is White! What in the world are they thinking in regards to the decisions they have made in regard to our children’s futures?

By whose agenda are they operating? Certainly not that of parents or the futures of the children!

This past week the FL. State School Board passed a revised strategic plan that states that by 2018, they want 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of White students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of Black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, Whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and Blacks at 74 percent. They also intend to measure the success and failure of our students by poverty and disabilities.

If this is all these Board members have to offer our children then maybe it is time to get rid of the State Board of Education. We are far too top heavy anyway and their advice is doing nothing but making things worse. They certainly have not offered any constructive advice or suggestions in improving the “lack luster” status of the education in Florida.

I will again remind parents that a large percentage of our graduating students who go on to college (including white ones) must take remedial Reading and Math courses before advancing to another level. Why are we graduating students who cannot read? Why can’t our students read?

Who is the leadership of Florida’s education? Our past 2 Commissioners of Education, Eric Smith and Gerard Robinson were at the same time “Chief’s for Change” on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education.

What about the State School Board? Just who are they?

Kathleen Shanahan – URETER/Agenda 21 Co, serves on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education – Fund Raiser for Jeb Bush Foundations

Gary R. ChartrandEx. Chairman for KIPP, Inc., founder of the failed KIPP Jacksonville Charter School

Dr. Desai – Cardiologist – Pres. & CEO of Universal Healthcare

Sally BradshawJeb Bush Chief of Staff Jan 1999 – 2001; Jeb Bush Campaign Mgr. 93-94 & 97-98; Jeb Bush Foundation for FL Future Exe. Dir. 95-97; Bush-Quayle Campaign FL Office Exe. Dir. 1992; Bush-Quayle Campaign DC Office Staff Assistant 1988 – there is more but I think you get the picture as to where her allegiance lies

John Padgett – Padgett Investment firm; Monroe County Education Foundation of which is part of the Florida Consortium of Florida Education Foundations to pull businesses into our education system.

Barbara Feingold – VP MCNA Healthcare

Roberto Martinez – Attorney

Does anyone see any EDUCATORS ON THE FLORIDA STATE SCHOOL BOARD? Someone please tell me the agenda of this board and to whom at least half of them owe allegiance? It is pretty clear to me!

Parents are angry as well they should be and it is about time. What they are not seeing is the well laid out plan to turn our Education system into a Charter School base with unelected boards taking control of their schools and away from parents/taxpayers and it will ultimately lead to higher taxes because the Charter Schools are removing the financial base from the public schools. At the same time a large percentage of our Charter Schools are failing because of the lenient legislation that has been passed in Tallahassee by a majority of “non-educators” under the leadership of Jeb Bush!

You might find it interesting to do your own research and not take my word for it to find out how many of our FL legislators also are making financial gains from Charter schools while serving on Jeb Bush’s Foundations. I thought we were paying them to work for the taxpayers?

JUST HOW MANY MASTERS DO YOU BELIEVE A PERSON CAN SERVE AT ONE TIME EFFECTIVELY? I believe this is what partially played a role in Gerard Robinson resigning early.

Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan would have you believe that setting goals for different subgroups was needed to comply with terms of a waiver that Florida and 32 other states have from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Well, if this was part of the game rules for Florida accepting the money to play the Race To The Top (RTTT) game, then why in the world did they sell out our children’s futures knowing they were going to have to do something as “nefarious” as this? MONEY!

Do you really understand Ms. Shanahan what you have done?  You have once again told our Black children that you anticipate they are going to fail, not succeed, so you are going to set the goal lower for them than the other children? You have basically told them they are failures before they start which is what the education system has been doing for years!

Over 30 years ago Charlotte Iserbyt tried to tell America there was a “Dumbing Down of America” in the works and it would be through our education system and it appears they are succeeding. What could possibly be the reason for our State or Federal government to want to set standards by race?

The Florida Department of Education said the goals recognize that not every group is starting from the same point and are meant to be ambitious but realistic. No, what they are doing is setting them up for failure because they are “labeling” our children.

Why are we following our children by race in the FCAT results anyway? What difference does that make if you are going to continue to single the different races out by race rather than accomplishments as a whole? What is actually going to happen is once the Common Core Standards are in place all your children’s information is going to be going into that National Data Base and the information is to follow your children.

Never forget the first time our children were used as a pawn in Florida was when Jeb Bush started the very first Charter school in South Florida as a ploy to look good to the “black community” “to win votes” and after he was elected he never looked back at this failed school nor in questioning years later claimed to not even remember the name of the school.

Parents you must take the control of our schools back out of the hands of non-educators who are supposed to be working for the betterment of our children. What they have done is sell them down the “preverbal river” by selling them out to Race To The Top (the new version of NCLB) and the coming of the Common Core Standards actually written by a non-educator.

We need to continue to educate every child with the same expectations, regardless of their race, background or beginnings and call for the replacement of the members of the Florida State Board of Education or do away with the Board all together. And please, do not let them lead you down the path of “WE NEED MORE MONEY!” What they need to do is make better use of the money they are receiving and start from the top down – most of the money is NOT going to our children but to Administration.

Actually the education some received in the 50’s and 60’s produced some really intelligent individuals of ALL races, but no, the state and federal government continues to think we have to change the curriculum every 2 years, tweak it here, bring in foreign education, textbooks that lie, focus on global and green agenda’s and all the while absolutely no accountability from the top and at the same time PLAY THE RACE CARD!

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Florida’s Parent Trigger Bill Is Headed Back Our Way!

Last year Florida’s “Parent Trigger Bill” failed – but watch out because it is coming back “undercover” with a brand new name – “Parent Empowerment Act.”  Sounds really really great, however the problem is three fold:

  • Most parents do not have a real opportunity to read a bill, act or amendment and if they do, it is written so they will not understand it anyway
  • No legislator is going to take the time to actually make sure the voters understand what the legislation is, how it will be used and what it will cost
  • Legislators across the country have learned if you use these “touchy-feely” words, most voters will buy into it and think it is for the good of their family

Recently Florida state Sen. Nancy Detert (R-Venice) asked this alarming question, “If we’ve got a bill called the parent empowerment bill, then why is the PTA against the bill?”.  The answer to that is simply Florida parents didn’t see it as a parent empowerment bill, but instead they thought the bill, known as the “Parent Trigger Bill,” would lead to the takeover of public schools by for-profit charter management companies and other corporate interests.  They were right!

People across the country need to understand that Charter Schools and all the bills the legislators are trying to pass, especially in Florida, are nothing more than “for profit” “public-private partnershisp” intending to make big bucks through the large consortium’s – for the most part.  Let me be clear, there are many Charter schools across the country which are being run by well meaning individuals who are NOT in it for the money nor are they involved in this game – their goal is to see the children receive good educations and they are. But Charter School consortium’s are a business, big business and the scandals linked to Charter Schools around the country continue to grow.

Not a single major Florida parent organization supported the bill, including the PTA, which is what Senator Detert was referring to during the hotly contested debate on the legislation before the 20 to 20 vote effectively killed it.  Detert has supported many Republican school reforms opposed by Democrats in Florida, but this act went way   too far for even  her.  She stated, “The charter people will walk right in and take over our buildings … and I don’t know how you’re going to explain that to our taxpayers.

Who has been behind this legislation?  My “friend and it seems everyone in the legislature” with the lead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, for one. Both of his foundations, Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Florida Future’s Foundation lobbied strongly for it and even flew in advocates from outside Florida to testify on its behalf when there were wasn’t a groundswell inside the Sunshine State.

Along with the Florida PTA opposing the legislation in Florida were members in other groups including the League of Women Voters, Parents Across America, Save Duval Schools, 50thNoMore and Testing is Not Teaching and hundreds of concerned parents – not to mention several Tea Party Watch Dog groups.

Parent trigger legislation is intended to give parents with children at low-performing schools (based on standardized test scores) the legal right to petition the state or district for a change in school structure, with the parents getting to pick from a list of options. Those options include turning the school over to a private management company still using tax payer funds to run the schools.  The length and breath that this goes is astounding and I will talk about that in another blog!

Proponents say it simply gives parents more options and power in their children’s education. Opponents say that it will lead to more privately run schools and contentious battles in school communities.

The extent of this evil treachery showed it’s ugly face as the legislator’s were debating and voting the bill by proponents, who had been dropped off in vans, wearing yellow T-shirts with “Parent Power” embossed on them, handing out fliers calling Florida parent groups “union affiliates” and defenders of the status quo.  These are  strong  insults often hurled at those who oppose the “school choice” movement and standardized test-based accountability.

One thing Floridians must understand is our legislators received massive donations from foundations such Jeb Bush’s foundations, Bill Gates, Walton Foundation, Michelle Rhee’s Student’s First, Charter Schools USA, Fl Charter Alliance, Apollo Group, Red Apple Development, Meredian Education and on and on and on with a supposed agreement to vote “YES” on the Parent Empowerment Act.

Florida is just one of about 20 states that are considering similar “parent trigger” laws; a few have already passed them.  In almost every case the legislation was organized not by local parents but by a pro-charter school national organization called Parent Revolution, a LosAngeles based organization funded in part by the Walton Family Foundation, and it bitterly divided the community.  Parent Revolution helped Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future push the bill through the Florida Legislature.

Linda Serrato, a spokeswoman for Parent Revolution in an Associated Press interview said,  the legislation would help parents, not hurt school communities. She said her organization is not all about pushing charter schools, and if that really was its aim, it would be easier in Florida to simply open charters through the state’s charter laws.  But  legislators disagreed. “It has everything to do with laying the groundwork for the hostile, corporate takeover of public schools,” Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich of Weston was quoted as saying in the AP story. “Parents will divide against parents and even children will divide against children.”

After all my research into those involved in the Charter School takeover of Education in America, you can be sure they already have their ducks in a row and are armed for war.  The legislation being passed in Florida under the direction of Jeb Bush not our legislator’s has in no way any interest in our children’s education or they would not be taking this “for-profit” road to accomplish this. If money was the answer, why not use all the money they are pouring out for this evil agenda, and divide it among all the public schools in America to fix whatever they say is wrong.

But you see they are not addressing the wrongs in education like curriculum, lousy textbooks, teaching to tests, blaming all the teachers for every problem within the schools. Maybe if they even thought of dumping NCLB/RTTT, stop the implementation of the Common Core Standards and let the children have well rounded educations that are not sized to “one size fits all”, we would have better grades, less drop-out and actually happier children.

But that is not the goal is it Jeb?  Why not be a man and step up and tell the American people what the bottom line goal of Charter Schools is?  Parents, watch for them to start attacking Home Schooling!

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ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

Sadly, education today is not about the children. It is about control, for profit schools and the push for agenda’s that will not only affect the lives of our children for years, but help to bring about the ruination of America if we cannot turn it around.

As far back as the 1800’s, John Dewey, a strong Marxist, was implementing his ideas as to how education should be presented to our children and how. Today, we have our Secretary of Education, President and those on the left following Progressivism, Socialism or whatever you want to call it, implementing education programs under the guise of “making it better”; “improving our education system”; holding our teachers accountable and “better preparing our children for their futures”. 

Not so even your teachers will tell you!  I have no problem holding our teachers accountable to a point. How can you expect teachers to teach your children and gain success when they continue changing the rules of the game? They change the standards, curriculum’s and fail to include the teachers in the discussions or educate them in the “new” ways.

Around 1996 we would see political will began to focus around some key issue for education, specifically, what sort of student should emerge from a high school education.  Important to some, but few knew what was actually happening, large corporation heads began to become involved in education – people like Bill Gates and Louis Gerstner.  The formed Achieve, Inc. which was formed by the nation’s governors and business leaders as a bipartisan, non-profit organization to help states raise academic standards, improve assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for post-secondary education, work and citizenship.

This idea might have worked if they had not lowered the standards, changed how they were grading and continued to focus on the tests that were to be taken rather than the actual education of the children. This was the fore runner in Florida for the “No Child Left Behind” program and a total focus on the “FCAT”, Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Tests. Teachers would spend more time teaching the children how to pass the FCAT for a particular year, rather than being able to focus on everything.  Accountable!  I think not!

Now they give us the “Common Core Standards” – written by David Coleman and Susan Pimentel (more about them in another posting).  There are two really important reasons why this program is not good.  They are not educators nor have they ever been.

One, there is no scope or sequence which is an important aspect of curriculum requirements. When a student is sitting in a classroom and going from one grade level to the next, it is vitally important that the curriculum requirements be tightly linked from one grade level to the next or else huge chasms will occur of which the child will fall into. In other words, if a student has not learned in one grade level how to use a preposition they will certainly not know in the next grade level not to put one at the end of a sentence. If they did not learn in one grade level what a participle is then certainly they will not know in the next grade level what a dangling participle is.

Unless the standards used increase the depth and complexity in a smooth transition from one grade to another, holes in the children’s cognitive progression will occur. These holes represent the lack of prior knowledge. It is the lack of prior knowledge that keeps students from proceeding successfully to the next concept. This is particularly true in the area of grammar and usage which are competency based. Some would say how this is important when they have fallen into a world of “texting”. Have you paid attention to the result of how your children and grandchildren talk as a result of a life of texting?

Two, another concern about the new standards is that they are only for Math and English. The emphasis on those subjects in No Child Left Behind’s assessment scheme led to a dangerous narrowing of curriculum in public schools; the arts disappeared in many systems, science and history and physical education took a back seat too. However, the test scores reveal our students are graduating without knowing how to read. In Florida, over 50% of our students are required to take remedial classes in their Freshman year of college.

I do not know about anyone else, but holding the teachers totally accountable for the progress of our children and the level of their ability does not seem quite fair to me when you have people who have never worked in education nor have they been trained in education, making changes and choices when they should stick to what they know best. 

There is much, much more to this story and it will continue – – –

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FLORIDA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FAILING!

ImageEveryone across the country has a different way of evaluating the states on Education. Education Week’s magazine is the one school superintendents and school boards like to use because they always give them a high grade in Accountability and it is a big word and sounds important – but it is nothing. Accountability in this case means they are merely turning in their reports which measures student progress toward the following goals; highest student achievement, seamless articulation and maximum access, skilled workforce and economic development, and quality efficient services and they have turned their reports in a timely manner. Big deal! Their FCAT scores show there is no improvement to warrant an A rating. The powers to be would tell us the state ranks 4th in the country but in fact it was 10th, 8th & 9th for 2009, 2010 & 2011 respectfully – but in Accountability not QUALITY of Education provided.Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy based in Tallahassee also has a problem with those A scores. In January 2010 they wrote the “Rankings Deserve A Closer Look.” The report states “the ranking does not mean that Florida’s K-12 schools are eighth best in the nation (2010) . . . the report evaluates selected Accountability and Performance Policies but does not in any manner constitute a definitive statement of quality or outcomes of a state’s education system.”  So what did that report really say about Florida’s public education?Florida enacted almost all the accountability and performance policies recommended by the current generation of “school reformers” (NCLB) earning that A grade and that is fine for as far as it goes. And this is not surprising since Florida’s school reform efforts since the early 1990’s has centered on the Sunshine State Standards, FCAT and various mechanisms like school grades designed to increase accountability.

The fact remains that other results documented in the assessment by Education Week in Florida’s latest ranking aren’t superlative. Three grades in the report make the case:

          Student achievement (scores on national standardized tests): D- minus

  • Funding per student (compared to the national average): F   Here I would like to add that I do not necessarily believe more money is the answer, but suggest the following:
    1. They should stop paying school board members so much money for so little time spent on the children’s futures and they certainly should not be entitled to pensions – in fact going back to volunteer school boards might not be a bad idea either – they still do that in most of the mid-west and north-east.
    2. We are spending far too much on administration – a report done earlier this year showed Florida #4 in the country for receiving Education funds (not ARRA or Title I) – but on the bottom of the charts in comparison as to the amount spent in ratio of admin to student.
    3. School boards have become too political – you hear more in a school board meeting about brick, motor and cement then you do the words children, students or kids. You are not given the opportunity to show disappointment or distain in how money is being spent nor do they seem to remember who is paying their salaries.
    4. Stop all International Curriculum Programs from being used in our schools. International Baccalaureate has cost this state BILLIONS of dollars since it was first introduced at Winter Park High School in 1983 by former Commissioner of Education Eric Smith.
    5. Insist on proper oversight of the textbooks and curriculum’s being used by the Charter Schools. They are allowed to choose what they want to use – UNESCO/UN curriculum’s should not be acceptable to anyone. School boards have learned Charter schools have made less work for them but they are not living up to their duties as the sponsor’s of the Charter schools according to Florida Education Statutes.
  • College Readiness:  F

The assessment also noted that Florida’s high school graduation rate is 45th in the nation and the state also ranks below the national average in the percentage of young adults with a degree or enrolled in college.

A very disturbing fact of the report to me was that more than half of the students graduating and entering into a 3 or 4 year college program in Florida require remedial classes in reading and math.

Former Governor Jeb Bush did our students no favors in implementing No Child Left Behind (NCLB), is a supporter of Race To The Top (RTTT), and a very strong Progressive. It was sad to learn but true. We are now left with the challenge to turn this around. The Common Core Standards (CCS), written by a man with no Education background and paid by Bill Gates, is geared to bring our scores down further. Teachers have not been properly instructed but yet are to be held “accountable” for the success or failure of their students. (I am not a teacher).

One of the main problems with the CCS is the fact there is no scope or sequence which is an important aspect of curriculum requirements. In other words, a student sitting in a classroom and going from one grade level to the next, it is vitally important that the curriculum requirements be tightly linked from one grade level to the next or else huge chasms will occur of which the child will fall into. In other words, if a student has not learned in one grade level how to use a preposition they certainly will not know in the next grade level not to put one at the end of a sentence. If they did not learn in one grade level what a participle is then certainly they will not know in the next grade level what a dangling participle is.

Unless the standards used increase the depth and complexity in a smooth transition from one grade to another, holes in the children’s cognitive progression will occur. These holes represent the lack of prior knowledge. It is the lack of prior knowledge that keeps students from proceeding successfully to the next concept. This is particularly true in the area of grammar and usage which are competency based. Some would say how this is important when they have fallen into a world of “texting”. Have you seen the result of how your children and grandchildren talk as a result of a life of texting?

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JEBNATION!!!!!

I discovered this morning there is a group of hard working ladies in Orlando who are working to preserve our public school system here in Florida against Jeb Bush’s push and influence toward the for profit” Charter and Voucher type system.  They have named it “JEBNATION!”  I like the name except it does give me a feeling that it is also giving him a “rank” or “superiority.” 

Followers of my blog or who have heard me speak, know I have never been easy on Jeb Bush for I believe his “best interests” are his and not those of our children. Bush and others are fully aware of what the NCLB changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would do to our children. It was the ground work for what he is currently doing. You know how I know that?

Just this past Friday I received another e-mail from Charlotte Iserbyt – you know her!  Our Guardian Angel who tried to warn us many years ago in her book “The Dumbing Down of America”. The book warned us about the well laid out plan to convert this country to Communism and the way to do that was through the “Dumbing Down” of our children through their LACK of Education, using curriculum’s that have slowly converted their minds to the socialistic way of thinking. They have almost succeeded. Charlotte presented her findings to Reagan in the 80’s and was fired from her position within the Federal DOE.

Why do you think they want to remove history prior to 1865 from our History books?  Because people who have no attachment to their country’s past also have no allegiance to it’s future.

The Friday e-mail from Charlotte pointed out to me what had been included in a study that was being done by some Harvard “intellectuals” regarding the effects Social Studies could have on our children and the changes to be placed upon the county would also include a “charter” type of schools. This was 1934! She sent me the original!

The ladies from the group “FundEducationNow” are very concerned about education or lack of, but they believe that money is going to fix it. It is not! When we as a state continue to:

  • Feed our children a curriculum that falls very short – “garbage in, garbage out”
  • Follow a faulty State Constitution that gives total control to the District Boards
  • Purchase faulty textbooks faulting Judeo/Christian beliefs in favor of Islam
  • Allow foreign, global, communistic curriculum’s into the classrooms with absolutely no oversight
  • Weaken the oversight of Charter and Virtual schools not being aware of where the programs are coming from
  • Legislators serving on Education Committees who know nothing about Education, nor are they Educators
  • Legislators who have financial interest in Charter School Consortium’s voting on Charter legislation
  • Fund BILLIONS of dollars to the International Baccalaureate Program with no reports of accountability or success
  • Have a Commissioner of Education who is a Jeb Bush “Chief’s for Change”  serving 2 masters and I do believe “JEBNATION” is number one. 
  • Continue to place the majority of Charter schools in “low income” areas so when they fail guess who they blame
  • Allowing failing Charter schools to continue 2 & 3 years with a D or F grade before closing

What we do need to do is:

  • Wake up the parents and help them understand “everything is NOT alright!”
  • Insist as taxpayers we want NCLB, RTTT and the CCS removed from the state education system
  • Allow us to implement the Texas curriculum standards which are rated the best in the country – we have  them
  • Purchase true History books for our children to learn from and insist the Constitution be taught
  •  Remove all forms of Global education from our schools
  •  Tighten up the oversight of all Charter and Virtual school programs
  •  Leave parents who choose to Home School alone regarding their choices
  • Find a Commissioner of Education who is concerned about Florida’s children
  • Place some strict oversight on the FL State School Board by a civilian committee
  • Change the FL Constitution removing total control from the local school districts and add “term limits” to insure the School Board positions do not become a political game
  • And pray the unions will take care of union business rather than telling teachers to teach liberal, communistic agenda i.e.,  “communism is better than capitalism”.

Jeb Bush may view his policies as tough love, but I personally see it as a manipulative move to control Education for profit. Bill Gates and Jeb Bush are spending an awful lot of money on this issue to get the Charter, Virtual and Voucher ideas in place but with far less oversight then is placed on the public schools. Hence we are now riddled with Charter school scandals all over the country (FL’s has grown considerable since Oct 2011).  Strange bedfellows these two considering Gates political agenda in regard to the lies of Global warming and an Obama supporter.

In addition here in FL., with our legislators knowing nothing about Education, what and how much we are spending on International Baccalaureate (“I didn’t know” – why don’t they know when they are sitting on the Education Appropriations Committee?), walking around with STARS in their eyes at the mention of Jeb Bush’s name, political and financial links to Charter school consortium’s and when parents complain, the House legal eagle George Levesque decides he sees “no conflict of interest”.  Who is George Levesque besides the House attorney? Patricia Levesque’s husband and she is – Jeb Bush’s Chief of Staff for his Foundation for Excellence in Education and was his 2nd in command when he was governor and she also is the owner of one of the largest lobbying companies in Florida in line with the liberal Michelle Rhee in pushing Charter Schools and School Choice.

Now we have the one great big family here in Florida who are being used as an example to the rest of the country in our set up failure.  Let me put it another way – –

Jeb Bush was governor of Florida when his brother, the president, put in place the NCLB system for all the country. They knew it was a system for failure but Jeb Bush told us it would be the best thing since peanut butter. Now he tells us for profit, he has the remedy for what he helped put in place to ruin education AND remembering he is no more an EDUCATOR than David Coleman who Bill Gates hired to write the Common Core Standards.

Oh and the money games with our Education budget – Charlie Crist nor Rick Scott or anyone else in Tally really read all the requirements to RTTT and CCS. Surprised? AFTER they got the money then they were told now you have to provide the software (MICROSOFT) to input all the information about our children into, hire the extra people to do it and buy all the computers to use for the new people and on and on and on we go!

FL legislators have been begged to opt out, but . . . .

Yes money is our problem. but not in the way you think. It is about greed, control, selfishness and the final ruination of the Education system in this country. If money was the fix-all, then Hillsborough County, FL should really be on the very top of the state since they are the only ones who received $100M from Bill Gates in 2007 to improve the teacher accountability and scores. It has not and in fact, from a parents standpoint it is the worst district in the state when it comes to education.

And by the way, remember Hillsborough County’s superintendent is one of Jeb Bush’s girl’s and the merry-go-round continue’s. . . .

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COMMON CORE STANDARDS: Open Your Wallet

Well today we got the good news about the estimate’s on the cost of the Common Core Standards.  I know you will remember I have told you that when the State played the “crap shoot” over implementing Race To The Top (RTTT) and the Common Core Standards (CCS), they were not told all the rules of the game.  Especially the expenses that they were going to incurred.  Or if they knew the costs, they were not sharing!

Now I know Florida played some games with the Education budget, shift here, shift there, take out some, put some back, mostly take out. Then we make a large announcement we are going to ADD $1B to the budget. Makes me laugh – what games they continue to play.

Well today the  Fordham Institute released a report estimating the costs of implementing the  new academic standards for Florida and other states across the nation. The report states the total costs of implementing the Common Core  Standards (CCS) could range from $3 billion to $12 billion, depending on how the individual states take on this challenge in the near future. For Florida, the costs could range from $182.9 million to $780 million.

I GUESS IT IS TIME TO DUMP INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE!  REALLY EXPENSIVE – let alone teaching our children Communism.

Again I remind you these standards were written by David Coleman, a non-educator who Bill Gates paid very well to do so.  Refer to my blog on David Coleman!  The man is telling us our children should be taught by a “value” system something that was actually tried back in 1965 when they first introduced the ESEA.

Is it no wonder our children all over the country have been Dumbed Down. They (the rich, powerful and non-educator’s) continue to tell us what our children should know and how they should learn it. Like no American History prior to 1865 – why you ask?  Because if you have no knowledge of the past you will have no allegiance to the future. In other words,  if our children have no knowledge of the Founding Fathers, the putting together of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and the wars fought to protect the people within, they will have no love, admiration or understanding of what this country went through to get where we are today. They also need to learn how we are systematically ruining our country through greed, control and power.

Business will be as usual. Buying junk textbooks published by junk publishers who see nothing wrong in pushing Islam over our American History and Judeo/Christian beliefs.  still teaching to tests, and accountability placed in the wrong place.  All done while Arne Duncan has dinner and plays games with Jeb Bush talking about how the goals of ruination are in place pushing parents to put their children into Charter schools where there is even less oversight and most importantly of all, the eventual removal of school boards to oversee anything. The school boards may not be perfect but they are better than none!

The other push is the virtual classes which leaves the teachers free time or the kids using the Virtual classes at home with NO ONE WATCHING. That is the point guys – no one is to be watching.

Common Core is Bad and we still have time to opt out but no one in Tallahassee will listen because they are working behind the scenes with Jeb Bush and what Jeb Bush wants Jeb Bush gets. If you do not believe me, just wait until your children no longer learn to read, cannot write in cursive or  . . . . . . .

Again, I will remind you – the teacher can tell your child they are intelligent, but if they do not know what the word is, how to spell it, use it in a sentence or comprehend it – it will mean nothing to them!