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So Sorry!

So SorryIt is time I apologized for not having posted on here for some time. Health issues have had me to my knees for a while, but with a God full of Grace and wonderful doctors, I am finally back to “normal”, whatever that is for me these days.

I haven’t stopped keeping my eyes and ears on the pulse of our children’s education, and I hope I have some good information for you to read through and take to your own school boards (if you still have one in your community), and let them know you are not happy with the ways things have been going and their re-elections could very well depend on their decisions in the future.

This goes for local and state elected officials who have been operating under the assumption you and I are supposed to be working for them rather than the reverse. There are reasons for their way of thinking and I hope to bring that to you also – it is still “education”.

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The goal of many is to Abolish our Representative form of government and they believe they have it all figured out especially now with the Federal government backing Charter/Choice Vouchers. From fellow researcher Anita Hoge:

Transforming America One City at a Time:

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

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

The combination of all four points above puts this scenario together. It demonstrates that this is the plan for the destruction of our country. The following stories tell the tale.

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

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

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

Thanks to all of you who have commented on my articles in the past and your willingness to “hang in there” with me.

Blessings,

Diane

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Oh Happy Day! ESEA!

Lawmakers in the House passed a bill today that would repeal President Obama’s health care law. But don’t be fooled: the legislation faces certain death.  A symbolic move to follow through on a promise made by Republican candidates on the campaign trail last year, the GOP-led House approved the legislation that repeals Obamacare and directs House committees to submit “an alternative, patient-centered solution.” The body voted 239 to 186.

The Senate is expected to take up repeal legislation at some point too, but Democrats there have enough votes stop it. Even if it made it onto the president’s desk, Obama has said he would veto it and the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to override.

And this is a great thing they have done – just ask them. However, they are still tripping all over themselves. First Obama says he wants $1 billion to indoctrinate our Pre-K children and congress says sure – whatever you want Master. Are these politicians so stupid as to not think all of this is also going to affect all their children, grandchildren and even themselves the same as the rest of America.

Now we have the NCLB Re-Authorization bill titled “Every Child Ready for College or a Career Act of 2015” which Cements Common Core into Nationalized Education!

The U.S. Senate is fast-tracking new legislation titled the “Every Child Ready for College or a Career Act of 2015”, which will re-authorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The author of the bill, Sen. Lamar Alexander, claims it’s an effort to restore the power of local and state education agencies but, in reality, it does the opposite. In fact, his bill places more conditions on the way states develop their standards, assessments, and accountability systems than required under NCLB, and will cement the Common Core State Standards into federal law and Nationalize our education system.

Support for the re-authorization of NCLB is at an all-time high, as states have argued that the federal NCLB waivers and Race to the Top grants  issued by the Obama Administration are too prescriptive and go beyond the authority granted to the U. S. Secretary of Education under the program. The problem with Sen. Alexander’s bill is that it doesn’t undo these requirements, it simply includes them into a new law making what was once only a requirement for states seeking a waiver into a  federal mandate.

Remember, it was Sen. Alexander who first talked about our children’s education from cradle to college, 24 hours a day, 5 days a week in the 80’s.

For example, NCLB legislation (2002), required states to adopt standards that: ‘‘(I) specify what children are expected to know and be able to do; (II) contain coherent and rigorous content; and (III) encourage the teaching of advanced skills.” This allowed states broad discretion to establish standards that best fit the needs of students in their state.

In 2010, the US Secretary of Education limited this discretion when it issued NCLB waivers and Race to the Top (RTTT) grants.  To qualify for these programs, states were required to adopt standards that were “college and career ready” which, in theory, sounds reasonable. In practice, however, the specific criteria used by the US Department of Education to determine if standards were “college and career ready” was anything but reasonable and denied states their constitutional right to independently determine their own standards.

Keep in mind, only a small number of states received any RTTT funds and even less received waivers. The states that received RTTT funds, not all districts received money.

The US Department of Education has defined “college and career ready” as standards which: “align to the entrance requirements, without the need for academic remediation, for an institution of higher education in the State.”

Assurances by the heads of state public universities were made in the application for the NCLB waiver and Race to the Top grants to use the Common Core aligned tests as the “entrance requirements, without the need for academic remediation, for an institution of higher education in the state.”  Over the past four years, public universities have been aligning their entrance requirements to the Common Core and for many universities it is already accomplished. The “entrance requirements” are the Common Core.

If Sen. Alexander intended his bill to do something different, why did he include the same language?

The inclusion of this definition in the re-authorization bill no longer requires the U.S. Department of Education to issue waivers to coerce states into adopting CCSS. The “Every Student College and Career Ready Act” conveniently puts it into law. Senator Alexander’s reauthorization bill is nothing more than the NCLB waiver requirements rebranded. If his bill passes, there will be no escaping Common Core if states want to participate in federal education programs which offer $15 billion in funding to states.

Also there is a large push for our tax dollars to vouchers and charter schools which is taking the parental oversight away from the parents by the eventual elimination of elected school boards.

The Republican Party stated they did NOT support the Common Core Standards and we now know that was another lie to get our votes in 2014. Their words are meaningless and lies. This is the same tactics that were used with Obamacare.

This is just like Huckabee telling the country in front of his cameras he changed his mind and no longer supported Common Core and then turns right around and has lunch with the CCSSO and tells them to just re-brand the name because we are so stupid we will never know it is the same thing.

I am asking you to share this e-mail with all your contacts and to call your Senators and Representatives and them NO – you do not support the “Every Child College and Career Ready” draft legislation any more than you do Common Core. Mama and Papa Bear are coming to call! REMEMBER:  This is not an R or D thing! This is about right and wrong! America or Socialism!  Call all of them – not just yours – let the phone lines go crazy and make them think about what they are doing to this country and our children.

Please read these 2 reports – they explain exactly what is happening and how long the plans have been in place.  1991 SCANS Report and this one really begin your reading on the bottom of page 8  http://www.ncee.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Executive-Summary.pdf

When all is done and said with this bill we will know who they are representing:  the people and their states or their wallets.

And by the way, Obama has already agreed to the bill as long as the assessments and testing are left in it. So what games are we really playing here?

Please contact your contacts and ask them to spread this around and to contact their Senators and Representatives and tell them their wishes. More and more teachers are against all these changes in our education system and it isn’t just because of being graded themselves by the assessments of their student’s achievement.