It's not like we didn't try to tell our MO members of Congress that the
Every Student Succeeds Act was a Pandora's Box. Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. John
Kline were committed to passing the law before January 2016 when Jeb Bush would be extolling his contributions to education in the
presidential debates. The "bipartisan" coterie patted themselves on the back all the way to the Presidential signing of their piece de resistance (not) in December of last year. An unapologetic bill
sponsor was in for a big surprise once the regulatory agency got hold of his legislation. Who knew Obama's choice for Secretary of Education
(which Alexander ALSO rushed to appoint) would propose unlawful
regulations when implementing ESSA?
We the parents did! We tried to tell Congress, but they wouldn't listen to the "little people" who are mere constituents. After all, education lobbyists know so much more than parents. By April 2016 the first hint of disaster appeared in the draft regulations. Comments closed August 1st. Now bill sponsor Kline has penned a scathing letter to to the USDED.
WASHINGTON, D.C. | August 31, 2016 - Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement today regarding the Department of Education's unprecedented and unlawful “supplement, not supplant” regulatory proposal:
The Department of Education is threatening to unilaterally impose a multi-billion dollar regulatory tax on our nation's schools. This punitive policy will unleash havoc on schools and their students at a time when education leaders should be focused on helping children succeed in the classroom. America’s poorest neighborhoods will be hit the hardest as communities are forced to relocate teachers, raise taxes, or both. Any supposed "flexibility" is really a limited set of bad choices dictated by the secretary of education. This is not at all what Congress intended, and those who helped enact this law cannot honestly believe differently.
What the secretary is proposing is unprecedented and unlawful. The only way to make this right is to scrap this convoluted regulatory scheme immediately. Members of Congress came together to pass bipartisan reforms that are designed to help every child receive an excellent education, and we will not allow this administration to undermine these reforms with its own extreme, partisan agenda.
Throughout the U.S. Department of Education’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority proposed regulations we see a pattern extremely similar to that of the 2009 Race To The Top grant, which bribed States into applying for a grant that would require the implementation of one-size-fits-all standards to receive funding. The Department of Education is using these regulations to push a common, national assessment system.
Moreover, the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority proposed regulations incentivize States to join a consortium, something Congress and ESSA proponents said would not happen.
The following are specific areas in which the proposed regulations are egregious in their attempts to impose a common, Federal education system, stripping parents and SEAs of what little local control of education remains, and in many ways contradicts and undermines the law in which they are intended to provide guidance...
See the specific violations of the language and intent of ESSA at StopFedEd
sponsored by Senator Onder, was heard by the Senate education Committee back in March. The committee never held an executive vote on the bill and it went nowhere. Without a sponsor in the House committed to carrying it, the bill was on shaky ground to make headway this year.
Read more on Missouri Education Watchdog
Project Veritas has released a series of powerful and troubling videos showing the callous attitudes and base fiscal focus of the education publishing companies when it comes to providing educational support materials for students. It was never a secret that they are in business to make money and changing standards feeds that business model, but the open contempt for the children and academic excellence is startling in this series of videos.
Joy Pullman has a three part series over at The Federalist providing details of the decline in quality of American textbooks, the corruption that exists in a system designed to grant monopolies to certain companies by placing inordinate textbook selection power in the hands of a few corruptible people.
Why should we be concerned about this decline? In Terrance Moore's book, The Story Killers he warns about the low quality research and bias in these books and what it will do to the mindset of future generations.
“Essentially, all of World War II has been reduced to dropping the bomb
and consequently, we are led to believe, America’s inhumanity…Do we want
the children just now entering school and in the years to come—who may
have never met their great-grandparents—to be made ashamed of that
Greatest Generation, of America, and of our resolution to remain free?”
The next time your school district is looking to update their curriculum and textbook selection, maybe you should have a special screening of these videos for your school board members.
Bush – F
Carson – B-
Christie – D+
Cruz – A-
Fiorina – C+
Huckabee -- C
"On the campaign trail, when asked about his stance on K-12 schools, Sanders has boasted he would end NCLB. That was just accomplished by Congress through a reauthorization of the bill now called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Sanders was an active participant in that process.
When this legislation was still in the Senate, he – along with almost all Democrats – voted for a failed amendment that would have continued most of the worst aspects of NCLB. The bill eventually passed the chamber in a potentially more palatable form. Sanders eventually voted for that Senate version but was conspicuously absent from the final vote."
Since ESSA still requires states to adopt College and Career Ready Standards and have an education plan that is approved by the Secretary of Education, we can safely say that Sanders supports Common Core.
As for Hillary Clinton, her close association with Marc Tucker, the NEA and AFT and the Real World Forums make it clear that she supports Common Core and the use of public education for workforce planning.
From Stop Common Core NH:
"To make the public think they had thought of the changes schools needed to make, the NCEE (Tucker), Hillary Clinton, and Robert Reich established the Real World Forums. These were local community meetings in which the facilitators used the Delphi Technique (psychological manipulation methods) to make the attendees think they had actual input into the final Real World Forum report."
"However, what actually happened is that the final “report” had already been written by NCEE/Clinton/Reich and focused schools on collaborative learning, interpersonal relations, and the affective domain (feelings, emotions, opinions). This took the emphasis in the public schools off deep content knowledge and individual learning and moved classrooms into group think, co-operative learning, and outcomes based education."
Martin O'Malley's support for Common Core has remained constant. In 2009, as Governor, O’Malley supported the development and implementation of Common Core in Maryland. As recently as 2014-15 Governor O’Malley supported the administration of Common Core PARCC tests in Maryland. Read more about his support for common core here.
The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core is proud to announce that Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill1490 into law on July 14, 2014. We appreciate the work of the Missouri Legislature and the Governor in this first step which enables Missourians to direct and develop education for Missouri students. We believe this is an important first step forward that applies the appropriate caution when implementing a new and untried standards system. This new law will provide a measure of protection for our teachers, districts and students from consequences for student test scores on a standardized test whose validity and reliability as a tool for measuring their performance is not supported by data.
We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature in the next session to further education excellence for Missouri students.
Read more about the universal FAIL of preschool to produce lasting improvement of student performance. Studies now showing that making preschoolers sit in a class structured for older students is actually harmful to their psycho-social development. See our new Early Childhood Education Tab
Linda Murphy is an Oklahoma educator
and former appointed Secretary of Education and Deputy Commissioner of Labor
for Workforce Education and Training. She wrote in
the Okie Blaze about her experience in 1995 she was sent to the National Governors Association meeting in Chicago, by then
Oklahoma Governor Keating, where the NGA staff and Marc Tucker met with
Education Advisors from many states.
At that meeting they discussed President Clinton's education plans which were being promoted by business leaders like Lou Gerstner former IBM CEO who later went on to become Chairman Emirtus of Achieve Inc. which wrote the Common Core Standards.
Now her state supports Common Core and the vision of a “human capital pipeline” through education and training nationwide that it enables.
"This is all too familiar to those of us who became informed in the 1990’s," she wrote. "Some leaders remain: Gerstner, Cohen and long range master planner, Marc Tucker. Since 1988 Tucker has been Executive Director of the National Center for Education and the Economy, NCEE, funded by the Carnegie Foundation.
Michael Cohen, Executive Director of ACHIEVE, was chosen by Clinton for leadership in the Department of Education. Cohen was on staff with Clinton, while he was Governor and chairman of the National Governor’s Association."
At that time Murphy and the education advisors from Virginia and New Hampshire were very vocal about their opposition to this vision.
"I just said NO. No, the state of Oklahoma will NOT be participating in this plan," she said.
In her 2013 article she wrote about where the plans are now.
It is now 2015, two decades since this plan was launched. Back in the 90's there was no social media and no grassroots activism of any serious note. The creators did not envision any public back lash and they had the support of business giants like IBM. They actually expected the public to lap it up. The government was going to make our kids college and career ready. What's not to like? They certainly didn't anticipate any kind of coordinated public push back. Their blind spot was their inability to predict the public's rejection of any plan that was based on authoritarian central control. They didn't plan on the tiger moms, the constitutional resurgency and frankly the high level of awareness of so many parents about what goes on in school. Turns out there is plenty not to like.
You can read Murphy's full article here.
Please check it out and share it with your friends!
States that have rejected
Common Core 2015
The American Principles Project and Concerned Women of America have produced a fabulous video series that describes what Common Core Standards are, how we got them and what we can do to get them out of our state.
Please watch all five segments and share this link with as many people as you can.
American Family Association
Americans For Prosperity
American Principles Project
Concerned Women Of America
Conservative Teachers of America
Education Action Group Foundation
Locke & Smith
Home School Legal Defense Association John Locke Foundation
former Attorney General Ed Meese
National Federation of Republican Women
Pacific Research Institute
Public Interest Institute
Public Policy Institute
Washington Policy Center
We The People
Missouri Coalition Against Common Core 2013