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"Some questioned whether Washington could ever agree on a replacement for No Child Left Behind. They needn't question any longer," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press)
“Some questioned whether Washington could ever agree on a replacement for No Child Left Behind. They needn’t question any longer,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. (Associated Press) more >
– The Washington Times – Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Congress approved a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law Wednesday as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle linked arms to retreat from expansive national tests and return to states the decisions on how students, teachers and schools will be judged.

The bill keeps federal math and reading standards in place but prohibits Washington from pushing specific standards on states as preconditions for federal funding — a provision directly aimed at Common Core, a set of standards that conservatives hold up as an example of federal overreach.

It did not go as far as many conservatives hoped in boosting school choice, but Republican leaders, who controlled the writing of the bill, said they had to make compromises to win support of Democrats and President Obama, who indicated he would sign the legislation.

The 85-12 vote in the Senate, which follows passage in the House, also marks another major policy bill to emerge from Congress this year.


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What’s behind the Common Core Curriculum From Germany to Communist China to the Soviet Union to the United States today, the elites have a goal:

Conformity uber alles.

Until recently, that’s been hard to enforce. People can do “inconvenient” things like read and research and think for themselves.

Big Business and Big Government and their handmaidens in Big Education have a plan to remedy that.

The National Governors Association, the Gates Foundation, Intel, Microsoft, the World Bank, and the �learning company� Pearson are working hard together to bring a nightmare curriculum to fruition.

Their vision is one where techno-socialization, not knowledge gained from independent sources or critical thinking ability, is the top priority for education.

Documentarian Aaron Franz interviews education researcher Robin Eubanks about the Rotten Core Curriculum, and this video covers some of their main points in an excerpted form.





Common Core: $500 billion scandal


Exclusive: Carole Hornsby Haynes blasts federal takeover driven by corporate giants


By Carole Hornsby Haynes

Why are powerful corporate interests pushing Common Core? Could it be the promise of national scale business opportunities for White House loyalists?

Signaling philanthropic capital, Joanne Weiss, the chief of staff to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and leader of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program, blogged in the Harvard Business Review:

“The development of common standards and shared assessments radically alters the market for innovation in curriculum development, professional development, and formative assessments. Previously, these markets operated on a state-by-state basis, and often on a district-by-district basis. But the adoption of common standards and shared assessments means that education entrepreneurs will enjoy national markets where the best products can be taken to scale.

In this new market, it will make sense for researchers to mine data to learn which materials and teaching strategies are effective for which students – and then feed that information back to students, teachers, and parents.”

Student information obtained through Common Core testing – data mining – is being shared with private companies that sell educational products and services. These companies will mine the information to create new tailored products.

Republican Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corporation, stated, “When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs that extend the reach of great teaching.”

It didn’t go unnoticed that Bill Gates spent – more accurately, primed the pump – $5 billion buying his own version of education reform. From bribing the National Parents Association, to paying the Council of Chief State School Officers for the development of Common Core, to doling out funds to other major centers of influence, the Gates money has attracted those of all stripes who will benefit from the success of Common Core.

News Corp. purchased Wireless Generation in 2010. News Corporation then created Amplify, of which Wireless Generation is a part, to create digital products and services for K-12. Soon after, Amplify partnered with AT&T.

Joel I. Klein, former chancellor of New York City, joined News Corp. as an executive vice president.

GE Foundation gave $18 million to Student Achievement Partners to assist states in implementing Common Core. Student Achievement Partners was founded by David Coleman, architect of Common Core and now, as president of the College Board is redesigning the SAT.

President of GE Foundation Robert Corcoran said, “Our economy is facing an undeniable challenge – good paying jobs are going unfilled because U.S. workers don’t have the skills to fill the positions. We must cultivate a highly educated workforce and we see the Standards as a key component to answering this challenge.”

One wonders if there is more to this than meets the eye. Yes, the GE website sports a full range of data management and data analytics software solutions.

A Fordham Institute editor gushed that business leaders were rallying around Common Core as he name-dropped the powerful who attended the GE Foundation’s Summer Business and Education Summit in Orland0.

The biggest gusher at the Summit was Jeb Bush, whose Foundation for Excellence in Education is supported by the Gates Foundation. Sounding the crisis alarm, he predicted “that states are heading for a ‘train wreck.’ He noted that when the new standards and assessments come fully online in 2015 that many communities, schools, and families are in for a rude awakening.”
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As schools adopt Common Core standards, challenges remain


The Kansas City Star

Brad Neuenswander, deputy commissioner of education in Kansas, spends a lot of time on the phone these days talking about the Common Core State Standards.

“I had a one-hour conversation with a mother over lunch just today,” he said. Talking about what they are. And even more so, “what they are not.”

“I had someone tell me they heard that they were a way to eliminate local school boards. I’d never even heard that one.”

As all Kansas City area school districts and most systems nationwide put the standards into action, they are fending off 11th-hour accusations of a nationwide curriculum — that a federal agency will dictate lesson plans.

Certainly the standards are a dramatic creation for American schools. They propose a set of common expectations of the knowledge and skills that children should attain according to grade level in math and English language arts.

They aim to increase rigor and inspire deeper and creative thinking so seniors graduate ready for college or training for competitive careers.

They represent one of the most collaborative state-level enterprises imaginable in the political world of education.

But for educators, it’s as if this jumbo airliner they spent years designing is being chased down the runway just as it is lifting off.

They already had enough challenges going forward.

The assessments being designed to test student performance under the new standards will cost billions of dollars nationwide to implement.

The assessments’ computerized format will strain many districts’ technology and web accessibility.

Scores almost inevitably will dip at first, clouding the perception of public schools. And this is coinciding with nationwide pressure to make student performance data a bigger part of teacher and principal evaluations.

Forty-five states, including Kansas and Missouri, have adopted the standards, and Minnesota has adopted the reading half. But Missouri and Kansas also stand among as many as nine states that have had lawmakers attempt to repeal them or cut their funding.

Earlier this month, leaders of the Kansas Republican Party adopted a resolution calling on the state to withdraw.

The backlash interrupts what had been a surprisingly smooth ride for education’s grand proposal.

“It seemed like an idea whose time had come,” said Jim Dunn of Liberty, who is directing a National School Public Relations Association project to publicize the merits of Common Core.

Education think tanks had long bemoaned America’s lagging performance in international testing.

U.S. schools too often were loading students up with too much content and not enough applicable skills. Comparisons between states were difficult. Disparities in state test rigor confused any search for successful schools that might serve as models.

In the mid-2000s, Republican and Democratic governors joined with state education commissioners to work with Achieve Inc. to collaborate on a new set of standards.

The idea was the standards would be state-driven. They would set a higher bar to guide educators.

The curriculum and the classroom strategies used to teach to those standards would remain the unique contribution of schools and their teachers.

By the end of 2010, all but a few states had signed on.

“It was surprisingly successful,” Dunn said. “I think the people who backed it got complacent.”

The education community did not always effectively inform people outside its universe of what was in store, he said. A PDK/Gallup poll released in August found, even now, that 60 percent of Americans do not know what Common Core is.

“This was a vacuum,” he said.

Plenty of concerned national voices have filled that space.

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Parent arrested at forum after protesting use of common core

He was being removed for not following format to ask questions and is charged with second-degree assault of police officer

Parent removed and arrested from Maryland State Board of Education meeting on Common Core for speaking out of turn. (Video courtesy of Ann Miller at Baltimore County Republican Examiner)

Robert Small said he wanted to express his dismay over the introduction of a new school curriculum at a public forum Thursday night in Towson, but instead the Ellicott City parent was pulled out of the meeting, arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer.

Small stood and interrupted Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance during a question-and-answer session and began to tell the audience that he believed the new curriculum was lowering the standards of education and was intended to prepare students for community colleges. “You are not preparing them for Harvard,” he said.

The format of the forum did not allow the public to stand and ask a question. Instead, those who wanted questions answered had to write them on a piece of paper. Dance read the questions and had members of a panel, which included state schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery, answer them.

When Small started speaking, Dance told him that he believed his question would be answered, but Small continued to talk. After a couple of minutes, a security guard confronted Small, saying, “Let’s go. Let’s go.”

Small, 46, asked him if he was an officer and the security guard, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer, showed him a badge. The officer grabbed Small’s arm and pulled him toward the aisle. The audience gasped and some people sitting nearby got out of their seats.

As he was being taken out, Small said, “Don’t stand for this. You are sitting here like cattle.” Then he said, “Is this America?”

The officer pushed Small and then escorted him into the hall, handcuffed him and had him sit on the curb in front of the school. He was taken to the Towson precinct and detained. Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to 10 years in prison, and disturbing a school operation, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to six months.

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Examiner .com

School Supers have parent arrested from Common Core meeting

September 20, 2013

School Superintendents receive an F grade for Common Core meeting

Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Lillian Lowery, Maryland Superintendent, had the opportunity Thursday night to make minor amends at an MSDE-sponsored informational meeting after a three-plus year information blackout on Common Core, the new federal curriculum for Maryland schools.

Instead, Dr. Dance added insult to injury by screening, omitting, and editing parents’ questions.

Questions from the audience of about 160 people, which consisted of parents, PTA members, teachers, and school administrators, were submitted on cards prior to and during the 1-1/2 hour meeting for the Q&A period which lasted about 40 minutes.

Dr. Dance chose which questions to read or omit, opting for teacher and school administrator or softball questions. But he also altered the wording of the questions themselves.

My submitted question:
“What is the process for parents to review what data has been or will be collected on our kids, where it is stored, how it will be used, and with whom it has or will be shared? What are parents options for opting out of data collection on our kids?”

What Dr. Dance read:
“As a parent, I’ve heard a lot of information around the state Longitudinal Data system. What is the process to review what data is being collected on students, where is it stored, how will it be used, with whom will it be shared?”

After the question was answered, I called out, “Can parents opt out?”, but was ignored.

My submitted question:
“Although Common Core was adopted by MDE three years ago, in exchange for a quarter Billion dollar federal incentive grant through Race To The Top which is conditioned upon adherence to Common Core, parents weren’t informed until after its implementation. The MDE has not valued nor requested parental input. Instead, there was no transparency or even the courtesy of notifying parents much less consulting them. No wonder parents are up in arms. You’ve awakened the Mama Bear. Why haven’t parents across the state heard of Common Core until the month of its implementation?”

What Dr. Dance read:
“As a parent, I was a little disappointed that I’m just starting to hear so much information around the Common Core state standard. I want to be informed as most parents across our state. As a parent, how can I learn more information around Common Core?”

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