School Choice is the #CarrotToControl the Next Generation – Updated
What looks good, sounds good and makes us feel like we are making a difference by supporting “School Choice” is an illusion that can be clearly documented and proven dangerous for our children and grandchildren.
While I applaud Senator Donna Campbell for legislation such as SB 1819 that determines resident status of students by public institutions of higher education. SB 276 in affect, is much like the carrot that in-state tuition is for illegals. Sure makes us feel good we are helping these students. The reality is we are setting them up to be harmed on the journey crossing the US border illegally.
The “political purpose” of Common Core and School Choice is not public and can be defined as revolution through education. Revolution; defined as “a fundamental change in power or organizational structures.” This is, in fact, a centrally coordinated, reorganization of American education that has global tentacles that are indeed a threat to American’s national security.
The vision to Nationalize education has clearly laid out a pathway through “School Choice.” Be sure and take note of the fact that the same type of legislation is going through the legislative process in other states as well. The language and strategies for control, closely align. WHY is that? It is interesting to me that the proponents of Donna Campbell’s bill in Texas are posting PR and talking points from the Friedman Foundation.
Just released today from Arkansas~ their new voucher law lacks freedom from “National” assessments.
“Participating private schools shall administer annually a nationally recognized norm-referenced test as established by the state board of education. In the event a student with an IEP is exempted from testing, the private school shall prepare annually for the student’s parents a portfolio providing evidence of the student’s progress.”
It is much like Dr. Peg Luksik, in this short video, describes battling Out-come based education back in the 90’s. To watch Dr. Luksik’s full talk click this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDLPRlRoeuc
All the current legislation on “school choice” at a state and federal level ultimately hands parental rights on school choice to the state and federal government.
As my friend Michael Bohr correctly states…
“Parents, who are the first and forever educators of their children, are the only people who hold the right to determine “the best interests of their child”.
Everyone one else has an agenda that puts their best interests over those of the child and they have done so by taking control of our government.
Their hope is that we continue to fight the false battles they lay down before us and forget that we, the parents, are the sole authority in determining the education and upbringing of our children.
The books are quite explicit. Ted Sizer wrote a book in 2004, The New American High School, which laid out the vision with cites to books going back to the 70′s laying out the vision for Nationalizing Education was through “School Choice”
Anita B Hoge and Gen Yvette Sutton released a Press Release on November 21, 2014, that explained to the country that the U.S. Department of Education through the National Center of Education Statistics and its clone, the IES, Institute for Educational Sciences, are collecting and harvesting our children’s personally identifiable information, including raw psychological profiles, without our knowledge and without our consent.
Recent coverage of Pearson testing contractor monitoring individual students taking the PARCC test has heightened this realization that our children’s personally identifiable information is not only being shared and monitored, but this data is used to make millions of dollars for corporate America. They get the data for free. Our children and their teachers are basically Guinea pigs for educational research.
In Texas our legislators, Republicans and Democrats, passed HB2103 overwhelmingly. This legislation set up 3 P-20W (Preschool through the Workforce) research centers that now have access to our children and their teacher’s personal data without parental consent.
Did you know that according to Washington Times contributor Bethany Blankley, Pearson, “an NGA (National Governors Association) donor and Common Core State Standards (CCSSO)’s listed business and industry partner, is integral to Common Core. Pearson Education designs “education products and services to institutions, governments and direct to individual learners.” Listed on the London and New York Stock Exchange, of its numerous investors, the Libyan Investment Authority is its largest financial contributor, holding 26 million shares.
According to the Financial Times, the Libyan Investment Authority was founded by Muammer Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam; more than five Gaddifi family members own shares. The Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR, a recently designated terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates), Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim Brotherhood all heavily invested in Pearson Education through the Libyan Investment Authority. Despite this connection, according to the Guardian, Pearson Education claims as a public company operating in a free market it has no control over its shareholders’ terrorist related activities.
In Texas the STAAR State EOC’s Exams are also produced and administered by Pearson.
The most unconscionable action taken against our children was the Obama Executive Order, 12866, that gutted FERPA, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, allowing our children’s personally identifiable information to flow to outside contractors. Obama referred to this tsunami of data to vendors, businesses, foundations, higher ed, and corporations as “unlocking” the data. President Obama has stripped our children of their privacy and undressed their psyches for ANYONE to track and traffic attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions for research and reeducation programs.
In the West, a fundamental shift is beginning to be felt, as the American idea of individual freedom clashes with the political purpose of control and submission. The outcome will depend on if individuals refuse to submit. The goal of those implementing the fundamental transformation of education have the stated purpose of controlling the attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors of the next generation of Americans. The question then becomes… Whose attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors?
You have to actually read current legislation that is going through Washington and Austin to see the strategies and tactics being used to manipulate legislation and what will be binding through federal law. Much like the individual mandate on healthcare. What is written in the latest version of the ESEA/NCLB reauthorization is an individual mandate on the child when that money follows the child.
There were three major actions under the Obama administration, without legislative approval, to change two hundred years of traditional public education in the United States.
(1) The Common Core copyright, which created a national curriculum and national testing mandating that individual students meet individual standards (similar to the Obamacare individual mandate).
(2) Unlocking data ‘to flow’ through the Family Education Rights in Privacy Act, FERPA, which allows personally identifiable information on our children to flow to outside 3rd party contractors for research and curriculum development to match Common Core.
(3) No Child Left Behind Flexibility Waiver, (ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act), that is re-training teachers to teach to Common Core.
This also allowed ALL children in public school to be funded under Title I by changing the definition of who is poor or educationally deprived to anyone not meeting Common Core/College and Career Ready Standards. (Free and reduced lunch guidelines of 40% school wide were dropped to 0%.)
These three important points control standards and testing, curriculum, and teachers with all public school children being funded under Title I.
‘Obama and Progressive Republican’s Equity in Education Plan‘ for our entire country:
• charter schools replace public schools:
• everyone has federal Title I choice funds to go to any school (charter, private or religious schools)
• every child is taught the same standards:
• every teacher must teach the same standards:
• every test must be aligned to these standards:
• curriculum and software is aligned to standards:
• everything listed here is aligned to government data collection compliance.
So now it is your turn to take action.
Make the calls now! Time is of the essence.
Here are the names and telephone numbers to the Senate Education Committee.
Call them and say VOTE against Donna Campbell’s bill SB 276 due to National Security Concerns.
Larry Taylor, Chair (512) 463-0111
Eddie Lucio, Jr., Vice-Chair (512) 463-0127
Paul Bettencourt (512) 463-0107
Donna Campbell (512) 463-0125
Sylvia Garcia (512) 463-0106
Don Huffines (512) 463-0116
Lois Kolkhorst (512) 463-0118
Jose Rodriguez (512) 463-0129
Kel Seliger (512) 463-0131
Van Taylor (512) 463-0108
Royce West (512) 463-0123
Questions that must be asked of our elected representatives: Hat tip to Donna Garner for help me understand the ramifications and realities on the ground.
- What compromises will be made to get this legislation passed?
- If low-income students are given the Tax Payer Savings Grants; will the the OCR (civil rights) laws under Obama and his Justice Department regarding anti-discrimination go into effect?
- What court precedent protects the private school from the strings attached if any “public” dollars are accepted from outside the school for which tax deductions apply.
- SB 276, states, when the bill passes, the Comptroller and Appointed Commissioner of Ed will write the rules and administer the program. Why are we passing a bill where the rules are not clearly laid out so that elected official understand the reality on their constituents?
- Will federal mandates in legislation like WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) that have already passed and moved governing authority from the Dep. of Ed to Health and Human Services (HSS), which binds our K-12 public schools under career and college competency’s and assessments now be mandated on entities who take the money that follows the child?
Public schools are in crisis, not because they are failing but because they are being set up to fail.
Federal mandates have been paired with tests designed to fail 70% of children to pave the way for corporate America to “save” education. Investors have set their sights on the $700 million/year K-12 education industry, and they will stop at nothing.
Non-profit charters, being run by for-profit Charter Management Organizations (CMOs), have lobbyists ensuring legislation is passed to enable funneling of public funds into their pockets.
Government funds are being used forcibly to “expand” charter schools, at the state and federal levels. In the name of “innovation” charters are not held to the same standards as traditional public schools…the “accountability” standards that are killing public schools.
Traditional public schools have publicly elected school boards. Charter schools and CMOs have CEOs. Which will be responsive to the parent and voter?
Traditional public schools offer special education services to meet the needs of all children. Charter schools are legally required to, but use the excuse that they lack the specialized staff to offer adequate special ed services.
Traditional public schools have to accept all students. Charter schools say they do, but there are applications and lotteries, meaning only children with the most engaged parents enroll.
Re-segregation is occurring as a result of the practices above. Charter school operators target low income areas, where parents are least likely to fight back. Look to New Orleans, Philadelphia, Oakland and more to see how this has worked out for these students.