Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 17

This is part 17.

Here is a post from the Texas anti-testing group:

“My science teacher said she has to teach towards the STARR. She hates that she has to do that. I don’t even remember what it is like to learn… and not be taught for the STARR.”- Jett, 10 years old


Another reason not to send your kids to the University of Colorado:


Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

Does anyone have any insight into IXL? Our school district is using it on a trial basis. Kids seem very unhappy that time is being taken away from core classes & specials. It is all practice, no teaching. Thanks.

And some replies to this post:

My students use it but it’s just for fluency. If they don’t like it and have better options, keep doing what they like.

my daughter said it is being used in ELA, math & then they are starting Spanish. She said it is taking away from classroom learning time.

Oh boy, so you mean it’s not just during math or they are making kids do math during ELA? So, is it being used as busy work?

it is being used in place of teaching time.

They are practicing language arts in ELA, math in math, Spanish in Spanish. So when are they learning new content?

This is thegoal. Get everyone on computers and replace teachers..

Wow. Yea, that isn’t good. I’d push back on that. It’s just question and answer. It doesn’t teach or give mini- lessons.

my fear exactly. I think I’ll have a meeting with administrators & Opt my kids ou

IXL is actually been around for a long time. My administrator wanted to do one that was more Common Core and we pushed back. It looked ridiculous.

My son’s math teacher tried to get him to use it in 8th grade. I looked at it, looked at the privacy policy and had them delete his account. I told the school he would not be using it and that was it. He did other work

What is IXL and ELA? Are both linked to computers? IMO, computers belong in a room which is not a classroom. The whole point of the Public School System is to socialize kids. That can’t be done when they spend eight+ hours in front of a screen. Individual learning devices have their place in a language lab but that should be in addition to five days of teaching the subject. Computers are not even substitute teachers and as we know many schools are opting to replace teachers with substitutes as much as possible to break the union.

ela is English language arts class & IXL is a computer based learning app but all it does is provide practice with no lessons. It starts with easy questions & gets harder. It scores kids with 1 point for a correct answer but when they get one wing it drops them 10 points & they can’t move on with out a 100.

Everyone should read the Georgetown Review about re-identifying anonymous data posted over the weekend. Nothing is private unless one damands it. Imagine your kid sitting in front of that digital screen (or TV) which is piped into your local “Fusion Center”. Automatically they’ve got face recognition and probably sound, too. Then they create algorithyms which will sift and scrub every key stroke. Who wants to advertise one’s child and reveal his/her weaknesses?! Every key stroke is recorded.

Beyond the data concerns, IXL is a “drill and kill” program.

I can’t even describe how messed up IXL is. The questions are asinine.

Thanks for the input. I wish they would just let teachers teach!

I pray nightly!

I’m fighting for teachers. I attend rallies, meetings…

My kids will opt out of mcas for 3rd y

Does anyone know what happens if 10th graders opt out in MA?

they will not get a diploma just a certificate of completion

I wish there would be a big student push for largescale opt out

me too. The MTA is working on it but we need more parents to opt their kids out.

And another post from this group:

I apologize if you’ve covered this in the past. I’m in MI. My district implemented Summit Base Camp 2+ yrs ago in 6-8. Some love some hate.
But the district hasn’t surveyed parents/kids about this delivery method so we really don’t know, from the larger lense, how people feel.
Yesterday we received a “survey” from KnowledgeWorks, which appears to be attempting to confirm that personalized learning is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

What can you share re KnowledgeWorks? Have you had personal experience with this group? How about Summit? Happy to share our experience if it would be helpful.

And here are some replies to said post:

Knowledgeworks is at the center of the transition to learning ecosystems. Their white papers are terrifying. It is very bad that they are doing surveys in your district.

Their “future of learning” for Pittsburgh

Key player in the takeover of North Dakota’s schools. Working with the state office of education there:

If you are not familiar with the Learning Ecocystem concept this is an overview:

Yeah. Wow. I need some sort of cliff notes version. Most in my district haven’t even figured out the negative impacts of NCLB. They think personalized learning is the silver bullet.



4-minute overview:

My write up on Summit from awhile ago

Recent protest of Summit at Brooklyn high school

Strive Together is the “wrap around” services “cradle to career” spin-off from Knowledgeworks. They will profit greatly from outsourced student services for “the whole child” via pay for success finance. Not sure if you all are being pitched on the “community school” model, but it is not what it appears to be.

Thank you, Alison! I know it’s a lot, [name redacted]. “Personalized” Learning can sound good on the surface but it’s truly problematic. PAA has some info on it as well:

Yes. I messaged Allison that this reminds me of when I first entered ed advocacy in 2011 (working to oppose the proliferation of charters in MI). I did so much research re Rhee and trying to follow the money. Here, at least, it’s laid out.

I’ll try to get through it over the holiday.

Thanks so much, both of you, for your help.

Only those who will take the time to understand the Community Education Concept will be able to make the public education system right again…in my humble opinion.

I wonder if it’s related to this roll out. Just received by email. “Knowledge Works

Dear friends,

In this time of gratitude, I’m thankful for the privilege to serve alongside Team KnowledgeWorks and the schools and communities we serve to boldly transform how all students learn. It’s an honor to work with a dedicated, high-quality and energized staff, board of directors and with our partners and learning communities.

The most impactful moment for me was seeing the KnowledgeWorks team in action as a thought partner for five districts and state-level leaders in North Dakota as they work to scale personalized learning and, to quote State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, “change the way students will learn in North Dakota.” Students are ready to have agency and when they do it’s the most powerful thing we can equip them with.

Building upon my experience attending the first convening of nearly 100 North Dakota educators, I participated in a school visit to Marysville Exempted Village School District just outside of Columbus, Ohio. The learning environment and culture of their schools raised a clear and singular question: Why does every child not have the opportunity to learn like the second grader at Northwood Elementary – who owns her own learning experience and best represents what all learners will look like in the future?

And in the spirit of both potential and urgency, I’m excited for us to release Forecast 5.0 next week and the opportunities that can arise with the Forecast as a tool to open greater dialogue and solicit action to affect change. This will be a clear focus of ours in aligning the work of KnowledgeWorks, in partnership with others, to help create a new future of learning.

Thanksgiving is an invitation to rededicate ourselves to our why and making a difference in the lives of those most vulnerable. When we come together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

With gratitude,

Chuck Ambrose
President, KnowledgeWorks “

Strive Together is creepy. I researched it when it was using certain cities as pilot models for cradle to grave community wide alignment. If you need links, let me know.

From what I can find from LilSis, KnowledgeWorks is part of two larger groups: Competency Works and Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

Here is a post from the Texas anti-testing group:

I’m sure this has been asked… my son moved school districts this summer. He failed LA STAAR last year. Counselor tried to bully him into giving up an elective. I told her absolutely not, but now they have taken away his extra period and put him in tutoring. Can I fight that? He needs that extra time for his rotating study period.

And another post from this group:

My daughter’s principal just called. She said on of the teachers informed her my daughter wasn’t taking STAAR this year which is a “requirement” for her to be promoted to 6th grade. That her (principal’s) teachers do not teach to the test and that they do take STAAR into consideration in GPC meetings. Oh and that if she doesn’t take STAAR, the endless hours of tutoring and summer school that is a requirement as well. I was hoping to wait until after our family vacation to deal with this.

And some replies to this post:

What district?


How can they take STAAR in to consideration, if the child isn’t there to take it? 😊
There’s plenty of us that have had a GPC without STAAR data.
Oh and a lot of us have never experienced summer school or tutorials…

If your child doesn’t participate in STAAR then they can’t take it into consideration. My son’s in 6th and has never taken STAAR, has never done tutorials, and never been to summer school.

how did you manage to opt him out?

I kept him home during assessment and make up days. Refused summer school. Requested a GPC and they promoted based on grades. Tutorials weren’t ever an option thrown out by them so never had to refuse that.

^^ The only difference in our 5th grade opt out story, is that my daughter accepted minimal at home work

^^ same story as [name redacted[.
Opted one kid out 4th, 5th, and 6th. Another kid 7th, 8th, and 9th.

my oldest did that but my second didn’t. Everyone agreed it was pointless and not needed. They based it off of grades.

my g’son had a B in math, they gave him 5 math packets and 1 English, which he had an A in. In 6th they attempted to put him in remedial English, his mom squashed that real quick.

I know it’s just a lot crap the principal has to say. DD has never taken STAAR and I get that it’s a “promotion year”. Nor has she ever done any tutoring either. Just funny how she’s trying to do everything she can to encourage DD to take the test. So the meeting is to go over what the teachers teach and just how she runs the school. Which is fine.

Yep. Mine is now in 7th and hasn’t taken a STAAR test yet and as long as we are his parents, he won’t.

what do ya’ll do to get him out of taking the test?

just say no. Actually there are a few ways. The one we prefer is making doctor appointments for each day. Then they are excused absences.
Another is withdrawing for the week under the guise of homeschooling. (Make sure you say you are homeschooling on the withdrawal. After the week of testing, oh darn. Homeschooling just didn’t work
Still another way depends upon how strong your child is. You can send your child to school with the instruction that they are to listen politely to instructions, but do NOT open the test book, fo NOT make a mark on it or the answer documents. After instructions are done, hand the documents back to the proctor saying “I’m done”. They will pressure, you write a note saying school may speak to you only. The child receives a 0 score. You may promptly pick up the dog poop with it for all it’s worth.
Another option is to tell your child to make pretty pictures on the answer documents by filling in whatever bubbles they want. Personally, I prefer the first two options. It’s so much easier.

How do they know your child won’t be taking STAAR ?

She said the math teacher told her. Which we (our family) haven’t even said anything to DD about it yet for this year. But DD knows she doesn’t take it. So unless previous teachers told the principal or DD forgot she said something to her teacher.

i wouldn’t even give them the time of day. Just blow them off and do what you want

I want to but I also kinda want to see how they aren’t teaching to the test this year or if they are blowing smoke. I honestly want to know. That’s probably the only reason why I will attend the meeting. Other than that, it is all a waste of time. It won’t change my mind.

keep us posted

They called you to a meeting?

yes. She said I was more than welcome to speak to her and go over how things are different this year. How I can go to DD’s classroom and see how things are taught.

she is blowing smoke. Read the pinned post on this page. You go Mom!


Mine is a fifth grader. I told her teacher at conferences and reminded her she won’t be taking it. She said okay.

I’m sorry your district is so difficult.

we have a new principal this year so way better than the last 2 years but still have to fight them on it.

I call BS. None of their scare items are required for grade placement. Call them the bullies that they are and tell them that it’s a shame that such bullies are in charge of teaching our kids.\

I get they have to spout certain stuff to cover their backsides. I know its bs and very upfront with them about that lol

If you do go to the classroom, don’t give them any advanced notice. Just show up one day and say you decided to take them up on the offer of observing the class. That way they can’t make any advanced plans.

I pop in a lot when I volunteer

parents at our school can’t even go inside the school past the front door unless escorted and babysat by a school staff member. All in the name of security. All doors are locked and you have to be buzzed into the building.

yes ma’am. Still have to sign in and get a badge even for PTO. Rules changed this year to even pick up our kids. My town is a small rural town.

I have to sign in just to drop off papers.

it’s crazy but understandable.

“I understand that you work for TEA, and are obligated to support their bullshit agenda. Bulling my child and I is not going to get you anywhere. In the future, please communicate with me IN WRITING regarding this matter, so that I can mantain a written record of your threats for my attorney.” click.


Sounds like a lying principal.

I’m sure. Anything to do with STAAR, they spout what they are told.

kids usually don’t walk in and announce they’re not taking staar out of the blue. imho the math teacher knows because she’s saying staar this and staar that to the kids everyday

I agree. I don’t allow DD to speak with the teachers about the STAAR test because I don’t trust the teachers to not fill her head with some bs. We did have issues with a certain teacher last year who could’ve said something or even looked into her file and noticed there was no scores for the previous 2 years. Either way I know that must of what was said was scare tactics (no matter how nicely it was put) and smoke.

So what schools do is this, they create cards for each student at the end of the year. It has different categories on it and the teacher for that year fills it in. They can add comments ( like parent refused to allow student to test) so that way the next year teacher knows all about the student

wow so much for starting out the year with a clean slate..

I know 😕 it’s sad. Kids change from year to year

And yet another post from this group:

Not directly STAAR related. But does anyone also opt their children out of the Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative. I’ve been reading up via the education code and TEA website. And it seems just almost as dumb as STAAR. With them trying to link a child’s ability to do a sit-up or push up to future academic success.

And some replies to this post:

We opted out in Georgia (called the Fitnessgram there), but I haven’t found much info about opting out here.

They call it the Fitnessgram here, too.

This is the first I’ve ever heard of it, but would probably opt out due to asthma.

It’s been around in some form since I was in school in the ‘80’s.

It’s useless and pointless and was never linked with anything when I went through school. I’m going to have two high schoolers next year and it’s never followed them.

Yes, but their data never goes away.

When I was in Jr High in 1969 (!) we had the President’s Physical Fitness Program. Had my first asthma attack trying to run a mile in whatever time they deemed indicated I was healthy. Nonsense then, nonsense now. It wasn’t linked to academic performance, though.

And none of our information was entered into databases either.

Yes. We opt out of the fitness gram or whatever it’s called.

Our elementary school had the 4th graders write letters to their Texas state reps requiring the letters to be written in support of keeping the Fitnessgram. They had to tell the reps what they liked about it and why they wanted to keep it, and they were told if the did not write a supportive letter that their recess would be held from them until they complied with the assignment. I was more than a little upset. So overreaching and inappropriate. Assignment was the gym teacher’s idea because I think the state was possibly considering removing the Fitnessgram to replace it with something else.

Oh, and they mailed the forced letters to the state reps to potentially influence public policy with dishonest letters.

that is crap.

Yes, yes it is.

This is the worst

I would contact those same reps and name the district, school and individual teachers who coerced 4th graders to write those letters.

Contact the media also.

I’d be interested to know how it is being linked to academic achievement. I know at our school all it is used for is to let the coaches know what (if any) improvements have been made in strength, flexibility, and endurance. I will say that I am all for getting a base line for each student at the beginning of the year and checking progress throughout the year so students can see where they have improved – especially if the only true fitness time they get is at school. I’ve helped with part of the fitness gram, but haven’t seen every component of it.

The information I pulled was from the TEA website and TEC. I don’t see where it says anything about improved fitness goals. They may be doing that in addition, at the local level.

My daughter just opted out of the fitness gram this morning. 😊 I received a call from the school letting me know. Lol

And still yet another post from this group:

My son’s high school has placed him in a EOC prep class one day a week. He failed the biology portion of the EOC his freshman year. He does have an IEP. He was pretty upset when he told me about this, as he thought they were making him retake a class that he had already received credit for. However, when I asked for an explanation of what was going on, I was told it was to prep him for the STAAR Biology EOC. I’m furious that they have done this without any communication to the parent, until I asked what was going on. That aside though, can they do this without receiving any approval from me or without going through an ARD meeting?

And some replies to this post:

Exactly what they did to my son, I went to the school & told them no they won’t put him in that class they better have another schedule by morning of next day. Found out they took him out of a class he needed to graduate with, next day he was in the class he needed to graduate.

Waiting for an answer too. They did it to my kid with two classes. They even put her in pre AP English 2, but she failed half of English one supposedly

The answer is no they can’t go demand they put your child in the class he is supposed to be in. I did it when my son was in 9th grade & he was put back in class he was supposed to be in. I didnt take NO for an answer.

Is this class on his IEP? If not, demand he be removed right away.

No, I’m not aware of this prep class being a part of his IEP. Might I add, that they are not pulling him from a scheduled class to take this prep class. The school started this ‘scholar’ time this year, where it’s similar to a study period; so that’s what they’re pulling him from to do this prep thing. They’ve also followed up that if he fails the EOC a second time, THEN we’ll have an ARD to determine if he takes it again.

Have you asked to see the written policy that requires a student to fail the EIC twice before the ARD can make a decision? (It doesn’t exist… they are making crap up!)

Just venting… so angry when they do that!!! The student earned the credit. Move on😡

And for those parents whose students do not have an IEP, you can still demand that they be removed from STAAR prep classes!
They are worthless!

So, is this one of those things where the school is required to OFFER it, but the student is not required to take it?


And yet another post:

I have a question. My daughter got a letter today from school saying they are requiring her to go to tutoring every wednesday after school until 4:45 based off of prior year STAAR. She passed all her staar exams last year. They are saying that if she refuses to go it is a level 1 offense per their handbook and absenses from tutoring are treated like absenses from school. She is already involved in a club that day so if she goes she wouldnt be able to continue the club she loves. What about parents that couldnt pick up at that time? Can they force her to attend? I dont think she needs the help honestly. Her younger brother needs tutoring but they havent mentioned anything about going. This is dumb.

And some replies to this post:

Tell them to abide by their anti bullying policy. They are trying to bully you to their ways.

Is this a charter school?

It is a charter school.

If she passed the Staar exams last year, why does she need tutoring? I would ask the school.

its dumb. I emailed her teacher waiting on response.

I told them not happening…not a good day for me. By law…tuturing not required to pass.If they require her to stay after…ask which one of them going to bring home? And we didnt….and that was after failing every star and now senior.

Thats what I said. Technically she is already at school but she is at a club i already paid the fees for.

If you were in your neighborhood public school you would be able to refuse this. You can still refuse of course, but since you decided to use privately owned charter schools for your child, you gave up numerous protections other parents have under the Education Code. Your relationship to the school is one defined by contract, and if that is in the handbook, they are perfectly within their rights to insist upon it or take action against your child if you refuse

Well ill fight it but in general its a great school but this just seems dumb

Ask if there is an alternative that everyone can agree upon. Maybe another day? Maybe a day during lunch? Maybe an online based program that she can do at home? It’s different with a charter, but you can still have a discussion and be solutions oriented. The absence thing is really stupid though. School attendance is a documented regulation (that might be the wrong word), but they can’t Mark a student absent for the day if they were in school. There could be alternative consequences (lunch detention or something for not going to tutorials) since it’s a charter, but they can’t mark her absent from school because of after school tutorials.

A charter can absolutely do that. They can make their own rules.

They can falsley say a student didn’t attend the school day for missing an hour of tutoring offered outside of their regular school hours? It’s still stupid and it would hurt them when it comes to attendance count. I wonder if its a public charter or private, there’s a difference when it comes to funding and different laws and regulations that should be followed

There’s no such thing as a “private charter”. There are traditional public schools, charter schools (use public money, but are run, in the vast majority of cases, by for-profit corporations) and private schools.

well there are district schools that are chartered but remain part of an ISD, and there are the privately owned charter schools (incidentally they all claim to be non-profits, but nothing stops a non-profit from purchasing the services of for profit operators). That may be what she means by public and private charters. But they are all using our tax dollars and all a decidedly bad idea.

At least part is an empty threat. If they mark your child absent for the day, they don’t get paid for the day from the state…

It says absences from tutoring will be treated as absences from school, not counted as. Which i would think means similar consequences.

I’ve learned that charters make up the rules as they go along.

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

Thoughts on kids given alternative tests to SAGE? What should one say to teachers insisting giving an alternative test?

And here are some replies to this post:

Is this happening to one of your kids?
Here is the text of my letter I wrote the other day to inform the new teacher in our school when my child came home and said there was supposed to be an alternate assignment.

“Hi Mr/Mrs…

[Child] notified me there is going to be an alternate assessment given for students that will not be taking the SAGE exam. She thought you mentioned the alternate assessment is a State or District requirement. According to Utah State Law, an alternate assessment is not allowed. I have included the links to the laws that support this.
SECTION: R277-404-6. Student and Parent Participation in Student Assessments in Public Schools; Parental Exclusion from Testing and Safe Harbor Provisions…/Title53A/Chapter15/53A-15-S1403.html
SECTION: 9 (a)

We don’t allow [Child] to take the SAGE exams for any reason. We don’t like her to even log into the SAGE portal because of the data tracking in the SLDS system.

Do you know which days you will have the students take the SAGE exam? My current plan is to keep her home during those classes so she can spend her time on something we, as parents, feel is more productive and beneficial to her future.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you!”

No. Just say No. It’s against Utah state law for children to be rewarded or punished or their academic grade impacted in any way based on wheather or not they take the test.
If the teacher uses the lame excuse some kind of test is needed to see what your child knows, I would challenge that teacher. If your child has spend all year in that classroom and the teacher doesn’t know where they are without an alternative test, that’s one cruddy teacher.
edit Or one cruddy system that makes it difficult for teachers to tell where kids are because of confusion and so much being done and evaluated on line.

It’s fine if it’s not graded.

We were dealing my with that too with the teacher, even in the practice tests earlier in the year. She also was not giving me the schedule for SAGE until I got the office involved in it. Still had to ask repeatedly afterwards. I just ended up keeping 5th grader home. This is so LAME!!!! I am done with public school. Geez these people need to open their eyes and get a grip on reality again. Gah! I’m so mad!!!

I’m gearing up to have this fight with one of my children’s teachers tomorrow. She was given an alternate paper test in math last week, and per my instructions, used it to doodle. Today the teacher confronted her, berated her, and told her she would have to come to her class for flex time until the test is completed. Her reasoning; ‘this isn’t just about you, there is more at stake here than just your grade’. This, after the class did 200 review questions to prep for the test, over who knows how many class periods. I can’t think of a better reason to fight this ridiculous system, because it is clearly having a negative effect on more than just the children. It amazes me that more teachers and administrators don’t push back. Clearly, they are not given, or finding the correct information if this teacher believes that my child being opted out will somehow impact her. With three jr. high and high school kids, this is our first experience with a teacher using this type of intimidating and inaccurate information to try to force compliance.

I don’t mind either of my kid is in class. I don’t want them threatened to have to make it up during class if they are not their or warning me that this is what the HAVE to do. Nope. Just shows the lack of facts and that’s so frustrating.

I don’t like it because it is simply one more ridiculous test. If a teacher hasn’t been paying attention throughout the year and needs yet another assessment to know how my child is doing, then I feel they aren’t doing their job… or more likely… they are just trying to use it to keep the student busy and deter other students from opting out. To me… any alternate assessment is a complete waste of my child’s time and I can plan a far more educational activity during that time.

Yep, and this is why I told my kid that she can sit quietly in class and do nothing, or doodle on the alternate if she wants. It counts for nothing for student, teacher, and school. Now, since the teacher is trying to force her to complete the alternate test during flex time, we have a problem.

Yup… that’s why my daughter is checked out of school for her last two classes today… same reason.

True enough, but my understanding is that most people don’t take their kids out of school. So, the teachers need to find something for them to do. They are giving alternate assessments so that everyone feels like they are treated fairly. While there is no prohibition against rewarding kids who are opted out, it does ‘feel’ wrong for those who take SAGE to think that those who don’t take SAGE are watching a movie or something. So, that’s where the alternate assessment seems to figure in. The schools don’t want a lot of kids opting out, so they don’t want it to go around that if you opt out, then you don’t have to take a test…hence alternate assessment. I get it.

Most of my children’s teachers have sent the opt-outs to the library, or the back of the class, to read. Occasionally they have been given alternate tests, but until yesterday, none were told they had to continue working on it after the SAGE testing was completed. Certainly none were called on the carpet for not completing the alternate. My preference would be to check them out, but since the school and teachers don’t send the testing schedules home, and we can’t always get there to take them out, we have just rolled with the alternate activities or tests. No problem there, but since a SAGE tester can answer with random choices, or nothing at all, and be done with it when the testing time is over, then so can the opt-outs.

I’m so sorry for the people who are getting so much crap for opting out. I just turned in a form, no arguing, no meetings. And during sage testing, my son just sits in the office and reads while his class tests. I’m feeling very grateful for our charter school. I wish everyone’s experiences could be the same.

I’m so thankful for this group. This thread was started 2 years ago but still beneficial for me. I’ve been homeschooling for years and just this year my girls are in public school. 8th and 11th. My 8th grader was told that if she didn’t take the state math test then she would be given a “much harder” alternative test. Thanks for all you do!

Here are some posts from the anti-Competency Based Education group:

Rockefeller’s, Rothschild’s “Resilient Cities” program. Beijing is not listed, but there are two others in China, which I will post after this general introduction. I think, maybe Beijing isn’t listed because the Communist govt of China, therefore, it’s economy, is already under the direction of Agenda 21.

“By 2050, 75 percent of the global population are expected to live in cities.

“Because of the collision of globalization, urbanization, and climate change, not a week goes by that there’s not a disruption to a city somewhere in the world: a cyber attack, a natural disaster, or economic or social upheaval. Meanwhile, cities face acute stresses, such as poverty, endemic crime and violence, or failing infrastructure, that weaken a city over time.

“While cities can’t predict which disruptions will come next, they can plan for them, learn from them, and generate additional benefits through the same investments, such as opportunities for economic growth or improved parks for city residents. In other words, they can achieve “resilience dividends” that can make cities better places to live not just in times of emergency, but every single day.”

As George W. Bush said when president: “You’re either for us or agin’ us.” Given this, review the presidencies since Clinton. Let’s use our gen of presidents as a starting point to understand the NWO as it is being implemented. It will explain all of the ‘natural disasters’ the world has been experiencing of late = social engineering.

I SUGGEST WATCHING THIS FIRST, BEFORE READING MORE ON THE ‘Resilient Cities’ program. It’s focus is NorCal, it is partly taped at the Sonoma County supervisors meeting after last year’s fire there; only the first planned for NorCal, the recent Paradise fire being only the second. What more is to come? PLEASE, IF YOU LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, ASK YOURSELF ABOUT YOUR OWN COMMUNITY WITHIN THIS CONTEXT: WOULD YOU FIT THE CRITERION FOR BEING RAZED BY FIRE? And then, All Of Us, ask: what can we do to make a safe transformation to New Energy, New Way of Life, that our rulers would except, without being burned earthquaked/tsunami’d/hurricained/flooded/frozen out of our homes and towns? THESE NATURAL DISASTERS ARE OUR WAKEUP CALL, they are only the beginning.


How are Resilient Cities tied to Common Core/Fed Ed?



And here is another post from this group:

National Mayors endorse early learning initiative-headed by Bezos.


Here is a post from Lynn Davenport:

When they say ‘all means all’, they really mean no child left behind the testing, high-stakes pressure, and data-driven culture. They mean no child will escape the technology used to teach literacy and track their every click instead of investing in more reading specialists. All children are falling prey to this accountability system that has squelched the love of learning and reading. This article (at the bottom) is about Waco, but the same could be said about RISD. Many districts fell for the nonsense, but some worse than others depending on their leadership. We lost some serious ground between 2010 and 2016. And before that, we were an early part of the Imagination Station pilot in 2003. Maybe we need to examine our history? Is the reading prevention program below preventing them from reading? 🤔

“Richardson ISD, named a “Best Practice District” by the National Center for Educational Accountability, implemented The Imagination Station in all 39 elementary schools as a reading prevention and intervention program after their educators received district-wide professional development. “The Imagination Station’s movement, color, characters, music and interaction enhance students’ interest,” said Gaitha Castleman, Director of Language and Literacy. “The program is an added resource that will help our teachers tailor their guided reading instruction.”…/Imagination-Station-Adopted-…

Waco ISD 
“In Waco ISD, ‘All means all.’ Therefore, through this comprehensive districtwide literacy plan, all learners have access to positive literacy experiences that will equip them for life, no matter their gifts, challenges, or special abilities and allow them to function as contributing members of 21st century society,” the report states.

Still, Waco ISD secondary education director Scott McClanahan said the state’s emphasis on standardized testing has been part of the decline of classroom reading.

“There is an expectation of students to be reading,” he said. “However, … principals are held accountable for (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) scores and that’s going to trump reading, and that is the sad truth. You know if I have a choice to give my kids the time to read in class or work on STAAR, they are going to choose STAAR.”


Here is a post from Alison Hawver McDowell, AKA Wrench in the Gears:

I’m working on a longer piece about the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, but wanted to share this in the mean time. For any folks who might still be confused and think that Linda Darling-Hammond is on the side of humane teaching and learning. Look who’s funding her “evidence-based” think tank

I’m working on a series around toxic philanthropy and impact investing in the Bay / Silicon Valley region. This is the first post. The HP one will be next.

And here are some replies to this post:

here are all my articles with both Hewlett and DH:

add this to what we have in a Idaho, with JKAF


Albertson Foundation

This article is from a local teacher

I just looked up the website and Vander Ark is in the banner image!

And this from a retired teacher today

Building Hope gets $$$ from the Albertson Foundation and if I understand correctly @Victoria M. Young also from Betsy DeVos’s big grant to expand charters?? Posted on related JKAF to ID BATs. But not on this piece below which was in the Statesman.
Caldwell has issued a permit to authorize construction of a charter school, Elevate Academy, at 114 W. Chicago Ave., a parcel owned by Building Hope (Patrick Connor), BuildZoom reports. The two-story, 40,000-square-foot school would specialize in technical education.

You all have Strive in Pocatello and Boise. I’m sure they are the hub.

New charters will likely target opportunity zones for the tax shelter.

not to mention…. we have JKAF in bed with Ohio’s failed charter king Terry Ryan

OH=Knowledgeworks and Strive.

if I remember correctly, JKAF (Joe Scott is family member) Scott=k12

apparently our county has 3 OZ’s!

Next Generation is in the mix.

Linda Darling Hammond is on board the Aspen Institute SEL group the NCSEAD.

These guys are tied to this group too:

Click to access NCSEAD-MEMBERSHIP-LIST-11-18.pdf

And them:

Here are some posts from an anti-Common Core group:

I have seen first hand what happens when teachers take a stance against Common Core. It’s not pretty. Try to understand that a teacher’s livelihood is on the line. With or without tenure

that’s an old cop out. I have seen teachers here ok with pushing this agenda because they are pushing how they think. That’s not what teaching was ever about. As a teacher who stood up before leaving the classroom, if you are quiet and not ok with what is happening in education-you are part of the problem.

Not to mention that no one sees how you vote.
Yet the teachers turn out en masse to vote for the people who keep the garbage in place because they’d rather promote the social and political agenda than save the kids.

its not a cop out at all. There are many teachers who cannot afford to stand up against the system. The problem is we are not seeing these teachers as regular human beings. Who have mortgages to pay and mouths to feed. Some yes, they do push the common core agenda because they agree with it. I have seen the other side

Did you know there are people who turn a blind eye to pedophilia in fear of retaliation? We have a trafficking problem in the US and there are lots of powerful people who refuse to be whistleblowers or hold anyone accountable because they are afraid.

Is staying silent when children are harmed ok?

I know many who sought employment elsewhere, because their morals and refusal to indoctrinate children where more important than their pay. I understand, but there is always another choice to sit silent and do nothing while our youth are being endangered is wrong no matter the reason.

The problem is not teachers, it’s the establishment. Many don’t understand that, or think it’s easier for teachers to take a stand, but really, change should be targeted to the federal government because there is no Board of Ed in any currently pro-Core state that will reverse it bc of the MONEY they receive for it … That’s just the bottom line. Change has to start at the top.

These parents who turn on the teachers are not helping our cause of getting back to good education! These parents are blaming teachers who have no power. One reason I retired early from teaching, something that I had absolutely loved doing. Broke my world for a few years – but fighting back as my teacher friends and I did resulted in nothing. Government and corporations have hijacked quality education. And America is already paying the price.

so you are saying that teachers who are supporting themselves and their families should just quit their form of income?? Would YOU do that? Do you want to pay for their welfare? I DID retire early because of CC and other extreme problems in education – but I was only able to do that because I had other forms of financial support. Most of my younger teacher friends are quite unhappy – but they are stuck. They need to buy those “luxuries” like food and shelter and heat and clothes for their kids. How dare you judge someone else’s life experiences.

when you become a teacher, THEN you can say what you want – but you may NOT criticize people for something of which you have no knowledge. Very arrogant of you.

I would love to hear examples of actual firings. I see some examples of resignations here (more like early retirement).
All too often it’s just stay and teach and enforce sit and stare for the tests then go home and make some posts on social media.

do you know what kind of lawsuit that would bring upon that teacher for speaking out. She/he would black balled and never be able to get a job where she/he lived again

I was a teacher for over 15 years and left because of the silence of other teachers and the indoctrination that I was expected to do. I spoke out and was labeled a trouble maker. I tried to fight and other teachers were silent, telling me this will pass and not to worry. They also sent their kids to private school while they taught in public schools. I practiced what I preach and am disgusted the profession I chose has been silent and allowed the abuse of children to continue and remain silent and make excuses.

I saw a teacher fired (forced resignation) for standing up. The teacher was the most honest and compassionate teacher I have ever met. The system is stacked against those professionals who stand up against it. The union sent the teacher packinng

Teachers who speak out are often alone, so their treatment is ugly. They’ve never organized together to say enough is enough. This is why they get little respect from me. The excuses teachers make for remaining silent are nauseating and are as abusive as those putting these education reforms in place. To not speak is to speak and the teaches’ silence shows they are ok with what’s going on.

unions have coordinated and spent thousands to get teachers that support reforms and union interests on boards. Outspending and call banking for their candidate that eliminated parents and community members from serving. In NY it’s called project pipeline and they boasted 99% of their candidates landed board seats. Operated by the NYSUT the State teachers union.

I am sure you have heard stories and know people who have been fired for standing. If not, you werent paying attention or thought to be trustworthy enough to get into detail with. You are not going to find anything in writing. As a teacher, I would think you would know that

However many teachers do get harassed and their workplace becomes toxic, when they speak out. Many teachers dealing with this in NYC. Maybe not elsewhere, but I know quite a few. And they tend to be senior teachers who will not ever be hired anywhere else due to their age. So yes, speaking out is a huge risk and not without severe consequences for teachers who do so.

go up against common core in a recorded CSE meeting. See what happens. I’ll make a bet with you as to who rats her out the board first

I have a child with an IEP. (I am a special educator— left teaching.). Those meetings are basically a joke. Whatever individual teachers say outside, they have not communicated during the meeting. Therapists recommendations are not considered, nor are they even invited to the meeting. It’s basically procedural and in theory, satisfies the law. It’s a disgrace.

But when there are 10 ppl in the room including the chair. 1 is neutral. 9 are against. 1 speaks outs. That person who spoke out. You hear “oh shit” because everyone in the room knows the meeting is being recorded and that person just made a big boo boo. 2 months later, the resignation letter comes. You dig a little deeper. Talk to a few people. It was be fired or resign. Backlash

My mom was a teacher, retired now. She had friends who were a few years away from retirement when common core came into play. Every single one of them hated it. They kept their mouths shut. They didnt want to risk losing their pensions. As soon as they were old enough to retire… they were out of there. The younger teachers aren’t that lucky.

Yup he doesn’t realize that since the years of the Bloomklein administration teachers have been targeted for the slightest perceived issue – being a senior teacher, or one who has been on medical or family leave, made them targets. The younger untenured teachers are pushed to the max and many leave because the demands have become overwhelming to gain tenure. Glad to hear your mom was able to leave without a hitch although I am sure those last few years were not pleasant.

Teachers livelihoods on the line. Why? Fear? If the handlers of contracts don’t provide you T-shirt’s and signs to protest you all remain silent and offer platitudes aka excuses.

You have the numbers to overwhelm the reformers mandates. You claim to know and agree the reforms are horrific. Why the fear to collectively – in solidarity restore the profession to that of child centric quality education?

That’s the elephant in the room.

How many years did you think parents were gonna sacrifice their children’s education that is more social justice training rather actual education in favor of livelihood? Why attack parents that are forced to seek alternatives for their children given they won’t sacrifice their education because of no-do overs, from what even you teachers admit are horrific mandates?

Most likely to succeed on vimeo is free to watch I think through tomorrow. I just finished watching it and it is a real eye opener where students are free to collaborate and work together and the results are not surprising to me as most of my own learning happened after I left school.

Teacher— parent of 3 here giving my 2 cents. I left the classroom because it would have been against my conscience and most likely have taken a toll on my physical health as well. It is enough for me to have to stand for my own children. I have subbed and provided Home instruction. I’m a dinosaur when it comes to pedagogy and an advocate when it comes to kids with special needs or non cookie cutter circumstances.
It is NOT about the kids — my own or any other kids.

I post as often as I can to continue to warn and inform. For the most part, very little reaction happens. It’s not I need the validation, it’s we need discussion AND unity in fighting back against the agenda and it’s machine seeking to silence BOTH parents and teachers. All the while, the real victims (students) loose out daily.

I post as often as I can to continue to warn and inform. For the most part, very little reaction happens. It’s not I need the validation, it’s we need discussion AND unity in fighting back against the agenda and it’s machine seeking to silence BOTH parents and teachers. All the while, the real victims (students) loose out daily.

I know many who wouldn’t believe me because our teachers never spoke up. They want to hear it from the horses mouth. I was shunned at my children’s school which is why I pulled my kids out over 5 years ago.

In my opinion, it seems the divisions in here are more political, more left vs. right than teacher vs. parent.
What does leaving accomplish? There are only words going back and forth. They don’t hurt you in any way. Sadly it is common for activist movements to lose their momentum after a few years and collapse due to factions with in, this seems to be happening with the anti-common core movement…better question would be how do we remind everyone what brought us together, there will always be differences between us. Debate and disagreement used to be ways of finding solutions , now everyone is worried about being offended? For example, teachers worrying about there jobs should be concern for parents. Not an offense that “jobs are more important than lives”. I am a teacher and a parent and that’s what concerned me! I want my kids teachers worrying about my own children, the CC and it’s testing creates selfish teachers (and who would blame them, they have mortgages and children to take care of too!) I want selfless teacher who aren’t constantly being threatened with their jobs, schools are not factories ! That’s a common cause not a divisive one!

Those KIPP teachers and other such programs who are now administrators and superintendents are the worst.

So glad I left NY and got my kids away from the social indoctrination of Commie Core!

it’s in every state. If your child goes to public school and even many private schools, they are experiencing common core.

I ran for my local school board in Puyallup, WA and got my Pierce County GOP endorsement. Afterall, the party platform was against CC and lived out my objections against CC and SBA. I realized there was very little I could do about it but I was the friendly voice of those parents and teachers who agreed with me. I vowed to find a way to get rid of the SBA. The local union rank and file went against me very vocally because I preferred Republican. So I’ve sort of concluded with 50% turnover in 5 years that the teachers who had issues with CC either retired, got fired, or were scared into silence. But I made a good number of new parent friends and some teachers silently supported me. I got 40% of nearly 19,000 votes cast in the Genersl Election and the stay at home PTA award winning mom who volunteers in the schools all day won. A good lady but the other two primary candidates who didn’t move on actually were supportive of me. And one was a hard Dem. So I have some hope…

It was never going anywhere which is why I pulled my kids out over 5 years ago. Even at the irefuse rally it showed how separated things really were. I was not jeopardizing my kids one shot at an education for anyone. That’s my job. I still fought along with many here and my area has their heads totally up their behinds. We didnt have the support anywhere near like Long Island

I am Long Island. We have no support, just more visibility and self promotion. Don’t let it fool you.

I meant years ago more so. I couldn’t get anyone to even self promote. They haven’t talked about common core here since after the event in Portchester with John king and the event Greg Ball did it was a done deal. You guys at least had Flanigan Friday’s and were very active. You also had some superintendents who spoke out. People got involved, were part of hearings, spoke up at their school boards. I was the only one at my school board. I would at least be okay with other people standing up for something. It’s your kids here. I never understood that.

the second Flanagan Friday there were five of us. I pass his office all the time now. Nothing. My BOE meetings too. Nothing… even then we were just more visible on Facebook but irl I was beyond frustrated. I finally decided to stop wasting time bc no one cared but had a lot of pity for those of us that did. As if we were whining about our kids, not advocating for theirs.

I am a NY resident who is extremely concerned about our present school system. Many teachers agree with and promote the poisonous Liberal Agenda, but even more of them are simply terrified of the repercussions of standing up. Several teachers that I know personally have told me that they are instant Pariahs if they dare to differ with others, and attempting to teach accurate History, Constitutionalism, or debate Socialism vs Capitalism, can get them fired. Prior to elections, teachers are inundated with propaganda from their unions that all but threaten those who are considering anything other than Democrat candidates. One guidance counselor I know kept a 2 inch tall, wooden cross on his office shelf and was told to remove it or leave. He left. So it isn’t beneficial to try working with teachers who are in fear of losing their careers. The fight is with your State Board of education and the Teacher’s Union. Parents must unite in large numbers and go after these entities en masse. Open escrow accounts and with-hold your school taxes, take your kids out of school indefinitely, and do surprise classroom sit-ins, where parents simply show up at school unannounced and advise that you will be observing for a few hours. This is best in History and Health classes that most often misinform or fail to offer truthful facts to our kids. Take notes or video and keep records of what you learn. Talk to local law enforcement and advise them that you will be doing this and are not threats to anyone. You have a Right as a parent and taxpayer to sit-in on classes., and do not let them tell you otherwise. Be assertive and pro-active , these are YOUR kids, these are YOUR schools, and staff are YOUR employees. Make noise!!

I am a parent and I teach in PA. We have to be very careful about posting our opinions. They can be used to fire us. I opt my kids out. I talk to other parents. But, I have to watch what I say, where I say it and to whom I say it or I will suffer for it- so will my kids and students.

I’ve not found any anti-Common Core group willing to figure out a winning strategy. We’ve failed to take over any school boards. We’ve failed to take over any state school boards. We’ve failed to win enough state houses to change any education laws. We seem to have few allies in Congress.
School Superintendents are’nt on board with us. Nor is the NEA & it’s state groups.
We’ve failed to forge relationships and attract the allies needed to bring meaningful change.
But, I see zero willingness of any group to discuss strategy, methods and tactics. No one seems willing to study how to win political battles starting as an underdog.

This is what we need:

1) More parents to Volunteer in the classroom and on field trips and on the PTA, whenever possible.

2) Attend a school board meeting and get to know at least one sympathizing board member. Make public comment on a curriculum related issue if you can. Think one election cycle ahead if you need to replace school board members.

3) Get to know your local state legislators and follow impending legislation.

4) Prepare to homeschool even 1-2 years ahead of time in case that day ever comes.

5) Network with minded folks in your state and across the country

Have you tested this 5 point plan & what difference did it make?
I have an open invitation to speak at any of our Scholl Board meetings. You earn that. My Township Trustees invite my participation as well.
Last year, I helped coordinate efforts to save our local library branch and separately win a zoning election to create a new 200 acre park.
I like winning. I can’t find any winners in this group. What am I missing……
Not to boast but, I stay busy & involved. For example….
On election night, I shook hands with 2 Congressmen at 2 different watch parties.
Earlier, I spoke to my new governor, Lt gov, Auditor and Sec of State at events as well as several other canidates.
Please find a group willing to coordinate a lobbying campaign.
I could go on.

I signed waved and doorbelled for two winning new Repub state reps this election cycle. I ran for school board in 2017 and lost with 40% but have developed a rapport with my superintendent over the past 5 years. He responds to most of my emails within an hour. I co-admin a 1200 local parent discussion group in my district and assist parents with their questions and issues.

I am no longer a teacher and no longer a parent to a school age child. I am however a grandmother to a school age child now.
Teachers have a duty to teach to the best of their ability the children to become the best of what they are able. And then teach them to reach beyond that ability to become more.
When common core was introduced and implemented, teachers had a choice. They could just teach the crap core, knowing it was a horrible, horrible idea (anyone with a decent brain and education knows this). Or they could have taught both methods. The common core and the old way, the way that works.
And before anyone blasts me about how much extra work that would be, remember that teachers today do NOT have the case load of teachers 25-40 years ago. It is possible, it is not a stretch to think that you can teach children 2 ways of completing problems. Heck, foriegn language teachers do it on a daily basis.
When I was in high school, our calculus teacher took on an algebra class because the teacher had an emergency and was out for a month. He taught us calculus and them algebra, in the same classroom every day. We brushed up on our algebra and they had an insight into calc. It is possible if the teachers are willing.
But, that also leads into the parents. You want your kids to know how to actually solve a mathematical equation? Take some time with them and teach them. Sit down with them, help them study, teach them how to divide and multiply and add and subtract since now a whole generation of kids have no clue due to common core.
Stop blaming each other, you are both at fault. When I disagreed with a way a teacher was teaching my kids, I got extra books and taught them on the weekends and after school. They used real books and encyclopedias and a library and pens and paper. I didn’t let them use calculators for math problems even when the teachers allowed it.
They graduated 4th and 9th in their classes.
You have to be motivated as a teacher to buck the system when you see your students floundering. And you have to be willing to sacrifice your time when you see your children failing.
Take initiative and teach your students and kids the right way. Getting all butt hurt and saying it each other’s fault is grade school stuff. These kids are going into college unable to complete basic math! Hello!

Teachers don’t have a choice about what to teach… They have to teach what the district says they must. And at a ridiculous pace…it’s a ton of nonsense and test prep and volumes of useless and biased (I would add often age inappropriate) reading material. Not sure I’d believe they have time to do both…they don’t even have time to reteach basics to kids who need help…they ship them off into intervention. Sat in monthly meetings with teachers, vice principal and principal for three years and it was always the same… Teachers also often get scripts with their teaching guides… It’s outrageous. This said, I am referencing lower grades, not highschool.

Yes, there is always a way. And like I said, the fault lies in all areas. The parents scream about how much they hate common core but do they teach their kids the normal way? No. The administrators, all have to answer for following this failure of a method.
And scripted or not, American schools teach the least amount of information to students of all of the major countries. And, what they are learning has been cut. They do not learn everything we did in school.

11/12/15 NY common core task force. This parent had enough! Speaking to the State “water carriers” representatives for the last “listening tour” before the rebrand was announced. Yes. It’s me. Not my first rodeo.

And yet more posts from here:

I agree that getting out of public school is safer for our children at the moment, but it is important we keep fighting for the rights of states to be the authority over their schools. Homeschoolers have been mentioned as eventual targets of the system multiple times and are even required by the SLDS grant to be part of the data systems. They will eventually come for us too.

I’m going to homeschool my son after this year. He’s graduating elementary. To many reasons to list 👍. Just looking into necessaries. Suffolk County LI NY Any shared insights greatly appreciated 👍

Folks, you are going to get screwed by the CCLS no matter where you go. That is why I am retiring very soon. Even teacher jobs depend on their success with the CCLS-based state tests.

Before the CCLS, we had Bloom’s Taxonomy. It was an excellent tool for the classroom. They quickly replaced in 2011 with this CCLS garbage and things have been messed up since. The only winners in this mess are the textbook companies who are making billions off this garbage.

Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

Over Thanksgiving, my niece shared this article with me that she wrote and I’m very proud of her because it resulted in Hapara being halted in the district. When she was telling me about it, her cousin, 8th gr, chimed in that her history teacher used Hapara to spy on them all day. When I asked her how this teacher had time to do that when she was suppose to be teaching, she explained that she doesn’t teach. Her teacher gives them history facts, questions, and answers via Google docs and they spend their class time placing them into slides in Google docs. She stated that she liked it because they only worked on what they would be tested on and the questions and answers provided were on the test so there were no surprises. She also doesn’t have a history textbook which is a violation of the Williams Act in California.

I’m completely gobsmacked that this is taking place in her school. The talking point that children in poorer zip codes in California suffer the brunt of these ed reforms just isn’t true. These parents purchased homes in the most affluent areas of California and they probably think that this insulates them from problems. They have too much blind trust in the system.

Here is a post from an Alaska anti-Common Core group:

Look at this letter fm a Bartlett HS parent (ASD) to a teacher re; indoctrination of her child.

“For those who don’t believe the K12 education system is NOT indoctrinating our children, here is a letter from a Bartlett HS parent to an AP language arts teacher on their child’s assignment (below). The article the students were assigned to read was by Paul Krugman, titled “A Party Defined by Its Lies”, referring to the Republican Party. Here is article:…/opinion/republican-party-lies.html

Dear Teacher,
[Child name redacted by me] will not be participating in any more of this far-left indoctrination. These readings have nothing to do with language education, but are biased opinion pieces that demonstrate narrow-minded points of view. We completely support the study and debate of differing viewpoints on important issues, however, since he has yet to be assigned ANY readings from writers of independent or conservative persuasion, it is clear that is not the intent of these assignments. [Child name redacted by me] will not complete this assignment and my husband and I will be in contact with his counselor in the morning.


And another post from this group:

How about this 3rd grade SEL curriculum (social emotional learning) replacing history?


Looks like Big Tech and Higher Ed are forming an alliance to censor us:


Here is a post that I found on Twitter:

My son brought this gem home the 2nd week of school, 10th grd LitComp. He’s now using her liberal bias against her (via left leaning essays) and it’s helping his grades. He is taught much at home.


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva, Lynne Taylor:

A new NC law sets up “renewal schools”. The hype: more school choice. The reality: the only thing renewal is more ESSA alignment.
*As we know, if it’s in one State, it’s in the others.

And some replies to this post:

I have been meaning to ask if you have Chris Gergen on your radar? He is a social entrepreneur professor at Duke CASE and the son of presidential advisor David Gergen. I just found out that David Gergen was the guy who told America Forward/ New Profit to stick with re-designing government for impact rather than doing it outside the existing public service structure.

no, I hadn’t uncover d him yet. I will certainly do so now. Thank you. What a racket.

Duke Endowment also has a large social impact program with rural churches in the Carolinas. My friend who runs our farm told me he and a significant number of important leaders in food justice (from many faith-based institutions) were flown to Durham by Duke Endowment to Duke to talk about future of food production and aligning their work to what the funders wanted. The father David Gergen was a long time Duke professor of policy and then went to Harvard. He is a Duke trustee. Stanford PACS funded a grant to Hampshire College to develop a metric system around food justice and sustainability. My friend said most of the participants thought something was not right about that gathering, but so few have the bigger picture.

yes, I have found the rural community here in NC to be quite overrun with educrats. Duke is a huge Globalism hub. In fact, much of NC is.

Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Texas Parents- Did you consent to third-party technology companies having complete access to your child’s academic, psychological, and medical records; from your child’s school? As you will hear in this public testimony given at the Texas Senate Education Committee Hearing-today, by invited guest, 28 yr. old, former Teach For America (TFA) award recipient and founder of ProUnitas, Adeeb Barqawi; this work is already happening.
Are you okay with that?

It is important to note, this is happening without “informed” parental consent. Which is, in fact, against the law.

School Districts should NOT be collecting information via assessments about how students feel, their personal beliefs, and their attitudes. Federal law ESSA states this on page 24-25: REQUIREMENTS.—The assessments under subparagraph (A) shall— (iii) be used for purposes for which such assessments are valid and reliable, consistent with relevant, nationally recognized professional and technical testing standards, objectively measure academic achievement, knowledge, and skills, and be tests that do not evaluate or assess personal or family beliefs and attitudes, or publicly disclose personally identifiable information.

This is a complete violation of student privacy.

Interesting to note. Adeeb states on his LinkedIn account that the work of ProUnitas began when Adeeb Barqawi, was a 2012 Teach for America Corps Member. In this article, it states, “he built the non-profit to provide healthcare, juvenile justice assistance, early childhood education, after-school programs, and food to disadvantaged youth.”…/Houston-s-most-fascinating-people-o…

In his testimony, Adeeb states that ProUnitas is a Non-profit funded by Foundations. One such foundation is the Simmons Foundation.

One of Simmons key initiatives happens to be “Gender Norms”.…/gender-norms

I thought Texas quality education focused on reading, writing, math, and history. That is what my testimony was about today. Along with the fact that I, as a parent, do NOT give consent for my child and their data to be collected and used as an “investment vehicle” for education technology entrepreneurs such as Adeeb Barqawi. I am uploading my testimony and will post along with Dr. Pat Huff’s very important Testimony.

I encourage people to go and watch the complete day’s testimony here:…


Here is a post that was shared in the ParentStrike group:

Some Oregon school board members are advocating to revoke parental rights to opt our children out of abusive, wasteful (instructional time and tax dollars) and meaningless high stakes standardized testing.

Here is a post from a Minnesota anti-Common Core group:

Less academics — More collaboration
It’s interesting how child protective laws must be changed in order to have “workforce development.” “They include giving thought to training in soft skills, like communication and collaboration.” Of course, the academic slide has been expanding to benefit the Dept of Labor’s desire for job training, now starting in Pre-K and K, for over 20 years since the DOL took over a portion of standards writing for education. Any wonder why students are less competent in reading??? In Kansas, you could say, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

Here is a post from a Texas anti-testing group:

What the ever loving h e double hockey sticks? I was an English major in college. This says STAAR Master. This is a crap assignment. This is 4th grade Language Arts.


And another post from this group:

High school SPED student and opting out. Extreme testing anxiety. We have utilized [name redacted] in past and won 8th going into 9th with no consequences. Now have a new Superintendent just as difficult. This district doesn’t issue diplomas if you don’t pass STAAR. My child is a sophomore now. I can’t seem to locate search button to see if this has been discussed. Any suggestions?


And yet another post:

So it begins….
My 4th grader came home with this work book today. He told me this is the new reading homework.
I have written the teacher. I stated that I don’t support or approve of this staar reading prep. He will not be taking staar again this year. I then asked for an alternative assignment.


Here is a post in the Parent STrike group concerning the attacks on opt-out in Oregon:

Students that opt out of standardized testing appears to be threatening the value of the Oregon Department of Education’s report cards. That’s what longtime Philomath School Board member Rick Wells indicated Thursday night during the group’s regular monthly meeting.

“I’m really frustrated with this thing that they want us to look at this report card and we don’t have a clue at what our district is doing,” Wells said. “We don’t know the whole test results of all the kids that should be taking them. And it’s very frustrating.”

Each year, the Oregon Department of Education releases report cards for schools and districts to provide educators with a tool for communicating with parents and their communities about how the local schools are performing. The reports also monitor certain trends and measure progress in reaching goals in areas such as graduation rates and test scores.

The state legislature enacted a law allowing students, with a parent’s permission, to opt out of the Smarter Balanced test. However, the U.S. Department of Education does not recognize Oregon’s opt-out policy under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which tracks student participation as one measure of success.

As a result, student proficiency rates are often lower than the actual outcomes.

The topic came up at Philomath’s meeting during discussion of this fall’s release of state report cards. Administrators at each school, including Kings Valley, provided a report in addition to summarized report card information and accountability details. Numbers on the district as a whole were also included.

“The majority of the information on the state report card leans on standardized, Smarter Balanced assessment, which is one state test that is taken by portion over multiple days that really just reflects a point in time in a student’s career, including how good of a day that kid is having,” Superintendent of Schools Melissa Goff told the board.

Goff said Philomath shows up well compared to other results across the state.

“The state itself does not trend well on the assessments and so we have a lot of questions about what does that mean for us trending well in a state that itself is not doing extremely well?” Goff said. “What are the other measures and tools that we need to look at in conjunction with the assessments so that we make sure we’re making really health decisions as a district.”

Wells believes the opt-outs create an unreliable state report.

“How can we get an accurate report when we allow the kids to opt out because we don’t know if they’re the upper kids that don’t want to mess with the test or kids that may be afraid that they’re not going to do very well and don’t want to take the test?” Wells said.

As a result, Wells has questions about the test-taking option.

“I don’t know where I can go or who I need to talk to and say, ‘hey, you need to change this?’” Wells said.

After Goff said it was the state of Oregon, Wells looked to Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District representatives that were in the audience.

“OK, we’ve got two guys here with Linn Benton Lincoln ESD that are touting these legislative policies and whatnot. How about you go to the OSBA and say ‘hey, how about you do this and make all the kids take the test? Don’t allow for any opt-outs.’”

David Dowrie, Linn Benton Lincoln ESD board chair, was at the meeting for a presentation on changes in relation to Oregon School Boards Association priorities and policies.

“How come OSBA isn’t on the bandwagon for this right now?” Wells asked. “So who do I need to talk to at OSBA to get them wound up?”

Wells received contact information from them.

“I’m a little wound up on this in the fact that it doesn’t give us anything that I think is usable,” Wells said.

School board member Greg Gerding agreed that the report does not provide a full picture but added, “I’m guessing you have a much better feel for how your students are doing than just from this, such as grades or whatever indicators you use as to how your students are really doing other than just these reports?”

Administrators from each school responded with details on what they are doing in that arena.


Here are some posts from a Utah anti-Common Core group about why people joined the fight against Common Core:

For me it was when my son’s kindergarten teacher and principal told me to stop reading with my son because I was teaching him to read wrong. They said I needed a reading endorsement from the state to understand what I was doing wrong, but reiterated that I needed to stop reading with him ASAP. When I pointed out that I actually did have a reading endorsement, that I have been a certified reading teacher, they simply stammered and insisted that I was teaching him wrong.

My son’s “wrong” reading? He’d read the entire Harry Potter series before he was old enough to start kindergarten.

We don’t have “common core” in Texas, but we do have TEKS, which is aligned to the common core standards. (college and career readiness) Testimony at the SBOE has indicated in some instances, TEKS is worse than common core.

That being said, we noticed something was really wrong when our daughter was in 3rd grade. All of a sudden, she became hopelessly lost. That’s what started my research. We held her back that year, eventhough she passed. We found out, after some deep digging, that was the year they pushed the TEKS down by 2 years. So, 1st graders went from 1st grade work straight to 5th grade work. 😏😬😖


They tried to tell Utah that we don’t do CC, but instead use Utah Core standards. When we checked the copyright page of the standards, the NGA and CCSSO (the developers of CC) owned the copyright to our standards that were almost word for word CC. So either our standards are CC or there is some serious plagiarism going on.

We are having the same issue with national sexuality and science standards. All are copied word for word from standards written by a nationally recognized NGO, much in the same way CC came about.

Right? Most states accepted the funding, which was given before common core was even written, so they had NO WAY of knowing what they were signing up for.
The states that didn’t accept it were back doored into taking it under another name.

YES! Exactly! This whole thing is about getting all states to align to the same standards under different names. Once our nation is aligned, they can put the cherry on top and go global, aka UNESCO.

I’m so glad I joined education pages for other states. It really opened my eyes! I am a member here, in Massachussetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

the states can only change up to 15% of the fed ntl stds

My story started because of the perfect storm…having school aged children during one of the most controversial and political seasons. I was part of a 9/12 group when I learned about Common Core. Having children who would be turning Kinder age soon made me pay attention. Learning the history of the public education system made even more of an impact. Learning about NCLB, RttT, Norman Dodd and NWO control, Robin Eubanks (Invisible Serfs Collar), Duke Pesta had a huge influence,
When it was time for them to start school I was not confident enough to starve the beast so I gave it a shot. I spent many hours in the classroom and watched my children slowly grow to hate learning. All the while fighting the admins for change. It didn’t take long to see that the system would not be changed for parents or childrens sakes. I realized that I had the skills to starve the beast and my life would be easier, and my children would benefit. Pulled them out and never looked back.

My children were homeschooled and then we moved and I decided to try a charter school. There were so many tests and everyone was into graphing children and comparing them to other children. It was so silly because the teachers could already tell if students could read or do math without all the fancy charting. Then they added another test and it took so much time, was confusing and didn’t really tell us anything new. The more I learned about common core the angrier I got. I have one kid with test anxiety and another test was the last straw. I opted everyone out and try to speak up to other parents about this.

For me it was when my daughter started struggling with math when she had never had problems before. Her teacher at the time put in extra effort to help her and others like her. The teacher she had the next year did not. She also told all the students that they had to do it one way and one way only. The final straw was when this teacher suggested that I may not be smart enough to help my daughter because I was ‘just’ a musician. Um lady, I do trigonometry for fun. I was also a math tutor before cc was adopted. I started homeschooling the next year and my daughter has excelled in math from then on.

Question – if parents are so incompetant how can these teachers expect the parents to do homework with their children ? The comments above just prove the misconception has been pushed by the system that employs so many and receives billions in funding. Keep the gravy train moving.

Here is a post from a Minnesota anti-Common Core group:

2019 Minnesota State Health Survey is coming and will be administered Jan – May this school year!!! MACC has generally encouraged parents to opt out. We really have no idea how this information might pigeon-hole students one way or another. This information will be stored for the life of your child, cradle to grave. There are a number of questions about sexual activity, drug use, and family structure. Schools are required to notify parents with what’s called, “passive consent”. Posting an opt out notice later today.

Here is an infuriarating post shared in a Minnesota anti-Common Core group:

Audit of USDOE finds 2 yr backlog of unprocessed FERPA complaints.
“The Privacy Office could not precisely quantify the unresolved complaint backlog due to weaknesses in its tracking process, but Privacy Office officials estimated they were about 2 years behind on complaint investigations”

Click to access a09r0008.pdf

Another incident of a school having an “open bathrooms” policy:

Here is a post from Alison in the anti-CBE group:

Is Big Picture Learning in your community? They’ve received tens of millions from the Philadelphia school district. The first social impact bond in the UK is being set up with this organization. Workforce development is becoming a key pay for success market as education moves to a skills-based apprenticeship model. Workforce programs are being coordinated with other Promise Zone interventions in healthcare and housing. Everything is being integrated into social service data-driven dashboards for impact poverty management.

And another post from this group:

There was an effort ban all algorithmic decision making about individual human beings in the European Union. It was sidetracked by false allies.

The human right of NEVER having your future determined by any algorithm shrunk down to a right to an explanation of decisions made about you. If you’ve been denied medical coverage for desperately needed treatment (as I have), you know the kind of explanation you get: It’s a form letter, generated by the same algorithm.

People were either duped or were in on it when they shared a raft of stories about how shitty the algorithms are.
Instead of overturning cyber-rule, they added their voices to the call for better, more detailed and invasive algorithms.

The law took effect in April of this year.

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

I’m already feeling like my child is being dumbed down and she’s in kindergarten. Parent teacher conference was today and my daughter is scoring low on so many things but above on actual required things. When asked why the low ones, the teacher replied it’s because she’s not “conforming” to the classroom routine. She’s 6 and I would hope I’ve taught her to be herself and be her best. My daughter even came home and was sad because the teacher got upset that she writes her name pretty. Like seriously? I thought good handwriting was supposed to be a good thing. She’s said this with other things and it feels like my kid is being told to either dumb down or not be herself. And then the teacher gets on me about meltdowns and then won’t make the connection on if she’s not eating her lunch or snack she gets hangry. They have 25 minutes to eat and have recess and really that’s not enough time, adults get an hour for their lunch break. I’m just so torn. I knew this public school thing was a bad idea but my husband who didn’t do public school ,yet I did and hated it, insisted it would be great for her. Ugh. Sadly not much can be done as I have no say in that area right now and I hope he comes to realize the damage before it conforms our daughter.

And some replies to this post:

That is why I home school. Best vibes with what you decide for your talented daughter!

Sadly this was happening to my son in 2nd grade. He was wanting to read advanced books, ( they could only choose books grade level appreciate. He wanted to do more worksheets when he got done with his work, but his teacher told him to put this head on his desk, and wait while the rest of the class finished. My husband said absolutely NO to Homeschool. I wanted to do it from day one, but it was out of the question in our house too. I don’t know if your religious, but I prayed. I said Lord, if this what you want for our family, you make it happen. It was out of my hands at that point. Kid you not, 24 hours later my husband out of the blue, not knowing that I prayed, said pull him out of school, pull him out now. That was all I needed to hear. My son is now in 6th grade, and reading on a 9-10th grade reading level. I’m so glad that he was pulled, to advance at his Pace. School isn’t like how it used to be. There is an agenda, and it’s not healthy. You have the best intentions for your children. I hope your husband can see that too.

your experience with your son is almost exactly what we experienced with ours. My son has always been a very advanced reader. He literally has taught himself to speed read – and even then his comprehension is on point. We homeschooled for years. He’s now in 9th grade, and my daughter is in 7th. He made the choice to go to a charter school starting in 7th (as did my daughter). Our current school lets my kids advance at their pace! They’ve both skipped a grade in math (my daughter is in Honors, even). My son is in Honors English, and my daughter skipped a grade in English as well. We would homeschool again in a heartbeat, if they asked, but I seriously love their school now.

Here is a post from a Rhode Island anti-Common Core group:

This was one of the first videos I ever watched about the common curse – ahem, core…it made my blood boil!

And some replies to this post:

My blood boils over more now that they have found out it didn’t work .They wouldn’t listen and have affected children of America for years to Come!

Peerhaps the goal is to produce incompetant workers to help with the career pathway pigeon holing basically they can get support by saying well gee look at all the workers that have limited knowledge since we have such a boatload like this doesnt it make sense to have the computers pick and choose careers for them. Creating a problem to sell solutions.

Or create an influx of worker bees for the exact same profession thereby having the supply of workers way outpace the demand…as such, labor costs would become excessively low for these corporations… Further, the workforce development in schools is ALREADY giving them free job training – paid for by the taxpayers, so this would be like icing on the cake! Grrrrrrrrrr…

The goal is to ruin the country.

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Back up! How many thought we were exaggerating? Warning ya and ignored us huh. WELP—> it’s true.
Google Is Developing Dossiers on Students Using Their Classroom Products, Disclosures Show
Told ya!

And here are some posts inside of said article:

I have seen news reports about school employees remotely using the camera feature to spy on the students … even in the middle of the night while the child is sleeping. Imagine if they happen to be watching while the child is changing clothes (oh lucky day for the perv). Students have been disciplined when “viewed” drinking, using drugs, watching porn, etc.

This is why my husband is violently opposed to these kinds of software packages. Our schools use Class Dojo, which has similar issues. Currently, they only use it for communication and posting cute pictures of the kids in class, but even that could be a privacy concern.

It’s why we decided to homeschool. Our school district here in the rural Midwest just implemented an online learning system which was the final straw. We were amazed when we attended meetings about the change where the administration/teachers outnumbered parents. And not at all surprised when earlier this year there was a giant kerfuffle when some 6th graders found links to porn on the supposedly “curated” web site of the vendor.

No dog in this fight, no kids, but if I had any, they would not go to any school doing this. Guess I would be homeschooling,

The problem is that pretty much all the schools use them. I have two kids in private school and another in home school. They all use Google docs and or platforms. Google was smart enough to basically give their crap away on the front end so that they can spy on everyone and sell it on the back end. I will not use anything from Google if I can. The problem is that creepy ass google is everywhere.

Schools are often offered “free” software. Would a school administrator spend money on software that may protect privacy or take the free software and spend the money elsewhere?
As always, parents must remain vigilant.

With the average voter turnout at local school board elections across the nation is under 10%, don’t believe parents are vigilant about anything.

I used to provide email services to several districts, to have Google come in and offer everything for free. It wasn’t expensive to provide, until the big spam filtering companies were bought up by Google. Now spam filtering costs about a quarter per mailbox to have a team of people working out problems 24×7. You used to be able to outsource that part of it to Postini at a fraction of the cost.

I think the blackmail comments are kind of spot on. Kids talk about everything online without regard to their future. Heck, who am I kidding? That applies to everybody.

Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 16

gandalf fights Common Core

This is part 16.

Marquette University has given students a “safe space” to destress after the 2018 elections:


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva from back on October 29th:

Warriors, just a heads up for tomorrow: Senators from MN, CT, RI, and OR are pushing school based mental health that would impact every single American. Passing it off as student success. My long awaited flow up exposure to NASBE and the global overreaches.


And another post from the Common Core Diva:

Warriors, don’t look now, but those ‘good hands’ of Allstate just revealed their alignment with the CCSS Machine and the UN grab for SEL.
Think a boycott is in order? Allstate is hardly the only insurance company to get in bed with the agenda. Prudential and Cigna are also CCSS sellouts.

Allstate SEL


And yet another post from the Common Core Diva:

If you need more proof Rs and Ds have the same educratic agenda to turn academics into CTE (Career Tech Education). Look to their bragging posts to reveal it. Notice this NC legislator even tells you how LONG she has been at it.
Career politicians don’t serve anyone but their corporate donors.
You will see my response is included.


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva from back on October 2nd:

Warriors, did you know that the US Senate Finance Committee (where bills like HR 6757 {today’s article}
and the School Mental Health bills are) is having a hearing today to confirm Andrew M Saul as head of the Social Security Administration for the next 6 years?
Mr. Saul was key to the Bush family (especially CCSS Machine Jeb).
Social Security funds are used in the U.S. Dept. of Education. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) embedded Social Security funds for behavior interventions.

Do we really need another recycled CCSS Bush disciple in charge in DC?

Sen. Hatch’s opening statement:…/hatch-opening-statement-at…
Saul’s background:…/commissioner-of-the-social-security…
Saul’s testimony from this morning:…/media/doc/02OCT2018SAULSTM…

Link to my articles about the SSA in education:



Kudos to those students for revolting against the digital overlords.  We need to do this across the country:


Here is a post from a Colorado anti-Common Core group.  It’s about the socialist governor that they just elected:

So this is crazy interesting? He’s really putting pro-charter and pro-voucher people on his Education team?


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Good ole Marc Tucker, Linda Darling Hammonds and a host of others are pressing forward to make Common Core and education for all a reality.

• 1988: Marc Tucker became the president of the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE) where he joined up with Hillary Clinton, Mario Cuomo, and Ira Magaziner to get states to move away from local control of their schools and migrate to national standards.

• 1990: George H. W. Bush signed an international agreement entitled, “World Education for All (EFA), the result of a United Nations “World Conference on Education for All” summit.

• 1991: Tucker and Lauren Resnick created New Standards that pushed standards-based reform.…/controversial-author…/

• 1992: Tucker writes “Dear Hillary Letter.” This letter, written to Hillary Clinton, addressed Tucker’s ideas for radical education reform after Bill Clinton’s presidential win.

The goal is “to remold the entire American system” into “a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave and is the same systems for everyone,” coordinated by “a system of labor market boards at the local, state and federal levels” where curriculum and “job matching” will be handled by counselors “accessing the integrated computer-based program.”

• 1994: Tucker’s ambitious plan was implemented in three laws passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton: the Goals 2000 Act, the School-to-Work Act Opportunities Act, and the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) called “Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994.”

• 1996: An organization called ACHIEVE, Inc. was formed by the nation’s governors and corporate leaders. (Many of them tied to Marc Tucker and the NCEE). The goals from an Education Summit in Palisades, NY were to ACHIEVE the goals of the 1994 school reform bills. (link)

• 1998: Tucker and Judy Codding created America’s Choice, a comprehensive school reform program, that made sure the national standards were further implemented into schools.

• 2001: George W. Bush renames ESEA “The No Child Left Behind Act” and signed it into law.

• 2004: Microsoft (Bill Gates) contracts with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to fulfill part of UNESCO’S Millennium Campaign Goals—universal education and educating for a global economy. A “master curriculum” for teacher training in information technologies based standards, guidelines, benchmarks, and assessment techniques is to be developed. (link)
(UNESCO / Gates Foundation Agreement)

• 2005: Bill Gates funds the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce—created by Tucker. States begin adopting its education reform initiative, “Tough Choices or Tough Times.” In 2008, Utah’s Governor Huntsman touts it and joins with 5 others states (Massachusetts, Delaware, Arizona, New Mexico, and New Hampshire) who adopt it in order to “reinvent their educational systems.”

2005- Bill Gates signs 26 page agreement with UNESCO:

2005- Bill Clinton: “We have to do away with our love of local control of our schools”…/…/ed-watch/12-2-unesco-gates.htm

• 2008: Gates Foundation, along with two other foundations, created Strong American Schools (a successor to the STAND UP campaign launched in 2006, which was an outgrowth of UNESCO’s Millennium Campaign Goals for Universal Education). It calls for American education standards.

NOTE- This point in the timeline above and below is probably the most important transition from UNESCO, Bill Gates, the IBAG to passing the Common Core Standards to the NGA. Many think that the NGA just popped out this idea, when in fact it was handed to the NGA on behalf of Bill Gates and UNESCO.

This is the claim where the CCS were state led, “because they came from NGA, a group of state Governors, doing what is best for their states.”

• 2008: Gates Foundation funds the International Benchmarking Advisory Group report for Common Core Standards on behalf of the National Governors Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, and ACHIEVE, Inc. titled, “Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education.” This report shows the United Nations is a member of the International Benchmarking Advisory Group for Common Core Standards.

The member of mention is the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which developed UNESCO’s Millennium Declaration—partnering with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. (link)

The report states: While states must take the lead, the federal government can help. And the federal government can do that best by playing an enabling role grounded in a new vision for the historic state-federal partnership in education.

• 2009: Marc Tucker writes a chapter in the book “Change Wars: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change.” One chapter is called International Benchmarking as a Lever for Policy Reform. The book says the UN’s OECD launched Programme for International Student Assessment in 2000 to monitor the outcomes of education. Linda Darling-Hammond also contributes a chapter. Darling-Hammond heads the SBAC.

• April, 2009: Gates Foundation members, along with a few dozen others, participate in a Washington conference and produce “Smart Options: Investing the Recovery Funds for Student Success.” These ideas were funded by the 2008 Stimulus (ARRA-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) and supported Race to the Top. Priority 1: Develop Common American Standards—also called Career-Ready Standards—in most states by January 2012.

• 2009 (summer): Council of Chief State School Officers, National Governors Association, and ACHIEVE, Inc. agree to partner on a common core standards project.

• 2009 (fall): The U.S. Dept. of Ed signals it will fund $360M for summative assessments aligned to Common Core Standards and begins planning meetings. Two consortia begin competing for this funding: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. States begin adopting Common Core Standards and join one of the consortia in order to receive No Child Left Behind waivers from the U.S. Department of Education Secretary, Arne Duncan.

• 2009 (December): Utah becomes a governing member state of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and is obligated to use the online assessments created by the SBAC which is led by Bill Ayers’ friend, Linda Darling-Hammond. Judy Park, Associate Superintendent, Utah State Office of Ed, eventually co-chairs the Consortia.

• 2009 (December): Gates Foundation gives the National PTA a $1 million grant to mobilize parents for Common Core Standards.

• June, 2010: National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs launch Common State Academic Standards.”

Now onto where we are now…keep reading if you can stomach it…always follow the money, how they intend to make money…Human Capital aka children; the widgets, trained for future speculation jobs, for the greater (common collective) good.


Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

Now that campaign season from hell is over, let’s talk about the vicious cycle.

We have been hammering Republicans in Texas for two sessions to restore public education. They have other plans, like “bustin up” our public schools, as little Briscoe Cain told me. There are competing agendas as to why they would do this, but they all lead to the same end result… for the love of money.

Meanwhile, we continue to put 5 million kids plus through a system where they are no longer learning to read, write and do real math, but instead are having technology and uncertified teachers shoved down their throats. As Larry Taylor put it, “We need to hurry up,” and get the infrastructure in place so every child can have a device in his hand, despite overwhelming peer reviewed research indicating Lying Larry’s plan is harmful to students.

We are producing an under educated populace that does not understand the difference between politics and government, much less fathom the concept of what our government was supposed to be… LIMITED.

Why did Beto fare so well and cause Ted to sweat? The answer is simple. This under educated populace related to Beto because he was easy. He never talked about anything they didn’t understand because his campaign was based on feelings, emotion and really just gibberish. It was a giant group hug. Erbody needs a hug, right?

Beto and Harris County are the proof in the pudding. Republicans better take heed to what their constituents are telling them. Jonathan Stickland told me I was completely unreasonable because I asked him to work to repair the damage that has been done to our state standards for learning. My friends and I oppose the money that supports him in his quest for money following the child in education, so he told me that my friends and I would be responsible for turning Texas blue. My response to him is, “Think again, Bubba. This is on you and your buddies.”

Better get with the program folks. We are running out of time. These kids have been less and less educated each decade, but we are now coming up on 6 years of the common core standards being immersed into our Texas TEKS. Not only are you killing literacy, but you have created a breeding ground for people who will never elect you unless you run as a flaming liberal.

Oh yea, while you are at it, better work on getting the flaming liberal that Greg Abbott appointed out of the head TEA chair.

That’s all.


And another post from this group:

Can someone clarify something for me? My child brings home math that is common core. I did some research and read that it’s illegal to teach common core in Texas. If so, why are schools still teaching and what can we do about that? Thank you!


And here are the replies to this post:

It falls under a different name. I believe part of state TEKS requirements.


Common Core was created in Texas and continues under the name “College & Career Readiness,” the TEKS represent the isolated skills.

Aligned to college entrance examinations and Pearson explains it all.


Sooooo, all the states did was “tweak” the standards, renamed/rebranded them, changed a few words then called it a day. Be cautious. These are the lowest ACT scores since CC was begun.


you got it


I wrote up a 3×5 card for my elementary school kid about meters, decimeters, centimeters, millimeters in their literal meanings. The teacher confiscated it saying that they don’t teach that way anymore. They no longer teach what things mean, just what kids need to know for testing. Explains why young people are so stupid.


Have you ever noticed that school kids don’t bring home text books like we used to? Do they even have text books? Just piss poor worksheets that have sophomoric editing.


They are assigned chrome books everything is on the computer no writing practically anymore at all


We had reading assignments, book reports. How many of us read Animal Farm as school kids? How many of our own kids have read that book? How many of us have made our kids read it?


My 6th grade daughter brought home some new kind of math I have never seen. It is supposed to be division. I showed her what division is and how to computate it. She told me, that wasn’t anything like math class.


in the current educational environment, Animal Farm, 1984, Brave New World, are all subversive because they illustrate very graphically the evils of the far left mondset.


Actually CC was initiated by Bill Gates. He offered all the states states millions and millions dollars to implement Common Core. This was back in 2008 when the schools were really needy for money. There were two PhD‘s, James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky who refused to sign off on the language arts and math standards. You can look them up on the Internet and watch their videos. Watch the video, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, by Charlotte Iserbyt. I retired after 32 years. The last year I taught CC. It did me in. The very next day after I retired, I vowed to do when I could to protect the children in public schools. I have been doing this for the last seven years. Not much has gotten done because of politics. Now people are seeing ACT scores that are dropping like flies, and maybe now they will start to see what’s really going on. The standards are developmentally inappropriate, never tested, and not research based. I would advise you to become familiar with several different anti-Common Core groups out there on Facebook. I would also encourage you to tell other parents about this and then send letters to President Trump. I have done it several times as I have other people. This is not going to get better. It’s already getting worse for our children.


and that is what comes from trying to run schools like corporations, and letting political cronies make decisions on curriculum rather than professional educators.


The law passed in Texas, HB 462 that supposedly makes Common Core illegal is meaningless. It has no teeth and is deceptive. In fact, when Texas applied for the NCLB waiver from the federal government, it states we are aligned.

When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Abbott go around saying they stood against Common Core, here is proof they are NOT being honest.
Proof Positive- When we requested a waiver from the federal government from the mandates of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) they knew full well we were aligned to the Common Core National Standards. They just call them “College and Career Ready!

Here is a link to the documented proof.
(See pages 13 and 14)…/approved…/txrenewalreq2015.pdf


They were so clever, using the words “may not”, instead of “shall not” in HB462, making that bill a joke.


You go to the school board meetings every session and insist the curriculum be online for parents to see and that traditional math be returned to our schools!


A group of parents have actually fought this at the state level but $$$$ won.


Former teacher here…so a few years ago them pushed math skill expectations down a grade or two..and then teachers MUST teach multiple methods, some of which are so convoluted it’s ridiculous…but they have to taught and they kids are tested on them. I just wanted them to have a strategy that they understood and that always got them the correct answer. Not subtract to add..🤦🏼‍♀️


process math, so confusing, so common core and I agree with you. I also know the concept is a deliberate dumbing down of math skills.


In 2009 I discovered this. Our 10 year old was 1. He went to public through 3rd here. His brother through 1st. CC was ALL through their districts materials, textbooks, websites kids used. I mean Scholastics… It was even in our oldest 1st grade Christian school. The materials and NEW MATH being taught. It is all CC.

It had 2 names here. TEKS use CC skills. We homeschool. It takes sacrafice. By 3rd the cc math was sooo wrong my son suffered anxiety and started hating math. It took me 1.5 year homeschool to bring math back into his education/lifestyle without panic or anxiety.


At the polling location I was Precinct Judge for were two high school students working with me that DID NOT KNOW how to read a TAPE MEASURE!!
Unbelievable!!! 😡
That’s our educational system?!?!?!


Wow, I taught that in second grade!


Here is a post from a Minnesota anti-Common Core group:

From Futurist, Globalist, Educrat Tom VanderArk:

Before you think this sounds good let me remind you of… China’s Social Credit System. Your #Data determines your score, your services, your ability to travel in and out of the country, your ability to own a home or rent an apartment.


Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

If your kid is in a public school … THIS ——>

‘Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton, said in a 2012 speech that his “adaptive learning” platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem.’

“We literally have more data about our students than any company has about anybody else about anything,” Ferreira said. “And it’s not even close.”

(PS – this was written in 2016 … its MUCH WORSE now)


A 12th grade English literature class is not an appropriate venue for a graphic Planned Parenthood sex-ed video:


Here is a post from a pro-homeschooling group:

Are any of you homeschooling with intention to eventually send your child back to ps?

And here are the replies to this post:

We currently are. We’re doing the testing in the spring and if they aren’t on par with where they were then we would look at going back. The principal will be gone and hopefully big changes but ideally we won’t after this year till high school
How long have you been homeschooling?
This is our first year. My husband wasn’t completely on board but with bullying issues for our kindergartener and our older son is adhd and HFA we needed at least a year away I’d like more but it’ll be a yearly evaluation for us as a family. I’m also “homeschooling” our prek and would like her home forever lol
This is my first year too! I started mainly because my 2nd grader had brain surgery the starting of they year and when I sent her back to school it was all downhill. Bullying has also been a concern, I feel like it is so much worse than when we were kids. I am considering sending my girls back next year but have so many mixed emotions
My now first grader I think is dyslexic but school tossed him in title one and he hated reading and we’re just now getting him to get comfortable and confident again. They are also more involved in stuff because they aren’t burnt out from all day every day at school. Today they went by train to Boston to the aquarium and LEGO land and those things wouldn’t be happening otherwise.
We did. Pulled my daughter when she was in first grade to help her catch up with reading, as she was struggling. Sent her back to public school, then pulled her again mid fourth grade year. I wish we had never sent her back
So I am assuming you will continue to homeschool from here on out? What made you pull her back out in fourth grade?
yes, we will most definitely continue to homeschool her and her sister (first grade). It was a combination of things. The schools in our area aren’t the greatest. I was tired of them constantly going on lockdown and my children being scared and me worrying the entire time they were gone. There was also some bullying issues and the school refused to handle the issues. There are no private school options around here, and I stay home anyway, so it just made sense for us. We have a very strong homeschool community where we live, so that helps a lot.
I hated when my daughter went into practice lockdown in kindergarten. It is crazy that this is embedded and an issue so badly. I think I am second guessing myself for next year because I have zero support in my area and many other reasons.
Kind of. I’d like to send them back if we get a religious exemption here in Mississippi, but really, I hated being tied down to the school and with the way the world is and sketchy things being done and taught at school, I don’t know if I will ever send them back. Plus, our district doesn’t recognize homeschooling so they’d have to test in, but I know a few families who have done that and even though their kid tested into the grade they were supposed to, the school still made them repeat the previous grade. I’d really hate for my kids to have to repeat a grade.
I was thinking about but the more I watch the news and see how this world really is I don’t think I will. She’s learning so much more at home and more life skills then any of her friends are learning.
We took our oldest out of PS in kinder. We learned some things that were happening at the school without our knowledge and took her out pretty quickly without thinking about it much. I really did not think I would ever homeschool prior to that conference. We now reevaluate annually. Oldest is now in 2nd and I have a 4 yr old who is doing preK this year. I think I have decided not to send them back to that elementary school but if we move I will definitely be open to PS.
I did at first. Was gonna homeschool all of middle school and let him attend again in high school. We are in our 4th year… He is 8th grade… And he has decided he wants to go all the way with homeschool instead so he can graduate early. And I am actually relieved because our high school has a new principal who I really don’t care for
Definitely not. They were in ps through 8th grade, and I couldn’t stomach the thought of sending them to any of our local high schools. I intend to hs then for the next 4 years. Somehow!
That was the plan initially. Homeschool for the rest of elementary & go back for middle school. But now that my husband & I have both seen how well he is doing homeschooled, idk might keep doing it.

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Those who rule Facebook apparently think I should not be posting about the crooks running education. I continue to be blocked from posting on my book page without explanation.

Since I couldn’t post anything new, I thought I’d edit some drafts I had and try posting that way…nope. 

And this is how the crucial voice of the people will be deterred…temporarily.


Here is a post that was shared on said friend’s page:

And so the profession continues to just fade away. 
“My graduate work focused on behavior disorders, so I can say with confidence that it is not the children who are disordered. The disorder is in the system which requires them to attempt curriculum and demonstrate behaviors far beyond what is appropriate for their age. The disorder is in the system which bars teachers from differentiating instruction meaningfully, which threatens disciplinary action if they decide their students need a five minute break from a difficult concept, or to extend a lesson which is exceptionally engaging. The disorder is in a system, which has decided that students and teachers must be regimented to the minute and punished if they deviate. The disorder is in the system which values the scores on wildly inappropriate assessments more than teaching students in a meaningful and research based manner.”


Here is a post that was shared in the ParentStrike group that is talking about the state of Ohio:

If you didn’t happen to catch Rep Galonski on the news a few minutes ago, she reminded everyone that there are currently 56,000 high school seniors in danger of not graduating next year due to the state tests. 56,000. That has to be nearly half of the seniors in the state. And it’s far more than the 36,000 or so that would not have graduated last year if it weren’t for the alternate pathway that they were given. To call this a crisis is an understatement. And we are running out of time to fix it.


Here is a post I found one an anti-Common Core page from someone from Florida:

Let me assure you the NEAP is a useless test designed to test teachers and not kids! I am seriously considering my daughter will NOT ever take that test again!


And another post from this page:

I hated it when my child was in public school. 
My anxiety was through the roof every night helping my ADHD / Autistic child math. Her “Social”Study readers made me livid ! Yes, Common Core’s entire purpose is indoctrination. If something isn’t changed this county is doomed for sure. She is homeschooled now. Where I can teach her about God, liberty, freedom and what it took and still takes to have those. What it means to rely on yourself and not the government. 
The government will not raise my child.


Here are some posts from an anti-Common Core group about the Common Core standards and the mess surrounding them:

Remember that it was Condolesa Rice et al and the Bushes who initiated this fiasco. Obama continued it. Both parties are to blame.

under Bush’s initiate the states we’re still allowed to decide the standards and tests to use. It wasn’t until Obama that all the real trouble began. It’s awful. My kids were guinea pigs. I never agreed for them to be part of an educational experiment.

In Tennessee our teachers’ union had to sign off on the thing in order to get $. We didn’t even know what the requirements were! Like buying a house sight unseen. We knew it was trouble — from its original design to its implementation. I blame both, not just Obama.

Obama is the one who forced it on everyone

No it was ongoing and planned. Diane Ratavitch and others tried to stop it. It was a train — a well-planned train— coming down the tracks. Obama did nothing to stop it. And he did not force it on states. He tied $ to it to entice stupid states like TN to buy into it. Cannot blame him for the master plan and implementation.

In NJ CC was Obama. I’m trying to remember if there was a name for the curricular when Bush was president no Child left behind was in place I know that

Whose created it? Who footed the bill? Who is still forcing it on us? Who is profiting from it? You need to do some research. This thing is huge. To solely blame Obama is irresponsible. Look at Biil Gates, Jeb Bush, David Coleman. I have research it for years.

Yes, there are. Obama was a very small part. He relied on Arne Duncan to make decisions on education as Secretary of Education. Big mistake!

I’m not blindly blaming anyone— I have been involved with this since the very beginning. I attended a meeting about it right after it was implemented and I was horrified at where it was all going. There were many players but ultimately it was Obama’s decision to implement, and I still resent a decision being made that was harmful to my kids but yet had no effect on the children of the person making the decision. Common core is a failure and my kids were the guinea pigs. I hate it.

Agree, mine too. I now blame the governor of my state for keeping them changing the name only.

Common Core is the worst thing to happen in today’s education. Even the teachers hate it!

yes it’s a miserable failure

very true and at the expense of the children, inexcusable for the federal government to get involved. Follow the Money, just like in health care, follow the money.

you need to stop blaming this on Obama. I’m a retired teacher – I retired early partly because of CC – but the whole breakdown started with George W’s failed program NCLB. That program had failed in TX – so W decided to give it to the whole country. Then under Obama, Race to the Top made things worse. I am an Obama supporter, but I did not at all agree with what his policies did to education. However, it was Bill Gates and his elite crew who actually came up with Common Core. They failed to include different levels of educators in putting together CC. And they brought their corporate friends into the deal. The corporations found out they could get big bucks from education funds – funds paid by the taxpayers to support our schools. They will never let go.

I have been very informed on common core since the beginning. Obama announced the race to the top initiative and offered the states money to adopt the common core so essentially he put the whole debacle into effect. I definitely do not agree with his policies on education and I do not appreciate how they affected my children.

Especially being that it did not start with kindergartners so my 5th and 6th graders had to immediately start doing things a completely different way. So frustrating and defeating for a child. My kids teachers were completely against it as well. We actually headed up the opt out movement in our district and my kids opted out of the texting since the very first year.

Obama let Arne Duncan push CC like crack as well as DFERs and charter schools. I love Obama, but he had this one wrong. I think his narrow experience with urban struggling schools overshadowed an all school approach to “improving” education. We told them it would fail. It has. Enough “choice”. They can’t/won’t fund “choice”. Invest in improving neighborhood schools everywhere. It’s not rocket science.

Here are some posts in reply to a recent Nancey Bailey blog entry about technology and the dangers it poses of disrupting a decent education environment and replacing it with something sinister:

Everything said by Mr Bush confirms for me why I believe the most important single change that has the potential to transform the development of our species is to ensure that politicians and big business are subjected to the will of the people. Their unfettered influence can pervert that will while claiming to champion it. How ironic were Bush’s pronouncements about ideology. The ideological influence we need most to be wary of right now is that which calls for the unfettered application of technology at an ever quickening pace.

I receive a weekly blog from BOLD (Blog on Learning Development). It seeks to inform readers and researchers of the latest developments in the edtec field. This recent posting about edtec startups got me hot under the collar. It prompted me to comment. Despite the fact that only rarely does anyone else comment on this site, I could not reign in my enthusiasm to introduce what I believed to be a counterbalancing opinion. As ever, I received no response from its author.

The lesson from this experience and from your latest posting, Nancy, is that we have to keep taking the fight forward to establish a more balanced approach to the use of technology in education. The reason I believe this is because once we lose track of the idea that education is a human enterprise, where interpersonal development is one of the most effective means we have of retaining and eventually expanding our humanity, we face a very uncertain future at the hands of an intrinsically impersonal technology.

Disruption in fields that serve human growth and development is very risky and dangerous. Having worked in business for two decades, I know what disruption in. It is the demolition of existing paradigms so that new systems can be introduced for more profit.

Look at this definition I found online – “In business, a disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market-leading firms, products, and alliances.”

That is what has been and is being done to education. First they disrupted our curriculum. Then disrupted our evaluations. Then they disrupted our assessments. Now they’re disruption the very existence of a human in the classroom.

All for what? New markets! New values! New alliances.

All at the risk of destroying young minds and bodies and displacing veteran teachers.

Awful world we live in.

Peer into almost any classroom and you will see children playing with the modern day Trojan Horse.
Shiny and sleek, these gifts from Google are the cornerstones for ed-tech reform.

Hidden inside are the nameless and faceless code writers ready, willing, and able to render real teachers obsolete.

An disruption? Or a disservice?

Here is a comment from a Nancey Bailey article about the Maker Movement, a scheme to replace libraries in their traditional sense with all things digital:

I had thought that the Maker Movement had been dismissed. This posting came as a shock. The Movement reeks of finanacial chicanery, using our responsibility (and love) for children to vacuum the public purse. Librarians are every neighborhood’s own public intellectual, and books are the mind’s solace. As the Catholic Church fought against the freedom of mind that reading and unfettered access to knowledge through books without priestly mediation, so Silicon Valley will in this fashion (among others) create a new aristocracy to control what we possess of knowledge. Dreadful business.

On a more prosaic level, this “movement,” like much that emanates from Silicon Valley, is a financialized solution in search of a problem — and sales/money, not culture or education, is the goal. Public- and school libraries partake of the public purse — that’s low-hanging fruit for minds that believe asset stripping and destruction are the same as creativity. The claims to liberating children’s minds are not born out by serious clinical or academic studies.

Libraries and librarians have educated and protected culures since before the burning of Alexandria… Always to mankind’s benefit. They, as the scribes of yore, are the first to be eliminated in a conquest and they are the first to recognize the danger to a culture when barbarians knock. What better prey?

Biology teaches us that humans are social animals. We can interact — collaborate, play, fight, war, build pyramids, whatever — sans digital anything. Silicon Valley’s engineers, MBAs, and venture capitalists need to engage in the daily experience of teaching and *hands-on* engagement before they eliminate a three-millennia practice for digital software. Their business model: Analyze a traditional business or organization, (viz., the taxi business) look for any inefficiency, then devise a means to “cut costs” by eliminating labor or the responsibility of the owner for his workers and their tools (e.g., Uber).
The “digital learning and engagement” model — online universities, the Makers’ Movement — is as inadequate to true education as the use of ‘televisions to replace teachers was in the 1950s and early 1960s. The problem here is that the elimination of librarians and libraries is far more difficult to repair than ditching console televisions was in 1958.

Something similar occurred at Columbia University, a school with a great computer sciences program, in the 1980s and 1990s: the library school was closed and the main library was purged of thousands of books. Tossed into dumpsters, when not moved to a NJ warehouse. If a book had not been checked out within a certain number of years, pfffft!

A little knowledge can cause a lot of trouble over time.


I found a post in another Nancey Bailey article where the Common Core Diva replied and posted that the infamous KnowledgeWorks was working with a group called Institute for the Future.



One school district literally plans to start kindergarten readiness at birth:


Here is another followup on the $680 invoice story:

My public comment last night. I will stand there every two weeks and keep begging to find out who has access to my kids student portals. I thought i jag s board member willing to waive the $680 but they was in exchange for his vote. I said no thanks so he followed up with he could see what he could do if he were elected but it could take him many weeks to get the info.

What is a parent supposed to do. How is this even legal? Tell me who to bring this to and i will do it. I promise.

The superintendent billing me is only an interim but odds are we are stuck with her for the rest of the year and now they are talking of rehiring her. She taught for one year. She has no background in curriculum and instruction. All she knows is ed tech and every single consent agenda she slides it in.

Last month we paid $50K for PikMyKid. Goog gosh read that TOU and privacy policy. This is madness in my county.

I’m open to any suggestions at all.


Here is a post from a Colorado anti-Common Core group:

CCSSO, SETDA, and SIF have joined forces with #ProjectUnicorn to promote sharing of student data via interoperability. CCSSO goes so far as to say “in order to achieve innovative technology and data centered goals, such as individualized personalized learning , interoperability is a necessity.”

Other partners of Project Unicorn (ie: Data Quality Campaign) have also been key players in promoting edtech, Common Core, and interoperable data sharing. 
Common Core was adopted with strings attached, one being standardized data–and creation of state databases (SLDS). Does this next phase of data sharing come as a surprise to anyone?

Should schools buy into this and should we continue to hand over students’ personal data without parent consent?
No. No. No.


Here is a post from an anti-Common Core warrior:

Schools across the country have been and continue to set up accounts for our children with a multitude of Edtech vendors. Schools are allowed to do this under COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act – set up in 1998), however, they are not informing parents and they are not seeking parental permission to do so – especially for minor children under the age of 13. Parents are completely unaware this is happening. In most cases, schools are instructing kids to click “I Agree” when they set these accounts up, bypassing parental permission and essentially allowing these Edtech companies to collect and mine massive amounts of data from our kids. Data they do not have permission to take from parents but do from schools. Please know, this data is not restricted to when your child is using the application/software/program at school……when kids come home from school and log in to complete homework assignments or study…..the data is flowing from your home computer/iPad/device to the Edtech company. Your IP address is considered personal information because it is specific to you – that is just one of the over 50,000 data points being collected by the Edtech companies. Under the new GDPR – that would be a fineable offense. The data being collected is not being protected.”…/consider-yourself…/


A teacher was fired for giving zeroes to students that didn’t turn in work:


A friend of mine said that data interoperability 
allows data to be seamlessly shared across platforms and, according USDOE….“can provide a common technical manner to exchange data and information between all of the software systems within the education enterprise –schools, districts, state departments of education, Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and Test Publishers.“


Yet another inappropriate assignment:


Here is a post from an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

So I’m homeschooling in ky and i was looking at the paperwork for it and noticed that they want me to teach reading, writing, spelling, grammar, mathematics, science, and history. Which is all fine and good only they in public schools are not teaching history. So im kinda ticked off that they think they can tell me what to teach. They never taught her crap here in ky and since I’ve spent 3 days witj her she now knows her multication. Public schools are nothing but baby sitting indoctrinating evil money making centers. Teachers are not teaching. Im so disgusted with them that i just wish i could sue that crap out of them for causing her to be behind and lying to me. One thing is for sure she will get an education now.


And another post from this group:

From Alice Linahan

Heads up Wisconsin- Tony Evers is beyond scary!! He made it very clear at the end of this interview that the CCSS are integral within this transformation of education in America.


Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Bob Lonsberry is SERIOUSLY ADVOCATING for Andrew Cuomo to seize control and take over the Rochester City School District.

Are you kidding ME?


Not mayoral. Not Governor.

Bob’s progressive is showing.


Here is a post that was shared on Alice Linahan’s page:

“HEADS UP TEXAS !! Houston ISD is one of the 26 school districts to agree to the Project Unicorn pledge to improve school data interoperability across software programs. PARENTS ARE YOU REALLY OKAY WITH THIS?”


Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:

So….. my son isn’t making sufficient progress. They want to put him in tier 2 intervention, although I didn’t really catch where part 1 began.

Help is great! But does anyone see ANY reason to have this questionnaire?


And here are some replies to this post:

If your son was in Washoe County I’d say he’s in MTSS (multi-tiered system of support) The biggest problem I would have is; any data entered into the MTSS tab of Infinite Campus (in Washoe County) is stored forever. In addition this data is uploaded nightly to the NDE via their SAIN (System of Accountability of Information in Nevada), that data is also stored forever. At the moment we have no idea if/how this data will be used in the future. Some experts believe this data could be used to limit your child’s future, but there is no proof of that. My biggest question is: “WHY IS THIS DATA STORED FOREVER IN TWO PLACES?” Neither the NDE or Washoe County can answer my question. You should ask Clark County and see what they have to say about the data…


here is the information that Anita has been sharing for years…/0B6zikOSdV…/view


Don’t give em any info. I never cooperate with their nonsense


Wow!!!! Talk about being intrusive. Seems a bit much. I would expect they would have a teacher / parent meeting and go on from there on a plan of action. But all these personal questions


Don’t supply them with any information. You don’t know who is going to end up with it and they won’t tell you either. You don’t know how it will be used against your child or family in the future. I wouldn’t fill out those forms.


Here is another post from this group:

Here we go again. What would you think/do if this happened to you? It’s long; please take the time to read it. 
I emailed all of my kids teacher due to an upcoming absence. I asked the teachers to provide work if they had any and to let us know if our kids have any current missing assignments due to Thanksgiving break. My fourth grade son’s teacher told us that she has a “LIST of missing assignments and she could send it home today or Friday”. I asked her to send it home today and asked about this list, how many assignments and when they were due. Our son hasn’t brought anything home except his reading log which he does daily and math on occasion. She came back and said that it was “ONE assignment that counts as both reading and language arts (this teacher seems to make one assignment count for multiple subjects all the time) and that it was a POST ASSESSMENT done in class and you (I) can see on the papers when it was due.”
I then had to ask what the post assessment was for, what the description she has for it and asked if it was for a personal narrative that she assigned previously. She came back and said “it’s a post assessment for a reading unit. The directions are on the assignment; he (our son) was there for the assessment and chose to do nothing during the class time provided.”
I emailed the teacher back and questioned that our son “chose to do nothing and you (the teacher) never bothered to let us know? I told her that this is a problem and that if there is something that needs to be addressed, then she needs to address it to us. We should not have to question the teachers and pull everything out of them to find out there is something going on with our kids. I then told her that this sounds very fishy to me. Since when do teachers not communicate with parents? Seems to be the theme with DCSD. I also told her that from this point forward, if there are issues with our children, then we are to be notified. We are not required (per NRS) to have face to face meetings or have face to face parent teacher conferences to find out what is going on with our children. This is unacceptable. I then said, Please do not tell me that from this point forward our communication is neither productive or helpful. You are the one that didn’t communicate with us when there was an issue with [kid name redacted] in class. 
We are expecting to hear nothing back as that is the M.O. with DCSD. If anything is negative towards the school or teachers it seems that they are instructed not to respond. Even when the employees are the cause or reason for it. 
Now, I am waiting for her to mark down his behavior from an A to something lower on his Friday Folder because that is what she did the last time I questioned her (10-12-18 Friday Folder). He has all A’s prior to the last time I questioned her and after in his Friday Folder. We are also expecting her to fail my son for 4th grade (grade retention) due to the materials we refuse/opt-out as a lesson to us for refusing and opting out. She has already told us that she is giving (gave) our son a zero for not completing the Personal Narrative, which is material we opt out. She wanted him to complete it as a fictional character. I don’t care if it’s required by NDOE or if the school/teacher is graded/ penalized for our children not doing it. My children’s beliefs, personality traits and attitudes are none of the schools or anyone else’s business. Even as a made up character, our children’s beliefs, personality traits and or attitudes will come through with a fictional character.
Does anyone else find the phrasing of “post assessment” as oxymorinic? Maybe oxymoron is the wrong word? I’ve never heard the phrase post assessment in the approx. 20 years I’ve had kids in school. Does it mean that this is a test on a test? 
My guess is that this POST ASSESSMENT is probably material we refuse/opt-out of and the school or teacher is probably graded or held accountable for this post assessment but we don’t have a clue since the teacher didn’t bother to inform us of this issue.
Does anyone else see an issue with one assignment counting for multiple subjects? For example our son’s Native American Assignment grade counted for 3 subjects. Seriously this assignment was about the only assignment graded for the class in the first 6 weeks for these 3 subjects. So one assignment = grades for 3 subjects, Social Studies, Science, and Language Art, Reading or both. Cross-Curricular is what the teacher called it. This post assessment grade is counting for 2 subjects, reading and language arts grades. I find this kind of grading disturbing. 
I found out after school that the assignment that is missing is from October 12 and the teacher never informed us about it. IT’S NOT MATERIAL WE REFUSE/OPT-OUT. I emailed her on Oct 9 & 10 about incomplete work with the Native American Assignment and then on October 23 about parent teacher conferences and she told us about our son not completing a Personal Narrative but didn’t tell us about this assignment. She provided a print out today and our son has a D in Reading and an F in Language Arts. These grades are because our son didn’t do the personal narrative that was worth 25 points in two subjects and the October 12 assignment “Slower than the rest”. She won’t provide us a full print out of Infinite Campus as we requested last month. She provided a missing assignment print out this time and it only shows this assignment and no others. I am assuming nothing else is missing but I thought that was true when she told us about the Native American and personal narrative assignments. The teacher doesn’t bother to tell us that our son has missing assignments and it was assigned/due a month ago. She is going to fail [name redacted] I see it as clear as I saw Mrs. Kixmiller failing our son [other kid name redacted] in 8th grade. Our ZCES kids will be perpetual 4th graders and our high school son with never graduate. The schools will be sure to collect the funds for our children with their body count each year.


And some replies to this post:

I’m do sorry you are still dealing with this, I’m afraid it will be like this for some time. I can tell you after years of fighting WCSD and it just seemed to be getting worse, their agenda is to push parents out, don’t give informed consent, completely indoctrination, I finally had it and I pulled my kids out. I know not everyone can do that and kudos to everyone who can stick with it but especially after my youngest with a disability was physically abused I had to get them out to protect them, ever since I did, I can finally breathe. I wish I had an answer except to keep up the good fight while you still can but take care of yourself because it’s so draining, you are a good mama


Post assessments are a real and valid teaching tool. Quick google search will give you all the info you need. 
Do you have no way to check Infinite Campus to ascertain your child’s grades? You said you requested a print out?
Assignments can often be counted in multiple subject areas because they are cross-curricular. Example: writing an essay about a science topic would demonstrate both English and science mastery.


we didn’t sign the DCSD AUP for computer use and we are blocked from anything to do with computers in school including IC. I’ve already addressed this with the district and their reply was that they could put a kiosk in the school so we can go to the school and look at IC. It’s not practical for us and it would not allow us to view it when we needed to as we would look at Parent Portal all hours of the day or night and would only be able to view it during school hours. If we are working during school hours, we wouldn’t be able to view it. Our son can’t view it either


One reason we homeschool. Great support groups too! 😥😥🙏🙏❣️❣️


ZCES is my children’s school. They have a weekly folder that the teacher signs (even though we opt-out) that describes our children’s behavior and if it’s not an A then the teacher marks a different grade and why for example: out of seat talking.

first of all why do you think I antagonize the teachers? Is it because I filed complaints with the district or because I started posting on facebook when nothing was done at district level? We as parents were not told about my kids failing and missing assignments for a month or more and this is both in the GWHS and ZCES. . I have been told that my kids can’t opt out or refuse anything and we all know that is not the case.

And the bigger issue here is that we were communicating with the teacher. The High School level is a different story. We get a progress report and is shows F for Chemistry and the teacher wrote that he gave our son a list of assignments. My question is when did he give my son a list of assignments and why didn’t he bother to inform us that there were all these missing assignments over a 6+ week period and he was failing the class? Was the list provide the second week of school, the third week, the day the progress reports were handed out? Another high school teacher wrote that my son lacks quality and care and at the same time wrote that he participates actively in class and shows excellent effort in the classroom. Huh? 
Where is the communication from the teacher? We’ve tried to communicate. I have been told by DCSD on multiple occasions starting in ZCES that our kids are responsible for their own education, yet we have to sign a parent Involvement sheet stating we will be there for our kids while in school, help them with their homework, read to them etc. DCSD wants controlled, selective involvement.DCSD has given us hell for opting out of anything but especially opting out of computers and have made negative examples of my children because of it and it’s a DCSD required form. I really hoped this year would be different but it doesn’t appear that way.

I opt my kids out of the tracking of my children including citizenship as you called it but it isn’t stopping the teacher from writing it down on his Friday Folder and who knows where else, classdojo possibly?


You are wise to do this, even if they are against you. That behavior data is likely being shared with corporations, non-profits, and the government. The barriers to access are far lower than many people think. And the government plans to use something called “personalized learning” manipulate the behavior of the kids using technology, passing it off as one-to-one learning, but their real goal is to use technology that gives out material specific to each kid, so that parents cannot, and not often the teachers either. It’s meant to change kids’s “values, attitudes, and beliefs”. And this personalized learning stuff is actually part of the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals”. Also, there is a move to switch from these tests to having all of the data mining and manipulation in regular assessments. You appear to have tried to opt out of this, but the government and others are trying to put pressure on your teacher to get the info from you any way possible, and apparently the teacher is resorting to punishing the student grade-wise to get it.

I have also heard of them grading on behavior at other places. You are not the first instance of me hearing of it.


Yes, that is exactly what is going on and thank you for stating it in a way that I could not. It seems that many assignments and assessments (SBAC for one) are psychometric. The SEL material is so invasive and incorporated into every subject it seems. Now, My 3rd grade son’s teacher has a Social Studies Final assignment on immigration. The assignment is only in class and it’s about the student’s own family immigration story. My son was provided an alternate assignment as we opt out of anything personal and he is doing it on the Chinese immigrating to America instead of his own family. I really wonder if this assignment has something to do with looking for undocumented people? The reason that I question the agenda of this assignment is that the teacher said it is no way homework, it’s done in class on Google Slides in four 45 min sessions. The other students work on Google but for my son, the teacher is providing the key information he needs to complete it. It’s worth 25 points which is huge assignment from what I gather. This could be nothing but an assignment but I wonder how kids can do this assignment ONLY in school without the help of family to tell their OWN immigration story. Doesn’t that sound strange? How would 3rd graders even know their own immigration story? I did question that she has it as school work only and not homework and that kids that could have family log in at home and help but do the parents even know about this assignment? The only reason I knew about it is because my son mentioned it and I asked the teacher. One of the questions that she wrote down for my son is: Where there any laws in the United States put into place to limit this particular immigration group?

This is for my son, I have no idea what questions are asked of the kids that work on Google slides for their own immigration story. I am leery of this assignment and what it’s really all about.


Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

What’s the problem with iReady anyway?

Welp…for starters:

“Based on the scores, iReady generates a report for each student for each of the domains. The report offers a bulleted list of what the student can do and next steps for instruction.

However, if you take a look at the finer print you’ll learn that these reports are not generated from the specific questions that the child answered correctly or incorrectly, but rather are a generic list based on what iReady thinks that students who score in this same range in this domain likely need.”


Here is a post from a South Carolina anti-Common Core group:

There is a disconnect between the education decision makers community of legislators, appointed educrats, the State Superintendent, local school boards, local Superintendents, Principals, and teachers.

Parents are ultimately responsible for leading and choosing the direction of their child’s Education… and if you as parents keep allowing this pitiful excuse of a zip code ,tax supported public education to continue on this same path of failed policies … then YOU are the problem. It is time for parents to be the SOLUTION and take the seat as the main stakeholder in YOUR child’s education.

In SC we have waaay too many unaccountable chefs in the kitchen to spoil the education soup. The SC Education Oversight Committee are made up of mostly appointed positions and the entire SC State Board of Education are appointed positions. Parents have no way to hold these people accountable. With the latest reports showing SC is in last place in the USA when it comes to quality results , then one can plainly see these appointed people have failed SC children for too long.

Let’s change the governance. Parents, ask your SC legislators in Columbia to abolish the appointed Education Oversight Committee and change the State Board of Education members to be an elected position not appointed. This is a way parents and tax payers will have a better means to hold someone specifically accountable for the poor education decisions being made in curriculum/ standards/ testing/ policy making/ hiring and firing of teachers. It’s time for tax credits so if the public schools are failing your child you can choose private or homeschool options.

Who controls education of YOUR child?

It’s time the answer to that is YOU. It’s time Parents demand accountability. It’s time for tax credits so parents have choices.

It’s time we get rid of all these appointed people who have failed us and take back control by electing our leaders… that’s what a Constitutional Republic should be doing.


An Iowa school has caved to the gender-benders and has done away with homecoming king and queen:


Here is a post from an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

Parkers Prairie, MN. We’ve posted similar curriculum from other states, but here it is in Minnesota! The Lesson: Decide which three of your classmates should die. One parent relates, “She says when it was first assigned, the students were all talking about it and picking who they wanted to die and kids could hear their names being mentioned. My heart breaks for any child who knows they were on someone’s list. If they felt bad about themselves before, this has to be absolutely devastating,” said Diedrich.

“By knowingly encouraging and even requiring children to consider harming another student, they are endangering the lives of students and staff,” added Diedrich.” Well said!!


And another post from this group:

Rep. Michele LePore Hagan is urging an amendment to the Heartbeat Bill for mandatory Comprehensive Sex Education in the schools. Please Lord help us all to become aware of the evil in Comprehensive Sex Education


And yet another post from this group:

Sad….OSU does not believe in free speech

Thank you Steven Herbik…..The ONLY time I have ever been embarrassed to be a Buckeye. Deeply ashamed of this message that went out to the student body describing the dangers of a Ben Shapiro speech. If you are a parent of a child who needs this help, I truly feel sorry for you, your child and your bank account!


And yet another post from here:

From Karen Bracken

Thank you Karen Bracken

Charters are NOT what they want you to believe they are. There is a reason why so many of the rich and powerful are heavily invested in Charters. By the time parents figure out what me and others have been warning them about is true it will too late to stop it. Here is an 11 minute intro to a must see movie that can be purchased. Purchase a copy and invite the neighbors over or your friends. Put a meeting together. Killing Ed is real and at the end of the day ALL charters will be sucked into the agenda.


Here is a post from an early childhood anti-Common Core group:

This is an excellent article on why we need to back off and “let kids be kids”. Our governments are spending billions of dollars on early learning initiatives focused heavily on academics. We are sending 4 year olds into PreK program classrooms where time is structured and focused on giving them that jump on learning and thinking we are providing them with everything they need to “get through” the learning years and become successful adults.

We are forgetting that childhood is its own precious time in life where children need to be nurtured and loved, and we need to let them be be little. Childhood is by design a beautiful time of development. Play is a child’s natural way of learning. We don’t need to be stressing them out with over-stimulation, pushing them to learn what we want them to know. We need to let nature take its course in letting them discover the world, expand their imaginations and creativity by giving them the opportunities to find it on their own.

They need to be learning through discovery which also leads to self-discovery. Then, we need to foster that discovery learning and creative imagination by giving them a safe, relaxed, comfortable world rich with the opportunity for learning. We need to let them develop a love of reading and literature by just letting them enjoy the pleasure of cuddling up in an adult lap and having a story read to them as they look at beautiful illustrations. We don’t need to be trying to force reading skills at the earliest age possible.

We need to let them learn colors by seeing the blue of the sky and the red of a flower, the green of the grass. Instead, we are putting little ones in classrooms, in desks, in rows and circles, and we are having them color circles green and squares blue. We are putting them on electronic devices and letting them play fast-paced, highly stimulating learning games in isolation. They need to be active and moving. They need to be interacting and developing social skills.

Brain research shows that children’s minds work best in an academic setting after periods of physical activity. But, we should allow much of that physical activity to be unstructured and for the purpose of having fun. Adults can guide that activity to a point, but the best thing we can do is just provide the time and opportunity.

Childhood is a wonderful, magical time. We need to let them just take in the world and stop trying to give them everything, teach them everything, and prepare them to be adults. Baby steps because they are babies. Expectation creates stress and self-doubt. Exposure to too much, too soon, and too fast just overloads their systems. Let them find themselves as the find knowledge.


And another post from this group:

Had a parent teacher conference this morning. I am on the phone with the legislatures about Education. Education for this kids is just WOW. They better email me. Common Core is BS. I mean who ever created this did they go out to class rooms? Or did they just sit behind there desk?


And the replies to this post:

The people who wrote this mess never taught a day in their lives. The two who were actual education people refused to sign off on it. Milgram for math and Stotsky for English.


Yeah I had a feeling they didn’t actually go into classrooms.


And a guy named Zimba admitted that the “colllege ready” would only get them into a two year non-competitive community college, and the “career” they’d be ready for is flipping burgers or entry level factory work.


THAT blew me away when I first watched the video of him actually saying that the math standards were NOT good enough for kids to get into the colleges that most parents ASPIRE to, but rather the schools that they most likely could get into. :-O I was like… What the Crap?!?! He KNEW that AND publically had to acknowledge that???


and then we have the ND DPI pushing remedial classes on high school because only like 50% of kids graduating are ready for college math and require expensive remedial classes in college that don’t count for their degrees. Maybe if we expected more of them to graduate they would be ready for college.


Paid for and funded by Gates and PEARSON!


Maybe if we went back to common sense more of them would be ready for college.


exactly. How are they graduation but not having enough math understanding to take college math? Maybe it’s time for mastery instead of just moving on


First, stop pushing babies to do work better suited for 7 year olds. Stop pushing 7 year olds to do work better suited for 12 year olds. Then integrated algebra/geometry for 9/10/11 and trig/calculus for 12. THEN they’ll be math-ready.

Stop forcing babies to read at 4 and 5, then start with phonics instead of sight words. Don’t make them write compositions (sentences, yes, paragraphs, yes, not essays) until they’re about 12 when the executive functioning kicks in. Teach logic, and teach logically. Use classic literature not pornography. Require memorization of poetry and other things. Then they’ll be ready for college. BUT realize that not all kids are going to college.


this this 100 times this! I am pushing back against the push down of academics. 4 year olds should be playing and learning through relationships, not flashcards.


I have 1st grade twin grandsons. They struggled with reading in kindergarten; they are still struggling a bit in first grade. Neither “qualify” for extra help. Requiring them them to read in kindergarten has been bad for their psych; they just were so frustrated. So….I am enjoying following your conversation.


reading in kindergarten is not supported by research and can actually be harmful – as you have seen. We need our parents of young children to get active with the Stop common Core groups in the states to demand an end to this!…/readinginkindergarten…


Here is a post from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:

The Somerset Academy of Las Vegas recently sent a letter to parents informing them that they have adopted a No Opt Out Policy. I private messaged you a copy of the letter on your personal Facebook page. I will PM one on this age also. Please read it the letter and let me know what you think. Can the Academy legally force all children to take the academic assessments?


And some replies to this post:

Yes! We were actually going to address this at the board meeting in December. But, the school moved the board meeting to this past Wednesday at 7:00 in the morning! We were not notified by email or anything that it had been changed.


That is UNACCEPTABLE! Post the letter.


They sound much worse than WCSD board.


They knew several parents wanted to speak out about this so I’m sure they did this on purpose.


Of course they did!


They always have the meetings in the evening. This had me so angry. I will be at the next one whenever that is. I will have my voice heard.


Here is the Somerset letter:   


And another post from this group, which appears to be about a SEL event at a school:

The keynote spech was mostly about technology. For me the takeaway is that I’m right doing what I’ve been doing in regards to my 13 year olds tech. use: no cell phones, no social media, and internet access at the kitchen table only. Internet and screen time has little upside and tons of downside for younger children. The speaker didn’t even get into the the other side of “free” EdTech vendors like Edmodo and what they do with student data by design, their data breach and subsequent sale to a Chinese company (government).

Here’s the email I sent to Incline Village parents after I attended the SEL event above: “The event was well attended, mostly by WCSD teachers as they got professional development credit for attending. I was one of about 40 parents present. I expected a presentation on Social and Emotional Learning; instead most of the keynote presentation…/ceuahbuww…/%21Reno-2018.pdf…(pages 29-149) highlighted the dangers of the internet for K-12 students The presenter did not talk about ‘free’ EdTech products at all. 

After the presentation, during the first smaller breakout session, I got to comment and ask the presenter a question. It went something like this: ‘After watching your presentation it makes me believe my decision to keep my 13 year olds off cell phones and the internet, except at the kitchen table, is the correct decision. Am I missing something or is there upside to having 13 year olds on the web?’ He replied for a long time but did not answer my question. I also told him I resent the fact that the District is pressuring children to create a digital presence in elementary school. In a follow up comment I told him I feel like my older son who’s in his third year at an Ivy League college got a better education (and gave specific examples) in the same schools only using the internet on a limited basis and not using free EdTech products at all. The presenter had no response except that cursive and keyboarding is no longer necessary because we will soon be talking to our computers. None of the teachers present said a word. 

After the meeting a teacher who I respect told me, ‘We all know the only reason we need SEL is because of all this technology.’ I suspect many experienced teachers would agree, not sure about the newer teachers; I spend a lot of time on this and I had no idea! Many technology leaders, including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, severely limited their children’s access to technology and screens while growing up.

In my opinion, it was basic education which helped make the United States one of the greatest nations in the world. Now we are trying a dangerous experiment with our entire public education system, that a lot of research already shows will not work. It’s also important to note that many of the Silicon Valley executives spend a lot of money to send their children to private schools that do not use technology until high school. To make matters worse some high achieving countries (especially in Asia) will probably continue using proven education methods. It’s likely this will help widen their education performance gap over United States.
Recall, China has already bought Edmodo, the largest ‘free’ (paid with student data) EdTech vendor. Many experts agree – it was to obtain data on U.S. students. Remember free EdTech vendors collect, store, and share a lot more data about our children than companies like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.

Protect Nevada Children suggests, as long as possible, keep your children from creating accounts and sharing personal information and school work on the internet, especially with ‘free’ EdTech vendors.”


Here is a post that was shared on Alice Linahan’s page:

At Rocketship Los Sueños in San Jose, students spend extended periods of time on laptops in their classroom and another 90 minutes in the Learning Lab—a large room where kids spend time sitting at long tables, wearing headphones and working on laptops, supervised by classroom aides. On a visit last June, I found that few things broke the silence: when kindergartners filed in from recess; when a staff member came into the room. Students scarcely talked and when they did, or their attention drifted too far, they were admonished. A supervisor prompted the kids to “focus” and “sit up”. She counted down—“8, 7, 6, 5, 4”—when it was time to switch from one software program to another. The kids looked zoned out, with blank expressions on their faces.


Here is a post by Lynn Davenport:

Please remember the name Heckman. That’s the guy who Commit people praise for his pre-k work.

“Pritzker money paid for the creation of the Heckman Equation, a tool kit promising a 7-10% annual rate of return to investors in early childhood education, up to 13% if health factors were built into the intervention. The tool kit targets very young children ages 0 to 3, identifying “success” metrics for character training, which were felt to have more potential for “growth” than cognitive achievement or IQ. Heckman and a cadre of researchers have since plowed considerable resources into devising tools, many digital, that supposedly measure social-emotional competencies, particularly Big Five “OCEAN” character traits: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

Pritzker and Heckman made the rounds, promoting outcomes-based pre-k impact investing to community foundations and institutional investors for quite a few years. In October the complicit NEA (National Education Association) spoke positively of Pritzker’s 5-point, two-generation early childhood education plan, which would allocate $95 million for pre-k expansion in the first year alone. The Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore has been advancing this “two-generation” approach, which hinges on the adoption of vastly expanded integrated data systems.”…/readynation-pritzker-and-ne…/


Here is a post shared by a friend of mine:

A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core

“I am a high school English teacher. I became a teacher because I believe that literacy, which goes beyond just reading the words on the page, is an absolute necessity for maintaining our Republic.

Proof of that is found in the many laws against reading certain texts, or against reading altogether, that have been passed down by every tyrant since literacy became available to the general population.

A few examples of such tyrannical laws are the Taliban banning reading for any female or laws against teaching slaves to read or the Soviet Union’s banning of such books as A Wrinkle in Time, Where’s Waldo, and To Kill a Mockingbird. The communist Khmer Rogue in Cambodia so hated literacy that just wearing glasses was cause for execution. Literacy leads to freedom and tyrants know it.

I have been teaching for over twenty years. Generally, I have been given either no curriculum or curriculum that was focused on skills, not specific texts. I would have to get those skills taught in whatever way I wanted to get there. Sometimes I was given more direction and that direction was generally pretty good including texts, key terms, supplemental stories, and suggested writing assignments. These directions were created at a school level by the teachers in the school. I helped write some myself. Mostly, I have had a lot of freedom in how I could achieve the learning goals.

Not anymore.

Today I was in a professional development session for my school district. Our school system has swallowed the Common Core curriculum whole. Why wouldn’t they? The federal system has said that it is “voluntary”, but “voluntary” means that the district gets cut off from major federal funding if it does not adopt the standards, so “voluntary” is subjective.

Here is what the Washington Post reported Sen. Charles Grassley has to say about Common Core:

‘Current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments. Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting a “common set of K-12 standards” matching the description of the Common Core.’

The Washington Post also reported, “The Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is — an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children…”

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Common Core, it is a curriculum created in the private sector but pushed onto states by the federal government and seed money funded – endorsed by Bill Gates.

The cost of implementing the program runs from millions to billions depending on the state.

It is untested and unresearched. It has been criticized for being not as rigorous as proponents claim, clearly biased to a liberal perspective, so much so that many see it as indoctrination, and it is being forced on the states in spite of the fact that a federal curriculum is unconstitutional violating the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which established the principle that“…the “power” to oversee education belongs to the states. This longstanding principle of local control of education is reiterated throughout our laws and government codes.”

All of that sounds like something that makes NO connection whatsoever to most parents or teachers or American citizens as to why they should fight this curriculum.

Here, I am going to provide you with a concrete example that shows the ugly heart of the Common Core. There is something deeply dark and offensive in this lesson created to support Common Core. It is a lesson designed to corrupt essential human decency.

The unit – sorry “module” – that I am using as an example is centered around To Kill a Mockingbird with the theme of “How individuals demonstrate individuality in the face of outside pressures.” At the beginning of all of this, it looks good. I love the book; it is a great American classic and I have taught it many times. The module includes 30 days of lessons associated with the novel and multiple additional short reading assignments. However, as I looked this module over, I became more and more concerned. For me to break down the many problems with this module in detail would take quite a while, so I am going to show you an example of one lesson on one short reading assignment that left me speechless with horror.

This assignment in the module includes a short story by Guy de Maupassant, 19th century writer famous forThe Necklace. Again, this seems rather innocent; this story is often included in high school texts, but not thisparticular story and, more importantly, not with this particular writing assignment.

The short story is The Mother of Monsters (link below). A quick summary of the story is that a gentleman on vacation is introduced to the Mother of Monsters, a local oddity described as a “peasant” and the “Devil”. Her story is that she finds herself pregnant while she is working as a simple serving girl. She binds her body with boards and cords to hide her growing belly. Her child is born horribly deformed. She takes care of the child, but resents it, until a sideshow man comes along and offers to buy the “thing” and to pay a yearly stipend for its use. Once she realizes how much money she can make, she repeats her pregnancy pattern by birthingmonster after monster after monster of intentionally deformed children to sell to showmen. She lives a “bourgeois” life as a result (note the stab at the bourgeois here).

The narrator is reminded of this “Devil” when he later sees a popular “Parissiane” strolling on a beach followed by admirers. Her three children are also all deformed because she wants to maintain her trim figure throughout her pregnancies, so she keeps her corset tightly cinched. Peasant and lady; different, yet the same. Both the Mother of Monsters. Both display a level of selfish evil that most humans would revile.

Now as a high school story, this story may have a lot of meat to chew on for discussion…for maybe 11th or 12thgraders, but this is a story assigned to incoming 9th graders, students who are 13 or 14 years old. Students this age are not ready to handle the truly disturbing elements of a story which reveals some of the most perverse sides of human nature. That is bad enough; however, it gets worse. You may wonder what this story has to do with To Kill a Mockingbird and the theme of individuality. Here is the writing assignment associated with this story:

Write an essay that compares the cultural experience reflected in To Kill a Mockingbird and The Mother of Monsters and explain how this experience helped a character demonstrate individuality in the face of outside pressure.

Individuality! Outside Pressure!!!! These women chose to deform their children for their own selfish gains or selfish vanity! The first pregnancy of the peasant woman we might forgive out of mercy, but the purposeful birthing of the rest of the 11 children that she intentionally deformed is unconscionable and unforgivable. The same holds with the Parisienne.

To judge these women as demonstrating their INDIVIDUALITY in the face of outside pressure is absurd and defies human decency. It is like insisting Jeffery Dahmer was expressing his individuality through cannibalistic murder. Additionally, it is not a major leap to conclude that if deforming your children in order to express your own individuality is acceptable, then killing your children to protect your individuality (or selfish inhumanity) is perfectly fine too. This is obviously a pro-abortion message. This story paired with this assignment is a repulsive perversion of the concept of “lesson”; it is a corruption of anything descent and good.

There is something deeply repulsive in this lesson, especially as it is aimed at students as young as 13. I have been told that I must teach this module. I can make some adjustments, but not too many. I am struggling to find a way to NOT perpetuate the ugliness found here. I am certainly NOT going to teach this story, though I may find myself in trouble with the system as a result. Some things are worth refusing to do even if there is a cost.

This is what is going on in our schools. This is what you need to see with open eyes. They are doing more than trying to increase rigor; they are indoctrinating our children into one way of thinking—their way! Schools should teach how to think, but never what to think. This is why we must fight what some are trying to sell us as “hope and change” to America.


A teacher in Missouri was banned from returning to school.  His crime: thanking students for standing during the Pledge of Allegiance:


Here is a post from a Massachusetts anti-Common Core group:

Has anyone opted their third grader out of MCAS? I have some questions.

And the replies to this post:

I did, what are your questions?

My first question, above all else, was there any negative repercussions, mainly with the way your child and your family were treated? We have several years left and I fear she (they) will be singled out in a negative way.

I had the same worries, but all went well. I’d mentioned that I had intended to do opt out/ refuse the tests to his teachers, earlier in the year at meet the teachers night and they understood my reasoning. I used the term “refuse” along with “opt out”. I sent copies to the superintendent, principal and teachers. I included a copy of the Massachusetts Education Secretary’s letter, that addressed it. The only thing that did happen is, he wasn’t allowed to chew gum, that the teacher provided, during testing time, the first day because it was to reduce stress and he didn’t need it. He was a little upset but I sent him with his own gum the following day, something I don’t usually allow either. I did the same for 4th grade and had no problems at all. I sent him with puzzle and reading books to keep him occupied. He was not only fine with my decision, I explained why I chose to do it, he was proud to be the only kid who didn’t take the tests and shared my reasoning with his friends. Since then I’ve been approached by parents with questions and concerns and I gladly shared the information that I have learned about the high stakes tests, many aren’t aware that they do have a choice!

This is basically, the exact same thing I do and have done for the last 4 years! Last year was the first time I ran into some trouble (7th grade). I have always stood my ground and not let anyone intimidate me. My kids were always proud to be a part of the refusal movement. Middle school was trickier because they have different teachers for different subjects. Some of the teachers would make comments to my child that he can not opt out of mcas. Most of the classwork was mcas prep work and they would tell the students often “you will see this on the mcas” my child seemed to feel intimidated and stuck in the middle. He heard me for so long preaching about my reasons for not agreeing with it, and now had to hear from teachers about how important it is (to them). I think that caused anxiety and I basically told him it was up to him last year. It was very hard to see him struggling with thinking I would be upset if he took it and the teachers would be upset if he didn’t. I wish they would just get rid of it all together! It’s pointless and everyone knows it

I totally agree. Sadly though, they haven’t yet. So, then I wonder, if we opt out, is the school year a complete waste? Because, it seems to me like most of the year is preparing for mcas.

It’s a really sticky situation. I’m nervous about her becoming sort of a social outcast since she would be the only one not doing it. She has some anxiety issues, she’s a people pleaser, too. I just want what is right for her, regardless of my personal feelings on the matter.

I keep feeling guilty for not homeschooling my son. He loved elementary school. I debated homeschooling for middle school but where it was only 2 years, I thought it will be ok to just let him go. He plans to go to a vocational high school. I regret every day not homeschooling and now he’s half way through 8th grade, so I am just eagerly awaiting the last day of school! I honestly feel they are only learning how to pass the mcas at this point

yes! I wish homeschool or private school would be an option for us!

I did. My son’s principal and teacher couldn’t have been more respectful. He was the only one at his school. I told him to be prepared to just sit and read but they actually put him in with a 4th grade class which I thought was really nice.

I opted mine out too and there were no issues at all!!

Thanks ladies.
So, opting out is a a brand-new consideration as of yesterday. Clearly, I’m not far into my research.
As most schools in MA, our school is not very conservative and the idea of opting out will not be well received. My biggest concern is the relationship between the principal and our family. We still have 7 grades to go, between my two kids. The principal is already wary of me because I didn’t blindly sign a form but inquired first, etc. (Long, boring story.) So, I really fear for my kids being singled out in a negative way. Already upon asking advice, I took a lot of negative flack, so I’m having concerns.

it doesn’t matter conservative or not, the anti Common Core, anti high stakes testing is bi partisan.

As far as your principal, you are doing what is best for your children, it is your right. If he takes it out on your kids, you go to the Superintendent and the school committee. What do you mean by negative flack? From the principal?

Regarding the process, according to what I was reading last night, all I have to do is write a letter to the principal telling her that my daughter won’t be participating, and remind my daughter to tell the person administering the test that she isn’t taking it. However, upon asking advice, I had people insisting to me that it’s not that simple (and also that they will keep my child back a grade?) I was told to go to the county, not the principal?

he has taken the MCAS since and has done fine. That particular year his teacher was putting a lot of pressure on the kids which he wasn’t handling well, that’s why I refused.

that’s kind of what is happening to my daughter. We had our conference yesterday and she must have mentioned MCAS 5 times in 20 minutes (and 10 minutes was spent mostly talking with the adjustment counselor.) It made it sound very much like my daughter is simply a number/algorithm and it was upsetting….especially since I was explaining to her (the teacher) about my daughter’s anxiety and how she’s seeing a psychologist for it, etc.

And I recommend not using the words opt out. Technically you can refuse not opt out. I just wrote “will not be taking”.

I did. Just said I was refusing the test in her behalf. No problems.

I have refused every year for both my children, now 5th and 7th. I just wrote letters to the principal. No issues, have even had teachers applaud my decision.

My children all opted out. That’s 4 children. Only had 1 issue with a teacher giving kids lollipops who took the test and none to the kids that opted out. I called the school district attorney and the next day my daughter came home with a lollipop.

New Bedford MA. I refused it for my children for several reasons Data mining of our children information across the country. These new tests don’t show any signs of helping our children due to the teachers only teaching what is on the test. And the time it takes to do these tests is taking away from the classroom time our children deserve.

Thank you all for answering. This is personal, but does anyone care to share their reasoning why they refused? I’m just gaining knowledge here.

Also, if anyone cares to share their town/district, that’s helpful, too.

Again, thank you to everyone

Yes all 3 of my kids. Only had an issue w the oldest but the new principal was amazing and courteous of my decision w my other 2

My kids were past third grade before I understood the rationale for these annual tests. But I did refuse for my kids in middle school. The admistrators (principal and superintendent) gave me an arguement, but in the end I stayed the course…MY course.

There are templates for letters online if you google MCAS opt out. Give it to the principal and cc the teacher. Morey school has been very accommodating on the past. I opted both kids out of both years’ MCAS in elementary school.

We opted out as protest against what this mandate has done to our kids, our teachers, and our schools.

I’ve opted my two youngest kids out out for the last 3 years. My oldest had to do 10th grade MCAS for graduation requirement, so no point opting him out for just 8th grade.

I opted my now HS junior out of everything until he came to the tests he HAD to take as a soph to graduate. (He passed with flying colors btw.)

I refuse it because I believe it is ruining public education. Teachers accountability should not be held to scores from a standardized test. Not every child learns or tests the same and these tests do not give a good picture of a students growth. The scores are used to rate the school, not the individual students. They are also collecting data on every child and it is a money maker for the developers. Basically our children are pawns in a rigged system. I wanted to be a part of a movement to force a change within the Massachusetts Dpt of Ed. I am hopeful every year more and more families will refuse and it will some day force the change.

The tide is turning, “personalized learning” aka data mining, is the latest in education profiteering!

And, personalized learning is not the answer either. Not by a long shot.


Here are some posts from a Nevada anti-Common Core group:

The NV Dept. of Education does not want to be confused with facts… Not even sure why we even need a dept. in our state that costs tons of money and keeps NV at the bottom. Is the governor the only one who can “shake-up” this department?

State Board of Education can help curb NV Dept. of Ed as the policy making organ of NV Ed. It approves standards as it did with CC and can change or add standards. The legislature can mandate such changes and rid the state of CC. 2 attempts were made 2 election cycles ago- both defeated.. Those legislators and 3 State Board candidates ran on eliminating CC and were defeated at the polls with little support from the people commenting NOW!

We had two stop CC bills in the 2015 session: Brent A. Jones’s bill got a hearing; Scott Hammond’s bill didn’t. Governor Sandoval was (is) against stopping Common Core. I don’t recall a Common Core bill at all during the 2017 session. There was also a great student data mining bill during the 2015 session that got gutted at the 11th hour. A very good source said it was the governor who was against “protecting” student data. Protect Nevada Children tried to get a student data mining bill during the 2017 session but failed. Hopefully the new governor will be more concerned about student data and how data may be used to affect the future of Nevada children.

2015 was 2 cycles ago, exactly. Support though from NV community leaders and citizens was lacking as Brent Jones was OUSTED along with others who stood in the Grant Sawyer Building with him campaigning against CC. NO SUPPORT! Stop talking and get behind candidates against CC.

The State Board can create a policy to code the tests so the data is non-student specific-the legislators can mandate it. The State Board can still eliminate CC standards as the legislator DID not mandate CC-just a change in standards-the legislators can then mandate it. The State Board can ADD standards that might help reduce the effect of CC.They can’t change the 1st ten, only eliminate all ten, as they are under patent.

I believe the legislators voted to approve CC several sessions ago and only one legislator voted no. Don’t remember his name, I guess his nickname was Dr. No.

After the legislators voted for CC Governor Gibbons signed CC into NV law. Later Governor Gibbions said CC was not what was promised and he is now against CC. But by then he was no longer governor and Governor Sandoval already decided he liked CC, so he was not influenced by Gibbons comments.

Sisolak is corrupt as they come…do you have any indication he would help us be rid of common core? We need to all talk to our state assembly members. Maybe we can find someone to sponsor a bill.

No, but at least one of our people down there said he may be concerned about the student data mining in our schools.

Here are some posts from people from Louisiana:

Opting out is not so easy when your children are in high school. They use the LEAP2025 tests as EOC tests. If there is a way to still opt out and not harm your child’s chance to graduate, I’d love to know more.

Opting out by elementary and middle is sufficient to make the point. EOC tests are not what I’m referring to as LEAP although they are called LEAP. LEAP is an acronym that stands for Louisiana Educational Assessment System. John White tried calling the assessments Common Core tests but that was toxic and he wanted to make people think it wasn’t Common Core so he continued calling them LEAP tests.

In Calcasieu Parish last year, they told us that 8th graders that opted out would be put on a five year graduation plan, including a year of remedial ninth grade courses. I opted my 4th grader out and was told that he was the only one opting out at the school. This year, I’ve heard through the grapevine that the principals are trying to decide whether or not to put my gifted child, the one opted out, in remedial courses as punishment for opting out. I have heard nothing from the school but I’ve been told that his teachers, past and present, have been fighting for him and are refusing to allow the principals to put him in remedial. No one is opting out anymore because the parish is punishing the children with remedial and failure.

if he has a gifted classification by the state, they cannot deny him gifted classes.

They are angry that a gifted kid is opting out. If it was a child who scored below basic they wouldn’t have a problem with it.

Here is the state policy for Transitional 9 grade. It is NOT to be used for punishment or for students who do NOT need remediation. And it does NOT automatically assure 5 years of high school!!!! Anything they tell you needs to be in writing!!!!! Otherwise they are bullying you!

Right. He goes to gifted classes once a week at another school. So, I’m guessing they were thinking to put him in remedial for the rest of the week for his regular classes.

that’s ludicrous. Please don’t even consider being complacent if they try to do this to your child. The thought of putting a gifted child in remedial classes with pull out for gifted is nothing short of absurd.

Absolutely not! I would never let them put him remedial courses! They are going to have a huge fight on their hands if they do. But I’m guessing since it’s so late in the year and they have not done it that they probably won’t. But it infuriates me that it’s even been discussed.

bullying works most of the time.

I agree. It would certainly infuriate me, too. And I would guess they haven’t done it because they’ve found out they will be in an indefensible position if they do.

They have not done anything yet. But according to my sources they have been discussing it all school year, trying to decide what to do about it because the parish requires it of children who opted out. I was told that one option may be to have him mentor remedial students in place of making him take remedial classes. But again, I have not heard anything about this officially from the school.

The school districts were required to have PPPs in place for 2018/19 In other words, they have to follow their PApP which was approved by the State. You said they haven’t decided yet? I don’t think it works that way

it is not appropriate to require a gifted student to mentor other students and it is illegal to deny gifted services to a gifted student.

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

Pay attention to what your child is watching on flocabulary. My son came home from school scared we were going to lose all of our trees. I feel there is a form of indoctrination happening within the lesson plan associated with videos from flocabulary.


Here is a post from a Texas anti-testing group:

when school started this year the counselor at my daughter’s Middle School told me that she was in Reading enrichment because she had problems with reading but now I get a note from the office saying that my daughter is receiving this because she got low State assessment performance so basically the counselor LIED! also it’s telling me that she’s going to be getting additional reading enrichment and math lab from this date on till the 24th of May because of these assessment is it that councelors can lie to you about these things I asked her specifically because I opted her out of 6th grade from the STAAR.. so how can she have a low score?

And another post from this group:

What is the schools consequence when we refuse STAAR? Like is it considered a 0 for that child or they just don’t get funding…?

And some replies to this post:

Test mainly is used for teacher appraisal, school district rating. Funding mainly based on enrollment and local property tax rate.

ell… our kids come first…

If the blank assessment is scored then it could have a effect on a districts scores.

If it is not scored/absent then it could have an effect on participation rates.

If either drops low enough then the state steps in (see Waco and Houston)


Unless you are refusing en masse (over 5% of the total students in a specific grade, on a specific STAAR), the consequence to the school is nothing.

I never cared. They don’t get funding for any day a kid doesn’t show up.

I was told last year that if my 3rd grader didn’t take STAAR he would be marked as a failure. I never understood how you can fail a test you never take.

u can’t. They are lying.

my now Sr went K-8 in public school without ever taking STAAR. Never lost an elective or advanced class. Guess what ZERO admissions people are asking? (Incl UT, A&M, Rice, etc)…

I have a 5th grader who has never taken it. They lied to you.

thanks for confirming. My sweet boy is is 4th grade this year. ADHD, SPD and dyslexic. No way he is taking the writing STAAR – even on the computer. He passed the reading STAAR barely last year with tons of accommodations. He made it 1/2 way through math STAAR and then said he was done. I was fine with that.
I’m a SpEd teacher and have a wonderful therapist/advocate.

neither of my kids took STAAR and there is no “data” on my kids either. Our public schools have been hijacked.

They can’t do anything…but threaten you with consequences that they can’t carry out.

Who cares? Your duty is to your kid, not the state.

Our kids come first……
If the schools lose accountability for them not being there, that’s their problem not ours. My daughter does follow up Dr appts during testing time.

Are 4th graders required to take the STAAR? So, what if my son doesn’t take this test this year, can my son be kicked out of this school and given an F? What are my options this year?

you can’t be kicked out of a public school. No one is required to take the STAAR. Just have him stay home.

Nobody is required to take it, and the assessment isn’t tied to grades, so there won’t be an F because of it. As long as you aren’t at a charter school they cannot kick you out.

Have you read the pinned post at the top of the page? There is a step by step guide included.

I have not yet experienced a charter in San Antonio who has the requirement for STAAR in their contract. (I’ve read 3 different charters’ contract and they just repost what the public schools have in their handbook for the most part.) I have suffered no consequences for opting out at charters in San Antonio. Not all charters care, although I’m sure some do.

And yet another post:

Does anyone know if you are required to take STAAR if you use the K12 online program?

And some replies to this post:

From when my kids were in k12 (5yrs ago?) Yes, if you opt out, your kids will be removed (but if they fail the STAAR test, they may also be removed!) They gotta keep their numbers looking good.

I pulled my kids from K12 right before the STAAR test and finished the year with homeschool material.

K12 is an online charter school. Read your handbook and origination paperwork carefully

And yet anther post from this group:

Please help me! How do I approach this situation. My child is in 8th grade. She has never passed the assessment. (Only passed the Math portion last school year) She is 504 & suffers from dyslexia. I held her back in 2nd grade because they finally tested her for dyslexia at the end of that school year & saw she suffered bad (which I knew she did anyways). So she is 15 in 8th grade now (not a freshman like she would have been had I not held her back in 2nd). Today her school counselor told her that if she doesn’t pass the STAAR that she is going to retain her! Then went on to tell her if she wanted to be 20 years old still in middle school! 🤬🤬🤬 She wanted to cry. How do I approach this with out sounding like a crazy Mom?

And here are some replies to this post:

go crazy mom

This is coming from a teacher…be the crazy mom. At no point should a counselor, teacher, anyone use these tactics to try and “encourage” kids. This is awful.

Go smooth off in front of witness!!! There are more ways to graduate than traditional, my son will graduate with certificate no job ask how you graduated… be absent those days and make up days.
I would be crazy mom in a heart beat! It mostly was to scare her, our principal said they wouldnt not hold a child back a second time because it looks bad on them.

I would get an advocate and opt out immediately.

First let your child know you will fight (and win) any effort at retaining her a second time over this test or anything else. Next, make a meeting with the counselor and her direct supervisor and ask exactly what she hoped to accomplish by shaming and threatening a 15 year old child. I am a teacher and this is NOT okay.

As an aside, we never retained kids twice unless they had missed a ton of school and we actually thought it would benefit the child. We also never retained based purely off of STAAR scores when the parent appealed retention. Your poor daughter. We should be building kids up, not terrorizing them.

While you can certainly opt your baby out of the test, please do not let the harrassment go unaddressed. That just allows them to continue saying things like that to kids whose parents may not fight for them.

It seems like this is an on going battle with the schools & my child. Yes they end up passing her the other times but why do they feel the need to scare like this. I can and will continue to fight for her but just thr thought of well maybe they can actually hold her back is scary. Even for me! She passes her classes during the school year.

They “feel the need” to do this because the school rating system is built primarily around STAAR. A schools “grade” for many things is based only off STAAR scores. If schools are consistently low, they face take over by the state etc. It’s a mess. Opting out creates lower scores if students are there and receive the lowest score for the test. That doesn’t mean to not opt out, that’s just some context. Opt out however you can and are comfortable.

Also teachers often don’t know what’s happening. They are told something by the schools and if they aren’t versed in the opt out movement they just regurgitate the info.

This is why so many kids have anxiety and low self esteem. I would make sure I am at the school first thing in the morning. Find out from your daughter if any other students where present at the time this was said because it may need to he brought up also.

Technically a school can hold a child back but that is why there is a GPC meeting. I kept my daughter home and when I went in for the GPC meeting the person running the meeting read word for word off the paper needed for the meeting. Blah blah, automatic retention and then looked at me so I could say no, I don’t agree etc etc. then the meeting began. If she is passing her classes then it shouldn’t be an issue. So many times the schools don’t even know how GPC meetings go. They want to scare you.
When she goes to 9th grade make sure she keeps her electives.

Hey a lawyer if you have to. With a 504 they can’t hold her back for not passing the STARR

Not entirely true. My son was 504 and held back in 8th for not passing the STAAR. Fact check please.

My daughter has failed many staar tests, never been retained and will graduate in May 2019. She has an IEP…..go get one. It will relieve you of endless stress. Oh, and she will start college fall of 2019!

My son is in a similar boat. He’s in 8th, has an IEP and will be 15 in the spring (but he looks 13). I told the district that he will not be held back because of STAAR results.

He will be 19 at graduation if he stays on his current path. If he were held back again he would be 20. I told the district that a 20 year old man has no business going to school with 14-15 year old girls. It will put him in a dangerous position and will severely hurt him socially and emotionally. Not to mention the legal issues the school, my son and I could all face- especially with his VERY youthful looks and immaturity.

Who is going to let their kid hangout with a 20 year old after school or date their daughter? Anyway, i said all of that and the school caved like a deck of cards. He will be promoted regardless of STAAR results.

My dyslexic son hasn’t sat for a single STAAR since 3rd grade. He is in 9th. He won’t be sitting for any STAAR in high school either.

That “counselor” absolutely needs to be called on the carpet.

Write up exactly what you shared here and email her asking that she confirm what she said. Cc teachers, the principal and district personnel (special ed coordinator, superintendent, board members, etc).

Start a paper trail and document everything from here on out.

No one should be talking to your child that way. Period.

Well this happened to me last year. My son has failed all STARR tests since 6th grade, he passed what he needed to get to Jr. High. So he took summer class and has 3 total retakes and failed them all. He makes great grades, all A’s and B’s so I have come to the conclusion he struggles with test taking. He stresses out seeing people finish if he isn’t finished so he rushes. So we had a meeting with his counselor and she basically said they didn’t want to retain but per the state it was a requirement. There is an appeal that can be done and we did that. It wasn’t a hard process at all. We went into the meeting and about 10 minutes later we were done. Signed the appeal and left. Boy was I a wreck! I cried so ugly!!! My son ended up going to high school and it’s been great. He’s done well with all his classes and hasn’t struggled. Sound like a crazy mom, it’s our job. I was ready to fight with grades, report cards, I was prepared. I didn’t need any of it. Good Luck!!

oth of my sons did not Pass the STARR….they tried to say the same crap…I just said that was unacceptable and he wouldn’t be retained…they said ok and he moved on….they cannot retain them.its an assessment!..They try because it’s all about the numbers and funding…simply decline it… my daughter is in 3rd grade she also has dyslexia. The principal told them last year that if they didn’t pass the Starr in 3rd grade that they would be held back…my daughter started having anxiety…I told her it was a lie…I showed her that her brother didn’t pass and he wasn’t held back…they put so much stress on passing this stupid assessment. It’s not made for dyslexic children! My son that is now in 11th grade failed the English 3 times…but he wants to graduate with the advanced plan so he has to pass it they say…I bought the MOMETRIX. It basically tells you how to avoid the mind tricking questions..he read it and passed the English STARR..we will buy the math one because it will be his 3rd attempt. My oldest graduated HS without passing the math STARR and the ENGLISH 2 STARR…

And yet another post from this group:

Hello. We moved here from Canada end of April this year. We decided to put our kids in school the last month so they could meet kids and get to know the school.
We found out 2 weeks into our kids being in school, our son was given the Starr test in grade 3.
Fast forward to the week before school starts. The principal and councillor asked us to come in to discuss our kids and the new school year. Based on the Starr test we knew nothing about and our son not even being prepared for, the principal said he would need to be held back in Grade 3. We of course disagreed and told her he will be moving forward into 4th. She was very adamant and forceful in wanting to keep him behind because as per her graphs and stats showed based on his test scores he has the potential to be a high school drop out or worse, end up in jail. My son is 9!

My question is, can we request this Starr test be removed from his records?
Is it to late into the school year to opt out of the Starr test now? Our son is doing very well in school averaging about an 85, however, he doesnt test well. Could the Starr test scores go against him if he is doing well through out the school year??

And some replies to this post:

No. It can’t be removed.

You can however opt out of all further STAAR. It’s not a test but they like to call of that. It’s an evaluation.

I can’t believe they told you that. Unbelievable and rude frankly

Edit: they can only try to use 5th grade and 8th grade STAARs but you can fight it. My daughter didn’t take 5th grade STAAR and went to 6th grade

and colleges dont care about the STAAR ASSESMENT (not test), so dont loose sleep over it.


This is true in 4th grade, but not for all grades.

Yes 5th and 8th are retention years correct? But if they don’t take the test they can use it against them?

correct. They can hold any student back who has not passed STAAR in 5th and 8th, but in reality it almost never happens unless the kid is also failing the classes. However, it is important that parents understand it is a possibility, even if it is extremely unlikely.

Start here:

MANY of us have never let our kids take STAAR & they have been promoted. Use the search box and u can probably even find parents in this group in your school district.

We’re here to help too.

yup. I live in an area with alot of Expats. Many on my street. Your kiddos dont have to take it. Regardless of what what the school might say. Scroll thru the many posts or use the search box and look up key words like “3rd grade” and you will find many years worth of information.

The principal will not come handy to us after my husband had some choice words for her. However, the school counselor is at everyone of our meetings. So much so we asked her to not attend our last meeting with our sons teacher. She is not helpful and has nothing in place to help our son as they feel he needs it ( we already have him enrolled in online tutoring ) what role does a school counselor hold? the state of Texas you can record conversations as long as one party (you) knows it’s being recorded. That voice memo button on your phone is a great tool. It’s completely legal in TX.

Originally, their role was to actually provide counseling to the kids, and in the later grades, help with academic and career choices. Unfortunately, in Texas these days, most of them have been forced to become testing coordinators and paper pushers…

What specifically are they saying he “needs”?

first it was tutoring. That’s how our kids spent their 1st summer here. They still would like to have a tutor for him and that’s when we found the online tutoring which has helped immensely. Speech therapy was suggested and I shut that down. Their reasoning is not because he cant speak or read, it’s because hes not completely comprehending what hes reading. My son was born with a cleft and we have done speech. He was released from speech 2 years ago as they felt he was right where he needed to be.

If they are basing all of that on STAAR scores, just ignore them. STAAR says NOTHING about a child’s reading comprehension or ability…from your perspective, does he have any trouble with reading?

Make sure next year he isn’t being pulled for any STAAR prep classes of any kind. Extra reading/math etc. keep this in mind for every yr that follows. As he gets older the schools can try or they will take away electives and place them in prep classes. Just request in writing that your child be removed. My daughter didn’t take it in 8th and she went on to 9th grade and kept all her electives. My son didn’t take it last year in 5th grade and he’s in 6th now. It can be done. This is a great groupt.

It won’t be removed but not to worry. Just keep doing what you’re doing.
You can keep
Your son home during testing. Usually the entire week. They can give a makeup test if he shows up during the testing window. He will he scored as “absent”. So there’s no data on him. I’ve been doing that for the past 3 yrs with my son.
My other son is in third grade this year and he will most likely stay home as well.

I hate that statistic. Supposedly your reading level by third grade is an indicator of whether or not you’ll end up in prison because most inmates have a reading level that’s below third grade. It’s absurd and it’s a study that was done incorrectly and likely paid for by the TEA to promote more standardized testing. I’m sorry they said that to you.

Good morning.. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with all the lies about the STAAR. We have all been there. I am one of the parents that has filed a lawsuit against the TEA and Mike Morath. I have started an online petition below as well to end all standardize testing period. Please take a moment read over it , sign and then share. I am praying that I will have 10k by the time March comes around when I close out the petition and hand deliver our message to the Capital. This site is a great resource site. Scott Placek knows his stuff.

And yet another post:

Went to a parent teacher meeting today. My daughter’s math teacher expressed that she was really worried about the STAAR test this year for her. I said “oh, don’t worry, she won’t be here those days. We are opting out.” You could see the relief in her face. She said “you can do that?” and I said “yes, but that’s not what public schools tell you”. She said, and I quote “well that makes me feel so much better. Now I can focus on what she really needs help in and not just testing, testing, testing.” WTH is wrong with this picture? Shouldn’t that be what school’s are doing anyway!? Guess not. I think we all know it is always about the STAAR from day one. And $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Parent Alert!!

This looks like a direct assault on private, religious education institutions AND homeschooling.

Press release issued today from NYS education officials ——->


Private schools MUST PROVIDE THE EXACT SAME EDUCATION found in public schools.

(From NYS Department of Education new guidance for private schools)


The NYS commissioner will DETERMINE whether each private school is delivering ‘substantial equivalencies’ based on assessments conducted by local public education bureaucrats. (Institutions in direct competition with private schools BTW)

BOCES decides whether private schools in NYS measure up. Are you KIDDING ME?

So BOCES will train religious or independent (read homeschooling?) schools on how to measure up to the Common Standards.