Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 23

This is part 23.

Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Student perspective of identity politics; “During my last year in high school, all seniors were required to write a speech about the topic of their choice and present this speech to the student body and faculty. My essay, titled “Division”, dealt with how identity politics ruined the last few years at the high school that I attended. It was summarized well here.

In the weeks following the presentation of my speech, I remember being asked what led me to choose the topic, a topic of which could very likely lead to ridicule and even hostility from those listening. What defining moments compelled me to challenge the way in which I was being taught? Also, did I receive any backlash from my essay?”

https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/student-what-white-privilege-lessons-did-my-high-school


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

I am reaching out to this group because I don’t know who else to ask.
My child is experiencing A lot of political indoctrination.
For example last week is social studies teacher in 7th grade said that she could not get through the state of the Union it was making her sick watching that monster talk about destroying the country.
Another example would be several months ago he came home with a list of what the republicans and the democrats stand for and it was extremely biased over simplified and put together in a way to leave a child with only one outcome.
I looked on the washer county school district website for somewhere to file a complaint and I could not Find anything like that.
We would like to just remove him in put in in a Christian school but we cannot afford to do that.
We want to have a way to hold these people accountable.
Does anybody know where to start or who we could talk to?


And here are the replies to this post:

I would suggest talking to or having your child talk to their counselor. They can switch classes. My son goes to Depoali and he had a Social Studies sub one day who told the class that Pearl Harbor wasn’t such a big deal because other countries were at war, it’s just that the United States is greedy. ?? This person is also a professor at UNR.


Up until this school he has been extremely fortunate with the staff that he has had around him when he was at Jesse Hall or deidrichson or Alice Smith
Those schools all have fantastic teachers counselors principals everything.
I had no idea what any of their political views were at neither did my child they were only there to support and educate him so I am not bashing the schools at all as much trouble as I have with some of the things that go on I feel those people of done an extraordinary job. This particular school though I have an enormous amount of issues with the entire Crew from counseller to Principal or vice principal some of them are more capable and intrested than others but I believe when you have this much dysfunction in one staff it tends to be like a cancer.
So we are done talking to these people.

One of my grandfathers was present for pearl Harbor. My father Was born on a military base because of this attack his father was not present.


our experience has been the same. All the other schools that all of our boys have gone to have been wonderful. Depoali has been not good. This is not the only instance, but there’s also been safety concerns and the principal called me to personally grill me when I opted my son out of the SBAC last year after the previous year was a disaster. No one should know a teacher’s political leanings. My family had people involved with WWII as well, and my two oldest sons are currently active duty. We don’t appreciate these unprofessional jerks trashing the USA to their classes.


We should be naming these teachers.


if you are really interested in a Christian school, but can’t afford it. Look at the Nevada Opportunity Scholarship Program. This program is specifically for students who attend private schools and who qualify based on income. Good luck


Same thing at my daughters high school and if you tell the administrators they just roll their eyes at you


My kids do k12 so while it is public school curriculum I control their lessons. I make changes when needed. However, i am so fearful for next year. My kids both want to go back to brick and mortar schools. My daughter is waiting to see if she was accepted into LVA and my son has applied to a technology school. But my son is going into 10th grade and there will most likely be no spots for him. So he may end up in our zoned highschool. Both kids are well aware of teacher bias at many schools. If I hear of it I will complain . If nothing is done unfortunately I will bring them back home. No one will attempt to brainwash my children. Especially into disrespecting our president or our country.


I like listening to this guy’s channel, he really opened up my mind about the indoctrination that’s going on.


You can file a complaint with this form – just web search form CCSD CCF-660 , they have 10days to respond. You can also call Compliance & Monitoring but the form will get more action because it’s seen by the school board.


My stepson gets the same thing from Green Valley HS in Vegas. It’s terrible!


The fact that they can’t get through a lesson unbiased means they SHOULD NOT BE A TEACHER! RIDICULOUS!!! Ccsd Ed shed on flamingo and Pecos I think? You can go in there and ask where to go to file a complaint. Teachers are hired from there. Go straight to the source


Safevoice. It is an app that can be used to file a complaint it goes to principal and his boss. But your child will be better for having that teacher. He us learning to identify bullshit.


You need to check out Leadership Academy of Nevada (for a new school that is). Fabulous online classes with classical based curriculum that teaches morals and high quality education. See the new website (some of it is still being built out). http://www.lanv.org



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

Is anyone familiar with Melissa Ballard? She responded to my letter to the representatives asking them to not support the initiative for appointed rather than elected state school board members and she sounds very hostile to those who want elected representation. I am curious what impression she has made on any of you who may know her.


And here are the replies to this post:

Ms. Ballard is the sponsor of the bill to change from elected school board to appointed.


Well that explains why she did not like my letter.


she sounded condescending in the hearing too saying something about everyone testifying being self-appointed experts. I find that so ironic. Getting elected doesn’t suddenly make one an expert either, least of all on the subject of ending elections. Isn’t that the whole premise of self-government? That we don’t turn our lives over to supposed “experts” but get to make the majority of decisions for ourselves? I hope I misread that condescension and she was just sensitive to the rejection of her bill.

She had that same attitude with me.


“My vision…” says it all.


This attitude of condescension speaks of a meta message sent by these so-called philanthropic representatives. We’ve strayed so far from the true purpose and role of government in the people’s lives, they actually think their job is to manage. They’ve completely forgotten the role of government is to PROTECT. RIGHTS. I don’t need the government to manage my life, liberty, or property – I need them to PROTECT it. And my-oh-my, have they lost sight of that. 😦



Here is a post from the anti-CBE group:

I have the contracts for the EdTech that our Orange County Public Schools are using. They include Character Lab, College Board, Curriculum Assoc., Khan Academy and Naviance. I think I need some advice on what “red flags” I should be looking for. Any suggestions would be so appreciated.


And here are the replies to this post:

Look for Jumprope or PowerSchool


read their privacy agreements



Here is another post from this group:

New to the group, is there anything wrong with proficiency based teaching?
I am currently teaching Spanish and our county is big into proficiency based foreign language instruction. They’ve presented lots of positives but what’s the bigger picture?


And here are the replies to this post:

Thanks for asking. So, it is important to understand the broader context of proficiency-mastery-outcomes based education. The goal, ultimately, is no neighborhood schools and few teachers. There will be “learning ecosystems” where students learn “anywhere” on devices or via community based “projects” that capture information on their competencies that are uploaded to learning lockers. I know it sounds implausible, but that is what they’ve been working on for several decades and support for it is bipartisan. Knowledgeworks and Global Education Futures Forum (Tom Vander Ark, a Gates guy) have been shepherding it through. Here’s a place to start:

The idea is that competencies will be kind of check box items and will not only include academic knowledge, but behavioral competencies as well. These check boxes will equate to “badges” or codes that will be contain in the Learning Record Stores being set up by IMS Global et al.

Increasingly this data will be pulled not only from screen-based learning platforms, but from Internet of Things tech, immersive and wearable tech capturing skills training for say work-based learning-advanced manufacturing, etc. All of this tech comes out of Defense Department research dating back to the mid 1990s and the creation of the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, which has outposts in Alexandra, Madison, Nashville, and Orlando

Just so you don’t think you’ve fallen into the rabbit hole, this is actually happening. NH just pushed for a Learn Everywhere program that is just that.

https://www.education.nh.gov/news/2019/documents/learn-everywhere-nh.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0DzzSfbe3WzOlcIXRlLiDJ8Oj07RpUfKYL7mDTGn5GTeH4Wqgkin0_Ni0


Who are the beneficiaries of proficiency based curriculum?
Has there been an extensive study done on the effectiveness of proficiency based curriculum
?


There is no one “proficiency” based curriculum. It is a free for all. The premise is that there will be no school or certified teachers. The beneficiaries are 1) tech and cloud computing companies 2) private investors in pay for success deals tied to badge acquisition 3) general social control through online platform data collection. Also corporations are able to engineer a workforce to their changing specifications for the 4th industrial revolution to ensure the lowest cost/wages.


Don’t confuse proficiency as it refers to world languages with the proficiency based teaching fad. They mean different things. Also, how in the world does one create “tasks” one is to be proficient in while becoming bilingual? Do you dissect everything into little pieces: a) can say hello, b) can say their name, etc. So how do they gain fluency or literacy then?

Side note: it’s like ACTFL can do statements on steroids. Those are meant to guide kids and show them the purpose of a lesson not become the end goal. I’m sure you know all this, I’m only brainstorming what you might want to point out to your evaluator. It may “work” for math, but not for a second language.


Thank you for the clarification, I wasn’t quite understanding the connection between the two proficiency models.
How effective has the world language based proficiency model work for v you?



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

SB83 will be in the House Health & Human Services Committee TOMORROW at 2 PM. This bill flew through the Senate without a single no vote, so it has to be stopped in the House!

Committee info/e-mails:

bdaw@le.utah.gov; kmiles@le.utah.gov; sbarlow@le.utah.gov; seliason@le.utah.gov; mjudkins@le.utah.gov; pray@le.utah.gov; rshipp@le.utah.gov; rspendlove@le.utah.gov; normthurston64@gmail.com; rayward@le.utah.gov

Here’s more info on it, if it helps:


And here is a post from a page in Utah:

SB83 Partnerships for Healthy Communities sets up public/private partnerships between the Dept of Health, “community based organizations” (United Way), & others (lines 54-64), that will put together a plan to improve the health & education “outcomes” of 0-6 year olds. Communities will create these partnerships & apply to receive a grant from the state to help implement their plan for their “shared goals & outcomes” for these children (line 98-103).

As part of this plan, participating communities will gather & share data among the various partners & with an Independent Evaluator who will “assess the impact of a partnership on early childhood health outcomes” (line 125-135).

The data that will be used to “measure” outcomes of babies & toddlers & will be “reported” to the Governor’s Early Childhood Commission. That data includes the following (line 108-123):

-How many premature births?
-How frequently did children under age 6 have well-child doctor visits?
-How often were health screenings (hearing/vision) conducted for children under age 6?
-What were the results of the social/emotional screening tool given by the child’s caregiver?
-How many children under the age of 6 are covered by a public or private health insurance plan?
-How many times did children under the age of 6 visit the emergency room?
-How many in the community adhere to the state-approved immunization schedule?
-Are children in this community kindergarten ready?


Here is a post from a Florida opt-out page:

Urgent action needed. (Please read entire post.)

Last week HB401: Mastery Based Education sailed through the House Innovation Committee.

The bill renames the CBE pilot, Mastery Based Education.

If you watch the video, you will see representatives from PK Yonge explain how such instruction must be technology based. They see it as the education of the future and want to help “transform” education to this tech focused personalized learning.

Here is the current annual report for the CBE Pilot that the bill is planning to expand, allowing all 67 districts to participate, despite no data showing it is effective. Please note page 4 where Palm Beach County uses iReady to accelerate Math as part of the pilot.

http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7749/urlt/CBPP-Report.pdf

Next stop is House Education Appropriations
Senate Companion Bill is SB226

Find your Florida House and Senate reps and tell them your student deserves an education without surveillance, data mining and tracking.

https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx


And another post from this page:

“By hiding voucher funding in the FEFP, ever increasing voucher funding could lead to “record public education spending” while literally defunding traditional public schools. Tax payers may barely recognize they are funding the demise of public education which, it appears, is the plan.”

http://accountabaloney.com/index.php/2019/02/19/guess-whose-property-taxes-are-going-to-pay-for-desantis-new-private-school-voucher/


And yet another post from this page:

Ed Reformers have been “fixing” our schools for the past 20 years. They want to “fix” them some more.
They call the new plan, “Charting a Course for Florida to be #1 in the nation in Workforce Education by 2030”

http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7780/urlt/StandardsReview21319.pdf


Here is a post from Lynn Davenport:

Why are some of the wealthiest Republican men with Dallas edtech companies endorsing Eric Johnson? Forrest Hoglund is behind Reasoning Mind (recently acquired by Imagine Learning) which has a big contract with TEA and DISD. Richard Collins is behind Istation which also has a huge contract with TEA. Peter Beck is on the Commit Leadership Board and the Commit Early Matters Dallas Board. Doug Deason serves on the TPPF board. TPPF promotes the privatization of public education. What do they think Eric can do for public education and the advancement of edtech? Istation’s Collins and Fisher held a huge fundraiser for Congressman Van Taylor. Remember my issue with Van Taylor was when he passed a bill with Morath and Reasoning Mind to allow social impact bonds (SIBs) for investors to turn a profit on kids’ math scores. I wrote about it here:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/black-gold-texas-tea-education-agency-lynn-davenport

If Eric becomes mayor will he carry the torch of Mike Rawlings and the privatization efforts? Who will Eric’s education advisor be?

“My third thought is that all those folks who signed that letter are Republicans, while Johnson is definitely not a Republican. It’s one thing if you’re Mike Ablon. Does he lean Republican? I don’t know. He’s a developer. His parents live in Lake Highlands. So probably. But who knows? Johnson, on the other hand, has served as a Democrat for a decade, doing all sorts of very Democratic stuff, including but not limited to serving on the Democratic National Committee. So it’s really refreshing that these wealthy Republicans can ignore their party differences and give their money to Johnson.”

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/02/heavy-hitters-solicit-cash-for-mayoral-candidate-eric-johnson/


And another post from her:

Remember when I wrote about Commit’s parent organization and asked the school board if we were sharing private student data with them under our Data Sharing Agreement?

“Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows the plan. His wife Connie serves on Strive’s board, and his investment firm just put $59 million into Social Solutions, a software platform to track performance measures in social service delivery. They’ve also directed $50 million into Blue Meridian Partners, a “results-oriented” philanthropy focused on children and youth. Wink, wink, Ballmer’s not just in it “for the kids;” he’s in it for the kids’ data.

Watch Ballmer’s speech from a 2017 Dallas County Education Investors meeting in here.

Strive’s influence extends to early childhood, early literacy, and community school programs in nearly seventy communities that touch 13 million children. Click here to see the list of participants: urban and suburban, affluent and poor spread across every corner of the United States. Those funding home visit programs, the foot in the proverbial “cradle to career” door, are the very ones behind the tech takeover of public schools and the development of global impact investment markets.”


Here is a post that was shared in an Ohio anti-Common Core group:

Pleasure above consequences!!

This org is actually encouraging a ‘pleasure-focused’ sex education because apparently sex education should be all about instant gratification and not all about those pesky STDs, emotional effects, or THE POSSIBILITY OF CREATING A NEW LIFE.

Good job. ??????


Here is a post that I found online on FB:

Interesting isn’t it? GENDER INDOCTRINATION IS BEING FORCED IN OREGON SCHOOLS NOW, too! ODE has told districts they have to implement the new Standards which includes Gender Identity teaching BEGINNING IN KINDERGARTEN!
“The California Department of Education is asking parents to review its proposed K-12 health curriculum framework, which seeks to radically transform the way public school students think about gender and sexuality. This written set of goals and objectives, revamped in light of the state’s new LGBT affirming sex education law (the Healthy Youth Act), will guide curriculum development over the next decade. Yet children of Christian and other conservative minded parents will find many of the new health lessons in conflict with the values taught at home.”

https://californiafamily.org/2019/dispelling-myths-about-male-female-gender-new-goal-for-ca-kindergarten-health-lessons/


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

ACTION ALERT: SB10 is a RedFlagLaw and ALL 31 Senators have signed on as authors of this very DANGEROUS!

Please contact Texas Senator and House members and say…Oppose SB 10 it is a RedFlagLaw in Disguise.
This is a backdoor threat to 7 of the 10 Bill of Rights. 1st, 2nd 4th, 5th,6th, 9th and 10th. Look them up to refresh your memory.

Please note: If you read the bill (SB10 or SB63) it states on page one… “Community mental health provider means an entity that provides mental health care services at a local level. The term includes community centers established under Subchapter A, Chapter 534.”

If you read Chapter 534’s definition of a community center, it specifically states “school district”
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.534.htm
Your School District will (actually it already is) aid in the expansion and delivery of mental health care by way of providing lab rats (children) for psychiatric training for pediatricians & primary care providers.

The following is an excerpt from a letter address to President Trump describing “The Medicalization of Our Schools”. But, ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS NEED TO KNOW THIS…

“A view from the classroom of today would astound onlookers that mental health and social, emotional, and behavioral interventions have replaced academics. With these wrap-around mental health services and interventions into personalities, values, beliefs, and dispositions at school, teachers are expected and forced to monitor and collect personal behavioral data on our children that has nothing to do with education. Data is collected, logged into state longitudinal data systems, shared, and ultimately, exposes our children to ‘surveillance capitalism.’ This personal data is freely given and used by outside contractors, foundations, and businesses to create software, curricula, activities, and programs that delve into changing the personal qualities of children and their families according to a government set of objectives. Schools represent a “captive audience” and as such, prime targets for social policy change.”

Please click below to sign this letter and join parents across America saying… NotMyChild
http://womenonthewall.org/the-medicalization-of-education



Kudos to this parent for kicking the butt of those pushing the radical gay/trans agenda in a California school and even managing to scare off a radical school board member from seeking reelection. This is how we fight back from the local level:

https://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen3/19a/MR-CA-Shanda-Anaheim/school-board-wins.html


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

My oldest child was called out by the teacher in front of the whole class because she wasn’t taking the test, because she was opted out. The teacher pointed at her and said you should be taking this test, why did he want her to take it because she is a great student but then he points to another child and says, “I don’t care if he takes it, but you should be.”
My middle school student was opted out and when she told the teacher she was, he said this, “this one doesn’t even count just take it for practice.” He was telling her To go against what her parents had said. Then when they were taken to the library to take the test, my child then told them again that she was opted out and she asked to call me, her mom and she was told no. Needless to say I was angry.


I have opted my 3 children out of the state mandated tests SAGE and now RISE and ASPIRE since they first were put into effect for a variety of reasons. Initially, it was a nightmare! I had an elementary school principal try to tell me that I couldn’t opt my children out and that if I took them out of school during the tests they would just have to make them up. I had to show her the Utah code and then also the teachers so they could understand the law. Then at this same school, my children were denied the incentive given to the other students. Oh, how to explain to young elementary age children that it’s not their fault, nor their parents but an out of hand government that would pit teachers and administrators against parents and students exercising their God given rights. Eventually things at the elementary school got better. My children were able to read while the other students were testing and they were respected. Meanwhile at the junior high where my oldest son was attending, it was by far the best interaction of understanding and respecting my parental rights to opt my son out. I give that credit to the amazing principal at the time. By the time my oldest reached high school, the nightmare was back! I had teachers that tried to use the SAGE test score in place of taking the final in class. When, I pointed out that they could not do that, my son was blamed, in front of the class, for everyone in the class having to take the final. Additionally, I had to show the principal and teachers the Utah code and explain it to them. All they knew was how to bully and manipulate. It has taken a number of years for these administrators and teachers to back off and let parents choose for their children what they will and won’t do when it comes to testing. If this “INCENTIVE” bill is passed it will become a nightmare again. Standardized testing is a huge waste of time and a huge waste of money! Putting it on a pedestal and incentivizing it is a disservice to teachers, students, and parents.


I sent the following to my state rep and senator: Senator Anderegg-
I wanted to express why I am opposed to HB 118. I am the mother of 4 children. I choose to opt my children out of SAGE/RISE. Let me explain why.
When my oldest child was in 9th grade, it was the first year that students took SAGE. I had my doubts about the test, but had her take it anyway. At around the same time, she took the ACCUPLACER to test into an early college high school. She is a kid who always does her best and I have no doubt she put her best efforts into both tests. When we received the results from both tests back, I was shocked. My daughter scored so high on the ACCUPLACER that she was able to test out of all of her remaining high school math classes and immediately start a college algebra class her sophomore year. She excelled in this area and has received As in all of her college math classes. But her SAGE test scores showed that she was only “approaching proficiency.” We knew then that the SAGE test was seriously flawed and have chosen not to have our children participate.
Even more disturbing than the flawed test results was the attitude within schools regarding SAGE. Teachers put more emphasis on the SAGE than they did on the ACT, even though the ACT impacts their ability to get into college while SAGE does not. When my youngest started 3rd grade, she was so excited for that year! She came home from the second day of school and stated that her teacher said they had to work hard that year so that they could do well on the SAGE. It was sad to me that this teacher’s view was that the whole point of learning was to do well on a test. And I believe it was a poor message to send to a child. I have a child who has many learning disabilities and also has poor working memory. He will never do well on a standardized test due to this. But that does not mean he should stop learning or trying.
I guess my greatest concern is how this change will impact our children. Even though it has been illegal to reward or punish children for taking the SAGE, we have encountered a lot of pushback, from several schools when we have tried to do so. My elementary aged child was sent to the principal’s office for the day when he was opted out. My fiercely introverted child was told that if she did not take the SAGE, she would have to get up in front of the entire class and give a speech. I was told by one teacher that my children would be denied access to honors or advanced classes if they did not take the SAGE because they would not be able to prove they were “proficient.” Another child was forced to take the SAGE when a clerical error occurred and when my child stated that he was opted out, the teacher refused to listen or contact the office for clarification.
I don’t blame the teachers. With school grading and teachers concerned about how SAGE could impact their performance reviews (I know this is not legal, but some teachers still fear it), there is a huge amount of pressure on them to bring up scores and Student Growth Percentile. The unfortunate reality is that pressure is passed down to students.
So, if I opt out, why do I care if an academic incentive is given to students who do take the test? Because even when my children were legally protected from being punished, they weren’t. Any incentive for test taking will inevitably cause serious issues for children who opt out. I have heard the argument that children should be able to use their SAGE/RISE test score to get out of taking a final since they have already proved their proficiency. But SAGE/RISE is now only offered for grades 3-8. Why are we pressuring 8-year-olds to take a test? For 7th and 8th graders, some teachers do offer finals, but in my experience, most do not. The students who would benefit the most from something like this would be high schoolers, but they do not even take SAGE/RISE.
I would also remind you that Utah code states that parents are primarily responsible for educating their child while the state plays a secondary and supportive role. Please do not pit teachers and parents against each other by passing HB 118.


All 3 of my kids have been left of of various “incentives” even though it was against law. My high school boys have had teachers try to bribe them into taking it by offering to skip the final at the end of the year. My elementary school-age daughter has had teachers give out candy and other treats and had to sit out of parties that rewarded student who took the tests. All of which was illegal but happened anyway. Tell me this isn’t punishing them for opting out?


All of my children are different and taking the tests or opting out has been on an individual basis. I have a child with a lot of test anxiety and she is already taking assessment tests so the teachers knows how she is in reading, writing and math. The sage testing and state tests are just more tests and they are completely unnecessary. She has an IEP to help with accommodation for her learning already. She does not need to be singled out and made to feel humiliated and stupid because she opts out of another test. I feel that my other kids would do just fine taking the Sage/Rise tests but we choose to opt out because these test wastes so much time in the years curriculum and really need to be changed. My kids sit and read while their classmates take the tests and my kids still are top of the class with or without these wasteful time sucking tests. They don’t tell the teachers anything they don’t already know.


My son was only in 4th grade when these test started, he was pressured to take the test or go to the principal office. Him and his friend stood up and went to the principal office. I taught my children if they are opt out, they don’t need to be afraid to speak up. Now, my daughter is in 6th and the teacher is preparing the kids to have the sage test now call RiSe. I talked to this teacher in PTC and I was very clear about my daughter is opt out. This new teacher told my daughter to take it anyway (practice the test for the real Rise) I had to go to the office printed another opt out (rise ) and made a copy and send it to the teacher with a note. I think teachers spent more time to train the kids how to make the kids ready for a test instead of teaching them learning things. We the parents have more rights to teach our kids than the government, not because you pass a bill make it right, like other states like NY or NJ approving to abort babies even at 40 weeks. You guys probably don’t have kids at the school. Every teacher knows who has support at home, I have kids in honor roll, gpa 4.0 and I don’t believe a Rise/AsPire test will tell me that my kids are not doing good. Teachers don’t need so much test, you can’t imagine how much pressure you are putting in the youth with weekly test, and more chapter test, final test and then SaGe/ Rise. Arise tests, and after that parents can’t even see the test. My husband and I are engineers. Did you see the statistics of the last 8 years in home schools? Think carefully what are you guys doing, the new milenios have less knowledge of history, economics, etc. Instead of paying the teachers more in their salaries you guys are spending money in people to make more test. God bless you all


I have opted my 3 children out of the state mandated tests SAGE and now RISE and ASPIRE since they first were put into effect for a variety of reasons. Initially, it was a nightmare! I had an elementary school principal try to tell me that I couldn’t opt my children out and that if I took them out of school during the tests they would just have to make them up. I had to show her the Utah code and then also the teachers so they could understand the law. Then at this same school, my children were denied the incentive given to the other students. Oh, how to explain to young elementary age children that it’s not their fault, nor their parents but an out of hand government that would pit teachers and administrators against parents and students exercising their God given rights. Eventually things at the elementary school got better. My children were able to read while the other students were testing and they were respected. Meanwhile at the junior high where my oldest son was attending, it was by far the best interaction of understanding and respecting my parental rights to opt my son out. I give that credit to the amazing principal at the time. By the time my oldest reached high school, the nightmare was back! I had teachers that tried to use the SAGE test score in place of taking the final in class. When, I pointed out that they could not do that, my son was blamed, in front of the class, for everyone in the class having to take the final. Additionally, I had to show the principal and teachers the Utah code and explain it to them. All they knew was how to bully and manipulate. It has taken a number of years for these administrators and teachers to back off and let parents choose for their children what they will and won’t do when it comes to testing. If this “INCENTIVE” bill is passed it will become a nightmare again. Standardized testing is a huge waste of time and a huge waste of money! Putting it on a pedestal and incentivizing it is a disservice to teachers, students, and parents.


Mike Winder look what you’ve done. I don’t know what you were thinking if you were thinking at all. Your bill is not good for the children. Its not good for the parents. You are selling our kids. Shame on you.


This bill is simply empowering teachers to academically reward a student who does well on a standardized test. If a student takes a test and demonstrates some level of competency, a teacher should be allowed to let that score replace a test from earlier in the quarter they did poorly on, for example. The bill expressly prohibits teachers from using nonacademic rewards (like pizza parties) for kids who take the test. Those families who choose to opt out still can without penalty. Their rights are protected. Those students who do poorly on the test will still receive no consequence. But those who take the time to take the test and do well on it should have it count for something. It is unfair for the 7% of families in the state who don’t like the test and opt out to hold hostage the remaining 93% who do take the test and to insist that the test taking students are wasting their time. I don’t care what standardized test we decide to use in Utah (SAGE, Rise, SAT, ACT, Iowa, etc)–let the State School Board determine that–but I do believe that there is value in having uniform statewide data points where we can compare the proficiency levels of district to district, school to school, etc. If we can’t measure, we can’t manage, and with the billions of state tax dollars going into public education we better have some accountability metrics.


Mike Winder you mean to tell me that 7 percent of parents opting out our kids are holding the rest of the kids hostage? What about you and other representatives letting the federal government hold the entire state hostage for measley percentage of the total funding to take this test that has little to no merit. Or the fact that these tests arent validated to even test what the kids are learning? Dont you think teachers know how their kids are doing well before these tests ever take place?

I absolutely agree that you and others have sold our kids out. Your job is not to manage. Its to protect liberty and in this bill you have most certainly not done that.

I have seen it before it was legal and it will continue after you legalize it. Teachers will hold this over our kids heads, asking them to convince their parents to let them take the test for a grade or to skip a final, or any other number of other incentives – pitting student against parents and parents against teachers. Did you take the time to see mine and others parents experiences with incentives that are in the comments on this thread? You should. Its very disappointing


Mike Winder It’s great that you responded here, but your response shows that you didn’t read parents’ personal stories. That is an unfortunate way to go about “representing” citizens rights.
Please pull this bill.


Mike Winder is telling everyone that his bill will correlate how well they did on the test with how much credit they get, but that’s not what the bill says. It just allows the teacher give academic credit. There’s no rubric or other guidelines. It’s completely subjective and therefore only an incentive, as the bill title says, to coerce participation.



Here is a post from a friend of mine:

No No No!!! Parents heads up.
Schools sharing student data directly with non-profits. !!!
First of it’s kind that I know of. (Steve Ballmer , former Microsoft CEO, and Strive ….pilot project…. this will be expanding.)

https://edscoop.com/kansas-city-public-schools-pilots-data-sharing-initiative-with-local-nonprofits/


Looks like, according to this bill, that Illinois is now sending CPS to visit homeschoolers:

Amends the School Code. Provides that, after a home-schooling registration form is submitted, the State Board of Education must request a Child Protective Service Unit of the Department of Children and Family Services to investigate the home in which the home schooling will occur to ensure there is no suspected child abuse or neglect in the home. Provides that after the investigation by the Child Protective Service Unit is complete, the State Board must notify the school district in which the home is located that the child is being home-schooled. Provides that once every 2 school years, the State Board must inspect the academic records of a registered home-school student. Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to require a Child Protective Service Unit to investigate the home of a child upon a request from the State Board. Effective immediately.


It looks like Iowa, which is already trying to crack down on homeschoolers, is using Medicaid to try and push for home visits as well:


Maine also wants in on the home visits: https://custom.statenet.com/public/resources.cgi?id=ID:bill:ME2019000H97&ciq=ncsl&client_md=9b166b0013f681141d6c9f265a4da91c&mode=current_text


New Hampshire is tying home visits to Medicaid: https://custom.statenet.com/public/resources.cgi?id=ID:bill:NH2019000S274&ciq=ncsl&client_md=50e61eacf8cd271c0b94e5e93908b048&mode=current_text


New Mexico is also doing home visits through Medicaid: https://custom.statenet.com/public/resources.cgi?id=ID:bill:NM2019000S290&ciq=ncsl&client_md=0e6fc220368092e28ab280574fbb1e35&mode=current_text


Here is a post that I found shared on an Idaho anti-Common Core page:

Morality is under attack everywhere. But, I suspect that many parents are missing what’s happening to secularize and politicize K-12 assessments. Let me ask you something:

• Do you see your children’s online K-12 assessments?

• Do you realize that they are computer-adaptive BEHAVIORAL assessments? (Utah’s RISE assessments included.)

• What moral and political values and behaviors do you think secular progressive research companies are assessing your children for?

Computer-adaptive behavioral assessments have the power to shape a child’s worldview over time. (There’s a reason that they weren’t used in K-12 until recent federal initiatives). I guarantee that secular progressive research companies’ values are not your values.

Christian parents should be boycotting computer-adaptive behavioral assessments in K-12 if they want to preserve a moral people.

*Please share this if you want to help parents protect their children.


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

UPDATE: Per mom K will NOT be going into ISS for her “misinformed outburst”. Misinformed? I think not. I’m sure that someone filled a teachers head with utter nonsense. Now, as for the principal….. I met with her and formally introduced myself. She was very nice til I mentioned my reason for the meeting. Once again I was told that without staar K will not be ALLOWED to be promoted to the next grade. After stating that at no time has the ASSESSMENT been mandatory for the student that yes, the school is LEGALLY required to administer it. After some back and forth I was told that “we can not allow K to miss out on this TEST”. When asked if I could view the test it all of the sudden became an assessment again. I then proceeded to inform the principal that I was NOT asking for her permission to not have K take the staar but was letting her know that I was INFORMING her that my child will be unavailable those days to participate in the assessment. Each and every time they referred to staar as a test I asked to view it and was refused. The principal then went on to say that any child who is not allowed to participate in staar will have to deal with CPS in regards to educational neglect. I about lost my damn mind on that simpleton!!!! I told her that should it come to that…… I would be more then happy to take it to the school board or even to court should that be the way they choose to deal with it. As I was leaving I may or may not have made a comment about small minded and brain washed individuals.
I don’t feel like I’m wrong!!!! My child will NOT be a statistic! I will not bow down to a bunch of people who want to bully my child and myself.
Oh, btw they did say she could take staar during the summer. I LMAO’ed all they way out.


And here are the replies to this post:

She really threatened you with CPS?!?!


They did it last year too. I’m not afraid of them!!! [name redacted] helped me through last years issues with the old principal. At least this one didn’t yell and treat me like the old one did.


She went too far. I would take that to a school board meeting and publicly let them know that she threatened you with CPS.


This is our 2nd year in this diistrict and I HATE it here


What district are you in?


Elkhart ISD


I know that they are getting more aggressive in our school district about absences and leaving early but I have no idea what they would do if I pulled my kids. Although two of them like taking the test. One of them stresses out so much and has an IEP but I heard, in the last board meeting, that the state is going to change how we accommodate for kids like my son. Not for better but for worse.


The special ed director, in the board meeting said that they will now only make accommodations for kids who can’t feed themselves or use the restroom independently. I have that on my list to research but there’s so much garbage that is coming down from the state that I can’t keep up.


there shouldn’t be staar anyway. EVERY childlearns differently and no ONE test can be used to cover all students


That CPS threat would stress me enough to make throw a fit lol I’m not good at calm when those kind of things get thrown out there,who do they think they are!


i can’t believe they threatened CPS, that is such an abuse on so many levels. wasting time of already short staffed CPS to have to answer this call when there are children’s lives at risk?? i would so do what i could to make the media aware and make that go viral.. UNREAL!


[name redacted]

tried to get the press involved last year. She and i were theonly ones in thedistrict making waves.


When my daughter was in the hospital at Texas Children’s this summer we refused to sign the discharge papers because we didn’t feel like she was ready. We were told if we didn’t sign them we would be reported to CPS. I flipped!!!! Talk about trying to coerce a parent. I reported them to the hospital regulatory board and they informed me that the hospital had way overstepped their boundaries by threatening us. I would suggest that you report the principal.


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

My response from Senator Riebe.

“Thank you for contacting me.

My constituents demand accountability, and over ninety percent of Utah families believe our schools and teachers should be accountable. I will be voting Yes on House Bill 118.”

I would venture to guess that they are using “90%” as wanting accountability because those are the ones who let their kids take the tests, but I would also venture to guess that more than half of those have no clue who our representatives are, what they do, and have no clue that those representatives continue to restrict us. Meanwhile the ones that do follow the issues get snubbed.


And here is a reply to this post:

Where i live, the majority are afraid to opt out because of this sort of pressure. The more i educate, the more these realize that this testing is unnecessary. Grassroots education on this subject. That’s where it’s at because the amount of corruption and ignorance at the top is astounding.

This hasn’t anything to do with accountability. This has to do with money and control.



I found a Tennessee home visit bill that appears to be for new parents, etc and appears to be extending existing programs and also applying for federal funding to run these programs (which, as we all know, will lead to the federal government demanding more and more control of these programs and taking away local control.)

A RESOLUTION to encourage the Bureau of TennCare to improve access to and quality of evidence-based home visitation services.

WHEREAS, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has encouraged states to use Section 1115 demonstration projects to address pressing healthcare issues in the states; and

WHEREAS, evidence-based home visiting programs are widely viewed as beneficial and have received the support of the Tennessee Department of Health and other agencies; and

WHEREAS, in this State, there are currently three evidence-based home visiting program models receiving state or federal funding, which include Healthy Families America (Healthy Start), Nurse Family Partnership, and Parents as Teachers; and

WHEREAS, the Medicaid program in this State operates under a Section 1115 waiver as the TennCare program and covers over one million Tennesseans and many births in this State; and

WHEREAS, evidence-based home visitation programs for pregnant women and parents with infants who face medical, social, or environmental risks provide a variety of beneficial services, such as mother and child health and developmental assessments and screenings for co-occurring risk factors, including maternal depression, everyday stress, and domestic violence; and

WHEREAS, the preparation of action plans developed with infant caregivers through such programs that are designed to monitor the progress of an infant’s health and development and the family’s progress encourage a baby’s health, safety, and optimum development; and

WHEREAS, such programs present a variety of educational topics and tools designed to address identified issues and to support family strengths and improve parenting skills; and

WHEREAS, an appropriate federal waiver program could beneficially enhance access in this State to quality evidence-based home visitation services for the babies and their families; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED ELEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that this body encourages the Bureau of TennCare to seek an appropriate Section 1115(a) waiver, or an appropriate amendment to the existing TennCare II Section 1115 waiver, in order to improve access to and quality of evidence-based home visitation services for pregnant women and parents with infants who face medical, social, or environmental risks in order to promote positive health and well-being outcomes.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this body further encourages the Bureau of TennCare to utilize otherwise available federal funding, grants, and private sector contributions.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared for transmittal to the Governor of Tennessee and the Bureau of TennCare.


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

Argh! Excuse me while my head explodes. My 5th grader brought this home today.

Some choice quotes: “In 1776, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal.” Women weren’t mentioned at all.” ?????

And “And voters have never elected a female president.” (As if we should elect someone purely based on their sex!)

Needless to say we had a good talk with my daughter tonight.


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

This showed up on my Facebook feed yesterday.


Here is an article by Wrench in the Gears tying P&G to Strive Together: https://wrenchinthegears.com/2019/02/21/boiling-frogs-building-brands-pgs-partnership-with-strive/?fbclid=IwAR0BKdeGzs8frJ7dk0GgnCudTht55rVjiUpm1gZsFtRRVM1wSFZtCQu_0zc


And here are the replies to this article:

I thought it odd that the head of Peninsula Boys and Girls Club would advocate for charter schools at SSIR. I thought it odd that United Way in Utah would be on the side of Goldman Sach’s SIB’s.
After reading this article, the pieces begin to fit together.
The most dangerous word in Silicon Valley right now is UP“scaling up”.
Thanks to the author for the very important work she is doing.


Thank you [name redacted]. The United Way is a key play in the “collective impact” program-they help put together the deals. The Boys and Girls Clubs will be the badge providers. You can look it up. They already have a whole system of badges you can earn. They are working with HP and Comcast on STEM education and I believe they’ve also teamed up with Disney around Black Panther and “science.” Here’s a leader board of badges: https://myfuture.net/Club

People just have no idea.



I wish I were making this up, but alas, this insane Illinois bill is real:

Amends the School Code. Provides that a school district shall make feminine hygiene products available, at no cost to students, in each bathroom of every school building (rather than in bathrooms of school buildings). Effective immediately.


UPDATE: It appears that as of 2/21/2019, that the Illinois CPS/homeschooling bill has been tabled. Let’s hope that it stays that way.


Nice “education” bill you’re got there South Carolina. I noticed this part and found it to be kissing the behind of DC (sorry it’s in all caps, but it was copy/paste):

TO AMEND SECTION 59-59-20, RELATING TO CAREER-CLUSTER CURRICULUM, SO AS TO REVISE THE CURRICULUM TO ALIGN WITH WORKFORCE NEEDS, AMONG OTHER THINGS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-59-50, RELATING TO STATE MODELS AND PROTOTYPES FOR INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION PLANS, SO AS TO REVISE THE REQUIREMENTS TO INCLUDE CAREER CLUSTERS AND RELATED PATHWAYS AND PROGRAMS OF STUDY, AMONG OTHER THINGS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-59-60, RELATING TO THE ORGANIZATION OF HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULA AROUND CLUSTERS OF STUDY AND CLUSTER MAJORS, SO AS TO REORGANIZE THE CURRICULA AROUND CAREER PATHWAYS AND TO PROMOTE RELATED INCREASED AWARENESS AND CAREER COUNSELING



Another school that has let a child down: http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/michigan-boy-13-takes-own-life-after-being-bullied-on-school-bus-mom-says?fbclid=IwAR2g0-f0PU4KkWHa1sZP7ue1Vf5iXEWvW42K7_iPTsb1pLzuIHGwLEBV0vw


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

Sad times we live in. [name redacted] told me today that a lot of kids ask him to read the clocks on the school walls. We taught him to read a non digital clock. The ones at school are not digital and the schools never taught them to read clocks. These kids are in 5th grade! [name redacted]’s spelling is terrible. I asked his teacher why they didn’t have spelling or spelling tests in school. She said she didn’t know. He rarely brings home any work from school. So, if I want his spelling to improve, I have somehow figure out what words he needs to learn and try to help him. This is the result of Common core! This is the result of teaching to a test. We need to wake up!


University of Buffalo SUNY has joined the race baiting brigade: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/02/22/university-at-buffalo-suny-to-host-whiteness-of-american-architecture-symposium/


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

Yesterday the State School Board took a vote of support for HB118 Incentives for Statewide Assessment Performance. I was one of four board members that voted against it. Now this “support” is being used to sway our Senators to vote yes.

This bill will allow teachers to incentives students to take the SAGE/RISE test and will allow for academic rewards. Every year our State Board office receives phone calls from parents reporting that:
Their child has been coerced into taking the test
Their child is being bullied into taking the test
There is a reward for taking the test.

If this bill passes, ALL of this will be legal. Supporters of this bill say that opt-outs are still allowed. While that may be true in some sense, this bill will increase the pressure for students to take the test.

Basically, we will legalize the bullying of children and families whom the state is supposed to serve, not the other way around.

Perhaps instead of trying to incentivize people to take the test, we need to start asking why people don’t find any value in it.


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

My daughter is in the fourth grade. Today in school they took the”mock” test. Not only that, they acted like it was the real day…no recess, no talking, no talking at lunch and they did away with snacks and water during the test. The teachers have also told the class that they will be back in fourth grade if they don’t pass. Which of course I know is nonsense but telling a child that is a different story. I can only imagine how these kids feel on days like this. We need to end this assessment.


And some replies to this post:

I jad a teacher in 5th grade orientation tell all the parents id they didnt pass starr they woild be held back…i calmly raised my hand…and said no she is wrong. My other grandson in 8th grade…and didnt pass.staar


is it not true?? That’s what my daughters teacher told her that in 5th grade she HAS to pass it


if that were true 5th and 8th grade classes would be twice the size as all other classes in our schools!


we just moved here from Ohio 4 years ago and so I have no idea! In Ohio we have OGT but that doesn’t have to be taken till 8th grade and we have till 12th to pass them! It’s redic for little kids to be taking tests like this!


When I taught elementary I never told the kids that but other teachers did and it would make my blood boil. I am sure my blood pressure went sky high as well.


The overall creator of this test H. Ross Perot is the devil and the people at TEA who create it and make us as educators administer it are all full blown Terrorists in my book.


not quite. Perot was part of the push with then Gov Mark White in the 80s for the “No Pass/No Play” law (HB 72?) that included limiting extracurricular activities to 8hrs/wk ushering in the “specialization” of kids (Theater OR basketball OR student council OR band..) I was in Jr Hi at the time and this affected my HS years immensely keeping many of us from pursuing more than one activity. The “test to graduate” was part of that, as my Sr Class was the 1st yr in TX to have to pass it. Perot didn’t create it, but he sure helped. He had a lot of help from Gov White and the then only 10yr old U.S. Dept of Ed.

Many don’t realize that the Dept of Ed was not around til the late ‘70s which means prob the vast majority in Congress (Texas and Fed) were educated WITHOUT the Dept of Ed at least some of the time.


This makes me so sad. I teach 4th, and we do have practice tests 🙄😬, however, they get snacks (2) and water, however many bathroom breaks they need, get to talk at lunch (b/c test is over by lunch) and “extra” recess and large group. I try to be as low key as possible. “I’ve taught you all you need to be successful, so no worries! You’re ready!”


I’m also a 4th grade teacher, and I do the same thing. I can’t imagine putting that stress on a child!


my son is an 8th grader with severe test anxiety and has failed STAAR many times, that’s why I’m in this group. I’ve learned so much.


When I taught in HISD the students knew more about the test and STAAR skills then they did actual history, science, English, or literature… the pressure was horrible on them too. Everything was about “the tests”. That’s not an education. It’s an imprisonment for children to become robots with no free thinking skills. I agree. This needs to end.


One of my daughters (7th grade) actually said to me “Mom can you just homeschool us? This place is literally like I’m in prison and I didn’t do anything wrong” Made me sad and now I’m researching homeschooling.


So right. All over the state…I teach dual credit English and it is sad how little my juniors and seniors know..


I homeschool my oldest right now. We are finishing up high school this year. The laws are so relaxed on homeschooling in Texas it’s unbelievable. You don’t have to check into any one organization or the state to homeschool. It’s just bizarre. My daughters have been trying to convince me to homeschool them as well. My son has flourished with me, however he has high functioning autism so this was the best move for him by far. My daughters are typical and very social. I’m not sold on homeschooling them yet. Good non-biased co-ops are very hard to find. This is just my .02!

We do need a reform in our public education though… also HISD is too big for its britches and needs to be separated into 4 districts vs one. If I’m remembering correctly HISD is the 4th or 7th biggest school district in the country. When you have this many schools in one district and funding is allocated based on property taxes and potential administrative/school bonuses based on the test? That’s treading in some major muddy waters…


They get recess? Ours dont get recess anymore, and its pissing me off.
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What? No recess in 4th grade?!


nope


in Elem school, ours didn’t get recess either. The whole school was on lockdown for practice STAAR incl “quiet lunch”


they dont ever get recess. They get “enrichment time” in the gym.


no they never get recess! Only “enrichment time” 3x a week. Where they go “play” in the gym. Which loosely translates as most of the kids sit on the bleachers while just a few get up and go play basketball or whatever, for 30 minutes.


No, no recess on any test days…even when other grades are taking test


I dont know why the hell these teachers are allowed to threaten our children. My son’s class was also threatened in 3rd and 4th grade. One teacher told his class that she and the homeroom teacher would “fight” to keep them in 3rd grade. I think it’s a load of shit to scare the living out of our kids like that and for them to be allowed to add such unnecessarily pressure. Excuse my lanuage, but this kind of stuff, makes my blood boil.


hold them accountable. Put what happens in writing via email to the schools. These are OUR children NOT school property or minions.


I did everything possible, I went to the Principal, I went to the district, but nobody did a dam thing.


That is so wrong on so many levels.


Yes it is and what’s worse is that nobody does anything.


did u put it in writing? Things tend to change drastically when things are documented.


I wrote, documented and it still didnt do anything. I even wrote to the TEA with attached copies of everything and those bastards sent it back to the district to handle and of course the district didnt do anything. Therefore teachers at this school who write and write to the district and TEA and nothing is done.


what District?


El Paso independent. This district is a mess, recently the Board president had to resign because he moved from the district he was originally representing and didnt notify the district. It’s a disaster.


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And another post from this group:

Parents who are used to keeping kids home for a week during STAAR assessment may face steeper hurdles this year. A two week online assessment window offers uncooperative districts an extra week to attempt to compel assessment.

http://www.txedrights.net/preparing-for-the-two-week-online-window/


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

THANKS TO ALL WHO TESTIFIED TODAY OR CAME FOR ‘MORALE SUPPORT’ on the HOME VISIT BILL!! GREAT testimony by all! We appreciate all of you. However, this bill is likely moving forward. So, what happened the early evening prior to the hearing?? A brand new bill was dropped to replace the old bill (called a delete all amendment). There were quite a few changes and it’s at least a page longer. A number of our testifiers didn’t feel they could testify on such short notice. Hours of research. The bill really has more questions than before. However, one good feature, is that the bill no longer requires a new mother to stay with home visits for 3 years by law. That portion was removed and I thanked Rep Bahner. (But we need to watch because it could surely come back as a late amendment.) My understanding is that the Dept of Health budget came out today and fiscal notes are available for both the home visits and baby birth to 3 education.


Here is a post from the Minnesota anti-Common Core group in reply to my comment about the New Mexico home visit bill:

BUILD Institute is all about predictive diagnosis! It’s in the NM bill, too. (1) ethically identify risk factors that would enable prediction and prevention of problems;

(2) analyze measurable benefits on participants;

(3) provide a comprehensive measurement of future cost savings tied to specific programs;

(4) provide information on the full spectrum of services being provided to children and families;

(5) determine the effectiveness of specific programs and whether specific programs are achieving their stated goals;

(6) develop evidence-based policy to improve the lives of families and children in the state;

(7) identify areas for cross-sector collaboration;

(8) maximize the utilization of available resources; and

(9) create high-level knowledge to inform agency policies and practices on the case management of families and children.


And another post from the same person as above in this group when talking about home visit bills popping up across the country:

Medicaid seems to have some commonality. WA baby bill is using Medicaid, also.



Here is a post that I found on the wall of Alice Linahan:

The House Public Health committee will be hearing HB 10 (Senfronia Thompson) on WEDNESDAY
HB 10 seeks “to increase the number of residency positions leading to a medical specialty in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and associated behavioral health issues affecting children and adolescents.”
With a bill number this low, we know it’s part of the Governor’s priorities (i.e. tied to the goals of the Mental Health Care Consortium, in SB 10)

https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/schedules/pdf/C4102019022710301.PDF


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Check this out…
Please take note that Education Testing Services (ETS), mentioned in this chapter, is currently the 3rd party contractor Texas uses to administer the unconstitutional federally mandated STAAR assessments.

https://m.theepochtimes.com/chapter-twelve-sabotaging-education-part-ii_2657473.html


And another post from her:

Question- after reading the two bills, HB 17 and HB 1754: Why does the unelected, Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, continue to be given complete authority to write the rules and regulation for legislation, which gives him complete power to take over locally elected school boards and replace them with contracted public/private partnerships?
It looks to me as if we are no longer governed by law, but by rules and regulations, written and enforced by unelected bureaucrats.

And here is a post below that was quoted:

Dr. Greg Bonnen
February 13 at 4:54 PM ·
Students and parents expect their schools to be a safe and secure environment. That’s why I filed HB 17 and HB 1754.

House Bill 17:

• Provides guidance on safety measures through coordination with the Texas School Safety Center
• Sets accountability metrics to ensure that each campus security plan meets a statewide minimum standard
• Requires enhancements to school facility construction and operations standards, training for employees and substitute teachers, and greater public input
• Works with other legislation addressing mental health in schools, law enforcement training and coordination, and other measures to comprehensively improve our ability to provide a safe and healthy learning environment in our public schools

House Bill 1754:

• Creates a school safety allotment to assist school districts with additional funding as they implement the safety measures outlined in HB 17

My colleagues in the House and Senate will all have a hand in crafting the final bills before we send it to the governor’s desk, and I know that working together we will get this done. Our students deserve it.


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Here is a post that somebody put in reply to me warning about the South Carolina Career Clusters bill:

my small district in PA is already implementing this. There will be 5 paths/tracks for students to choose while in 10th grade and will be in effect for grades 11&12. There wasn’t even a parent/student informational meeting held.



Glad that these CA parents are fighting back against SJW “implicit bias” training:

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/272954/parents-sue-fight-anti-white-anti-male-anti-matthew-vadum


It would appear that, based on this link, that in New York City, the Drag Queen Story Hour is partnering with schools:

https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/nyc/school/


According to this page, the following schools in NYC have already held Drag Queen Story Hour events:

PS 118, the Maurice Sendak Communnity School
PS 63, Star Academy
Brooklyn Friends School
Saint Ann’s School
Maple Street Preschool
Downing Street Preschool
Bija Kids
Chickpeas Preschool
Camp Alamander at the Brooklyn Free School

https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/DQSH_school_outreach.pdf



Here is another post from Wrench in the Gears:

Predatory impact investors are behind the push for expanded pre-k services. How do we protect children while ensuring families have access to affordable, developmentally appropriate day care and pre-school? This post spans Blockchain ID in IL, early childhood education bills in CA, and proposed pre-k charters in Dallas. A partner in this film is iLabs at the University of Washington pushing technology based brain training for young children. Temple University has been doing neuroscience work with them.


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

Parents:
.
This is what your child is being taught in public school.
.
Tonight I signed off on my son’s high school Freshman course selection.
.
Biotech is an elective.
.
Read the description:

  • vaccine development to save lives
  • GMO development to prevent hunger
    .
    What BS
    .
    I had my son read the description and he knew straight away done this was fishy.
    .
    School curriculum is bought.
    .
    Lunches suck
    Health classes suck
    Now some electives suck
    .
    Honestly, I’m really considering homeschooling all three of my boys. 10, 13 and 16.
    .
    Homeschool? How do you do it? Hire a teacher? Online programs (without agendas…)
    .
    Unimpressed with our country these days.
    .
    Where are the politicians who actually want to serve the people vs taking money from corporations?

______________________________

Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Your child is now seen as an “investment vehicle” for venture capitalists like Sec. of Education Betsy Devos and former Enron Hedgefund Billionaire, John Arnold, and former Goldman Sachs guy Todd Williams, and Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF)’s Stacy Hock; who is behind getting Texas Commissioner of Ed, Mike Morath in position to restructure education in Texas.
I have a message for people like them… #NotMyChild

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/04/is-school-choice-really-a-form-of-freedom/523089/


Here is information on a page that Alice Linahan shared on her wall against the “Teebow bill” in Texas:

The “Tim Tebow Bill” -HB1324/SB718- has been filed again this session. We oppose this bill as it is written because:

It contains an unequal testing requirement that undermines the parental authority of the homeschooling parent.
Homeschoolers in other states don’t have as many freedoms as Texas does. We can’t compare apples to oranges when it comes to how regulations might have increased or decreased in other states with this law in place.
It changes the long-standing definition of homeschool and creates a new class of student by separating “private” and “homeschools.”

http://texansforhomeschoolfreedom.com/petitions/


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

The following is an excerpt from a letter addressed to President Trump describing “The Medicalization of Our Schools”.

YET, ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS NEED TO KNOW THIS…
This would be a good letter to send to Texas State Senators and House Reps., who are pushing for “Mental Health” legislation such as SB10, HB1448, HB199, HB204, HB10, and others. Looks like the focus of Texas Education is to Medicate, Not Educate.

“A view from the classroom of today would astound onlookers that mental health and social, emotional, and behavioral interventions have replaced academics. With these wrap-around mental health services and interventions into personalities, values, beliefs, and dispositions at school, teachers are expected and forced to monitor and collect personal behavioral data on our children that has nothing to do with education. Data is collected, logged into state longitudinal data systems, shared, and ultimately, exposes our children to ‘surveillance capitalism.’
This personal data is freely given and used by outside contractors, foundations, and businesses to create software, curricula, activities, and programs that delve into changing the personal qualities of children and their families according to a government set of objectives. Schools represent a “captive audience” and as such, prime targets for social policy change.”

A Letter to President Donald Trump
Please click here and sign the letter.
Join parents from across America, who are saying…

#NotMyChild

http://womenonthewall.org/the-medicalization-of-education


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

From the author: “There are a number of connections between WestEd, SBAC and educational leaders in Nevada. Most notably, former State Superintendent Steve Cavanero and former Assistant Superintendent Dena Durish sit on the WestEd Board of Directors. Nevada Board of Education member Tonia Holmes-Sutton is on the WestEd board as well; as are former CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, Northern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program staff Thomas Reagan, Dean of UNR College of Education Kenneth Coll, and Robert McCord and William Speer of UNLV. I would also like to point out that Speer, the Director of the Mathematics Learning Center, is also a governing member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). All of these individuals have professional ties to the implementation of testing in the state of Nevada. One could argue that a favorable WestEd audit would be in all of their best interests.

The audit finds that the only necessary improvement to testing in Nevada’s public schools is improving assessment literacy. Given the information that I have shared above, this is not surprising. My conclusion is that the WestEd document is not an audit at all, but rather a feel-good piece supporting testing as it’s currently implemented in Nevada…”

“Data-mining is criminal. Over-testing our children is equivalent to child abuse. It’s wrong, and it needs to stop.”

https://clarkcountyschoolwatch.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/testing-con-games-and-kickbacks/


And some replies to this post:

See all those big education names. Wonder why we test so much?

https://www.wested.org/about-us/board-of-directors/?fbclid=IwAR05PY8UU3arazo0DkO2YTIrXQ25E5TzB-p-6QfTSzb79Ivh-CDxN9Yp5zE


Other’s covered the same story:

https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/state-releases-audit-exploring-whether-nevada-is-testing-too-much

…and

https://www.ktnv.com/raisingthebar/nevada-kids-taking-too-many-tests-nevada-lawmakers-examine-process



And here is another post from this group:

Good morning. The Senate Committee on Education will be discussing the results of an audit regarding school testing. It’s important that we get some educators to speak on it. It will convene at 9:30 am. If you can please go to the Grant Sawyer building and feel free to speak in public comment about this. Thank you.


Amd some replies to this post:

Which day? What is the bill number, please?


It was a report. They paid $100,000 to Nevada State Board of Education Tonia Holmes Sutton’s group WestEd to write a report that was late.

It was supposed to determine if we are doing too much testing

Yes a Board Member paid her group to assess if we are doing too much testing.

There is Tonia with WestEd the “auditing” group?


http://nvleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=10782


The school testing discussion starts at about 1:50:00 in the hearing [name redacted] posted directly above.


you have to hear the part about the autopsy. Yes, testing is an autopsy. We perform it on kids after we kill them?


This was Joyce Woodhouse’s bill. Everyone was disappointed in the results. The acting TFA Superintendent was a joke.

And Tonia now has $100,000?

This is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with public education.


In addition to Tonia Holmes-Sutton the following people are also on WestEd board: Steve Canavero, Dena Durish, and Pat Skorkowsky. CONFLICT OF INTEREST! https://www.wested.org/about-us/board-of-directors/



And yet another post from this group:

Unless I’m missing something WCSD will be classifying “free” EdTech vendors, including a Chinese company (government), as “school officials.” See 1) d) ii.

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/241446aefdad53bd41f15b445/files/33a3d0ed-22be-4adf-9913-72dc2ca27a62/Att_A_Policy_5000_Student_Records_v2_Draft2.pdf

Recall, Edmodo one of the most widely used “free” EdTech vendors in WCSD was bought by the Chinese.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-04-24-what-happens-to-student-data-privacy-when-chinese-firms-acquire-u-s-edtech-companies



Here is a post from Shannon Joy:

Tyranny.

Destroying the rights of parents and making children the property of the state. Oh … and they’ll take your guns too.


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

This is a grave warning out of Washington state over their Early Start Act! Same thing happening in Minnesota now! Call your rep and senator now to say we do not want an expansive program of home visits and baby birth to 3 going into schools and head starts across our state. The funding is proposed and bills are metastasizing. Call today!


Here is a post from the Common Core Diva:

Warriors, with ESSA, there is very little difference between “mentors” and ‘mental health interventions’. That was a built in deception. Learn how HR 804 seeks to manipulate the deception even more. IN Rep. Carson sponsored the Eli Lilly & Co. backed bill.
Several States have similar legislation in the works: TX, MN, GA, IL, and others.

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/expanding-essa/?fbclid=IwAR0IVwHOmaoAF2I6v_5k3DCjnPT0FZyXzySVcmbwDCb_3v838tWa9nL9Y4s


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

This one could, and frankly should, ruin Sen. Ted Cruz’s political career. He has clearly partnered with the Bush regime to globalize education under UNESCO and ensnarl our Private and HomeSchools into this global system. Many of us have been warning and sadly true Conservatives have been deceived.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/28/betsy-devos-unveils-federalized-school-choice-plan/?fbclid=IwAR0_BHMaEf3BfdOp7ZhjRti_2eKbHG86eyLxZtetd3lsJUZucVzRuCu7cTU


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

A Boulder Valley School District elementary school (see article below) is letting a group called “A Queer Endeavor” teach kids as young as 5 that their gender is whatever they FEEL it is, not connected to their bodies! They admit their goal is “queering the classroom” and show kids films – “ No More Gender Roles,” “ He, She, and They – What is Gender,” This is coming to ALL CO schools if radical sex ed HB19 1032 passes. NEXT chance to stop it: email your opposition to Democrat members of Senate Appropriations Committee : rachel.zenzinger.senate@state.co.us dominick.moreno.senate@state.co.us julie.gonzales.senate@state.co.us robert.rodriguez.senate@state.co.us nancy.todd.senate@state.co.us say stop sexualizing our children! Email Repubs on Committee bob.rankin.senate@state.co.us bob.gardner.senate@state.co.us rob.woodward.senate@state.co.us dennis.hisey.senate@state.co.us – thank them for voting NO on this terrible bill!

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/is-gender-instruction-part-of-sex-education?fbclid=IwAR0KIpoQP2Aip2PwN3WfSLKsOcZiSwWlg2kZag6GtY52NQIHLjJfMuAbxsY


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

Look who’s paying teachers & districts to get #SEL into schools.
“NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades PK-12. Whether you have an idea for a new initiative or want to expand or continue an existing project, we want to hear from you.
For the 2019-20 school year, we are inviting applications from two applicant pools:

Individual teachers or teams of teachers seeking to implement SEL initiatives in your classroom or school in the 2019-2020 school year, and

District-level applicants seeking to implement SEL initiatives district-wide and/or across multiple schools within one district (including a charter network).

Grant awards for teacher-led projects will be a maximum of $5,000 each. District-level grant awards will be a maximum of $25,000 each. For the first time, we will also award a small, select number of two-year grants. Find more details in the RFP document below.”


Yes, despite what the Florida legislature claims, this is RIPE for abuse:

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/7030/BillText/Filed/PDF


This George bill is also easily abused:

https://legislativenavigator.myajc.com/#bills/SB/15


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

Wouldn’t it be better to put the $65+ MILLION on-going funds towards the WPU instead of burdening schools under the “Teacher & Student Success Act”? SB149 is NOT local control.
https://twitter.com/pbudge1/status/1101569498736259072?fbclid=IwAR3VnLzNgScXYnIZiOEAb6W9aNs4cpHVOglNhewFRnyo92zWDdRZWFlMoaQ


And here are some replies to this post:

Pam, can you explain this bill a little bit?


This is basically the Our Schools Now ballot imitative without their massive tax increase. That’s where this all started. OSN made a deal with the legislature to set up the Teacher & Student Success fund late last year during the session & put the question on the ballot to raise taxes with the gas tax (which failed, thank goodness!). Now, they are back trying to fully implement their plans.

Basically, it ties funding to test scores. Schools have to submit their “success” plans in order to get the funding; then, in order to maintain the funding they have to keep their “School Grade” (which is not called a School Grade anymore) up, which means the focus on the test increases because that’s the only way schools improve their “performance”. If they aren’t making “improvements”, they lose control over those funds & it will be dictated to them where & how those funds will be used (some suggestions in the bill include: before & after school programs, early childhood education, summer school, technology, counselors, social workers, community partnerships, etc. Can you tell it’s a Millner bill? She has 5 more just like it, including SB83.).

It’s EXACTLY what the federal government does. You want funding? Submit your plan. We can approve or we can disapprove it. We set the requirements. You follow them. You don’t follow them. We find ways to enforce them by controlling you with the money we so benevolently give you.

If this bill failed, we could instead put that money towards the WPU which goes directly to the schools without any strings attached. THAT is local control. SB149 is all about top down regulation & control.


Has it gone to committee yet?


It will be in the House Education Committee on Monday at 4 PM. We have to stop it in the House. It already passed the Senate (with literally no debate).


What is the WPU?


It’s called Weighted Pupil Unit. It’s funding that goes directly to the schools to use however they need it.

“Utah uses the weighted pupil unit, commonly called the WPU, in distributing state dollars on a per-student basis. Schools are given the flexibility to use WPU dollars on a variety of local needs”

Each year the legislature decides how much they will allocate to WPU. If we stopped passing pet project education program bills that cost millions of dollars every year, we could use that money instead to increase the WPU, which is what schools should be fighting for & anyone else who wants locally controlled education.

This is from 2013, but still has an explanation of WPU that hasn’t changed:

https://le.utah.gov/lrgc/briefings/howutahpublicschoolsarefunded.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2hNyLosNmz5x7sy46MNI9NNbnNfleGHplNM83CBBXt4anaz8mdZ0lq0ws



Here is another post from this group:

Discussing HB118 now:

Passed..


And here are the replies to this post:

I texted Fillmore just now to say thank you


What was just passed?


H.B. 118 Incentives for Statewide Assessment Performance
https://le.utah.gov/~2019/bills/static/HB0118.html


Senator Grover in his presentation of the bill doubled down on the point that this will not affect opt outs. He’s wrong. We showed proof, but it was ignored. On top of that, this test is not valid to be used for student grades in the first place. This bill shouldn’t have passed.

Thank you to the NO votes. Thank you for listening.


Ug! Who are the Republicans that voted yes besides Dan McCay?


Bramble, Grover, Hillyard, Hinkins, McCay, Millner, Okerlund, Sandall, Thatcher, Weiler


Okerlund is my rep. He is in big trouble. He will be getting a large letter of disappointment along with a huge dose of education. This isn’t over everyone. Now is the time to start educating our friends and family. Then let’s really start the letters and phone calls.


I wonder if life feels any better when your reps aren’t always in the group that’s tearing down freedom.


I don’t know but I would love to found out what it would be like have elected officials that believe in freedom and aren’t into the power, money, and corruption of politics. Part of the big reason that I think that there should be term limits on everything and also why it should all be voluntary. No money involved whatsoever. That the laws that they make are the same ones that they live under. That they all have normal jobs and meet to resolve issues and make laws when necessary. Watch our country change back to the Republic that defends our God-given freedoms as it was formed to do. When since did the servant become the master? (I can say when ignorance led to apathy. When the Constitution and real history was no longer taught schools or by parents.)


Actually, luckily in Utah we already have that (except for the term limits), but our legislators are citizen legislators that go back to their jobs after the 45 day session. I agree, that’s absolutely important that they have to live under the laws they create! I wish that they would have seen how this bill will hurt us.


I honestly think that most voted out of pure ignorance. People, if you have had an issue with the testing in the past, please keep sending such accounts into all representatives. Not just your own.


I’m not at home, but I’m ready to make a meme with each of these Republican Senators pictures on it that says “These Utah Republican Senators voted to cement Obama era Education mandates into Utah state law- if you’re a Republican, you might think twice before voting these Senators back in”



Mandatory depression screenings from PA? Sounds so depressing seeing so many bills like this. I hope they don’t schedule me for an “intervention” for being too depressed: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2019&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0199&pn=0156&mobile_choice=suppress


Here is a post that Alice Linahan shared:

I received this from TEA on March 1, 2019 regarding grants for charter operator in school districts and DallasISD was mentioned. People please know it is not about educating our children but all about privatization of our educational system.

News Bulletin
Department of Contracts, Grants and Financial Administration
March 01, 2019
TEA is announcing the availability of grant funds for the 2019–2021 Public Charter School Program Start-Up Grant (Subchapter C). Request for Application (RFA) #701-19-103 is authorized by Public Law (P.L.) 107-110, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Title V, Part B, Subpart 1; Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 12. The RFA is available on the TEA Grant Opportunities Page.
Eligibility
Eligible applicants are charter schools that meet the federal definition of a charter school, have never received funds under this grant program, and are one of the following:
A campus charter school authorized by the local board of trustees in Boles Independent School District (ISD), Dallas ISD, Edgewood ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Longview ISD, Palestine ISD, or San Antonio ISD pursuant to TEC, Chapter 12, Subchapter C, on or before April 26, 2019, that submits all required documentation as stated in this RFA. A campus charter school must apply through its public school district and the application must be signed by the district’s superintendent or the appropriate designee; or
A campus charter school authorized by the local board of trustees in any school district not listed above pursuant to the TEC, Chapter 12, Subchapter C, on or before April 26, 2019, that submits all required documentation as stated in this RFA. A campus charter school must apply through its public school district and the application must be signed by the district’s superintendent or the appropriate designee. Note that any campus charter school authorized by the local board of trustees in any school district not listed above is considered eligible to apply for the grant. However, the United States Department of Education (USDE) must approve the school district’s charter authorizing policy prior to the charter receiving grant funding, if awarded.
Any charter school that does not open prior to Wednesday, September 2, 2020, after having been awarded grant funds, will be required to forfeit any remaining grant funds, and may be required to reimburse any expended amounts to TEA.
Grant Period
July 1, 2019, to February 28, 2021.
Funding
It is anticipated that approximately 4 to 8 grants will be awarded ranging in amounts from $400,000 to $800,000.
Description
The purpose of this grant program is to provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools and to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students.
Application Deadline
Applications must be received by the Texas Education Agency by 5:00 p.m. (Central Time), April 30, 2019, to be considered for funding.
The Texas Education Agency will improve outcomes for all public school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems.


Here is a post from a Colorado anti-big government group:

PARENT ALERT: KINDERGARTNERS are being forced to watch this indoctrination video linked below in all-school assemblies in Boulder Valley elementary school – NO parental opt-out allowed. It’s something called “Queer Kids Stuff” and they post videos like this encouraging kids NOT to accept the body they were born with. They sell homosexuality and transgenderism with a cute teddy bear and fun little jingles – twice a week on YouTube! Radical sex ed bill 1032 now coming to the Senate Appropriations Committee is the beginning of destroying “gender norms” and confusing our kids with propaganda like this.
NEXT chance to stop it: email your opposition to Democrat members of Senate Appropriations Committee : rachel.zenzinger.senate@state.co.us dominick.moreno.senate@state.co.us julie.gonzales.senate@state.co.us robert.rodriguez.senate@state.co.us nancy.todd.senate@state.co.us say stop sexualizing our children! Email Repubs on Committee bob.rankin.senate@state.co.us bob.gardner.senate@state.co.us rob.woodward.senate@state.co.us dennis.hisey.senate@state.co.us – thank them for voting NO on this terrible bill!


I found two bills that were supported by Planned Parenthood and involved sex ed. One was in Illinois and the other in Minnesota.

The Illinois one, like the Minnesota one, brought up the topic of consent. The Illinois one doesn’t even require that a school teach sex ed, says that if it does, that parents can see the material, says to teach that abstinence is the best policy, and only adds the consent requirement to schools that do teach sex ed.

Minnesota, on the other hand, basically says that there is some model of sex ed stuff they want (doesn’t say if it’s a static model or if it can be changed), but stated that all schools must either teach what the model says or get signed off on their own plans by some government bureaucrat. Thus, the Minnesota one is unnerving as it seems to leave open the door to mandate the radical sex ed we’re seeing in California and Colorado.

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/hrd/bs/91/HF1414.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3z5fy5KW-ZcwRBff7BfhwaVKE9YG4W7JxqFWt2v5O6E58R72lywHX8JPk

Here is the text so that you can see for yourself my concern:

Overview
This bill requires the commissioner of education to identify one or more model sexual
health education programs. School districts and charter schools must either develop their
own sexual health education programs and submit them for approval, or implement a
model program

Section 1:

Subd. 1. Model program. Requires the commissioner of education to identify one
or more model comprehensive sexual health education programs for elementary
and secondary school students, and make the program accessible to school
districts and charter schools. Requires the model program to include instruction
on particular topics. Defines “consent.”

Subd. 2. School programs. Requires school districts and charter schools to
implement a comprehensive sexual health education program for elementary
and secondary school students starting in the 2021-2022 school year. Requires
the program to include instruction on topics in the model program. Requires a
school district or charter school that does not adopt the model program to
submit its sexual health education program to the commissioner for approval.
Allows instruction in a sexual health education program to be provided by a
person without a teaching license. States that sexual health instruction is subject
to parental curriculum review requirements.

Section 2:

Sexual health education report.
Requires the commissioner of education to report to the legislature on sexual health
education.


Here is a post that was shared in a Utah anti-Common Core group:

Wendy Hart? and I discuss a new law that Utah is proposing, SB149 Teacher and Student Success Act. It mimics the Federal Government’s Top Down approach to education that limits local control.

The UEA has listed some points of concern that I completely agree with about this bill.

Here they are:

SB149 is redundant. It creates yet another public education funding distribution method on top of the existing Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU), School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) and others.

SB149 is overly prescriptive. The bill usurps control from locally elected school boards by defining what school boards and individual schools must do to receive funding.

SB149 creates additional bureaucracy. The bill imposes an unnecessary new burden on schools and districts to create and manage plans in order to receive a funding distribution.

SB149 is unnecessary. Given adequate funding, currently established financial distribution methods (like the WPU) can provide all the needed resources for student success.

SB149 inappropriately relies on test scores as a primary measure of school success. Standardized test scores do not fully describe student learning or teaching effectiveness.


If you’ve been watching my posts about HB118 for opt-out, this is worse. This bill will all but do away with your ability to opt out because once money is tied to test scores there will be tremendous pressure to take the tests.

SB149 is in the House Education Committee this Monday, March 4th at 4 PM. Please call, write, and test both the Education Committee and also your representative.

Please write the committee members & urge them to vote NO on SB149!

vlsnow@le.utah.gov; susanpulsipher@le.utah.gov; mballard@le.utah.gov; dnjohnson@le.utah.gov; blast@le.utah.gov; csmoss@le.utah.gov; leeperry@le.utah.gov; vpeterson@le.utah.gov; mariepoulson@le.utah.gov; adamrobertson@le.utah.gov; swaldrip@le.utah.gov; christinewatkins@le.utah.gov


And another post from this group:

I’m compiling a list of anti-family, pro sexual rights and gender confusion statements from the major education associations and organizations that are working to enforce ESSA on states/schools. What groups need to be added to this list? Please post in comments:

•National Education Association
•Council of Chief State School Officers
•National School Boards Association
•State Education Technology Directors Association
•National Association of School Psychologists
•National Association of School Librarians
•College Board (over AP curriculum)
•The major assessment companies
•Groups like Microsoft, Google and Amazon that are curating online curriculum

https://www.nasponline.org/assets/Documents/Research%20and%20Policy/Position%20Statements/LGBTQ_Youth.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1sAqGNyzoKcxAVMXqMzvl5Ndocb49gicQvrDn2Iwnq2v8WSrral9q4DZs



An Arizona school has punished students (and one parent who complained about said unjust discipline) for wearing MAGA clothing to school: https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/03/02/report-arizona-high-schoolers-punished-for-wearing-maga-clothing-on-usa-day/


It appears that the Austin Independent School District’s board has adoped the radical National Sexual Education Standards: https://www.kut.org/post/austin-isd-adopts-broad-sex-ed-standards-start-lessons-earlier-grades?fbclid=IwAR1d8GKOuuBi5YUM_xlFeXXFi8cRS-e1VU2BiP_MxCyfiaWD2TSrHIZ4ejA


Here is a post from Alice Linahan:

Unfortunately, in Texas, Republicans and Democrats have been working in lockstep to disrupt the Public Education system. And, Texas students are paying the price. They have set our kids up to fail; intentionally, so they could “disrupt” the system in order to restructure it for profit.

Need proof- Watch this video. If you want to know why there is such a growing need for “Mental Health” services in our schools; one only has to look at the Common Core-aligned College and Career Readiness Standards our public schools are mandated to align to.

Parents must understand, subjective and non-academic standards have been added to College and Career readiness, Common Core-aligned standards.

“Mental Health” therapy has been legislated into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as social,
emotional, and behavioral objectives. Examples: positive behavior intervention and supports, response to Intervention, multi-tiered system of supports, specialized individual support systems, early intervening systems, universal design for learning.

Non-academic standards are embedded in academic programs. These techniques monitor behavior in the classroom.

What behavior is “appropriate” and to what degree? How does Your Teacher identify or log a “proficiency” level or rating for dispositions? How is aggressive behavior defined or how are interpersonal skills monitored before Interventions or Experimental Treatments are applied to your child? Do teachers keep logs of the attitudes, values, and behavioral assessments? Does this subjective, personal data go into the state longitudinal data system? Are data re-disclosed?

Who decided what IS the CORRECT attitude, value, disposition, or behavior? Special Education teams are teaching teachers psychological therapies to control and monitor the behavior of normal children in the classroom. CHILD FIND experimental techniques have been named in the ESSA legislation. Do these special education teams have the right to access your child without your permission? Have parents been sidelined when the school thinks they know better than the parent? Have you been informed when these interventions begin?

How will my child’s social, emotional, and behavior be remediated? What are you going to do to my child to change their attitudes, values, and dispositions in order to conform to social and emotional standards? Is artificial stress applied to a child’s decision making, interpersonal skills, environmental attitudes, or adapting to change? Is this personality change? What interventions and techniques will be used? What risks are involved? What justification does the school have to change my child’s attitudes, disposition or personality traits? Are we talking about mental health psychotherapy without the consent of parents?

What if the parent disagrees with how behavior and values are measured or how interventions will be applied in the classroom? Who has the ultimate authority over the child… is it the parents? Did you give informed written parental permission? Who gets this personal data? What about privacy? Data tracking? Data Trafficking? Civil Rights? Can the federal government create standards for values and dispositions? Can parents opt out of an intervention mandated by ESSA for “correct” attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions? These
statements and questions clarify problems with non-academic standards


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

History of Our Schools Now (& SB149):

Gail Miller, Scott Anderson (CEO Zions Bank), and other influential people got together to use their money to bring the Our Schools Now ballot initiative.

BEFORE they had enough signatures to get on the ballot, they cut a deal with the legislature. They would drop their ballot initiative, if the legislature raised property taxes (which they did) & put the question on the ballot to raise gas tax (which they did). They also created a “Teacher & Student Success Account”, that they put money in & gave flexibility of how to use that money to the schools/districts.

Now, they’re back with a bill this year (which is EVERYTHING in their original ballot initiative, except for the massive tax increase). They are saying that it was part of their “deal” with the legislature in case their gas tax question failed.This bill uses the Teacher & Student Success Account to force schools to jump through hoops by burdening them with extra requirements (lines 620-641, 705-741) and stipulating how the money will be spent (lines 642-702).

This is wrong, and we ALL know it. When the UEA and regular parents can come together against a bill, YOU KNOW IT’S A BAD ONE. We don’t agree on most things (like HB118), but we agree on this.

SB149 will burden schools and it will hurt education and we can all see that. Don’t let money and influence rule us. We don’t want what they are selling.

StopSB149.
https://le.utah.gov/~2019/bills/static/SB0149.html


And another post from this group:

This is exactly what SB149 does on the state/local level. You want funding? Submit your “framework” & your plan (lines 620-625, 691,698). It will be approved or disapproved (line 729-730). We set the requirements (lines 620-690). You follow them. You don’t follow them (or you don’t improve test scores), we find ways to enforce them by controlling you with the money we so benevolently give you (lines 749-761).

https://le.utah.gov/~2019/bills/static/SB0149.html?fbclid=IwAR1kytyt45wezh55wKG7HHQo0GgSrtcoJ_1hHxVQ02kRZavl02F5frCA-2M#53g-7-1305


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

Heads up Pierce and King Co! Pierce Co has a proposed Ordinance to create a new 21 member “Prenatal to 25 Commission for Infant, Child, Youth and Young Adult Development”.

King Co also has a similar program, Best Starts for Kids which focuses on babies and families Prenatal to 24.

Both counties are gearing up to implement the next phase in the Birth to 5 Initiative.
I speculate this could be why the Welcome to Wa Baby Act was introduced this year, and the reason why there was an “emergency clause” attached to the bill (I addressed this with the committee members, asking why the bills would constitute an “emergency”).

The state has built up a P-20 data system. This includes all K-12 data, and now Birth to 5 data.

This is what their goal is for your child:

  • Full day programming for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • High quality college ready programs for children under 5
  • Data collection and measurable results
  • Achieving outcomes is the goal

We can see what these top down policies have done to children and education within K-12 in the last 20 years. NCLB in the early 2000’s, then accepting RttT with the Common Core Initiative tied to it in 2009.

Washington is a front runner in all of this. King Co is a model for the rest of the nation in this federal P-20 system.
Pierce Co is not that far behind.

Is this really a program and system we want to leave for our children and grandchildren?
Federal and state dictates and control, including arbitrary standards for all from Prenatal into the Workforce?


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

Is there anyone in the group that has a child that attends Coral Academy of Science..we just got a notice that parents are not allowed to opt out (SBAC) and that if kids are absent the days of testing, they will be given the tests upon their return. ??

This is what was emailed – and Dear Parents and Guardians,

In compliance with the Nevada Department of Education’s test participation requirements[1], as outlined in its “Test Security Procedures 2018-2019” manual, every child enrolled at CASLV must participate in statewide-administered testing. As a state public charter school which must comply with Nevada Department of Education policies, CASLV does not recognize any option for parents or students to opt out of such testing or to refuse testing. Students who are not in attendance during scheduled mandatory testing days will (1) be subject to the CASLV attendance policy and (2) be given the assessment upon their return to school. For questions and concerns, including information regarding how opt-outs can negatively impact charter schools, please contact us at info@coralacademylv.org


And here are the replies to this post:

It isn’t in the NRS

Not taking them does impact the school, that’s true. But there’s no law saying it’s illegal to opt out.

When we were at NV Connections Academy online, I wrote the school to let them know my son wouldn’t be taking them. They insisted it was mandatory but I just didn’t show up. Nothing happened and I’d given them notice so they couldn’t say we no-showed. ???????


Any child can opt-out with a note from their parent.


Some of the charter schools do not allow opt-outs of SBAC.


Then get out of that crappy charter. Charters do not graduate. Not sure why folks are in a rush to get over to the sub-par scammers.

Move to a Magnet which is the best in the natio

kind of defeats the purpose of opting out of testing due to data and third party vendors – when you enroll in a third party corporate for-profit privatizer.

They want money.

And Gulen expects tithing to his cult from the “teachers” working at his charters. It is weird.

Last I heard, Coral has excessive on-line computerized instruction so there is every key stroke recorded too.


Yes the Coral Academies in Nevada ARE Gulen schools. The last time I looked the people who run the Reno schools are https://turkishinvitations.weebly.com/list-of-us-schools.html?fbclid=IwAR2zctpvcl0OtiVFiroCZDpuIP7WggTGh2BKeVyEVH2w1Dvledb092QX8ko


my daughter goes to coral. I was pretty freaked out when I found out about gulen schools and the fact coral is ran by Turkish people. But honestly, it’s a good school. I haven’t seen anything “extreme” about them.


Folks need to be careful and do your research. Almost all charters are really sub-par and the graduation rates are in the dumper.

When corporations are allowed to run unregulated – you get some bizarre things happening. And who knows about your child’s data. It could be going anywhere and sold for whatever.


How is it that they can’t opt out of the school is a charter? Last year, CCSD’s charter, Delta Academy, tried to tell us that our children would be unenrolled immediately if we opted them out! How can they say that??


NV law was silent on allowing opt outs and left opt-outs up to local school districts. We think all NV school districts now allow opting-out of the SBAC, with the exception of some public charter schools. Some of the districts make it difficult but if a parent continues to say no they will allow the opt-out.



And another post from this group:

Filming special education children non-stop. They say it protects children?


And some replies to this post:

When we researched the NAA (Nevada Alternative Assessment) given to some special education children, we learned the entire test was filmed. We asked the WCSD school board what happens to all the videos they would never tell us. About two years later a District administrator told us all those videos are shipped back to Data Recognition Corporation – without parental consent or knowledge.


right! That’s why I was so upset and went to the board meeting like are you people serious? Never ever did I let him take that test!


I suspect a lot more parents would not let their kids take the NAA if they it was filmed and the video was sent to DRC. Like with all of this stuff, no one has to, and no one does, tell the parents!



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

My refusal form has been sent in and received, acknowledged… apparently my request for them to have schoolwork during pointless prep time isn’t being honored.

So far it’s not showing up as part of her grade, but the fact that it’s even in infinite campus pisses me of

the screen shot is from infinite campus, where their grades are kept.
I refused SBAC testing, so her having grades on SBAC entered kind of irritated me.
The grade she got in this was not counted towards her course grade, but the fact that she is taking anything SBAC after I refused is rubbing me the wrong way



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

From Karen Bracken

Another money making scheme for schools. It is NEVER about the kids or education. It is ALWAYS about MONEY!! They are billing medicaid in some areas already here in TN. I think if people took the time to do some research they would find most states at some level are doing this but it will eventually be a common practice in all schools. FACT: HIPAA does not apply to services offered inside the school. Any issues they “feel” your kids have will be on their permanent record, it will be shared and one day could cause them not to get hired or possess a firearm. Do you see the slippery slope here? Also, REMEMBER schools get more money for kids diagnosed with mental issues. Nothing to worry about here now is there? If you feel your child has a problem handle it outside the school. I truly believe schools are no longer safe for our children and that includes private schools too because the funding schemes (vouchers, ESAs etc.) will suck all kids into the system if you take the money. GET YOUR KIDS OUT. Time to STARVE THE BEAST.

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900057871/utah-lawmakers-pass-bill-to-allow-medicaid-billing-for-in-school-mental-health-services.html?fbclid=IwAR2yj47dunFTjRzit3aPxulfsi1bPddo0Jo2k7MXLvsyG2FUY0guzBzHjTQ


Here is a post from a friend of mine:

NH. The legislature that wants to take away existing student protections. WHY? The bill would give testing vendors student name, date of birth, student ID, and ability to “analyze” the data. AND the bill gives exemptions for data sharing and removes requirement for testing vendor to destroy data when no longer needed. Again…WHY?


Look out in California. The legislature seems to be trying to push Planned Parenthood on all of the schools: https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20190305/pp-hotline


Looks like the Gay/Trans Agenda has infiltrated Read Across America: https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20190305/story-time


This part of this Utah “school safety act” is concerning:
(6) (a) A student data manager may share student data, including personally
identifiable student data, in response to a request to share student data for the purpose of
research or evaluation, if the student data manager:
(i) verifies that the request meets the requirements of 34 C.F.R. Sec. 99.31(a)(6);
(ii) submits the request to the education entity’s research review process; and
(iii) fulfills the instructions that result from the review process.
(b) (i) In accordance with state and federal law, the board shall share student data,
including personally identifiable student data, as requested by the Utah Registry of Autism and
Developmental Disabilities described in Section 26-7-4.

https://le.utah.gov/~2019/bills/static/HB0120.html


UPDATE:

I just heard from someone in a Utah anti-Common Core group that the bill above failed today March 5th, 2019 and died in a committee.


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

Incline Elementary School bribes kids to take the SBAC this year. I don’t think IES has ever had 95% participation.


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

RED ALERT! 8-page HF 1 has been scrapped! A NEW 26-PAGE HF 1 BILL has emerged. It includes all of the components of the first HF 1 but is now 26 PAGES LONG!!! It’s huge! This is funding to transform every town, city, county, region via government and business to influence decisions for the early stages of life. Initiative Foundation and others. Millions and millions of dollars. SHARE SPREADTHEWORD Continue to help people understand about this legislation. We truly value your help!

https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/comm/docs/c3d1cb65-5e6b-4f39-b0cc-cadf65fd0577.pdf


And another post from this group:

Babies in our schools is not a new idea! #LISTEN to the 1989 Governor’s Conference with Lamar Alexander, who is still in power over education, by the way!!! “I would go down to the local maternity ward of the hospital and find out how many babies are born out of wedlock, how many babies are born with single parents, just so you know that. I would think the Brand New American school would be open year-round, open 6 to 6. 2nd characteristic might be that these schools will serve children from age 3 mos old to age 18. That may be a shocking thought to you. But if you were to do an inventory of every baby in your community and think about what the needs of those babies were, for the next 4 or 5 years, you might see that those needs might not be served in any other way. They have to be served in some way and that may be around the school. Or if you studied a little more you might go back and think the school might need to serve the pregnant mother and the baby in terms of prenatal health care with teams of teachers. Albert Schenker suggested that there ought to be a team of teachers attached to that child from the day the child arrives and stay with that child all the way to the 8th grade. All this would mean is that there would have to be a very professional core of teachers. They’d have to be very, very good because they would be dealing with lots of volunteers.”


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

South Carolina’s omnibus, 84-page, Republican-led H.3759 and S.419 is a step toward centralization of power, mass data collection, and unaccountability to parents and individual voters.

H.3759 is a Republican-led, 84-page workforce development bill. This bill isn’t about education.

Many do not realize Competency Based Education is imbedded in this huge Education Reform Bill the SC House and Senate ( H 3759/ S 419 ) … Folks, CBE is nothing more than a name change of failed Outcome Based Education…and will even make MORE testing of children…PARENTS NEED to understand this! CBE is just another boondoggle that has already been tried…it was just rebranded…much like Common Core Standards were rebranded College/Career Ready Standards…

Call your House member and tell them this bill stinks!



I found this Nebraska mental health/school bill:

A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to schools; to provide duties for school
districts, the State Department of Education, and the Department of
Health and Human Services with respect to mental health services.
Be it enacted by the people of the State of Nebraska,

Section 1. (1) On or before August 1 of each year, the State
Department of Education in consultation with the Department of Health and
Human Services shall provide each school district with a registry of
state and local mental health resources available to work with students
and families by geographic area. The registry shall be updated at least
annually and include resources for both school-based services and
services accessed by families and individuals outside of schools.
(2) Each school district shall designate one or more mental health
points of contact for each school building or other division as
determined by the school district. A mental health point of contact may
be an administrator, a school nurse, a school psychologist, or another
designated school employee. Each mental health point of contact shall be
trained in mental health issue identification and have knowledge of
community service providers and other resources available for students
and families.
(3) Each mental health point of contact shall facilitate access to
mental health services during the school day at the school the student
attends whenever possible.
(4) Each school district shall report the designated mental health
points of contact to the State Department of Education prior to the
beginning of each school year.

https://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/106/PDF/Intro/LB727.pdf


This teacher is either ignorant or anti-religious:

https://www.chicksonright.com/blog/2019/03/07/teacher-forces-student-to-wash-off-his-ash-wednesday-cross/


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

So it begins
-.- my 6th grader was bullied to take this last week, as it’s a regular test grade and determines her placement next year. I looked it up its last years staar labeled benchmarks. Yes she did well but seriously she has stressed out over this. She was told she would recieve a 0 if she didnt take it
Before anyone asks She is in PreAP hence why 7th grade
She suddenly has Irlen syndrome testing during staar ??.I just made a week full appointments in april for her 4th grade sister.



Here is a South Dakota early childhood bill. Looks like they are having members of their Early Learning Advisory Council appointed by the governor:


Due to looking to see what states had these Early learning Advisory Councils, I found out that loads did, in part thanks to a 2007 federal law:

https://www.earlylearningnm.org/media/files/About%20the%20Council/Head%20Start%20Act%20-%20PL%20110-134%20(2007).pdf


Here is a post from a Connecticut anti-Big Government page:

Regionalization should never be forced. Every school has a different identity and different needs. It should be left up to local municipalities to consider regionalization with neighboring schools.

“When it comes to proposals to require regionalization of smaller school districts, the resounding message at the state Capitol on Friday was, ‘Hey government: Leave our kids alone.’ “

https://www.theday.com/article/20190301/NWS01/190309919


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

I received this notice of non-discrimination today from my kids school. It seemed odd to get now and the wording is even more so. Genetic information? Is this just a huge blanked notice or is this because of the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) so they can add genetic information on this notice? How would the school district get genetic information unless they can see your family medical files? Anyone know what this is all about, the form, the wording?


Here is a post from an anti-testing page:

It’s that time of the year again.
NY. “Looking for some info…. my daughter is in a middle school in central New York. Her 7th grade ELA class was told, by the teacher, if they take the state test they won’t have to take the ELA final at the end of the year. However, if they opt out they will have to take final. What do people advise on how to further address this… as this is 100% not acceptable. Thanks!”


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