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Entries in common core state standards (24)

Saturday
May102014

Petition/Resolution To Remove State Superintendent of Education-Tommy Bice

Resolution And Petition For The Removal of Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice
Whereas, Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice has advocated replacing the high and well-proven educational standards of Alabama with the sub-standard experimental national standards of the Obama Administration, which were developed by progressive educational reformers in Achieve, Inc, copyrighted by two Washington,
D.C. based organizations, and are partially funded by the partnership of the Pearson and Gates Foundations, none of which was done within the state of Alabama, and
Whereas, Tommy Bice has repeatedly told the people of Alabama that the College and Career Readiness Standards were constructed and developed by Alabamians when in fact, forty five other states have exactly the same standards, with Alabama having added Alabama specific standards of less than 3% to ELA and less than 15% to Math, and
Whereas, a national standards and assessments system is not permitted under the United States Constitution, and
Whereas, Tommy Bice, as Alabama Superintendent of Education has greatly influenced others within the Alabama Education System to conform to his preference for the mediocre and developmentally inappropriate College and Career Readiness Standards which are not as “rigorous” as Alabama’s own Reading Initiative which sky rocketed Alabama to the most improved scores in the United States of America , and
Whereas, Tommy Bice has misrepresented the longitudinal data base essential to the College and Career Readiness System/ Common Core System, saying that private and personal student and family information will not be shared with federal agencies and private companies when in fact, the system requires it, and,
Whereas, Tommy Bice in 2013, began an unprecedented government intrusion into Christian Schools, Private Schools and Home Schools to regulate and tax them until he was forced to temporarily retreat from it due to the loud and immediate outcry by Alabama citizens to protect their freedom, and
Whereas Tommy Bice has demonstrated disrespect to Alabama parents and the Governor by making it extremely difficult for parents to exercise their authority regarding the ACT Aspire assessments,
BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned hereby petitions the Alabama State Board of Education to immediately remove Tommy Bice from the position of Alabama Superintendent of Education. He has proven untrustworthy to guide the education policies and practices in the great state of Alabama for its’ greatest treasure, Alabama children.


Signature:____________________________________________________


Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Fax # to Gov. Bentley (334) 353-0004

 

References:                                                                                                                                 
Mark Bauerlein and Sandra Stotsky. (September 2012) How Common Core’s ELA standards place college readiness at risk. Pioneer Institute White Paper #89.http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/how-common-cores-ela-standards-place-college-readiness-at-risk/
R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky (March 2010). Fair to middling” A national standards progress report. Pioneer Institute White Paper #56.http://www.pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/100402         fair to middlingpdf
R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky (September 2013) Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM, Pioneer Institute White Paper #103.
http://pioneerinstitute.org/news/lowering-the-bar-how-common-core-math-fails-to-prepare-students-for-stem/
http://www.achieve.org/aboutachieve
http://www.ed.gov/race-top/district-competitions/definitions
United States Constitution, Amendment X, The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution ,nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
FERPA Law Changed by Executive Order: President Obama, Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Dept. of Education in December of 2011, amended the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, (FERPA), without congressional approval, and issued new regulations. FERPA Act34 CFR 99. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: A Legal Review, May 1, 2013, Congressional Research Service 7-5700,www.crs.gov

Wednesday
Apr022014

Opt-Out Form (Copy and Paste and Put In Your Own State's List of Tests -from your State Dept of Ed website)

Please find three version of non-consent to testing/assessments.  These are suggestions after having looked at many opt out or refusal forms.  Please visit this excellent website and determine for yourself what is best for your situation.  NY has been at it a lot longer than most states.  Here are additional link to study about the Hatch Amendment

The first one should have the model notification printed on back and gives you the rights to receive notice and opportunity to opt out (see number 3) and the right to inspect (and not samples).

The second one is a Refusal Letter as many are being told they can not opt out.  In this situation, your child needs to bring one everyday of testing and he/she can not fill in any of the test (just push it aside-don't even put in name).

Third one is for those that wants to just take child out of testing period.

As parent/legal guardian you do have rights.  Please study.  These are just food for thought samples.  We will be praying for you.

 

 1.

PPRA Notice and Consent/Opt-Out  (Model Notification--print on back)
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, requires[School District]to notify and obtain consent or allow  parents/guardians to opt  child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas (“protected information surveys”):  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; 2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family; 3. Sex behavior or attitudes; 4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; 5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships; 6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers; 7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or 8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.  This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes (“marketing surveys”) and physical exams and screenings.

I __________________________________________do not give my consent

for_______________________________
                              (parent)                                    (child)
to participate in any student survey, analysis, class, evaluation or other activity pertaining to any of the above-listed eight categories, and I direct that  said child be excused from any such activities including any of the following testing/assessment:
ACT Explore, ACT Plan, ACT Quality Core End-of-Course Assessments, ACT WorkKeys, ACT Plus Writing Assessment, ACT Aspire, Alabama Science Assessment, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

( __) Student should also be opted-out  of preliminary pre-testing associated with the assessments.

We are told  that there will be no sit and stare policy for children opting out, that they will be allowed other accommodation and will not be punished, investigated or retaliated upon. 

(___)Please notify me where my child will go during testing and if he will be allowed to read a book etc.

(___)I want my child to not take the assessments and will be keeping child home for that reason during testing.


Thank you for your cooperation.    

                                                                                                
____________________________________________________
Parent’s signature

Please make a copy for parent and place initial of school personnel receiving form here:__________.

Date:_________________________ School Year:____________________       


School Name and Address:        

 

_______________________________________________________________________________________

(Copy and Paste)

 2.

Refusal Letter

Date______________   Grade_______________

School ___________________________________
 
We are writing today to formally inform you of our decision to refuse to allow
child______________________________, to participate in any standardized assessments imposed on children across the state for the 2013-2014 school year. Our refusal should in no way reflect on the teachers, administration, or school board. This was not an easy decision for us, but we feel that we have no other choice. We simply see these tests as harmful, expensive, and a waste of time and valuable resources. Our child will not participate in any assessments other than those solely used for diagnostic purposes for the individual classroom teachers.
 
 ________________________will not participate in the following:  Any benchmark exams / pre–assessments / standardized assessments, any surveys, or “field tests” given by corporate or government entities or testing companies,  any  assessment used to evaluate teacher, including any of these (as pertain to his/her grade level):  ACT Explore, ACT Plan, ACT Quality Core End-of-Course Assessments, ACT WorkKeys, ACT Plus Writing Assessment, ACT Aspire, Alabama Science Assessment, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

We anticipate that ______________ will be treated fairly during assessment periods, as this was not his decision, but ours, as his parents.  We hope that you will allow my child to read silently during assessment periods.  If not, please let me know what you will allow my child to do.

Just to be clear, ______________________________(school district) does not have permission to administer any state or district mandated standardized benchmark assessments to my child ________________________.http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title20/html/USCODE-2011-title20-chap48-subchapI.htm

 
Signature of Parent/Guardian_____________________________________________

School office-please initial receipt here____________and make a copy for parent.  Thank you.


Parental Rights
The US Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the parents have the fundamental righ to direct the upbringing and education of their children.  In recognition of both the right and responsibility of parents to control their children's education, the US Supreme Court has stated, "It is cardinal with us that the custody, care, and nurture of the child reside first in the parents, whose primary function and freedom include preparation for obligations the State can neither supply nor hinder."  Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158, 166 (1944).

The US Supreme Court has recognized that the right of parents to raise their children free from unreasonable state interference is one of the unwritten liberties protected by the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and criticized a state legislature for trying to interfere "with the power of parents to control the education of their own." Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 US 390,401 (1923).

____________________________________________________________________________________

 3.

Letter of No Consent



As the parent, or legal guardian of ______________________________, under U.S legislation and federal court decisions, I have the fundamental and legal right to direct the upbringing and education of my child which the school may not deny. 
In recognition of both the right and responsibility of parents to control their children's education, the US Supreme Court has stated, "It is cardinal with us that the custody, care, and nurture of the child reside first in the parents, whose primary function and freedom include preparation for obligations the State can neither supply nor hinder."  Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158, 166 (1944).

The US Supreme Court has recognized that the right of parents to raise their children free from unreasonable state interference is one of othe unwritten liberties protected by the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and criticized a state legislature for trying to interfere "with the power of parents to control the education of their own." Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 US 390,401 (1923).

The PPRA also affords parents certain rights regarding conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement (PPRA):
Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution.
Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.

Please be advised that I do not give consent for my child, ___________________, to be participating in any of the testing during the current school year such as these listed:
Global Scholar, ACT Explore, ACT Plan, ACT Quality Core End-of-Course Assessments, ACT WorkKeys, ACT Plus Writing Assessment, ACT Aspire, Alabama Science Assessment, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
We will be keeping ___________ out of school during the initial testing period and will not allow him to be tested during the make-up period.
Child’s name ____________________________________________ Grade Level _________
Parent’s name (printed) _______________________________________________________
Parent’s signature __________________________________________ Date______________
School Name ________________________________________________________School Year _________

Received by_____________________________________________ Date Received________

Just to be clear district does not have permission to administer any state or district mandated standardized benchmark assessments to my child


Wednesday
Mar192014

What Does Movie GOD Is NOT Dead Have To Do With Common Core-In Short That Is A Main Subject Of Common Core

There is a new movie out called God is not Dead and it stars Kevin Sorbo.  This is a must watch for all but specially for teens.  There has been a huge movement to remove God from schools , the halls of Congress, the military (even in military funerals) and you see the results.  But no matter how hard those who do not believe try--GOD's Not Dead.  He Lives!!!For in him we live (zao {dzah'-o}, and move, and have our being; Acts 17:28

Here is an interview with the author of the book God's Not Dead:

Here is a trailer for those who would like to see:

This movie is so timely as everyone is struggling with so many things.  It seems like the world and problems are spinning faster than ever.  At times it takes a lot just to make it through a day.  Even something that used to be so simple as sending your kids to school is not so simple anymore.  You used to could trust that the school was a safe place for your child to learn so that he would have a good foundation for the future.

But alas, as always there are those who like the character Kevin Sorbo plays--think they are God.  Some are in business like Bill Gates of Microsoft and his cronies and some are in the highest offices of the land who with the power they weild can make mountains of policies move as we saw in Obamacare.  Then they have their minions throughout the land and throughout the states seeing the changes within the plan are carried it out for the intended result.  The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun and how evident is that today.

But just when the top dog like Bill Gates think he has all the power--even he, will realize that he is just a puppet on a string.

Mark 8:36 sends a warning:

 What good is it if someone gains the whole world but loses his soul?

But I guess if you hold so much power the Words from an Awesome God may not mean much to you.

 Here is a video to remind you of the awesome power of the one who holds us together:

Abraham Lincoln: "Philosophy Of Classroom In One Generation Will Be Philosophy Of Government In The Next"

Those words from Abe Lincoln is so true and the planners of what is now being passed across the country (Common Core) knows that full well.  

The Top Dog--Russia Knows it well(look under list of members)


The Top Business Men in the World Knows it well too

This Nation's Former Terrorist and His Friends Also knows that.

 

What Is A Parent To Do?

Educate yourself on Common Core--Here is a link with some info and there are many.  Please like on fb the Stop Common Core page in your state--this is a must, to gain access to how you can affect your state's fight against it.

Fight for your child in school, Homeschool if possible(--here's a link to help).

Fight for your school in the education system--learn about opting him out so that he doesn't have to go through the mental stress of the tests (here's an example for one state -Alabama and the suggested back of it should have this .  Study your state's laws as for example in NY I Refuse is better than Opt Out.

Get your friends, family, teachers and church educated (Please listen to these audio to help get some important points in your mind...

David Barton--reclaiming truth about education

Joan Landes and Jackie Virga--mental health aspect

Part II of David Barton Conference

Part III of David Barton Conference

 

Please listen to our show City On a Hill and get up to date and thought provoking information.  Go over our library of podcasts with interviews from Prof Jim Milgram, Prof Sandra Stotsky and many more.

 

Most of all--PRAY and let your child read and hear the Word of God.  Let them know how much you love them and that you are there for them.  In these dark times,  God's light shines the brightest.  Give everything to God in prayer and know that He is able.


For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2nd Tim 1:7

 

I personally highly recommend Stormie O'Martian's Power of Praying Parent book.  Seek God for help. 

REMEMBER GOD'S NOT DEAD!

Monday
Oct142013

Plan of Action To Get Rid of Common Core

Here are some suggestions given by a few great counselors and with God's help--miracles happen.

Get to know the basic truths about Common Core and share it--but first listen to this as it's foundational and also find out when tests are being given for your child and find the opt out form to turn in--

I.  Study

    1.  Race to the Top Application--Yes your state applied for it (most states did and even the ones who didn't are finding textbooks being used in their states aligned to Common Core--this is Al example).

    2.  ESEA Flexibility Application--Most states applied for it and it very clearly shows your under Common Core:

on page 22 (or page 28 of pdf counter) of Alabama's for example


On November 18, 2010, Alabama joined 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands in adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). The adoption by the Alabama State Board of Education (SBOE) incorporated selected Alabama standards with those in the Common Core to create a set of internationally benchmarked college-and career-readiness standards that will prepare students for a future in the ever-expanding global environment. These standards are known as the Alabama College-and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS).

 

Now that you can debunk the claim by our State Superintendent that these are "our" Alabama College and Career Standards and not the Common Core (plus you know that even though we are not a Race to the Top state as he proudly proclaims--it was not because we did not try!)--then it is time to move on.

Listen to this Common Core Collage of interviews from expert and become an expert yourself.

Read this letter from Clinical Social Worker about the dangerous results.  Here's an excerpt:

 

Statement for New York State Assembly Education Forum

Brentwood, New York

October 10, 2013

I am a licensed clinical social worker in New York State and have been providing psychotherapy services since 1995. I work with parents, teachers, and students from all socioeconomic backgrounds representing more than 20 different school districts in Suffolk County. Almost half of my caseload consists of teachers.

In the fall of 2012, I started to receive an inordinate number of student referrals from several different school districts. A large number of honors students—mostly 8th graders—was streaming into my practice.The kids were self-mutilating—cutting themselves with sharp objects and burning themselves with cigarettes. My phone never stopped ringing.

What was prompting this increase in self-mutilating behavior? Why now?

The answer I received from every single teenager was the same. “I can’t handle the pressure. It’s too much work.”

I also started to receive more calls referring elementary school students who were refusing to go to school. They said they felt “stupid” and school was “too hard.” They were throwing tantrums, begging to stay home, and upset even to the point of vomiting.

 --------------------------------

Watch the video from the child pscyhologist that verifies they did not have the well-being of the children in mind when they developed this.

The Facts from the mouth of the Math standards developer debunks the "higher Math standards claim".

The interview from best ELA expert debunks the Common Core ELA being better.

If that's enough and you're already convinced Common Core is bad--

   1.   Ask to visit your legislators in your district.  Request an appointment and bring some of your anti-Common Core friends with you.  Know your facts and present to him the truth as he/she may not know and find out where they stand...so that you will know whether to support that person or get rid of him/her.  WE the People cannot afford lukewarm legislators on this issue.  Their time to take a stand is now.  Find out and make sure to support your Stop Common Core groups in your state.  Look up Stop Common Core on fb for your state and get plugged in on what to do next.  Please share this link with teachers and this one with your church friends and pastor.

By the way--here's some pictures of some of the books being considered for adoption in Alabama--is it in your state?

If you had to choose one of your rights in the First Amendment which one would you give up and why?

The Global Issues Series SUPPORTS the National Geographics Mission????

Their definition of human rights...

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug222013

Steps To Help When Going To See Your Pastor About Common Core

More and more people are looking at what to do against Common Core.  They are also learning that Charter Schools is not the answer as it is like Common Core (CSCOPE in Tx.), taking away PARENTAL AUTHORITY and that is not acceptable.  Sooner or later School Choice will be pushed as The Choice but already experience has shown that more private schools are aligned to Common Core and certainly Charter Schools will so there is really no such thing as School Choice.

It is time to make a stand.  Public education has been broken down because we have not been involved.  We have trusted, or been too apathetic or too busy.  Many reasons and some good,  led majority of Americans to be uninvolved.  But no longer can we afford it.  This quote ought to wake most parents up--

“The goal is to reach kids before they absorb their parents’s values. By middle school it’s too late.”

Many of us have long known that not only the teaching of immoral sexual practices in school but the teaching of those things at younger and younger ages has been specifically targeted to evade parental values.

This video is a must watch because "It's Perfectly Normal" (approved supplemental book in Illinois for 10 yr old and yet not fit for prisoners) and other books permeating on school shelves and/or online will lead to more sexualization of your kids.  They are being led to the path of addiction in this case sexual addiction (perversion) under the lie of children's need to know.

I learned from a national group named--CURE that there are many books from Pre-K on up which is really part of an anti-bias curriculum.  So we have to get beyond the lie that this is not happening (you will when you watch It's Perfecty Normal).  The books we read in the past are now being removed and replaced with newer books--as after all if you want to change America--it begins with the mind.   And now with schools letting children read their Accelerated Reading books online--who knows what children are reading?  Shockingly many of the books our children have access to read in school and/or online have very sexual overtones and are very filthy.  I can't even name them.  Please go to CURE's website to get more info on them.

How can we fight it? 

  • With many prayers. Please cover the children daily--before they go to school and before they do homework and before they go to bed.  Pray over them and let them hear or if they are old enough to read God's Word (even a paragraph is good).  There is something very healing about it and very soothing.  Reading the Holy Bible led to deeper, higher, thinking skills for our founders.  And as  Professor Sandra Stotsky who is the foremost Academic on ELA (the ELA expert that was on the National Validation Committee and would not sign off on Common Core)--it is like reading Shakespeare and she  says it's great to let them read it!!!  Bring a praying friend with you at the meeting.  Ask Pastor if it's ok if you pray first to open the meeting.
  • Join a Stop Common Core group in your state (they all have a fb page) such as this one for Alabama.  Go to Cure for help in finding them.
  • Churches can share information and parents need to know--so they can defend their child!

Example of how you can talk to the Pastor (food for thought):

First ask the Pastor if he remembered how parents could go to their local school boards if they had a problem with what was being taught in school and they usually say yes.  Tell them that is no longer the case.  Share with them that there was a Race To The Top Application for Fed grant $$ that was given to all states around Nov 2009.  Because states were desperate for money most applied within two months.  In the application, they would get points for agreeing to certain things--most importantly that they would give up their own state's standards for what was called Common Core Standards (which were copyrighted and you can't change anything can only add up to 15%). 

Let Pastor read a minute the front of brochure.  Then point to the part where I quote the experts on the back such as Prof. Jim Milgram and Prof. Sandra Stostky (who I say the whole country should be listening to the most.)

Then tell Pastor about how they want us all to think this is just about academics and I point to the brochure and let them read the words about the National Sexuality Standards--"Students need opportunities to engage in cooperative and active learning strategies, and sufficient time must be allocated for students to practice skills relating to sexuality education."


I read out loud to them the part on the brochure about Planned Parenthood wanting to be our children's sex experts. And I follow with the inside of brochure on the observations from Mental Health Therapist.

We have seen miracles as if the Pastor was prepared ahead of time. I think of Habakkuk 2:1-4 as if the Pastors had been waiting for this time:

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Try it and be surprised--but always cover it in prayer first and have someone praying over your meeting.  I have a feeling God has been talking to the Pastors and their hearts are ready to hear from you.  They need to hear from someone in their flock!  Please don't wait--let it be you--God makes all the difference and will delight you with His help.  May the Lord bless you.  It is time for America to seek God and ask for His forgivenes.  He is good and His love endures forever...

 

Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
    because the Lord has a charge to bring
    against you who live in the land:
“There is no faithfulness, no love,
    no acknowledgment of God in the land.
There is only cursing,a]">[a] lying and murder,
    stealing and adultery;
they break all bounds,
    and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Because of this the land dries up,
    and all who live in it waste away;
the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
    and the fish in the sea are swept away.

“But let no one bring a charge,
    let no one accuse another,
for your people are like those
    who bring charges against a priest.
You stumble day and night,
    and the prophets stumble with you.
So I will destroy your mother—
    my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

“Because you have rejected knowledge,
    I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
    I also will ignore your children.

 

Hosea 4:1-6

After this --hope you will go to your local school board next.  God is great and will be with you.  And tell them about what's happening with New York (hear this about a Superintendent that spoke up)--it's gonna be a tsunami and it's coming to your state:

 

Concerned parents still on the fence about "refusing" the state tests, read this. Perhaps one of the best rebuttals of the new exams and the nonsense that has followed them.

Dr. William Johnson: "To hell with these scores. They’re not informing us in any way; they’re not giving us any new information. In fact, what they’re doing is serious damage. Kids who had a [Level] 3 last year and ended up with a [Level] 1 this year, how do I tell them they can’t read, when in fact we know they can?”

"According to Johnson, however, King sent an email last week to all of the state’s superintendents, telling them not to use the scores for anything. “It should not be incorporated into APPR, nor should it be used to inform decisions about whether teachers should or should not be here next year, or should or should not get teacher improvement plans,” Johnson said. “So we’re living right now through a time that I can only describe as a theater of the absurd.”"

School test scores drop sharply - LIHerald.com
liherald.com
By Alex Costello acostello@liherald.com New York state released the results of its new tests last week and, as expected, scores for students all over the state, including Rockville Centre, ….

If those are not enough and you are not convinced that you need to do something--this might just do it:

 

Read this to arm yourself and get your mind right:

 

The Psalm
103

Praise for the LORD's Benefits
A Psalm of David.

1  Bless the LORD, O my soul:
        
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2  Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        
and forget not all his benefits:
3  who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
        
who healeth all thy diseases;
4  who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
        
who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies;
5  who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
        
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6  The LORD executeth righteousness
        
and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7  He made known his ways unto Moses,
        
his acts unto the children of Israel.
8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, Jas. 5.11
        
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9  He will not always chide:
        
neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins;
        
nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11  For as the heaven is high above the earth,
        
so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12  As far as the east is from the west,
        
so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13  Like as a father pitieth his children,
        
so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14  For he knoweth our frame;
        
he remembereth that we are dust.
15  As for man, his days are as grass:
        
as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
        
and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
        
upon them that fear him,
and his righteousness unto children's children;
18  to such as keep his covenant,
        
and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19  The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens;
        
and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels,
        
that excel in strength,
that do his commandments,
hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts;
        
ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22  Bless the LORD, all his works
        
in all places of his dominion:
bless the LORD, O my soul.


Friday
Aug092013

Common Core Opt Out Form/Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) --A Tool For Parents Against Common Core

PPRA Notice and Consent/Opt-Out Form (click here to download and share).

(Thanks to Col. John Eidsmoe with the Foundation For Moral Law!)

 

Please read further to understand the need and what's coming:

 

Parents must recognize that Commmon Core will change America as it takes away Parental Authority (Local Control will be gone as school boards will just be rubber stamps to Washington-led indoctrination.) 

Get to know PPRA (see below link to form) and use it.   If you don't know about Common Core please see this link. Here is an article that will give a glimpse from its planners --please note the Lou Gerstner idea of getting rid of the 16,000 school districts and replacing it with 70 is almost complete. 

Please make copy and pass on to all parents to fill out and turn in to school district.   Defend your child. Don't forget the Petition to Regain Parental Authority. Please click at the book picture of National Sexuality Education Standards which is headed your way--already in states like Illinois.  Obamacore (aka Common Core) is to Education what  Obamacare is to Health.   Planned Parenthood received $75 mil a year to expand and their farming is done right under our noses in schools--read this:

“We saw in a couple different states last year that part of Planned Parenthood’s curriculum is to demonstrate different sexual positions with stuffed animals to children in kindergarten,”...more here .

You will have to ask your school for the OPT Out form on SEX ED as some of this maybe coming through the Health Clinic and you will need to find the Opt-Out form throught the school.  

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It is important as we already are hearing the nightmare from parents in Illinois.  It's Perfectly Normal is an approved textbook supplement which makes most parents angry at the pornographic nature of it.  As one teacher said "If I was showing this to my high school students I would have been hauled away and this is certainly not appropriate for 10 years old".  Video to approved supplement (State of Illinois)--It's Perfectly Normal.

 

PPRA Notice and Consent/Opt-Out Form (click here to download and share).

(Thanks to Col. John Eidsmoe with the Foundation For Moral Law!)

 

Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)–

 

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

•Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of–

1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance,
administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a
student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or
required under State law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for
marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

•Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –

1. Protected information surveys of students;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or
other distribution purposes; and
3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.  These rights transfer to from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.

 

--------------------------------The Opt-Out Form uses their words (excerpt):

 

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, requires school district
to notify and obtain consent or allow parents/guardians to opt child out of participating in certain school activities.
These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight
areas (“protected information surveys”):

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for
marketing purposes (“marketing surveys”) and physical exams and screening

 

Please do your homework and study this.  Here is a link to file you can print.

 

The National Sexuality Ed standards may also come through your health clinics and they have special opt out form--find it (there is a warning that PP must approve).  Please be aware if your child is 14 you may not get a notice to consent.  Please look into your state's Personal Responsibility Education Programs (Planned Parenthood by any other name still awful).  In Alabama it is called APREP so study.  On this link is this comment that is a warning:

 

Suggesting Planned Parenthood encourages parental involvement in their teaching is a bold- faced lie! As a former teacher, I sat with Freshmen while planned parenthood presented the "value" of the on- site clinic and several times reiterated "you can come to us and your parents don't need to know". They encouraged students to get a parent signature " on-file" so students could seek their assistance anytime without further parental contact! As a parent I was furious at the "deception" promotion. As a teacher I was equally concerned. Students could not get an aspirin from the nurses office without permission from a parent, but they could go to the on-site "clinic" and get morning after pills without parental knowledge! I could go on and on, but rest assured Planned Parenthood in schools is no friend to parents.

Here are more links on this parents can study:

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ppra/modelnotification.html

 

http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

 

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/pdf/ppraconsent.pdf

 

 

Awesome video --nothing new under the sun--only difference is that today the plans are on "steroids."

 

And just in case you haven't heard about the DATA MINING...this will help:

 

 

Parents – Don’t be deceived about data collecting on your children

In response to the article by Bill Maddox with Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education in the Fayette Citizen, http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/07-30-2013/column-common-core-contained-multiple-errors, where he claims Common Core does not require the collection of any data about students.  I always find it interesting that the proponents of Common Core nationalized standards never provide proof of what they claim.   So, in my response I will supply the documentation so parents can do their own research to know the truth about the privacy issues surrounding the collecting of data on their children.

Parents need to know that data collecting on our nation’s government school children has been ongoing for decades. The U.S. Department of Education’s own handbooks on data-gathering on students and faculty should be enough to satisfy any freedom-loving citizen. The two publications are the Student Data Handbook for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education (NCES 94–303) released in June 1994, and the Staff Data Handbook: Elementary, Secondary and Early Childhood Education (NCES 95–327) released in January 1995. Both Handbooks were produced under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education, the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The Foreword for the Student Data Handbook states: “NCES is pleased to release the 1994 Student Data Handbook: Elementary, Secondary and Early Childhood Education. It is a major effort to establish current and consistent terms, definitions and classification codes to maintain, correct, report and exchange information about students. When this effort began, the only existing national standards for student data had been published by NCES in 1974. Because student data have evolved greatly over time both in the type and format of data maintained, it was essential that new standards be developed that would reflect current practices. NCES has a strong commitment to provide technical assistance and support to the education community to facilitate the collection, reporting, and use of high quality education information. This handbook is one outcome of that commitment. It is but one in a series of related handbooks and manuals that NCES has published in the past and plans to continue to develop in the future.”

So, what is the relationship between Common Core and data-collection?  As part of Race to the Top, and elsewhere in the 2009 Stimulus bill, along with agreeing to adopt the Common Core standards, the states that wanted federal money had to commit to build massive student databases. These databases are designed to track children from preschool (or earlier), through college, and into the workforce.  At this time, Georgia also agreed to move all the student (and teacher) data to Google servers for storage.  If you are following the stories on the national data collecting by the NSA, you know that our federal government has access to all data stored on these servers, including our student’s information.  

As you may know by now, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) are the organizations that the proponents of Common Core standards point to as the “state led” component of development. Citizens should know that these are private trade organizations with no legislative authority to change education standards. Only Georgia’s General Assembly has the constitutional authority to do so. Being private entities they are not subject to open meeting or open record laws.  

A 2008 report by the NGA, the CCSSO, and Achieve, Inc. (another private trade organization contracted by the NGA and the CCSSO to develop the Common Core standards) titled Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education laid out the framework for the Common Core national standards.  In this document is a list of actions including data collecting. (NOTE: accountability and measuring performance means collecting data)

Action 4: Hold schools and systems accountable through monitoring, interventions, and support to ensure consistently high performance, drawing upon international best practices.

Action 5: Measure state-level education performance globally by examining student achievement and attainment in an international context to ensure that, over time, students are receiving the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

Web link to this report: http://www.nga.org/cms/home/nga-center-for-best-practices/center-publications/page-edu-publications/col2-content/main-content-list/benchmarking-for-success-ensurin.html

According to the website of Achieve, Inc (http://www.achieve.org/print/P-20-data-systems) “States must collect, coordinate, and use K-12 and postsecondary data to track and improve the readiness of graduates to succeed in college and the workplace.”  Remember, Achieve, Inc. helped develop the Common Core national standards.  

According to the website of the Council of Chief State School Officers (http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Shared_Learning_Collaborative_%28SLC%29.html), Georgia became a Tier I participant in the collection of data through a Bill Gates company called the Shared Learning Collaborative.  The website states “Although the SLC technology delivers the advantage of a common infrastructure for data integration and application interoperability, the end-user experience will be customized by participating states and districts.  

According to a fact sheet produced by the CCSSO (http://www.classsizematters.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/SLCFactSheet_FINAL.pdf) “The collaborative is designing a shared technology infrastructure that will support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and help states and districts provide teachers with the instructional data and tools they need.” 

The Shared Learning Collaborative has morphed into a Bill Gates company called inBloom (https://www.inbloom.org/).   The stated vision of inBloom from their website: “inBloom is dedicated to bringing together the data, content and tools educators need to make personalized learning a reality for every student.”   inBloom has a list of over 400 data points that it would like to collect on our students.  The National Education Data Model recommends collecting over 400 data points – academic performance, disciplinary history, family income range, religious affiliation, health history, etc. https://www.inbloom.org/sites/default/files/docs-developer-1.0.68-20130118/ch-data_model-enums.html#type-SexType&#8221 

Bill Gates has agreed to move the inBloom company headquarters to Atlanta.   This is a “feather in the cap” for Governor Deal’s economic development goals.   At one time Georgia was listed as a partner with this company on the inBloom website.   Is this possibly why Governor Deal is so committed to keeping Georgia’s schools tied to this national standard rather than allowing us to maintain local control as the U.S. Constitution allows? 

This listing of Georgia as a partner with inBloom has now been removed, probably due to the many phone calls to Governor Deal’s office from parents, teachers, and citizens across Georgia with concerns over this data collecting.  However, do not think that this means that your child’s school is no longer collecting data, we are.  In Fayette, the data collected is known as “Infinite Campus.” The national assessments are intended to create even more data.  While Georgia has announced the pull out of our contract with the assessment consortia known as PARCC, Superintendent John Barge stated that Georgia will develop our own assessments aligned with Common Core.  Notice that we are now assessing our children rather than having objective testing of knowledge.   

According to the website, DataQualityCampaign.org, Georgia has completed 7 out of 10 “Actions to Ensure Effective Data Use.”  These actions DO include collection of data, but according to this report Georgia is not yet sharing data across the P-20 education pipeline and across state agencies.  However, this framework is in place and can be launched at any time. 

A February Department of Education report titled “Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance” http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/technology/files/2013/02/OET-Draft-Grit-Report-2-17-13.pdf) reveals the federal government’s plans for data-mining which includes the use of very disturbing monitoring techniques such as “functional magnetic resonance imaging” and “using cameras to judge facial expressions, an electronic seat that judges posture, a pressure-sensitive computer mouse and a biometric wrap on kids’ wrists.” See page 44 of this report for images of this specialized equipment they would like to use on our children.

The DOE report exposes the big lie that Common Core is about raising academic standards by revealing its progressive designs to measure and track children’s “competencies” in “recognizing bias in sources,” “flexibility,” “cultural awareness and competence,” “appreciation for diversity,” “empathy,” “perspective taking, trust (and) service orientation.”

So, do not believe that just because Governor Deal issues an executive order that data should not be collected on our children that this means all data collecting has stopped.  It hasn’t. And don’t believe that the partnership with inBloom has been dissolved.    

I encourage parents to do their homework.  Ask your school about what kind of data they are collecting.  Demand to see your student’s records and data collected so far.   Parents, teachers, and citizens should contact Governor Deal, and Superintendent of Schools, John Barge, and ask them to support the legislation in Georgia that WILL end the collecting of data and withdraw Georgia from the commitment of Common Core national standards.  That bill is S.B. 167 sponsored by Senator William Ligon.  For more information parents should go to www.StopCommonCore.com.

 

Angela Bean

Fayetteville, GA

Leadership Team

National Coalition United for Reforming Education

www.natCURE.org

 

HAD ENOUGH INFO?--YOU WILL WANT TO READ THIS INCREDIBLE RESEARCH

 

Thursday
Jul252013

Making Sense Out of Common Core--Facts On The Why And Who Are Behind These Rotten Standards

Hear are some very insightful links for you to study and get a handle on Common Core State Standards:

Proponents say:

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.

States across the country collaborated with teachers, researchers, and leading experts to design and develop the Common Core State Standards. Each state independently made the decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards, beginning in 2010. The federal government was NOT involved in the development of the standards.

The Common Core State Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in English language arts and mathematics at each grade level to ultimately be prepared to graduate college and career ready. The standards establish what students need to learn, but they do not dictate how teachers should teach. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

This process is state-led, and has support from across the country, including CCSSO, the NGA Center, Achieve, Inc, ACT, the College Board, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Hunt Institute, the National Parent Teacher Association, the State Higher Education Executive Officers, the American Association of School Administrators, and the Business Roundtable.

The Subjects:

English language arts and math were the subjects chosen for the Common Core State Standards because they are areas upon which students build skill sets which are used in other subjects. They are also the subjects most frequently assessed for accountability purposes.

Other Areas:

CCSSO and NGA are not leading the development of standards in other academic content areas. Below is information on efforts of other organizations to develop standards in other academic subjects.


  • Science: In a process managed by Achieve, with the help of the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, states are developing the Next Generation Science Standards. More information about this effort can be found here.
  • World Languages: The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages published an alignment of the National Standards for Learning Languages with the ELA Common Core State Standards. More information about this effort can be found here.
  • Arts: The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is leading the revision of the National Standards for Arts Education. More information about this effort can be found here.

The Other Side:

Guess what else they have developed?

 

"Students need opportunities to engage in cooperative and active  learning strategies, and sufficient time must be allocated for students to practice  skills relating to sexuality education."  Read more.


LISA HARRIS (former teacher from Georgia) said: " Two examples how the standards are reduced--Algebra is being moved from 8th to 9th--hurts math success. In English Language Arts--there is an increase of informational text vs literature--which uses lower level of thinking skills instead of the higher thinking skills which are taught through literary devices (as in great literature). 

EMMETT MCGROARTY (The American Principles Project) has stated-"Common Core infringes on state autonomy-Standards were developed by private entities. Entities that have copyrighted the standards. Participation in Common Core commits states to using 100 percent of standards. States can add 15 per cent but CANNOT CHANGE any of it."

Professors JIM MILGRAM (nation's Math expert) and SANDRA STOTSKY (nation's English Language Arts Expert) was on Nat'l. Validation Committee of Common Core-would not sign off on it. Prof. MILGRAM suggests parents homeschool their children!

Prof. STOTSKY warns:  "For these Superintendent and others who say we've spent so much and we got to continue--No! If you're feeding poison to your children, you don't want to continue using that poison supply even if you've invested a lot of money buying it


Common Core's Approach is going to Raise a Generation that is Easily Manipulated!

Utahn's Against Common Core Video of Interview With Mental Health Therapist:

Risk of this type of approach could seriously set the mental health resilience of children back 50 years because the concept they advocate are opposed to the research used now.

Children are being taught to think and use words that have high emotional impact that gives biggest reaction creates anger, competition, resentment (negative).

Children's reasoning abilities won't be finished 'til age 24--what is finished is their primitive part, the limbic system, part that engage when we feel threatened, shamed.

What we should be doing for children is not training them in the limbic system with emotionally charged activity...

We need to use the research we know and not ignore it or trash it as Common Core is doing as these facts are important to the teaching of children

We will rear generation that is not just more vulnerable to emotional stress, emotional challenges but is very easily manipulated. It just takes one trigger and you have a national mob-that is being motivated by anger and revenge-very easily manipulated.

In contrast a generation that knows how to think independently--they are free because they aren't easily manipulated.


Excerpts from Beverly Eastman's  The Dark Side of Nationwide Tests

More prophetically, Wirtz and LaPointe wrote: "A different kind of assessment would help correct the tilt in the educational-standards concept toward functional literacy and away from excellence."

Direct education away from excellence?  That's right.  The authors detailed how a clearinghouse-style database incorporating demographic and psychological-profiling data would help steer schools toward what these "experts" deemed a more realistic ideal: mere functional literacy.

 

Then there are the student-identification methods applied to "confidential" tests and surveys the testers say are not "individually identifiable."  This doesn't mean, however, that students are not "individually identified."  Confused?  The National Center for Education Statistics 1993 Field Restricted Use Data Procedures Manual explains this semantic sleight of hand.  Techniques range from simple bar-coding and "slugging" to more-complicated exercises such as "sticky-labelling" and inserting "embedded identifiers."

To the testers, however, the term "confidential" means "need to know."  The "confidential" label casually applied by officials to modern testing and survey devices invariably is taken for anonymity, thereby masking the fact that:

  1. higher scores are accorded "preferred" viewpoints,
  2. curriculum is modified and targeted to specific groups of children to correct "inappropriate" attitudes and, more ominously,
  3. certain views that once were considered "principled" now are deemed "rigid" and associated with mental illness or psychological defects..please read article on Scribd


The Charlotte Iserbyt Interview--Tell All--The Education Whistle-Blower (Mind Control)


The Planners: 

Lou Gerstner's (Achieve-who wrote Common Core) suggestions:(Wall Street Journal article Nov 23, 2008)-to the president elect Obama:

..."I’m going to suggest is that he convene the 50 governors, and the first thing they do is they abolish the 16,000 school districts we have in the United States. Sixteen thousand school districts are what we’re trying to cram this reform through...

These organizations stand in the way of what we want to do.

Now, the governors could decide, we’ll keep them as advisory, we can keep them as community support, but they will not be involved in the fundamental direction of public education in America. Second, this group of governors will then select 50 school districts, plus I’d say 20 major cities, so we got 70 school districts. Seventy instead of 16,000...read more

All road will lead to Common Core even School Choice--read this

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Unesco and Bill Gates Agreement

One of its goals, he said, is "fostering web-based communities of practice including content development and worldwide curricula reflecting UNESCO values." No doubt that is agreeable to Bill Gates because the Agreement states that "Microsoft supports the objectives of UNESCO as stipulated in UNESCO's Constitution."  Read...

 

The Mindset

1. "Cities are less important.   Only Mega-Regions are important."
2. "We need to transcend local control."
3. "We need to stop having public meetings.   Just get on with the plan."
4. "We only need 4 people to make the decisions." '
5. "Top-down Federal government is best. Bottom up: local officials?—everybody
talks about nothing forever. WE (Seven 50),  decides who makes what decision
and when, and then download to others later."
6. "Those who seceded from us—we will crush you."

Watch the video

What to do?  Please visit http://www.natcure.org/ and find out what you can do in your own state.

Also please go to BreakingNewsJournal.net and get alternative media where you can learn what the planners (who are using regular media) do not want you to know.

Listen to our conversation with the Pres of Breaking News Journal and let' s make sense out of the manipulation called Common Core.