#DM7 Article: The Clinton Core Standards”

This is a repost of my weekly Da Tech Guy Column:  The Clinton Core Standards

By A.P. Dillon

Common Core and the high-stakes tests associated with it continue to see enormous backlash nationwide.

In former Senator Hillary Clinton’s New York, two bills have been filed to allow for parents to opt out of the tests, however parents aren’t waiting for state approvals and are opting their children out at an incredible rate.

In multiple districts in the lower Hudson Valley, opt out rates soared with Mahopac’s middle school seeing an opt out rate of 55%.

Jumping over to the other side of the country, New Mexico students who had been protesting the PARCC test also showed an overall opt out rate of 5%. Looking at the individual schools, the rates in some schools were much higher – ranging from 9 to 36%.

The overall message being sent here is that of parental rights and local control over federal dictates and the big money behind it from public-private partnerships, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the publishing and testing behemoth, Pearson.

At an Education Roundtable this week in Iowa, Hillary Clinton’s support for the Common Core was crystal clear. So was Clinton’s position on those opposing Common Core:

“But your question is really a larger one. How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?” – Caffeinated Thoughts

Got that? The education of our children is a “non-family enterprise”.
Clinton knows exactly how we ended up here; she was a part of it.

In response to a question about how Clinton would ‘bring the heart back into education’ in the United States, Clinton’s answer has ignited new fires.

You know when I think about the really unfortunate argument going on around Common Core it’s very painful because the Common Core started off as a bipartisan effort, it was actually non-partisan, it wasn’t politicized, it was trying to come up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country no matter what kind of school district they were in, no matter how poor their family was, there wouldn’t be two tiers of education.  Everybody would be looking at what was to be learned and doing their best to try to achieve that,” Clinton responded. – Caffeinated Thoughts

Mercedes Schneider’s take down of these comments is not to be missed and this part of her response to Clinton’s remarks is almost exactly what I would have said:

“Implicit in Clinton’s message is that Common Core would have been just fine except that it became entangled in politics.

Get a clue, Hillary: Common Core was birthed in politics.

But I think you know that.”

Yes, she knows that all too well.  As I said earlier, she was a part of it.

Michelle Malkin reminds us of just how well Clinton knows this and where this data-driven, top-down approach to education has it roots — with NCEE, Hillary Clinton and her pal, Marc Tucker.

In the early 1990s, NCEE (established with $5 million in New York taxpayer-funded seed grants) paid Hillary Clinton more than $100,000 to direct the group’s “Workforce Skills Program” while she worked at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas. After the Clintons moved into the White House, Tucker sent a now-infamous letter to Mrs. Clinton outlining a radical progressive plan “to remold the entire American system” through a centralized national-standards Trojan Horse.  – Michelle Malkin

In addition to NCEE, another group tied to Hillary Clinton should be on the radar: The New America Foundation (NAF).

NAF is a 501(c)3 that was started in 1999 by Ted Halstead and Steve McColl and whose board includes Jonathan Soros. After weeding through their site, the main purpose of NAF is to influence national Education policy at Congressional level; they’ve already spent millions on lobbying.

NAF, while mostly politically focused and is indisputably a Left leaning organization, NAF also has formulated ‘education policy‘ goals.

Some of the more visible backers include Bill Gates, George Soros and the Tides Foundation, Microsoft, Home Depot, Rockefeller, DISH Network, Google, Facebook, Arianna Huffington and the U.S. Dept. of State.

Watch the “Welcome To New America” video. You won’t have to go far into it to see Mrs. Clinton. The clip of ‘former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’ promoting NAF comes right after Senator John McCain’s glowing testimonial. Stick around, you’ll see Van Jones too.

Laugh.. cry.. or both?

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Watchdog Wire NC

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EPIC: DoD Collecting Sensitive Student Data

This news from the EPIC website is disturbing.

EPIC Uncovers DOD Student Data Collection Procedures: The Department of Defense has released to EPIC documents on the “Joint Advertising and Market Research Studies” Recruiting Database. The database includes sensitive student information, including home address and grade point average. DOD obtains this information from high schools offering military aptitude tests, state DMVs, and commercial data brokers. The documents sought by EPIC shed light on how DOD collects, retainsuses, and safeguards student information within the database. The documents provided to EPIC also reveal that many parents demanded that DOD remove their children’s records from the system. In 2005, EPIC, joined by more than 100 organizations, urged former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to end the database because it collected unnecessary information, did not permit individuals to opt-out, and was housed at a private-sector direct marketing company. The agency now permits individuals to opt-out. For more information, see EPIC: Student Privacy and EPIC: DOD Recruiting Database. (Nov. 26, 2014)

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The Common Core Weekend Reads – 4-19-15

JeblaryThese are the Common Core Weekend Reads for April 19, 2015.

This is a review of the past week of news on Common Core nationwide and in North Carolina.

Articles are organized by category.

Prior Edition of Weekend Reads: 4-12-15


NC Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) Updates:

Next ASRC meetingNext NC Common Core #ASRC Meeting: April 20th



But your question is really a larger one. How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?” Hillary Clinton – Caffeinated Thoughts








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Pearson Is Everywhere: Dumped By LA School District

Pearson: Always Earning

Pearson: Always Earning

Welcome back to another edition of Pearson Is Everywhere!

Last time we looked at Pearson’s cozy relationship with the Gates Foundation.

Today, we look at LA Unifed School District’s decision to dump Pearson’s iPad software like a bad habit.

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) $1.3 billion dollar iPad saga continues.

Excerpts from Washington Post:

The Los Angeles Unified School District sent a letter to Apple Inc., this week saying that it will no longer pay for Pearson-created software installed on iPads purchased from Apple because it does not work. The District also said it wants a refund.

Southern California Public Radio reported that school district General Counsel David Holmquist sent a letter to Apple making the demands, saying, “While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution for ITI implementation, they have yet to deliver it.”  (You can read the full letter, obtained from the school district, below.)


Last December, the FBI seized 20 boxes of  district documents related to the iPad purchase that were sought in a federal grand jury subpoena related to the bidding process and to the winning bidders in the iPad program, the Los Angeles Times reported.  (Just a week after the boxes were taken by the FBI, the district’s school board last December approved $13 million in new funds to buy more iPads and other devices so students could take new Common Core-aligned standardized tests this year.)

Now it turns out, according to Holmuist’s letter, that most students were never able to properly use the Pearson content despite promises that problems would be fixed. The letter, dated April 13, says: “As we approach the end of the school year, the vast majority of students are still unable to access the Pearson curriculum on iPads.”

Reminder – this is not the first time Pearson has been accused of bidding improprieties.
See: Pearson Is Everywhere: New Mexico Bid-Rigging Lawsuit Is Still On


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WRAL Finally Includes The “Who” Behind The Fast Food Protests

Mark the calendar. WRAL actually named the money behind the choreographed Fast Food protests.

Only took a year. Meanwhile, new media nailed it the first time around.


The “Fight for $15″ campaign, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

The North Carolina State AFL-CIO said the rallies are “the vanguard of a resurgent labor movement in the south.”

“Hot political issue”?

I think WRAL means manufactured political issue courtesy of unions seeking to add to their ranks and invade right to work states.

Now, will WRAL follow through and report on the Moral Monday ties to these protests? Heck, I get an email about it from the NC NAACP almost daily.  

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