The Cabarrus Commissioner And The Library Suspensions

More fun at the Cabarrus County Commissioners latest meeting. Morris, Honeycutt and Cabarrus Jobs Now in the news again.

From Jason Oesterreich’s blog:

Time and time again, Commissioner Morris and Cabarrus Jobs Now have been caught lying and deceiving our voters (Commissioner Morris and soon-to-be-commissioner Diane Honeycutt co-founded Cabarrus Jobs Now together as a Political Action Committee).

When evil uses lies and deceit to take power from the innocent and unknowing, we must stand against it.

This morning, the Independent Tribune published an article stating that Commissioner Morris’s lies resulted in two library employees being suspended for 3 days each.  Also, in response to such behavior, the county manager had to send out a memorandum to county volunteers and the public stating, “First and foremost I want to apologize for any false, inaccurate, or misrepresentation of factual information that may have been distributed to you from our library staff.”  Commissioner Morris used the library staff and our county volunteers to spread lies.

There’s quite a bit more and video at the link.

Don’t bother going to the Cabarrus Jobs Now site, as of this morning it’s “Down until further notice.”  Someone page Diane Honeycutt to get that fixed:

Domain ID: D162646260-LROR
Creation Date: 2011-06-27T20:03:51Z
Updated Date: 2013-12-09T19:23:01Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2015-06-27T20:03:51Z
Sponsoring, LLC (R91-LROR)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 146
WHOIS Server: 
Referral URL: 
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Registrant ID:CR86830077
Registrant Name:Diane Honeycutt
Registrant Organization:Team Honeycutt
Registrant Street: 2635 Danbury Circle NW
Registrant City:Concord
Registrant State/Province:North Carolina
Registrant Postal Code:28027
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.7047217130
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +1.7047821256
Registrant Fax Ext: 


Also, don’t bother with Twitter since they locked it down:

@CabarrusJobsNow’s Tweets are protected.

Only confirmed followers have access to @CabarrusJobsNow’s Tweets and complete profile. Click the “Follow” button to send a follow request.

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Sandy Hook Commission Wants Homeschools Monitored

From my “I told you so” files:

Under a new law proposed this week by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, every homeschooling parent with a child who has been labeled with a behavioral or emotional problem would be forced to submit to a host of strict, burdensome regulations. - Daily Caller

Uh, come again? Who does the labeling? Using what criteria?

What does this have to do with education? Nothing.

This is nothing more than a means of tracking you and your kid.

Holder’s DOJ: ‘No Fundamental Right To Homeschool’

DOJ Refuses Asylum to German Family Persecuted For Homeschooling


Related Read:  So Why Be Concerned About the Data Tracking of Personally Identifiable Information? A Congressional Candidate Tells You Why.

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Common Core Aligned: Gates Foundation Grants Funding Apps, Tools

CommonCoreAligned“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.”  – Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conference of State Legislatures

The goal is to align everything so that students and the money have nowhere to go but Common Core.

Last time, we checked out  “Common Core Quest“, created by OpenEd Inc. and available on your phone.  Today, we’re looking at grants made by the Gates foundation for apps and tools to support Common Core.

Here are just a few that I found in a recent look at the 2014 grants being made by Gates in the college ready category that included automated designs. They were LightSIDE labs and Empirical Resolutions.

LightSIDE Labs LLC

Date: March 2014
Purpose: to develop a system that automatically assesses and gives feedback on student writing, and supports the revision process for students
Amount: $200,000
Term: 13
Topic: College-Ready
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Grantee Website:


Check out LightSIDE’s goals. Looks like they want to automate feedback and they will render teachers unnecessary.

Empirical Resolution Inc.

Date: April 2014
Purpose: to continue building a website that provides personalized grammar lessons and interactive peer writing tools for students
Amount: $200,000
Term: 13
Topic: College-Ready
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Darien, Connecticut


Funny that the grant is for building a website when the company itself doesn’t have one – at least not under their name ‘Empirical’. Apparently, Empirical’s website is here at Quill. Empirical’s goal is the same as LightSIDE — reduce teacher involvement.

Empirical’s mission is to create an active learning environment by presenting students with engaging problems to solve and allowing them to construct solutions. In this environment, students take charge of their own education.

Quill is our web-based tool that provides personalized, interactive writing lessons for middle school students. Over the coming years, Quill will move beyond sentence writing and proofreading, into a variety of other writing activities.


Self-Directed Learning
Beyond these two grants for automated ‘personalized learning’, there were two more of interest. These two called for ‘self-directed’ learning and were given to FSG, Inc. and Educause.

FSG, Inc.

Date: June 2014
Purpose: to produce a case study on the approach to student engagement and self-directed learning
Amount: $33,000
Term: 3
Topic: College-Ready
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Grantee Website:


Date: May 2014
Purpose: to support the Next Generation Learning Challenges – Breakthrough Schools Fund
Amount: $5,100,000
Term: 20
Topic: College-Ready
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Louisville, Colorado
Grantee Website:

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It’s Come To This: Multicultural Crayons

Not The Onion:


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#DM7 Article: The Unintended Transparency Of Common Core Lobbyists

This is a repost of my weekly DaTechGuy column: The Unintended Transparency Of Common Core Lobbyists


By A.P. Dillon

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece called The Unintended Transparency of Obama’s DOJ. This article is in that same theme of unintended transparency, only this time it’s Common Core related.

It seems that a lobbyist organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was caught targeting Catholic schools over their pushback on the Common Core State Standards. It goes a little bit beyond that, with this lobbyist accidentally contacting one of the more vocal opponents to Common Core in what seems like a coordinated effort to steer the narrative.  Oops.

Cardinal Newman Society reported:

Sara Pruzin, a state operations associate for the Council for a Strong America (CSA) and former communications intern for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, unwittingly contacted a Cardinal Newman Society leader to rally Catholic support for the Common Core.  She sent an email on August 28 to Dr. Daniel Guernsey, director of the Newman Society’s K-12 Education Programs, at his office at Ave Maria University in Florida, asking him to consider writing op-eds and letters to the editor in support of the Common Core.

“We are concerned about the strident attacks coming from parts of the Catholic community, which we believe are inaccurate and meant more to divide than to inform,” Pruzin wrote.  “We feel that it is important to respond to the negative statements about the Common Core, rather than let them go unanswered.”

Pruzin later confirmed that her criticisms were aimed at The Cardinal Newman Society, and her email was part of a major effort to build support among Catholic educators.  She said the Gates Foundation grantee has reached out to about 50 Catholic educators and leaders, including superintendents in a dozen states and officials at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)—which is also a recipient of Gates funding to promote the Common Core. 

“Strident attacks”.

That’s a new coat of paint on the same old ‘shut up… they explained’ tactic.

This is narrative steering effort is not unsurprising. Just consider what Bill Gates is attempting to do by buying up media outlets as a ‘strategic media partnership‘ plan.

To be clear, this is less about correcting the record and more about stemming the tide of Catholic schools and parents of students organizing a push back.  Catholic schools and organizations have figured out that Common Core contains threats to religious liberty and the Cardinal Newman Society has been on the leading edge of getting that message out.

There’s a bit more from the Cardinal Newman Society article which needs highlighting:

CSA received $1.7 million from the Gates Foundation in July 2013 “to educate and engage stakeholders about the Common Core and teacher development through a range of communications activities”.  These have included rallying retired military officers, police officers, business leaders and others to advocate Common Core in many states. 

Note the mention of retired military and police officers? I picked up on those groups back in June when they started issuing their Common Core support statements.

The police officers statement came through a group called ‘Fight Crime’. The mission statement on the ‘Fight Crime’ site states they are an organization under the non-profit group Council For A Strong America.

The same affiliation with CSA was true of the retired military group, ‘Mission: Readiness’.

It was rather easy to track down from their addresses, which were identical; 1212 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005. That address houses the Council for a Strong America, Ready NationAmerica’s EdgeFight Crime: Invest In Kids and Shepherding the Next Generation.


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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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