#DM7 Article: You Will Be Made To Care – Fed Ed Edition

This is a repost of my weekly Da Tech Guy column: You Will Be Made To Care – Fed Ed Edition

By A.P. Dillon

For many parents engaged in the fight against Common Core, discovering the level of control the federal government has over your child’s education has likely been an ulcer inducing adventure and a disturbing eye-opener.

The deeper I got into the weeds investigating the overlapping tentacles of Common Core, the more I realized that just how much control the federal government asserts over the states in terms of education.

For brevity, let’s call this control what Michelle Malkin calls it: ‘Fed Ed’.

A fine example of ‘Fed Ed’, which I doubt most people out there know about, is a non-profit called WestEd which is used to farm out wish list projects that certain government agencies are prohibited from engaging in. WestEd has reaps millions in government contracts annually.

Another example of ‘Fed Ed’ would be the tax dollars that flow to Teach for America (TFA) and subsequently trickle down to TFA employees and alumni who are “Black Lives Matter” professional agitators.

‘Fed Ed’ includes ‘Full-Service’ Community Schools, which according to the program description provides “comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members”.  This program was just extended for another five years. Remember, Obama believes that the government should have some kids in government run schools “24/7“.

Now consider the pressure (legal and otherwise) being brought to bear on state school discipline procedures by the Obama administration which fits right in with the Liberal’s  ‘You will be made to care‘ theme.  Specifically, Southern states.

The Obama administration’s DOJ has been poking around school districts looking for racist policies with regards to discipline procedures, specifically looking at the discipline and expulsion rates of black students. In conjunction with that poking around is the use of the phrase ‘school to prison pipeline‘ by multiple social justice organizations.

The focus of this ‘school to prison pipeline’ has been mostly on Southern states and a recent report being written about right now is only about Southern states.  This report is penned by Edward J. Smith and Shaun R. Harper of  the “Center for the Study of Race and Equity” located  at the Penn Grad school of Education. They use the phrase, ‘school to prison pipeline’ throughout their report.

It’s worth noting that the report doesn’t mention who paid for this report, what data sets were  or were not used, that Southern states have a higher black population in general, a description or details of the circumstances of the expulsions/suspensions,  nor does it cite any statistics on other ethnicities for comparison or as a control.

The report does mention that a large chunk of data (269 school districts) had missing or incomplete data. Gee, that might skew conclusions even more?

What is mentioned in the Smith/Harper report is the blaming of Zero Tolerance policies and the involvement of the US Dept. of Education, the NAACP and Teach for America.

Don’t miss the suggestions for using this report on page 3 and the report’s conclusion statement on page 89.  Here’s a snippet from ‘Using this report’:

“Our aim is to equip anyone concerned about the school-to-prison pipeline and the educational mistreatment of Black youth with numbers they can use to demand justice from school boards, educational leaders, and elected officials.”

With ‘use statements’ like that, it’s pretty clear this report was less about science and more about promoting a ‘You will be made to care’ narrative.




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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

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Possibly the most arrogant and insulting Common Core article I’ve seen in a while


An article on Common Core penned by one Andy Overstreet appeared in the News and Observer this weekend.  The title was, Creating School Standards that make sense for children.

This article might be behind the pay wall for some readers, but I managed to read the whole thing and I have to say, this is possibly the most arrogant and insulting Common Core article I’ve seen in a while.

First and foremost, the entire premise of the article is based in a big, fat strawman argument. That argument rests on the fact that we don’t even know ‘what our kids will face in their life and work 20 years from now’ but yet, somehow, Common Core is immune to that fact.

Mr. Overstreet, how does Common Core magically answer that same question  of ‘what our kids will face in their life and work 20 years from now’?  Overstreet admits in his opening paragraphs that no one knows what jobs will be like in 2035 — But hey, Common Core is the answer, so don’t you touch it!

According to Overstreet’s very first sentence, the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) really doesn’t know what they think they know.

Overstreet starts out his article with the insulting assertion that because of “political ideology” and “grandpa’s curriculum”, the ASRC tasked with reviewing NC’s standards (Common Core) is somehow too stupid to produce any significant recommendations for changes.

Was that “grandpa’s curriculum” comment a slight to ASRC member Dr. Scheik’s age?

Grandad Learns About CC MemeOr was that an attempt to smear parents who prefer to teach the way they learned math instead of watching their kids struggle over what should be basic, simple first grade addition and subtraction?

Either way, with this article, Overstreet appears to be following the template of the horrifyingly bad PR campaign that produced a video that mocked the elderly on Common Core.

Funnily enough, Overstreet is a “grandpa” himself, but he, like his strawman premise, is apparently immune.

The remainder of the article throws around old and debunked Common Core talking points and includes the related buzzwords like ‘Global economy’ and ’21st century learning’. The piece then closes with a shaming finger wag.

How arrogant this guy Overstreet is — or perhaps it’s not arrogance, but ignorance and is, as Overstreet himself wrote, the “illusion of knowledge”.

Perhaps it’s neither but instead, a fat paycheck.  The article ends with this sentence:

Andy Overstreet, a former superintendent of schools in Virginia, recently retired from N.C. State University College of Education

Yes, recently retired from NCSU College of Education’s Friday Institute where Overstreet was “Director of Education Leadership Initiatives” and served on the leadership team, as well as Executive Coach for the North East Leadership Academy (NELA).

NELA is funded by over $18.6 million in Race To The Top (RTTT) grant money and has “specialized training” that includes “Social Justice” and has Common Core hard-wired into the programming.

RTTT is not the only source of funding, though.

The Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) is an innovative school leader preparation program designed to develop 21st Century school leaders for rural, high-need schools in Northeastern North Carolina. NELA was initially funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction. Subsequent funding was secured through North Carolina’s Race to the Top award by the U.S. Department of Education.
NELA Wikispaces Page

Don’t miss the “NELA Logic Model” graphic.

There are four education related grants on the Gates Foundation site for NC State University, but I have to believe there are more grants listed under a different title or group since NELA started well before the dates on the current Gates grant list.

It is possible the money was funneled to NELA through one of the two grants from the Gates Foundation that went directly to NC Dept. of Public Schools:

  1. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 2009 and earlier College-Ready US Program $1,819,055
  2. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction 2009 and earlier College-Ready US Program $911,500

Mr. Overstreet brings little to the table with this Op Ed besides a myopic, echo chamber view of Common Core wrapped in a series of intelligence insulting statements.

Those of us who have been on the ground at every Legislature committee meeting, the ASRC meetings, have been in our kids classrooms and have sat at our kitchen tables watching Common Core unfold know what we see. Our knowledge isn’t “illusion”.


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Rep. Glazier Resigns, Heads to #BlueprintNC’s Parent Organization – #NCGA

Back in June, Rep. Glazier tweeted that he was headed to NC Justice Center.

It took a few months, but seven term NC representative, Democrat Rick Glazier, has resigned as of August 28th.

Gee, just in time to skip out on the budget negotiations. Lucky him.

By the way, in case anyone forgot — NC Justice Center is the parent organization of Blueprint NC.  [Read: Liberal NC Non-Profit Group’s Attack Memo Leaked]

MTL GIFHe is arguably a good pick to continue the Democrat fear mongering and false education narratives. Also, to keep the Blueprint NC ‘Cripple, Eviscerate, Pressure and Slam’ chugging along into 2016.

NC Justice Center probably thinks they’ve hired a war-time consigliere. Laugh.


Glazier’s role will be “executive director”.  It’s unclear if Glazier is replacing Billy Wilson, listed as interim Executive Director on the NC Justice website.

Shots fired:


According to ABC 11, the NC Democrats wasted no time filling his position with former legislator, Billy Richardson.

Richardson lost in his challenge to Wesley Meredith in 2014 for the NC-19 Senate seat. As of the publishing of this article. Richardson’s campaign site was still live.



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