“…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 looked at The Achievement Network (Anet). Today we’re looking into a group called Third Sector New England, Inc.
Like Anet, Third Sector is data dependent and are ‘committed to social change’:
Founded in 1959 as the Massachusetts Health Research Institute, Third Sector New England has expanded our programs over the past half century to serve nonprofits throughout New England and across the country. Today, we are using new tools and strategies in our work to support our clients and partners, foundations, colleagues working in nonprofit capacity building, and the many others committed to social change.
Maybe it’s just me, but their “about” section of their website, especially the mission statement area, has a creepy Stepford Wives meets social justice community organizer feel to it. Read about their latest initiative and how there can be no justice without equity.
Follow The Money
Of course, there are Gates Foundation grants. Over $14.6 million worth.
Of those grants, four are marked ‘College Ready’. Those four grants are all for pushing Diploma Plus schools which foster ‘blended learning’ and ’21st century world skills’. Diploma Plus is yet another 501(c)3.
Don’t skip reading their History page, as they chronicle how they were basically built by the Gates Foundation’s money. What’s funny is that they have no grants listed under them in the Gates grant database. If you put Diploma Plus into the search, all that pops up is Third Sector. More non-profit money swapping going on.
Also download this file on how Diploma Plus and Common Core are the perfect fit.
|Third Sector New England, Inc.||2014||Pacific Northwest: Early Learning||US Program||$50,000|
|Third Sector New England, Inc.||2011||Pacific Northwest: Early Learning||US Program||$250,000|
|Third Sector New England, Inc.||2009 and earlier||Pacific Northwest: Early Learning||US Program||$160,000|
|Third Sector New England, Inc.||2009 and earlier||College-Ready||US Program||$3,179,363|
|Third Sector New England, Inc.||2009 and earlier||College-Ready||US Program||$4,336,500|
|Third Sector New England, Inc.||2009 and earlier||College-Ready||US Program||$2,100,000|
|Third Sector New England, Inc.||2009 and earlier||College-Ready||US Program||$4,560,00|