The Unintended Transparency Of Common Core Lobbyists

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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 Nation, America’s Edge, Fight 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 LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com 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 Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, 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.

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.

 

If you enjoyed this article, you should really check out other pieces written by Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven writers and maybe hit that tip jar!

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 LadyLiberty1885.com 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 StopCommonCoreNC.org, 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.