You Will Be Made To Care – Fed Ed Edition

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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 “247″.

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 LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com.
Her cur­rent and past writ­ing can also be found at IJ Review, Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Heart​land​.org and Watch­dog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twit­ter: @LadyLiberty1885

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