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.
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
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This administration has proven to be the least transparent in history. It would seem that the only transparency we’re getting from this administration is unintended in nature.
On Friday, September 5th, the DOJ’s Office of Public affairs called Oversight Majority’s committee’s communications office by accident to ask for help spinning the IRS scandal and about leaking items to the press?! What… a… bombshell. And gee, not a smidgeon of corruption there!
Breitbart has the whole story including the letter sent by Darrell Issa to Eric Holder.
Here’s the relevant bits:
The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes the call was intended to be made to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cumming’s staff, the ranking member on the oversight panel, the letter said.
According to the letter, Fallon – who is not named in the letter but confirmed he made the call – asked if the aides could release the IRS scandal documents to “selected reporters” to give Fallon an “opportunity to comment publicly on it.”
Fallon explained to Issa aides that the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs had not permitted him to release the documents to the public and he wanted to get ahead of the story “before the Majority” – meaning Issa – could share it, according to the letter.
Issa aides – who had placed the call on speakerphone – were “caught off guard by the unusual nature of the call and the odd request” and asked Fallon to “e-mail the material for evaluation.”
“At this point,” Fallon “abruptly placed the call on hold for approximately three minutes.” When Fallon returned to the call, “he was audibly shaken. He immediately stated that there was a ‘change in plans’ and that there would be no effort” by DOJ to release the material early.
And further down Issa swipes at Elijah Cummings, BOOM:
Issa said he is “disturbed” by the “apparently longstanding collaboration between the Obama administration and Ranking Member Cummings’ staff to obfuscate and prejudice the Committee’s work through under-the-table coordination.”
This turn of events is evidence of how deeply corrupted this administration is and how hollow the words of President Obama really are. Then again, think about what Free Speech means to this President.
More media are former Obama administration employees than you can shake a stick at. I’m a little surprised that Fallon just didn’t call the media directly. Certainly, Jay Carney could have helped them.
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(CBS) – The husband and wife who gunned down two Las Vegas police officers and a shopper at a Las Vegas strip mall on Sunday lived in Lafayette, Indiana, before moving to Nevada in January.Investigators in Las Vegas have been examining a series of YouTube videos and other social media posts by the couple as they try to figure out what sparked their shooting rampage.
In one YouTube video, Jerad Miller claimed police can’t be trusted.“What better way to kill and rape, after all, if you’re wearing a badge,” he said. “When law enforcement and government are the criminals, they will fear an armed and educated people.”
While living in Lafayette, Jerad and his wife Amanda took part in last November’s “Million Mask March” – a gathering of protesters from the Occupy movement, anarchists, and hacktivists.
All of this Left wing violence doesn’t fit the narrative though. The DOJ thinks it’s time to reinstate the Domestic terrorism unit to counter ‘right wing’ and ‘domestic, homegrown’ threats. Arguably the DOJ version of the IRS Tea Party targeting. The main source being quoted on with that revivial? The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
“We had 9/11 and there was a 180 to concentrating on Islamic extremists,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and an expert on extremism. “It should not be seen as an either/or.”
If you recall, it was the SPLC’s “Hate Map” that inspired Lefty would-be mass killer Floyd Lee Corkins. While Eric Holder intents to resurrect his right-wing targeting machine, the media is too busy pushing the false EveryTown Narrative — except for CNN oddly. Perhaps Piers Morgan being gone has something to do with their reporting of actual gun facts instead of myths and rhetoric.
Meanwhile, in North Carolina, Occupy 2.0 is still going on. They call themselves Moral Monday, I call them what they are Occupy Monday. The media here is doing a bang up job ignoring the reality about the ‘mostly peaceful protesters’.
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Obviously, we need to end mandatory celibacy and let high school teachers marry.
Now this is a story we’ve been covering for a while, but as we’ve also had a real bump in readership in 2013 & 2014 so for new readers at DaTechGuy Blog let me acquaint you with some stories we covered and & posts we did that you might have missed on this subject over the years:
Sexual abuse scandal rocks Boy Scouts of America after $18.5m payout
Organisation accused of cover-up as it seeks to keep thousands of ‘perversion files’ secret
Oddly this subject wasn’t raised when they changed their rules
Read the whole thing. These stories don’t involve men wearing White collars or fit anti-gay narratives, so the media
Over at my pet project, ConMom, I’ve chronicled many stories of abuse. I was pleased to see an Instalanche on the ConMom category ‘Who is Teaching Your Kid?‘, but sad at the same time I even have a category like that. Glenn Reynolds called it a ‘troubling collection’ and he’s right. It’s disturbing.
Back to Re: Oh THOSE abuse stories
Here’s my contribution to those horror stories, which for the most part, are going under-reported in the media. If you’re not wearing a white-collar or running for office, these stories are largely reported then forgotten. The specific one I want to concentrate on is one that made a top ten list at Huffington Post. It’s of a North Carolina former middle school principal named David Ellis Edwards.
What earned him that top ten spot? He raped a boy in his office while the parents were outside the room.
A former middle school principal in North Carolina is accused of sexually assaulting a student while the boy’s unsuspecting parent was outside the room.
Deputies say that between 2009 and 2011, Edwards molested at least three boys between the ages of 11 and 14. At least one of the incidents allegedly occurred in Edward’s office while the victim’s parent sat in a nearby waiting area. – Huffington Post
Abuse isn’t limited to just the sexual contact nature. There is a broader degree of what is and can be considered abuse in schools. There’s a few other aspects to consider, like zero tolerance — a topic I’ve piled into what I call “The Great Public School Experiment. Much of that zero tolerance lunacy only goes in one direction. Let’s not forget the educrat idiot brigades, of which Arne Duncan recently found himself the star of in his defense of the Common Core by saying those opposed are mainly ‘White Suburban Moms’.
Another avenue of what can be considered abuse is corruption coupled with neglect, as we recently found out was going on in a NYC school. Via NY Post:
Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say.
The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day.
“The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert,” a source said.
The school nurse has no office equipped with a sink, refrigerator or cot.
The library is a mess: “Nothing’s in order,” said a source. “It’s a junk room.”
No substitutes are hired when a teacher is absent — students are divvied up among other classes.
A classroom that includes learning-disabled kids doesn’t have the required special-ed co-teacher.
About 40 kindergartners have no room in the three-story brick building. They sit all day in dilapidated trailers that reek of “animal urine,” a parent said; rats and squirrels noisily scamper in the walls and ceiling.
NO GYM OR ART: With no phys-ed or art classes, students are left to watch movies, including “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Fat Albert.
NO SPACE: Without enough space in the main brick building, kindergartners are taught in what sources say are rat-infested trailers.
The article goes on to talk about the principal, Marcella Sills, who apparently shows up whenever she feels like it but is paid well for her lack of attendance:
When she is out, an assistant principal is left in charge. Yet Sills, who gets a $128,207 salary, also pockets overtime pay — $2,900 for 83 hours in 2011, the latest available records show. – NY Post
Your tax dollars — Funding no-show principals with six figure salaries. The parents are finally speaking out, but one has to ask how long they’ve been doing so and had been ignored. That might be because no one is literally listening. Parents used to have a way to have their voice heard at their schools via the PTA. Now, they are left to contact administrators on their own or try to band together and make noise outside of the school.
Control and involvement in our schools by parents has eroded a lot since I attended primary school. The PTA, as I have experienced it, no longer is a Parent-Teacher Association that works to improve curriculum, conditions and set rules or guidelines like the one my mother belonged to when I was in school. The ones I’ve come in contact with these days are more concerned with covering all the things a school budget should be able to cover like bringing in speakers, teacher appreciation related activities, having book and science fair and more. Don’t get me wrong, these things are important. The social aspect to schools for the kids and teachers is invaluable. Having said that, the primary function should be engagement in the education process, not social activities. This is especially apparent as we have seen how the Common Core was implemented largely by stealth. One has to wonder what would have happened if an engaged group of parents via a PTA were introduced to Common Core before implementation.
One final thought on abuse in schools, or rather abuse of schools as the case may be. It seems the Department of Justice has decided that discipline in schools is racist. Via The Daily Caller:
Education experts decried a new memo from the Departments of Justice and Education that instructs public schools throughout the country to cease punishing disruptive students if they fall into certain racial categories, such as black or Hispanic.
The letter, released on Wednesday, states that it is a violation of federal law for schools to punish certain races more than others, even if those punishments stem from completely neutral rules. For example, equal numbers of black students and white students should be punished for tardiness, even if black students are more often tardy than white students.
“Schools also violate Federal law when they even-handedly implement facially neutral policies and practices that, although not adopted with the intent to discriminate, nonetheless have an unjustified effect of discriminating against students on the basis of race.
Examples of policies that can raise disparate impact concerns include policies that impose mandatory suspension, expulsion, or citation (e.g., ticketing or other fines or summonses) upon any student who commits a specified offense — such as being tardy to class, being in possession of a cellular phone, being found insubordinate, acting out, or not wearing the proper school uniform.”
So, in a nutshell, the DOJ wants quotas on discipline. So if teachers have to discipline any given race of child in their class, they then have to make sure they hit all the others present there? The stupid, it burns. I guess I missed the memo where the DOJ was now the Department of Education, which by the way, is unconstitutional in and of itself. Those quotas? Well, that is another example of more local control being ceded to the federal government.
Weasel Zippers ran this story from CNS about the DOJ wanting to know about the race, gender and more of misbehaving students. which is a straight shot to the discipline quotas letter. All the DOJ has to do it be an approved party and they can get access to all of this data via the Department of Education’s National Education Data Model (NEDM). How?
The Department of education made it a stipulation that the states had to build Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) when they adopted the Common Core. States are required to send data collected via these SLDS’s to the Department of Education as part of the agreement that went along with funding.
I can’t speak for other states, but in North Carolina, that includes juvenile record via USDDC is the Uniform System of Disciplinary Data Collection. CEDARS is the SLDS for North Carolina. Those opposing Common Core and upset about the data collection have been told we are over-reacting. I assure you, we’re not. The Department of Public Instruction in NC has made denials about data collection, of which were promptly refuted by yours truly.
It also should be mentioned here that Arne Duncan effectively stripped the medical privacy rights of students out of FERPA (Family Educational Right Privacy Act) last year. This is important to know, because whether your kid visits the nurse or the school psychologist, that data is being collected. All the DOJ needs to do is access it. By the looks of these discipline quotas, they may just have found their way in.
A.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’s writing 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.
E-mails newly obtained by Judicial Watch strengthen contentions that politics motivated the Obama Justice Department’s dismissal of a voter-intimidation case despite video of a nightstick-wielding New Black Panther Party member at a Philadelphia polling place.
The e-mails show two political appointees’ involvement in Justice’s decision to dismiss, the watchdog group says. And, it notes, those e-mails contradict what Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for Justice’s Civil Rights Division, told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights under oath: that decision involved “only career people.”emphasis mine
The key words here are under oath.
I don’t expect to see much of this on the MSM, they should heed the warning:
One might survive in a niche market but if your business is information and analysis and you are being scooped by people in the street you’d better look for another business pronto.