The Common Core Face-off: Hiding the Truth about School Choice and
Freedom Outpost – Anita B. Hoge – 7/1/2014
This is a very long article that shows just how entrenched the federal government is in controlling every aspect of local education. Does America stand a chance?
Existing state standards? You guessed it! Common Core. Do you see a pattern here? This has happened in several states where Common Core is most controversial. While parents believe Common Core is gone, little do they know those standards were just embedded in the ESEA Title I Flexibility Waivers signed by your state's secretary or superintendent of education. Unfortunately,
Indiana, and have taken the bait. Common
Core is still there, with other new forceful accountability measures, like
Value Added Models (VAM), to be sure teachers are teaching Common Core, and interventions using
special education funds from the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act (IDEA) called "Response to Intervention." RtI is used for
ALL students to make sure they are covered by IDEA to meet Common Core
Standards. South Carolina
The Plan to Use Title I to Expand School Choice to Private and Religious schools
How will EVERY child become Title I? President Johnson's "War on Poverty" gave schools funding, called ESEA Title I, to help those schools where there were concentrations of students who were poor. Interestingly enough, the term was "educationally deprived." So, the issue with the ESEA Flexibility Waiver is that the poverty guidelines were removed. This means that children who qualified for free and reduced lunches, where a school had to have 40% of students that qualified under poverty guidelines, are now in a school where that requirement is reduced to "0%." This means ALL individual children in an entire school can receive federal ESEA Title I funds for EVERY child: the funds "follow the child."
This means that a child is considered "educationally deprived" if he/she does not meet standards. Interestingly, the 'Conservative' organization American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC) just released model legislation for choice and charter schools for every state in the country. They refer to students not meeting standards with the term "academically disadvantaged." This is what is needed to move forward with federal "choice." EVERY child must be identified for "choice" funds, no matter where they go to school. Obama has done this through the ESEA Flexibility Waiver.
Now that ALL children in public school are Title I, the Republicans can take over from here. They want "choice" [those Title I funds] for EVERY student who goes to private and religious schools, too! This is a terrible bait and switch deception for those parents and citizens who think that choice means freedom of choice for private and religious education! This is not freedom, nor true choice.
Here is an example of what can happen once your child has the "choice" funds in his/her backpack, with their name allotted to the scholarship, and you (the parent) decide to use this "choice" funding to send your child to Immaculate Conception Catholic School in
. This school will be
mandated by federal law to comply with ESEA, better known as Common Core. This
will be disguised as academic standards or College and Career Ready Standards
(CCRS). Under this sort of "choice," there can be no discrimination
for this Catholic school to turn down a student. [NOTE: This changes the hope
that a private school can bypass this issue by just refusing federal funding. The
private school must refuse the child. This is where
discrimination comes into play.] So, Immaculate Conception must enroll
your child. This would be the same for any private school or
religious school. Washington,
Immaculate Conception will be mandated to administer the federal test. This national test will also evaluate the teachers. If
is not teaching Common Core, they will be targeted as a priority or
focus school to be brought into compliance with the law. This will be the
demise of "private" in your group of "choice" schools. This
will be the end of truly private education in America, because your private or
religious school just became a government school—it must use the standards
passed in your state (Common Core warmed over), and take the assessment aligned
to the national curriculum and national test. All schools become government
schools with "choice." Immaculate
Meanwhile, everyone is fiddling around with Common Core, states are taking the caps off the number of charter schools, expanding them, closing down public schools, and sometimes transforming a public school into a charter school. Parent trigger bills are allowing parents to set up charter schools. Charter schools are not private schools. Charters are public schools. They have with no elected boards, but they do have access to public funds.
By supporting the Common Core agenda you have just agreed to diminish our American representative form of government by supporting "choice" and charter schools. Taxation without representation. Will taxes be centralized or regionalized toward a central base? Will the people have any power or voice to change this system?
So, think again. "What is your choice?" Charter schools, private schools, religious schools, and remaining public schools—all conforming to the ESEA federal law with Common Core embedded in the standards. Your state will continue to reduce caps on charter schools, and some public schools will become community "hub centers" or school-based clinics. And lest you forget, SB 1094 also changed the definition of a "Family Member." You, the parent are demoted to a "partner" who is responsible for your child along with many "other" government officials.
Who needs the U.S. Department of Education? Who needs state control of funding when Title I federal funds "follow the child" and do NOT pass through state government? Who needs locally elected school boards when public schools fail?
Removing teacher tenure easily allows traditional teachers who know what is best for children, to be replaced if they do not conform to the Common Core agenda. The Fexibility Waiver is very clear about replacing the principals and the teachers not in compliance. Young, inexperienced Teach For America members are standing on the sidelines ready to jump at the chance to replace traditional teachers. Eager and committed, they will comply with the plan.