0205_Intro to blog 0206_inadequacies of Common Core_DeVos mistaken about education_ESSA federalized Common Core__FEE is supported by people who want global control of education_Links to some blogs on this site that are about Common Core_Jeb Bush

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017/update May 15, 2017

FEE Chairman Jeb Bush_Meet our Board–meet our donors 2008-2016

Background information to supplement the next blog – Blog 0206

On May 6, 2017, Donna Garner distributed an article by Dr. Susan Berry, which is also the subject of the next blog (blog 0206).   Donna Garner is an invaluable resource.  You can email her, asking her to place your email on her distribution list — Wgarner1@hot.rr.com.

If you don’t know much about Common Core, you can learn a lot from Dr. Berry’s article and the video she linked within the article.  In the video, Jason Zimba admits Common Core does not prepare students for more than, at best, a non-selective junior college.  Jason was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

To learn about those people and organizations pushing Common Core,
the History and goals of Common Core – and its status

Go to Links to blogs, that can be found listed at the end of this article.  They give some detailed background, history and goals of Common Core.  They are good for beginners, as well as for those of us who have studied Common Core for years.  They can be a refresher and can offer new information.

To reach any specific blog on this site, type its number into the search location (next to the spy glass) that is near the top of this page or any page of this website.

Example — type in the search box the number of the blog, then press “enter” : 0011–should our children be standardized; or 0074 — Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education; or 0008–Video and Transcript for:  15-year-old Connects the Dots About the Dangers of Common Core; or 0089–Debate in which Laura Boggs argues for Common Core_Jim Stergios argues against Common Core_Steamboat Institute 2013.

COMMON CORE has been cemented into our country through ESSA –
At the very least, Congress must repeal ESSA on the federal level

The College Board (under David Coleman, a main architect of Common Core State Standards) aligned the following to Common Core:  the ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement (AP), and the GED.  International Baccalaureate (IB)  has the same goals as the College Board.  The alignment is done through direct ownership or controlling influence.  To borrow Stanley Kurtz’s term found in Blog 0017, the College Board, the ACT, SAT, AP and GED, each seem to be a “de facto federally-supported monopoly.”

You can read Dr. Susan Berry’s article here and also in Blog 0206.  In her article,  “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Implies Common Core Are ‘High Standards” Dr. Berry reports that US Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reveals, once again, that she is out of touch with education in the U.S. This can be seen when Secretary DeVos says that Common Core has been erased, and that education is now controlled on the local level because of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Betsy DeVos doesn’t realize that ESSA did not get rid of Common Core!

When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in December 2015, they did not accomplish what they said they did.  I suspect many of the people who voted for it didn’t realize what they were doing.  Read Jane Robbin’s February 2, 2016 article: HOW A GOP CONGRESS QUIETLY IMPOSED COMMON CORE ON THE ENTIRE COUNTRY

Secretary DeVos doesn’t seem to know what Common Core is; what has been going on in schools in the past; or what is going on in education now in this country.  That doesn’t seem possible, though, because she has been supporting Common Core financially through FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education) since 2008; and has been on the FEE board of directors under its director Jeb Bush.  This might indicate that she may think that Common Core was alright, because Jeb Bush is a promoter of Common Core.  She may think that Common Core just shouldn’t be imposed on a federal level.

If you take a look at the people who are the greatest financial contributors to FEE, it is obvious that FEE is not a “local control of education” club.  This seems to contradict her verbal support of local control for education.

If Secretary DeVos is not aware of the disaster public education has become,  and the disaster of Common Core, she is not alone.

Most parents have no clue either.   The main reason for this situation is that public education has been a secret (subversive) enterprise for decades.

Simply repeating words that have been used in connection with Common Core
since its inception – doesn’t make it so

Betsy DeVos is parroting  the same words and rhetoric (like “shoot high”) used by the people who were originally “selling” Common Core.  Go to blog 0089 to hear the rhetoric in a 2013 debate.  We were told over and over that Common Core would “raise the bar” and help students and teachers “shoot high.”  They said it was “internationally bench marked” and would “go deeper,” and make students into “critical thinkers.”  They claimed Common Core would make students “Career- and College-Ready.”  Their claims had nothing to do with Common Core content or performance.  Read the article by Dr. Susan Berry to see that they were just using empty words.

It’s old empty rhetoric that lead to RTTT and to states giving up sovereignty

We heard all these words before Common Core was forced into our states through the Race to the Top (RTTT) education grants under President Obama.  RTTT money came from the “stimulus money” bill that Congress was tricked into passing.  Every state and school district was “bought off” with federal money that they had come to rely on.  Extra incentive to implement Common Core came from threats of not getting any federal help under some programs unless they agreed to implement Common Core with all its data-gathering and assessing.  They implemented Common Core to get money.

ESSA federalized Common Core more than ever before

Betsy DeVos doesn’t seem to know that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was passed by democrats and most of the republicans in Congress under President Obama (and signed into law Dec. 10, 2015) — made Common Core the law of the land (though under a different label).  ESSA officially federalized Common Core education. 

Read about ESSA in blog 0097.  Congress thought they were getting rid of federal control of education by passing ESSA.  That’s what they were told.  They believed it.  They were mistaken.


Some of the 2016 Contributors to FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education) 

Greater than $1,000,000
Robertson Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Charles & Helen
Schwab Foundation
Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Kern Family Foundation
EdPolicy Leaders Online/National Summit
News Corporation
Nicholson Foundation
Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation
National Summit
Annie E. Casey Foundation
College Board
National Summit
The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation
Triad Foundation
[many more individuals and organizations are listed as donors in the years 2008-2016]

Note:  Betsy has been one of the big contributors to Jeb Bush’s FEE, and was on the board of directors for FEE (Foundation for Excellence in Education).  Jeb resigned from the board to run for president.  Looking at the website today, he is chairman of the board once again.  FEE has been one of the main organizations behind Common Core since FEE’s inception in 2008.

Betsy and her husband have contributed anywhere from $255,000 to $510,000 to FEE beginning in 2008 and going through 2016. We can’t tell exactly the amount they gave, because they are listed within ranges of giving.  

Betsy was on FEE’s Board of Directors.  This information I got from the FEE website in the past.

Notice the names of the big donors above.  Many of them are strong supporters of international, centrally-controlled education.  Go here to see the donor list from 2008 through 2016.

The search team that the current Jefferson County Board of Directors chose
to use, to find a superintendent — is a supporter of Broad Academy graduates.

The search team we hired to find our new superintendent recommended candidates 4 years ago, made choices almost entirely from the Broad Superintendent Academy graduates (The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation) – The same search team was hired again this year.  It will be interesting to find out if the person they put forward was a Broad Superintendent Academy graduate.

Go to Blog 0074 to learn about the Broad Superintendent Academy.  When you get to the blog, search the transcript with the word “Broad.”


 Some Links to blogs on this site that are excellent and thorough  —
sharing Common Core background, history, implications

0008_Video and Transcript for:  15-year-old Connects the Dots About the Dangers of Common Core presented by Patrick Richardson

0011_Should our Children be Standardized? – Peg Luksik_1:43 Trailer, and 46:07 full video, linked on YouTube– and Transcript of Trailer

0017_How Zinn Gets in:  Road to a National Curriculum – by Stanley Kurtz – 2015-08-17 — Note:  Stanley Kurtz writes in-depth.

0045_Jane Robbins – Common Core and Data Collection – Post on YouTube Nov. 20, 2013

0057_How a GOP Congress QUIETLY IMPOSED COMMON CORE on the Entire Country, Christmas time 2015 – Jane Robbins

0062-15-year-old Connects the Dots About the Dangers of Common Core (links to blog 0008 which has the transcript to the YouTube)

0074_Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education_Karen Bracken_April 8, 2013_YouTube

0085_Dissecting the Common Core with Dr. Louisa Moats–Psychology Today_March 21, 2014

0088_Analysis of a recent WSJ piece by Piereson and Riley_to have SAT be the only measure of college readiness_Bad Idea!

0089_2013 Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference_Debate with Laura Boggs for Common Core, and Jim Stergios against Common Core_supporting links and info.

0091_Donna Garner_her bio and what led up to group think, co-operative learning, outcome-based education_abandoning Type #1 Education

0097_The new Federal Education law (ESSA) doesn’t get rid of Federal Control_the ACT and SAT are still Common Core aligned_their serious competition is VECTOR

0105_”The Dark Side of Student Data Mining: It’s ineffective and puts children’s privacy at risk” By Karen R. Effrem, MD on June 3, 2016  — Parents have no access to the school world of their own children.  In fact parents are, and  have been for several decades, considered the people who the students must be protected from.

0106_Common Core – not what its supporters thought it was_Some history of Race to the Top (RTTT) and Common Core in Colorado – by Donna Jack

0107_”Common Core isn’t preparing students very well for college or career, new report says” June 9, 2016_Valerie Strauss – conscientiousness missing

0109_July 1, 2016_Sandra Stotsky writes:  The Curriculum is Changing, Once Again Without Public Discussion_Preceded by Donna Garner comments on Common Core’s Social Justice Agenda and Stotsky’s article.

0117_Another Teacher Vents About Guided Reading_forwarded by Donna garner 2016-07-14

0124_Aug. 7, 2016_Open Letter_Destroying Students’ Chances to Succeed_”21st century learning” agenda [e.g., collaboration, project-based learning (PBL), constructivism, Common Core-compliant methods)_By Donna Garner who tells of her experience teaching PBL

0130_Bill Ayers (Communist) YouTube_Left can change the country through the schools, because thy have control of the schools _ Donna Garner links article on social-emotional learning (SEL)_chilling

0139_International “education” standard, to create predetermined inner person_SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) is mind-control in schools_Karen Braken’s youTube/Transcription: “Education, the Trojan Horse” 2013

0140_Why to vote no on 3A and 3B_2016-08-8_”The Latest Big Education Fad, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Is As Bad As It Sounds” By Jane Robbins – Townhall.com

0201_Why Competency-based Education will Deepen America’s Education Crisis—by Jane Robbins

0205_Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Implies Common Core Are ‘High Standards’ by Dr. Susan Berry (May 6, 2017)_Dr. Sandra Stotsky_ Mike Pence_Dr. Jason Zimba_Dr. James Milgrim_Ze’ev Wurman


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