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Governor Herbert told Republican delegates during his campaign in 2016, that he would put an end to Common Core and restore local education control. But, nothing came of his promise:

May 4, 2016: Governor Herbert issued a letter and visited the s State School Board to ask them to withdraw from Common Core. The State Board voted to do so, pending funding from the legislature. Nobody followed through to get the legislature to fund it. The Governor should lead out and use his position to keep this promise to Utah.

http://libertasutah.org/blog/utah-governor-calls-for-states-withdrawal-of-common-core-education-standards/

http://libertasutah.org/drop/herbert_commoncore.pdf

Trump’s US Education Secretary Pretends like Common Core doesn’t exist (just like Utah’s State School Board):

February 16, 2017: Education Week reported that Trump’s US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told Michigan radio station host Frank Beckmann that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) effectively does away “with the notion of the Common Core.”

April 17, 2016: President Trump’s US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos claimed, “There isn’t really any Common Core anymore.” (In her home state of Michigan, DeVos has heavily promoted Common Core with personal funding to lobbying groups)

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/24/education-sec-betsy-devos-there-isnt-really-any-common-core-anymore-in-schools/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/10/stop-common-core-michigan-not-fooled-betsy-devos-know-truth/

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HARD TRUTH #1:

President Obama’s administration designed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to look like the bill was returning power to the states, when the administration had already effectively given power over states and districts to Common Core’s creators through Race to the Top:

December 10, 2015: President Obama signed No Child’s Left Behind’s replacement called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The White House issued a report, and said, “The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that President Obama signs today builds upon the significant success of the President’s education policies…”.

The White House further reported, “Today, as President Obama signs that bill into law, the White House is releasing an analysis of progress made in elementary and secondary education since the President took office and how ESSA will cement that progress.”

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/10/white-house-report-every-student-succeeds-act

President Trump’s US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving forward with Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and telling Common Core’s creators that THEY represent local control:

May 20, 2017: President Trump’s US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a speech to Common Core’s co-creators, the CCSSO* and told them that the CCSSO would be in charge of state’s and district’s reforms now that Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is in place.

https://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/highlights-secretary-education-betsy-devos-remarks-council-chief-state-school-officers

*Note: The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a CEO led club for all State Superintendents in the country. They co-created Common Core and have effectively taken all the control that State Superintendents have given them. Their recent publications show that their mission is antagonistic to parents and American ideals. See page x and xi of their book about global, online Competency-Based Education and see what they say about American parents.

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HARD TRUTH #2:

The Obama administration designed Race to the Top for Assessments to eliminate state/district control over online curriculum and assessments. States are going along with online curriculum and assessment reforms because they are now backed by ESSA:

President Obama’s Race to the Top for Assessments helps—with the CCSSO’s help—Common Core’s Common Education Data Standards. This initiative was designed to undercut local control over online curriculum and assessments by uniting the Ed Tech industry around common international technology standards. Eventually, tests can become interoperable—globally.

http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/CIO_Network_.html

http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2014/CCSSO%20Criteria%20for%20High%20Quality%20Assessments%2003242014.pdf

http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Publications/Using_Interim_Assessments_in_Place_of_Summative_Assessments_-_Consideration_of_an_ESSA_Option.html

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HARD TRUTH #3:

Utah’s System of Higher Education Partnered with the CCSSO to align K-12 and Higher Ed to Common Core:

July 19, 2016: Utah’s System of Higher Education reported that Utah has partnered with the CCSSO, and other Common Core creators, to “improve teacher preparation for K-20 schools”—with the new guidance from President Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

https://higheredutah.org/improving-teacher-preparation-a-k-20-partnership/

October 15, 2016: Utah’s System of Higher Education reported that Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) “provides unique partnership opportunity for Higher Ed and K-12”:

https://higheredutah.org/essa-provides-unique-partnership-opportunity-for-higher-ed-and-k-12/

The CCSSO started giving “guidance” to states on online assessment “best practices” and implementation:

http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Every_Student_Succeeds_Act.html

President Obama’s Chief Technology Officer, Richard Culatta bragged that Common Core’s Next Generation Assessments can collect 100,000 pieces of personal information on EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0uAuonMXrg

The idea of creating massive personal profiles on students’ values, attitudes and behaviors is supported by a Bill Gates’ funded project at Arizona State University through a computer-adaptive learning platform called Knewton:

https://www.knewton.com/resources/press/asu-cengage-learning-and-knewton-to-develop-highly-personalized-active-adaptive-learning-solution/

https://asunow.asu.edu/content/technology-remaking-education-asu

Knewton’s founder claims that their learning and assessment platforms can collect “5 to 10 million actionable data per student per day” as part of “personalizing learning.”

http://stopcommoncorenc.org/common-core-big-data-knewton/

The Every Student Succeeds Act supports mass data-mining of student’s social-emotional skills (values, attitudes and behaviors):

http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/19/schools-ditch-academics-for-emotional-manipulation/

http://floridacitizensalliance.com/liberty/wp-content/uploads/SEL-One-Summary-social-emotional-learning.pdf

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/06/essa-law-broadens-definition-of-school-success.html

http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/ESSA-Resources_SEL-Funding.pdf

https://truthinamericaneducation.com/elementary-and-secondary-education-act/new-common-core-social-emotional-learning/

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HARD TRUTH #4:

Arizona State University and Global Silicon Advisors (ASU+GSV) hosted an Ed Tech Summit at Utah’s Grand America. Many progressive leaders behind Common Core spoke, as did many prominent Utahns. GSV Advisor’s wants to use Common Core to globalize online curriculum and assessments within the next 10 years—finally allowing the global elite to eliminate local school boards:

See page 292 of GSV Advisor’s publication, “American Revolution 2.0” to read their 15-year Strategic Vision:
https://www.scribd.com/document/123451210/American-Revolution-2-0

Trump’s US Education Secretary spoke to ASU+GSV Summit leaders as if they represent parents and local education control:

https://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/prepared-remarks-us-secretary-education-betsy-devos-2017-asu-gsv-summit

Deseret News oped by Utah mom, Autumn Foster Cook about the ASU+GSV Summit:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865679325/Op-ed-Tech-innovators-should-reject-move-to-eliminate-school-boards-and-support-national-standards.html

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HARD TRUTH #5:

The elite groups behind Common Core have been open about their desires to use online curriculum and assessments to eliminate local education control:

“Conservative” Fordham Institute:
“…leaving local districts and boards in charge of digital instruction will retard innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and smart competition, simultaneously stifling students’ ability to find—and be taught by—the very best educators around the globe.”

Fordham has taken funding from the Gates’ Foundation (the largest funder of Common Core).
https://edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-weekly/2012/april-26/overcoming-the-obstacles-to-digital-learning-1.html

Achieve Inc*.:
*Achieve Inc. co-created Common Core with the CCSSO and National Governors Association. Their founder, Louis Gerstner, the former head of IBM, wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal after President Obama was elected. The sub headline read: “Let’s abolish local school districts and finally adopt national standards.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB122809533452168067

The Gordon Commission:
Jeb Bush’s partner, former Governor Bob Wise, is part of the Gordon Commission—funded through the Obama administration. The 2013 Commission’s report stated:

“The Common Core Standards, and the rethinking of assessments that they are fostering, provide an opportunity to challenge [the] deeply held belief in local control.

http://gordoncommission.org/rsc/pdfs/gordon_commission_public_policy_report.pdf

In 2011, Jeb Bush and Bob Wise published an oped in Utah’s Deseret News about how Utah was implementing all of their digital learning policies:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700117171/Utahs-promising-digital-learning-policy.html

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HARD TRUTH #6:

The CCSSO and the Obama administration’s US Department of Education developed Common Core’s Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) so that global elites could profit from gathering private information about student’s values, attitudes and behaviors in the “new global economy”. Massive dossiers on students from cradle to career will create their new “goldmine”:

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/superintendent-association-tells-districts-to-mine-gold-in-your-backyard/

https://truthinamericaneducation.com/privacy-issues-state-longitudinal-data-systems/common-core-data-collection/

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Parent Privacy Toolkit

Parents should know how to protect their children’s private learning information from both third-party curriculum and assessment providers and states and districts. Here is an excellent resource, the PARENT TOOLKIT:

https://truthinamericaneducation.com/privacy-issues-state-longitudinal-data-systems/parents-resource-protect-student-privacy/

2 thoughts on “Governor Keep Your Promise”

  1. You have all the research, documents, and facts there, but tell the parents WHY this data mining is wrong. This new age of technology (apps and programs) are always asking users for access to “everything” on their phones or computers. I can see that a parent would throw up their arms and say “whatever, they will all get what information they want anyway.” We’re in a new age of exciting technology. Perhaps that is the way for education as well, online, no more personal teaching, no human aspect and opinion. This leads to control of content and suggestion of ideas by WHOM? What does history tells us about controlling the conversation, the content? Why were people in such bondage who didn’t have a Bible of their own to study? Why would someone like Hitler burn all the books that he did? Why do our libraries today, community and school eliminate the classics and replace them with liberal agenda-driven works? TELL THE PARENTS WHY THIS DATA MINING IS A PROBLEM. HOW DOES IT RELATE TO FREEDOM AND WHY DOES THIS LACK OF PRIVACY EVEN MATTER?

    1. Karen. Thank you for your comment! We thought we had addressed this reality in boxes #2, #4 and #6 where we explain that datamining is about shaping children’s values, attitudes and behaviors. And, that the those behind Common Core’s data standards are seeking to globalize online curriculum in order to do the shaping. In box #3 we show that the Obama administration set up a system where third parties can collect 100,000 pieces of personal information PER DAY, PER CHILD! Common sense would tell a parent that that amount of information is 1: not strictly academic, 2: more about mind manipulation than learning

      If you can come help at the Utahns Against Common Core booth tomorrow, we’d love for more people to be there who can articulate so well the principles of liberty that you just described.

      When we let our children out to global, online curriculum “experts”, then we should consider what those supposed experts believe about Christianity, about America’s role in history, and about the family as the fundamental unit of society.

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