Friday, December 18, 2015

Stand For Children Louisiana is an Evil and Malicious Corporate Front Group Crazy Crawfish

“Stand For Children Louisiana” is an Evil and Malicious Corporate Front Group for Evil People and Organizations | Crazy Crawfish:

“Stand For Children Louisiana” is an Evil and Malicious Corporate Front Group for Evil People and Organizations



I did not realize just how corrupt and connected the organization known as “Stand For Children Louisiana” was until I looked into some of their finances and their background.  I decided to do this after being told about this slanderous commercial attacking BESE member Carolyn Hill, on BESE member elect Jada Lewis’ behalf.  In case you didn’t see it, here it is:
Yes.
This is actually a campaign commercial (it’s hard to tell with all the flashing lights and rolling news feeds so I recorded it so you can pause the screen.)  This aired on a local channel, WBRZ.  You will note the call letters of the faux news broadcast are WBRD, so to a casual viewer it looks legit.  “Stand” even used the local background drop of our bridge across the Mississippi that our local news uses.  This commercial aired in the last week of the election and was responsible for tricking voters into thinking the police were after Carolyn Hill for numerous crimes.  The commercial even displays case numbers.
(Note:  I ran for BESE in the same market as Carolyn (EBR) but a different district and we are longtime friends and allies.  Carolyn was the first BESE member I met in the flesh after leaving LDOE when I attended a local community meeting on alternative forms of student discipline about 4 years ago.  She got me interested in trying to do more to help our children in this state and our community by her example.)
I know this commercial was effective because I had voters come to my Facebook page and tell me they wished they could vote for me for my stands on issues (which are basically the same as Hill’s) but all they could vote for was Lewis, or “Stand For Children Louisiana” is an Evil and Malicious Corporate Front Group for Evil People and Organizations | Crazy Crawfish:

Schneider’s ESSA Digest, Part I (Pages 1 – 47) | deutsch29

Schneider’s ESSA Digest, Part I (Pages 1 – 47) | deutsch29:

Schneider’s ESSA Digest, Part I (Pages 1 – 47)



I am in the process of carefully reading the 1,061-page Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the December 10, 2015, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), and writing a series of posts that will form a digest of those 1,061 pages.
It will take me some time. This is my first entry, which covers the first 47 pages.
Sometimes I refer to pages beyond the first 47, and sometimes, I alter the format of quoted excerpts for ease of reading. Sometimes I comment, and sometimes I just summarize.
Let’s just dive in.
The outset of ESSA concerns transitioning from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) (or its waivers) to ESSA.
Pages 6-7 note that previous multi-year programs that are “no longer authorized” and that are not “substantively similar” to those authorized in ESSA will receive their final payout on or before September 30, 2016. However, “substantively similar” programs will continue to receive funds “in accordance with the terms of such prior award.” Multi-year programs that continue to be authorized in ESSA will continue “in accordance with the terms of such prior award.”
On page 7, the Secretary is required to “take such steps as are necessary to provide for the orderly transition” from NCLB and its waivers. But ESSA is clear that the NCLB waivers are dead, that they “shall be null and void and have no legal effect on or after August 1, 2016” (page 7).
Pages 8 and 9 note that ESSA went into effect the day that it became law (December 10, 2015)– unless otherwise noted. It immediately notes that ESSA goes into effect for any noncompetitive programs (i.e., funds awarded by formula) effective July 01, 2016– unless otherwise noted. As for competitive programs, the blanket ESSA Schneider’s ESSA Digest, Part I (Pages 1 – 47) | deutsch29:

Randi Weingarten: Career and Technical Education Programs Provide Path to Middle-Class Jobs

Career and Technical Education Programs Provide Path to Middle-Class Jobs - US News:

On the Path to the Middle Class

This is how career and technical education programs prepare young people for middle-class jobs.

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In an era of skyrocketing college costs, ballooning student debt, and rampant youth unemployment rates (higher than at any time since World War II), two young graduates showcase the tremendous potential of high-quality public school career and technical education programs. They have achieved academically and moved directly into high-paying jobs. 
Lily Mohamed earns $70,000 per year at Sikorsky Aircraft, and is close to earning an employer-paid college degree. Radcliffe Saddler earned both his high school diploma and a free associate degree in computer science from his "six-year" grade 9 to 14 program (which he completed in just four years), and works as a market research associate for IBM. Both are prepared for 21st century careers in programs closely aligned with industry needs.
Lily's school, Platt Technical High School in Milford, Connecticut, is part of a network of technical high schools preparing students for post-secondary education and the workforce. Radcliffe graduated from Brooklyn P-TECH, initially created by IBM in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the City University of New York. P-TECH schools map curricula and training with industry needs, provide mentors and paid internships, and place successful graduates (who receive free community college degrees) first in line for jobs at IBM and participating companies. Expanding across the U.S., 60 P-TECH schools spanning six states will be open by September 2016, preparing thousands of graduates for high-wage jobs.
Career and technical education, properly delivered, can provide a powerful link between school, college and career. It can motivate students through hands-on, project-based learning connected to interesting industries and careers. Nine out of 10 students in high-quality programs graduate from high school on time. Seven out of 10 enroll in post-secondary education. Our nation's challenge is to support and expand these juggernauts of opportunity to help many more students finish college and prepare for middle-class careers.
Reauthorizing the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, with some important changes, can make high-quality career and technical education programs more effective. Programs must connect to labor market information, high schools and colleges must work together more closely, Career and Technical Education Programs Provide Path to Middle-Class Jobs - US News:

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