New America Ed Central:
Who’s behind the organization: “The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.”
Who backs or contributes to the New America Foundation? “The program’s work is made possible through generous grants from the Alliance for Early Success; the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; the Grable Foundation; the Foundation for Child Development; the Joyce Foundation; the Kresge Foundation; the Lumina Foundation; the Pritzker Children’s Initiative; the Tides Foundation; the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation.”
Do you see how many of the above listed funders are known Common Core Standards backers?!
For Early Learners:
Besides heralding Sen. Alexander’s update to NCLB (No Child Left Behind), there are ways to target the earliest of learners in the classroom. How?? I’m so glad you asked. By assessing the link provided, you can see all kinds of early learning items from alignment to CCSS to assessments. You can read why the commentators are quick to point out that researchers and policy makes are ‘slow’. See: http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2015/01/08/index.html?intc=EW-QC15-LFTNAV
For PreK-12th Grades:
On this page, you’ll see how the CCSS loving group is all about the E-rate legislation that will help to embed not only CCSS, but data mining too. In my article “A Cup of Coffee Can Now Data Mine”, I tell you HOW CCSS, the E-rate and our local libraries, schools are all set for alignment. See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223
For Those in Post Secondary Education:
On the webpage for ‘Higher Education’, you’ll see a shameless plug for the recent ‘free community college’ push. See: http://www.edcentral.org/highered/ Now, in case you missed it, I wrote recently how Common Core Standards are already in community colleges across the nation. There have been other anti CCSS warriors spout off about the plan as well.
While all the above is enough to make the anti CCSS warrior scream, you’ll need to save it until you see this. A FEDERAL education budget project. Again, look above to the names of the groups backing the New American Foundation’s Project, “New Ed”!!
Second on the list of Advisors for the Federal Education Budget Project is Linda Darling-Hammond!! Excuse me, does anyone need a reminder of how pro CCSS she is?!
Here are the members of both groups in the advising capacity, straight from their website:
- Richard Lee Colvin, Executive Director, Education Sector
- Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles Ducommon Professor of Education, Stanford University
- Robert Greenstein, Founder & CEO, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution/Stanford University
- Bryan C. Hassel, Co-Director, Public Impact
- Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director, Congressional Budget Office
- Sharon Lynn Kagan, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University; Professor Adjunct, Child Study Center, Yale University
- Dr. Ashby Kilgore, Superintendent, Newport News Public Schools
- Charles Kolb, President, Committee for Economic Development, former Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to President George H. W. Bush
- Gregory McGinity, Senior Director of Policy, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
- Becky A. Smerdon, Founder & Managing Director, Quill Research Associates, LLC
Congressional Working Group
The Budget Project also supports a Bipartisan Congressional Working Group on Education Funding that aims to generate fiscally responsible proposals that improve the size, distribution, and effectiveness of federal education funding. We operate as an expert “shadow staff” for Working Group Members providing them with new ideas, briefings, independent analyses, and technical assistance on education funding and budget issues. Current and past members include:
- The Honorable Michael R. Castle (R-DE), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Education and Labor Committee
- The Honorable Susan M. Collins (R-ME), United States Senate ** Member, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
- The Honorable Artur Davis (D-AL), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Ways and Means Committee
- The Honorable Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Appropriations Committee ** Member, Budget Committee
- The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT), United States Senate ** Member, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
- The Honorable Thomas R. Petri (R-WI), United States House of Representatives ** Member, Education and Labor Committee
I sure hope you see the irony that all these pro CCSS folks are backing federal education money, when ‘federal’ should have no business or portion of ‘education’!
For added research, be sure to look at the Federal Education Budget Project publications. You’ll see reports for those with special needs, amassing more data AND much more. See: http://febp.newamerica.net/publications
The Chirpy, Feel Good Promo:
Below, I’ve provided you with a short You Tube promo the New American Foundation has produced. Notice who’s in it, note what’s said. Then, filter that through the above lens of Common Core support. (Note: be sure to look the the entire channel of You Tube Videos from New America Foundation…they’re up to more than just education alignment)
As far as the ‘high pay’?? That comes IF you follow their aligned early ed to high ed program via a CCSS education, I guess. At least that’s the sales pitch.