Learn The Language

Type of Award: Discretionary grant.
Estimated Available Funds:$1,485,000.
Purpose of Program: The objective of this program is to support a Center for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancements at an institution of higher education as authorized by section 741(a)(3) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended and as described in S. Rpt. 113-71, 113th Cong., 1st Sess. at 196 (2013) to study and develop best practices in postsecondary education for online education and the use of technology-based teaching and learning tools. The Center funded under this section must, in collaboration with other institutions of higher education and organizations: (a) Collect and evaluate data on outcomes achieved by students, including students with disabilities, associated with courses or programs that utilize online education and technology-based teaching and learning tools, (b) identify effective and accessible technologies, materials and practices, that work for all students in these courses or programs and (c) disseminate the findings widely.

In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has decided to forego public comment on the priorities, definitions, and requirements under section 437(d)(1) of the HEA and therefore qualifies for this exemption. In order to ensure timely grant awards, the Secretary has decided to forego public comment on the priority under section 437(d)(1) of GEPA.

The Federal government is giving out nearly $1.5 million dollars in discretionary funds, meaning they can be released to private concerns, “to support a Center for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancements.”

Companies that offer on-line learning opportunities should pay for these studies and then offer the results to their customers as proof of their competitiveness in the marketplace.

Why is our government utilizing taxpayer education dollars to fund private endeavors?

This is more corporate capitulation by our elected officials.

Spending money to study on-line learning when our children are not being prepared to become life long learners is simply handing Microsoft $1.5 million dollars.

The system of education is broken at the elementary level while our government is spending education dollars to create a Center to study learning at the post-secondary level.

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Bloodletting Is Not The Cure

In asking the question, “Will the Market Destroy Public Education?”, “Paul Horton, History teacher at the University of Chicago Lab School states, “The “rhetoric of economic freedom” has put a price tag everything. Self-interest and me-first have become the ideology of the day, and anyone who dares to think of what is in the best interest of society or how to raise up the poor is scorned as a Marxist or collectivist.” He alludes to the assumption that it will.

However, a different perspective, based on the same history of public education, points to the “corporate hedgehogs” keeping their “fatted cow” alive, draining enough blood to sustain them without killing the animal.

Horton himself states that this drain has been occurring for thirty years. “This ideology has been used to spearhead attacks on the role of government at every level since the conservative ascendency of the late seventies and early eighties . . .”

Corporate moguls will continue to make money off of our children, they are our greatest resource.

As long as our children are kept from realizing their personal power through discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents, becoming more creative thinkers and problem solvers, passionate about direction of their world, they can be controlled by the standardized norm that tells them that money is the answer to their problems.

As long as money is the answer, corporations will continue to profit from the “crab in the barrel” mentality that perpetuates the idea that a “middle class” should exist in an America that boasts equality for all.

Public funds must support public education not private profits.

All of America’s children deserve a developmentally appropriate, child centered, arts based, experiential education delivered in an engaging learning environment by an impassioned teacher who understands that all children are gifted and talented and that as an educator they are a guide in a child’s life, helping them to avoid pitfalls and possibly skip a few rungs on life’s ladder.

Education is not the fatted cow of the rich it is the promise of America.

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Can Teachout Put Cuomo Out?

Offering her views on Common Core, Zephyr Teachout writes, “If I am elected governor, I will fight every day to make sure New York’s children have the best schools in the country. I will immediately halt implementation of the Common Core. I believe the best path to high standards is to work more closely with teachers and parents, and with the Legislature and the Board of Regents. Where the problem is federal policy, I will lead a delegation of parents and educators to Washington to demand that federal officials stop dictating how we educate our own children. As did the founding generation in America, I believe public education is the infrastructure of democracy. The best public education is made democratically, in the local community: when parents, teachers, and administrators work together to build and refine the education models and standards right for our children.”

Teachout submitted 45,000 signatures for validation to be placed on the ballot for the Democratic primary; only 15,000 were required. Political analysts have said that the Cuomo camp will challenge the signatures.

Should all go well and Teachout makes the ballot, she and her running mate, Tim Wu, provide a viable alternative to voting for an incumbent running unchallenged within the party.

Cuomo’s history concerning education policy for New York is unacceptable. Though Teachout has not stated publicly that she supports or does not support charter, private, or public schools, the fact that she is receptive to local control of education policy and is willing to approach the problem at the Federal level is promising.

As in any political race, who wins is not as important as holding whomever wins accountable for and to the statements they make concerning the issues.

If New Yorkers are dissatisfied with Cuomo then they should vote for Teachout and make sure they hold her to her word. Being allowed to lead without accountability will always lead to corruption.

It is the responsibility of the citizens of America to make sure our politicians speak with our voice and our voice must speak for the children.

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From The Federal Register

Extension of Public Comment Period; Request for Information on Addressing Significant Disproportionality Under Section 618(d) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

On June 19, 2014, we published in the Federal Register (79 FR 35154) a request for information (RFI) seeking comment on actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality based on race and ethnicity in the identification, placement, and discipline of children with disabilities. The RFI established a July 21, 2014, deadline for the submission of written comments. We are extending the comment period to July 28, 2014.

Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery.

For anyone involved in this particular issue of our current system of education, it is clear that research has shown African American males are disproportionately overrepresented in special education and disabled populations.

One wonders if this would be the case should the focus of the system of education be changed so that it concentrates on the gifts and talents of all children.

To discount the fact that these children, whether or not they fit into the standardized, norm referenced educational world that exists today, have something to give, and to ignore their individual abilities and intelligences is to continue to facilitate the failure of our nation’s youth.

As a concerned educational community, it is inherent upon us to not only comment on this significant disproportionality but to work together to change the language of Federal Entitlements so that they reflect and support the positive nature and aspects of all of our children.

It is through our voice that change will occur. Taking the time to comment is a valuable action that allows our elected officials the opportunity to choose between quiet corporate control or the collective public vote that could mean the loss of their position.

Our children must know and understand that we are willing to fight for their future. We are their role models. We must show them that it is worthwhile being an adult before we can convince them it is worthwhile growing up.

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Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

Published in August 3, 2004 in Education Week and Updated: July 7, 2011, the article “Achievement Gap” states,
“The “achievement gap” in education refers to the disparity in academic performance between groups of students. The achievement gap shows up in grades, standardized-test scores, course selection, dropout rates, and college-completion rates, among other success measures. It is most often used to describe the troubling performance gaps between African-American and Hispanic students, at the lower end of the performance scale, and their non-Hispanic white peers and the similar academic disparity between students from low-income families and those who are better off.”

This is to say that the current system of education judges our children by the color of their skin, their cultural background, and their parents economic condition.

The article continues, “Under President Barack Obama’s Administration, the U.S. Department of Education also stepped up attention on gender and racial gaps in students’ college enrollment and success rates . . .”

Women are being held to that same “white Male” bar, as well as non-English speakers and children who have been classified with a disability.

“Many experts have since asserted that achievement gaps are the result of more subtle environmental factors and “opportunity gaps” in the resources available to poor versus wealthy children. Being raised in a low-income family. . . often means having fewer educational resources at home, in addition to poor health care and nutrition. . .studies have also found that children in poverty whose parents provide engaging learning environments at home do not start school with the same academic readiness gaps . . . (U.S. Department of Education, 2000; Viadero, 2000, Sparks, 2011).

Proof that poverty is a culture not a condition.

We must hold public schools accountable for providing the same educational environments and learning experiences that the children of the wealthy receive; a child centered, developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential education, delivered in a 15:1 teacher/student class size, focused on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all children.

All of America’s children deserve an excellent education.

All children deserve to achieve educational success.

It is up to us to fight for their rights.

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Public Funds – Public Education

Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).

84.133B-6, Transition to Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Condition: $875,000
84.133B-7, Community Living and Participation for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions: $875,000
Application deadline: August 29, 2014
Eligible Applicants: States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

The Federal government is offering public and private agencies nearly two million dollars in grant awards to successfully transition individuals with disabilities into society.

Those same public dollars should be spent discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of All children, preparing them for a successful transition into adulthood from the time they enter the public school system.

To continue to allow the government to make public funds available to private concerns that perpetuate the inequities that exist throughout our system of government which insure their profits, is to continue to support the takeover of America by corporate moguls.

It is the responsibility of every American citizen to stand up against those who would use their financial power to control the direction of our nation by raising our voice and making our elected officials listen to the people and not the dollar signs and data bits of the elite.

The purpose of this two million dollar program, is the purpose of education.

An excellent education that is developmentally appropriate, child centered, founded in the Arts, and experiential would not require a supplemental program to insure its success.

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Many Issues – One Side – The Children’s Side

It is unclear why the American public is so adamant about reforming and maintaining our current system of education.

It is clear that our current system of education is designed to perpetuate a classist, racist, sexist, society that classifies an individual according to their inabilities rather than their gifts and talents.

To become caught up in the politics and greed inherent in the current system of education is to loose sight of the fact that this standardizing, dehumanizing system of education is failing to provide even a “sound basic” education to any of our children. It is not worth reforming but must be changed so that the focus is on the child, not the data or the dollars.

This is not a Democratic or Republican, or any other party issue.

America’s children belong to Americans and our American government, Democrats and Republicans are failing our children, not our schools.

Both Democrats and Republican have been party to a system of education that has been failing our children for decades.

There is only one side to take when we talk about the excellent education of all of our children, the side of the children.

If we know that charter and private schools provide a better education than their public school counterparts, it is the responsibility of our public school system to meet and exceed charter and private school standards.

Dissecting the public school system and divvying up the $500 billion dollars in public funds for education between and among companies that provide educational services is not a rational response to the problems we face in education today. It is however, a profit making plan for corporations who see huge benefits in creating a “working” populous that does not question but complies.

It is time to realize that the fight in education is not about its form and function, it is about the failure of our children to know and understand how wonderfully gifted and talented they are and how much they have to contribute to their world.

Our children, our nation, our world, our future.

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Detrimental Distractions

People and corporations are not the problem in education today, it is the system of education, that has been failing children for more than five decades that has created the lackadaisical attitude of Americans towards the workings of their government.

Education is not the only system in America that is failing. Our financial system, health system, retirement system, all failing because Americans are not willing to do their due diligence and elect political leaders based upon their ability to represent the voice of the people on these issues.

If corporate America is taking over education, it is because the “people” have not lent their voice to the decision making power of the legislature.

If Broad, Gates, Duncan, and King support a system of education that is standardizing and dehumanizing, it is up to the citizens of America to stand together and say “NO” we, the people, will not accept it.

Concentrating on curriculum, testing, evaluations, Union or no union, corporate influence and profits, charter schools, private schools, or any of the other parts of the system is detrimental to recognizing the fact that the entire system of education in America is dehumanizing, developmentally inappropriate, outdated, and functionally inefficient and ineffective.

The focus of education is misplaced as well.

The focus and goal of education should be to discover, develop, and direct the gifts and talents of all children.

We, the people of the United States, are allowing the elite to control our government through our silence.

Our silence is assured through the ignorance of mis-education which assures their profits.

Those that have, will continue to make money from the unwillingness of the American people to demand that our political leaders remove private influence from public decision making.

The current system of education must be changed so that the excellent education of ALL of America’s children is the primary focus and public tax dollars must fund public education.

All children deserve a developmentally appropriate, child centered, arts based, experiential learning environment, where dedicated teachers and engaged students learn about themselves, each other, and life.

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Our Children Must Be Our Priority

From the Federal Register:
Application for New Awards; CSP Grants for National Leadership Activities
The purpose of the CSP Grants for National Leadership Activities competition is to support efforts by eligible entities to improve the quality of charter schools by providing technical assistance and other types of support on issues of national significance and scope.

Priorities: This notice includes two absolute priorities, two competitive preference priorities, and one invitational priority.

Absolute Priority 1—Improving Efficiency through Economies of Scale.
This priority is for projects of national significance and scope that promote shared systems for acquiring goods or services to achieve efficiencies in the use of time, staff, money, services for special populations, or other resources for the purpose of creating, supporting, and sustaining high-quality charter schools (as defined in this notice).

Absolute Priority 2—Improving Accountability.
This priority is for projects of national significance and scope that are designed to improve authorized public chartering agencies’ capacity to conduct rigorous application reviews; monitor and oversee charter schools using multiple sources of data, including disaggregated student data, and measurable performance goals; close under-performing schools; replicate and expand high-performing schools; maintain a portfolio of high-quality charter schools; and evaluate and disseminate information on the performance of charter schools.

Public tax dollars should fund excellent public schools.

If the federal government knows what priorities should exist for charter schools, those same priorities should be placed on public schools to hold them accountable for the educational success of their students.

As well, public schools should have the same educational freedoms as charter schools to provide a developmentally appropriate, child centered, arts based, experiential learning environment with low teacher:student ratios that enable school personnel to discover, develop, and direct the gifts and talents of the students who win their lottery and are accepted into their schools.

Public tax dollars should ensure that EVERY child in America receives a “Presidential” education.

Receiving an excellent education must not depend on luck or fortune.

Every child in the world deserves an excellent education and America must be the leader in this effort.

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No Comment – No Change

In his book The Epic of America, James Truslow Adams, stated that the American dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”

Final Priorities, Requirements, and Definitions-
Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grants for National Leadership Activities:
The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model by—
(1) Providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools;
(2) Evaluating the effects of charter schools, including the effects on students, student academic achievement, staff, and parents;
(3) Expanding the number of high-quality charter schools (as defined in the notice) available to students across the Nation; and
(4) Encouraging the States to provide support to charter schools for facilities financing in an amount that is more commensurate with the amount the States have typically provided for non-chartered public schools.
The purpose of the CSP Grants for National Leadership Activities (CFDA 84.282N) is to support efforts by eligible entities to improve the quality of charter schools by providing technical assistance and other types of support on issues of national significance and scope.

Public Comment: In response to our invitation in the NPP, 38 parties submitted comments on the proposed priorities, requirements, and definitions.

Our federal, state, and local tax dollars should be spent making sure public schools across this nation provide our children with the same, child centered, arts based, experiential education that the children of the wealthy receive.

To use public tax dollars to dissect and drain the life from the public school system is unconscionable and unconstitutional.

It is up to the citizens of this nation, to use our voice and stop the blatant takeover of the public school system of education by private concerns.

All children in America must be federally guaranteed an excellent education.

As a nation we must take responsibility for providing every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential education that discovers, develops, and directs their gifts and talents.

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