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Comment Request; Study on Sustaining the Positive Effects of Preschool

Abstract: Policy and Program Studies Service, with OPEPD, contracted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct five case studies of programs that are designed to sustain the positive effects of preschools. On-site case studies will include interviews with district officials, principals, Kindergarten teachers, preschool teachers, program funders, and program evaluators.

Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 29, 2015.

Parents will not take part in this study.

The most important aspects of quality in preschool education are stimulating and supportive interactions between teachers and children and effective use of curricula. Children benefit most when teachers engage in stimulating interactions that support learning and are emotionally supportive. Interactions that help children acquire new knowledge and skills provide input to children, elicit verbal responses and reactions from them, and foster engagement in and enjoyment of learning. Recent evaluations tell us that effective use of curricula focused on such specific aspects of learning as language and literacy, math, or socio-emotional development provide a substantial boost to children’s learning. Guidelines about the number of children in a classroom, the ratio of teachers and children, and staff qualifications help to increase the likelihood of—but do not assure—supportive and stimulating interactions. Importantly, in existing large-scale studies, only a minority of preschool programs are observed to provide excellent quality and levels of instructional support are especially low.” Society for Research in Child Development

The positive effects of preschool are self-sustaining and do not require federal funding for further study.

Education is a States rights issue and the only involvement of the federal government must be to Constitutionally guarantee the free and public “excellent” education that focuses on the gifts and talents of ALL of its citizens.

Before placing our youngest and brightest children in the educational setting we must first raise the bar to excellence and change the language so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing our children’s gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, respectful, actively engaged citizens of these United States.

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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records; Impact Evaluation of Training in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior

The Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a (e)(4) and (e)(11)) requires the Department to publish in the Federal Register this notice of a new system of records maintained by the Department.

CATEGORIES OF RECORDS IN THE SYSTEM:
For students, this information will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, standardized math and English/Language Arts test scores, age, sex, race/ethnicity, grade, eligibility for free/reduced-price lunches, English Learner status, individualized education program status, school enrollment dates, attendance, discipline records, school engagement, and student behavior . . .

For teachers and other school staff, this information will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, school assignments, positions, grades and subjects taught, any available teacher and staff background characteristics, including age, sex, race/ethnicity, certifications, and years of teaching experience, and classroom management and behavior support practices.

CATEGORIES OF INDIVIDUALS COVERED BY THE SYSTEM:
The system will contain records on approximately 38,000 students and 3,600 teachers and other school staff from 12 school districts.

§ 1981. Equal rights under the law
(a) Statement of equal rights All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses, and exactions of every kind, and to no other.

Under the Equal rights law, the government has no right to ask for information about the age, race, or sex of any American citizen.

We must provide every child in America with an “excellent” education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents through a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the arts, guided by knowledgeable, caring adults in a safe, positive school environment that acknowledges and respects the diverse cultures that contribute to the diaspora that is their community and our world.

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Millions Of Laws – Only Ten Commandments

According to the Library of Congress, “In an example of a failed attempt to tally up the number of laws on a specific subject area, in 1982 the Justice Department tried to determine the total number of criminal laws. In a project that lasted two years, the Department compiled a list of approximately 3,000 criminal offenses. This effort, headed by Ronald Gainer, a Justice Department official, is considered the most exhaustive attempt to count the number of federal criminal laws. . . Mr. Gainer characterized this fruitless project: “[y]ou will have died and [been] resurrected three times,” and still not have an answer to this question.

When asked which is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40

All will agree that ten rules are much easier to follow and be held accountable to than the millions of laws that now govern our society that even the lawmakers are unable to count.

H.R. 5 the Student Success Act is 590 pages long.
The renumbered H.R. 555 now H.R. 866 the Universal Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Education Act is only 4 pages long and describes how the money allocated be spent, saying little about how the children should and will be educated.

Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

In fact, that particular chapter of Proverbs is a blueprint for how we can live together in love and prosperity.

There is the Bible which is difficult to read and understand and mans laws which are difficult to read and understand, neither of which are followed to the letter.

However, the ten commandments are easy to read and understand and, if followed, and taught to our children, there is no doubt that they will grow to become loving prosperous adults.

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Applications for New Awards; Ready-To-Learn Television

Purpose of Program: The Ready-to-Learn Television Program (Ready-to-Learn) is designed to: (1) Facilitate school readiness and academic achievement by supporting the development and national distribution of educational television and interactive media programming for preschool and elementary school children and their parents(2) develop and disseminate educational outreach materials and programs that are designed to deepen and extend the effectiveness of the educational television and interactive media and (3) build social and virtual communities of parents, educators, and children devoted to using the media materials

Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.

Estimated Available Funds:$25,621,000 for FY 2015.

Estimated Range of Awards:$4,000,000-$12,000,000 for the first year of the project.

Estimated Average Size of Awards:$8,000,000 for the first year of the project; $40,000,000 over five years.

Estimated Number of Awards: 3 . . . an entity must be a public telecommunications entity

The University of Michigan reports, “TV viewing starts earlier than other forms of media—often beginning before age two. In recent years, TV, video and DVD programs geared to babies and toddlers have come on the market—and now even a cable channel for babies. We don’t know yet what effect TV-viewing by babies may have on their development. We do know that time spent watching TV replaces time spent interacting with caregivers and other children. Social interaction is critical to a baby’s healthy development.”

“The Parents as Teachers National Center says that young children need to “explore, move, manipulate, smell, touch and repeat as they learn.” Research tells us that watching television or sitting in front of a screen does not increase attention, promote social skills, or foster creative play. Children should engage in the activities they need to help them develop their bodies and brains instead of watching television.” The University of Maine

Our federal government is willing to support three vendors with $40,000,000 over the next five years to develop a television show and six to ten vendors with only $2,500,000, to discover and develop the gifts and talents of America’s children.

Our children deserve to live in a “real” world that appreciates and respects their gifts and talents.

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Thank God For The One Percent

To openly admit that one percent of Americans control our government is not an indictment of the one percent but of the ninety-nine percent that allow the one percent to rule.

In an America whose citizens are Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and the right to vote, having anything less than a democratic government that works for the majority of its citizens is unconscionable. Yet, this is true of America.

We are given the responsibility, through the Declaration of Independence, to change our government when it becomes ineffective, inefficient, and/or tyrannical. And, though most agree that this is the current state of our local, state, and federal governments, ninety-nine percent of Americans feel it would be un-American to peacefully bring about the changes necessary to operate an efficient, effective, democratic government.

No one will deny that ALL children are, in some way, gifted and talented.

It has been proven that the collective voice of the ninety-nine percent has the power to change the direction of legislation.

To remain mired in the rhetoric that it is the one percent opposing a free and public “excellent” education for ALL of America’s children is to neglect our responsibility as Americans to change our currently ineffective, inefficient, and dehumanizing system of education.

To accept various educational concepts, those known to succeed and those known to fail, to operate according to the socio-economic conditions of a child’s parents is to accept the conditions of entitlement that continue to divide our nation.

When we Constitutionally guarantee every child in America a free and public “excellent” education that concentrates on discovering and developing their gifts and talents, by exposing them to and showing respect for the various cultures in America, having high expectations for their personal success, and engaging them in their community, we will guide our posterity towards becoming knowledgeable, respectful, actively engaged citizens of these United States who will take responsibility for making informed choices with regards to the legislation that governs our society. It is then we can say, “Thank God, only 1% oppose us.”

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Gearing Up For Failure

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Messaging in GEAR UP Demonstration

Abstract: The Student Messaging in GEAR UP Demonstration, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education (ED), is being conducted to test the effectiveness of a promising strategy to improve college-related outcomes in the federal college access program Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). The demonstration will use a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design to test the effectiveness of sending customized messaging to students, first during the summer after high school graduation, and then in the fall and spring of their expected first year of college.

“There are two basic ways in which subliminal messages can be sent to the unconscious- visual and auditory. Since at least the 5th century B.C., the early Greeks created the science of rhetoric as a way of influencing people. By infusing pieces of mind-persuading data into sentences people can be manipulated by the language they use. If they see or hear certain bits of information (i.e. words, fragments, or sentences) placed strategically, a person can be persuaded one way or another (without perhaps knowing). Based on experimental findings in social psychology and the way in which we process information, the effectiveness of subliminal perception has been continually examined throughout history.” University of Michigan

“The effectiveness in subliminal messaging has been demonstrated to prime individual responses and stimulate mild emotional activity. Applications, however, often base themselves on the persuasiveness of the message. Importantly, research on action priming has shown that subliminal stimuli can trigger only those actions that one plans to perform anyway: an action can be triggered subliminally only if the person already has the specific intention to perform this specific action.” Wikipedia

When we Constitutionally guarantee every child in America the right to a child centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential education, founded in the arts and focused on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents it will no longer be possible to influence and empower the hate that perpetuates the educational failure of our children.

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Applications for New Awards; Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program

Purpose of Program: The purpose of this competition . . . is to provide grants to State educational agencies to enable them to carry out a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools nationwide to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented groups.

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

Estimated Available Funds:$2,500,000.

Estimated Average Size of Awards:$350,000.

Estimated Number of Awards: 6-10.

The federal education budget for 2014 was $141 billion dollars. The total award for discovering the gifts and talents that ALL children possess is .002% of that budget.

In its beginning, the Jacob K. Javits program was awarded much more money and relevance.
II. Funding History
Fiscal Year Appropriation
1989 $7,904,000
1990 $9,888,000
1991 $9,732,000
1992 $9,732,000
1993 $9,607,000
1994 $9,607,000
1995 $4,600,000
1996 $3,000,000

Contained within the report released in 1995 by:
The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
“Reaching the Destination” Presentation Guidebook
E. Jean Gubbins
The University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1995

A Vision for Excellent Schools
All children progress through challenging material at their own pace.
Diversity is honored in students’ background as well as in their abilities and interests.
• Students know that parents, educators, and other important adults in their lives set high expectations.
• The community provides the resources needed to adapt and enrich the curriculum to meet student needs.

We have evidence that our government has researched knowledge of what could be considered an “excellent” education.

When we understand and begin to believe that ALL children are gifted and talented we will recognize the necessity to provide an “excellent” education to ALL children in America and Constitutionally guarantee every child’s right to a free and public “excellent” education as defined by the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

The original Javits’ program ended in 1999. NCLB began in 2001.

All children deserve to be recognized and respected for the gifts and talents they possess, making the world a better place to live for everyone.

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