More Money – More Waste – More Profits More Failure

In a recent article by Diane Ravitch, she quotes research that states, “Increasing per-pupil spending yields large improvements in educational attainment, wages, and family income, and reductions in the annual incidence of adult poverty for children from low-income families.”

Ms. Ravitch continues with, “As they also show, it matters how the new money is spent –such as on instruction, hiring more teachers, increasing teacher pay, hiring guidance counselors and social workers.”

By now it should be obvious that more money is spent per pupil to educate urban children than suburban or elite children since state report cards show the discrepancies.

With this extra funding and per pupil spending that has been taking place for decades, there should have been more than a 1-5% improvement in our rate of success.

Money well spent is spent on the children.

Neighborhood schools will allow districts to contract with educational institutions such as the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Cummings Nature Center, Genesee Country Museum and Ganondagan State Historic Site which would serve the educational needs of inner city students more than guidance counselors and social workers.

By contracting with these institutions, districts would receive the same busing allowances from the government and inner city students would now have the opportunity to discover and experience the gifts and talents other cultures possess that have added to the fabric of America.

Hiring more teachers to lower class size would open opportunities for teachers to build relationships with students and their families. Teachers could differentiate their instruction so that it speaks to the gifts and talents of their students.

Lowering class size would allow teachers to assess and evaluate their lessons in order to optimize learning. Teacher generated evaluations would replace state standardized tests presenting a clearer picture of the student and their abilities.

All of these things can be done now without added funding. Instituting these few measures would increase student achievement and lower “hedgehog” profits.

Failure fuels funding.

More failure; more profits; more waste; more money.

This is our how current system of education works.

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More Waste – More Want

Applications for New Awards Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions and Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions and Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions grant programs is to support rigorous evaluations of education interventions implemented by SEAs and LEAs that have important implications for improving student education outcomes. The evaluations are low cost because they rely on administrative records or other available data and are completed within a two-year period. The evaluations are rigorous because they use randomized controlled trials or regression discontinuity designs that, if well implemented, would meet What Works Clearinghouse evidence standards without reservations for determining the effectiveness of interventions.

Estimated Available Funds:$1 million for each of the two competitions.

Estimated Number of Awards: The maximum number of awards made for the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education Interventions Grant Program will be four. The maximum number of awards made for the Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Special Education Interventions Grant Program will be four.

Two million federal education dollars will be given to eight grantees to evaluate the effectiveness of their special education programs.

Why are we spending federal dollars to evaluate the special education programs of eight SEA’s and/or LEA’s? The effectiveness of their programs is assessed by the educational success of their students. This is determined locally by the parents of the students and the community in which they live.

The purpose of this award is to funnel more money to companies that survive off of federal educational dollars to insure their profit margins.

To spend $2,000,000.00 dollars to evaluate programs that should be under constant assessment procedures by the teachers and school community, is a waste of valuable educational resources.

Spending education dollars to support the profits of private companies is a travesty.

Our children deserve our education dollars to be spent on actually providing every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens.

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The Purpose Of Education

The Rev. Graylan Hagler, Pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church UCC in Washington, DC spoke to a group of citizens last night calling for individuals to act in the eradication of hatred around the world.

Reverend Hagler spoke about the atrocities happening in Palestine and how they mimic the racism that occurs here in America.

There is a war going on in our world. The struggle to maintain our humanity looms large in the face of the economic powers that work to control the world.

Money has become the god in which we have placed our trust.

We are no longer teaching our children how to be loving, kind, and compassionate.

We are teaching our children that the goal of education is to get a good job not be a good person.

Our children are being standardized by a system of education that only offers them the opportunity to work for the “hedgehogs” in some middle to low income capacity while being lulled into complacency by big screen televisions that spew the enslaving propaganda of economics.

If we are to compete in the world it must be for the position of greatest humanitarians, leading the world to peace, not greatest economic power leading the world in militaristic destruction.

Rochester just received more than $600 million dollars in defense budget contracts for photonics research that will have military applications.

As Americans we must begin to recognize and understand how and why our tax dollars are being spent. Our tax dollars must be spent to promote peace not militaristic power.

Education dollars must not be spent to standardize, desensitize, and dehumanize our children, making them accepting of the enslavement and control of the “hedgehogs” that control the economy.

The purpose of education must be to provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens who believe that people are more important than money and that world peace must be our goal not world domination.

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America The Economic

In the past parents would send their children to school to become educated. With that education came the promise of a better life for that family.

Having an educated family member gave the entire family pride as they boasted, “the first one in the family to finish school” to friends, family, and neighbors.

The understanding that an education places you ahead in the game of life has always been known.

It is also common knowledge that slavery is profitable and there is no such thing as an educated slave. Once a slave becomes educated they are free from the tyrannical oppression of enslavement and are now powerful enough to provide for themselves.

Our children are being enslaved through the mis-education of our current system.

When we allow our government to “statisticize” our children, we give them permission to maintain their ignorance by supporting a system of education that concentrates on our children’s disabilities and makes the recognition of their gifts and talents contingent upon their color, socio-economic status, and behavior.

The government’s support of the charter school movement is evidence that the intent of education today is for some children to receive a better education than other children who receive a less than adequate education in public school.

It is this type of plantation thinking that makes America ugly.

It is when we value money more than we value the gifts and talents of our children that we allow such disparity to exist in education.

When we place a price tag on providing our children with an excellent education that discovers, develops, and directs their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens we devalue the contributions everyone can make in life to create and maintain a better world.

In order for America to the beautiful country it can be, we must change our current system of education so that it concentrates on creating leaders not followers.

America will be beautiful when we concentrate on educating our children to be caring human beings and not workers, enslaved to a system of economics.

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Here We Go Again

From the Federal Register

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Data Challenges and Appeals Solution (DCAS)

Abstract: This is a request for an emergency clearance approval for the Data Challenges and Appeals Solution (DCAS), a new system that will allow institutions to challenge their self-reported data as well as Department calculated metrics. The system will ultimately provide for the receipt, processing, data storage and archiving of data challenges received from institutions for challenges of Gainful Employment (GE) metrics, Cohort Default Rates (institutional and programmatic), and Disclosure Rates and Metrics. This request is for a new collection for the first phase of DCAS, the institutional challenge to the GE completers list provided to institutions by the Department of Education. The other aspects of DCAS will be made functional and available to institutions in stages, to allow for full development and testing, through subsequent system releases.

We are told that this data collection is to insure that data that is challenged from previous data collection procedures is relevant.

So, we need to collect more data on our children in order to insure that the data already collected is credible.

How much is this going to cost taxpayers?

This data is only important to corporations and their mapping of future earnings, with nothing to do with a student’s educational success.

What other aspects of DCAS will be made functional in stages? Isn’t this the way Common Core was instituted? How can American tax dollars be delegated to fund such ambiguous and incomplete programs and projects.

It is time we, the people of the United States, take an active interest in how our government is spending our educational tax dollars.

It is time we, the people, say no to the millions spent in data collection and use those dollars to actually educate children.

It is time we, the people of the United States, begin to provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engages citizens.

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Concentrated Ignorance

Ignorance: Lack of knowledge, education, or awareness. (Merriam Webster)

“Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.” Epictetus

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” Maximilien Robespierre

With only one new candidate elected in the Democratic Primary for school board, it is unlikely that any change will occur within the RCSD.

Most sitting members of the Board as well as Superintendent Vargas believe that it is concentrated poverty that impedes its ability to educate our children. However, it is not poverty but ignorance that maintains and perpetuates the failure of our children within the current system of education.

Our sitting school board leaders want us to believe that they are acting in the best interest of our children when they are acting in the best interest of the budget they are charged with maintaining in order to insure the unconscionably high salaries of ineffective and inefficient administrators.

It is not lack of money that remands individuals trapped in large urban centers to an inadequate education, it is the lack of education that our country must provide every one of its citizens.

Using our current system of education under common core control, our government perpetuates the ignorance that reduces the American public to a voiceless majority allowing the “hedgehogs” control of the economy and our children’s educational future.

Keeping the people ignorant and subjective to a controlling government insures the “hedgehogs” of their corporate profits. An ignorant populous allows those considered politically knowledgeable to run our government making the average American a non-participant in government operation and legislation.

When citizens re-elect leaders who have continually shown they are unable to effectively and efficiently lead our school district out of the failure we have endured for decades, it is proof of the concentrated ignorance that our current system of education fosters.

Concentrated ignorance can only be eliminated by providing every child in American with an excellent education.

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Study Without Learning

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-2018 (MGLS:2017) Recruitment for 2017 Operational Field Test

Abstract: The Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-2018 (MGLS:2017) is the first study sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), to follow a nationally-representative sample of students as they enter and move through the middle grades (grades 6-8). The data collected through repeated measures of key constructs will provide a rich descriptive picture of the academic experiences and development of students during these critical years and will allow researchers to examine associations between contextual factors and student outcomes. The study will focus on student achievement in mathematics and literacy along with measures of student socioemotional wellbeing and other outcomes. The study will also include a special sample of students with different types of disabilities that will provide descriptive information on their outcomes, educational experiences, and special education services. Baseline data for the MGLS:2017 will be collected from a nationally-representative sample of 6th grade students beginning in January 2018, with annual follow-ups beginning in January 2019 and in January 2020 when most of the students in the sample will be in grades 7 and 8, respectively. This request is to contact and recruit public school districts and public and private schools, beginning in January 2016, to participate in the MGLS:2017 Operational Field Test (OFT) which will take place from January to June 2017. The primary purpose of the OFT is to obtain information on recruiting, particularly for the targeted disability groups; obtaining a tracking sample that can be used to study mobility patterns in subsequent years; and testing protocols and administrative procedures. The OFT will inform the materials and procedures for the main study base year and follow-up data collections. The base year data collection will begin in January 2018.

We must raise our voice to stop the standardization of our children or they will forever be controlled by the “hedgehogs” through stress and fear.

Our children deserve an excellent education that produces leaders not a study that insures spenders.

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