History Has Become History

History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill

From the Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; American History and Civics Education-Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics

Purpose of Program: The Academies Program supports the establishment of: (1) Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers to strengthen their knowledge of American history, civics, and government education; and (2) Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics that provide high school students opportunities to enrich their understanding of these subjects.

The Academies Program supports projects to raise student achievement in American history and civics by improving teachers’ and students’ knowledge, understanding, and engagement with these subjects through intensive workshops with scholars, master teachers, and curriculum experts. Project activities should reflect the best available research and practice in teaching and learning. Presidential Academies will help teachers develop further expertise in the content areas of American history and civics, teaching strategies, use of technologies, and other essential elements of teaching to rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Congressional Academies are intended to broaden and deepen students’ interest in and understanding of American history and civics through the use of content-rich, engaging learning resources and strategies.

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

Estimated Available Funds: $1,815,000.

Estimated Range of Awards: $300,000-$700,000 per year.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $500,000 per year.

Estimated Number of Awards: 2-6.

Eligible Applicants: An institution of higher education, or nonprofit educational organization, museum, library, or research center with demonstrated expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of American history and civics; or a consortium of these entities.

History used to be taught at every level of education however the concentration today is at the 5th and 8th Grades only.

Though teaching the truth of history is the best way to combat racism in America, the history taught at these levels is synopsized and diluted to the point where it is basically useless.

How does this initiative hope to increase student knowledge of history when it is not seen as a priority in our children’s education?

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Discrimination Education

The Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Technical Assistance Center on Positive Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children With, and at Risk for, Developmental Delays or Disabilities

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $44,345,000 for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $1,100,000 for this competition.

Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

Project Period: Up to 60 months.

Eligible Applicants: SEAs; State lead agencies under Part C of the IDEA; local educational agencies, including public charter schools that operate as LEAs under State law; IHEs; other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; freely associated States and outlying areas; Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations.

Eligible Subgrantees: (a) Under 34 CFR 75.708(b) and (c) a grantee may award subgrants—to directly carry out project activities described in its application—to the following types of entities: IHEs and private nonprofit organizations suitable to carry out the activities proposed in the application.

Other General Requirements: (a) Recipients of funding under this competition must make positive efforts to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.

The administration has requested $44 million taxpayer dollars to improve services and results for students with disabilities when those dollars should be used to discover, develop, and direct the gifts and talents of those same students giving them the opportunity to compete academically and socially in their particular area of interest and ability.

Using federal, state, and local educational funding to locate, classify and dehmanize children because of their differences causes the “normed” society to ignore the potential of these students to contribute to the advancement of humanity.

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More Money Spent On Making More Money

From the Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs

Purpose of Program: The Institute’s purpose in awarding these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability, and (2) education outcomes for all students from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. The Institute’s research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. These interested individuals include parents, educators, students, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, the Institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

The Education Research Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following 12 topics:

The Education Research and Development Centers Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following four topics:

The Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy Competition. Under this competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following two topics:

The Special Education Research Competition. Under this competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following 11 topics:

The Research Training Programs in Special Education Competition. Under this competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address one of the following three topics:

The Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice in Special Education Competition. Under this competition, NCSER will consider only applications that address research on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support under one of the following two topics:

This particular award amounts to more than $5 million education tax dollars to expand the fundamental knowledge and understanding of thirty-four topics in education.

This money will not go to educating children but to research which has already given us the fundamental knowledge and understanding of how all children learn best.

Waste not Want not!

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Is Enough Enough

From the Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program

The Department of Education is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year 2017 for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 84.335A.

Purpose of Program: The CCAMPIS Program supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through provision of campus-based child care services.

Absolute Priority 1: Projects that are designed to leverage significant local or institutional resources, including in-kind contributions, to support the activities assisted under section 419N of the HEA.

Absolute Priority 2: Projects that are designed to utilize a sliding fee scale for child care services provided under section 419N of the HEA in order to support a high number of low-income parents pursuing postsecondary education at the institution.

Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

Estimated Available Funds: $8,549,000.

Estimated Range of Awards: $10,000 to $375,000.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $118,730.

Estimated Number of Awards: 72.

Eligible Applicants: Any institution of higher education that during FY 2016 awarded a total of $350,000 or more of Federal Pell Grant funds to students enrolled at the institution. Institutions that currently have a CCAMPIS Program grant with a project ending in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to apply for a new grant during this FY 2017 competition.

The highest full time market rate for day care in the State is:
WEEKLY $371
PART-DAY $40
DAILY $60.00
HOURLY $17.00

Minimum wage is New York State is $10.50 per hour, $6.50 less than the cost of child care.

The federal government has colleges competing for funds to provide child care to low income parents who wish to obtain a college degree. This should not be a competition for funding, this should be available to all higher education institutions in an effort to alleviate poverty.

The high cost of day care makes it easier to remain on Social Services than to attend college or gain employment.

Single parent households make up the largest group of impoverished individuals. They remain in this condition because day care is expensive and the care given is questionable at the low-income level.

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Every Child, Every Opportunity

Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Model Demonstration Projects To Improve Algebraic Reasoning for Students With Disabilities in Middle and High School

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Type of Award: Cooperative agreements.

Estimated Available Funds: The Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017, would provide $54,345,000 for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $1,200,000 for this competition (per year divided between the three new projects).

Estimated Range of Awards: $375,000 to $400,000 per year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $400,000 per year.
Estimated Number of Awards: 3.

Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-National Center To Enhance Educational Systems To Promote the Use of Practices Supported by Evidence

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $54,345,000 for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $1,100,000 for this competition.

Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

When we change education to discover, develop and direct the gifts and talents of all children towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, we will be able to promote the academic achievement and improve results for all children by providing the technical assistance every child deserves without being classified as disabled.

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Collecting Data To Standardize Children

Federal Register:

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; International Early Learning Study 2018 Field Test Data Collection and Main Study Recruitment

“Abstract: The International Early Learning Study, scheduled to be conducted in 2018, is a new study sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an intergovernmental organization of industrialized countries. In the United States, the IELS is conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The IELS focuses on young children and their cognitive and non-cognitive skills and competencies as they transition to primary school. The IELS is designed to examine: Children’s early learning and development in a broad range of domains, including social and cognitive skills; the relationship between children’s early learning and children’s participation in early childhood education and care; the role of contextual factors, including children’s individual characteristics and their home backgrounds and experiences, in promoting young children’s growth and development; and how early learning varies across and within countries prior to beginning primary school.

In 2018, in the participating countries, including the United States, the IELS will assess nationally-representative samples of children ages 5.0-5.5 years (in kindergarten in the United States) through direct and indirect measures, and will collect contextual data about their home learning environments, ECEC histories, and demographic characteristics. The IELS will measure children’s knowledge, skills, and competencies in both cognitive and non-cognitive domains, including language and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, executive function/self-regulation, and social emotional skills. This assessment will take place as children are transitioning to primary school and will provide data on how U.S. children entering kindergarten compare with their international peers on skills deemed important for later success. To prepare for the main study that will take place in September-November 2018, the IELS countries will conduct a field test in the fall of 2017 to evaluate newly developed assessment instruments and questionnaires and to test the study operations.”

This is no more than an effort to create a “standard” by which we will measure the “normalization” of our children. Studies such as these reject the fact that all children possess individual gifts and talents to offer the world.

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Technology For All

Federal Register:

Applications for New Awards; Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities-Stepping-Up Technology Implementation

Purpose of Program: The purposes of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program are to: (1) Improve results for students with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) support educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) provide accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.

The purpose of this priority is to fund five cooperative agreements to: (a) Identify strategies needed to readily implement existing technology tools based on evidence that benefit students with disabilities; and (b) develop and disseminate products that will assist personnel in early childhood or K-12 settings to readily use, understand, and implement these technology tools.

Competitive Preference Priority 1—Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities. (Two Points).

Competitive Preference Priority 2—Projects Supported by Evidence of Promise (Two Points).

Competitive Preference Priority 3—Technology to Support Instructors and Students in Juvenile Correctional Facilities (Two Points).

Estimated Available Funds: The Administration has requested $30,047,000 for the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $2,500,000 for this competition.

Estimated Range of Awards: $450,000 to $500,000 per year.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $471,352 per year.

Estimated Number of Awards: 5.

While this might seem like a noble expenditure of educational funds, we must ask ourselves,

“How will making five SEA’s compete for funding help their LEA’s assist their vast number of disabled students succeed?”

“How many disabled students will actually be serviced over the five year period this award will be granted?”

“With the addition of Priority 3 is our government recognizing that many disabled students have been incarcerated?”

“Does funding such as this promote the over classification of students as disabled in order for States to compete for these funds?”

When we provide every child with an excellent eucation priority funding will not be necessary.

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