DESE Goes Full Throttle in Missouri

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DESE Goes Full Throttle in Missouri with State Centralization

Proposed Rule 5 CSR 20 – 100.295 Missouri School Improvement Program

Live in Missouri or know someone who does? Send this article a.s.a.p. and tell them to respond today!

Via Missouri Dept of Education rule-making “authority”, DESE proposes to centralize school district management at the state department level, thereby diminishing local control.  DESE wants to “change Missouri’s school district accreditation standards to effectively centralize authority over districts at the state level in violation of Missouri law. That is, several proposed standards limit the discretion of local school boards to manage districts and determine personnel needs by requiring boards to structure their purpose and personnel organization in specific ways in order to be accredited.”

If you recall in 2013, the “Minnesota World’s Best Workforce” removed local control from school districts by requiring districts to “align” their school budgets with the MDE.  Our budgets dictate what districts can do individually, supplanting continuous MDE ideology/programs for using that budget and the ability for MDE to track districts as to how money is spent.

Secondly, our MN statute on curriculum and curriculum decisions were removed from parents and teachers and replaced by the World’s Best Workforce Plan Committee (since 2013) which includes administrators, business interests, business organizations, teachers, and possibly one parent (this could be a dual business member and parent). Also, we cannot downplay the MDE’s influence along with the state school organizations to push districts to follow along compliantly.

This Plan has been retitled in local districts as their “District Plan” or “2040 Plan”.  In Hopkins Schools, for instance the plant is called their 2031 Vision. Not that long ago, a teacher and a parent or two, could sit down and talk things over.  How simple! How effective! How personal and local! In the end, parent voice was nearly removed and, we believe, teacher voice as well!

DESE also advanced the idea of changing the Missouri Constitution.  Hmmm? Haven’t we heard about a Constitutional amendment idea in MN brought up by the former MN Supreme Court Justice and current Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank president? Changing states’ constitutions is another trend to watch for.

Now think about this? What if this policy was put forth to the public for a vote? It would likely not pass, right? But our state departments of education can set up these rules, ask for public comments and then do as they please or so it seems. We saw this occur over and over again in the ESSA public comment meetings and email collection of comments. Where is the “consent of the governed”? It wasn’t until the very end that the MDE listened to the people!  A great gathering of Minnesotans emailed. MACC and others testified at the legislature regarding standardized testing concerns (ability to opt out at all) under the ESSA state plan. It was after the populace stood up voicing their concerns that the MDE gave a small token back to parents. We must all step up and voice our concerns since our consent is rarely considered. That means showing up at the legislature!

As has been the case for the last 40 years or more, with the passage of Goals 2000, School to Work, No Child Left Behind, and the grants for Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind Waivers, bringing in the Common Core Standards and the Every Student Succeeds Act, the American people can note clearly that government has existed in a vacuum chamber placing lobbyist and non-profit (NGOs) interests before the people who elected them.

It is so incredibly important today to understand what is happening here in Minnesota and across the country and to know what is our response.  What do we believe? Who are we? How do we verbalize what we believe? We live in very exciting times, times of opportunity, because we are witnessing the dismantlement of our Consent and freedom.  The opportunity we have today may not exist forever!

We, at MACC, are so grateful for the many researchers across the country who sacrifice their time and livelihoods to expose the moves of government, corporation and non-profits. Many thanks to Missouri Education Watchdog!

DESE Attempting to Steal Local Control

Minnesota “Great Start” to Transform Children & Families

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Minnesota “Great Start” to Transform Children & Families

by: Linda Bell

Happy New Year! Welcome to a year of opportunities!!

Once again, individuals in the state of Minnesota, and their allies, are determined to transform our state, our children and our families, whether by executive, legislative or judicial overreach. This includes all zip codes and income levels. 

Last year, we outlined the consequences of the Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act, which remains an active bill in the legislature.

The “Great Start” in brief:

  • Incentivize and implement government prenatal care
  • Home visiting, Prenatal to 3 yrs old (originally required with grant)
  • A later home visiting iteration amended to include health initiatives via evidenced-based and quasi-experimental research.
  • Early learning – birth to 3 via “scholarships”
  • Original early learning scholarship appropriations quadrupled to $1M by 2022
  • Funding for prior existing regionally managed foundations to manage people and businesses ie. Cradle to Grave placements into the workforce and their children into “early learning”.
  • New daycare/childcare building grant funds, by statute, must be a part of the flawed Parent Aware government system.
  • Promotion of predictive analysis/diagnosis. PA states ALL babies/young children need to be removed from their families for the betterment of the child and instead raised by the state. Accountability measures will include testing on babies for physical and psychological/mental health. Many legislators believe this policy is a good one!
  • Original funding for early learning “scholarships” poverty level to $130,000.00 annual income for a family of 4 (400% of poverty level).
  • Use of Targeted Universalism. Some sections of Great Start “targets” people of color, the poor and American Indians to receive benefits with required policies. Targeted Universalism targets one population group or more with the intended purpose to expand to the entire population and is standard language in all areas of legislation today.

Why do we need government managing our children and families?

All of these programs, including the early learning scholarships, are government programs and will come with a price to our freedom.

 Who pays for all these programs?

You and I!  Taken all together, these new or expanded programs will raise taxes through the roof!

Who will administrate the majority of these programs via Great Start? The MN Departments of Health, Education, Employment and Economic Development and Human Services (DHS)! Yes, our corrupt DHS, will likely be in charge of the majority of programs.

Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branch, you say? Stay tuned to learn more about:

  • Governor Walz’s Executive Order to “Place Children at the Center of Government”
  • Relaunching of the Children’s Cabinet
  • Prenatal to 3 Policy Forum (leads: Reps. Dave Pinto, DFL and Jerry Self, R)
  • Preschool Development Grant planning year and now acceptance of federal grant
  • Consequences of the federal Development Preschool Grant newly funded for 2019-2020
  • Continuing consequences of ESSA / ESEA – Every Student Succeeds Act grant
  • Cruz-Guzman desegregation lawsuit and implications for Minneapolis and the 7-Metro county region
  • Constitutional amendment to “give every child the right to an education” (president, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and former, MN Supreme Court Justice) which “sounds” good but that language is straight out of the United Nations Education for All.

Importantly, Minnesota recently received millions in federal grant money, ie. Preschool Development Grant, so do expect to see additional bills like Great Start where legislators will follow the lead of the US DOE to implement the grant into our state law. The Preschool Development Grant, by the way, covers infants to children, birth to 5.

 If we do not stop this proliferation of government programs, we will find everyone needs government assistance!

Lastly, I mentioned a year for OPPORTUNITY!  What can I do?

This year we have an advantage with November elections! How can we work together?

If you would like to get involved and help, at whatever level, please consider joining our smaller closed group, Minnesota Advocates and Champions for Children.  Our closed group will become our group for actions.  Thank you!

If you love your children, grandchildren, families in your neighborhood and communities, or your common sense is telling you that government and allies have just gone too far, join our Closed Group. This job is not for someone else to do.  The time is now to stand for children and families!!!

HF1 and the identical, SF820, can be read here in it’s first iteration. (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=SF820&version=0&session=ls91&session_year=2019&session_number=0)

You may read the many articles (and videos) from last year concerning this bill on our social media facebook page/closed groups: Minnesota Advocates and Champions for Children. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Parental Curriculum Review Statute

Worth posting each new school year!!! We’ve heard from several parents working to opt their young children out of sex ed classes. Please help out your teachers! They may not know the law. Parents have the right to opt their kids out of any curricular subject but must be done via the proper process.

Minnesota Advocates and Champions for Children

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Minnesota Parental Curriculum Review Statute

PARENTAL CURRICULUM REVIEW MINNESOTA STATUTE 120B.20

A wonderful parental rights statute, the Minnesota Parental Curriculum Review is an effective and protective resource for parents and children.  Statute 120B.20 states that all parents and adult students (18 years+) have the right to see their children’s curriculum, prior to study.  Viewing curriculum extends to all forms of curricula – text and online.

If a conflict, concern or conscientious objection is noted, parents should speak to their children’s teacher in a timely manner and set up a meeting to arrange an opt out situation.  Always ask to view an alternative curriculum.  Otherwise, if none is available, the parent may choose their own curriculum and at parent’s cost.  Parents may teach the curriculum afternoons, evenings or weekends. This is true for ANY subject. There shall not be any penalty or consequence from opting out.  If your school will not…

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Happy Birthday, St. Paul! Here, Have Some Government!!! St. Paul College Savings Boondoggle

St. Paul Boondoggle

Here! Have Some Government! St. Paul College Savings Boondoggle

The City of St. Paul will have a new college savings program!  St. Paul, established and funded by our legislature, has a new pilot program to “create a college savings account for every child born to a resident of the city of St. Paul.”

This pilot program is actually setting up a “potential establishment of a statewide program or program duplication by other cities…”  “The city is the owner of the account, but the beneficiary must be the individual child.”

Consequently, the tax payers of Minnesota are”giving” every new baby born in St. Paul and during funding time period a funded personal account.  Every new baby within every economic level.  What strings will come with this government program? Health requirements? Education requirements?

Happy Birthday, St. Paul!!!

Legislative language for St. Paul College Savings program.  Final.

St. Paul College Savings Program

 

 

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