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Home Visiting Legislation Mandates Equal Health Outcomes: Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act Hearing Tuesday and Thursday

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Home Visiting Legislation Mandates Equal Health Outcomes:  Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act Hearing Tuesday & Thursday

Mind-numbing legalese establishes undefined programs and mandates!

The Minnesota legislature is back in session and HF 1, Great Start for All Minnesota Children Act (Great Start, for short), has a hearing Tuesday, February 18th, 8:00am-9:45am and reconvening at 5:30pm. This is the only bill on the docket. The committee reconvenes on Thursday, February 20th at 8:00am. in the Early Childhood Finance and Policy committee, Rep. Dave Pinto, Chair.  An early bill hearing is always a sign that an important bill may be slated for easy passage.

ARTICLE 1: HOME VISITING

The newest iteration of HF 1 underscores the requirement of equal health outcomes for those who enroll themselves into home visiting programs. There are no stipulations as to income. These regulations will stand for all parents and children who enter the program. Two distinct types of home visiting programs and their corresponding grants are defined in Article 1. Both grant types must address health equity.

  • The evidenced-based home visiting program which is defined as “having a consistent program or model that is research-based and grounded in relevant, empirical based knowledge.” As we so often find in government programs, a specific model will be used that is not locally decided by individual providers, doctors or parents, but via top-down state or federal mandates.

 Subdivision 2 and 3 under evidenced-based includes a rag-tag compilation of non-defined outcomes, organizations and standards. The subdivision states that the home visiting program must be a “consistent program or model” (Which consistent program or model?) must be linked to “program-determined outcomes” (Which program determinations and outcomes?) and “associated with a national organization” (Which one?), “institution of higher education” (Which one?) or “national or state public health institute” (Which one?).

Certainly there is not enough information in this listing of requirements in order to make a reasoned decision. Bills always refer to specific institutions of higher learning, national organizations and define outcomes. Legislators: You have no idea what you are voting for here!

Also, there will be “comprehensive home visitation standards.” There’s no mention of what those standards might be!  Is the Commissioner of Health filling in all the blanks? Again, we have no idea what this bill proposes!

All evidenced-based home visiting programs “must address health equity.”

  • The evidenced-informed home visiting program is defined as “data or evidence demonstrating the program’s effectiveness at achieving positive outcomes for pregnant women and young children.” Evidence-informed programs must address health equity.

As defined in the bill, the definition of health equity…

(d) “Health equity” means every individual has a fair opportunity to attain the individual’s full health potential and no individual is prevented from achieving this potential.”

The definition of equity is equal outcomes.

Equal HEALTH outcomes = EQUAL HEALTH outcomes. If an outcome is decided based on “evidenced-based outcomes” or “evidenced-informed” then a certain procedure or medication must always be given.  Equal outcomes mean the same will be done for everyone, despite the obvious elephant in the room, human differences. We’re all physiologically unique!

COST: $30,000,000 in 2021 for the government to tell you exactly how you will raise your child and what medical treatments you and your child will receive.

Is this what we want for our state and families?

The umbrella of far-away models and programs and outcomes decries the fact that regulatory legislation such as this will allow doctors little freedom to diagnose per their professional education and conscience for each child that is unique to any other child. It will allow a patient little freedom to choose alternatives.

Please stand up for the children and families of our state! We’ve offered research on only the first 3 of 21 pages of freedom-busting legislation. Let others whom you care about know what is happening. Share the article with friends.

Call your legislator and tell them to vote NO against the Great Start home visiting programs and the Great Start all-together. Consider sitting in at one of the hearings, even if you are not testifying. The legislators and lobbyists know when a member of the public attends a hearing. It’s rare and captures their attention!

No one else will do it unless we attend to our own freedom!

 

 

 

Minnesota’s Student Data Privacy Act is Back!!!

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Minnesota’s Student Data Privacy Act is Back!!! by Linda Bell

MACC is back at the legislature to support Chief Author, Eric Lucero, and passage of the Student Data Privacy Act. You’re invited! Our data statutes have seen no student updates in over 30 YEARS!! In all that time, incredible changes have occurred in technology. It’s about time! MACC worked on this bill with the ACLU and Rep Lucero from 2014–2017.  The new bill, HF 1821, was introduced on 2.28.2019 as was the companion bill, SF 2291. Unfortunately, neither bill received a hearing last session.

NOW OUR GOOD NEWS!!! Our first hearing is next Thursday, February 20th in the Judiciary, Finance and Civil Law Committee, Room 10, State Office Building. The hearing begins at 9:45am. Author: Eric Lucero. Coauthors: John Lesch, Chair of the Committee, Peggy Scott, Tina Liebling, Sondra Erickson, Jim Davnie and Rena Moran. Here are the committee members. https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/Committees/members/91028

JOIN US!!! We know that corporate/business selling of student private information and marketing to kids on school time is a huge concern to parents and community members. Don’t waste this opportunity to stand up for your children and their future!

First: shoot off a simple email encouraging a committee member to support and pass HF 1821, Student Data Privacy Act on February 20th. Send an email to as many committee members as you can. Especially, send an email if they are your constituent legislator.

Second: Be at the hearing! You’re always welcome to speak, but we really need you to fill the gallery. Bring your kids! They’re the subject of this bill. We know parents and students have many stories about data privacy issues. Yes, students may speak, also!

Speakers/Testifiers are given no more than a 1 or 2 minutes. You must let MACC know a.s.a.p. if you wish to testify so you are officially signed up.

 HIGHLIGHTS of the STUDENT DATA PRIVACY ACT

Amendments to the existing definition section defines new areas: school-issued device and technology provider. These definitions lead to two additional subdivisions: technology providers and school-issued devices.

TECHNOLOGY PROVIDERS

  • Student’s private data is not the property (owned) of the tech provider.
  • Procedure after the discovery of a data breach to be in compliance with section 13.055.
  • Procedure for student data when a provider’s contract is to be cancelled.
  • Tech provider must not sell, share or disseminate educational data.
  • Tech provider must not use for commercial purposes, marketing or advertising.
  • Written procedures for tech provider employees who have contact with student data.
  • Parents and students may inspect a complete contract of any school technology provider.

SCHOOL-ISSUED DEVICES

 A government entity or technology provider must not electronically access or monitor:

  • Location tracking features in school-issued device
  • Audio or visual receiving, transmitting, or recording feature for school-issued device
  • Student interactions – key strokes, web-browsing

Some exceptions to the above, includes judicial warrant or if student agrees to action

  • Within 72 hours of government or provider interaction with student school-issued device, must notify student or student’s parent.

Read the bill here. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF1821&version=0&session=ls91&session_year=2019&session_number=0

 

Friends, now is not the time to sit on the sidelines.

Stand up to this abuse of power over our children’s private and unique identities!

Stand up because our children have no voice nor likely any understanding of their circumstances!

Stand up for children whose personal information is passed to nefarious entities!

Stand up for their natural and inalienable rights!

 

 

 

 

Minnesota’s Cradle to Grave: When Government Wants Children at Its Center

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Governor Walz’s Executive Order 19-34, August 2019

‘Placing Children at the Center of Government’

Have you noticed the high number of legislators who are resigning early and party replacements quickly stepping up? Are you noticing the Minneapolis 2040 plan which will remove single-family homes and, later, cars; the Minneapolis Schools’ Redesign Plan along with the Cruz-Guzman lawsuit, a desegregation lawsuit, brought by Minneapolis parents and which has implications for the 7-county Metro region?  Heads up! On the heels of these titanic changes, our governor’s executive order signals the restructure of state government. 

There’s a little-known secret in Minnesota. Walz has a grand plan to revolutionize state agencies along with the Met Council through the relaunching of the Children’s Cabinet. This will have a “trickle down” effect for local cities, counties and school districts and it’s not just for the kids! The Cabinet will be the vehicle to oversee plans to implement equitable foundations into every agency.

Who would have thought that transformational restructuring of government would be developed within a committee on young children?

Governor Tim Walz’s plan tasks state agencies to ensure equity through a “collective effort” and “mission for all” that includes the Met Council, while leveraging a substantial network of public-private stakeholders.  There is a seemingly steady stream of funding, if not from you and I, then business interests, non-profits, grants and other funding schemes. (Did we vote for this?)

What’s the mission?

To place all children at the center of government using a whole-family and societal approach by ensuring equitable policies, programs and services.

How will the mission be attained?

  • Relaunch the Children’s Cabinet
  • Set up a Children’s Cabinet Advisory Council
  • Governor appointed council, thus unelected and unaccountable
  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor will chair the Cabinet themselves

 The Cabinet will “take action and authority” in prescribing and implementing a governmental system, which is the societal Cradle to Grave system.

The executive order describes four main policy areas along with three key philosophies to guide restructure and implementation. The four policies are:  

  • Healthy Beginnings (beginning with prenatal)
  • Child care and education (beginning with early education – birth to 3 category)
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Housing stability for children, youth and families”

We witnessed much of this in last year’s bill – Great Start for All Minnesota Children. The order also points to key philosophies in regard to transforming government.  

 Key philosophies:

  • Improve outcomes
  • Promote equity
  • Bridge the opportunity gap
  • Prepare the next generation of Minnesotans to work

“An executive order, also known as a proclamation, is a directive handed down directly from a president or governor (the executive branch of government) without input from the legislative or judicial branches. Executive orders can only be given to federal or state agencies, not to citizens, although citizens are indirectly affected by them.”  

Indeed, the Executive Order goes far beyond the Great Start legislation by restructuring all state agencies. On the other hand, the Great Start would pass a compilation of single subject areas, like prenatal-to-3 years home visiting and free daycare in schools from birth . Also, expect to see the Great Start reappear as our legislature begins shortly, February 11.

Minnesota, get ready! We have a huge sea change coming. Our next installment will discuss the consequences of equity and equitable outcomes which for some will bring concern while others will herald. In any case, the revolution is here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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