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Re: New Apostolic Reformation: Theocratic Corporate Fascism with a Cross
« Reply #40 on: August 31, 2011, 09:55:48 pm »
Frankly, NOONE of our so-called "Republicans" have any kind of discernment, much less are saved, much less don't know the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ even exists.

They can say all they want how the GOP is the party of the Christians, but it doesn't mean anything if they themselves don't believe.

As for this Dominionism Theology...the bible clearly lays out in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 17 and 21, 1st Timothy 4, and Revelation that things get worse and worse in the end times, NOT better and better by the works of man. And Jesus clearly said in Matthew 24 that ye shall be persecuted for my(Jesus's) name's sake. But en yet, alot of these wolves like Pat Robertson and Rick Warren are going around like they're God's anointed and they've been called to lead billion man Christian armies.

And also, Ronald Reagan was a 33rd Degree Freemason, both Bush's were Skull and Bones alumns, Sarah Palin is a member of a charismatic Pentacostal church...the writing is on the wall...

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Re: New Apostolic Reformation: Theocratic Corporate Fascism with a Cross
« Reply #41 on: September 06, 2011, 07:00:03 pm »
A few days ago Google informed me that I'd have to supply them with a phone # in case 'someone tampered with my account'. Earlier today Google suspended my account--and my blog filled with political links... :-\

There's no way I'll give into CIA/Google's ham-fisted attempt to data-mine my phone #.

Here's a replacement link sheet I just put together on another site:

HOW GAYS ARE BEING USED TO CREATE A THEOCRACY | howgaysarebeingusedtocreateatheocracy via @addthis

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« Reply #42 on: September 11, 2011, 03:27:00 pm »

"Presstitutes" broadside T2A a la 'Popular Mechanics':

| Media and Rightist Distortions about Dominionism: Take the Quiz! via @addthis


A hard-hitting piece which reminds us all of why the Colonists sought peace in the New World:

Exposing religious fundamentalism in the US - Opinion - Al Jazeera English via @addthis

"...If you Google the words “dominionism” and “heresy”, you'll get more than half a million hits..."

"...Europe's bloody theocratic wars

This brings us, finally, to the serious discussions that dominionists and their enablers, like Miller, are trying to prevent. The first of those is about the very nature of American democracy. For nearly 200 years, Europe was torn apart by a series of religious wars and their bloody aftermath - the major reason that the United States was founded as a secular republic. We're potentially on the verge of forgetting all that history and suffering through it again, just as we're now suffering through forgetting the lessons of the Great Depression. Those centuries of war began with the German Peasants' War of 1524-26, in which more than 100,000 died; continued through the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years War on the European continent; and lasted until the end of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714). This was the bloody European history of religious intolerance and strife that many, if not most, American colonialists were fleeing from when they came to the New World..."

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Re: New Apostolic Reformation: Theocratic Corporate Fascism with a Cross
« Reply #43 on: September 11, 2011, 04:59:47 pm »
Darn! I was afraid Al Jazeera might...

...tar brush Ron Paul:

"...Ron Paul, whose extreme anti-government positions helped to fuel the emergence of the Tea Party, has much deeper dominionist connections than either of the two new darlings. During his first term in Congress, one of his aides was Gary North, Rushdoony's son-in-law, and a leading Reconstructionist in his own right, who has written extensively on so-called "Biblical Capitalism", an ideology profoundly at odds with traditional Biblical-based teachings on economic justice..."

There's an avalanche of R.P.'s videos on YouTube going back decades and I've listened to scores of them without hearing anything creepy yet:

Ron Paul’s Words of Warning From 1983 to 2008 – YouTube: via @addthis This man is principled and consistent.

This doesn't seem "extreme" to me:

Obama VS Ron Paul – Toe to Toe – YouTube: via @addthis

If I could choose?

Ron Paul - President

Dennis Kucinich - Vice President

What CNN doesn’t want you to see again! – YouTube: via @addthis

Cynthia McKinney - Secretary of State

Why? Because these three ADULTS have proven themselves to be intelligent & compassionate moderates who are unlikely to roll over for the Establishment's Kibbles N Bits.

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Re: New Apostolic Reformation: Theocratic Corporate Fascism with a Cross
« Reply #44 on: October 05, 2011, 03:19:18 pm »
This is the battle field being fought to rise the Anglican Church the Church of the British Monarchy in America and lead to the Failure of American Independence.

British Monarchy's nongovernmental intelligence organization that is religiously based in the Anglican Church and is highly fundamental widely known by the Latin word "Illuminati", the holy language of the Anglican Church.  The religious fundamentalism of this secret intelligence organization, the "Illuminati" in the Anglican Church does things that Muslim Extremists dont do or couldnt even imagine on a massive scales.  You can attribute their overwhelming power to the fact that they do the kind of dirt and filth no one else would do ever imagine doing.

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« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2017, 12:13:52 pm »
DeVos/Van Andel ( Amway founders) were 33rd degree Masons.  Their brand of theology is completely and totally NWO. 

And they became quite adept at one of the other tentacles of Freemasonry - Mind Control.  It's really quite easy to change someone into a robot/drone, without MK Ultra techniques.

The textbooks in these series teach that dinosaurs lived on earth with humans; deny global warming; promote hostility toward other religions and other sectors of Christianity (particularly Roman Catholicism); provide a biased and often factually incorrect version of history.

Please be aware that the above sentence only reinforces the left/right paradigm. "Global Warming"??? there are whole multitudes of threads on here devoted to that cultish mindset.  Global Warming/Climate Change is the new boogeyman for everyone to fear.  Now, at least, TPTB have a way to tax the very air we breathe!   :D :D :D  Humans living on earth with dinosaurs?  Why is that not possible?  Depends on how old you believe the earth/human beings to be, doesn't it?  promote hostility toward other religions and other sectors of Christianity (particularly Roman Catholicism)
Many on here believe that Roman Catholicism and Mystery Babylon (the religion of the NWO) are basically the same thing now.  And most large churches are NWO mouthpieces anyway.  I am not speaking of individual catholics - only their religious rituals/history/belief system.  If you read that link provided, you will find that many characteristics of what make up a "cult" are blatantly present in Roman Catholicism.

My fave part of that sentence though, is "factually incorrect version of history".  Hahaha!  Like any textbooks in our dumbed-down educational system actually contain factually correct history??   ;D ;D ;D

Almost EVERYTHING we have been taught since a lie. Not completely everything.....but most, in my opinion.   ;)

The Knights Templar exist today as a higher degree of Freemasonry within the Templar Order. In fact, the Knights Templar is a branch of the Order of the Quest. The DeMolay Society is a branch of the Freemasons that consecrates the memory of the persecution of the Knights Templar and in particular, their leader Jacques deMolay. I know, because I was a member of the DeMolay Society as a young adult. I loved the mystery and ritual. I became separated from the Society when my family moved to a location out of reach of any lodge. I believe to this day that my association with the DeMolay Society may have been the reason for my selection for Naval Security and Intelligence.
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Richard DeVos

Richard DeVos

Richard M. DeVos is the co-founder of Amway Corporation and a longtime contributor to right-wing political causes through political contributions and donations made via his Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. According to Russ Bellant’s The Religious Right in Michigan Politics, DeVos was active in the efforts to build the early Christian right in the mid-1970s and was an endorser of a Third Century Publishers political manual. Third Century was one of the first hard-line Christian Right groups focused on electing “real Christians” to office. In 2005, DeVos was the 194th richest person in the world with a personal fortune of $3 billion dollars (source).

DeVos has also been a major contributor to Republican and conservative political causes:

The DeVos family gave $12.9 million to a failed voucher initiative in 1997 (source).

The inaugural event for the Republican Majority Issues Committee PAC—founded by Representative Tom DeLay—was held aboard the DeVos family yacht (source).

In 1995, Amway gave the GOP $2.5 million for a broadcast center which made them the largest corporate contributor at the time, with the next closet, Philip Morris, giving $700,000 (Bellant, The Religious Right in Michigan Politics).

On April 2, 1997, Richard and Helen DeVos each wrote $500,000 dollar checks to the Republican Party. DeVos had received a tax break in a budget bill passed the previous summer. That bill “eased” international tax rules and benefited two of Amway’s Asian affiliates (source).
Amway/Alticor and its family owners have given at least $7.5 million to federal campaigns, with all of it going to Republicans and the majority being soft money (source)

Amway and affiliated donors have gave $4.1 million to the Republican National Committee from 1991-1997 (source)

In 1996, Amway gave $1.3 million to the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau to pay for Republican “infomercials” that aired on Pat Robertson’s Family Channel (Scahill, Blackwater, 2007, p. 8).

Board / Leadership Positions

Council for National Policy, President 1986-1988 and 1993-1994, Board of Governors 1996 and 1998 (current member)

Christian Freedom Foundation, former chair and early funder (source)

Conservative Caucus, former member of the Chairman’s Council (source)

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, board

Free Congress Foundation, member Board of Directors

Gospel Communications International, Board

Grand Valley State University Foundation, Chairman, Board of Trustees (source)

Heritage Foundation, donor for DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society (source)

Knox Theological Seminary, Board of Directors (source)

Northwood University, Board of Trustees

Republican National Committee, former Finance Chairman (source)


Council for National Policy
Notable Statements

In a graduation speech at Cornerstone College, DeVos told the crowd that as a high school student he grew up in a world threatened by Adolph Hitler. “We’re in a similar war… During your time, a war developed between the Muslim world to take over the world. You and I have to be the best we can be to stand up to the challenges (Grand Rapids Press, “Don’t take freedom for granted, DeVos tells grads,” 05/06/07).”

09/07/06: Dick DeVos Connected to Religious Right Boycott of Ford Motor Company
08/28/06: Court Ruling Strikes Down Evangelical Prison Ministry Program with Connections to the Religious Right in West Michigan
02/01/98: Good people, greed, and the corporate cult(ure): An insider’s view of Amway

Blackwater Down
By Jeremy Scahill
This article appeared in the October 10, 2005 edition of The Nation.
September 21, 2005

...Prince, a staunch right-wing Christian, comes from a powerful Michigan Republican family, and his father, Edgar, was a close friend of former Republican presidential candidate and antichoice leader Gary Bauer. In 1988 the elder Prince helped Bauer start the Family Research Council. Erik Prince's sister, Betsy, once chaired the Michigan Republican Party and is married to Dick DeVos, whose father, billionaire Richard DeVos, is co-founder of the major Republican benefactor Amway. Dick DeVos is also a big-time contributor to the Republican Party and will likely be the GOP candidate for Michigan governor in 2006. Another Blackwater founder, president Gary Jackson, is also a major contributor to Republican campaigns.

Erik Prince Connections:
Dick DeVos   

Gary Bauer   
With Edgar Prince, (Erik Prince's father), helped to start the (James Dobson incorporated) Family Research Council, the fundamentalist lobbying group and think-tank.

George W. Bush   
Awarded contracts under Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's push for use of Private Military Company's (PMC's) to wage war.
As business leaders and government officials talk openly of changing the demographics of what was one of the most culturally vibrant of America's cities, mercenaries from companies like DynCorp, Intercon, American Security Group, Blackhawk, Wackenhut and an Israeli company called Instinctive Shooting International (ISI) are fanning out to guard private businesses and homes, as well as government projects and institutions... Some, like Blackwater, are under federal contract. Others have been hired by the wealthy elite, like F. Patrick Quinn III.

...A possibly deadly incident involving Quinn's hired guns underscores the dangers of private forces policing American streets. On his second night in New Orleans, Quinn's security chief, Michael Montgomery, who said he worked for an Alabama company called Bodyguard and Tactical Security (BATS), was with a heavily armed security detail.

...Montgomery told me they came under fire from "black gangbangers"... Montgomery says he and his men were armed with AR-15s and Glocks and that they unleashed a barrage of bullets in the general direction of the alleged shooters on the overpass. "After that, all I heard was moaning and screaming, and the shooting stopped. That was it. Enough said."

Then, Montgomery says, "the Army showed up, yelling at us and thinking we were the enemy. We explained to them that we were security. I told them what had happened and they didn't even care. They just left." ..."One thing about security," Montgomery says, "is that we all coordinate with each other - one family." That coordination doesn't include the offices of the Secretaries of State in Louisiana and Alabama, which have no record of a BATS company.

...One might ask, given the enormous presence in New Orleans of National Guard, US Army, US Border Patrol, local police from around the country and practically every other government agency with badges, why private security companies are needed, particularly to guard federal projects... Blackwater's success in procuring federal contracts could well be explained by major-league contributions and family connections to the GOP.

...Blackwater's CEO and co-founder, billionaire Erik Prince, has given tens of thousands to Republicans... As a young man, Prince interned with President George H.W. Bush, though he complained at the time that he "saw a lot of things I didn't agree with - homosexual groups being invited in, the budget agreement, the Clean Air Act, those kind of bills."

...His father, Edgar, was a close friend of former Republican presidential candidate and antichoice leader Gary Bauer. In 1988 the elder Prince helped Bauer start the Family Research Council. Erik Prince's sister, Betsy, once chaired the Michigan Republican Party and is married to Dick DeVos, whose father, billionaire Richard DeVos, is co-founder of the major Republican benefactor Amway. Dick DeVos is also a big-time contributor to the Republican Party and will likely be the GOP candidate for Michigan governor in 2006.

Blackwater holding anti-piracy meetings

The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Dec 2, 2008 14:13:34 EST

MOYOCK, N.C. — Private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide is meeting with shipping and insurance companies this week to describe what the company can do to protect vessels traveling through the volatile Gulf of Aden.

Blackwater is holding meetings in London from Tuesday to Thursday. Company spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell said the meeting is being held because at least 70 companies have contacted Blackwater about protection services. However, the Moyock-based firm doesn’t have any contracts yet.

Somali pirates have increasingly targeted vessels traveling in the Gulf of Aden, demanding ransom for the ships’ release. Recently, pirates targeted a huge Saudi supertanker loaded with $100 million worth of crude oil, as well as a Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and other weapons.

The 20,000 ships that pass through the Gulf of Aden each year travel to and from the Suez Canal. The vessels can’t avoid the 1,800 miles of Somali coastline unless they make the costly journey around the entire continent of Africa.

Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL and founder of Blackwater, is a Holland, Mich., native whose family fortune was made in the auto parts industry. His sister, Betsy DeVos, a former chairwoman of the Michigan GOP, is married to Dick DeVos, a Republican and Amway Corp. heir who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2006.

Blackwater began offering anti-piracy services in October, joining a number of other security firms in talks for business there. The company is offering to use a 183-foot escort ship and armed crew.

Behind Michigan's "Financial Martial Law": Staged Event By Corporations
Warning: This article attempts to draw the reader into the fake left-right paradigm. We all know they're both controlled by the globalist masters.

Last week, Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a fiercely contested bill giving unelected "emergency financial managers" unprecedented power to shred union contracts, privatize city services, and consolidate or dissolve local governments, all in the name of saving struggling cities and school districts. Dubbed "financial martial law" by one approving state GOP lawmaker and "disaster capitalism" by critics, Snyder and his bill have become a target for Wisconsin-like protests.

Several thousand demonstrators marched on the Michigan Capitol in the days before Snyder signed the bill. But gone unmentioned is a little-known Michigan think tank that for years has been pushing for the most controversial provisions in Snyder's bill—and that's bankrolled by some of the same right-wing millionaires and billionaires that backed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his anti-union legislation.

Since 2005, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has urged reforms to Michigan law giving more power and protection to emergency financial managers, state-appointed officials who parachute into ailing cities or school districts and employ drastic measures to fix budgets on the brink of collapse. In January, the free-market-loving center published four recommendations, including granting emergency managers the power to override elected officials (such as a mayor or school board member) and toss out union contracts. All four ended up in Snyder's legislation.

"The Mackinac Center has been tied at the hip with the Republican Party establishment for years," says Doug Pratt, public affairs director at the Michigan Education Association. "It goes to their funding sources; it goes to their ideology." Mackinac is part of a network of state-based groups associated with the Heritage Foundation, the influential right-wing think tank in Washington. Its past and present board members include Robert Teeter, a GOP strategist and '92 campaign manager for George H.W. Bush; Margaret Rieker, a former vice chairwoman of the Republican National Committee; and Joseph Lehman, a former vice president at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington.

The Mackinac Center does not disclose its donors. But a review of tax records shows that the group's funders include the charitable foundations of the nation's largest corporations and a host of wealthy conservative and libertarian benefactors. Between 2002 and 2009, the Mackinac Center's donors included the Charles G. Koch Foundation ($69,151), founded by the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, who, with his brother, David, is a major backer of conservative causes; the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation ($80,000), the charity tied to the son of the co-founder of Amway, the multibillion-dollar direct marketing company; the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, established by the parents of Blackwater founder Erik Prince, who serves as the foundation's vice president ($195,000); and the Walton Family Foundation ($100,000), established by Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and his wife, Helen.


You need to do some serious evaluating, some serious checking out of agendas.  Do you really want to take over the government, and make it a theocracy?  Because I'm going to tell you exactly what's going to happen if you do that.  You're going to burn people at the stake that disagree with you."  And if that happens, I'm going to have to take up arms all over again, and so will many of you because you're going to be persecuted.  You see, because whichever one controls the government, you're going to have to conform to that teaching, and if you don't believe in it you're a heretic.  Do you understand what I'm talking about?

What is our common bond truly?  Freedom!! Freedom. Without freedom you can’t be a Christian no matter what denomination you belong to. You can’t be a Buddhist. You can’t own a donut shop. You can’t drive from here to Oregon.  You can’t be an American, because that’s what it’s all about. And that’s the only thing that it’s all about, nothing else. Nothing else.  It’s about freedom. Freedom. Only freedom. It means you have to let other people be free, even if they disagree with you.
How many of you watch Trinity network?  How many of you watch Pat Robertson?  You ever seen the CROSS AND THE CROWN?  Do you know what that means?  It's the symbol of the Templars.  The Knight's Templar.  It is the symbol of THE UNIFICATION OF THE CHURCH AND THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE PEOPLE.  IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?  ANYTIME CHURCH GETS CONTROL OF GOVERNMENT, THE PEOPLE SUFFER.  IT HAS ALWAYS HAPPENED..."
From Blackwater to Xe, the Templar Crusade
Mercenary soldiers and security personnel for the US government.
By Michael Carmichael
Global Research, January 10, 2010
Planetary Movement 10 January 2010

Blackwater is a corporation that provides mercenary soldiers and supporting security personnel to the US government.

Erik Prince, the founder and owner of the now infamous US corporation, Blackwater, hails from Holland, Michigan where his family was both powerful and prominent in two institutions – (1) the Republican Party and (2) the evangelical Christian Church.  After scandals hit his large and lucrative firm, Prince ordered a curious rebranding that changed its name to Xe.

X is an archaic form of abbreviation for Christ and/or Christian that was derived from the cross and the Greek Alphabet.  X or Chi is the Greek letter that is the initial of “Christos” – X – which at the same time served as a symbol for the cross.  Sometimes written Chi-Rho, (Xp) is another abbreviation for Christos and his followers, the Christians.  From the perspective of medieval Christian symbology, ‘Xe’ is a combination of the Christic cross and the Greek letter, Epsilon, the first letter in the Greek word, Evangelion, glad tidings or gospel.  From the perspective of a modern member of the Knights Templar, Xe is immediately recognizable as it symbolizes Christian Evangelism.

Prince’s background

Eric Prince’s father owned a thriving automotive parts business and sent his son to Holland Christian School – an evangelical establishment that accepts students from Kindergarten through the 12th grade.  Since then, Prince has converted to Roman Catholicism – and may be a member or associate of Opus Dei, a very conservative cult now described as a prelature that is a strong ally of the current pope, Benedict XVI, who – when he was a Cardinal – paved the way for the beatification and canonization of the cult’s founder, St. Josemaria Escriva by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. 

Here is a brief description of Erik Prince’s religious background taken from a website :

The founder and CEO of Blackwater is Erik Prince, son of Edgar Prince, the now deceased businessman from Holland, Michigan. Prince’s background as a Western Michigander is not just limited to geography, the brother of Betsy DeVos has also embraced the conservative religious beliefs that his family promoted zealously, particularly with their money. Erik began his political career working as an intern for Gary Bauer at the Family Research Council and also worked in the Bush I White House, although he thought that this administration was too liberal. Prince disapproved of the Bush I administration to the extent that in 1992 he supported Patrick Buchanan for President, something that got him into trouble with his sister Betsy.

Unlike his family, which is part of the Christian Reformed Church, Erik Prince is a Catholic. He most likely became Catholic when he married his first wife, who died of cancer shortly after they were married. Interestingly enough, most of the leadership at Blackwater is also Catholic, albeit a conservative wing of the church that is quite reactionary. Erik Prince is personally connected to conservative Catholic groups like Catholic Answer, Crisis magazine, and a Grand Rapids-based group, the Acton Institute. But Prince has not abandoned his Protestant/Evangelical roots and is a close friend of Watergate criminal turned believer Chuck Colson. They have shared the podium on several occasions, even once at Calvin College. According to Scahill, Prince is aligning himself with a new Catholic/Evangelical alliance called “Evangelicals and Catholics Together.” The ECT manifesto states:

“The century now drawing to a close has been the greatest century of missionary expansion in Christian history. We pray and we believe that this expansion has prepared the way for yet greater missionary endeavor in the first century of the Third Millennium. The two communities in world Christianity that are most evangelistically assertive and most rapidly growing are Evangelicals and Catholics.”

Prince’s relationship to what Scahill calls the “Theocon” movement is not marginal. Prince himself writes about this relationship and it’s importance, particularly with the mission of Blackwater. Prince says “Everybody carries guns, just like the Prophet Jeremiah rebuilding the temple in Israel – a sword in one hand and a trowel in the other.”

The current Crusade

In 2004, the current pope signed a letter to the Bishops in the United States warning the laity not to vote for Catholic candidates who had voted in favor of women’s rights to abortion.  Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter weakened the campaign of John Kerry and strengthened George W. Bush who had used the term, “crusade,” to rally his forces shortly after 9/11. Speaking in Regensburg in 2006, Pope Benedict XVI made insensitive remarks about the Islamic faith that caused outrage in the Muslim world.

Erik Prince’s personal Crusade

Among his personnel at Xe, Prince is known to be a high-profile Islamophobe who believes his personal mission in life is to bring about the total extinction of the Muslim population of this planet in what he has described as a global campaign of genocide or a, “Crusade.”

Here is an excerpt of an article about Prince that appeared in The Economist:

In an affidavit lodged with a court in Virginia, one of the witnesses said that Mr Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe.” The statement continues

To that end, Mr. Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy, knowing and wanting these men to take every available opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these men used call signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who fought the Crusades.

Mr. Prince operated his companies in a manner that encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life. For example, Mr. Prince’s executives would openly speak about going over to Iraq to “lay Hajiis out on cardboard.” Going to Iraq to shoot and kill Iraqis was viewed as a sport or game.
Mr. Prince’s employees openly and consistently used racist and derogatory terms for Iraqis and other Arabs, such as “ragheads” or “hajiis.”

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Re: New Apostolic Reformation: Theocratic Corporate Fascism with a Cross
« Reply #46 on: January 25, 2017, 12:32:48 pm »

Monday, February 25, 2013
Amway's Dick and Betsy DeVos Promoting Dominionism in America's Schools

Salon's K.C. Boyd has the story: With the money of wealth funders like Richard and Betsy DeVos (sister of Blackwater scion Eric Prince and daughter of Elsa and Edgar Prince of the Amway fortune) and the Walton, Koch and Scaife Foundations, simpatico politicians are hard at work bringing Dominionist ideals quietly into the forefront of American education policy. While much of the country argues about budgets, deficits, and guns, a cleverly camouflaged package of School Choice and ”Bible-driven curricula“ make their way up the ladder.[/size]
MONDAY, FEB 25, 2013 09:40 AM EST
How the religious right is undermining education
By pushing school choice and Christian education


This article originally appeared on AlterNet.
One can trace the development of today’s right wing Christian think takes to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. Religiously conservative people, motivated by their perceived degradation of society, quietly perfected their skills, all the while grooming their own young adherents, played an effective long-game that continues to win (and corrupt) the hearts and minds of a significant segment of our youth. Indeed, there is no better way to affect the future than by propagandizing the young. In this current post election season, the Biblically driven, often racist, members of society are once again regrouping to fight another day.

With the money of wealth funders like Richard and Betsy DeVos (sister of Blackwater scion Eric Prince and daughter of Elsa and Edgar Prince of the Amway fortune) and the Walton, Koch and Scaife Foundations, simpatico politicians are hard at work bringing Dominionist [3] ideals quietly into the forefront of American education policy. While much of the country argues about budgets, deficits, and guns, a cleverly camouflaged package of School Choice and ”Bible-driven curricula“ make their way up the ladder.

On the surface, School Choice is purportedly about increasing opportunities for inner city and rural youth. The all-important subtext, however, is that School Choice is really about freeing up dollars for Christian-based education. An important arrow that energizes today’s religious quiver is the intentional misuse of language in changing the debate by referring to public schools as “government schools” and public education as a “government school monopoly,” thus instantly and directly speaking to Tea Partiers and Libertarians.

To still relatively scant notice, the call for “School Choice” or Vouchers continues to play out in state capitols across the nation in an effort to increase Biblically based education through a redirection of tax dollars from public to private religious schools. In order to accomplish the end goal of Christianizing all students, stealth remains largely the rule of the day. In 2002, Dick DeVos told The Heritage Foundation [4],

“We need to be cautious about talking too much about these activities. Many of the activities and the political work that needs to go on will go on at the grass roots. It will go on quietly and it will go on in the form that often politics is done – one person at a time, speaking to another person in privacy. And so these issues will not be, maybe, as visible or as noteworthy, but they will set a framework within states for the possibility of action on education reform issues.”

During the 2011-2012 school year, thirty-two private school choice programs were in place with more than $800 million available for vouchers and scholarship tax credits, money that by all rights should have gone to our public school systems, many of which are in dire need. Groups with heart-warming names like The Alliance for School Choice and American Federation for Children encourage naive donors to support vouchers for reasons that are as deceptive as they are fundamentally non-democratic.

Additionally, over the years, far too many of these overzealous Christians have quietly insinuated themselves onto School Boards across the country and are hard at work challenging the historical mandate to provide a religion-neutral public education by insuring that the Bible become part of high school curricula.

In 2007, a piece of legislation backed by the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ and the American Family Association, passed in the Texas State House. The bill stated that Texas public schools must offer, as required curriculum the “history and literature of the Old and New Testaments.” Recently, the Texas Freedom Network (TFN) issued a chilling report on a study they coordinated withMark Chancey, Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University.

In his report [5], Chancey stated that “at least 57 (Texas) school districts and three charter schools taught courses about the Bible in 2011-12, a number that more than doubled the districts teaching such courses in the 2006-07 school year.” The oversight spelled out in the bill that should have protected students from religious indoctrination was largely ignored leaving whole districts with Biblically driven curricula. At the time of the bill’s implementation, the bill’s co-author, Rep. Leo Berman, blatantly stated, “I don’t believe there’s such a thing as the separation of church and state.”

Of particular concern is the textbook-like use of scripture to condone homophobia, to slander blacks and Jews, and to deny basic climate and evolutionary science. And Texas is not alone. According to The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools’ website [6] over a half a million students have already taken these courses nationally for credit. Take a half a million public school minds along with those who are already enrolled in religious schools or who are homeschooled, multiply it by a decade and it’s easy to see why it matters.

On a related note, a visit to the 27-million-dollar Creation Museum [7] near the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, adds yet another layer to the de-education of our young. While this so-called “museum,” and places like it, have been widely dissected and ridiculed in the press, try telling it to the throngs of school children enjoying a fun-filled field trip replete with ark-inhabiting animatronic dinosaurs.

One exhibit, in particular, stands out in its relevance to this piece. Inside the “museum” is a state-of-the-art theater wherein loops a slickly seductive film, Men in White. Treated to a reenactment of the Hurricane Sandy of Noah’s time, the theater seats bump up and down, when the Great Flood hits, while water squirts out from the seat ahead, all the while the largely student audience laughs uproariously. The film’s protagonist travels a journey that begins with her puzzling over evolution and ends with the affirmation of Genesis as the only viable Truth. Not only does the film deal effectively with the logical questions an inquisitive child might have about this one-way interpretation, but it also encourages and applauds a smart-alecky oppositional approach that students should take when confronted with supposedly “real“ science teachers. One leaves the theater – and the museum – gravely concerned and saddened by the excitement that emanates from the busloads of Christian and/or homeschooled children who lend the structure its credence as a museum.

Taken alone, each of the above, while certainly harmful, would not necessarily be call for alarm. However, when seen for the coordinated strategy these tactics represent, it is easy to understand how a very purposeful group of religionists have the potential to irreparably change the way America educates its young.

It is critical that Americans recognize not only the intent to privatize our schools but the vast Christian Right agenda behind it. Whether from curricula control and out of order teachers in our public schools, or from the voucherization leading to fundamentalist Christian-based schools, charter schools and Christian homeschooling, a generation of children so educated will graduate from high school ill-equipped to face the realities of a science based world.
Former Clinton Official Applauds Betsy DeVos: ‘She Worked with Jeb Bush’ on Standards

by DR. SUSAN BERRY15 Dec 2016137

"A former assistant secretary of employment and training in the Clinton administration labor department is praising Donald Trump’s pick of Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary.

Doug Ross, also a former Democratic state senator from DeVos’ home state of Michigan, said in an interview with WJR AM 760 in Detroit that the nominee “clearly cares about children and their education,” displays a “moral commitment to make sure that low-income children have equal opportunity,” and that she is “knowledgeable.”

“I mean she worked for some years with Jeb Bush on making sure we have really high internationally competitive performance standards for kids,” Ross said, “and she constantly is talking to different people in the education field so she’s both committed to children and their education and she’s knowledgeable and philosophically she’s very consistent I think with where the front administration is.”

Many politicians have learned to avoid using the words “Common Core” because of their political “toxicity.” Instead, they frequently use phrases such “high” or “rigorous standards,” and “accountability,” to refer to Common Core. Grassroots parent activists who have been battling the Core in their states, however, say they have learned the meaning of these other terms as well.

Upon her nomination as secretary of education, DeVos herself denied she supports Common Core, stating, “Certainly. I am not a supporter—period. I do support high standards, strong accountability, and local control.”

The organizations she has funded and served as either a board member or chairman, however, have promoted the controversial standards, including Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, referenced by Ross.

Ohio parent activist Heidi Huber observes to Breitbart News that Ross clearly “considers DeVos’ work with Jeb Bush as a top qualification.”

“Unfortunately, Mr. Ross must have missed news of the really low international performance of the first Common Core generation,” Huber states, and continues:

Per the recently released TIMSS and PISA reports, American students are losing ground against their international peers since the introduction of the Common Core standards. Just a small application of discernment by the Trump transition team should disqualify anyone involved in this education reform disaster, much less a known leader and financier, from serving in the “No Common Core” promised administration. The question that begs to be answered, “Who would care what Betsy DeVos’ opinions were on education if she wasn’t a billionaire who could bankroll her supporters’ special interests and think tanks?”
Louisiana parent activist Sara Wood notes to Breitbart News as well, “Common Core was never proven to be international or competitive.”

Wood states:
As a parent, I would like to know what on earth qualifies DeVos with the knowledge required to develop “internationally competitive performance standards” that were “voluntarily” forced on all students of this nation, as we are experiencing with the disastrous Common Core? DeVos’ resume seems more filled with experience in writing donor checks and in obtaining fancy board memberships, as a result of those donations, than anything that would qualify her to run the U.S. Department of Education or to develop standards for anything, least of all education.
Wood says the choice of DeVos is disturbing to the thousands of parents who have been fighting the establishment elites and big business and industry groups that support Common Core:
All of this should unsettle anyone who has been fighting the Common Core, not just as damaging standards, but as a Trojan horse disguising and distracting from the entire initiative to centralize education in America, leaving no choice but the choice of educating children to the lowest common denominator. Concerned citizens, like myself, who supported Trump because of his promise to get rid of Common Core and restore local control of education, should be alarmed by this decision. Praises from the likes of Ross and Jeb Bush only puts us on notice that those promises are in jeopardy and that the battle for the minds of our children is far from over.
New Hampshire education activist with Cornerstone Ann Marie Banfield also recognizes the Common Core references in Ross’ responses.

“He referenced her working on high, internationally competitive performance standards in collaboration with Jeb Bush,” she tells Breitbart News. “What high performing countries, do the Common Core Standards align to? I asked this question directly to Marc Tucker – one of the chief architects of Common Core when he came to New Hampshire – and he couldn’t name one.”

Banfield continues:
How are we supposed to have confidence in a person who worked against parents fighting for better quality standards for their children?

Common Core is a complete redesign of public education in America. DeVos hasn’t mentioned the data-mining on students or the dumbed down competency based workforce training model that is eroding academic content in our local schools.

Any person appointed to the U.S. Department of Education should offer a detailed plan to undo the failed Obama education reforms. Instead we received a brief statement from DeVos stating she opposes Common Core. That contradicts her position on Common Core in the past.

The endorsements by Jeb Bush and former Clinton official Ross offer opponents of Common Core no real assurance that anything will improve. It actually makes me even more convinced this was the wrong choice.
Joining President-elect Donald Trump at a “Thank You” tour rally in her home state of Michigan last week, DeVos said in prepared remarks she would be “finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”

“DeVos’ parsing on Common Core is going to become harder to maintain the more she speaks on education…[her] use of the qualifier ‘federalized’ is telling,” Karen Braun, who writes at Stop Common Core in Michigan, says. “DeVos likely believes Common Core is a high standard and a quality choice for states; otherwise she would be with us at Stop Common Core in Michigan, fighting it to get it out, and replacing it with the pre-Common Core Massachusetts standards. She’s not.

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No Common Core, Trump appointee or not. No room to negotiate on that one.

And I'm fine with vouchers but... only if they are truly means tested needs based and allow 100% choice to the parent and zero management/interference by the government beyond the means testing and mailing the voucher.

If she can't deliver... she's gotta go.
School vouchers cannot be "needs based" or "means tested" as they're tax refunds.

Additionally, school vouchers are the vector by which Common Core and its ilk are spread. Even Mike Pence was busted using school vouchers to force private schools to teach Common Core.

Blast from the past (also, what a coincidence, 2 Theocratic fascsist who lied and tried to obfuscate their support of globalist Common Core DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICAS CHILDREN, by REBRANDING IT.

Hoosiers Against Common Core Blasts Gov. Pence as Panel Approves a 'Rebranded' Common Core

by DR. SUSAN BERRY22 Apr 20140

Despite significant warnings from standards writers opposed to Common Core, such as fellow Hoosier Dr. James Milgram, Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence (R) and his Education Roundtable recommended Monday that the third draft of a new set of math and English Language Arts standards be adopted by the state school board to replace the Common Core standards. The problem is that parents who oppose the new standards and advisers Pence sought out on both sides of the debate say these new standards are strikingly similar to the Common Core and, in some cases, even inferior.

The standards will now go to the State Board of Education on April 28th for consideration. If approved, they will replace the Common Core State Standard adopted in 2010.

During his State of the State address in January, Pence said, “When it comes to setting standards for schools, I can assure you, Indiana’s will be uncommonly high. They will be written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers and will be among the best in the nation.”

Yet, Pence dismissed the warnings of fellow Hoosier Dr. James Milgram, mathematics professor at Stanford University and member of the Common Core Validation Committee, who refused to sign off on the standards. Instead, Pence had his Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI) panel lead the Common Core rewrite.

Hoosiers Against Common Core

parents Erin Tuttle and Heather Crossin, however, discovered that the state’s two panels to select draft standards and evaluate those choices were half to a third composed of people who publicly supported Common Core.

Tuttle told Breitbart News:

Yes, Milgram is from South Bend, Indiana. How does Pence reject his advice and support Sujie Shin from WestED, a quasi-governmental group partially funded by the federal government? She was contracted by the state to design and facilitate the entire process from start to finish. She was the main presenter to the Roundtable at yesterday’s meeting.

“Secondly, there was only ONE math professor on the standards writing team and the College and Career Ready panel that approved them,” Tuttle continued. “He is from Manchester College, which isn’t hard to get into; it’s not anywhere near to being one of the top schools. The other people on both the committees for math have PhDs in math education [not mathematics], from schools of education.”

“How does Pence reconcile choosing the opinion of one math professor, from Manchester, over Wu from Berkeley, Milgram from Stanford, and a Hoosier from Notre Dame’s math department, Alex Hahn?” asked Tuttle.

Common Core supporter Hung-Hsi Wu is a University of California at Berkeley mathematics professor who reviewed the drafts of Indiana’s standards, as well, and ultimately rejected them. In a statement sent to Breitbart News, Wu quoted from the draft:

The standards are not curriculum. While the standards may be used as the basis for curriculum, the college and career ready Indiana Academic Standards are not a curriculum. Therefore, identifying the sequence of instruction at each grade–what will be taught and for how long–requires concerted effort and attention at the corporation and school levels.

Wu commented:

In other words, the fact that these standards are at times an incoherent jumble–my main criticism–is by design. Nowhere is this fact more obvious than the treatment of geometry in grade 8 and high school. Unhappily, the concerted effort and attention at the corporation and school levels that they fantasize about has not been effective in bringing any improvement for our students for the past four decades, because the needed mathematical knowledge is simply not there. In year 2014, we need a set of standards to take charge in order to make sense to teachers and publishers what needs to be done. May I add the obvious fact that a lot needs to be done for K-12 at the moment? This is a time when leadership matters, but the writers of the new draft chose to pass the buck. I find it disappointing, and more importantly, I believe the new draft is inferior to the CCSSM.

In an email statement to Breitbart News last week, the internationally acclaimed Milgram said he had reviewed the final draft of standards.

He wrote:

So far, I’ve gone through the three classes, Pre-calculus, Trigonometry, and Algebra II. I will also go over Calculus, Geometry and Algebra I. … My conclusions about the three that I did go over was that they are pretty much a complete mess. There are major errors in each; they are repetitive, and horribly disorganized. Moreover, the individual standards are typically so poorly stated that it is almost impossible to figure out what kinds of problems would be appropriate for them. At the moment I would suggest that your most sensible course would be to vote for the old Indiana standards (prior to the 2009 draft). They were second only to California, and I believe that you already have appropriate exams. I might change my mind when I finish the remaining three classes, but the odds of that are very close to 0.

Unfortunately, except for Geometry, which, even though it had both coherence problems and mathematical errors, was otherwise acceptable, both Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 were basically unacceptable.

So I reiterate that my recommendation is that you vote for your previous math standards, which were first class.

In fact, as observed by Milgram, Hoosiers enjoyed acclaim for math and English standards that were among the finest in the country until former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels’ (R) decision to champion the Common Core standards for his state.

In a March interview, Professor Emerita at Arkansas University, Dr. Sandra Stotsky, who also refused to sign off on the Common Core standards, told Breitbart News that Indiana should return to its 2006 English Language Arts standards.

Stotsky was personally asked by Pence to assist in the evaluation process of the state’s new standards. When she saw, however, that the drafts of the new standards were “almost identical to Common Core,” she said she “almost fell off [her] chair.”

Though Stotsky, who developed the highly celebrated Massachusetts standards, informed Pence that she would not review new drafts of standards that were just rebranded versions of the Common Core, Pence still suggested that she continue to work with Claire Fiddian-Green, who heads Pence’s CECI panel.

“The governor said he not only wanted my input, but more than twice said how much he valued my contribution,” Stotsky told Breitbart News on Tuesday. “Now, Pence does not sound presidential, but duplicitous.”

Ultimately, Stotsky’s advice was ignored, as was the advice of Milgram and Wu. After Pence requested, then rejected, the advice of nationally-renowned standards writers, his response on Monday to criticism was, “To those who would have preferred that we deferred more to out of state experts from Washington, D.C., to the East Coast to the West Coast, I ask, isn’t that the kind of elitist thinking that got us Common Core in the first place?”

In a statement to the Indiana Education Roundtable, Milgram wrote about the errors in the approved math standards:

In fact, there are even more errors in the current document than were present in the March 14th document for all six of these courses. The standards for these courses are completely disorganized, and, mathematically speaking, can only be described as bizarre.

But come to think of it, maybe this is a good thing. After all, the same kinds of issues will doubtless come up in other states, and being able to show people actual examples of the kinds of nonsensical things states can come up with would only be helpful. So perhaps for the greater good you should vote to make the current draft your new mathematics standards, and just to be on the safe side include a statement to the effect that you have done this to provide the rest of the country with a dramatic example of what not to do.

Regarding those who actually wrote the new standards, Milgram said:

I tried to make it as clear as I possibly could that even this would require an inordinate amount of work on the part of highly qualified people. Moreover, I made it as clear as I could in conversations with the apparent leader of the project that these highly qualified people were not the members of the committee that the Indiana Department of Education had selected to make those revisions.

In my view this was a committee of people, perhaps qualified in other areas not related to mathematics, but not qualified in any sense to handle fixing the mathematical monstrosities inhabiting the current document.

“Governor Pence dismissed reviews from national experts warning that the standards were not ‘uncommonly high’ because he felt they didn’t represent Hoosiers,” Tuttle told Breitbart News. “Ironically, Pence contracted with an employee of WestED to control his Hoosier process and give the final report before the Roundtable vote.”

“For all Pence’s claims of federalism, his signature legislation removing Indiana from the Common Core required the new standards to ‘comply with federal standards to receive a flexibility waiver,'” Tuttle added, quoting from the legislation that had Indiana, at least ostensibly, abandon the Common Core. “His Hoosier process was predicated on satisfying the federal government, thus resulting in a rebrand of the Common Core.”

“This was all about delivering a predetermined result, a set of standards with almost perfect alignment to the Common Core to satisfy the US Department of Education,” Tuttle said.[/size][/quote]
Betsy DeVos was asked a basic question about education policy — and couldn’t answer
Updated by Libby [email protected]  Jan 17, 2017, 10:57pm EST

Senate Democrats hit Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, on all sides at her confirmation hearing Tuesday night. But the question that made her look worst required her to demonstrate a basic understanding of education policy — a test DeVos failed.

Sen. Al Franken asked DeVos to explain her thinking on whether test scores should be used to measure students’ proficiency or their growth. That’s an important, and basic, difference because it affects how schools are labeled as succeeding or failing.

But DeVos had no idea what Franken was talking about.

“I think if I am understanding your question correctly around proficiency, I would correlate it to competency and mastery, so each student according to the advancements they are making in each subject area,” she said to Franken.

“That’s growth,” Franken retorted, correctly. “That’s not proficiency.” By the time DeVos understood Franken’s question, she had no time left to answer.

This wasn’t just a matter of mixing up some jargon. DeVos’s response, as well as her reactions to similar questions about the basics of federal education policy, suggested she knows little about what the department she hopes to lead actually does.

Franken’s question wasn’t as aggressive as other Democrats’ lines of inquiry about the DeVos family political donations or Trump’s conflicts of interest. But it was relevant, because DeVos’s opinions on proficiency and growth are about to matter for every public school in the United States.

The proficiency-versus-growth debate is about how schools should be held accountable for their students’ test scores. “Proficiency” means judging whether kids hit a benchmark, such as whether they can read at grade level. “Growth” means judging how much progress they’ve made — if they started the school year behind, are they catching up even if they’re not at grade level yet? If they were already proficient, did they make progress and learn more, or just tread water?

A school that looks fine if you’re only measuring proficiency might not look as good if you measure growth. And a school that isn’t hitting proficiency benchmarks could still be helping students make fast progress that shows up in a growth measurement.

No Child Left Behind, the federal education law in effect from 2002 to 2016, required schools to measure proficiency (but not growth) and penalized them if their students weren’t up to par. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the law Congress passed in late 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind, gives states more freedom decide how to hold schools accountable.

The idea that growth and proficiency are both important, but that growth was key to capturing what proficiency misses, came up frequently in the recent debate over rewriting the law.

Here’s where DeVos comes in: The next education secretary will have to decide whether to rewrite the Obama administration’s rules for what those state requirements for schools should look like, and will also have to sign off on states’ plans to hold schools accountable. Right now, those plans have to include a measurement of proficiency and can also include a measurement of growth.

Franken’s question suggested a strong preference for growth as a better measurement — a position he shares with Arne Duncan, President Obama’s first secretary of education, but also with the conservative Fordham Institute. Still, he wasn’t asking if DeVos agreed with him. He was just asking if she understood the difference.

DeVos flubbed several questions about what the Education Department actually does
DeVos is well-known in education circles as a supporter of school vouchers, which allow students to use public money to attend private schools, and, to a lesser extent, for her role in Michigan’s loosely regulated charter school sector.

That experience made DeVos a natural choice for Republicans, who argue that allowing poor students to attend private and religious schools is both good policy and a matter of civil rights. They argue that rich parents can effectively choose their children’s school by buying a house in a good school district, and poor parents deserve the same choices.

But while DeVos’s voucher support fits comfortably in the Republican mainstream, it might not be all that relevant to her time in office should she be confirmed, unless Congress is inclined to pass Trump’s multibillion-dollar voucher plan.

On the other hand, DeVos is guaranteed to be handling many issues she has less experience in. The Education Department hands out billions of dollars of grants and loans to college students. It gives grants to help educate students with disabilities and poor students. It investigates complaints that schools violated students’ civil rights, which under President Obama has included aggressive investigation of colleges accused of mishandling sexual assault.

And when DeVos was asked about those issues, she often floundered. She didn’t seem to understand how the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, the bedrock federal law guaranteeing an education to students with disabilities, works — and later she admitted to Sen. Maggie Hassan that she might have been confused. She was way off on a figure about how much student debt has grown. She gave a non-answer to Sen. Bob Casey’s question about the Education Department’s instructions to colleges on handling sexual assault, suggesting she knew the guidance was controversial but didn’t understand what it was.

Few education secretaries are conversant with everything the department does on their first day, or even much later. In his seven years as secretary, Duncan stuck firmly to talking points on higher education policy while speaking much more fluently on K-12, where he had much more experience.

Even by those standards, though, DeVos’s Wednesday performance was notable. It suggests that Democrats’ best line of attack might not have been her family’s wealth and political donations or her failure to finalize an ethics agreement before her hearing. It was softball questions she should have been able to answer, not harsh attacks, that tripped her up every time.

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Hundreds of students, alumni from DeVos’s Christian college oppose her nomination as education secretary
By Valerie Strauss
January 24, 2017 at 6:37 PM

Donald Trump poses with Mike Pence and Betsy DeVos at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Nov. 19. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Hundreds of students and alumni from Calvin College, the Christian school that is the alma mater of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, have signed a letter saying they oppose her nomination by President Trump to be secretary of education, according to the school’s student newspaper, Chimes.

Calvin College, founded in 1876, has an enrollment of about 4,000 students. According to its website, it is “a top-ranked college in Grand Rapids, Michigan that prepares students to be Christ’s agents of renewal in the world. Through rigorous academic study and intentional Christian community, you will learn to think deeply, act justly and live wholeheartedly in everything that you do.”

The letter, initiated by an alumnus of the college, has more than 700 signatures and was still accepting them before it was to be sent to members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, who are scheduled to vote on DeVos’s nomination on Jan. 31, Chimes said. A committee vote had been scheduled for this week but was postponed after DeVos stumbled at her confirmation hearing on Jan. 17, displaying a lack of understanding of basic education issues.

The letter was posted on the student newspaper’s Facebook page and received numerous comments, some of them supporting DeVos and others backing those who signed the letter.

The White House did not respond to a query about the letter. Matt Frendewey, national communications director for the American Federation for Children, a nonprofit organization DeVos founded and ran, said in an email:

Betsy DeVos is fully qualified, prepared and ready to serve as our nation’s next Secretary of Education. And, she has broad support across the country and locally, including Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Weatherhall Neal. Betsy DeVos has been unequivocal in her support for public education, both traditional public schools and publicly funding a child’s education at a school of the parents’ choice.

The students and alumni who signed the letter are part of the growing opposition to DeVos’s nomination; opponents include some school reformers who share part of her strong commitment to school choice programs. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has been urging the panel to confirm her, saying she is not an extremist in regard to her education views. Critics say she is.

DeVos never attended public schools, nor have her children. The Calvin letter, which you can see in full here, with signatures, says that many of the signors share a Christian educational background with DeVos and that they have no doubt that she is “among the best-educated college graduates” in the United States. But they have specific concerns about her fitness for the job of education secretary, including what they say is her failure to show a “strong commitment” to public education.

Here are those concerns from the letter:

1) While many of us were inspired by our time at Calvin College to make education a professional commitment, Mrs. DeVos was not. She has never worked in any educational institution as an administrator, nor as an educator. If the position of the Secretary of Education requires the individual to have an intimate knowledge of the tools used by educators, which we believe it does, Mrs. DeVos does not qualify.

2) Many of us entered Calvin College directly from Christian high schools and spent our entire elementary and secondary school years in these institutions, as did Mrs. DeVos. While we appreciate the opportunity to thrive and learn that is provided by these educational systems, we recognize that the vast majority of K–12 students are educated in the public school system. Because of this, we believe that any individual who is nominated to be Secretary of Education should have a strong commitment to public education, which Mrs. DeVos does not.

3) We believe that Mrs. DeVos’s commitment to education is limited to her advocacy of and financial contributions to religious and charter schools. Having the financial resources to promote one’s ideological point of view and endorse elected officials who share that ideology is not equivalent to the preparation that comes from being an educator or educational administrator.

4) Finally, in the first day of her confirmation hearing, Mrs. DeVos indicated a lack of support for federal policies regarding educational systems that receive public funding. This is especially concerning given that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Title IX, which ensure that all students’ educational experiences are free of discrimination that impedes learning, are not of value to Mrs. DeVos.

Our undergraduate education prepared us to be engaged and informed citizens who support public servants who seek to serve effectively and competently. This is precisely why we oppose the nomination of our fellow alumna, Betsy DeVos, for the position of United States Secretary of Education.

By Jane Mayer   November 23, 2016

Donald Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education delivers on his promise to increase the role of charter schools, but flies in the face of his anti-establishment rhetoric.

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After choosing for his cabinet a series of political outsiders who are loyal to him personally, Donald Trump has broken with this pattern to name Betsy DeVos his Secretary of Education. DeVos, whose father-in-law is a co-founder of Amway, the multilevel marketing empire, comes from the very heart of the small circle of conservative billionaires who have long funded the Republican Party.

Trump’s choice of DeVos delivers on his campaign promise to increase the role of charter schools, which she has long championed. But it also flies in the face of his fiery anti-establishment campaign rhetoric. Steve Bannon, who was named Trump’s senior counsellor and chief strategist, has mocked what he called “the donor class,” arguing that it and the politicians it bankrolls have little understanding of the needs of working-class and middle-class voters. Such populist rhetoric fuelled Trump’s campaign, in which he presented himself as an outsider who would govern independently of the corrupt and out-of-touch private interests that he said had “rigged” American politics.

But it would be hard to find a better representative of the “donor class” than DeVos, whose family has been allied with Charles and David Koch for years. Betsy, her husband Richard, Jr. (Dick), and her father-in-law, Richard, Sr., whose fortune was estimated by Forbes to be worth $5.1 billion, have turned up repeatedly on lists of attendees at the Kochs’ donor summits, and as contributors to the brothers’ political ventures. In 2010, Charles Koch described Richard DeVos, Sr., as one of thirty-two “great partners” who had contributed a million dollars or more to the tens of millions of dollars that the Kochs planned to spend in that year’s campaign cycle.

While the DeVoses are less well known than the Kochs, they have played a similar role in bankrolling the rightward march of the Republican Party. Starting in 1970, the DeVos family, which is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, began directing at least two hundred million dollars into funding what was then called “The New Right.” The family supported conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation; academic organizations such as the Collegiate Studies Institute, which funded conservative publications on college campuses; and the secretive Council on National Policy, which the Times called “a little-known club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country.” The Council’s membership list, which was kept secret, included leaders of the Christian right, such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Phyllis Schlafly, and anti-tax and pro-gun groups. Richard DeVos, Sr., liked to say that it brought together “the doers and the donors.”

In 1980, the DeVos family contributed heavily to the election of Ronald Reagan, and DeVos, Sr., was named the finance chair of the Republican National Committee. Two years later, he was removed, after calling the brutal 1982 recession a “cleansing process,” and insisting that anyone who was unemployed simply didn’t want to work. That same year, DeVos and his Amway co-founder, Jay Van Andel, were charged with criminal tax fraud in Canada. Eventually, Amway pleaded guilty and paid fines of twenty-five million dollars, and the criminal charges against DeVos and his partner were dropped. Despite these incidents, the DeVos clan remained a major political force. “There’s not a Republican president or presidential candidate in the last fifty years who hasn’t known the DeVoses,” Saul Anuzis, a former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, told Mother Jones, in 2014.

The marriage of Dick DeVos to Betsy Prince only increased the family’s wealth and power. Her father, Edgar Prince, had made a fortune in auto-parts manufacturing, selling his company for $1.35 billion in cash, in 1996. Her brother Erik founded Blackwater, the private military company that the government infamously contracted to work in Afghanistan and Iraq, where its mercenaries killed more than a dozen civilians in 2007.

DeVos is a religious conservative who has pushed for years to breach the wall between church and state on education, among other issues.* (The Washington Post reports that Betsy DeVos has been an elder at Mars Hill, in Grand Rapids.) Betsy, who served as the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party in the late nineties and again in the early aughts, spent more than two million dollars of the family’s money on a failed school-vouchers referendum in 2000, which would have allowed Michigan residents to use public funds to pay for tuition at religious schools. The family then spent thirty-five million dollars, in 2006, on Dick DeVos’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat Jennifer Granholm, then the Democratic governor of the state. After that campaign, the DeVos family doubled down on political contributions and support for conservative Christian causes. Members of the family, including Betsy and Dick DeVos, have spent heavily in opposition to same-sex-marriage laws in several states. According to the Michigan L.G.B.T. publication, DeVos and her husband led the successful campaign to pass an anti-gay-marriage ballot referendum in the state in 2004, contributing more than two hundred thousand dollars to the effort. Dick DeVos reportedly gave a hundred thousand dollars, in 2008, to an amendment that banned same-sex marriage in Florida. That year, Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, Betsy DeVos’s mother, was a major contributor to the effort to pass Proposition 8, which made same-sex marriage illegal in California.

Trump may have run against big money in politics, but his choice for Education Secretary has made no apologies about her family’s political spending. Betsy DeVos has been a major financial backer of legal efforts to overturn campaign-spending limits. In 1997, she brashly explained her opposition to campaign-finance-reform measures that were aimed at cleaning up so-called “soft money,” a predecessor to today’s unlimited “dark money” election spending. “My family is the biggest contributor of soft money to the Republican National Committee,” she wrote in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. “I have decided to stop taking offense,” she wrote, “at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment.”

“People like us,” she added archly, “must surely be stopped.”

In the 2016 campaign, DeVos continued to spend heavily, but not in favor of Trump, who, she declared, “does not represent the Republican Party.” Evidently, she has changed her mind about that, and he has changed his about the merits of “the donor class.”

* This post has been updated to clarify Betsy DeVos’s religious affiliation.
Katherine E. Entigar
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JANUARY 19, 2017

Swamp Monster Betsy Devos: Nominee for Secretary of Education

Going to protest the possibility that Betsy Devos could become the Secretary of Education of this country tomorrow at BMCC in lower Manhattan. Watch her avoid responding substantively to any questions about equal protections for all students who have disabilities, who suffer bullying, who take out student loans, who are taken advantage of by for-profit career colleges.

Here are some of the reasons why I’m demonstrating tomorrow:

Devos is a dominionist, which means she believes in Christian education and doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state

She is a billionaire whose family has funded anti-LGBTQ social actions in the South

She is pro-charter school, pro-privatization, pro-voucher (which Senator Hassan (D, NH) in the first video pushes Devos to say she will make available to students with disabilities, instead of signing away their rights to protections they have now), anti-public school and anti-protection at the federal level of fair and decent public education for American children

She still has not completed her ethics questionnaire and thus has dodged the proper vetting procedure needed to evaluate her fitness as the country’s lead figure in determining education policy

She has never worked in a public school as an educator or an administrator

Her work has signaled a desire to protect corporate profits over the needs of children of color, children with disabilities, children who are poor, children who are non-Christian, and other children whose civil rights have consistently been compromised and attacked historically

She clearly is unfamiliar with federal laws like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and debates about “growth” vs. “proficiency” (see the Franken video)

I love this last exchange in the first video:

Hassan: “I would urge you to become familiar, should you be nominated, with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and I do have to say, I’m concerned that you seem so unfamiliar with it, and that you seem to support voucher schools that have not honored, you know, have made students sign away their rights to make sure that the law is enforced. That’s very troubling to me.”

Devos: “Senator, I assure you that I, if confirmed, I will be very sensitive to the needs of special needs students and the policies surrounding that.”
Hassan: “And with all due respect, it’s not about sensitivity, although that helps. It’s about being willing to enforce the law to make sure that my child and every child has the same access to public education, high-quality public education, and the reality is that the way that the voucher systems that you have supported work don’t always come out that way…”

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
Sen. Kaine (D-VA)

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The Crusaders
Christian evangelicals are plotting to remake America in their own image

It's February, and 900 of America's staunchest Christian fundamentalists have gathered in Fort Lauderdale to look back on what they accomplished in last year's election -- and to plan what's next. As they assemble in the vast sanctuary of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, with all fifty state flags dangling from the rafters, three stadium-size video screens flash the name of the conference: RECLAIMING AMERICA FOR CHRIST. These are the evangelical activists behind the nation's most effective political machine -- one that brought more than 4 million new Christian voters to the polls last November, sending George W. Bush back to the White House and thirty-two new pro-lifers to Congress. But despite their unprecedented power, fundamentalists still see themselves as a persecuted minority, waging a holy war against the godless forces of secularism. To rouse themselves, they kick off the festivities with "Soldiers of the Cross, Arise," the bloodthirstiest tune in all of Christendom: "Seize your armor, gird it on/Now the battle will be won/Soon, your enemies all slain/Crowns of glory you shall gain."

Meet the Dominionists -- biblical literalists who believe God has called them to take over the U.S. government. As the far-right wing of the evangelical movement, Dominionists are pressing an agenda that makes Newt Gingrich's Contract With America look like the Communist Manifesto. They want to rewrite schoolbooks to reflect a Christian version of American history, pack the nation's courts with judges who follow Old Testament law, post the Ten Commandments in every courthouse and make it a felony for gay men to have sex and women to have abortions. In Florida, when the courts ordered Terri Schiavo's feeding tube removed, it was the Dominionists who organized round-the-clock protests and issued a fiery call for Gov. Jeb Bush to defy the law and take Schiavo into state custody. Their ultimate goal is to plant the seeds of a "faith-based" government that will endure far longer than Bush's presidency -- all the way until Jesus comes back.

"Most people hear them talk about a 'Christian nation' and think, 'Well, that sounds like a good, moral thing,' says the Rev. Mel White, who ghostwrote Jerry Falwell's autobiography before breaking with the evangelical movement. "What they don't know -- what even most conservative Christians who voted for Bush don't know -- is that 'Christian nation' means something else entirely to these Dominionist leaders. This movement is no more about following the example of Christ than Bush's Clean Water Act is about clean water."

The godfather of the Dominionists is D. James Kennedy, the most influential evangelical you've never heard of. A former Arthur Murray dance instructor, he launched his Florida ministry in 1959, when most evangelicals still followed Billy Graham's gospel of nonpartisan soul-saving. Kennedy built Coral Ridge Ministries into a $37-million-a-year empire, with a TV-and-radio audience of 3 million, by preaching that it was time to save America -- not soul by soul but election by election. After helping found the Moral Majority in 1979, Kennedy became a five-star general in the Christian army. Bush sought his blessing before running for president -- and continues to consult top Dominionists on matters of federal policy.

"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost," Kennedy says. "As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."

At Reclaiming America, most of the conference is taken up by grassroots training sessions that supply ministers, retirees and devout churchgoers with "The Facts of Stem-Cell Research" or "Practical Steps to Impact Your Community with America's Historical Judeo-Christian Heritage." "We're going to turn you into an army of one," Gary Cass, executive director of Reclaiming America, promises activists at one workshop held in Evangalism Explosion Hall. The Dominionists also attend speeches by supporters like Rep. Katherine Harris of Florida, who urges them to "win back America for God." In their spare time, conference-goers buy books about a God-devised health program called the Maker's Diet or meet with a financial adviser who offers a "biblically sound investment plan."

To implement their sweeping agenda, the Dominionists are working to remake the federal courts in God's image. In their view, the Founding Fathers never intended to erect a barrier between politics and religion. "The First Amendment does not say there should be a separation of church and state," declares Alan Sears, president and CEO of the Alliance Defense Fund, a team of 750 attorneys trained by the Dominionists to fight abortion and gay marriage. Sears argues that the constitutional guarantee against state-sponsored religion is actually designed to "shield" the church from federal interference -- allowing Christians to take their rightful place at the head of the government. "We have a right, indeed an obligation, to govern," says David Limbaugh, brother of Rush and author of Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity. Nothing gets the Dominionists to their feet faster than ringing condemnations of judicial tyranny. "Activist judges have systematically deconstructed the Constitution," roars Rick Scarborough, author of Mixing Church and State. "A God-free society is their goal!"

Activist judges, of course, are precisely what the Dominionists want. Their model is Roy Moore, the former Alabama chief justice who installed a 5,300-pound granite memorial to the Ten Commandments, complete with an open Bible carved in its top, in the state judicial building. At Reclaiming America, Roy's Rock sits out front, fresh off a tour of twenty-one states, perched on the flag-festooned flatbed of a diesel truck, a potent symbol of the "faith-based" justice the Dominionists are bent on imposing. Activists at the conference pose for photographs beside the rock and have circulated a petition urging President Bush to appoint Moore -- who once penned an opinion calling for the state to execute "practicing homosexuals" -- to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The other side knows we've got strongholds in the executive and legislative branches," Cass tells the troops. "If we start winning the judiciary, their power base is going to be eroded."

To pack the courts with fundamentalists like Moore, Dominionist leaders are planning a massive media blitz. They're also pressuring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist -- an ally who's courting support for his presidential bid -- to halt the long-standing use of filibusters to hold up judicial nominations. An anti-filibuster petition circulating at the conference blasts Democrats for their "outrageous stonewalling of appointments" -- even though Congress has approved more nominees of Bush than of any president since Jimmy Carter.

It helps that Dominionists have a direct line to the White House: The Rev. Richard Land, top lobbyist for the 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention, enjoys a weekly conference call with top Bush advisers including Karl Rove. "We've got the Holy Spirit's wind at our backs!" Land declares in an arm-waving, red-faced speech. He takes particular aim at the threat posed by John Lennon, denouncing "Imagine" as a "secular anthem" that envisions a future of "clone plantations, child sacrifice, legalized polygamy and hard-core porn."

The Dominionists are also stepping up efforts to turn public schools into forums for evangelism. In a landmark case, the Alliance Defense Fund is suing a California school district that threatened to dismiss a born-again teacher who was evangelizing fifth-graders. In the conference's opening ceremony, the Dominionists recite an oath they dream of hearing in every classroom: "I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe."

Cass urges conference-goers to stack school boards with Dominionists. "The most humble Christian is more qualified for office than the best-educated pagan," says Cass, an anti-abortion activist who led a takeover of his school district's board in San Diego. "We built quite a little grass-roots machine out there. Now it's my burden to multiply that success all across America."

Cass points to the Rev. Gary Beeler, a Baptist minister from Tennessee who got permission for thousands of students to skip class and attend weeklong events that he calls "old-time revivals, with preaching and singing and soul-saving and the whole nine yards." Now, with support from Kennedy, Beeler is selling his house and buying a mobile home to spread his crusade nationwide. "It's not exactly what I planned to do with my retirement," he says. "But it's what God told me to do."

Cass also presents another small-town activist, Kevin McCoy, with a Salt and Light Award for leading a successful campaign to shut down an anti-bullying program in West Virginia schools. McCoy, a soft-spoken, prematurely gray postal worker, fought to end the program because it taught tolerance for gay people -- and thus, in his view, constituted a "thinly disguised effort to promote the homosexual agenda." "What America needs," Cass tells the faithful, "is more Kevin McCoys."

While the dominionists rely on grass-roots activists to fight their battles, they are backed by some of America's richest entrepreneurs. Amway founder Rich DeVos, a Kennedy ally who's the leading Republican contender for governor of Michigan, has tossed more than $5 million into the collection plate. Jean Case, wife of former AOL chief Steve Case -- whose fortune was made largely on sex-chat rooms -- has donated $8 million. And Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, is a major source of cash for Focus on the Family, a megaministry working with Kennedy to eliminate all public schools.

The one-two punch of militant activists and big money has helped make the Dominionists a force in Washington, where a growing number of congressmen owe their elections to the machine. Kennedy has also created the Center for Christian Statesmanship, which trains elected officials to "more effectively share their faith in the public arena." Speaking to the group, House Majority Whip Tom DeLay -- a winner of Kennedy's Distinguished Christian Statesman Award -- called Bush's faith-based initiatives "a great opportunity to bring God back into the public institutions of our country."

The most vivid proof of the Christianizing of Capitol Hill comes at the final session of Reclaiming America. Rep. Walter Jones, a lanky congressman from North Carolina, gives a fire-and-brimstone speech that would have gotten him laughed out of Washington thirty years ago. In today's climate, however, he's got a chance of passing his pet project, the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act, which would permit ministers to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, effectively converting their tax-exempt churches into Republican campaign headquarters.

"America is under assault!" Jones thunders as his aides dash around the sanctuary snapping PR photos. "Everyone in America has the right to speak freely, except for those standing in the pulpits of our churches!" The amen chorus reaches a fever pitch. Hands fly heavenward. It's one thing to hear such words from Dominionist leaders -- but to this crowd, there's nothing more thrilling than getting the gospel from a U.S. congressman. "You cannot have a strong nation that does not follow God," Jones preaches, working up to a climactic, passionate plea for a biblical republic. "God, please -- God, please -- God, please -- save America!"


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Emails from Jeb’s Chiefs for Change and Foundation for Excellence in Ed show nonprofits and government working hand in hand to lead states to Common Core and Online Learning
Cheri Kiesecker January 17, 2017

Governor Jeb Bush, Making “the Moral Case for Education Reform” at Foundation for Excellence in Ed 2016 Summit to over 1,000 ed reformers #EIE16
Jeb Bush has heavily promoted Common Core; he’s even been referred to as the godfather of ed reform. Betsy DeVos, our newly nominated US Secretary of Education, is listed as a Board Member on Jeb’s (Pro-Common Core) Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Side note:

For those claiming to be opposed to Common Core, ending Common Core means:

No aligned standards, No aligned assessments, No teacher accountability based on aligned assessments, No data collection and sharing without parent consent – Return FERPA to pre-2011. No national student database and create laws to protect against data mining.

For those claiming to want School Choice, True  School Choice means:

Let teachers and local schools, parents, and communities choose curriculum and assessments, without penalty.  Let teachers teach.  Ensure option of real books, real teachers, paper-pencil for parents who don’t want their children exposed to screens.  Let students and parents own their data, choose how or if it is shared outside of school.

Common Core involves more than “just standards“.  We need to truly end it.

Common Core was made possible by collaboration between federal and state government and a vast web of nonprofit and nongovernmental entities, and money.  Lots of money. It relies on massive data collection,  teacher accountability based on aligned assessments (eventually embedded formative assessments with real-time data collection), teacher re-training,  moving to online and “blended learning” curriculum instead of text books, changing the traditional knowledge-based education system into social-emotional  21st century competencies and a supply of children as “human capital” for a global workforce.

If you need proof of these statements, look no further than this treasure trove of emails from education reformers like Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education, (FEE),  and another Pro-Common Core reform group of state education superintendents under the Jeb Bush FEE umbrella, called Chiefs for Change.

The emails come from the folks over at In the Public Interest who have done a lot of work on public records requests and have archived information on Jeb’s FEE (among many other education and related issues).  Many thanks to In the Public Interest  for making this information available and searchable to the public.  We expect many more parents, teachers, and taxpayers will be interested in searching this public website. (Try it. Just click on the blue search button, type in your state, or FEE, or whatever you are interested in.)

Ed reformers like to claim that Common Core was state-led.  Based on these emails, that statement seems to be backwards. Instead, state-led Common Core seems to mean that reformers /recruiters  led-states one by one, giving them the sales-pitch, all-expense paid trips, offering testimony on bills, help writing waivers and talking points to win-over legislators.

Below are just a few of the emails and archived information we pulled up today. (Emphasis and highlights by MEW)

Patricia Levesque, CEO of FEE, was happy to help testify and promote online learning, teacher effectiveness, and get help from College Board.

iNACOL was nudging state policy makers to adopt online “embedded” and “personalized” data collecting assessments aligned with Common Core, in this FEE email.

Jeb’s Foundation for Excellence in Education also sent this 2012 email promoting Digital Learning NOW! a company founded by Jeb Bush, and managed by FEE and the Alliance for Excellence in Education (who happens to be a founding member of Bill Gates’ Data Quality Campaign whose mission was to create commonly tagged data,  and interoperable student databases in each state, SLDS)

Interesting insight into insider’s views of  Jeb’s  more aggressive “splinter-group”  Chiefs for Change, with a list of the group’s mission.

This 2011 ESEA Reauthorization Harkin Draft – supported by Jeb’s FEE- has  many familiar components:

o Formally authorizes the Race to Top, Investing in Innovation, and Promise Neighborhood programs, all top Obama administration initiatives that were part of the stimulus.

o Requires states to set college- and career-readiness standards, either with other states or alone. States would need to track if students need to take remedial courses.

o Requires states to develop new teacher evaluation systems

When the FEE  supported version of ESEA reauthorization was not adopted,  note this request from DFERs, Department of Ed, US Chamber of Commerce, and civil rights groups, asking Chiefs for Change to sign this letter:

Finally, we’ll leave you with this which has countless links to nonprofits, and Ed Departments, meetings and many more emails for you to search and dive into. You will find a seemingly endless web of influence and behind the scenes deals, cashing in on children via the new “Education Marketplace”.  Please share and please say something.

Note: Correspondence files below following summary.

Major Highlights:

The Oklahoma emails, like those from some of the other states, contain the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s national plans.  A notable omission in the Oklahoma emails is Supt. Barresi’s acknowledgement of an email from FEE CEO Patricia Levesque urging to Barresi and others to encourage teachers in their states to use SendHub, a product Jeb Bush had invested in. Barresi’s response to Levesque was included in public records provided by Rhode Island because officials in that state were cc’d on the emails. The Oklahoma emails reveal some facts specific to the state’s education policymaking:

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Re: Betsy DeVos IS COMMON CORE (for the 'commoners')!!!
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Betsy DeVos is COMMON CORE!
She may disavow this, but all signs point to her elitist view of education:

The Common Core would remain a question mark.
DeVos hasn’t been outspoken about the Common Core, the shared learning standards adopted by most states in recent years. But some of her ties would suggest that she supports the effort to raise and standardize expectations of what students should learn in each grade. She’s on the board of Foundation for Excellence in Education, the group that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush founded to promote school choice and the Common Core.

On the campaign trail, Trump routinely denounced the standards — despite his having no authority to “repeal” them — in statements that won applause from conservatives and liberal parents and teachers alike. But his transition team said the meeting with DeVos “focused on the Common Core mission, and setting higher national standards and promoting the growth of school choice across the nation.”

The statement suggests a possible effort to achieve the standards’ goals without promoting the Common Core brand — exactly the middle path that many states have chosen as they revise the standards, often only lightly, and rename them.

Primary advocate for Common Core: Bill Gates...
Students would wear galvanic skin bracelets which would measure their attention... compile those stats into a database...
Dreams of the technocratic dictatorship...

Bill Gates explains the Common Core

Bill Gates renewed his foundation’s commitment to the Common Core standards initiative,
saying that while there is still much more to do, he believes “we are on the right track.”

Brilliant anti-Common Core Speech by Dr. Duke Pesta

PS - Bill's Kids are NOT TAUGHT "Common Core" curriculum!
This is only for poor kids, kids in inner cities, kids living in poor rural communities; kids that are NOT EXPECTED to be in 'elite jobs' ... these kids have been determined to be 'worker bees' in society, following orders obediently. This is EUGENICS.

Watch James Corbetts Excellent analysis...

Why Common Core Must Be Opposed

Betsy DeVos IS A SUPPORTER of Common Core.
She would just change the name... she's a wolf in sheep's clothing.
She should NOT be Secretary of Education!!!

And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40

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Education experts say delaying the vote on Betsy DeVos
for secretary of education doesn't mean much — she'll still likely be confirmed

On Friday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions postponed the confirmation vote on Betsy DeVos as secretary of education.

Originally set to take place on January 24, the committee delayed the vote one week to January 31, citing the need for more time to review DeVos' financial disclosures.

The postponement comes after a contentious confirmation hearing for the billionaire Republican donor, which featured heated partisan debate from Senate Democrats.

DeVos was grilled on a number of issues, oftentimes demurring on answers, or stating she was currently unable to provide a response.

Still, the delay in the confirmation vote does not signal any increased likelihood that DeVos won't be confirmed, according to some education policy experts. "Ms. DeVos will be confirmed but not without strong Democratic opposition," Georgetown professor Stephen J. Wayne told Business Insider.

"It is very difficult to reject a cabinet appointee when the president's party controls the Senate. Partisan voting patterns are so strong, and the minority can no longer use the filibuster to stop a nomination," Wayne continued.

Similarly, Paul Reville, a professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, believes DeVos will be confirmed as secretary of education.

"I didn't see any evidence in the hearings that would indicate that the votes just won't fall along partisan lines here, in which case the nomination will carry forward and she could expect a similar kind of vote in the legislature as a whole," Reville told Business Insider.

If history has any bearing, DeVos need not worry about passing through the confirmation process.

"In 228 years of the executive branch, the Senate has outright rejected only nine Cabinet nominations, while 11 were withdrawn or not acted on by the Senate," Business Insider's Rebecca Harrington reported.

The last cabinet nominee to be formally rejected was Senator John Tower, George H.W. Bush's pick for secretary of defense, in 1989.
And  the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, 
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,  ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 25:40