Don’t Vote for “Education First” (Common Core) Candidates!   6 comments

My friends and neighbors are receiving mailers this week that look like this.

When my husband saw this, he said, “So what? What’s so bad about Education First?”

Glad he asked.

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Here’s the short version:  Education First = Common Core.  

If you love Common Core and federal-corporate takeover of local control, vote for Herbert, Haynie and Hemmert.  That’s what they and their funders, Education First, stand for, and will be pressured to vote for.  Past legislative sessions have shown this to be the case, in the very own words of the co-chairs of Education First.

If you love local control of education, with local children (not monied lobbyists) being put first, vote for Johnson, Greene, Voeks and Philpot.

These are in my area; ask any Utah candidates if they’ve accepted money from Education First.

If they have, they are either ignorant and thus incompetent to see through the maze of deceptions they’ll encounter as legislators, or they really believe in the idealogy of the Common Core.

Please vote for candidates Jonathan Johnson (Governor), Brian Greene (UT Rep), Casey Voeks (UT County Commissioner) and Morgan Philpot (State Senate) –each of whom refused Education First money– instead of candidates Herbert, Haynie and Hemmert (who are all paid campaign babies of Education First).

Here’s the longer explanation:

In 2012, Education First sent out a letter to every legislator in the state of Utah.  A legislator showed me his letter, and I posted much of it.

The letter told legislators that Education First had, and would continue, to “champion Common Core implementation”  with “consensus support for Utah’s utilization of Common Core“.

It also explained that Education First had partnered with Governor Herbert’s “Prosperity 2020” movement –which is modeled after Obama’s 2020 movement– to put business-governmental financial partnerships first– but they call this, instead, putting “education first”.

The Education First letter said, “Prosperity and Education First comprise the largest business-led education movement in state history.”

There’s a big problem with Education First “leading” and promoting workforce alignment to K-12, especially in “partnership” with the government.

If Susie Q. wants to be an entrepreneur or a ballerina, Big Business has no business pushing her into truck driving or computer coding –even if,  during Susie Q’s high school years, the business sector says it needs more truck drivers or coders.

That’s central planning, and it’s un-American.

Big business, in partnership with big government, wants to make pathways for children based on “robust assessment”.  Ugh!  Can you say China?

Why should free, American children be pressured and funneled into  career paths determined by central planners (governmental-business forecasts)?  Since when is the American Dream to be determined by others, and not by individual Americans?   That’s the “citizens are grains of rice and the collective consumes the rice bowl” mentality.

What can we expect from Herbert, Haynie, Hemmert, and others who have taken large sums of money from the Education First lobby?

Let’s look at the evidence.

The co-chairs of Education First co-wrote a Salt Lake Tribune opinion editorial this March, praising the legislature for funding many of the bills for which Education First had lobbied, including bills for: workforce development (which is China-styled central planning) early childhood education (which competes with free enterprise/private preschools), personalized learning (which is a euphemism for digital everything; impersonal, privacy-killing “learning”) and community schools (which is Obama’s socialistic vision that integrates healthcare with academics and socio-political movements “using government schools as a hub”).  Is that what you want?  Not me!

The Salt Lake Tribune reported in 2014 that Governor Herbert (whose baby is Prosperity 2020, the partner of Education First) had appointed Rich Kendall (the co-chair of Education First) to assess the pros and cons of the Common Core in 2014.  So no one should have been surprised to find out that Kendall’s committee found the Common Core to be “sound, legal and rigorous”.  Were Kendall’s and Herbert’s Common Core committee’s findings correct?

Not according to the the Utah GOP which found quite the opposite, announcing that  Common Core was:   “a set of inferior nationally-based standards and tests developed through a collaboration between … unelected boards and consortia” that “violates Utah state and federal privacy laws by requiring the storage and sharing of private student and family data without consent; using a… (P-20) tracking system and a federally-funded State Longitudinal Database (SLDS)…  pressuring states to adopt the standards with financial incentives tied to President Obama’s Race to the Top, and if not adopted,  penalties including loss of funds”.

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There is a big problem with Education First loving and promoting Common Core as if it were good for everyone, as if it weren’t suffocating innovation for localities and teachers, as if the Utah GOP wasn’t officially opposed to it.  There’s also a big problem with Education First trying to lead education, marginalizing local citizens because their “leadership” means siphoning off most education dollars from teachers and students toward big ed tech sales companies, while setting up data mining programs approved by federal (unconstitutional) initiatives (not approved by moms and dads.)

 

Since Education First gives huge marketing dollars to newbie candidates like Dan Hemmert and Xanie Haynie and to incumbents like Gary Herbert, we naturally see their billboards EVERYWHERE, and far fewer billboards for the stalwart, unbought candidates: Morgan Philpot, Brian Greene, Casey Voeks and Jonathan Johnson.

Education First invests huge money in the candidates that they foresee being able to control when they are in the legislature, so that later, Education First can make more big money, all at our expense and at the expense of our children.

See through this, please.

I have personally spoken, face to face, with the Education First-funded candidates. They are nice people; this is NOT a personal attack.  I would be happy to be their neighbors or co-workers or dog-walkers.  But I am totally unwilling to let them put their hands on the levers of real power –when I can see that they either don’t understand, or lack a healthy fear, of what Education First lobbies and promotes.

 

6 responses to “Don’t Vote for “Education First” (Common Core) Candidates!

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  1. California and many other locations across the US are experiencing the same centralized control of education ideology. It is the kind of thinking Stalin used to control the Russian people. The only difference is this time it is being pushed by people who claim to be capitalist, but capitalism requires free markets not manipulated monopolies. In California it is groups like EdVocie and Students First that are funneling huge sums of money into corporate education friendly candidates coffers. Of course Bill Gates’ Common Core which was cobbled together by a group of amateurs is the official policy along with the even worse Next Generation Science standards. Whether the group is called Education First or some other Orwellian name, the bulk of the money is coming from a small group of billionaires mostly from Silicon Valley and New Your City, who are trying to turn the US into an Oligarchy. We may have different political views but real American believe in and respect Democracy. In Education, that means local schools should be controlled by parents working democratically with professional educators and not by state or federal overlords imposing fascistic top down control.

  2. I’m going to paste the list of who got money from Education First in 2016 here. Please call these legislators and ask them why they are taking money from this group. If they are innocently clueless, inform them and ask them to cut off the relationship and stop listening to that lobby!

    1/4/2016 Stokes Strategies Consulting Services $2,500.00
    1/20/2016 Gather Signatures Signatures for Candidates $8,000.00
    1/21/2016 Todd Weiler for State Senate Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Re-Elect Brad Dee Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Contribution to Vote Dr. Barlow Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Sophia DiCario Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Jim Dunnigan Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee Re-Elect Greg Hughes Campaign Contribution $10,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Scott Sandall Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Ed Redd Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Justin Fawson Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Dixon Pitcher Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Mike Schulz Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Curt Oda Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Brad Wilson Political Campaign Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Steve Handy Campaign Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Tim Hawkes Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Ray Ward Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Re-Elect Becky Edwards Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Douglas Sagers Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Sandra Hollins Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Rebecca for House 24 Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Vote Joel Briscoe Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Angela Romero Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Brian King Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Re-Elect Lee Perry Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Mike Winder Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Craig Hall Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Johnny Anderson Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Re-Elect Mark Wheatley Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Patrice Aren’t for Utah House 36 Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Carol Moss Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Eric Hutchings Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Kim Coleman Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Earl Tanner Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Bruce Cutler Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Steve Eliason Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Campaign to Elect Marie Poulson Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Ken Ivory Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Robert Spendlove Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Kay Christofferson Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Derrin Owens Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Re-Elect Brad Daw Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Keith Grover Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Dean Sanpei Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Michael McKell Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Merrill Nelson Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Brad King Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Kay McIff Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Bradley G. Last Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect John Westwood Campaign Contribution $500.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Don Ipson Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Curt Bramble Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Evan Vickers Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Luz Escamilla Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Wayne Harper Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Brian Shiozawa Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Wayne Niederhauser Campaign Contribution $10,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Elect Ralph Okerlund Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Committee to Re-Elect Lyle Hillyard Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/21/2016 Gather Signatures Signature Gathering for Candidates $12,000.00
    1/21/2016 Justin Jones Legislative Dinners $687.47
    1/21/2016 Justin Jones Legislative Dinner $263.94
    1/21/2016 David Hinkins for State Senate Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    1/27/2016 Petite Feast Legislative Dinners $1,479.62
    2/1/2016 Stokes Strategies Consulting Services $2,500.00
    2/3/2016 Justin Jones Luncheon Reimbursement $86.28
    2/19/2016 Committee to Elect Gregg Buxton Campaign Contribution $2,000.00
    2/19/2016 Committee to Elect Daniel Hemmert Campaign Contribution $2,000.00
    2/19/2016 Committee to Elect Xani Haynie Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    2/19/2016 Committee to Elect Jefferson Moss Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    2/19/2016 Salt Lake Chamber Reimbursement – Website Construction $216.00
    2/26/2016 Justin Jones Reimbursement – Luncheon Expenses $242.00
    3/7/2016 Stokes Strategies Consulting Services $2,500.00
    3/7/2016 Salt Lake Chamber Reimbursement – Meeting Expenses $687.29
    3/16/2016 Nil Nil LLC Website Maintenance $2,000.00
    3/16/2016 Alta Club Meeting $50.00
    3/17/2016 Paradise Bakery Team Meeting $125.19
    3/22/2016 Committee to Elect Kelly Miles Campaign Contribution $500.00
    3/28/2016 Committee to Elect Dan Pitcher Campaign Contribution $500.00
    3/29/2016 Deidre Henderson for Utah State Senate Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    3/29/2016 Committee to Elect Jimmy Eaton Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    3/29/2016 Committee to Elect Val Peterson Campaign Contribution $500.00
    3/30/2016 Committee to Elect Richard Moore Campaign Contribution $500.00
    3/30/2016 Committee to Elect Lowry Snow Campaign Contribution $500.00
    3/30/2016 Committee to Elect Val Potter Campaign Contribution $500.00
    3/30/2016 Committee to Elect Francis Gibson Campaign Contribution $1,000.00
    3/30/2016 Gather Signatures Candidate Signature Gathering $4,000.00
    4/1/2016 Stokes Strategies Consulting Services $2,500.00
    Total Expenditures Made $106,337.79

    • Stokes Strategies were the largest recipients of Ed. First money. Stokes Strategies “represents” our current Board Chairman Dave Crandall’s re-election campaign.

      It doesn’t appear that Mr. Crandall is going to make it to the next round.

      I won’t take a dime, directly or indirectly, from Education First.

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