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WARNING: Gov. Kasich is worse than Gov. Hassan on Education Policy

As New Hampshire voters meet and greet Republican candidates for President, we couldn’t help but notice the “spin” a few of them are putting on their support for Common Core. It appears as if the voters in the Granite State are vetting the candidates on Common Core, causing the candidates to “spin” their prior support for this failed federal reform.

Let’s take a look at Governor Kasich’s unwavering support for Common Core and cut through his “spin.” We’re going to give you facts he leaves out of his campaign speeches that actually makes Governor Hassan look better when it comes to education policy.

Since 2012 New Hampshire has been facilitating the federal take over in education with the dedicated help from Governor Hassan. We’ve shown New Hampshire residents how those policies are hurting our schools, teachers and most importantly our children.

When you look at what Governor Kasich has done in Ohio, you realize, he’s doing the same things. Not only is Kasich facilitating the federal agenda but he is then spinning it as if he supports local control in education.

We are going to start with the recent report card that was put out by, American Principles in Action, The Pulse 2016, and Cornerstone Policy Research Action.
In this report card it’s important to note that Governor Kasich (along with Gov. Bush) received an “F”. You can read the full report here. Governor Kasich earned an “F” grade for various reasons and has done more to violate the privacy of students than protect it.

The 350 Ohio school districts currently participating in the program are required to share extensive amounts of personally identifiable data on the students and their parents without parental knowledge or consent. The data shared with authorized third parties are not anonymous or disaggregated in any way according to the data sharing agreement. Researchers have access to students’ social security number, biometric identifier, or student number.

According to this scathing report, “on the issue of student data privacy, Kasich has exploited, not protected, the students and families in Ohio.” http://ohioansagainstcommoncore.com/data-sharing-agreement-must-read/

Privacy is so important to New Hampshire voters, it has caused legislators like Rep. Cordelli to draft legislation to protect privacy on students. Kasich is doing the opposite of what our elected representatives are doing on behalf of New Hampshire voters.

Ohioans against Common Core has a detailed page exposing the data sharing agreement in Ohio. They warn parents about the crony deal that it was set up, “to capitalize on your child’s personal and education data for the benefit of the education establishment and their cohorts. It is essentially a Common Core slush fund…..”

Remember we’ve been warning parents that when the bureaucrats at the NH Dept. of Ed say you have nothing to worry about when it comes to sharing student data, that is NOT true. Once an organization is “identified” as “research based,” all information can freely flow to that organization without parental knowledge or consent. It’s just a matter of making sure the organization is labeled correctly.

The new “spin job” from Kasich appears to be, facilitate the federal agenda but call it “local control.” Those of us who’ve been fighting Common Core realize this is one of the biggest lies perpetrated by Common Core proponents. They say schools can use any standards they want, but then force Common Core assessments on those schools. If a school is forced to use a Common Core assessment, the curriculum will be aligned.

That’s why a fellow Republican in Ohio took Governor Kasich to task and explained how this reform was not a local initiative. In the letter printed in the Washington Post, Ben Gibson, a Republican and vice president of Firelands Local Schools in Ohio, was angered by comments that Kasich made during a Fox News interview. If the Governor doesn’t know how Common Core was developed, is he really equipped to govern at the national level?

In Ohio under Kasich, an agreement was made to use the Common Core “PARCC” assessment. It’s the equivalent to the Smarter Balanced Assessment being used in New Hampshire.

After public scrutiny and outrage over PARCC, Ohio decided to withdraw from the PARCC consortium. However like many proponents of Common Core, they replaced it with another lousy Common Core assessment. It appears that when there is public outrage, the solution is to go from bad to worse. By withdrawing from PARCC and using another assessment from AIR, the parental victory was no victory at all. It was a calculated move to manipulate the critics.

Ohio went from one bad Common Core assessment under the Kasish to another one. That’s not leadership, that’s incompetence.

In New Hampshire, Charter schools are public schools and enhance selection for parents. They are public Charter schools and do not have the problems Corporate owned Charters are facing in states like Ohio.

Ohio’s Charter schools have faced criticism over attendance rates and accountability. However the biggest scandal occurred recently when the Director of School Choice in Ohio was found rigging the data on Charter schools.

In this article by Brietbart, David Hansen who was the Director of School Choice and also the husband of Kasich’s chief of staff, turned into one of the biggest scandals to date. Brietbart reported that Hansen, “resigned after admitting he manipulated evaluations of some charter sponsors….. The data rigging allowed the sponsors of poor-performing online schools to appear to be engaged in adequate supervision of those schools.”

What is even more shocking is that Hansen had a history of corruption.
“And Hansen himself is not new to data rigging.
As Ohio Political blog Plunderbund reports, in 2009, while Hansen was president of the Buckeye Institute, he was also caught manipulating data about Ohio’s charter schools, yet was still chosen to be school choice director in 2013. Many of the schools involved were owned and operated by for-profit company White Hat Management, which itself is owned by David Brennan, a big donor – through his family’s foundation – to the Institute, to the Republican Party, and to Kasich’s campaign in Ohio.”

Governor Kasich created a state level position for his Chief of Staff’s husband who has a history of unethical behavior. That’s not leadership, that’s incompetence.

Finally, we can see an attempt by the Kasich administration to eliminate local control of schools in the state of Ohio. This should be the final nail in the coffin by New Hampshire voters since we pride ourselves on local control in education.

HB70, which was recently signed into law by Governor John Kasich, not only erodes local control, it is the prescription to eliminate local control as dictated by the Chief architect of Common Core, Marc Tucker.

The goal of the Common Core agenda is to remove local control of public schools and shift power to the state level. However if you look at who is controlling the “state” you see it is actually the Feds. Marc Tucker knew that if it appeared the Feds were ceasing control, “the people” would balk. If they made it look like the “state” is controlling education, there’d be less resistance. It was just another way to manipulate the public.

State level control of education in New Hampshire equals federal control. Governor Hassan has been facilitating the federal reform under the guise of state and local control during her tenure.

Governor Kasich is not only doing the same, but he’s gone even further by signing HB70.

In this article titled “A quick look at the new state takeover plan for failing school districts,” HB70 is the tool to remove local control from schools.

It’s also important to remember that part of the process of determining whether a school is failing involves using standardized test scores. That means using the Common Core assessments proficiency rates to determine not only if a teacher is “effective” but whether the school is failing too.

The Common Core assessments are NOT achievement tests, they are psychometric assessments on your child’s attitude, behavior and values. They are USED to collect personal data on your child so the central planners can then determine where your child will go in life. College or career? Your child is “human capital” for the state.

Under the Kasich regime he’s using data from standardized assessments that do not even tell parents whether their children are actually proficient in the core academic subjects.

Under HB70 Ohio sets up a new Commission that strips control away from parents and local residents and shifts that power to unelected bureaucrats. This is done to school districts that receive an “F” rating or the equivalent but isn’t it ironic that Kasich himself received an “F” rating on the issue of Common Core? Who gets to step in and remove his power?

Here is a list of duties that are removed from local elected boards and placed into the hands of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in Ohio:

(1) Replacing school administrators and central office staff;

(2) Assigning employees to schools and approving transfers;

(3) Hiring new employees;

(4) Defining employee responsibilities and job descriptions;

(5) Establishing employee compensation;

(6) Allocating teacher class loads;

(7) Conducting employee evaluations;

(8) Making reductions in staff;

(9) Setting the school calendar;

(10) Creating a budget for the district;

(11) Contracting for services for the district;

(12) Modifying policies and procedures established by the district board;

(13) Establishing grade configurations of schools;

(14) Determining the school curriculum;

(15) Selecting instructional materials and assessments;

(16) Setting class sizes; and

(17) Providing for staff professional development

This is the Progressive Marc Tucker’s DREAM. Stripping away power from elected local board members and shifting it to the state level which is the equivalent to the Feds running your local schools. To make matters worse, Kasich claims this is local control.

This isn’t leadership, this is a systematic federal take over in public education and it’s being facilitated by Governor Kasich.

Voters are not be getting the truth from Governor Kasich as he campaigns in New Hampshire, but we are smarter than he thinks. We take our duty to vet candidates seriously. We listen to their speeches but then we do our homework.

Well we’ve done our homework and we see that a Kasich presidency would look frightfully similar to an Obama presidency when it comes to education policy. We expect our leaders to lead and not follow some prescription for a centralized education plan that strips away the democratic process.

New Hampshire needs to give Governor Kasich the message that we do not want him as president and we expect him to go back to Ohio and clean up the mess he created there.

We deserve better from our elected representatives.


Gov. Kasich? Pres. Obama? What’s The Difference?

With a presidential election coming up, many of us are starting to look for a candidate who will dismantle “Common Core” and begin the process of returning control in education to the local communities. That begins with a President who campaigns, not just on opposing Common Core, but really showing that they understand this federal reform and the need to remove power from the federal government and return that control to the local communities.

That’s why it’s so disappointing to listen to Governor Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Both of these governors have been bad on the issue of Common Core.

The latest example coming from the Kasich administration is an “announcement” to give students an early lead on their career path. In this article you can see that Gov. Kasich is following the Obama/federal prescription in reforming public education.

It was Marc Tucker who came up with the agenda to transform public education into a dumbed down workforce development scheme. Marc Tucker sat on the Common Core Standards development Committee and tried to push through this transformation during the Clinton administration. Governor Kasich is doing nothing but following this prescription by bringing the Outcome Based Ed/Workforce Development model to Ohio. This isn’t innovative. In fact, this is pretty much what Governor Hassan is doing in New Hampshire. It’s called: FOLLOWING.

Parents want to see real leadership in their elected officials, leadership away from the failed federal reforms.

With workforce development and career development goals, the student is treated as a human resource not a unique individual with the freedom to take their ideas and become the person they want to become.

This is essentially the European model where students are tracked through school for the benefit of the state. Students are guided on a path, not for the benefit of the student but as a resource for the state. Do you really trust the bureaucrats to determine where all of our children fit into a centralized economy?

All of this began decades ago with federal legislation; School-to-Work (STWO) in 1994, Goals 2000 in 1994 and Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) in 1994. What started out as “voluntary” became a vehicle of bribery and coercion. By tying federal money to standards, IASA made it virtually impossible for schools to opt out of the federal reforms.

Just look at Manchester’s school board when they were faced with administering the Smarter Balanced Assessment last year. Board members knew they were facing a fatally flawed assessment but just a threat of losing funding caused board members to vote against the best interest of their students and vote to administer the test.

Gov. Kasich’s new initiative follows the federal prescription that has been laid out by the feds. This is a person running for President? A governor that does not lead Ohio to excellence, but follows the federal prescription of dumbed down workforce training?

Workforce training means students become “human resources”, a term coined by the Marxist, George Hegel. This is the prescription laid out by Marc Tucker and now being implemented by Governor Kasich.

In this scheme a National Board will be responsible for funding the state planning grants. The State Council will then develop a plan for integrating a workforce development system.

Here is a chart from Illinois:
IL Workforce Development Structure

This is cradle to grave managing of the economy, workforce and human resources: YOUR CHILDREN.

Governor Kasich announces that little kids need to start thinking about jobs and careers. HUH? How about making sure little kids are learning to read, write, add and subtract? Why is he missing an opportunity to focus on literacy?

That’s the problem with workforce development, it shifts focus away from literacy in favor of dumbed down “workforce skills.”

How do we know this? Because this is nothing new or innovative. This is the old rehashed failed fads from the 1990′s and highlighted in this piece from Heritage. Parents need to read about the Outcome Based/Workforce Model that failed students in the 90′s. Obama’s agenda simply takes that failed model and nationalizes it. Governor Kasich and Governor Hassan then became the facilitators of that failed model.

In New Hampshire it’s called “Competency Based Education” and so far, we have NO independent data that this model has done anything to improve the quality of education for our children. Governor Hassan is following the federal model with no record of real improvement to our schools.

So what’s the difference between a Governor Kasich and President Obama on education? Unfortunately in terms of “education policy”, NO difference. It looks like under a Kasich administration you can expect more of the same dumbed down workforce development we see coming from President Obama. That’s not good for Ohio and it certainly wont be good for the rest of the country too.

Gov. Hassan or Gov. Kasich: What’s the Difference?

This was just reported in by a parent in NH:

Gov. John Kasich​ was in Derry today and was questioned by a home-school mom on Common Core. Gov. Kasich then defended Common Core in Ohio by saying it’s all about local control. He said that the state set the standards and the curriculum was set by local districts.

It is just amazing how these politicians will SPIN (ok let’s face it) LIE about this issue.

Gov. Kasich is a HUGE SUPPORTER of Common Core and we know it. He has fully implemented the federal reforms in the state of Ohio.

This is what Governor Hassan tells parents too. We have local control with Common Core. Does anyone even believe this lie anymore?

This is outrageous and it’s important to NOT be fooled. If you want more proof, visit the Stop Common Core in Ohio face book page and ask those parents directly how much local control they have in their school districts. Here is another one from Ohio you can look at.

Here is the web site: Ohioans Against Common Core
Gov. Kasich needs to admit this HUGE mistake he made instead of rehashing the same talking points as our failed governor.

Which Republican Campaigns are off to a BAD start in New Hampshire?

Did some of the Republican presidential candidates just make a colossal error? Possibly, although this could actually be a calculated move.

A summit on education was announced this week with a few of the Republican presidential candidates participating. The summit will be moderated by Campbell Brown and include discussions on America’s education system. Unfortunately they skipped right over the grassroots activists IN NEW HAMPSHIRE who’ve been working on this issue for the past five years.

There is now a huge network of activists, parents and teachers across New Hampshire who are actively engaged in issues like Common Core, school choice, charter schools, etc. It would be easy for a national organization to collaborate with local leaders and activists. Unfortunately none of our local activists were contacted.

Some of the more prominent conservative and liberty organizations working on issues in education are well known throughout New Hampshire. Organizations like New Hampshire Families for Education, School Choice for New Hampshire, and Cornerstone Action have active leaders and were not contacted nor invited to help organize this event.

These organizations have worked with national organizations in the past in order to bring New Hampshire voters information on issues in education. Their goal has been to make sure the discussion is focused on engaging parents who have been negatively impacted by the federal reforms in education.

They’ve gained the trust and respect from parents across New Hampshire and have fought for parental rights, supporting local control in education, better academic standards, school choice, etc.

Can you imagine if these candidates were to come and discuss the importance of supporting the 2nd amendment and ignore all of the New Hampshire pro-second amendment organizations? One would have to wonder, why the snub?

Could it be that the moderator of this event, Campbell Brown, is an avid supporter of Common Core?

Campbell Brown is featured in this article by one of the nationally known activists, Mercedes Schneider. Schneider explains how Brown wants to explain to all of us what Common Core is all about. As if those of us who’ve actually had to deal with it in our schools remain uninformed. But isn’t that how our own Commissioner of Education and Chairman of the Board of Education have treated parents in the past?

We don’t know how great Common Core really is even though we are the ones directly impacted by the confusing math, flawed testing and data collection.

Don’t you just love how the elites who want to tell us how great Common Core is while their precious angels never have to deal with it in their private elite schools? Schneider provides a long list of elitists who force Common Core on our schools but wouldn’t touch it for their own kids. Campbell Brown is included in that list along with President Obama.

It looks like the BIGGEST Common Core supporters running for president will be at this summit, Governors Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Governors Bobby Jindal, Chris Christie and Scott Walker have Common Core baggage that cause many of us to question their capacity to make good decisions in education if they were to become president. Carly Fiorina would be wise to skip this summit,contact local grassroots organizations and start talking to the parents who want to be heard instead of TOLD that the garbage they are seeing is really good for their children.

Senator Rand Paul came to New Hampshire several months ago and met with the parents and teachers fighting Common Core in New Hampshire. Senator Rick Santorum has an education summit scheduled tomorrow in Manchester to do the same thing. Candidates like Senators Cruz and Rubio have said they’d be willing to work with New Hampshire activists and parents to engage in the same kind of discussion. In other words, they want to meet directly with the people who’ve been impacted by the federal reforms coming from D.C. into their child’s classroom.

Did the campaigns involved in this upcoming summit make a mistake by leaving out the grassroots organizations? We wondered about that, however it seems that if you want to control the message and make sure the tough questions are kept out of the discussion, what better way than to keep those closest to the problem away from the discussion.

We are a network of parents and teachers across New Hampshire fighting for a quality education for our children and local control in education. We expect parents who have to deal with these federal reforms to be the focus of any discussion on education. That’s been the priority from our New Hampshire activists. To exclude them from any discussion on education gives us a negative impression before it even begins.