After months of the feds doing everything they could to distance themselves from the origin and launch of the controversial Common Core State Standards, more and more of Washington's tentacles are surfacing through public rage, implementation revelations and the White House's own foot-in-mouth disease.
After Education Secretary Arne Duncan cast bigoted blame on "white suburban moms" for nationwide resistance to CCSS -- an oops from which he still is reeling in public humiliation and maternal fury -- White House spokesman Jay Carney dodged Duncan bullets by claiming ignorance to his statements. But then Carney buried the White House in federal ownership of CCSS by saying, "I can just tell you that the secretary of education and everybody on the president's team dedicated to this effort is focused on making sure that we do everything we can, working with states and others."
"Everybody on the president's team dedicated to this effort"? Thanks, Mr. Carney. It's about time the feds ponied up to their place on the CCSS playground.
In the first part of my series on CCSS, I revealed how the feds spent $350 million of taxpayer money, funding and giving grants and waivers to muscle and bribe states and local school districts to accept CCSS.
Last week, I showed how feds are injecting their progressive agenda into curricula taught to U.S. kids in elementary, middle and high schools via their influence in standard directives and posting educative minions in academic arenas and among CCSS curricula creators.
Today I will begin to give you the third piece of evidence of the feds' collaborations and entanglements within CCSS -- namely that they are creating and expanding a national database to store, access and peddle your kids' private information obtained through a technological project within CCSS.
Sound crazy or like sci-fi socialism? Maybe, but it's all real, true and coming soon to a school near you, if it isn't there already.
It all started in the third month of President Barack Obama's reign in 2009, when the Department of Education initiated the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, which -- under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- awarded "governors approximately $48.6 billion ... in exchange for a commitment to advance essential education reforms ... including: college- and career-ready standards (aka CCSS)."
Under that umbrella, the feds further bribed the states into building and expanding longitudinal data systems "to capture, analyze, and use student data from preschool to high school, college, and the workforce."