Monday, November 24, 2014

PA Citizens Ask Gov. Corbett for Data Collection Moratorium

Pennsylvanians Restoring Education
Anita B Hoge 724-263-0474
Cheryl Boise 412-389-6896
Ryan Bannister 717-919-2122
Rich Felice 484-678-2236

November 24, 2014. Harrisburg, Pa; Pennsylvanians Restoring Education, Pennsylvania Against Common Core, citizens of Pennsylvania, parents and students are asking Governor Corbett to place a moratorium on the data collection in the Pennsylvania Information Management System, PIMS, on our students in all 500 school districts. We are asking the Governor to rescind all contracts and written agreements that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has with any Commonwealth entity and any outside contractor who can access personally identifiable information on our children in violation of federal law, state policy, and Chapter 4 regulations.

We demand a moratorium on the collection of data because of contracts that have been discovered and are signed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to disclose personally identifiable information, which is personal data on the students and his/her family, without the parent's knowledge or consent. This personally identifiable information includes information on every student's personality, attitudes, values, beliefs, and disposition, a psychological profile, called Interpersonal Skills Standards and Anchors. This data has been illegally obtained through deceptive means without the parent's knowledge or consent through screening, evaluations, testing, and surveys. These illegal methods of information gathering were actually fraudulently called "academic standards" on the Department of Education website portal.

On October 22, Governor Corbett and the Secretary of Education, Carolyn Dumaresq, requested that ALL attitude, value, and disposition requirements, labeled Interpersonal Skills Standards, that are in violation of federal law and state policy, to be expunged from the Department of Education website portal called SAS, Standards Aligned System. These psychological "standards" were never vetted, nor reviewed by the State Board, nor presented to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, IRRC. A PennLink was sent to all 500 school districts stating that the portal had been cleansed of these affective domain standards that had nothing to do with academic content.

This is a temporary fix. These standards and interventions continue to be forced on students and remediated in the classroom EVERY DAY. A search on the SAS portal reveals over 2394 lesson plans that align to these now repudiated "standards." The parents of Pennsylvania want all affective domain standards, ALL curriculum, and related lesson plans expunged from the classrooms, as well as from the website portal. Parents are demanding that Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania Department of Education cease collecting and disclosing personally identifiable information on Pennsylvania students and their families immediately.

We have discovered that Pennsylvania continues to be the model for the nation to develop a dossier on each citizen feeding into a national data base that collects this personally identifiable information with the collaboration of the schools. This systemic collusion between the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics created a national ID without the knowledge of the citizens. This system boasts that "all of the Commonwealth's children, adolescents, and adults" will have a dossier. (CFDA-# 84.384) We have also found that this data base in Pennsylvania is a model state for the nation to implement a "womb to workforce" data base, (NCES Contract: CFDS-#84.384, PR/Award #R372A090022; Tracking #: Grant 10076087) that would start at birth and continue until retirement which connects the Department of Labor with wages in this dossier with the addition of the last 5 digits of the SSN or the connection to this Unique ID. (Correspondence between Secretary of Education Gerald Zahorchak and Secretary of Labor Sandy Vito). This creates a data base of human capital, your worth... or non-worth to the economy. (Pennsylvanias Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grant) (PA-WDQI)

The federal  government in collaboration with Pennsylvania is developing psychological profiles on the families of this country through the personally identifiable information collected in the schools that will be used as a decision-making model for the future. The government wants to know HOW you think and WHAT you think and everything about YOU. This is a government intelligence operation using education to create a dossier on every family in this country. Attitudes and practices of each family are unwittingly revealed in the student's response in the classroom and on tests through the "Special Ed Student Snap and Student Snap" (Pennsylvania State University, PennData Grant: Project Number 062-14-0-042: Federal Award Number: HO27A130162)

This system was initiated in 2006 when every child in the entire Commonwealth was given a unique ID that links this information to the federal government with a standardized system that requires compliance for more information gathering. (Contract with eScholar 2006) (Deloitte Contracting, Complete Data Warehouse, 2007)  Pennsylvania Senior college students graduating that year would now be age 28. Every person.... EVERY person age 28 and under, schooled in Pennsylvania, has a psychometric profile, an intelligence profile kept by the state of Pennsylvania.... In 10 years, every Pennsylvania schooled person, age 38 and under.... In 20 years, every person age 48 and under.... In 30 years, Pennsylvania will have a complete psychographic on every person in the workforce and on every child born thereafter in the workforce. This is an American electronic model eerily similar to East Germany's Stasi of yesteryear.

Governor Corbett, do you realize that your new baby grandson has been granted his own unique national ID?

The Common Core Standards are the vehicle to nationally standardize the data collection as the autonomy of the school is stripped from the local level and the teacher in the classroom. The individual mandate, similar to the Obamacare individual mandate, requires students to conform to this national agenda. (eScholar Contract) There is no privacy. Governor Corbett, this is a federal system of control from the top down, a  "backward instructional design model" bypassing our elected state legislature. (Keystone Exams Statement of Work, Contract: Proposed Amendments/Student CDT) (PennData, Pennsylvania State University)

The Common Core Standards, a grant from the National Center of Education Statistics, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESEA Flexibility Waiver issued by Secretary Duncan,  and an Executive Order (Executive Order12866) that was given by President Obama without Congressional authority and without state legislative oversight mandates a national data base and a nationalized curriculum where every state will have the exact same affective standards and use a national test that will force everyone into compliance toward the same attitudes, values, and beliefs. This "design down system" means that the curriculum must align to psychological standards, teachers must intervene with standardized psychological treatment when computerized adaptive feedback identifies immediately where to intervene, and the national test will monitor the progress to be sure every student is standardized to meet those psychological standards. Teachers must remediate each child to insure that the students are absorbing the standardized attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions.

Teachers, also monitored with a unique ID, will be held accountable to the practice of psychology, although not state-licensed practitioners and vulnerable to malpractice issues. The students must meet Interpersonal Skills proficiency, or teachers will be threatened with reprisal or eventually fired. (ESEA Flexibility Waiver, Principle 1, Principle 2) The contract we have discovered states that Common Core is a "model curriculum." Common Core provides 2394 foolproof validated scripts with which to remediate each child's affective domain to achieve proficiency. We have also discovered that these Interpersonal Skills Standards are also embedded in other academic areas  of Career Education and Work, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Health Safety and Physical Education. The test contract in Appendix B for the Keystone Exams states, "The diagnostic assessments are intended to be easily administered online and provide immediate feedback of students strengths and weaknesses."

Clearly this data collection system has utilized education funds to set up a national system of surveillance and interventions on our students that is structured from the federal level down into our each classroom.  Huge amounts of our taxpayer money have been used to fund this system of surveillance creating a dossier on each student and their family for the purpose of creating the worker desired by big business and enforced by the arbitrary authoritative state. (Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, Department of Labor)

  • We are requesting Governor Corbett to stop the data collection.
  • Governor Corbett, stop the invasion of privacy.
  • Governor Corbett, we want legislation NOW, to protect our families, protect our children, and protect our children's future.
  • We are calling on the Attorney General to investigate the data collection.

America used to educate its children and let them create their own world.
Now, we are creating their world and forcing them to live in it.  
Joe Esposito, Oklahoma