Jerry Brown Concedes to Latino Group: ‘You Never Keep Control Forever’

“The power you represent is growing and it is growing in very important ways,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of Latino elected officials from across the country at a conference in San Diego. With the aid of Jerry Brown’s signature, that power has resulted in new laws giving illegal aliens drivers licenses, scholarships and the right to practice law.

The Los Angeles Times reported that on Thursday, Brown met with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Astonishingly, in what sounded mostly like a concession speech, the governor said “The Mexicans threw out the Spanish around 1815, and then, of course, the gringos threw out the Mexicans in 1846, or 1848… But the point is, you never keep control forever.”

Brown explained to the audience his reasoning for giving a greater share of our financial resources to Hispanics. 

“The school district gets more money based on the number of non-English-speaking families that have their children in our schools,” Brown said. “Because it’s not really justice to treat unequals equally. You have to do more to be able to create that opportunity and that pathway for those families that are not having the same skill of speaking English as others.”

Introducing the governor at the conference was liberal State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) who praised Jerry Brown as governor and he voiced the spirit of Hispanics in California. 

“It’s true we keep coming, and we have in Gov. Brown someone who embraces us when we keep coming,” Padilla told the audience.

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National Association of State Boards of Education Sues OK Over Common Core Repeal

The Common Core is not simply a set of educational standards. With the initiative came an affirmation of the power of state boards of education, blessed by the U.S. Education Department, just as that of local school boards was diminished.

In Oklahoma, where Gov. Mary Fallin (R), recently repealed the controversial nationalized standards, petitioners organized by the National Associations of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have sued, arguing that the repeal of the Common Core standards is unconstitutional under Oklahoma state law.

Celina Durgin at National Review Online explains:

The plaintiffs take issue with a provision in House Bill 3399 allowing the state legislature to be involved in drafting new standards to replace Common Core, a power they argue belongs to the Oklahoma state Board of Education. The bill’s proponents say its repeal is consistent with the precedent that let the Oklahoma legislature adopt Common Core standards in the first place in 2010.

Jenni White, organizer of Restore Oklahoma Public Education (R.O.P.E.) writes at the group’s website, “The lawsuit alleges that the legislature is encroaching on the right of the state school board to supervise instruction in public schools by allowing the legislature to review and modify state educational standards if that is deemed necessary by the citizens of Oklahoma.”

White writes that the allegation is “ridiculous” because the Oklahoma state legislature had to pass the adoption of the Common Core standards even before they had been released. She asserts the state constitution not only allows for, but requires the state legislature to review new standards.

“The supervision of instruction in the public schools shall be vested in a Board of Education, whose powers and duties shall be prescribed by law,” reads the Oklahoma constitution.

White also asserts that there is no law that states only the state school board can oversee standards.

According to NRO, the plaintiffs’ attorney, former state attorney general Robert McCampbell, and petitioner Amy Anne Ford, a member of the Oklahoma BOE, explain they are not so much concerned with Common Core as they are with the bill’s provision for what McCampbell describes as “excessive involvement” of the state legislature.

McCampbell said Oklahoma’s Common Core repeal bill is unconstitutional because involvement by the state legislature with new standards would encroach upon the state BOE’s constitutional authority and would violate the separation of powers.

State Representative Jason Nelson (R), however, who authored HB 3399, asserts that the lawsuit is yet another attempt to impose Common Core on the state, and that the repeal bill is constitutional.

NASBE has received nearly $2 million in grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the primary source of private funding for the Common Core standards. The organization received $1,077,960 in February of 2011 “to build the capacity of State Boards of Education to better position them to achieve full implementation of the Common Core standards.” NASBE also received $800,000 in June of 2013 “to support a development plan for the organization and its efforts to provide training and information to implement Common Core state Standards.”

“NASBE clearly had an interest in opposing the bill before it had the provisions they’re currently objecting to,” Nelson told NRO.

Ford, however, told NRO that the state legislature lacks the authority and the knowledge to review and possibly amend the standards the BOE develops.

The involvement of the state legislature “makes the development of standards very political, and I don’t like that,” Ford said.

In an email statement to Breitbart News, White said that at the state school board meeting Thursday, “the board members tabled every single item on the agenda that had to do with creating the new standards.”

“The board is appointed by the Governor and serve at her pleasure – according to the law that was created under our current superintendent, who was ousted in the worst showing of an incumbent in an election in recorded history,” said White. “None of them have education background. None.”

White said her group is working on an amicus brief with a local attorney, but the law firm bringing the suit is asking it to be expedited for a hearing July 14 on the grounds it is necessary for the beginning of the school year.

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PolitiFact Oregon Calls Out Brady Campaign on Inflated Gun Death Numbers

On June 27, PolitiFact Oregon released a fact-check showing that the claim by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence that nine children are killed every day in gun violence is false.

The Brady Campaign made the claim at a June 17 Vancouver rally in the wake of the murder-suicide at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. The group wrote, “9 kids every day will never have another birthday” on a chalkboard, displayed for all to see.

According to PolitiFact Oregon, the real number from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows 7.81 deaths daily for those who fall under the Brady Campaign’s “kids” age range. But the problem with that age range is that it includes 19-year-old adults. 

The CDC’s “own metrics” show that “about half of all youth gun deaths” from 2007 to 2011 are for the age group of 18 to 19. And when “unintentional” firearm-related injuries are isolated, “roughly 46 percent” is for the age group of 18 to 19, as well.

Remove these and there is “an average of 4.76 unintentional gun [firearm] injuries each day and 3.85 [firearm-related] deaths.”

The 3.85 number is considerably lower than the claim that 9 children are killed each day.

PolitiFact Oregon contacted the Brady Campaign’s Heidi Yewman about these figures, and “she acknowledged that the number presented at the Vancouver rally was incorrect.” 

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Connecticut Gov. Malloy Moves Forward with Common Core, Says Teachers Support Initiative

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-WFP) said he is moving forward with the Common Core standards in his state, despite the fact that more states are attempting to extricate themselves from the controversial education initiative that is the brainchild of political, educational, and corporate elites.

“There’s no going back,” Malloy said Thursday during a press conference in Hartford, according to Christine Stuart at CT News Junkie.

In fact, Malloy announced that he will be including additional funding for implementation of Common Core. The state education department will allot $2 million from its existing budget for professional development for language arts and math instruction, and an additional $10 million, to the $24 million already allocated, for school technology upgrades to support transition to the Common Core.

The $10 million for school technology upgrades will be added to the state Bond Commission agenda.

The press conference focus was the release of recommendations from the Common Core Task Force created by Malloy through an executive order. The task force never considered a halt to the implementation of Common Core or an exit from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), which is creating a test aligned with the Common Core standards.

Malloy is seeking a second term this year and has the reputation of following in lock-step with the Obama administration and the teachers unions on most issues. He was asked if he felt politically vulnerable moving forward with Common Core when other governors are running from the initiative.

“I’ve always felt vulnerable politically,” Malloy said. “My whole entire life. It goes with the fact that you run for office as opposed to not running for office. But if you’re asking does any of that shade in any way my commitment as a public servant to doing what’s right? The answer is, ‘no it doesn’t.'”

Malloy dismissed criticism of the Common Core as jargon and added that teachers he has spoken to support the standards because they say their students will be more prepared for college and careers. The governor said he believes Common Core is the best way to achieve these goals.

Diana Burns, a member of the Common Core Task Force, said there is a big misconception that Common Core is curriculum.

“It’s a framework, and teachers have the ability to teach it in any fashion they want to, so I think that it’s a public misconception,” Burns said. “Teachers are really supportive of it, and I just hope that’s really known.”

Burns also emphasized that Common Core should not be confused with teacher performance ratings being tied to the Common Core SBAC tests.

As Breitbart News reported in January, Malloy called for a slowdown of the new teacher evaluation program, that ties performance ratings to student scores on the SBAC tests, after the two teachers unions in the state complained.

A survey conducted in May of teachers from both the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in Connecticut found that 82 percent were concerned about time available to “adequately learn, develop, and implement common core standards.”

According to CT News Junkie, AFT Connecticut president Melodie Peters said teachers are more concerned about other issues than Common Core.

“But we’re working our way through it. It is about educating people,” Peters said.

Describing opposition to Common Core as a “handful of folks across the country who have an agenda to undermine,” Peters said the task force and the stakeholders in Connecticut have proven they can make Common Core their own.

However, Jonathan Pelto, who is running for governor against Malloy on the Education and Democracy Party ticket, said, “[Malloy’s] support for the Common Core and its absurd, unfair, and costly Common Core testing program is undermining our public education system and wasting scarce public dollars.”

As Breitbart News reported Thursday, a newly released Rasmussen poll finds that support for the Common Core standards among American parents with school-age children has dropped dramatically.

The telephone survey of 1,000 adults conducted June 21-22 found that only 34 percent of American adults with children of elementary or secondary school age now favor requiring all schools across the nation to meet the same Common Core education standards, an outcome that Rasmussen observes is an 18-point drop from 52 percent in early November of last year.

The Common Core standards are a federally promoted education initiative introduced in the Obama administration’s 2009 stimulus bill through a competitive grant program called Race to the Top (RttT). States could apply and compete for federal grant money, as well as waivers from No Child Left Behind restrictions, as long as they adopted a set of uniform standards, and aligned curricula and testing, that allows for a greater role of government in education, student data collection, and teacher evaluations based on student performance on assessments aligned with the standards.

The state boards of education, most of them unelected, that signed onto the unproven Common Core standards did so with little, if any, public or media scrutiny, prior to even seeing the standards themselves.

At least 35 states now have had some form of legislation raised against the standards themselves, the aligned testing, or the associated student data collection.

The standards were developed by three private organizations in Washington D.C.: the National Governors Association (NGA), the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and progressive education company Achieve, Inc. All three organizations were privately funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and none of these groups are accountable to parents, teachers, students, or taxpayers.

Bill Gates recently revealed the true purpose of the Common Core is to engineer the “huge problem that low-income kids get less good education than suburban kids get.”

There is no official information about who selected the individuals to write the Common Core standards. In addition, none of the writers of the math and English Language Arts standards have ever taught math, English, or reading at the K-12 level. The Standards Development Work Groups did not include any members who were high school English and mathematics teachers, English professors, scientists, engineers, parents, state legislators, early childhood educators, and state or local school board members.

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Why ISIS Won’t Take Baghdad

From the Daily Beast:

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fighters loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have at times been as close as six miles to Baghdad, according to Iraqi and Kurdish commanders interviewed by The Daily Beast. But the Iraqi capital may well be  “a city too far” for this ferocious al-Qaeda offshoot that is determined, as its name says, to establish a state of its own.

While there’s no solid consensus among intelligence analysts in the region about ISIS’s precise strategy, several interviewed in recent days say the jihadists are likely to launch demoralizing commando raids and a suicide bombing blitz in Baghdad, probably timed to coincide with the arrival of the main contingent of US military advisers. (An advance guard arrived Tuesday.)

The Americans presumably will make the defense of the capital a priority, but that may be precisely what ISIS hopes they will do, because it has other interests. “The priority, I think, for ISIS is to build their Islamic State straddling the Syria-Iraq border – that is their ultimate objective—and trying to capture Baghdad would be too big for them to accomplish; it could also sidetrack them,” says a US intelligence official based in the Middle East who is closely monitoring ISIS.

ISIS has not picked difficult battles. It has calculated carefully where it could move with the biggest impact and the least resistance. Mosul was not Stalingrad, holding out against a powerful siege; it was more like Copenhagen in World War II, folding without a fight.

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

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