May 4, 2014 by


“Dallas ISD Trying To Circumvent Texas Law – HB 462”

By Donna Garner



Dallas ISD did not get the Race to the Top D-2 grant, but they have figured out another way to implement the same Type #2 curriculum/assessments.  They decided to apply for the Bill Gates “personalized learning initiative” (PLI) grant of $791,000.  It was announced in a Dallas Morning News article yesterday that Dallas ISD has made it through the second round of cuts. 


Evidently Bill Gates knows that the name brand “Common Core” is suffering from a bad public image and has decided to rebrand his new initiative, calling it “personalized learning” instead.  Of course, this is actually the Type #2, 21st Century,  Common Core curriculum/assessments and will contain the same type of social justice indoctrination rather than a traditional, knowledge-based, academic education.  – Please see link to Type #1 vs. Type #2 chart:  http://www.educationviews.org/comparison-types-education-type-1-traditional-vs-type-2-cscope-common-core/



The one and only question that DISD parents, citizens, and the school board should ask is this:  “Under state law, DISD students are to be taught the SBOE-adopted TEKS (Type #1 curriculum standards) and are to take the STAAR/End-of-Course tests (Type #1) built upon them. Where is the independent research on Bill Gates’ personalized learning initiative to prove that it is aligned with the TEKS and the STAAR/EOC’s?” 



Just looking at Common Core in K-3 alone, the foundation years upon which all future learning is based, we know that not one of the people who wrote the Common Core Standards (CCS) was a K-3 classroom teacher or early childhood education professional. Neither were any of the CCS internationally benchmarked nor piloted; and the writers of the CCS never produced any solid, independently vetted research to prove that the impact of CCS would be positive on young children.  Because of Gates’ influence on the CCS (and his chance to make multi-billions from all of this new digitized CCS curriculum/assessments and Microsoft infrastructure), important research such as the following was completely ignored:  



3.6.14 – “10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12” – by Cris Rowan — Huffington Post —  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cris-rowan/10-reasons-why-handheld-devices-should-be-banned_b_4899218.html — “The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010).



Houston ISD, Harmony Charter Schools, and Idea Charter Schools all have received the Race to the Top #2 grants ($30 Million apiece). Now Dallas ISD has made it through the second cut for the Gates Personalized Learning Initiative grant ($791,000).  We know that HISD/Harmony/Idea in their RTTT-District grant applications had to pledge to teach the Common Core Standards; and it is a given that since Bill Gates is so heavily vested in foisting  Common Core Standards on America, his PLI grant certainly requires Dallas ISD to implement the Common Core Standards.



The problem for Houston ISD, Harmony, Idea, and Dallas ISD is that HB 462 makes the teaching of Common Core Standards against the law in Texas.  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB462



How long are Texans going to sit back and allow these school districts using Common Core Standards to break the law and practice a form of indoctrination and “child abuse” against our Texas school children?





5.2.14 – “Dallas ISD to receive $791,000 Gates Foundation grant for personalized learning initiative” – by Matthew Haag — Dallas Morning Newshttp://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140502-dallas-isd-to-receive-791000-gates-foundation-grant-for-personalized-learning-initiative.ece




Donna Garner


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