Maine CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) (2013) (2012)

CAFR Report-State Of Maine-2013, click here.

CAFR Report-State Of Maine-2012, click here.

Published in: on February 21, 2015 at 8:54 pm  Comments (1)  

City Councilor Bradley Cote’s Midmeeting Resignation Shocks Biddeford Council

PPH reports “Claiming frustration with the way decisions were made, ‘without facts and data,’ Bradley Cote walks out.

When Biddeford City Councilor Bradley Cote calmly announced his resignation, put on his jacket and walked out of council chambers Tuesday night in the middle of a council meeting, the looks on the faces of his fellow board members said it all.

“I did not see that coming. I don’t think anyone saw that coming,” said Mayor Alan Casavant. “If you looked closely, my jaw was probably on my desk.”’

“Some people look at it like I’m quitting, but I don’t really feel that way,” he said. “I don’t feel comfortable making decisions without facts and data. They’ll need to find someone else do to that.

Casavant said he will try to find a replacement who can learn the ropes quickly as the council prepares to tackle the municipal budget.

“My objective is to find someone who will mesh with this council…”

Read more HERE.

Kudos to Bradley Cote for standing on principle and not falling prey to the old adage of ” what a web we weave, when we first practice to deceive”,   like some his fellow colleagues are doing. (Some of Grattelo’s cronies are back on the council.) Biddeford City Councilors have ruined the lives of people in that community making decisions  ‘without facts and data.’

Mayor Alan Casavant states “I did not see that coming. I don’t think anyone saw that coming. If you looked closely, my jaw was probably on my desk.”

Why would your jaw drop, Mayor Casavant, when you already know how the City of Biddeford operates? This is no surprise to you…you knew Biddeford’s “operations” long before you became mayor! Your jaw dropped when you were presented documented evidence of official corruption taking place in Biddeford (and the state) when you were a state representative. You were “gung-ho” on taking action and changed your mind…for some reason! You chose to look the other way. By doing so, your silence becomes part of the corruption.

As Mayor Casavant appears “in shock” to the public, he is very well aware of the “inner-workings” of the City of Biddeford and the “players.” He, and some officials, have managed to “pull the wool” over the eyes of members in the community who buy into the BS. Maybe one day they will wake up!

Mayor Casavant “will try to find a replacement who can “learn the ropes” quickly and who will mesh with this council.” Quite revealing!

What kind of beings sit in these elected positions?  Their actions are a public scandal!

A few examples:

City of Biddeford Election, click here.

Background of City Councilor, Bob Mills.

Biddeford City Counselor Bob Mills and HUD Behind The Curtain, click here.

Official corruption behind closed doors, click here.

BIDDEFORD, I’LL SEE YOU IN COURT! Click here.

As the swill turns……

 

Published in: on February 21, 2015 at 6:15 pm  Comments (9)  

ABCs of DumbDown: KLINE: The Man Behind HR 5…No Way, ESEA!

KEY questions for Rep. Kline about his bill HR 5, the Student Success Act of 2015

See: ALERT: HR 5, the Student Success Act of 2015

The purpose of this post is threefold:

(1) Urge the reader to immediately contact his/her Congressmen to vote NO on Rep. John Kline’s H.R. 5, the House version of the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives next Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

(2) Raise key questions to Rep. Kline, and

(3) Advise the readers to exercise caution in allowing the military and education sectors of our nation to co-mingle as seems to be becoming the case, and as this blog has attempted to document through various posts.  Many U.S. generals support Common Core.

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

http://www.americandeception.com

http://www.abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

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26 Minute Trailer

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Published in: on February 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

URGENT! CALL/EMAILL CONGRESSMEN IMMEDIATELY… Vote on HR-5 is next Tuesday

BILL: HR-5 DENIES PARENTS THEIR RIGHT OVER THEIR OWN CHILDREN

By Anita Hoge
February 21, 2015
NewsWithViews.com

The following information is critically important. It should go viral immediately. Send it to every parent and grandparent, school board member, state legislator, voter, friend… Post it on Facebook, websites, blogs, etc. Time is very short.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

• HR 5 denies parents their rights over their children. References page 488; 522-555.

• HR 5 legislation creates the radical transformation of tax collection through the assigned destruction and hostile takeover of our local neighborhood schools.

• HR 5 violates states’ rights under the United States Constitution.

• HR 5 is designed to destroy local, public neighborhood schools through usurpation of elected school boards’ authorities and responsibilities.

• HR 5 will destroy all private education in America, as well, legislating Title I “choice” vouchers that will “follow the child,” enforcing HR 5 compliance in EVERY PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL.

• HR 5 would legislate services to these Title I “choice” children called DIRECT STUDENT SERVICES AS A VOUCHER that must be equitable and comparable to any public school, which is needed to satisfy Common Core.

• HR 5 will destroy representative government, all non-governmental schools, and standardize education across this nation. This overreach of the federal government is in direct violation of our United States Constitution which dictates separation of federal jurisdiction vs. State jurisdiction.

Read more HERE.

U.S. House of Representatives – Directory of Representatives, click here.

U.S. Senators – Directory of Senators, click here.

Published in: on February 21, 2015 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

ABCs of DumbDown: ALERT: HR 5, the Student Success Act of 2015

NOTE: The alert sent out earlier did not give a date for the vote on Rep. Kline’s Reauthorization of ESEA.
It appears from info we can glean from various Congressional offices that the vote may take place as early as next Tuesday, February 24.

The following information is critically important. It should go viral immediately. Send it to every parent and grandparent, school board member, state legislator, voter, friend…. Post it on Facebook, websites, blogs, etc. Time is very short!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Citizens of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvanians Restoring Education, Pennsylvania Against Common Core, parents and students are asking Representative John Kline to stop theREAUTHORIZATION of ESEA, HR 5, the Student Success Act of 2015 which will amend No Child Left Behind.

  • HR 5 denies parents their rights over their children. Reference pages 488; 522-555.
  • HR 5 legislation creates the radical transformation of tax collectionthrough the assigned destruction and hostile takeover of our local neighborhood schools.
  • HR 5 violates states’ rights under the United States Constitution.
  • HR 5 is designed to destroy local, public neighborhood schoolsthrough usurpation of elected school boards’ authorities and responsibilities.
  • HR 5 will destroy all private education in America, as well, legislating Title I “choice” vouchers that will “follow the child,” enforcing HR 5 compliance in EVERY PRIVATE AND RELIGIOUS SCHOOL.
  • HR 5 would legislate services to these Title I “choice” children called DIRECT STUDENT SERVICES AS A VOUCHER that must be equitable and comparable to any public school, which is needed to satisfy Common Core.
  • HR 5 will destroy representative government, all non-governmental schools, and standardize education across this nation. This overreach of the federal government is in direct violation of our United States Constitution which dictates separation of federal jurisdiction vs. State jurisdiction.

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

http://www.americandeception.com

http://www.abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America  click this AMAZON ORDER LINK

Published in: on February 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm  Comments (1)  

ABCs of DumbDown: COMMUNITY EDUCATION… OR… 21ST CENTURY COMMUNISM

The present Community School movement was formerly called the Community Education movement. This is the Womb-to-Tomb movement.

For more information, go to AmericanDeception.com and type “Feld” into search box for superb paper by Jil Wilson and the late Ruth Feld on Community Education, written in the 1980s.  It contains mostly quotes from important papers/books written by leading community educators and proponents of the unelected council form of government concept.

The Feld paper was written long before UN Agenda 21 came along and, in my opinion, the Community Education system described by Feld and Wilson was the forerunner of UN Agenda 21. Education is at the core of UN Agenda 21 (because it will in the future be lifelong, with all those implications). This important paper is also available at http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com, click on Exposing the Global Road to Ruin, Disc #8 (CD), Written Submissions/Feld/Community Education Expose.

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

http://www.americandeception.com

http://www.abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America  click this AMAZON ORDER LINK

Published in: on February 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

ABCs of DumbDown: HOW TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC EDUCATION WAS KILLED! No Way ESEA!

How Corporations Profit from Hyped Up Education Crises.

POLITICO reported on Stephanie Simon’s article “No profit left behind: In the high-stakes world of American education, Pearson makes money even when its results don’t measure up,” February 10, 2015.

Below is a summary from the article itself:

 

The above quotation, divulges the formula for making profits and changing law. Take the questionable negative statistics (early 1980s) on education, hype them up using the A Nation at Risk report to the American people, get Americans on board by convincing them the crisis is real, and then go on to impose an alien Outcomes- Performance- Results-Based Skinnerian system (necessary for School-To-Work) on the nation’s schools, which also includes  all components of the tax-funded school “choice” and charter school (under unelected boards) agenda, which ultimately destroys public and private education, all for the purpose of imposing a corporate (Fascist/Socialist/Communist) lifelong workforce training system in the USA.

Which is exactly what we are looking at today under Senator Lamar Alexander’s Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now aptly called the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

http://www.americandeception.com

http://www.abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America  click this AMAZON ORDER LINK

Published in: on February 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

ABCs of DumbDown: While We Were Sleeping

Part 1
Report published 2/11/15
By Louisiana Activists, ThePeopleLLC

Up until 1983, the education system in the United States was the envy of every nation in the world.

However, with the release of the report, “A Nation at Risk”, in that same year, our elected officials and their special interest partners had convinced the entire country that this very same education system was suddenly “failing”.  Their bogus report sparked an aggressive movement to fundamentally transform education and education funding in the United States.

Without question, the states followed the directives of the federal government as governor after governor accepted grant after grant which mandated severe changes to the way children would be educated. Terms like “accountability,” “standards,” “assessment” and “workforce training” became popular among elected officials.

In 1996, the National Governors Association (NGA) and its business partners formed Achieve, Inc. with the goal of creating national standards, assessments and systems of accountability. Louisiana was at the forefront of the states in the race to reform and, in 1997, adopted its Content Standards and Benchmarks.

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

http://www.americandeception.com

http://www.abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America  click this AMAZON ORDER LINK

Published in: on February 17, 2015 at 9:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Talkshoe Radio – Office of the Attorney General and the 1855 Amendment

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

Call in Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 27398#

Archived program, EPISODE 53, click here.

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The “Brief” Dispute Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills

State of Maine 1855 Amendment

ABCs of DumbDown: No Way, ESEA! Rubber-Stamping Charter Districts

By Cynthia Weatherly, 3D Research Group

Last week it was my distinct displeasure to open our local paper, The Athens Banner-Herald of February 10, 2015, and read “Draft of Clarke charter plan calls for schoolhealth clinics, streamlined teacher evaluation, local governance teams—andbetter performance.” Clarke County’s recently elected “Outstanding School Superintendent of the Year for Georgia,” Philip Lanoue, announced that he is proposing that Clarke County (Athens) become a charter district.

Under a recent state law going into effect this year, every school board in the state must declare by June 30 whether they plan to become a charter district, remain status quo, or seek “Investing in Educational Excellence” status (which parallels the “Opportunity School District” amendment that our governor wants passed to be able to create a New Orleans/Tennessee-style, state/governor’s office-run school district of takeovers that don’t meet designated criteria in three years). If “approved” by the Clarke County School Board, it will submit its charter for State School Board rubber stamp.

While locally elected officials are not always the most informed, having been forcefully trained to abide by the guidelines of the National School Board Association, they still are the closest representatives of local taxpayers and parents. There are efforts afoot to do away with local boards and districts under the auspices of ridding them of Common Core Standards. This is a ruse to change the governance structure and tax structure in order to have the funding follow the child as a voucher only slightly disguised as an Educational Savings Account (ESA). This is especially promoted by the Heritage Foundation, Heartland Institute, American Principles Project and other neocon organizations.

Even Home School Legal Defense seems to have lost sight of why families want to home school—to do something different from what is happening in public school. Michael Farris’s organization has been promoting legislation that would have homeschoolers using standardized tests—the SAT, ACT and PSAT—based on Common Core material, as indicators of annual academic progress.

Read more HERE.

ABCs of DumbDown: “Good” Bills?!

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has done it again—made us scratch our heads and wish we could ignore their actions. A previous post titled “ACT & Common Core” from a “grassroots mom” did an excellent job of explaining the problems with the ACT College Entrance Examination. The most obvious problem being that it now “is aligned to match the ‘learning’ gained from the Common Core Standards.” ACT states that it is “developing a holistic understanding of readiness—for college, for career, and for work.”  Horrors!

Are these not the very things that homeschooling parents consider problems and what leads them to decide to make the sacrifices they do to teach their children other standards, like academics?

Then why, may I ask—and so should you—is Michael Farris’s HSLDA describing legislation that “will give homeschool families the right to submit a passing score (23rd percentile or higher) on an SAT, ACT and PSAT test to satisfy the year-end assessment requirement” in Virginia law under the column entitled “Good Bills Moving Forward” in their February 10th newsletter?

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

http://www.americandeception.com

http://www.abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America  click this AMAZON ORDER LINK

Published in: on February 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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