Teachers In Colorado Face Year In Jail If They Don’t Enforce Student Mask Mandates
The Tri-County Health Department is clearly running the show in Littleton, Colorado where schools have lost autonomy to settle their own issues internally: Teachers who don’t enforce mask mandates for students can be charged as criminals and face jail time plus huge fines. It’s no wonder that parents are protesting. ⁃ TN Editor
Some parents are suing Tri-County Health Department over its mask mandate. At issue is whether teachers and administrators can be arrested, charged and prosecuted, not only if they don’t wear masks themselves in school, but if their students don’t wear masks.
The superintendent of Littleton Public Schools told the school board last week they could be held criminally liable for not enforcing the mask mandate.
Tri-County Health says if educators don’t enforce the mandate, it’s a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and $5,000 fine.
“I’m not an anti-masker. I support anything that we can do. What I am against is abusing the power of teachers against their will, against the will of the children and against the will of people,” said Tara Kohl, whose son is a 3rd grader at Pine Grove Elementary School in Parker.
She’s among some 10 parents suing Tri-County Health after, she says, teachers at her son’s school refused to let him inside unless he wore a mask.
“There was about 30 kids lined up behind him. His friends, our neighbors, people he cares about. He was humiliated in front all of them. My son was cowering in the corner in tears, covering his face,” said Kohl.
Kohl says Tri-County Health is to blame for what she calls a culture of fear and intimidation. It’s public health order, she says, has turned teachers into law enforcers.
“I do not expect teachers and principals to put their jobs on the line for something like this. It’s totally inappropriate.”
Attorney George Brauchler says it’s also illegal. He’s filing suit on behalf of the parents.
“The idea that we’re going to convert parents and teachers into enforcers of this order at the risk of their own liberty, that’s not American. We are now threatening people with the strongest powers government has, to lock you up and take away your liberty, to get them to comply.”
Oregon Governor Brown Forcing All Educators To Be Vaccinated
Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s false assumptions about COVID lead to dystopian mandates-by-executive-orders more like a dictator than an elected politician: Education staff and students will be vaxxed or fired. ⁃ TN Editor
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) administration is forcing all educators and staff in the state to get vaccinated for the Chinese coronavirus, Brown announced on Thursday.
Claiming to follow the science, Brown touted the importance of ensuring that schools are open and offered two “keys” to ensure students are safe: Masks and vaccines.
Because of that, she ordered the Oregon Health Authority to issue a rule mandating teachers, staff, and volunteers to be vaccinated by October 18 “or six weeks from FDA approval, whichever is later.”
“There are those who will disagree with the actions I am taking today. But school is starting across the state. COVID-19 poses a threat to our kids, and our kids need to be protected,” she said, stating she is “willing to take the heat for it.”
“We stood together for nurses, doctors, and health care workers. We saved lives by following science and data,” she continued, failing to mention that many nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers in blue states now face an ultimatum: Either get vaccinated or lose their job.
“I’m asking you to do it again for our health care heroes, vulnerable community members, and Oregon’s kids,” she continued.
“Our best tools to keep our schools, businesses, and communities open are wearing masks and getting vaccinated,” Brown added:
I’ll start by addressing Oregon’s hospital crisis, caused by the Delta surge. With over 845 Oregonians hospitalized for COVID-19 and 226 in ICUs, our hospital and ICU beds are over 93% full. Some hospital regions are beginning the day with 2 ICU beds available, or none at all.
That’s why I’ve directed the Oregon Health Authority to issue a rule requiring all teachers, educators, support staff, and volunteers in K-12 schools to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19––again by October 18, or six weeks from FDA approval, whichever is later.
LA Schools: Health Pass Now Required For Children To Enter School
Bill Gates’ Microsoft has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District to implement “Daily Pass” for all students to gain access to campus, proving that they don’t have COVID, despite the data showing that children have a minuscule chance of getting it. ⁃ TN Editor
You expect to produce a ticket to get on a plane, train or enter the theater. But Bill Gates has designed it so children in Los Angeles need a ticket to go to school.1
The app is called the Daily Pass and follows on the heels of the city’s digital vaccine verification announced in January 2021. Digital health passports and vaccine verifications are the beginning of data collection and social engineering that are being designed to change your behavior and control your movements.
These digital passports are being fed to a public that is weary of lockdowns and mask-wearing and longs for the ability to get back to some semblance of normalcy. It is being dangled as a mechanism for freedom. Adults will be required to show proof of a vaccine or a recent negative COVID-19 test before being able to travel, attend a concert or enjoy a meal in their favorite restaurant.
The problem is that to live life freely, you must have “papers.” Instead of freedom, it’s discrimination and a movement toward technocratic fascism, setting the stage for increased surveillance and erosion of your privacy. Despite this blatant move toward a surveillance state, many are welcoming digital passports because they’ve been led to believe it’s necessary to protect public health and safety.
The new Daily Pass app rolled out in Los Angeles is the next step in adjusting the behaviors and movements of children with full knowledge that when children are acclimated to the requirements of the Great Reset, it’s more likely they will continue to “follow the leader” as adults.
Health Pass Required for Children to Enter School
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced the launch of “a one-stop-shop web app built specifically for the District” on their website.2 LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner called it the “golden ticket in Willy Wonka,” which allows anyone with the pass easy access into the school building.3
The app was developed with Microsoft to generate a unique daily QR code that is scanned by the system at school.4 Without that code, students will not be allowed to enter the school building. The code is generated after the student gets a negative test result for COVID-19, reports a temperature under 100 degrees and answers daily health questions on the app, a procedure which the school says will not take more than two minutes.5
To generate the daily pass, the student must test negative using a PCR test.6 The LAUSD tells their parents, employees and students: “While we recommend the use of nasal swabs, anyone can request a saliva test if they prefer. Both tests are what’s known as PCR tests, the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.”7
This leads parents, students and employees, who may not stay abreast of research studies, to believe that PCR testing is the most accurate method of identifying a COVID-19 infection. However, as I’ve talked about, PCR testing may be highly inaccurate and the results have been manipulated based on the cycle threshold used.
In addition to these requirements, students must confirm they have not been in close physical contact with anyone with symptoms, have not traveled outside of Southern California for the past 10 days and agree that they have been “as safe as possible.” In addition, the app user is then informed:8
“If you ‘disagree’ with any of the above, you will not be allowed to enter a school or District office and you can schedule a COVID-19 test if you are an employee or student at …”
Within the app, students are asked, “Do you agree to commit to the safest behaviors possible and in so doing, keeping the schools safer?” and within the portal users are told:9
“Anonymous data from Daily Pass will be used by the Los Angeles Unified’s research and health care collaborators — Stanford University, UCLA, The Johns Hopkins University, Anthem Blue Cross, Healthnet, and Cedars Sinai — to provide insights for strategies to create the safest possible school environment.”
These statements, separating the word “disagree” in quotes and content from the explainer video discussed below, are subtle and subconscious ways of pressuring students and staffers to accept behavioral changes and vaccinations in the march toward greater surveillance and control.
Additionally, the user is told their information will be shared “anonymously.” However, it is difficult to imagine that this information will remain anonymous when highly secured banks,10 retailers11 and even the federal government12 have been hacked and information stolen.
On the Road to a Health Passport
What began in Los Angeles as digital vaccine verification in January 2021, has quickly morphed into a comprehensive check-in system children must pass in order to enter their school buildings. NBC Los Angeles reports on the other functions daily pass will have, including:13
“… register and schedule appointments, track vaccines in stock, perform check-in and data capture at time of appointment, sort high-risk individuals, offer waitlists to low-risk individuals and dashboards to view data, among other features, the district said.”
To introduce the app to students and parents, the district produced an explainer video, positioning it as a solution for children who are fearful of becoming sick. One Twitter post captioned the video, “California is a dystopian nightmare.”14
The explainer video introduces Daily Pass as a solution. After following the student through her first day at school where she dutifully follows the safety rules, including staying 6 feet apart from other students, the cartoon character announces to her father that she is no longer scared and grateful that her father kept her safe.
The Daily Pass is an iteration of vaccine passports, both of which may quickly morph into health passports during 2021 and 2022 if they are widely accepted. Although vaccination is currently presented as a voluntary medical procedure, without a vaccine you may ultimately experience severe limitations to travel, indoor events and socialization.
However, giving special privileges to those who are vaccinated essentially amounts to mandatory vaccination and acceptance of surveillance and tracking. The presentation as a measure to protect public health is in reality threatening your freedom to go about normal daily life unless you consent to the COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition to the Microsoft Daily Pass, the CommonPass app is intended to act as a health passport where users upload medical data that go far beyond vaccination. It is anticipated the CommonPass will integrate with personal health apps currently in place, such as Apple Health and CommonHealth. If your personal health record doesn’t meet entry requirements, you could be denied.
Pre-Crime Claim: Student Grades Can Predict Future Life Of Crime
If you think racial profiling is problematic, just wait until you understand criminal profiling… of school children based on grades plus psychographic and demographic factors. Meddling with school records is apparently OK because it is done by Technocrats who, after all, think that all answers to society’s problems can be solved by them. ⁃ TN Editor
Imagine a world where police can foretell a child’s future simply by looking at their school grades. Welcome to the unbelievable world of predictive policing American style.
Apparently the Pasco Sheriff’s Office (PSO) considers a student with low grades and poor discipline records to be a future criminal.
According to a recent Tampa Bay Timesarticle that is exactly what is happening in Florida.
“The Pasco Sheriff’s Office keeps a secret list of kids it thinks could fall into a life of crime based on factors like whether they’ve been abused or gotten a D or an F in school, according to the agency’s internal intelligence manual.”
The Sheriff’s office is secretly keeping records of 420 middle and high school students who they think could become future criminals based on predictive grading!
“School district data shows which children are struggling academically, miss too many classes or are sent to the office for discipline. Records from the state Department of Children and Families flag kids who have witnessed household violence or experienced it themselves.”
“According to the manual, any one of those factors makes a child more likely to become a criminal. Four hundred and twenty kids are on the list, the Sheriff’s Office said.”
As the article explained, the Sheriff’s Office does not tell the kids or their parents about their secret designation.
The PSO’s 50 page attempt at justifying why they are predicting which students will commit future crimes is worrisome.
Page 4 of the PSO’s response claims that “adjustments to the law over the years have leaned towards improving necessary information-sharing practices, due to a school shooting at Marjory Stoneham Douglas.” Which does not even come close to justifying how bogus their prediction program really is.
The PSO claims that a Memorandum of Understanding allows law enforcement to create ‘work ups’ or research on students but admits that they could also create separate ‘Intel reports’ on individual students.
The PSO’s outrageous justification for invading students privacy borders on the absurd.
“Having the ability to see grades, including grade drops, attendance, including several unexplained absences, and disciplinary records facilitates this mentorship.” (page 6)
An article in the Major County Sheriffs of America contradicts how the Pasco Sheriff’s Office uses their Mental Health and Threat Assessment Team to determine if a person [student] could become a future criminal.
“Understanding that everybody has a baseline, and when people dip below that baseline, we can provide some intervention strategies, connect them with a case manager, or other behavioral health resources within the community that can help them stabilize before they get to a crisis,” Pasco Sheriff Lt. Toni Roach said.
What the PSO is really saying is at least 420 students are in need of police intervention strategies.
The PSO has been secretly predicting how schoolkids could become criminals for at least twenty years.
“The Sheriff’s Office said its data sharing practices with the school district date back 20 years and are crucial to keeping campuses safe.”
An “Intelligence-Led Policing” document reveals how they use Compstat to help “identify at-risk-youth who are destined to a life of crime and prevent them from becoming prolific offenders.” (pages 6 & 13)
It also goes so far as to claim that kids as young as 10 years old can and will become life-long criminals, if they have bad school grades.
Page 14, reveals how the PSO has created a secret student “Early Warning System” which can allegedly identify which juveniles are at-risk of becoming prolific offenders.
Some of the things Florida law enforcement uses to determine whether or not a student will become a future criminal are mind-boggling. Things like, “adverse childhood experiences”, a student’s social network and whether of not a student has run away from home, are all factors.
As the above screenshot shows, most of the things that would put a student on the future criminal list are unbelievable:
Are a schoolkids’ parents, brothers or sisters antisocial?
Does a schoolkid[s] exhibit signs of antisocial behavior?
Did a schoolkid[s] receive poor rearing?
Did a schoolkid[s] get poor grades?
Has the schoolkid[s] been a victim of a personal crime?
And perhaps the most shocking reason to put a schoolkid[s] on a future criminals list is…
Does a schoolkid[s] hang around in public?
I don’t know about you, but almost every adult over the age of 30 years old played and hung around outside. According to their reasoning, that would make nearly every American over the age of 30 a potential criminal.
“Elementary students make more threats compared to students in middle and high schools. Behavioral plans, supports, plans, and level of risk will continued to be monitored by the school-based threat assessment, as needed.”
Classifying elementary school kids as potential threats should tell you everything you need to know about predictive policing and threat assessments. I mean what’s next? Will they predict which toddlers might become future criminals?
Letting law enforcement decide who will or will not become a future criminal is about as absurd as it gets.
This is a perfect example of why we need to take police out of our schools.
Almost ninety percent of college students freak out if they are separated from their smart phones. Psychologists have standardized and profiled the condition as “nomophobia”, or No Mobile Phone Phobia”. Adults and younger children are just as addicted to smart phones as students, however. ⁃ TN Editor
Previously, active phone use at bedtime has been implicated in disrupted sleep and related complaints. To improve sleep, a recommendation following such findings is limiting phone use before and during bedtime. However, for those with the characteristic of “nomophobia”, fear of being out of mobile phone contact, this recommendation could exacerbate anxiety at and around bedtime and disrupt, rather than improve, sleep. In 2012, an estimated 77% of 18-24-year-olds could be identified as nomophobic. Because of the prevalence of nomophobia and its possible interaction with sleep, we explored the existence of nomophobia in a college-age population and its relationship to sleep, sleepiness, and sleep hygiene behaviors.
327 university students (age: M=19.7 years, SD=3.78) recruited from introductory psychology courses and campus newsletters were given extra credit or a chance to win $25 gift cards for participation. Participants completed demographic information, the Nomophobia Questionnaire (NMP-Q), the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, questions regarding associated features of inadequate sleep hygiene, and the Sleep Hygiene Index. Additional sleep hygiene questions assessed frequency of active and passive technology use during sleep time.
89.4% of the participants had moderate or severe nomophobia. Greater nomophobia was significantly related to greater daytime sleepiness (ESS) (r(293)=.150, p<.05), associated features of poor sleep (daytime sleepiness: r(297)=.097, p<.05, and avolition: r(297)=.100, p<.05), more maladaptive sleep hygiene behaviors including active technology use during sleep time (r(298)=.249, p<.05), long daytime naps, inconsistent wake and bed times, using bed for non-sleep purposes, uncomfortable bed, and bedtime cognitive rumination (r’s=0.097 to 0.182).
Most participants experienced moderate to severe nomophobia with greater nomophobia associated with greater sleepiness, avolition, and poorer sleep hygiene. Nomophobia is likely to be an important consideration when treating sleep disorders and/or making any sleep hygiene recommendations.
Big Bro: Michigan College To Track Students At All Times
Digital tyranny is more contagious than COVID-19 as Albion College announces that all students will be tracked digitally, confined to the campus and subject to specimen collection at any time. Students can be expelled for violations. ⁃ TN Editor
A Michigan college is requiring students to download a phone application that tracks their location and private health data at all times in an attempt to protect them from the coronavirus.
Albion College, located in Albion, Mich., is one of the first schools in the country to tackle contact tracing. The school is working to create a “COVID-bubble” on campus, and asking students stay within the school’s 4.5-mile perimeter for the entire semester; if a student leaves campus, the app will notify the administration, and the student could be temporarily suspended.
The move comes as universities grapple with how to reopen safely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Several schools including Harvard University have shut down their campuses entirely, while the University of California system will provide the majority of classes online with a selection of hybrid options. Other schools, such as Boston University, are resuming in-person learning with masks and social distancing guidelines alongside virtual learning supplements for those who don’t feel comfortable returning.
Albion’s reopening plan has sparked blowback from students and parents who are expressing concern about what they view as an invasion of privacy. A father of an Albion student said that he is upset that he must choose between keeping his daughter home from school or signing off on a university-sanctioned “invasion of privacy.”
“The school wants my daughter to sign a form consenting to specimen collection and lab testing,” he told the Washington Free Beacon on condition of anonymity. “I have a ton of concern with that…. Why is the state of Michigan’s contact tracing not enough?”
Though students are required to remain on campus, professors and administrators are not. When asked about this potential loophole in its “COVID-bubble,” the school declined to comment.
Rising senior Andrew Arszulowicz said that he is upset with both the mandatory use of the app and the manner in which students are being treated. “I feel like I am being treated like a five-year-old that cannot be trusted to follow rules,” Arszulowicz told the Free Beacon. “If the school believes masks work … why are we not allowed to leave if they work? It does not make sense to me.”
Albion is planning to offer in-person learning only, and students who refuse to comply with the contact-tracing program will be forced to defer for a semester or a full school year.
Coronavirus testing will be required upon arrival to campus. It’s unclear how many follow-up tests the university will mandate throughout the 14-week semester, but the results be stored on Albion’s tracking app.
Returning students must also sign a form authorizing the disclosure of their test results to the county, state, or “any other governmental entity as may be required by law”—though the school told the Free Beacon that state and county officials are not collecting information from the app.
Chaos Ensued After Algorithm Determined UK Students’ Grades
In the wake of schools being shut down over COVID-19, Technocrats in the UK decided to use AI to grade students for the annual “results day.” Wired reports that “teachers are aghast at the mess that’s been allowed to unfold.” ⁃ TN Editor
Results Day has a time-worn rhythm, full of annual tropes: local newspaper pictures of envelope-clutching girls jumping in the air in threes and fours, columnists complaining that exams have gotten far too easy, and the same five or six celebrities posting worthy Twitter threads about why exam results don’t matter because everything worked out alright for them.
But this year, it’s very different. The coronavirus pandemic means exams were canceled and replaced with teacher assessments and algorithms. It has created chaos.
In Scotland, the government was forced to completely change tack after tens of thousands of students were downgraded by an algorithm that changed grades based on a school’s previous performance and other factors. Anticipating similar scenes for today’s A-level results, the government in England has introduced what it’s calling a ‘triple lock’—whereby, via stages of appeals, students will effectively get to choose their grade from a teacher assessment, their mock exam results, or a resit to be taken in the autumn.
While that should help reduce some injustices, the results day mess could still have a disproportionate effect on students from disadvantaged backgrounds, with knock-on effects on their university applications and careers. The mess shines a light on huge, long-term flaws in the assessment, exams, and university admissions systems that systematically disadvantage pupils from certain groups.
Forget the triple lock, ethnic minority students from poorer backgrounds could be hit with a triple whammy. First, their teacher assessments may be lower than white students because of unconscious bias, argues Pran Patel, a former assistant head teacher and an equity activist at Decolonise the Curriculum. He points to a 2009 study into predictions and results in Key Stage 2 English which found that Pakistani pupils were 62.9 percent more likely than white pupils to be predicted a lower score than they actually achieved, for example. There’s also an upwards spike in results for boys from black and Caribbean background at age 16, which Patel says corresponds to the first time in their school careers that they’re assessed anonymously.
Not everyone agrees on this point. Research led by Kaili Rimfeld at King’s College London, based on data from more than 10,000 pupils, has found that teacher assessments are generally good predictors of future exam performance, although the best predictor of success in exams is previous success in exams.
But because of fears over grade inflation caused by teachers assessing their own students, those marks aren’t being used in isolation. This year, because of coronavirus, those potentially biased teacher assessments were modified—taking into account the school’s historical performance and other factors that may have had little to do with the individual student. In fact, according to TES, 60 percent of this year’s A-Level grades have been determined via statistical modeling, not teacher assessment.
Excessive Screen Time For Toddlers Can Stunt Development
When schools are closed, children at home increasingly turn to electronic screens to be entertained. The risk to younger children is well documented as it stunts mental development. Even the WHO recommends only 30 minutes per day of screen time for toddlers. ⁃ TN Editor
As the world continues to advance, technology is becoming a bigger part of every child’s development. Playing on various digital devices for too long, however, can be just as bad for kids as it is for adults. A recent study says excessive screen time may stunt a child’s growth, especially if they start using devices around age two or three.
Researchers in Singapore examined over 500 children. Their findings lead them to recommend parents follow World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, which advise limiting a child’s screen time to one hour per day. This amount should be even less for children younger than five.
Tracking the many forms of screen time
Study authors say screen time tends to replace time children usually spend sleeping or engaging in physical activity. This can lead to a variety of health problems, including high risk of obesity and lower mental development.
Until this report, researchers say most studies focus on school-aged children and adolescents, producing mixed results.
“We sought to determine whether screen viewing habits at age two to three affected how children spent their time at age five. In particular we were interested in whether screen viewing affected sleep patterns and activity levels later in childhood,” researcher Falk Müller-Riemenschneider explains in a media release.
Parents were asked to report on their children’s screen time at age two and again one year later. Activities like playing video games, watching TV, and using a tablet or phone were all included in the results.
When the children turned five, they continuously wore an activity tracker for seven days. That tracker monitors sleep, time spent sitting, and how much light-to-strenuous physical activity the youngsters get.
In 1934, the Technocracy movement categorized education as a “continental system of human conditioning.” Today’s Technocrats think in exactly the same way as they mold young brains into the predetermined image of model workers. ⁃ TN Editor
Ultra-creepy technology that George Orwell could not have imagined in his most terrifying nightmares is invading government-school classrooms — and children’s minds — all around the world. While many of the Big Brother innovations are coming out of Communist China, they are making their way into American schools quickly as well. Parents, beware.
In a video report by the Wall Street Journal on artificial intelligence in Communist Chinese schools, children in a communist indoctrination camp masquerading as a school are shown wearing bands around their heads. The devices feature colored lights on the front that indicate for the “teacher” whether the child is paying attention or distracted. Red is for “deeply focused.” Blue means “distracted.” White is offline.
The technology is supposedly aimed at helping the indoctrination facilitators (misleadingly described as “teachers” by the WSJ and the regime) and authorities determine whether the young victim is concentrating and absorbing the regime’s propaganda. Basically, the headbands use what are known as “electroencephalography” (EEG) sensors to monitor the brain activity and signals of the user. The data is then collected and shared with parents and government agents.
As this writer reported in February for The Epoch Times, a U.S. company called BrainCo developed a headband that purports to measure and collects data on students’ “brainwaves.” The company is funded in part by the mass-murdering regime in Beijing via its state-run “companies,” with the devices being deployed against thousands of Chinese children at schools.
However, despite criticism from all angles, the Orwellian technology is already in America, too. According to the U.K. Daily Mail, the Massachusetts-based company also deployed the devices at a high school in Boston. The scheme was supposed to offer “focus and relaxation neurofeedback training” so that the students could “enhance their learning efficiency and education outcomes.”
The privacy implications are huge. According to the CEO of the company, the plan is to build the “world’s largest database” using the brain-activity data compiled from students. That information will then be analyzed by “artificial intelligence” to help gain insights into detecting individuals’ emotional states. Chinese communists also boast that the data will feed their AI algorithms.
And that is just the start. Another technological nightmare being deployed in schools in both Communist China and the United States: facial recognition cameras and data-gathering robots. According to the Journal’s video report, the cameras spy on students and monitor their activities, while the robots in Chinese classrooms analyze student “health and engagement levels.”
In America, as The Newman Report documented in 2017, the federal government spent large amounts of tax money to create a robot named “EMAR.” Investigators figured out that children would be more likely to share their private mental health data with a robot than a human, and so, EMAR was born. The robots are basically gathering massive amounts of “mental-health” information on children — data that may follow them around for life.
Combined with other techno-tracking tools, it is clear that a monstrous machine is being created for humanity that will eliminate privacy, liberty, and even independent thought if this is not stopped. A big part of the reason for the technology is to ensure that the children are absorbing the “social” and “emotional” goals demanded by the government, including attitudes and values.
To global-minded Technocrats, children are the window into the homes of citizens. Government schools are vulnerable to a massive wave of contact tracing that could affect millions of parents forced into quarantine or isolation. ⁃ TN Editor
We seem to be divided as a country when it comes to privacy, civil liberties, and the tracking and tracing of citizens. Some are willing to submit to a surveillance state in order to track the spread of the coronavirus. Others see the pandemic as a weapon used to infringe on our privacy and freedoms. As an active member of the national advocacy group Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
I have been researching and tracking violations of pupil privacy in Texas for several years. I maintain two education-related Facebook pages called Educray and my old school board campaign page. I use LinkedIn to publish articles on data privacy, smart cities, and privatization agendas attacking our public schools. I’m a conservative public school parent who believes we should preserve Article VII in the Texas Constitution which makes provision for public free education.
Our elected representatives in both parties have sold out to special interests and abandoned their oath to uphold the Constitution and defend our rights as taxpayers and citizens.
Last month Governor Greg Abbott appointed a “Strike Force” to assess the pandemic and devise a strategy to get Texans back to work. More than half of the panel on reopening Texas are his campaign donors. The Dallas Morning News reported, “Since 2015, 25 of the 39 members of his Special Advisory Council have given Abbott’s political arm at least $5.8 million, a Dallas Morning News analysis found.”
Abbott’s business advisers include proponents of education technology, for-profit charter schools, school choice vouchers, K12 Inc., and policy insiders working to collapse our traditional public school in favor of privatization, including his appointment of software entrepreneur Mike Morath as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. For more information about Morath and Texas-Moscow oil money ties to education technology read here:
The Super Lobby
The strike force advisor that concerns me most is Abbott’s Chief Operating Officer Mike Toomey, a BigPharma superlobbyist and former chief of staff for Governor Rick Perry. He is known for his controversial work with Perry when they attempted to mandate the Gardasil HPV vaccine for all girls in Texas. Before you even think about labeling me as an anti-vaxxer, just stop right there. My kids are vaccinated. However, I believe in parental choice and the right to decide which vaccines are safe for our kids. Period.
Why do we need a “strike force” anyway? Isn’t that why we have legislators; you know, the elected representatives? There may be some good patriots on the force but I haven’t seen any of them stand up to this blatant power grab by local politicians like Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins or Abbott’s vague promises. I gave Judge Jenkins a piece of my mind a few weeks ago when he tried to hire his former campaign manager and another buddy of his for $76K each using federal CARES relief funds. Fortunately it was voted down 4-1.
Flush With Power
In the February 2017, Texas Monthly’s Flush With Power issue featured The Lobbyist: Andrea McWilliams. They wrote, “Of course, another way to exert political influence is with money, and the McWilliamses have gone that route too. Though not among the Austin lobby’s top political donors, they have served as bundlers, pooling money from others to give to candidates. Dean was a “Pioneer” bundler for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, meaning he raised at least $100,000. In October of last year, Dean made a personal donation of $50,000 to Lieutenant Governor Patrick’s political committee. And in 2016 Andrea supported Texas Republican U.S. senator Ted Cruz for president.”
Texas Monthly underscored her lobbying efforts for K12 Inc, “While the McWilliamses might be described as a power couple, there’s no doubt it’s Andrea who dazzles at the Capitol and in the world of Austin society and philanthropy. She goes into this session with as much as $2.6 million in client contracts with the likes of Citibank, Verizon, Ryan tax consultants, and K12 Inc., an online education company. She has become an influential figure, “a consigliere to the powerful and political,” as a friend once described her.”
K12 Inc. is a for-profit education management organization founded by former banker Ronald J. Packard in 2000 and became publicly traded in 2007. Initial investors in the company included Michael R. Milken and Lowell Milken of education company Knowledge Universe. Andrew Tisch of the Loews Corporation and Larry Ellison of Oracle also contributed venture capital. The more kids on devices at home, the more cashflow.
The Texas Tribune featured them in their 2013 article titled A-List Lobbyists Disclosed Little After Swanky Parties. Jay Root wrote, “Among those represented by either Andrea or Dean McWillliams are the city of Laredo; K-12, Inc., the company that helps run online schools in numerous states, including Texas; Career Education Company, which offers online education services; and Ryan Inc., the tax preparation company headed by mega-contributor Brint Ryan.”
MTX Tracker Jackers and the K12 Inc. Lobbyists
The Houston Chronicle featured a story where Texas health officials awarded up to $295 million to MTX Group, an Albany-based contact tracing technology company with a second headquarters in Frisco, Texas.
According to the article, “The deal appears to have been put together within just a few days. On Wednesday, MTX hired Austin-based lobbyists Andrea and Dean McWilliams for up to $50,000 each, according to public disclosure documents.”
You may recall, in response to Trump’s executive order beginning on Sunday, February 2, 2020, the MTX Disease Monitoring and Control Appconnected all incoming flight passengers into the system in order to adhere to the 14-day mandatory virtual quarantine process.
MTX is also donating its newly launched tracking application to all public school districts in the U.S. That’s right. When it’s free, YOU are the product. The Dallas Morning News reporter Brandi Addison featured MTX here in March saying the donation was valued at $500,000 and is designed for use by health officials, airports and government officials. Addison wrote, “Users who are arriving from affected global regions are asked to check in through a process called a “digital quarantine,” which will track the development of their symptoms.”
They are setting our kids up for a future on blockchain. Think of a supply chain model, only it’s the kids and their outcomes to be traded. Handing out FREE apps is their access point. Data has been proven to be as good as gold.
Last week I featured an article on the national and statewide bipartisan efforts to “Reimagine Education” for our public school children. Governor Greg Abbott is teaming up with Dallas ISD, TEA Commissioner Morath to push “distance learning” for all kids in Texas in response to the coronavirus. Many of the people on Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s Task Force and Governor Abbott’s Strike Force have deep ties in education technology, the Texas Virtual Schools Network (TxVSN), charter schools, and the unconstitutional school choice voucher movement. They view this virus as the perfect opportunity to kill public education and get every kid on a device for at-home learning. They seek to pervert Milton Friedman’s free-market approach by using it on schoolchildren. He said, “Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change.”
Manufactured Unemployment and an Army of Contact Tracers
For ten years I have served as a career coach for unemployed people. I got a message yesterday from one of my jobseekers. Doesn’t it seem a little coincidental that we have a tidal wave of unemployment as they are now ushering in the need for an army of contact tracers? The lockdowns have had a devastating impact on our country and the worst is yet to come with 1.9 million unemployment claims in Texas. Governor Abbott said Wednesday that more than 2,000 tracers have been deployed and the state in ramping up to meet his goal of hiring an army of 4,000.
Big GERM and The TRACE Act from Hell (HR 6666)
Anyone following the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) knows that Bill Gates is one of the most notorious philanthrocapitalists of them all. His Common Core (CCSS) experiment on America’s children has been documented and exposed by Lynne Taylor, Common Core Diva.
Her recent magnum opus regarding HR 6666 might be her most important to date. It’s not much of a leap to see the intersection of education and the pandemic as an access point. Lynne wrote, “As we know, Gates is also behind the CCSS Machine.”
She documented the The $100 Billion ‘Rushing’ Test Schemecoming through HR 6666, the TRACE Act. She explained, “Warriors, the full name of HR 6666 is “Testing, Reaching, and, Contacting Everyone Act“. In the image below, it’s one I created to illustrate ESSA’s hamster wheel for communities. TRACE will use this hamster wheel concept to address COVID-19 in your town. Because the cradle to grave alignment in education exists, the extension of the concept of tracking and tracing everyone just got a ‘green light’ from HR 6666’s purpose!”
She said, “From the Press Release on Rep. Rush’s website, you can see that not only will schools be used as testing sites, but college/university based hospitals and health care centers, too. However, since ESSA turned all public schools into quasi hospitals, they qualify as federally certified health care centers.”
So, what’s the big deal with contact tracing? I can think of one guy in history who would have loved to have had access to tracking software. It seems we are so afraid of dying, we are willing to stop living and protecting our freedoms. There’s no question the threat of the virus is real, but the projections and the extreme measures to mitigate it have gone beyond reason. Regardless of your stance on the risks, please consider the implications of allowing tech giants to control us through tracking, machine learning, blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI). The Constitution doesn’t have an exemption for COVID-19.
Wrench in the Gears writer Alison McDowell featured a computer scientist “discussing plans to leverage” small data,” digital traces, from smart phones to influence “personal health management.” She wrote, “It is important to recognize that the move into contract tracing is an extension of this work. Once the state normalizes the practice of tracking people and their networks within the context of pandemic they can move into using these apps to influence health-related behaviors in subtle and overt ways. All of this will be linked to human capital markets, and all of it will be used to train AI.”
In closing, let’s think about the slippery slope of allowing MTX Group to have access to our public school children, as well as our citizens when they have been very clear about where they are headed. MTX founder and chairman Das Nobel said, “MTX is currently working on a new artificial intelligence platform to cater to the medical industry. There is a need to disrupt the industry with the use of genome sequencing and other technologies to get insights that will help in predicting appropriate healthcare models and analyzing symptoms to tackle diseases early. We want patients to take control on decision making. We not only want to serve the US market but also India.”