voucher school

I have a lot of thoughts on the benevolent racism of the ed reform movement

Thoughts and fears that I’m certain will only be exacerbated with a DeVos run ed department that is ALL about vouchers and charter schools.

I have a lot of stories that I want to share about the places I’ve worked these past few years, trying to figure out how to expose *them* whilst preserving student confidentiality.

Cause the shit is ridiculous

So...Republicans want to represent "family values" but

They dont think kids should be given food at school.
They dont think kids should be able to afford college.
They dont think kids should have affordable healthcare.
They dont think parents should have paid parental leave.
They have no interest in reforming gun laws to keep kids safe from brutality like Sandy Hook, rather they actually want more guns in schools.
Oh and schools? Fuck actually paying for schools. Voucher it up.
Hell, while they are at it, they want to defund pbs, so sesame Street can suck it.

They may represent “family values”, but they dont give a shit about families. Dont forget that.

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Breaking: Mike Pence breaks tie to confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

  • Betsy DeVos, billionaire GOP mega-donor and school voucher advocate, was confirmed as head of the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday, despite a loud outcry from education advocates and Democrats who said DeVos’ was unqualified for the job.
  • The Senate confirmed DeVos by a razor thin margin, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie in her favor.
  • Her confirmation will go down in the history books as the first cabinet secretary to be confirmed by a tie-breaking vote by the vice president. Read more
bzfd.it
Betsy DeVos Is Confirmed As Education Secretary, Thanks To An Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote
The Senate voted 50-50 on Trump's controversial pick to head the Department of Education, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a historic vote to break the tie.
By Molly Hensley-Clancy

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary by a razor-thin margin Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented vote to break a 50-50 tie on a cabinet nomination. It is also the first time in history that an education secretary has ever been confirmed without bipartisan support.

No Democrats voted for DeVos’s nomination, and two Republicans crossed party lines to oppose her, saying they believed she was too inexperienced and narrowly focused on school choice issues like charter schools and vouchers to adequately support public schools.

But a frantic effort by Democrats — including a deluge of phone calls from constituents and 24 straight hours of anti-DeVos speeches on the Senate floor — failed to convince a third Republican to jump ship and kill the nomination. That left Pence with the deciding vote, the first time in Congressional history that a vice president has broken a tie on a cabinet nominee.

President-elect Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that school choice is “the new civil rights issue of our time.” But to many Americans, talk of school choice isn’t liberating; it’s just plain confusing.

Exhibit A: Vouchers.

Politicians love to use this buzzword in perpetual second reference, assuming vouchers are like Superman: Everyone knows where they came from and what they can do. They’re wrong. And, as Trump has tapped an outspoken champion of vouchers, Betsy DeVos, to be his next education secretary, it’s time for a quick origin story.

School Vouchers 101: What They Are, How They Work — And Do They Work?

Illustration: LA Johnson/NPR

Electing Trump Has Put Nostalgic ‘American Dream’ Further Out Of Reach

“About 92 percent of 1940 babies had higher pretax household earnings at age 30 than their parents had at the same age…. For babies born in 1980 — today’s 36-year-olds — the index of the American dream has fallen to 50 percent: Only half of them make as much money as their parents did…. The American economy is far larger and more productive than in 1980…. Per-capita G.D.P. is almost twice as high now. 

By itself, that increase should allow most children to live better than their parents. They don’t, however, because the fruits of growth have gone disproportionately to the affluent…. 

The painful irony of 2016 is that nostalgia and anger over the fading American dream helped elect a president who may put the dream even further out of reach for many people — taking away their health insurance, supporting ineffective school vouchers and showering government largess on the rich.”

 - David Leonhardt of the New York Times

And this my children, is how Jesus saved us from the dinosaurs. 

Yesterday was a sad day for public education in the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced Bill 610. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5 to 17, and starts the de-funding process of public schools.

The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. It is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

Some things the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 does for Children with Disabilities:

  • ensures access to the general education curriculum
  • ensures access to accommodations on assessments
  • ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
  • includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups
  • requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

The bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. For our most vulnerable, this may be the ONLY nutritious food they have in a day.

PLEASE call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.

washingtonpost.com
What's getting cut in Trump's budget
To fund increases in defense spending and a border wall, Trump proposed cuts across departments

To pay for an increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall and school voucher programs, among other things, funding was cut from the discretionary budgets of other executive departments and agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits. The proposal also eliminates funding for these 19 agencies.

International diplomacy?  Cut it by 30%.  Labor-Employer balance?  Cut it by 20%.  Also, cut the Justice Department , the department entirely designed to help Small Businesses,  and cut into Agriculture by a fifth. In case you’re curious as to some of what’s being cut.

(can we take a second to note that the man who is all about fighting terrorism and ISIS is cutting almost 700 million from disaster mitigation and counter-terrorism grants while simultaneously charging people more money to travel?)

Did you vote for Trump to make it harder for poor senior citizens to find work?  Or did you vote to cut grants for development projects and infrastructure spending?  Or did you vote so that we would stop cleaning up toxic waste dumps?  Did you vote for Trump so you can pay more money to the TSA out of your pocket and cut counter-terrorism efforts?  Or did you vote Trump to remove almost 4 billion dollars from training teachers?  Did you vote for Trump so that America would stop doing diplomacy and “making deals” around the world?

buzzfeed.com
Betsy DeVos Is Confirmed As Education Secretary, Thanks To An Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote
The Senate voted 50-50 on Trump's controversial pick to head the Department of Education, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a historic vote to break the tie.
By Molly Hensley-Clancy

Molly Hensley-Clancy at BuzzFeed News:

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary by a razor-thin margin Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented vote to break a 50-50 tie on a Cabinet nomination. It is also the first time in history that an education secretary has ever been confirmed without bipartisan support.

No Democrats voted for DeVos’s nomination, and two Republicans crossed party lines to oppose her, saying they believed she was too inexperienced and narrowly focused on school choice issues like charter schools and vouchers to adequately support public schools.

But a frantic effort by Democrats — including a deluge of phone calls from constituents and 24 straight hours of anti-DeVos speeches on the Senate floor — failed to convince a third Republican to jump ship and kill the nomination. That left Pence with the deciding vote, the first time in congressional history that a vice president has broken a tie on a Cabinet nominee.

“On this vote, the yeas are 50, the nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the nomination is confirmed,” Pence told the deadlocked chamber.

Pence had told Fox News Sunday that it would be his “high honor to cast the deciding tie-breaking vote” on DeVos’s nomination.

[…]

No education secretary nominee in history has ever garnered the kind of opposition that DeVos, a billionaire education philanthropist and Republican megadonor, did. After a lackluster hearing in which she seemed to struggle with several basic concepts of federal education policy, she became a central target of Senate Democrats, who jumped on her relative inexperience in public schooling and complex financial ties.


Her being confirmed as our Education Secretary is an insult to our nation’s schools.

signs as british school memes
  • Aries: he's got the whole world in his hands
  • Taurus: accidentally snapping a shag band and knowing you've disappointed your mother
  • Gemini: spray painting your hair red on red nose day
  • Cancer: computers for schools tesco vouchers
  • Leo: renaming bulldog after it got banned
  • Virgo: the banning of crazy bones, beyblades and pokemon/
  • yu-gi-oh cards
  • Libra: getting drunk off blue panda pops at the school disco
  • Scorpio: apparatus pe lessons
  • Sagittarius: golden time
  • Capricorn: trying to make two aliens have babies by putting them in the fridge
  • Aquarius: BOGIES!!!!
  • Pisces: playing mario kart on ds download play and pictochat on school trips

from a comrade:

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This is a sad day for public education in the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced Bill 610. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5 to 17, and starts the de-funding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. It is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.
The bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. For our most vulnerable, this may be the ONLY nutritious food they have in a day.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting special needs kids, no mention of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 does for Children with Disabilities:
-ensures access to the general education curriculum
-ensures access to accommodations on assessments
-ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups
-requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).
Get angry, get involved and once again, please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.
Please consider copying and pasting this post (rather than hitting “share” so it isn’t limited to the friends we have in common). Thanks for advocating on behalf of our nation’s youth and their families.
DeVos and Trump are an education nightmare!

A Glimpse Of tump's Let Then Eat Cake Presidency

Immediately after the election Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller explained that Melania would be staying in New York because there was “obviously a sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year”.

We have since learned that the cost of security for Melania and Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. There is also no indication that they will actually move to DC this summer. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice.

Meanwhile, we learned last night that Trump’s budget would completely eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country.

So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation.

NOT NORMAL. #Resist

Copied and pasted from a friend on FB who copied it from a friend. Author unknown.

Alice 🐇

Just one aspect of this nightmare...

Immediately after the election Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller explained that Melania would be staying in New York because there was “obviously a sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year”.
We have since learned that the cost of security for Melania and Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. There is also no indication that they will actually move to DC this summer. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice.
Meanwhile, we learned last night that Trump’s budget would completely eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country.
So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old to attend an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation.
UNACCEPTABLE. #SaveNEA
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This is something my boss, the owner of the (small) private school that I work at posted to her facebook

Truthfully, as the founder / owner of a private school, you’d think I’d be all for this but… AMERICA.

Will the vouchers require that the school that accepts the child keep that child no matter his / her ability / behavior? If not, then this will ghettoize the public schools, leaving only the lowest or most challenging children there. Poor parents who work may not be able to afford to transport their kids to the new school. And will the extra funding for special-needs kids follow the children… with oversight?

This is like the first travel ban - not thought through, despite the years the right has had to look at these issues.

OUR CHILDREN WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR THIS BILL OF HORRORS HR610. CALL YOUR REPS……… , it begins… The Betsy Devos Era of Education House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Please inform yourselves; especially if you have children that are currently in or will be a part of the public school system.
This proposed bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. In addition, the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.
It would repeal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act):
ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs.
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act), which provides nutritional standards in school breakfasts and lunches.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, and no mention of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities:
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum
-Ensures access to accommodations and assessments
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices, and the use of aversive behavioral interventions such as restraints and seclusion.
Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.

Immediately after the election Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller explained that Melania would be staying in New York because there was “obviously a sensitivity to pulling out a 10-year-old in the middle of the school year”.
We have since learned that the cost of security for Melania and Barron to remain at Trump Tower is $183 million/year. There is also no indication that they will actually move to DC this summer. So in essence the Federal government is giving the Trump family a $183 million annual voucher so Barron can attend the elite private prep school of his choice.
Meanwhile, we learned last night that Trump’s budget would completely eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA, with an annual budget of only $148 million, is able to provide seed money for arts programming in literally every Congressional district in the country.
So, on the one hand you have a $183 million school voucher for a single 10-year-old at an elite private school. On the other hand you have a program that impacts arts and cultural programming throughout the entire nation.
NOT NORMAL.

Education at Risk

So, it begins… The Betsy Devos Era of Education House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Please inform yourselves; especially if you have children that are currently in or will be a part of the public school system.
This proposed bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. In addition, the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.
It would repeal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act):
ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs.
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act), which provides nutritional standards in school breakfasts and lunches.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, and no mention of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities:
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum
-Ensures access to accommodations and assessments
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices, and the use of aversive behavioral interventions such as restraints and seclusion.

Although I acknowledge the role it plays as part of an imperfect system that requires significant reform in many ways, I will still defend public education until the day I die, and then after that I’ll come back as a ghost to haunt the people who keep using our education budget to fund charter school vouchers while firing my colleagues in the process because they can’t afford to pay them anymore.