11/17/2016 – What Student Protests Tell Us About America Under Trump

THIS WEEK: Trump To Push School Choice … Civil Rights Under Trump… School Funding Crisis… Cops As Disciplinarians … Teachers’ Losing Battle


What Student Protests Tell Us About America Under Trump

By Jeff Bryant

“Public schools, as long as they stay truly public, are often the first institutions to reflect society’s most important social trends. In this new era under an oncoming Trump regime, student protests are telling us something is very wrong.”
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Educators Brace For Change As Some Trump Policies Still Unclear

The Wall Street Journal

“Trump hasn’t provided an overarching plan for education. But he has said that he would reprioritize federal dollars to provide an additional $20 billion for ‘school choice’ to give families more educational options. School choice entails using public-school dollars for alternatives to traditional public schools, such as for charter schools, private schools and online campuses … Presidential candidates didn’t say much during the campaign season on the nation’s new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act … It is unclear where Mr. Trump stands on the law.”
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Trump Set To Shift Gears On Civil Rights, ESSA, Says A K-12 Transition-Team Leader

Education Week

“The president-elect could significantly curb the role of the department’s office for civil rights when it comes to state and local policies … That could have a big impact on everything from action on school-discipline disparities, to transgender students’ rights … Financial accountability for higher education … would be the another key piece of Trump’s approach to education policy.”
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Schoolchildren Left Behind

The New York Times

The editorial board of the Times writes, “In 23 states, so-called formula funding – the main type of state aid for kindergarten through 12th grade – is still lower this school year than in 2008 … Inadequate school spending over prolonged periods will leave many students behind, especially low-income children … When state governments ignore the needs of schoolchildren, Washington can and should step in to counter the harm … The Trump administration will have a chance to build on the work of Congress and the Obama administration on the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 … It is the duty of the executive branch to ensure, through regulation and supervision, that the states use [federal] money to provide equal opportunity for poor and low-income children.”
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Bullied By The Badge?

The Hechinger Report

“Police officers in many schools are becoming the new disciplinarians, arresting students for incidents that once merited a call home or a visit to the principal’s office … In1997, the Department of Education reported that law enforcement officers were present in 10% of public schools at least once per week. By 2014, 30% of public schools had school resource officers, or SROs, the most common type of law enforcement on campuses … Many parents, community members and civil rights activists say the presence of police officers inside classrooms does more harm than good. They complain that officers routinely punish children for small infractions and, in some cases, treat acts that parents categorize as ‘typical teenage behavior’ like criminal activity.
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What I Learned From Running For Office As Oklahoma’s Teacher Of The Year (And Losing)


High school math teacher Shawn Sheehan writes, “I lost my bid for Oklahoma State Senate last week … My state also voted down a state question aimed at providing a $5,000 base salary increase for all educators by increasing our sales tax by 1% … Now, as a sixth-year math teacher with a master’s degree, my base salary will remain at $35,419. My total compensation, including benefits, amounts to $38,100. My net income per month is just under $2,100 … Teachers received two clear messages from this election. One: you have no place at the State Capitol. Two: we will keep saying we want to fund education, but we won’t follow through.”
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