4/19/2018 – Why Teacher Uprisings May Hit Blue States Too

THIS WEEK: Another DeVos Lie … Reasons For Teacher Walkouts … Push To Resegregate … Florida Teacher #GunFail … America Hates Children


Why Teacher Uprisings May Hit Blue States Too

By Jeff Bryant

“Financial austerity that has driven governments at all levels to skimp on education has had plenty of compliance, if not downright support, from centrist Democrats who’ve spent most of their political capital on pressing an agenda of ‘school reform’ and ‘choice’ rather than pressing for increased funding and support that schools and teachers need … In a startling sign that teacher uprisings may move to purple and blue states too, Colorado teachers recently left schools and stormed the state capitol … Colorado teachers’ plans to walk out of school is a strong sign they’ve had it with state government inaction on funding. There’s also a sign many Colorado Democrats feel that way too.”
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Why The School Spending Graph Betsy Devos Is Sharing Doesn’t Mean What She Says It Does


“Education Betsy DeVos … shared a graph that appears to show that school spending has risen dramatically over the last three decades as student outcomes barely budged … But the graph is misleading, and several recent studies have in fact shown that students gain – in higher test scores, graduation rates, and earnings as adults – when they attend schools that spend more money … Gains in math have been fairly substantial … Scores have been relatively flat for the past decade, but in math they increased substantially the decade beforehand. In fact, a graph could be made showing a tight correspondence between math results and spending … there is a decent case that the recent stagnation in NAEP scores is due at least in part to spending cuts.”
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Walkouts And Teacher Pay: How Did We Get Here?


“In Arizona … teachers make about 63 cents on the dollar compared to other college graduates. In Oklahoma, it’s 67 cents … More than half of states were still spending less per student in 2015 than they were before the Great Recession … U.S. teachers earned less last year, on average, than they did back in 1990 … In many states, teachers don’t qualify for Social Security benefits … Years of spending cuts have led to teacher shortages in many communities … It’s going to be harder and harder, he says, for some states to tell their new college graduates: ‘We value teachers!’ When the numbers tell a different story.”
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The South’s Push To Resegregate Its Schools


“More than 60 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling made school racial segregation unconstitutional, school secession has been gaining momentum across the South, with richer areas trying to wall their kids and tax dollars off from big districts … Since 2000, 71 areas in the U.S. have tried to secede from their school districts … 49 succeeded; 9 are in process … The region that once required school segregation by law is also where desegregation worked best, in part because Southern school districts are so big.”
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Parkland Teacher Who Pushed For Arming Teachers Left A Loaded Gun Unattended


“A chemistry teacher at the Florida high school where 17 people were fatally killed … left a gun in a public bathroom, where a drunk homeless man picked it up and fired it. The gun was loaded. No one was injured, and the teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was charged with failing to safely store a firearm … He’d left his gun in the restroom by accident … The students … who started the Never Again movement to advocate for gun control in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day shooting, expressed disappointment and frustration at the situation.”
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America Is A Dangerous Place To Be A Kid

The Nation

“Measure for measure, America is one of the most dangerous places in the world for a kid to grow up … Children in the United States are at higher risk of getting killed than their peers in virtually every other comparably wealthy society. Our country’s number-one child-death ranking centers on two primary factors – teens shot to death, and babies extinguished soon after birth … ‘From 2001 to 2010 the risk of death in the United States was 76 percent greater for infants and 57 percent greater for children ages 1 to 19’ … It’s not a decline in general public prosperity that is killing kids; death rates can be traced to distinct social policies, including laws that value guns over young people’s lives, and a private health-care system that abandons the most vulnerable infants.”
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