5/24/2018 – Will Teacher Uprisings Change Democrats?

THIS WEEK: DeVos Wants Religious Schools … DeVos Unleashes ICE … Immigrant Students Traumatized … Schools Closings Harm Students … We Hate Children


Will Teacher Uprisings Change Democrats?

By Jeff Bryant

Anyone wondering whether teacher uprisings this spring will influence party politics and elections in November should look at what’s happened in this year’s primaries so far … There are clear signs the dynamics of education politics are changing in the Democratic party, and those changes are taking place at the very same time progressive populist candidates are surging in Democratic primaries across the country. These insurgencies could result not only in a new Democratic party, but also a new vision for education policy in the party.”
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DeVos: State Bans On Public Money To Religious Schools Should Go To ‘Ash Heap Of History’

Education Week

“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos railed against state constitutional prohibitions on public funds going to faith-based institutions … The target of DeVos’ wrath: so-called ‘Blaine’ amendments to state constitutions that prohibit public funds from being used for religious purposes … These amendments are still on the books in 37 states … DeVos also gave a shout-out to states … that have created so-called ‘tax credit scholarship programs,’ in which individuals and corporations can get a tax break for donating to scholarship granting organizations. DeVos worked behind the scenes last year to get a similar, federal program included in a tax overhaul bill, but was ultimately unsuccessful.”
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Betsy DeVos Stirs Uproar By Saying Schools Can Call ICE On Undocumented Kids


“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos provoked an outcry Tuesday when she said schools can choose to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on potentially undocumented students. ‘I think that’s a school decision, it’s a local community decision, DeVos told the House Education and the Workforce Committee … Advocacy groups immediately protested her answer, pointing out that under the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe, all children ― undocumented or not ― are entitled to a free public education … DeVos’ comments could have a chilling impact on undocumented students attending schools.”
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Teachers Are Witnessing An Uptick In Emotional Problems In Students Afraid Of ICE

The Nation

“In the latest video by Brave New Films, Immigrant Stories: Teachers, educators reveal how immigration enforcement actions are disrupting their students’ lives and affecting not just their education, but their overall wellbeing … According to a study conducted this year by the UCLA Civil Rights Project, two-thirds of the 3,500 educators surveyed across 12 states have noticed behavioral or emotional problems in their students that appear to be related to the rise of immigrant enforcement action. Some respondents noted seeing students come to school withdrawn, anxious, crying and refusing to eat lunch. One Maryland teacher even gave an account of a student who attempted to self-harm because she was so distraught by her mother’s deportation. Teachers surveyed also reported a rise in absenteeism and a decline in parent involvement because they fear leaving their homes.”
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Study: After Mass School Closings, Impacted Students Lagged Academically

The Chicago Reporter

“Thousands of students experienced negative academic outcomes after the 2013 [Chicago] school closures, despite the fact officials promised them a better education … While officials said the main reason they closed schools in 2013 was to save money, the district has never reported if it did … Students from closed schools saw long-term negative effects in math. Students tested two months behind their peers in math the year the closures were announced. That gap persisted for four years … While students from the closed schools’ GPA in the core subjects of English, math, science and social studies rose at first, by the third and fourth years after the closures, they were lower than expected compared to their peers … This indicator is a key predictor of whether students will stay on track and graduate from high school – more so than test scores.”
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The U.S. Spends Less On Children Than Almost Any Other Developed Nation

The Washington Post

“The federal government now spends less than it did about 30 years ago on some of the country’s poorest children … In 1990, the government spent about $8,700 on every child whose family took in no income from work. By 2015, accounting for inflation, it spent less than $7,000 … In 1995, America ranked ahead of nine developed nations in the share of the economy the federal government spends on children. Since 2004, America has ranked third-to-last in spending, with only Mexico and Turkey lagging behind … America spent 2.7% of its gross domestic product on children in 2015 but about 9% of it on the elderly.”
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