7/12/2018 – Kavanaugh Would Advance Betsy DeVos’s Religious Agenda For Schools

THIS WEEK: Sad Schools For Migrant Kids … Labor Organizing Post Janus … Suspensions Hurt Students … GOP Nixes Gun Research … Koch Campus Speech


Kavanaugh Would Advance Betsy DeVos’s Religious Agenda For Schools

By Jeff Bryant

“President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court … would surely support a legal pathway to what DeVos wants … Kavanaugh’s support of the DeVos agenda for school vouchers and religious education … Should Kavanaugh be confirmed, which is what is expected, DeVos is far more apt to have a Supreme Court that agrees with her.”
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Here’s What School Is Really Like For Some Migrant Children Separated From Their Parents


“Serious challenges, including a lack of experienced teachers, may be undermining the federal government’s efforts to educate undocumented children in its care … It’s not clear how much students are learning, and teachers sometimes serve more as babysitters than educators … Teachers are ‘really trying’ and ‘working hard,’ but they don’t have resources … ‘The kids barely learn anything; they’re watching number videos, listening to reggaetón, and coloring,'”
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Workers Must Get Radical To Fight Back Against Janus

The New York Times

Bryce Covert writes, “The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v AFSCME … is a wound to the labor movement … Working Americans must now get radical to get heard. Even the lawyer representing the unions warned during oral arguments that when unions are denied agency fees, ‘they tend to become more militant, more confrontational’ … Corporate consolidation has meant Americans have little option but to accept whatever pay and benefits … Big employers force low-wage employees to sign agreements that bar them from working for competitors … Workers will have to reconstruct this countervailing power and find new ways to build solidarity. We’re going to have to get bold again.”
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Do Suspensions Lead To Higher Dropout Rates And Other Academic Problems? In New York City, The Answer Could Be Yes


“Do suspensions themselves cause … negative outcomes, or are the factors that led to the suspension in the first place the real culprit? … New research focusing on New York City … suggests that suspensions really do contribute to students passing fewer classes, increasing their risk of dropping out, and lowering the odds of graduating … Suspensions … contributed to a 3% reduction in passing math classes and 4% for English classes. A suspension was also linked to a 2% increase in the likelihood of dropping out the following semester.”
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House GOP Appropriators Block Funding For Gun Violence Research


“House Republican appropriators … rejected a proposal to designate millions of dollars for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for gun violence research, voting 32-20 to keep the language out of a fiscal 2019 spending bill. The party-line vote marked Democrats’ latest failed bid to spur studies into preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths … The agency’s ability to study gun violence had been limited by a 1996 provision that prevented the CDC from collecting data to advocate for gun control.”
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The Dark Money Behind Campus Speech Wars

The Nation

“In May, a new nonprofit group called Speech First sued the University of Michigan in federal court over its speech code, which it claims has a ‘chilling effect’ on young Trump supporters.… Speech First looks like … a highly professional astro-turfing campaign, with a board of former Bush administration lawyers and longtime affiliates of the Koch family. The group is new to the campus culture wars: It incorporated in December and launched in February. But it has already received endorsements from the Department of Justice … No students were involved in founding the group … Its $5 lifetime membership dues … make up a ‘negligible part’ of its funding, which mainly comes from undisclosed backers … The board’s center of gravity is George Mason University, a DC-area school recently revealed to have given the Kochs some sway over academic appointments in departments they funded.”
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