Friday, March 3, 2017

Republicans defunding federal public education programs -- meme

I did not write this.  This is a meme.  I am cutting and pasting from social media

And so it begins: the attempt to dismantle the public education system in the USA. Please read this! And, if you are a friend of mine in this forum who utilizes private education and you don't understand why strong funding and federal protections need to be in place to ensure equal access for all children in a public system, please pm me, and we can talk! We kind of figured out that separate isn't equal. And federal protections for students have been created BECAUSE they were needed.

House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves!

This 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.

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 breakfast and lunch.

The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting students with disabilities, no mention of IDEA (theFederal special education law) and FAPE (a guarantee of a FREE and APPROPRIATE education for special children).
Some things ESSA 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).

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

PLEASE copy and paste, don't just share. That limits it to friends we have in common. Thank you.

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