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Peter Greene’s Offers Clear Explanation of DeVos’ End Run

May 29, 2020 Comments off

In this Forbes article education writer Peter Greene offers a clear explanation of Betsy DeVos’ decision to allocate Title One funds to private and parochial schools in a fashion that robs from the poorest children and gives to the more affluent.

In the article Mr. Greene makes the same point I made in an earlier post: DeVos is essentially doing the same thing as Arne Duncan. Whereas Mr. Duncan used 4.5 billion to leverage changes that reinforced NCLB’a test and punish paradigm, Ms. DeVos has over three times as much to funnel funds to parochial schools. But UNLIKE Mr. Duncan case, Congress placed a constraint on how funds could be used, requiring that they be allocated by the Title One formula that sends more funds to underfunded schools. Ms. DeVos, however, read the law differently, claiming that they should be distributed to ALL schools on a per capita basis. As Mr. Greene notes in his concluding paragraph, this is clearly unfair:

Supporters of the DeVos view have argued that some of the private and religious schools serve some students from low-income families. But that’s beside the point—no one is arguing that the private and religious schools should be ignored entirely, and the law is clear that they should receive relief funds for the Title I students they serve. The question is whether or not the law should perform a reverse Robin Hood to serve even the most wealthy and privileged private school students.

But with bigger problems than the misappropriation of funds for poor children facing them and a AG who will do the bidding of the libertarian wing of the GOP I do not expect much to change… especially given the precedent set by the Obama administration.

Will PARENTS Be Getting Their Moneys Worth in Public Schools This Fall?

May 24, 2020 Comments off

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I’ve read several articles of late about how students have either sued colleges and universities for the poorer quality of schooling they got in Spring or are planning to stay away from college entirely this fall because of the pandemic. The articles all described the possibility of colleges and universities closing as a consequence of the lost tuitions and how students are consequently asking themselves whether college is even worth it given the debts they incur and the lack of work for graduates.

I haven’t seen any articles yet asking similar questions about the education K-12 students received in spring or the diminished quality of the programs they are likely to be receiving in the future… but it is clear that the costs for that schooling will be shifted onto property taxes and when that occurs schools will be facing the same issue as colleges and universities… and perhaps the same existential threat.

POTUS’ Passed the Buck to States and Soon States Will Pass it to School Boards

May 15, 2020 Comments off

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For weeks I have been deeply concerned about how the decision to open schools will be made and who will enforce those decisions. This Daily Beast article offers a scary insight into the answer to the first question: it looks like State legislators will have the ultimate say and that they intend to impose their decisions on local governments– which means that local school boards will ultimately be placed in the uncomfortable and potentially untenable position of having to decide for themselves. When our national leaders in the GOP conflate science with politics and somehow think they can negate the advice of epidemiologists on the way a disease spreads by voting against their advice or disallowing their advice to be used to establish guidelines, our entire population is put at risk. And By failing to impose NATIONAL standards and passing the responsibilities on to states the federal government is effectively setting an example for states to pass THEIR responsibilities on to local governments who, in turn, will likely pass THEIR decisions on to each local agency. This is what a lack of leadership looks like.

And here’s the REALLY tough question for schools: will parents who fear for the lives of their children based on the advice of their doctors be treated as truants? Will they be required to provide home schooling for their children? Will local school districts be required to enforce the laws of the states? Turbulent times lie ahead!

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