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Daily News of Note
September 16, 2018



For the July Blog, Click here , For the August Blog/Part I, Click here/ Part II Click here 
For the September Blog, Click here
  To read: Questions for Politicians & School Officials, Click here.   


September 12th
(Archived Info)
Good News to Remember at the Start of the 2018 School Year:
By Amanda Ripley
 
 "The smartest countries tend to be those that have acted to make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources to their neediest children; enrolled most children in high-quality preschools; helped schools establish cultures of constant improvement; and applied rigorous, consistent standards across all classrooms. . . Of all those lessons learned, the United States has employed only one at scale:  A majority of states recently adopted more consistent and challenging learning goals, known as the Common Core State Standards,
for reading and math."
For more information on the CCSS, click here.


Remembering 9/11
Psalm 46

September 8th
Power of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka
is overshadowed by ​ sexist power play. . .
By Sally Jenkins

September 4th
On the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing:  His past actions speak louder than his words. . .
or current amnesia. . . Where is the rule of law in this process? To read the blog,
focusing on this subject, click here.
 
 September 3rd
What are the states, districts, and schools across the nation doing to ensure that parents and community stakeholders understand the ESSA Implementation Process 2018?
(archived info)

August 26, 2018 
 Rest in Peace Senator John McCain, an American  Hero. . .  
"In the lark's song. . .  The song (is) seraphically free/Of taint of personality/ So pure that it salutes the suns/"The" voice of one for millions/In whom the millions rejoice . . ." He evolved and changed his mind about many issues. . . by responding to a purpose greater than himself,
a purpose that allowed him to impact the lives of all Americans. . . 
For more information, click here.
(Lark Ascending ---Tai Murray, Violinist)

(Updated From August 16th)
Rest in Peace Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. . .
To listen to a few of the outstanding songs that she 
brilliantly,   creatively and --- soulfully sang. . .
(For instance, consider "the extraordinary suppleness, clarity, and control in her voice at age 73 , during her performance at the Kennedy Center, an age when many vocalists have adjusted their most challenging songs to a comfortable register. Aretha took us beyond  "any limits we might have imagined for her. . . it was not effort. . .  but mastery. . . that drove her vertiginous ascent up the musical scale, that she would not miss a beat or let us fall, and that our role was not to marvel, but to revel." In this light, she gave  the world a "genuine" God-given talent  for "Aretha was certainly not untouched by racism, misogyny, vice, and exploitation, but she was unique in her ability to subsume these forces into her art without allowing them to shape or compromise her vision. . .")
click  herehere, herehere/ herehere,
and my all time favorite here (lyrics: "
and I'm keeping you right here in my heart
and it's all because I love you. . .).


August 24th
(Archived Info) Good News to Remember at the Start of the 2018 School Year:
By Amanda Ripley
  "The smartest countries tend to be those that have acted to make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources to their neediest children; enrolled most children in high-quality preschools; helped schools establish cultures of constant improvement; and applied rigorous, consistent standards across all classrooms. . .
Of all those lessons learned, the United States has employed only one at scale:         A majority of states recently adopted more consistent and challenging learning goals, known as the Common Core State Standards, for reading and math."
For more information on the CCSS, click here.

August 24th Notes Continued. . . 
Americans Are Still In An Uproar About Betsy DeVos, Guns &
The  Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
 Here's what we know (especially withTrump's supporters, in particular):
For more info on this topic, click here, herehere and   here.

August 23rd 
Do not forget to watch " America to Me," a Starz Documentary Series

August 22rd
By Amanda Holpuch in New York

August 21st
Has Trump used the N word?
He has called people ugly when they were not ugly, dogs when they were not dogs, dumb when they were not dumb   --- words that say more about his character than anything else he will ever say about his victims.  In this sense,  Trump's words resemble an automaton's thoughts, a man who has never had an original thought in his life, a man programmed to live in a bubble with like-minded people where "reason and depth" cannot reside. In fact, his name calling resembles something Hitler would would have said. Judging everyone by Hitler's Aryan standards simply shows that Trump lives in a limited, one-dimensional world.  Anyone can see the humanity and beauty in anyone if they choose to do so, but this is an idea that requires remaining awake and/or the ability to tell the difference between
an original thought and one that is not. From this perspecive,
who would look to Trump to define their  identity?
No one.  

How to Create a Positive School Climate
(Three practical, research-based suggestions for school leaders to support. . .)
BY VICKI ZAKRZEWSKI


August 15th
White House Falsely Claims Trump Has Created More Jobs for
Black Americans Than Obama Did.
By Linda Qiu

August 15th Notes Continued
Trump attacks Brennan to create a distraction from the Omarosa tapes as well as the Russian investigation. . . Everyone (e.g. Brennan with his expertise and unique perspectives and successes as a U.S. leader), however, who criticizes Trump is not his enemy --- some are just adding to the conversations that will, indeed, "Make America Great Again" and/or ensure that America lives up to all of its ideals. Foucauldian discourse, in this sense, is not limited to or created for one-dimensional tweets  --- but, instead, makes room and space for in-depth views.  
Click here to learn more.  Dear friend (N'Teri/click here and here/ here
let us share the path of humanity. . .

August 13th
'Insidious': Emails Show Trump White House Lied About US Poverty Levels to Discredit Critical UN Report. . .   A scathing new United Nations  report (pdf) concludes that President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress are "deliberately" working to make these already devastating crises worse by waging war on the poor while lavishing the rich with massive tax cuts.
By Jake Johnson
Click here here and here to learn more.

August 12th
Charlottesville's Anniversary Against  White Racists, Terrorists & Murderers
Who is responsible for the murder of Heather Heyer? Trump and his so-called presidency, a low life presidency that racism built. . . should claim responsibility for this "murderous act of terrorism." He accomplished this task by creating the conditions for hate crimes to increase in this nation --- for without racism  --- Trump would not have been voted into office to feed racist sentiments or to serve as the occupant that merely sits in the office of the president  to cause racist messes. 
(What nation he actually represents, however, is not clear to most Americans and/or is being debated by still others. . .).
Furthermore, his unpatriotic, uninformed, racist, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other white nationalists' supporters would not be confused about the "purpose" of the United States of America --- the purpose for which this nation stands --- if he knew or understood its meaning --- or, at least, read the U.S Constitution. 

And yet, to date (a year later) Trump and his supporters still  revere the symbols of the Confederacy  --- symbols that represent treason. In this light, these symbols serve as reminders of evil such as the   statue of Robert E. Lee , a statue that should no longer exist in any public space, a statue that  represents the unrecognized Confederate States of America
and its dehumanizing promotion of  slavery,
including "the awful criminality of those who held slaves in bondage."

And so when Trump and   Laura Ingraham m say they want to make America great again or that they miss the America that they once knew are they really announcing to the world that they long for the days of Jim Crow or even fantasize about the time of the unrecognized Confederacy --- and, therefore, a divided nation? But, what does it mean when they choose to  overlook the sufferings of poor whites  who lived/live in abject poverty ( in shanty houses with outhouses) whose numbers are still the highest (whites 41%, blacks 23%, Hispanics 28%. . .  )  for Americans living in poverty? Do they not know that everyone knows that these whites are used for their votes but ignored by their leaders ---- leaders such as McConnell and Trump? Is it any wonder that they are dying by the thousands due to dispair caused by incompetent, cruel politicians who are
busy find ways to benefit themselves or the rich 
rather than serving their supporters?
 
If so, why do Trump, Laura Ingrahamm. . . McConnell, etc. call themselves Americans if they do not care about America or  Americans? Why are they such cowards. . . when they (Trump, Ingrahamm, etc.)  could just say that they do not support the United States of America and  the U.S. Constitution? 
If they did believe in America they would finally say Heather Heyer's name out loud and say she was murdered by a white supremacist or a terrorist. They would admit that they are the ones who stir up hate or create and/or promote  policies that confuse ignorant white voters who do not study the facts --- who believe immigration is the problem when it is really the policies of
racist, lazy, greedy conservatives, overall who lie. 
They would have the moral strength and courage to finally stand with
the majority of Americans who believe in the American value system. 
In doing so, they would finally prove that they understand why their fellow Americans showed up in Charlottesville, on this day, last year --- 
as well as  today --- to support and and promote
American ideals tied to its purpose --- and not the ideals of racist terrorists.

August 4, 2018
Watch Now: The Netroots Nation Conference by clicking  here,  here,   here,  and   here .

August 3rd
Trump, the unprepared, incompetent president, (the so-called world leader (?) who projects how he feels about himself onto others . . . the wanna-be superior elitist who is destroying the lives of babies and children on purpose . . . , the liar , the misogynist,  the gangster  who is doing nothing to prevent Russia's interference in an election, the hardcore, inarticulate. . . infamous occupant in the White House who acts more like he's leading the unrecognized Confederate States of America with his low information supporters  who worship their white status under Trump even though Trump only serves rich whites ) is still doing the unthinkable  --- separating parents from their children. He now wants the ACLU to do what he will not do: reunite  parents with their children.)   More to the point, he wants
the ACLU to clean up his messes  ---   his bad decisions and policies or clearly stupid actions that keep allowing  parents to remain separated from their children.
To read more, click here .

August 2nd

DeVos Seeks To Rewrite The Rules On Higher Ed

(Ms. DeVos keeps missing the point about the U.S. public education system, overall. Innovation is worthless if it is not tied to transparency and accountability or school effectiveness. . .)

July 31st

Watch Now:  The Senate Judiciary Committee Focusing On:
The Separation of Immigrant Families
by the Trump Administration  
(referred to as the deleted families by Trump's staff. . . )


July 30th
  DeVos to Eliminate Rules Aimed at Abuses by For-Profit Colleges. . . 

(Simply shameful. . .  But can anyone expect much from Trump/DeVos/Conservatives  who decided to ban gold and evidence based research findings to prevent American parents from learning about the widespread failures of the U.S. voucher program?)


July 27th


July 23rd
Oh dear, our thin-skinned president wants to stop American leaders from criticizing his political strategies   --- individuals who have unique insights and expertise  ---  tied to  the best interests of the nation. Their criticism of the POTUS is a good thing in a democracy and Americans need to hear their voices. Besides, rumors, gossip or whisper campaigns and conspiracy theories, etc. can be used against anyone in the public's eye --- but most people take the criticism with a grain of salt and know that their supporters can distinguish between the truth and lies. So why does this president care, a POTUS who has access to the loudest bully pulpit in the world and who uses it  to criticize everyone from movie stars to world leaders?  Does this mean then that he cares about the Yo President jokes, too, etc. that are brutal and widespread, not just in this nation but all over the world  targeted at him, a president who hangs out with thugs --- and brags about grabbing the private parts of women. . .  or  who  tortures babies by separating them from their parents, etc.? Will he try to stop the criticism in its many forms even the Yo President jokes? These jokes include but are not limited to: 
Yo your president is so stupid he calls immigrant babies that  cannot walk or talk  gang members. . . 
Yo your president is so stupid he changed his middle name to "Treason" . . .
Yo your president is so stupid he forgot he's the president of the U.S., and not Russia. . . 
If he cannot handle the criticism  the problem lies not with his critics but with 
his own weak presidential arguments, stances and strategies that
cannot  stand up against the thoughts in his own mind
where his belief system and fears are first formed.

July 22rd
The president is clearly anti-family, anti-child and/or is failing Americans across the nation. Is it any wonder that the EPA Inspector General's  report states that the EPA and its Region 5 office did not respond effectively to the water crisis in Flint? They did not have clear roles, responsibilities, risk assessments, effective communication, and proactive oversight tools. They repeatedly underestimated the urgency and scope of the problem.  As a result, the report calls on the agency to create a risk identification  system for drinking water, track citizen complaints, and provide training on oversight  tools. . . It calls on the EPA to update its Lead and Copper Rule." Trump (who keeps proving that he lacks the ability to serve American citizens) has ignored this request 3 times. To prevent American citizens from experiencing this type of governmental  leadership failure(s) again call your elected officials and tell them citizens want this "universally disliked rule" changed now, a rule that is "outdated, complex and insufficient." 

July 17th
What the heck is wrong with the Republicans? Why are they downplaying Russian's interference in a presidential election? For instance,  Rand Paul is criticizing American intelligence agencies but says he is stopping a war by doing so when he is, in effect, normalizing the criminality of Putin. What does he have to gain by taking on this role? Why are the Republicans  only mildly concerned that Trump was left in a room with a former KGB/FSB agent, a man who overlooks   human rights violations and acts of corruption, and runs a giant unaccountable spy state   --- (who knows his so-called win against America ends when Trump is impeached or resigns from office)?  Is it any wonder that Trump was Putin's choice for the POTUS, a weak, incompetent leader who is considering handing over 11 Americans to Putin and other unaccountable Russians who kill people who disagree with them? The only ones who have less integrity than Trump and the Republicans are Trump's uninformed supporters who want the "majority" of Americans to ignore  the  dead bodies, etc. all around Putin and Trump (?) ---  as well as   Russia's interference in an American presidential election. (Their response to Trump's relationship with an American enemy is astounding for any real American would not have to ponder or  ---  debate America's standards for decency.)  Unfortunately, poor Trump opened a door and walked into a room --- based on greed and power (owned by Putin) --- without an exit --- long ago. Yet, the Republicans who could still prove that they have some respect for the U.S. Constitution and the American value system  are  merely watching from the sidelines --- as if Putin, a thug   has no record of killing his
own people or of  manipulating what Trump says and does 
(or plans. . . e.g.  the unexplained   Syria plans  on the world  stage.  
This morality tale will, thus, be recorded by
world history on many different 
levels. . . in amazement. 

July 15th
The Craven Power Politics of Mitch McConnell. . .
He blocked a bipartisan statement on Russian hacking before the election.

(From the archives)
 By Joan Walsh

(Note; Trump blames Obama but does not blame or even mention McConnell (a Dixiecrat?) 
who blocked this type of info in 2016. But, Trump nor the Rupublicans  ever place their so called facts in context, a requirement of any leader who embraces morality,  if not, history. 

July 13 
The Trump Administration Kidnapped Children. Someone Should Go to Jail.
By Eugene Robinson 

July 12th
The Republicans real intentions were foiled on July 12th when they tried to reduce the Strzol hearing to an opportunity to hurt the Mueller investigation. Strzol's intelligent  testimony, however, reduced them to idiots. (Note: Trump nor the Republicans do well in two way conversations or when someone is actually allowed to respond to their questions on their own .)    While the pundits say Putin's influence over Trump and the Republicans was the real winner at the "hearing" yesterday (based on the circus nature of the Republican theatrical brand under Trump), they are wrong. Putin will only win if Americans are sidetracked into overlooking the real issues in which Trump's love of WikiLeaks or his publicized call for Russian hacking into an American election (hacking that took place on the same day of his request) . . . are considered normal actions of a POTUS,  a POTUS who has been summoned and must respond to Putin's call as if he is independent from
Putin's influence over him. . .  But, to date, the Russians have fooled no one.
Democracy still remains firmly in place. After all, democracy is messy but always inclusive.
Clearly, the Democrats saved the day with their take on the whole hearing.
Please click here, here, here here, here, and  here to learn more. 
In fact. . .  the Democrats were a much needed --- welcome reprieve, if not, a overdue break from Trump's lies for all Americans were allowed to weigh the facts by listening to different voices, not just the Republicans' voices or Trump's voice on matters important to all Americans or the whole world with worldwide protests taking place wherever he goes. Most importantly, the hearing allowed Strzok to speak out on his own behalf, a needed opportunity as well (that backfired on   the Republicans) to refute Trump's biased,  unAmerican, misinformed interpretation of his actions.

July 11th
National Center for Youth Law
Using the law to help children in need. . .
To learn more about their strategies to protect children, click here.  

July 10th
Is Trump Destroying the Presidency?
(From the archives. . .)
By Jack Goldsmith 

(What type of person  separates children from their parents, loses them and then does not respond to a court order to return them???????)_


July 9th
By Leah Litman

Trump officials struggle to reunite migrant families
By Ted Hesson and Dan Diamond
As the deadline looms (July 10th), Trump officials struggle to reunite migrant families ‘It’s been really difficult to start the reunification process because we just don’t have a lot of direction from leadership,’ said one official.  

July 3rd
By Erica L. Green, Matt Apuzzo and Katie Benner
" The Trump administration will encourage the nation’s school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards, abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses,
Trump administration officials said."
Call your school superintendents, college presidents, elected officials and/or the White House switchboard at: (202-456-1414) 
and tell them race should be a factor in diversifying schools, especially with Trump occupying the office of the POTUS.

July 2nd

Please consider applying for a  grant focusing on the:
Statewide Family Engagement Centers.
To  contact the " U.S. Department of Education" about this grant or to attend their  pre-application seminar, click here.
To contact your "State Department of Education," click here.
Important dates to remember:
July 13th for your email stating your intent to apply &  
July 30th for the submission of your grant. 

July 1st 
It’s not about red or blue. . .)
By Joanna Walters

(But it is about a lawless president (under investigation for various acts such as collaborating and colluding with Russia to win an election, foundation fraud, money laundering. . . etc. ) who ignores the U.S. Constitution proving that he does not care about this nation or U.S. citizens. (The question has to be asked: is Trump's idea of America all about partying, getting money & power by any means possible?) And, what about his abject need to harm powerless immigrant babies,  children and families, which entails breaking national and international laws --- decisions that have caused thousands and thousands of Americans to protest against his inability to lead as the person currently occupying the office of the POTUS?  

What can your elected officials do to stop Trump and the republicans from working against the U.S. Constitution?  More to the point, what are your elected officials doing to prevent Trump (a president under investigation for lawlessness) from nominating a supreme court justice?  Surely, they have a plan, especially since Trump's choice will have "the stain of illegitimacy" on his or her role as a justice, a role that will be forever stigmatized, used, tied and remembered for his desperateness to save himself from being indicted for crimes against the United States of America. 

As it stands the current supreme court has already lost its standing with its Citizens United ruling in which conservative justices continue to serve as "the enemy of democracy and liberties in this nation." But add the Jack Phillips holier than Jesus standard (a so-called Christian trying to play God, especially when considering Galatians 3:28) and Americans are again placed in a position to question their current purpose for even conservative supreme court justices must be servants of the law    without overlookin g  how  impermissible bias  will be measured in the long run. But also add Trump's ignorance of the U.S. Constitution, the "unsoundness of his policies" ( sanctioned by the court) to this mix  --- as well as his childish belief that everyone must take an oath of loyalty to him to save him from being impeached, (a decision that will lead to  a nationwide if not world outcry) and they --- the conservative supreme court  justices of America will remain
the most  dangerous thugs in the room. . .  

June 30th
30,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.   T hey chanted, "Immigrants built this bridge! ! !"
Joshua Roberts


June 25th
Does It Really Matter That 87% Of Republicans Support Trump? It Matters if conservatives must lose their souls for eternity in order to support Trump. It matters if the vast majority of American voters could never --- in good conscience --- vote for Trump (and the republicans who keep him in office), an immoral POTUS, along with his pack of grifters who keep viciously  turning their backs on the inhumane, immoral treatment of immigrant babies. . .  In fact, Americans do not know if they are trying to steal the babies. If they were leaders they would have solved this critical, urgent problem by now. They would also surely understand why they should wait until after the mid-term elections to choose a justice so it does not appear that they are truly  “a set of corrupt scoundrels. . .” who will be remembered --- and never forgotten by history for colluding with and bending the knee to a president under investigation for stealing an election. . .

Americans are still waiting for Trump to reunite immigrant children with their parents.  His supporters, however, are more disturbed about the treatment of Sarah Elizabeth Huckabee Sanders who says, based on her "political" positions on immigrant children, that she was shamed at a restaurant and was not served any food. . . 

In other words, Trump's supporters can talk about a missed meal (Note:  Sanders should have been served) but, to date, these same supporters have never displayed any type of public outcry, on the same scale, about the murder of Heather Heyer by a White Supremacist. (Also, please note: Ms. Sanders should not be confused with a real civil rights activist who supports civil and human rights for all humans.)  Moreover, it does not seem to  bother his supporters that he is boldly ignoring the United States Constitution or that finding powerless, missing babies of color does not seem to be an urgent, critical priority for him as the POTUS.  Given these facts, Americans expect more from their American elected officials and never expected the Trump/Pence Administration to deport immigrant parents without their children, which is a crime committed against the parents 
in the minds of most Americans.

Is it any wonder that Maxine Waters was disturbed by Trump/Pence and their supporters who do not seem to be  fazed that the president is dragging his feet on trying to find the missing  babies and children? What is even more disappointing is that democratic leaders are not making more noise about the missing babies or underscoring the profound urgency of returning them to their parents as if they are afraid to increase the criticism of Trump for tearing families apart, an act that could only be normalized by an insane president.  The next question, in this sense, becomes what are all elected officials  doing to prevent Trump from normalizing this type of leadership behavior and/or bonafide racism against children? What are they doing when Trump ignores due process laws for immigrants of color?  What are they doing when he deliberately ignores what is in the best interest of  immigrant children? This fact, alone, means
Trump is breaking international laws.

And, what about his latest rallies that seem more like Ku Klux Klan rallies where, he, as their grand leader ---  speaks not as a leader of an entire nation but as someone who serves and feeds his supporters' basest instincts to divide the nation by telling one lie after another lie or by calling whole races of people criminals --- and even  inciting violence against people of color?

What will they do when he misses the July 10th deadline? 

Surely, President Lincoln who died 153 years ago as the "savior of the union and  emancipator of the slaves" would be turning over in his grave if he knew Trump was the leader of the Republican Party. As it stands it is a party that has even forgotten July 28, 1968, a party that is more than willing to ignore the 14th amendment --- or that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process. It is a shame Trump has to be reminded of this fact. . .or that the Republicans seem not to know they should be safeguarding this amendment.  But then again, Trump also needs to be reminded that he only won due to an unfair (unequal) playing field (refer to the latest on Comey) but not outright as a bonafide winner ---  another fact in which  the other 70% of Americans who did not vote for Trump must keep reminding themselves when they ever consider missing the opportunity to
vote ever again in their lives.

June 21,  2018


By Jonathan Blitzer


June 20th

Trump's Child Internment Camps

Tender Age Shelters

When will the children be reunited with their parents?

Is it possible for a predominately white Trump cabinet or Senate to address the urgent, critical problems tied to immigration since they only seem to be interested in preserving a predominately white nation or do not identify with a diverse nation? As it stands, Trump says that he does not have a problem with immigration but only if the immigrants who enter the U.S. have merit ---  according to his definition of merit ( Africans are better educated than the majority of immigrants who try to enter the U.S. but are still turned away ). His immoral decisions go against the U.S Constitution and have allowed him to  place poor, children of color in cages (!) (and to handcuff their parents around their wrists and ankles), a fact that uncovers an unheard of abject level of reasoning  that demonstrates and proves that he is incapable of identifying with their humanity.  

Without any connection to their humanity, Trump put in place an insane plan that allowed small children (who he says are infesting the nation) to be flown to different states across the nation (to designated shelters) by falsely branding them as " unaccompanied alien children" (children that may be lost forever --- under his leadership)  when he --- as the POTUS --- created the conditions that produced the parent/child separations. While some say he is merely feeding his racist base by treating the immigrant  children of color in cruel, inhumane ways, his actions, according to others, are only met to deter immigrants from so-called
sh_ thole nations from trying to enter the U.S  --- even though the U.S. represents an escape from life-threatening situations for many of the immigrant families.  His racism and stereotypes of the  children as  --- children of criminals ---  are, thus, lies and show and prove that he lives in a bubble with a belief system that has permitted him to turn his back on how poverty is produced and reinforced for years and years without caring why it exists and/or who created it and still creates it rather than focusing on
how a heaven on earth is created, a point that should not be lost on Sessions since he quotes the Bible.

While his base worries about whites becoming a minority  (. . . the real elephant in the room) for the wrong reasons and Trump seems to be stoking their fears on purpose as usual --- he, too --- is overlooking the root cause(s) of this concern: immigrants are not the problem --- more than likely they are the solution.  In other words, what he does not talk about is that the U.S. is losing its population so to speak   --- particularly its white population due to an aging white population. If he was not a racist man he would allow  immigrants into the country and would see this act as a reasonable remedy or solution pertaining to the 17 states losing population ---- unless. . . Trump lacks an imagination and wants to live in a white only nation --- rather than recognizing the humanity of all men, women and children based on U.S. ideals under God. 


Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day
Celebrating the Meaning of the Juneteenth (1865) Celebration. . .
From the archives  ---  a speech from President Obama. . .  
in recognition of this holiday.


June 18th
Outstanding Sermons on
Immigration, Families & Powerless Children
Click here (Sermon by Dr. David A. Renwick, National Presbyterian Church) 
and  here (Sermon by Dr. Amy Butler, The Riverside Church in NYC. . .  scroll to 1:01 for the sermon)
to explore and discuss their views.

Also please, review statements from the United Methodist church in which "m ore than 600 clergy and lay members of the United Methodist Church are bringing church law charges against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Also, review statements from t he National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, The Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church who have joined with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and other concerned bodies of faith , etc.  who have signed the “Faith Leaders’ Statement on Family Separation. . . "   Also review statements from  a Coalition of Attorneys Ge nerals the American Academy of Pediatricians,  G overnors, the  American Nurses Association ,      Civil and Human Rights Organizations who have  Filed Joint Complaints with DHS on Behalf of Families
Forcibly Separated in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Custody, etc. 


June 17th

Happy Father's Day
Click  here,  here, here, and here for more info.

Taking a child out of the arms of a father. . . 
Click here to learn more.

June 14th

  Trump is breaking international law.  He  has committed an internationally wrongful act, a breach of an international obligation. "The current policy in the United States of separating “extremely young children” from their asylum-seeker or migrant parents along the country’s southern border constitutes a child rights violation, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said. Although the U.S. has never ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it has signed the international accord and ratified others, which means that it has legal obligations to children in its care," the OHCHR spokesperson explained.

Please note: the GOP has developed a proposal to
ban Trump from separating families. 

Also, please read the   Keeping Families Together Act. 
Call your elected officials and tell them to support this act.   


June 6th
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to Secretary DeVos: "Will your commission look at the role of firearms as it relates to gun violence in our schools?
Click here to listen to her response. For a response to her answer, click here.



June 4th
Why Don't We Challenge the Narrow Vision of Ed. Leadership?
By Carolyn R. Hodges & Olga M. Welch
Click here to read this article.  


May 31st 

From The Archives: A Question Pondered By The BPS . . .
"Does every single school deserve a nurse? Does every single school deserve a principal? Does every single classroom
need one teacher?”

Click here to read this article.



May 3oth

Student-centered Funding Pilot

"In exchange for meeting the requirements of the pilot and using a student-centered funding formula,
the LEA receives freedom from many of the federal requirements for the funds included in the system (e.g., tracking time and attendance; creating schoolwide needs assessments and schoolwide plans for operating a schoolwide program under Title I, Part A; spending funds on particular allowable uses)."  
Click  here,  herehere, here,  herehere and (a lesson learned)  here 
to discuss this subject. 


May 28th
Thinking About Diversity on Memorial Day. . .
By August Schulenburg
Click here to learn more.


May 23rd 
Only Love 
The Voice 2018 Kyla Jade and Blake Shelton -
Finale: "Only Love"
 Click here to listen to this song.


May 21, 2018

What you should know about the
"Statewide Family Engagement Centers" and Funding
Click here to learn more.



May 18, 2018

"Let’s call it like it is: the horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement. . .," said Sentator Chris Murphy. . .
(Note: What he said in February applies to all school shootings across the nation as well.)

Here's what parents should know: a U.S. cultural change is needed and it must begin with Congress actually serving the majority of U.S. citizens who want them to do something about gun violence. 

Here’s what Parkland survivors are saying about the Santa Fe school shooting. . .By Marissa J. Lang

  Also, one day before the Santa Fe High School massacre Secretary DeVos met with experts and survivors of mass shootings.
Click here to learn more.
 
Please refer to the COPACS Blog Post on
School Massacres to understand why
Congress should be blamed for yet another tragedy.
  


May 15th

Trump’s brutal policies target the most vulnerable Americans
By  Katrina Vanden Heuvel 

Click here to read this article. 



May 13th

Happy Mother's Day!

"Christian groups highlight plight of immigrant mothers on Mother’s Day. . . 
The Rev. Noel Andersen, national grass-roots coordinator for Church World Service, said the movement by faith groups to help the immigrant women is part of an effort to show solidarity but also to confront “unjust laws,
to fight deportation orders so they  can stay united with their families.”

Click herehere here, here and here  to learn more. 


May 12, 2018
Boycott Waffle House!
Click here to learn more.



May 12th
(from May 7th)


No Blame for Newtown on School Massacre, Judge Says. . . 

“This ruling (which every parent should read) should serve as NOTICE to all parents of young boys and girls: Our children are not safe in public schools,” Papcsy said in a statement (parentheses in original). Papcsy said Wilson’s decision ultimately holds that
schools “can never be held accountable if they failed to implement protocols
intended to keep our children and teachers safe in their public schools.”

By ADAM KLASFELD

Click here for more information. 


May 11th 
John Kelly's Racist Comments About Immigrants Are Not His First

Click here to learn more.




May 9th 
(From the Archives)

States Won’t Hold Schools Accountable
That's Your Job. . . 
By Tracy Dell’Angela
Click here to learn more.



State ESSA Plans Are Weak Tea,
But Here Are 3 Things We Can Do Right Now. . .
By Max Marchitello & Kaitlin Pennington
Click here to learn more. 


Two years after Congress scrapped federal formulas for fixing troubled schools, and states for the most part are producing only the vaguest of plans to address
persistent educational failure. . .
By Emma Brown
Click here to learn more. 

(Parents, Community Stakeholders  --- Or The Public Should Call Their State Educational Officials and Elected Officials To Address These Ongoing, Persistent Transparency & Accountability Concerns. . .

May 8th

Rich parents are using doctor’s notes
to help kids cheat the SATs. . .

By Doree Lewak

Click here to read this article.

What are school officials & parent educators saying about this unfair practice?

May 7th
No Blame for Newtown on School Massacre,

Judge Says. . . 

“This ruling (which every parent should read) should serve as NOTICE to all parents of young boys and girls: Our children are not safe in public schools,” Papcsy said in a statement (parentheses in original). Papcsy said Wilson’s decision ultimately holds that schools “can never be held accountable if they failed to implement protocols intended to keep our children and teachers safe in their public schools.”

By ADAM KLASFELD

Click here for more information. 



May 7th

Grassroots Activism in View

To Learn more, click here


May 3rd

(From the Archives)

Can parents prod schools to get better?

By MICHAEL J. PETRILLI 

To read this article, click here .




May 2nd 

Race and Legislative Responsiveness
in City Council Meetings

By Bai Linh Hoang (University of Texas, Arlington)

To read this article, click here



April 30th

Revisiting  the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Ruling. . .

What kind of “educational benefit” does the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act require public schools to provide to students with disabilities?

by Amy Howe 

Click here to learn more.
 


April 27th 


(From the Archives)
New CREDO Report Shows System-Level Supports,
Turnaround Expertise Critical to School-Level Improvements
Click here to learn more. 
By Robin Lake



April 26th
(From the Archives)


Trump likes to talk about what he has done for African Americans but he never provides anyone with any concrete details to substantiate his claims. In other words, Trump thrives on the ignorance of Americans to promote his one-dimensional, alternative brand of news. This point has been proven time and time again for he needs the gullible voters (mainly his supporters) to ensure that he can remain the POTUS even as he receives lower and
lower approval ratings. 

Of course, African Americans do not buy into his lies (except for maybe
this person who is serving as one of Trump's much-needed distractions against the Russian investigation). For the rest of us, t he truth is still useful and must be addressed to create the solutions that make America --- the America that we all love and support.

April 25, 2018

Implementing ESSA

Education Week is holding its second annual interactive event  aimed at meeting the challenges of implementing ESSA
(the Every Student Succeeds Act). 
Education Week journalists and other invited experts will answer your questions on May 1 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To learn how to register for this event: click here or  here.  

April 21, 2018

The scientifically proven explanation for why better gun control laws really will stop school violence. . .

To read this article written by
Robyn Pennacchia, click here



On April 20, 2018

Learn more about their call to action by clicking here and  here .

Find A National School Walkout By Clicking Here . 
25, 000 Schools Are Participating In The Walkouts. .


April 19, 2018 

What to expect from Friday's massive
National School Walkout. . . 

To read this article by By Holly Yan, CNN, click here


April 18, 2018

According to a Gallup Poll:
 guns and gun control are no longer considered key problems for Americans. 

Does this mean that Americans are no longer concerned about the safety of children who attend U.S. public schools? 

Does it mean elected officials are no longer focusing on gun control? Have they already decided to stop bringing constant attention to this
critical concern --- on purpose? 

(Note: What happened to the " Stop the School Violence Act " that 
does not mention gun control at all?)

To read this article written by Sara Shayanian, click here .  
To learn more about this poll, click here
To learn more about this concern, click here,  here, or here.


April 13, 2018

2018 AERA Annual Meeting
"The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education"
Friday, April 13 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
New York City
#AERA18


(refer to Town Halls & Meetings that are live-streamed), 
including but not limited to: 

"Imagining Radically, Practicing Hope:
How Public Education Could Disrupt Racial Injustice," 

"Research on Gun Violence and Implications for Schools and Communities"


April 11, 2018

What Pop-Up Classes Do You Wish
Your Child's School Offered? 

Click here to learn more. 


April 10, 2018


The Results from the 2017 NAEP mathematics and reading assessments are in!
Click here to learn more.



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg 
Data Privacy and Protection Hearing

Click Here To Watch This Hearing On CSPAN.

Also, consider other social media concerns (i.e. Twitter) such as this one. 


April 7, 2018

Learn More About the Town Hall Project (Connected to March For Our Lives) by Clicking Here.


April 4, 2018


MLK Jr.'s son reflects on his father's last days
Source: CNN

Also be sure to watch the HBO Special: King in the Wilderness.
To review the official trailer, click here

To read the April Blog: Remembering Martin Luther King, click here



April 3, 20018

Dayanna Voltich, a social studies teacher who operates a white supremacist podcast (learn more here. . .) was "removed from a Crystal River Middle School classroom and suspended on March 2, 2018." (Thank God!) She submitted her resignation on April 2, 2018. The Citrus County School Board will meet on April 10th to discuss if they will accept her resignation. Please note: parents have already expressed outrage over her racist views in the classroom.

Clearly, the U.S. public school system is not the place for racism, bias, inequality, inequitable practices, unfairness, covert white supremacist views or low expectations of children of color. A literature review on this topic shows that several authors state that "teachers’ perceptions, expectations, and behaviors probably do help sustain,
and perhaps even expand the black-white test score gap."
Click here to learn more about this subject or testing.
 
April 2, 2018

To review: 
An Audit of State High School Graduation Requirements. . .
by Laura Jimenez and Scott Sargrad,

click  here

To Review:
Improving Academic Preparation for College
What We Know and How State and Federal Policy Can Help
by Robin Chait and Andrea Venezia, 
click here



Everything Must Change

March 25th

When 800, 000 young people 18 and under can stand up to the NRA with signs saying"the NRA Must Go," a new day is here, a breaking of new ground is taking place for America based on fairness and/or commonsense.  As Cameron Kasky (co-founder of March For Our Lives) stated: "The world failed us and we're here to make a new one that's going to be easier on the next generation. If you're against that, then get out." Trump should be worried. In fact,  many of the signs were against  his stances on gun control showing: a younger America is triumphing over Trump and his  stronghold  on populism --- (or that go-to final factor) for which his presidency  depends --- proving that he is confused about
who is. . . or. . . was. . . the silent, hidden majority. Everything must change.
Morning has broken.  



March For Our Lives, March 24th
The Times They Are A Changin'  

Will elected officials listen to the specific legislative demands of U.S. students who want comprehensive gun control laws in place across the nation --- demands that are tied to their "March For Our Lives" event that will take place on March 24th? Will elected officials ensure that their demands are a top priority and/or that specific legislative efforts are underway that will keep them safe and alive? Will they end gun violence and mass shootings in their schools today?" For more info on March For Our Lives, click here .  Note: According to this NYTimes article  Americans support the following gun control solutions. (I would add   federal standards on gun safes an age requirement of 21 for gun use & ownership, the  funding of actual research on gun violence , etc.  including safety programming in schools, which Trump's 2019 budget will cut .) They include:
Assault weapons ban 
Bar sales to all violent criminals  
Semiautomatic gun ban 
High-capacity magazine ban 
Universal checks for gun buyers 
Universal checks for ammo buyers 
Bar sales to people deemed dangerous by mental health provider 
Bar sales to convicted stalkers 
Require gun licenses 
Ammo purchase limit 
Centralized record of gun sales 
Report lost or stolen guns 
3-day waiting period 

Gun purchase limit 
Workplace weapons ban 
School weapons ban 
Guns that microstamp bullets 
Require gun safes 
Require safety training 
Fingerprint gun owners 



March 23, 2018

Watch Full Episodes of Hope & Fury,  a documentary covering  the
civils rights movement. . .


The Murder of Stephon Clark

March 22, 2018

Protesters blocked the entrances to an NBA game and chanted
"Black Lives Matter" to bring attention to the murder of Stephon Clark. The police, once again, murdered an "unarmed" black man by shooting him 20 times in his grandmother's backyard on Sunday. Learn more about this murder by reading an article by Alex Horton & Wesley Lowery



March 20, 2018

About the Education Budget Hearing on March 20th. . .  Rep. Harris comments were knee deep in the world of stereotypes when he said the socioeconomic background of public school students was the cause of school-based concerns. At best, he has not done his homework on any of the topics that he spoke about for he blatantly chose to ignore the cause of school ineffectiveness and/or the inability of educators to educate. 
He also brought up guns but his statistics on gun violence were wrong. For instance, why did he talk about Baltimore gun deaths and the weaknesses of gun laws but never once felt compelled to mention the fact that 89% of gun deaths are due to white male suicides? Does he not know that " where there are guns there are gun deaths
Furthermore, when he stated that teachers are afraid to discipline black students he intentionally omitted what happens to white students who are not disciplined for committing the same acts ---
proving (often) that he is accustomed to taking part in lopsided conversations that depend on stock explanations for which substance is nowhere to be found. It seems then that Rep. Harris prefers 
to think of himself as an injured party --- one who wants or, perhaps, needs everyone to know that his colleagues have called him a racist. And yet, his comments show, based on his need to volunteer this information --- that it is he --- who wants to wear this badge with honor due to his obsession with the term --- even though no one, at least, during the hearing, brought up the term or called him a racist. Fortunately, Representatives Lee, DeLauro, Pocan, Clark, etc. brought much needed insight and profound substance to the hearing in spite of Rep. Harris and his positions ---and/or his failed attempts to  ask pertinent questions and/or his inability to respond to the critical information needs of the public.


March 20, 2018

Did Secretary DeVos hide the education budget  or did she simply "withhold vital information from the department’s budget " for the  fiscal year that begins in October? For more info on this subject or to listen to the House Appropriations Subcommittee's hearing on the FY19 budget, click here


March 14, 2018

Bravo. . . to the " Youth of theUnited States of America"  
who are taking part in the Student Walkouts across the nation! This is what "Democracy" looks like. . .
Making their voices heard, they are chanting:
Hey, hey, ho, ho. . . 
The NRA has got to go! 
What do we want?
Gun Control!
When do we want it? 
Now!
Gun Control Now! Gun Control Now! Gun Control Now!
To learn about Youth Empower of the Women's March, click here. For a Live Stream of the "Student Walkouts" across the nation, click here and  here.


March 13, 2018

STUDENTS’ RIGHTS: SPEECH, WALKOUTS,
AND  OTHER PROTESTS. . . 
By the ACLU
To learn more, click here .


March 11, 2018

Interpreting and Exploring the Latest  Betsy DeVos Interview. . .
 This interview was conducted
by 60 Minutes Correspondent Lesley Stahl.

To listen to this interview, click here

It is very discouraging to hear that Ms. DeVos has not visited one low performing school. How could she overlook this critical priority and yet say that she cares about low-income children who are stuck in low performing schools? 

March 10, 2018
Interpreting the D.C. Public Schools


There are many ways to interpret the latest D.C. Public School Scandal ( here's a  guide. . .) but this article published today by the Washington Post gets to the heart of the matter. It is written by Emma Brown, Valerie Strauss, and Perry Stein. To learn more, please click this link.