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July 23, 2018



  For the July Blog, Click here (Is this nation leaderless with Trump as President?)
  To read: Questions for Politicians & School Officials, Click here.   

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call your elected officials and tell them citizens want this "universally disliked rule" changed now, a rule that is "outdated, complex and insufficient."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 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 fire arms 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, 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 (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 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 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 suprematist views or low expectations of children of color. A literature review on this topic shows that several authors state that "teachers’ perceptions, expectations, and behaviours 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 no where 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 informaton 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.