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The proposed FY 2020 budget for DC Public Schools will severely underfund neighborhood schools, disproportionately cutting funds for students most at-risk, according to WTU Local 6. For example WTU calculates that Anacostia and Ballou high schools, both in Ward 8, stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars each “on paper,” equivalent to millions of “real loss.” This would mean the loss of 11.6 and 12.6 teachers, respectively. Woodson, Ward 7’s only comprehensive high school, would lose $36,438 “on paper,” and $896,588 or 8.2 teachers in “real loss.” The percentage of at-risk students at the three high schools is, in order: 95%, 91%, and 81%. These are the three high schools serving students east of the river in DC, home to many of the city’s lower income students.

Meanwhile, Wilson, Ward 3’s high school — with 35% at-risk students — would gain over a million dollars in funding “on paper,” projected to be equivalent to a “real loss” of $9,784 (0.1 teachers). See attached School Impact document from WTU: School Impact FY20 Budget (2) for full details on these and other schools’ proposed budgets.

The three east of the river high schools serve students in neighborhoods with between 32% and 57% child poverty rates. Wilson serves a ward with child poverty rates of 6% or less. Visit DC Action for Children for details.

Overall, funding increase per pupil is less than the rate of inflation, according to DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and Wards 7 and 8 are disproportionately affected. See the DCFPI analysis here.

April 25 Rally

The Washington Teachers Union calls on all concerned: “Demand that the DC Council amend the proposed FY 2020 DCPS budget to fully fund our schools. If the proposed budget is not amended, our schools could lose millions of dollars.”

Thursday, April 25, at 4:00PM, educators, parents, students, and community leaders will hold a rally on Freedom Plaza (across the street from the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.) to tell the DC Council: Fund Our Schools! Fund Our Future!

 

Education Cities is the National Organizer for the Destroy Public Education (DPE) Movement

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The Mind Trust’s CEO Doug Harris and Vice President Ethan Gray were ready to take their Indianapolis school privatization methods on the road. In 2010, Harris and Gray founded CEE-Trust which became Education Cities in 2014. They were selling The Mind Trust’s secret sauce to DPE organizations nationwide.

Today the Education Cities web site defines the organization:

“An Education City is an aspiration – a vision for the future where all children can access great public schools. The Education Cities network includes 33 city-based organizations in 25 cities across the country working to improve public education.”

The following graphic was snipped from the Education Cities Site. The blood red lettering was added. If your city is on this map, there is an active DPE effort using a form of The Mind Trust playbook and it is well financed. A hyper-text list of these cities and the organizations is…

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The Blinders of Partisanship: How Republicans and Democrats Miss the Point – We’re All Being Screwed

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Perhaps the biggest disappointment of this election cycle wasn’t Donald Trump’s victory.

It’s how quickly many of our allies on the right gave up their beliefs to fall in line.

Under President Barack Obama, those on the left and right were united against Common Core.

We both realized it was a terrible policy – though sometimes for different reasons. Never-the-less, we put aside politics to fight Bill Gates, David Coleman, Eli Broad and other privileged left-leaning elites.

And through this common struggle we came closer ideologically. I’m a New Deal FDR Democrat, but even I could see how the Obama administration overstepped its federal authority pushing charter schools, standardized testing and the Core down our throats.

But as soon as Trump ascended to the Oval Office, many conservatives gave up their objections to this same kind of federal overreach.

Apparently Obama was wrong to push charters, but Trump is just…

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On 2/19/17, the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese Internment Order

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Remember that the US Supreme Court upheld the internment orders in Korematsu v. US., convicting US citizen Fred Korematsu for refusing to comply with the order.  The Korematsu decision has long been viewed as one of the “ante-canon” landmarks of constitutional law, along with Dred Scott and Plessy v Ferguson.  But it has never been overruled by the Supreme Court, so in a sense it lies in wait…

Korematsu’s conviction was finally overturned in 1998 by a California federal court that found that the Supreme Court decision was based on a fraudulent military report, and Clinton gave him a presidential medal of honor.  The dissent of Robert Jackson (former chief US prosecutor in Nuremberg) in Korematsu is worth revisiting today:

“But once a judicial opinion rationalizes such an order to show that it conforms to the Constitution, or rather rationalizes the Constitution to show that the Constitution sanctions such…

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A View of the Long Game: Where Art Thou Public Education?

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The privatizers are busy at work. Unless you live under a rock (a tempting thought lately…) you probably feel like I do every time you turn on the news; the sensation of riding the Tilt a Whirl while taking ‘shrooms. It’s exhausting at best, and terrifying at worst; trying to untangle what is happening around us. Take Devos and her anti-Grizzly platform as the prime example of current insanity.

The most recent effort toward destroying public ed comes in the form of the Choices in Education Act of 2017. I live in Maryland along with Andy Harris (R) who is co-sponsor of this bill. (lucky me).

Many activists fighting against education reform are already on top of pushing back and calling for action against this bill, as well they (and we) should be. Like many of my friends and colleagues I am also strongly opposed to a voucher…

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