Thursday, February 10, 2005

Bush v. No Child Left Behing

Why am I battling NCLB? Bush is doing fine KO'ing it by himself. 10 things that Bush is doing to undermine any positive effect NCLB might have.

1) Undercut schools in need by reneging on $12 billion in funding promised to schools by President Bush himself.

2) Cut 25,000 children from Head Start.

3) Eliminate childcare assistance for 300,000 children by 2009.

4) Cut funding for school construction.

5) Leave 1.7 million children without after-school programs.

6) Eliminate the Even Start family literacy program that helps impoverished children and their parents learn to read.

7) Cut funds from Medicaid that would pay health care for 1.8 million low-income children.

8) Kill funding for Safe and Drug Free School programs.

9)Keep college out of reach for qualified students by failing to raise the maximum Pell Grant as promised -- and by freezing work-study funding.

10) Force deeper cuts in education programs by adding new tax cuts that will cost $1.6 trillion over ten years. More than half of these cuts would go to households that earn more than $1 million yearly, while virtually none target households earning less than $100,000 per year.

Lets not forget that Congress has the power to overrule Bush's grossly misguided spending priorities.

2 Comments:

Blogger Puma said...

Jesus H. Christ, you can say all of that again. Especially the thing about how Congress has the power to fucking set it straight.

2/10/2005 6:55 PM  
Blogger That Girl said...

oooh, this is a sore subject for me...

11) Testing children with disabilities with the same, unadapted tests, as typically developing children and expecting them to place the same regardless of their cognitive abilities. (Just because a kid can't use his hand to write doesn't mean he doesn't know the damn answer if you just ask him.)

12) Changing the annual review of children with disabilities' IEPs (individualized education plans) to be every three years as if the child will make no strides nor need new goals in less than that three year period. (Let's see, in 2005 said child will have a goal to walk. Hmmm, let's wait three years before we teach him steps, even if he learns to walk the first year.)

13) Discouraging private or non-public placement of children with disablities and throwing them into the public school system to save money rather than meet their needs in an appropriate setting. (Least Restrictive Environment, my ass.)

NCLB is a crock of shit from every angle, for every child.

2/10/2005 7:34 PM  

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