"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, February 06, 2009

Call Your Senators!!!!!!!

The next time the soured bags of bad air in Congress start to puff up against the public schools for not closing the achievement gap, remind them of their list of proposed cuts to the Stimulus bill handed to them by the Business Roundtable crooks who have brought this country to the precipice of economic collapse. Unless the assistance to states and localities is kept in the Bill, tens of thousands of teachers are going to lose their jobs and children will suffer the consequences. From Greg Sargent at Daily Kos:

Total Reductions: $80 billion


Head Start, Education for the Disadvantaged, School improvement, Child Nutrition, Firefighters, Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard, Prisons, COPS Hiring, Violence Against Women, NASA, NSF, Western Area Power Administration, CDC, Food Stamps



Public Transit $3.4 billion, School Construction $60 billion



Defense operations and procurement, STAG Grants, Brownfields, Additional transportation funding

And from the AP Newswire:
A roster of $88 billion worth of cuts was circulating, almost half of which would come from education grants to states, with an additional $13 billion in aid to local school districts for special education and the No Child Left Behind law on the chopping block as well. Some $870 million to fight the flu was among the first items to go, but other items divided the group.

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