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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:33 PM

Arne says sequester will force large Title I, Special Ed cuts. Meanwhile billions go to "reformers"

This was just announced by Arne Duncan, President Obama's Secretary of Education. I find it to be a disgusting way to run the nation's schools. His priorities are so out of order.

Here are his words from Education Week today.

Arne Duncan on Sequester. No Choice But to Cut Title I, Special Ed.

The Obama administration continued to turn up the volume on the magnitude of the sequestration cuts by bringing U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan before the White House press corps today to outline what will happen if these across-the-board cuts take effect next month.

He warned of $725 million in cuts to Title I, and $600 million to special education.
He cited one district in West Virginia that has already sent out layoff notices, and warned that more will flood the zone in March and April.

And to the critics who say he has discretion within his agency to mitigate the harmful effects of cuts, he replied: "It's not true." He said "there's nowhere to go" except to cut Title I and special education funding, which together comprise $25 billion of the department's budget. "You're hurting poor kids or you're hurting special needs."


Well, I say to Arne, let's look back at what you did with all that money you were given to play with.

Teach for America was given at least 50 million, although they had failed the Department of Education audit. Really? You had no choice? From 2008.

Teach for America failed DOE audit in 2008. Still getting public funds

In 2010 TFA was set to receive 50 million from the federal government, though I hear the new Republican majority may be taking part of those funds away. I can not find reference to these problems being corrected since the audit...only the words of Kevin Huffman saying they would be fixed.

The Department of Education Inspector General examined a small slice of the group's federal funding. What they found was shocking. In all, Teach for America failed to account for half the money audited. Time and time again the audit said there were no basic records or receipts: None for a $123,878 training expense; none for a $342,428 bill.
Teach for America vice president Kevin Huffman chalks it up to poor record keeping.

"We're confident, we're confident that we spent the money on the training of new teachers," Huffman said.

Attkisson said: "There was no agenda; no description of meals; no list of attendees. That sounds like a little more than sloppy bookkeeping."


There's more at the link.

There was an article about Arne Duncan in Time September 2009. I love the title. Especially now that he says he has no choice except to cut Title I and Special Education.

The title is
Can Arne Duncan (And $5 Billion) Fix America's Schools?


http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1920299,00.html





On some weekends, when the rest of Washington is on the back nine or a racquetball court, Arne Duncan (whose first name is pronounced Are-knee) can be found playing in three-on-three street-ball tournaments across the nation. On a muggy, overcast Saturday in late July, while 50 Cent's "I Get Money" blares from a set of speakers, the former head of the Chicago Public Schools pounds the blacktop, alternating between playing intensely and walking off to take calls on his BlackBerry. Almost none of the other ballers know who the white dude with the salt-and-pepper hair is, and even fewer expect him to last long in the tournament. And yet his team goes on to win every game (20-10, 20-6, 18-9, 20-11, 20-10, etc.) and eventually the grand prize of $10,000.

That may sound like a lot of money--Duncan plans to give his share to charity--but it's chump change compared with the kind of cash he gets to play with at work. The economic-stimulus bill passed by Congress in February included $100 billion in new education spending. Of that total, Duncan has $5 billion in discretionary funding. That money alone makes him the most powerful Education Secretary ever. "I had very little--in the single-digit millions," says Margaret Spellings, Duncan's predecessor. "That's millions, with an m."


And just who has been getting that money?

Duncan's choices could have a transformative impact on America's beleaguered public-education system. On July 24, he stood beside President Barack Obama and announced the guidelines for states to compete for most of that cash. The $4.35 billion Race to the Top (RTT) fund lets states apply for grants that focus on a short list of reforms guaranteed to anger one of the Democratic Party's core constituencies, the teachers' unions. (The remaining $650 million will go to innovative local school districts and nonprofits.) With Duncan handling the ball, the Obama Administration is about to square off with the unions over perhaps the most controversial classroom issue of all: the idea that teachers should be held accountable for the success or failure of their students.


So now I find it intolerable that he is announcing that "there's nowhere to go" except hurting the poor and those who need special education.

Now that all that money has been given to states that toe Arne's line on charter schools, merit pay and all things that reformers love.....now he says he has to cut Title I and Special Ed.

One of the billionaire reformers once said that with the appointment of Arne Duncan the stars were aligned

Looks like he was right.



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Reply Arne says sequester will force large Title I, Special Ed cuts. Meanwhile billions go to "reformers" (Original post)
madfloridian Feb 2013 OP
msongs Feb 2013 #1
madfloridian Feb 2013 #2
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #3
madfloridian Feb 2013 #4
woo me with science Feb 2013 #5
madfloridian Feb 2013 #6
MuseRider Feb 2013 #7
madfloridian Feb 2013 #10
MuseRider Feb 2013 #16
theaocp Feb 2013 #8
madfloridian Feb 2013 #9
liberal_at_heart Feb 2013 #11
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #12
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #13
KamaAina Feb 2013 #14
madfloridian Feb 2013 #15
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Wilms Feb 2013 #17
tpsbmam Feb 2013 #18
madfloridian Feb 2013 #19

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:36 PM

1. who still thinks republicans lost the last election lol nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:43 PM

2. The education goals are for sure the same.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:11 PM

3. kr

 

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:14 PM

4. UPDATE...Arne pulled the "pink-slip" rhetoric.

An update to the Ed Week article in case anyone cares what Arne does. He warned of $725 million in cuts to Title I, and $600 million to special education.

"He hinted at layoff notices that are already going out, and when pressed by reporters, cited one district in West Virginia that has already sent out layoff notices, and warned that more will flood the zone in March and April."

UPDATE 3:52 P.M.: The Washington Post calls not-so-fast on that one. Turns out, those layoff notices in that West Virginia have nothing to do with sequestration. And today's briefing wasn't the first time Duncan has pulled out the pink-slip rhetoric. "Schools are already starting to give teachers notices," Duncan told EdWeek and a small group of national reporters in an interview last week. "I was getting calls yesterday; people are starting to get RIF notices based upon the fear of sequestration." Yet when I asked the National Education Association about this last week, they said that those notices will go out in force starting next month, but mostly in April. Given the fact-checking that now's starting, it will be interesting to see if Duncan continues to talk about pink slips and sequestration.


Fact-checking Arne Duncan, thanks to Ed Week for this.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:15 PM

5. Every single day, another betrayal.

Every damned day.

And this is a HUGE one. They are coming after our education system and our children now.

This "more liberal" second term is going splendidly, isn't it.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:41 PM

6. I don't believe they have heard a word teachers have said.

They are not listening to the educators. They have their goals all set out, the "stars are aligned".

They set out to make sure unions did not have too much say in education, and they are succeeding.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:02 PM

7. Exactly.

I hope you are not still ignoring me because I am fully behind you here.

They won't listen, they don't have to listen but most importantly they don't want to listen. They know what they want and for who and that is what is going to happen. How to change this is anyone's guess, so far I can't figure out where we have any power at all anymore.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:53 PM

10. Not ignoring you. Was I in another life?

Actually I don't even remember my old ignores, and I have no one ignored here.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:00 PM

16. We both were ignoring!

We got into it a few times. Nothing to stay mad about. I use ignore to remove myself when I think I might get out of line mainly because most people, when I get angry, are still people I like but just have pushed my buttons for the moment. I usually give it a few days and then remove it.

Good to know. We can talk then.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:29 PM

8. I'm tired of ranting about this stuff more, so I'll just



Well, maybe just a small rant: FUCK YOU, DUNCAN. *whew*

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Response to theaocp (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:51 PM

9. A kick is good. I'll do the ranting if you just kick. lol

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:00 PM

11. this is the last straw for me

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If these cuts go through I will take my son out of public school and I will not vote democrat in the next election. It is obvious politicians republican and democrat alike care nothing about my son. I just wrote Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and let them know they would not get my support in the next election if these cuts to special education go through.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:02 PM

12. How much can we save if we take it away from private schools?

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:04 PM

13. k&r

 

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:08 PM

14. "the idea that teachers should be held accountable for the success or failure of their students"

is not as cut and dried as they make it sound.

The Number One factor in educational success is (drum roll, please)... parental involvement. Which is likely to be a lot higher in manicured suburbia than it is in the 'hood where Mom may be working two jobs just to make ends meet. Not to mention that Muffy and Skip are going to have access to lots more books, computers, tutoring, music lessons, and so on.

But of course failure is all the teachers' fault. What's really scary is, the best teachers are going to be looking to get transferred to the higher-perforimg (i.e. wealthier) schools, and away from the inner-city schools where they are needed.

And don't even get me started on the special ed cuts. I'm sick and tired of these bozos always balancing their budgets on our backs. (That's right, my Ivy-League educated self is a product of special ed.) Someone needs to sue Arne's basketball shorts off!

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 06:20 PM

15. Tell me about it.

They are taking the accountability away from students and parents, and putting it all on teachers. That's actually harmful to students to be able to blame someone else for their failure.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:19 PM

17. ^

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 07:55 PM

18. madfloridian, thank you for your awesome work on education over the years.....

I had to retire early (disability) and don't have any kids in public schools, so I don't stay up on the issues. When I was working professionally, many of my patients were in special ed -- I worked with kids who had medical illnesses/injuries, like head injuries. I helped implement an awesome program in Chicago for head-injured kids -- it was done through research funding that enabled us to install cognitive rehabilitation software on their computers for the kids to go through rehabilitation helping to improve their learning and other cognitive abilities. (The computers were these incredibly old things but were able to take our programs nonetheless.....I guarantee that schools in white suburbs not only don't have anything as ancient as these things were and would have been horrified to have those computers in their schools.)

The teachers I worked with were AWESOME! Boy, they gave those kids their all. This was an inner city Chicago school and some of the even little kids had head injuries because of gang violence around them, not that they were part of.....these were kids around 3rd grade & younger. When I was training (as a neuropsychologist/medical psychologist), I also worked for a full school year at a school for kids with learning, behavior, & often multiple medical problems leading to the need for special school services....the kids that the area public schools didn't have the resources and/or ability to handle. Most (not all) of the teachers I worked with were, again, awesome. Hell, I worked with awesome inner city public school teachers when I volunteered for Head Start in the 9th grade in NYC.

When I think of the shit that has rained down on our public schools and teachers starting with Shrub & continuing with Arne Duncan, it breaks my heart. Since I'm no longer working and don't have kids in school, I'm not as up on education issues as I used to be, but follow your posts with great fascination and appreciation! I care very deeply about what's happening with our schools, education in this country and to the teachers. I naively hoped Bush's disastrous programs & NCLB with all of the testing and bullshit that came along with it would be trashed.....what a naif I was!

So here's a thanks for you and all who are in there fighting for the kids and for education in this country. And thanks for educating me!

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Response to tpsbmam (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:09 PM

19. Thanks so much for that. It's hard to keep up, most teachers here are just waking up.

They have not been paying attention.

I appreciate the kind words.

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