Today March 27, 2017 is the first day of my spring quarter. I am ready for school. Unlike the rest of my quarters I have a class every day this quarter.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) says that disabled students must have a high quality education. They were asked to answer this question: What is the level of educational benefit that school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with the free appropriate public education guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. so’s’ 1400 et seq.?
They write that these students must be able to advance their education and schools must provide the necessary tools.
Per Reuters: “The justices unanimously ruled in favor of an autistic student, Endrew F, and his family who said his local school district in Colorado’s Douglas County had failed him. They said schools must offer more than the bare minimum in educational benefits to disabled children, setting aside a lower court ruling that had found the school district had satisfied federal law by doing so.
Instead, the court said special education must be “reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances. A little backround is in order.
In 2015 the tenth circuit court found itself ruling on the same case that SCOTUS rooled on today. In Endrew’s case his parents pulled him out of a public school in the county located near Denver, frustrated with his lack of progress. In fifth grade they moved him into a private school specializing in autism, where he advanced quickly. They sued the school district in 2012, seeking to recover tuition costs.
The court said the district had satisfied its obligations under the law by providing a “merely more than de minimus” educational benefit and that Endrew had made “some academic progress.
On Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts criticized that standard, saying it meant children would receive instruction that amounted to sitting idly, waiting to drop out. “A student offered an educational program providing ‘merely more than de minimis’ progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all,” he said.
Roberts said the current rules are fine for disabled children who are integrated in regular classrooms, but not for those who are not. Educational plans for them, he said, must still be “appropriately ambitious in light of his circumstances.
I got my third sweet note of the day. This note is for my Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences class. We had to distill the entire class into a paper that was no shorter than 1000 words. This is what she said.
I really enjoyed reading your final essay, and I think you had excellent insights into the nature of interdisciplinarity. I’m glad you liked my lecture so much! Some people call rhetoric a metadiscipline for the reasons you cited, that it ends up applying to so many situations. This is really wonderfully written essay. I appreciated reading your insights into the value of an interdisciplinary approach, and I glad you found value in the class. I hope you have a wonderful break!
I received my second note with respect to my presentation today. All in all the teacher said the presentation was put together well and she thinks that it could be a real thing if it comes to reality. I am very happy about this. I was a bit worried about it. I think I did a good job but I didn’t know until today. So, yay!
A research project has created a map which shows all the lyntchings within the united states from the 1830s-1960s.
“The map was made possible through the work of African-American sociologist Monroe Nathan Work who worked tirelessly to document every known lynching that occurred in the US starting in 1908 to the late 1930s until his death in 1945.
Work built a Department of Records while in his tenure at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) that collected research, according to the Monroe Work Today project,” reports the daily mail.
The map allows users to discover the nearly 5,000 lynchings of not only African-Americans in the US, but also Chinese, Italians, Native Americans and Latinos.
Each colored point on the map gives users information about each lynching, including their recorded name, date, location and why they were lynched.
So why do this? Why release this data? According to the website, ‘it was impossible to search the web and find an accurate scope of the history of American lynching’, before the research was published.
‘The names have always been kept safe, but distant, in old archives and scholarly books and dissertations. This site leaves the record open for all Americans, especially high school students who want to learn more than what their textbook has to say’, according to the site.
The map proves one sad theory, african-americans were the most lyntched group in the united states.
These merciless lynchings usually were due to mob violence that came after criminal accusations. Even women were not safe.
Today was a big day for grading finals work. Each of my teachers wrote me very nice notes about how I did with their final papers. This was the first and it was my favorite. My education teacher wrote me to tell me that I got an a in my paper. She’s so sweet! I am very happy about getting this a!
The note read: Hi Tyler,
Your final paper is attached – with a score of 30 points. It was a pleasure to read.
Thank you also for sending along the additional paper from another course. I promise to take a look as soon as I’m done grading.
I so enjoyed having you in class! I appreciated all of our interesting conversations.
I hope you have a blessed day!
Hb610 is a bill that should be removed from consideration by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. If they pass this bill it will prove that congress doesn’t care about our children. This isn’t a hook to keep you reading it is true. In the current form that the bill is in it will gut an act that helps children who are the poorest among us. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (EASEA) also provides money to school districts and schools so that they can serve disabled children. Before I can give you what the summary of the bill says I think a bit of history is necessary.
“Title I has received the most attention from policy and lawmakers, as it accounts for 5/6ths of the total funds authorized by the ESEA. In its original conception, Title I was designed to close the skill gap in reading, writing, and mathematics between children from low-income households who attend urban or rural school systems and children from the middle-class who attend suburban school systems (Jeffrey, 1978)” (n.d.)
Title II gives schools the ability to buy textbooks for schools, while Title III gives money to adults to go to college.
“In addition, Title III mandated educational programming even when school was not in session, and it provided for special education and related services in isolated or rural areas. An amendment to the act in 1968 provided the basis for The Bilingual Education Act and the Education of the Handicapped Act” (n.d.)
For the record the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 was revised in 1990 to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for improvement of special education and inclusive education. The IDEA act is what gives those with a disability the right to have an education that is as equal as it can be. In 2004 the IDEA was reviewed and given changes by the government to make it easier for disabled children to get services. My favorite part of the law is subpart d of part b. This section covers the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
HB610 will kill this act and give the money to states that follow strict requirements. I say strict requirements because when has the federal goverment ever made it easy to get money. This bill is only 25% through the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Summary: “This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states. The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses. To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child” (legiscan, 2017.)
What of those states who don’t meet these requirements? Do they not get any money from the federal government for low-income students? What of the disabled student who is required to have a fare and equal education? If their home state doesn’t meet these requirements are they left out in the cold? What does it say about congress with the marginalized being targetted in such a manner? These are the questions that I have as of now.
If giving the middle finger to equal education annoys you then this will not make it any easier. Hb610 will distroy a rule that provides nutrition standards for lunch and breakfast at schools.
“(In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.”) (n.d)
I do not know about you but my congress person is getting a strongly worded email and if I can find the number a phone call. I have a week off for spring break and almost no homework. Do you think I want to waste my days? No? Get ready congress!