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A New York parent is sounding off after her son came home from school with a flyer to “help us shield our students and schools from President elect Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos!”
The flyer, produced by the Schenectady Federation of Teachers union, reads:
Under their plans they will attempt to destroy public schools by handing over 20 billion in tax payer dollars to a voucher program that will only serve to line the pockets of corporate profiteers at the expense of our students.
This could cost our students in Schenectady $5 million in funding every year.
The flyer directs readers to “call your congressman and senators today” and tell them to “protect our public schools by rejecting Trump and DeVos’ plans.” It included phone numbers for the state’s senators and local congressman.
Schenectady Federation of Teachers President Juliet Benaquisto told The Daily Gazette the flyer was produced by the union for a Jan. 19 “day of action,” and was not supposed to go home with students.
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: xuenchen
So teachers warning parents about their children's futures in education is a bad thing???
Because DeVos is a horrible pick for that position. She has Zero experience for that position and is going to strip public school funding making our public education even worse than it already is. So they are trying to warn parents about what is happening.
So what's the big deal??
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
Good. As I've stated previously, DeVos is wholly unqualified to be Secretary of Education. I have yet to find a single educator that supports her appointment. Of course this specific flyer doesn't really accomplish much. Both Schumer and Gillibrand are going to vote against her anyway.
And don't get me started on how schools shouldn't politicize things. I agree that should be the case. At the same time I have seen plenty of schools send home kids with flyers that are either pro-Christian or anti-homosexual. So this is hardly the first time something like this has happened. At least in this case it seems like it was a mistake.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: rickymouse
On the one hand I agree; on the other hand we've had how many so-called experts in the public schools in that position now and what has it gotten us?
Maybe it's time to take education away from the teachers' unions and start looking at some different ways of doing things.
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: BlueAjah
It's not about the unions. Even without a union the fact is that public schools have their money taken away and it goes to private schools of which not all students can go to.
All this does is take money away from tax payers who's kids will still go to public schools and give it to private schools. So what happens to their kids that still go to public schools??? They get nothing for their tax dollars that's what.
There will still be public schools, mostly for the poorer neighborhoods and poorer families and their tax dollars get no return on them.