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Feb 16, 2018
ELW

The National Pulse: Trump’s Budget Cuts Fed Role in Education — But Will Congress Follow His Lead?

The Trump administration’s fiscal 2019 education budget contains many reductions and eliminations that should give hope to parents and privacy advocates. But sadly, congressional appropriators seem almost as genetically incapable of eliminating ineffective, invasive, or harmful programs — despite mountains of data clearly documenting these programs’ uselessness — as they are of exerting any sort of fiscal discipline, as documented by the budget deal discussed last week that will only increase the $21 trillion deficit. So unfortunately, this budget will likely be dead on arrival in Congress unless citizens act.

Details on several areas of the education budget are available in the full  article:

  • Overall spending
  • Data Mining, Privacy and Research
  • Preschool
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Mental Health in Schools
  • Concerns

 

Feb 9, 2018
ELW

The National Pulse: Congress Explodes Deficit, Expands Nanny State Programs with Budget Deal

 

Despite courageous efforts by Senator Rand Paul, other fiscally conservative senators, and the House Freedom Caucus, as well as the objections of pro-amnesty Democrat members in both chambers, Congress passed a two-year budget deal early this morning that ballooned spending by $300 billion over the next two years, significantly enlarging the deficit. The bill also ended the military and domestic sequester and raised the debt ceiling by $1 trillion. The Senate vote was 71-28, while the House vote was 240-186. The government is now funded through March 23rd, which will give the Congress time to write out a detailed budget for the rest of fiscal year 2018.

The full article gives details on the bill’s funding for:

  • Home Visiting
  • Child Care and Development Block Grant
  • Mental Health
  • Higher Education
Feb 2, 2018
ELW

The National Pulse: APP’s Jane Robbins Reveals Dangers of Gov’t Data Mining to Congress (VIDEO)

On January 30th, American Principles Project senior fellow Jane Robbins gave outstanding testimony at a U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee hearing titled “Protecting Privacy, Promoting Policy: Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Future of Education.” She spoke eloquently about the critical need for data privacy over data security, the dangers of social emotional learning, and the enormous problems of steering students into certain careers based on predictive algorithms. You can watch her opening statement here.

The video of the whole hearing is available here. Here are some of the strongest points from her opening statement:

  • The Government Has No “Right” to Student Data

  • Citizens’ Data Belongs to Them — Not the Government

  • The Social Emotional “Craze” Is a Problem

  • This Data Could Be Used to Steer Children into Certain Careers

  • There Is No Perfect Way to Secure This Data

  • Data Collection Without Consent Is an Affront to Freedom

  • The Government Ignores the Data It Already Has

  • Allowing Access to Social Emotional Data Is a Serious Risk

Quotes and more details in the full article are available here.

Jan 24, 2018
ELW

The National Pulse: Betsy DeVos Just Delivered a Promising Speech. Will Her Actions Back It Up?

 

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave an interesting speech to the American Enterprise Institute last week. In some parts, it contained rhetoric that skeptical conservatives have been waiting to hear. Yet, other parts toed the corporate-establishment, ed-tech, education-as-workforce-prep line that previous administrations of both parties have pursued. Here is a brief review.

The Positives

First, we commend Secretary DeVos for unabashedly stating the obvious — that the unconstitutional federal control of education has been an utter failure:

The bottom line is simple: federal education reform efforts have not worked as hoped.

That’s not a point I make lightly or joyfully. Yes, there have been some minor improvements in a few areas. But we’re far from where we need to be.

Secondly, Secretary DeVos accurately describes the appalling federal overreach and the huge failures of both No Child Left Behind (NCLB) under George W. Bush and Race to the Top, Common Core, and the School Improvement Grants under Barack Obama…

Read the full article HERE.

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