Warren’s New Plan and Scalise’s Fight

Grind for October 31st
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The Headline

Elizabeth Warren wants to eliminate charter schools

The Grind

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a controversial education plan that promotes government-run schools over charter and private schools.

The $800 billion proposal supports the NAACP’s suggestions to ban for-profit charter schools, hold nonprofit charter schools to the same transparency and accountability standards as traditional public schools, and grant individual school districts (not states) the power to regulate and reject charter schools.

Warren also wants to quadruple Title 1 funding, solve the problem of ‘chronic absenteeism’ without punishing parents or students, and send the IRS to find out if any nonprofit charters are serving for-profit interests.

“We have a responsibility to provide great neighborhood schools for every student,” reads the proposal. “We should stop the diversion of public dollars from traditional public schools through vouchers or tuition tax credits…We should fight back against the privatization, corporatization, and profiteering in our nation’s schools.

The proposal was celebrated by teachers’ unions (which have been on strike over pay, support staff, class size, and competition from charter schools), but widely criticized by parents.

The Details

According to a study published this month at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, private and charter schools outperform public schools in virtually every metric – including satisfaction with teachers, discipline, academic standards, and student enjoyment.

The report, which supports findings from other studies on the same subject, took into account more than 200 variables including parent education, household income, and family engagement. The advantages of private and charter schools remained consistent despite grade performance and school choice.
Furthermore, the lottery system typically used by private schools was associated with an 18% increase in student satisfaction.

The Background

Charter schools are educational alternatives to public schools created by corporations under the guidance of a local school district or university. Because they are independently operated, charter schools are not forced to follow the regulations imposed on traditional public schools and thus offer more flexibility for students.

In exchange, charter schools expect higher performance from students.

Charters schools are held accountable for the academic results and other promises outlined in their charters. If a charter school does not meet those goals, it may be closed. In situations where there are more students seeking to attend a charter school than the school has seats available, a lottery system is used to determine enrollment.

Make Your Voice Heard

The Headline

The Republican Party needs your help!

The Grind

House Democrats this week introduced a bogus proposal for the upcoming impeachment inquiry that gives Adam “Schifty” Schiff the power to approve or reject Republicans’ subpoenas and witnesses.

According to Republicans, Schiff actually cut off a witness mid-sentence during the first hearing on the proposal.

“Adam Schiff…has been trying to claim that this is a fair process by saying that Republicans are allowed to ask questions,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

“Now he gets to choose all the witnesses, himself only, which means it’s not a fair process on the face. But even his claim now, that Republicans can ask questions, has been undermined, because now he’s directing witnesses not to answer questions that he doesn’t want the witness to answer if they’re asked by Republicans.”

Scalise added that Schiff did not cut off or interrupt any Democrats who spoke during the hearing.

The Details

Frustrated by Schiff’s blatantly biased handling of the impeachment probe, GOP lawmakers last week attempted to pass a resolution demanding his resignation.

“It’s clear Pelosi needs to declare a mistrial,” said Scalise after the resolution failed to pass. “This has been a tainted process from the start. What happened today confirms even worse just how poorly Adam Schiff is handling this process, denying the ability for Republicans to even ask basic questions that are critical to the heart of whether or not a President of the United States is impeached.”

Schiff’s handling of the impeachment inquiry is a stark example of how things are done when Democrats are in charge.

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