Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DeVos Says Schools Can Cooperate with ICE !


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos provoked an outcry Tuesday when she said schools can choose to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on potentially undocumented students.

“I think that’s a school decision, it’s a local community decision,” DeVos told the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “I refer to the fact that we have laws and we also are compassionate. I urge this body to do its job and address and clarify where there is confusion around this.”

DeVos was responding to a question from Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) about whether she thinks school leaders should call ICE on students or their parents.

Advocacy groups immediately protested her answer, pointing out that under the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe, all children ― undocumented or not ― are entitled to a free public education. Some demanded that DeVos issue an immediate clarification in light of this fact.

Elizabeth Hill, press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, provided HuffPost with a clarification of DeVos’ remarks on Wednesday. “Her position is that schools must comply with Plyler and all other applicable and relevant law,” said Hill.


During the hearing, DeVos did note that the 1982 Supreme Court decision requires public schools to educate all students, including those who are undocumented. Still, she repeatedly said it was a school’s decision if it wanted to call ICE on kids and their parents.

'Roll Up Your Sleeves': At a Dark Time for U.S. Unions, This Woman Sees Hope | Portside

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sacramento Voter Guide

 Sacramento Progressive Alliance
Progressive Voter Guide 
Vote Before June 5th!
U.S. Senate
Kevin de León

Governor
Gavin Newsom

Lt. Governor
Gayle McLlaughlin

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Thurmond
Congressional District 4
Jessica Morse
State Senate District 4
Phil Kim
Sacramento County District Attorney
Sacramento County Sheriff
Milo Fitch 

Sacramento City Council District 5
Tamika L’Ecluse
       Sacramento City Council District 7
Tristan Brown

Sacramento County Office of Education Area 2
Sacramento County Office of Education Area 3

Yolo County Supervisor District 2
Don Saylor

American River Flood Control District
Rachelanne Rae Vander Werf
If you live in Sacramento County you may vote now.  Ballots were sent to all registered voters. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Kevin de Léon's speech at the California Democratic Convention



If you live in Sacramento County, you can vote now.  Vote by mail ballots have been sent to all registered voters.  Fill out the ballot. Sign it.  Mail your ballot on time. 

Teachers Ask, Where is the Money ?

Jeff Bryant

NC Teachers Shout 'Listen to Us!' to Lawmakers

Why does it take shutting down thousands of schools to get political leaders’ attention? What is this “dialogue people haven’t been wanting to have”? The truth is people who’ve been deciding education policy have forgotten we live in a democracy. For years, it’s been too easy for politicians to ignore teachers because the gap between what goes on in schools and what gets decided in state capitals and Washington D.C. has gotten way too wide. Teachers in North Carolina, and elsewhere, are reminding us of that.

Friday, May 18, 2018

History of Part of the Recent Left

Revolution in the Air
Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao, and Che
by Max Elbaum
New Edition
with a Foreword by Alicia Garza,
co-founder of Black Lives Matter
  May 20,  4 PM. Time Tested Books.
Co sponsored by DSA and the Marxists School 
The first in-depth study of the US New Left's long march after 1968

Revolution in the Air is the definitive study of how radicals from the sixties movements embraced twentieth-century Marxism, and what movements of dissent today can learn from the legacies of Lenin, Mao and Che.

This new paperback edition, released fifty years after the seminal Protests of 1968, features a foreword by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. It is essential reading for those concerned with the radical history of the struggle for racial equality in the US- and how we can learn from that history to achieve a just future. 
“If you still believe sixties radicalism was nothing more than youthful middle-class confusion or parochial identity politics, then open these pages and dig.”
– Robin D.G. Kelley
“The breadth of Elbaum’s knowledge … marks this book as an absolutely first-rate work of political scholarship.”
– Village Voice
“It should be required reading for those interested in the modern history of social movements and for radicals of my generation who are trying to find out what went wrong.”
– Los Angeles Times
“Truly a superb work of scholarship that raises all the right questions.”
– Radical History

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

English Learners Need Your Support -Sacramento

The Community Priorities Coalition in Sacramento announces that it will present its alternative budget for Sacramento City Unified at Board meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 6 PM. at 5735 47th. Avenue, Sacramento. We provide an annual alternative budget recommending how the district should use the major funds received under the Local Control Funding. 


SCUSD receives about $367 million each year under LCFF.  Of that money some $6.7 million is generated for English Learners in the schools.  In each of the last 3 years, only a small portion of these funds have been spent on EL learning.  The remainder apparently has been allocated to the district reserve fund.  The district claims it will be spending into a deficit next year.  They hide the money.

Teachers, parents and interested persons are welcome at the Board meeting at the Serna Center starting at 6 pm.  

I will be addressing the board as  Co- Chair of the Education Committee of LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. Here is a draft of what I will say.  You are invited to come and give your view also. 

I speak tonight in support of the alternative budget presented by the Sacramento Community Priorities Coalition. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Revolution in the Air
Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao, and Che
by Max Elbaum
New Edition
with a Foreword by Alicia Garza,
co-founder of Black Lives Matter
  May 20,  4 PM. Time Tested Books.
Co sponsored by DSA and the Marxists School 
The first in-depth study of the US New Left's long march after 1968

Revolution in the Air is the definitive study of how radicals from the sixties movements embraced twentieth-century Marxism, and what movements of dissent today can learn from the legacies of Lenin, Mao and Che.

This new paperback edition, released fifty years after the seminal Protests of 1968, features a foreword by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. It is essential reading for those concerned with the radical history of the struggle for racial equality in the US- and how we can learn from that history to achieve a just future. 
“If you still believe sixties radicalism was nothing more than youthful middle-class confusion or parochial identity politics, then open these pages and dig.”
– Robin D.G. Kelley
“The breadth of Elbaum’s knowledge … marks this book as an absolutely first-rate work of political scholarship.”
– Village Voice
“It should be required reading for those interested in the modern history of social movements and for radicals of my generation who are trying to find out what went wrong.”
– Los Angeles Times
“Truly a superb work of scholarship that raises all the right questions.”
– Radical History
Max Elbaum was a member of Students for a Democratic Society and a leader of one of the main new communist movement organizations. His writings have appeared in the Nation, the US Guardian, CrossRoads, and the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Oakland.

Max is availa
 
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