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Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2017

Obama administration, Democrats wasted billions on failing schools, now fight ‘escapes out of public’ education

Just as Betsy DeVos was finally confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Democratic lawmakers in Maryland are mounting an effort to prevent the State Board of Education from privatizing low-performing public schools.

The Obama administration spent $7 billion on Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s signature policy which gave money to 1,400 schools received between 2010 to 2013. A federal analysis shows only two-thirds of the schools studied posted gains on math and reading tests, with one-third showing no improvements or even slid backward.

In Maryland, lawmakers stood united Tuesday to announce a plan for legislation that would push back against efforts by Gov. Larry Hogan and the State Board of Education to increase the number of charter schools in Maryland and the number of students who attend private schools on vouchers. They were joined by members of the state’s teachers union.

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President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Roosevelt Room. 2/16/09. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

“We don’t need escapes out of public schools. We need to improve our public schools,” said Eric Luedtke (D-Montgomery), a former teacher who is to sponsor the “Protect Our Schools Act,” a bill that essentially prevents the state board from privatizing schools.

“The governor believes that all children . . . deserve a chance at the best education possible,” said Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Hogan. “This administration will continue to be a strong advocate for all forms of education.”

House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said the Democratic lawmakers are committed to opposing bills proposed by the governor that would increase funding for private school vouchers and would create a panel — the Maryland Public Charter School Authority — to approve new charter schools.

Just to clarify that last remark: these Maryland Democrats will now have a PANEL to approve charter schools, which they don’t want.

So, let’s reiterate the Obama spending debacle, which was a “terrible investment,” according to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, adding that she thinks federal dollars would be better spent on community schools and career and technical education programs.

Duncan, Obama’s education secretary from 2009 to 2016, said his aim was to turn around 1,000 schools every year for five years, but the Education Department did not track how the money was spent! (Emphasis added, The Dispatch) They only know WHERE money was spent.

“This outcome reminds us that turning around our lowest-performing schools is some of the hardest, most complex work in education and that we don’t yet have solid evidence on effective, replicable, comprehensive school improvement strategies,” said Dorie Nolt, an Education Department spokeswoman.

Hogan wants the state to spend $10 million over the next three years on Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today, or BOOST, a voucher program that would allow low-income students to attend private schools.

Got that, like DeVos, Hogan is being opposed for wanting to send LOW INCOME students to PRIVATE schools, escaping those ” lowest-performing schools” to perform better.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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