It is the eve of a new Quarter. Donald Trump has also begun his 3rd Month as President of the United States as he continues to work to dismantle the Obama Legacy at a feverish Pace. His New Executive Order was signed earlier today rolling back signifncant milestones on climate change–and again “unleashing” Coal that actually no one really wants anymore. The point has been that America has been on the road to Energy Independence.

Earlier today, I picked up a call to action from the Points of Light Foundation on National Service. One of the drastic cuts (exemplified by the 18 Billion in Cuts being proposed to help pay for the Wall with Mexico) is the elmination of the Corporation for National Service. I made it a point of sending a message to the key members of Congress–although I know for a fact that such messages will fall on deaf ears with my local Congressman. I guess so much for Mexico Paying for the Wall.

What is even more problematic is what is being proposed in the realm of Education. I picked this up while on the “Grid” on the actual impact of what is being proposed which is horrific at many levels–One of the plans is to assess it at http://www.thedailyoutsider.com ‘s Education Channel over the ensuing weeks and months:

The school voucher system proposed by Education secretary Betsy DeVos does not mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It means the public education program will be dismantled.
If your child has an IEP (individual education plan for students with special needs), kiss it goodbye.
If you have a job in special-education, if you’re a special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, a teacher’s aid, or an ESL (English as a second language) teacher, you’ll go first.
House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs.
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities:
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning.
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

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