Trump administration’s F-You to Teachers summer tour continues

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“School policies are mostly set locally, with the largest slice of funding coming from a mix of local property taxes, school levies, state funding, or sales taxes. The state of California is a good example of the mix, with 58% of funding coming from the state, 22% from local property tax, 9% from the Federal government, and the rest a mix of everything else. Over the last decade, as funding has failed to keep up with the needs of the classroom, we’ve had debates regarding overcrowded classrooms and better special education.” Daily Kos

That plea has gotten the attention of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, many of whom have included pledges to “fully fund” IDEA in their education plans alongside calls to dramatically expand federal education spending across the board.
“We believe in treating these, the least of thy brethren, as people of value,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a December debate in Los Angeles, referring to a Bible verse that calls for protections for the most vulnerable people in society.
The candidate, who frequently touts her year as a special education teacher, has pledged $ 20 billion in additional annual funding for IDEA.


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