The Trump AdMinistration's Slow Undoing of the Department of Education
On November 23, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Betsy DeVos, a pay-for-play billionaire with no experience working in public schools, to be his secretary of education. This move signaled to students, parents, educators, and public school advocates that Trump intended to make good on his promise to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
We oppose "choice" programs at both the federal and state levels. Vouchers drain funds from public schools under the guise of offering a choice of schools. In reality, they disguise ways to fund religious schools, that we believe constitutes a violation of the Constitution 's Establishment Clause.
HEALTHY MEALS FOR ALL KIDS
We want to make sure all kids can eat a healthy meal without running up a lunchroom debt and without being subjected to lunchroom shaming actions.
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
We want to make sure kids don't become part of the "school-to-prison pipeline" because many are referred too quickly to law enforcement over simple disciplinary infractions.
We will take a strong stand against bullying and violence in schools by working to establish restorative justice and more mentoring approaches to reduce tensions among students.
We will work toward increasing the number of pre-K education classes, especially for disadvantaged student populations.
We support continued protections for special needs and handicapped students currently available to them under the federal IDEA.
ADEQUATE SCHOOL FUNDING
We want schools to have adequate funding from federal, state and local sources and we will work toward that end for all our 7th District schools. This includes adequate funding for teacher salaries and for school supplies.
CURBING EXCESSIVE HIGH STAKES TESTING
We want to ease the burden and stress teachers and students currently face because Virginia's standards-based testing has gotten out of control and has strayed from its original mission. We will lobby decision makers to curb this program.
A BALANCED CURRICULUM
We want to press for the inclusion of art, drama, public speaking, foreign language, and vocational training in the curriculum which has been slowly squeezed out by emphasis on core curricula and high stakes testing. We will advocate more field trips that enhance the learning experience.
We want to press for safe and clean, renovated and new construction. We support modern facilities that contribute to 21st century teaching and learning.