Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Wanted to share a comment following this post about the exclusion of NJ special ed students from charter schools, which is supposed to be illegal under federal law. However, it pretty much gives the lie to the notion charter schools are "public schools" when clearly they are NOT.

Somebody had seen Doofus Duncan giving testimony today in front of the House Appropriations Committee (yeah, Congress is actually working today). This is this person's take on it:

Today Secretary Arne Duncan testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/HHSE/Education. Sec. Duncan was defending the Obama FY 2015 budget request. During the hearing, Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-CA) expressed disappointment that there was no recommended increase for Part B of IDEA, noting that the federal share was supposed to be 40% and is only 16%. She questioned why the budget would recommend $100 million for a new competitive state grant program when funds were so badly needed for Part B. (The Administration’s proposal is to create a $100 million competitive grant program for states to implement the Results Driven Accountability system put forward by OSERS.)

Sec. Duncan responded by noting that these are tough budget times and if Congress wants to seriously take on full funding for Part B, he would like to talk. He noted that students never leave special education; that they go into special education, but never exit. He said students need to move out of special education so they can graduate from high school and that innovation is needed to promote this. He indicated that this new program would promote such innovations.

Duncan is clear about his interest in special education funding: tough beans. If Kids with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injuries, etc. can’t be cured in 12 years they should be punished for having a disability

This asshole, meaning Duncan, probably wants moderate-to-severe kids back in institutions, where they were pre-IDEA. He and his crooked backers have absolutely NO concept whatsoever about special education, let alone the diversity of students in it. He also has no clue about how special needs students' parents are very, very, very vocal about the rights of their children and are willing to haul his ass into court to make their points clear.

He actually should be put in front of the House Judiciary Committee in an impeachment hearing of him and his boss.

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