Whew! What an exhausting few weeks.
I swear, after today, I hope I never have to hear the name Betsy DeVos again.
But, that vote is today at noon. So if you’re up early today (Feb 7) go ahead and maybe call one more time. And then we move on.
To Jeff Sessions. He cannot be our Attorney General. Say good-bye to ADA, 504, IDEA and any other protections that our kids have.
Here is a sampling:
What Jeff Sessions has said about kids with disabilities
- Sessions said the federal special education law was too lenient and allowed “special treatment for certain children,” which was resulting in the acceleration of “the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America.”
- Sessions, citing complaints from education officials, urged lawmakers in 2000 to change the law “to say that a child is not allowed to commit crimes, to disrupt classroom, to curse teachers, principals and students, and abuse them and do so with impunity.”
Those remarks were made on the Senate floor while Congress was considering reauthorizing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] 17 years ago.
Now, should you find yourself in a discussion about Sessions, his is the same old tired argument. First, his home state of Alabama is hardly a shining star or beacon of what to look towards in public education. They don’t have enough money, so surely they don’t have enough money for special ed. Their spending per pupil is among the lowest in the nation, as are most other measures.
Rather than fund schools appropriately, support kids, support teachers….help give them what they need? Nope, they blame the students.
He’s also known to support racist beliefs, so heaven help you if you are a minority AND disabled.
5 must-read articles about Jeff Sessions:
- Two Senators seek to place limitations on IDEA
- Jeff Sessions on Education, Discipline and IDEA
- Would Special Education rights be safe with Jeff Sessions as Attorney General?
- Jeff Sessions’ record on education draws scrutiny
- Civil and Human Rights’ groups oppose Jeff Sessions’ nomination
So, you know the drill. Find your GOP Senators, and start hammering them with phone calls, tweets, faxes, emails and letters. Write letters to the editor, all of it, let’s go!
I saw this on Facebook, so you may want to do this one as well even if you are not in California: REQUEST from DIANE FEINSTEIN’S office the SESSIONS nomination. Dianne Feinstein is asking for emails to be sent to her office requesting that Jeff Sessions not be confirmed. She is hoping to have a large count to bring to the hearings which she’s managed to postpone for a week – and she plans to read from some of them.
Subject: NO on Sessions for Attorney General
I’m writing to ask you to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
Blah blah blah (blahs are optional)
City, state, zip code
Here you go, find your Senator, in case you don’t already have it all in speed dial!