DeVos Guts Rights Guidelines For Disabled Students

The Washington Post reports:

The Education Department has rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities as part of the Trump administration’s effort to eliminate regulations it deems superfluous.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services wrote in a newsletter Friday that it had “a total of 72 guidance documents that have been rescinded due to being outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective — 63 from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and 9 from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).” The documents, which fleshed out students’ rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act, were rescinded Oct. 2.

Advocates for students with disabilities were still reviewing the changes to determine their impact. Lindsay E. Jones, the chief policy and advocacy officer for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, said she was particularly concerned to see guidance documents outlining how schools could use federal money for special education removed.

More from Vice News:

The memos deal with two major pieces of legislation: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act. At the time of her Senate confirmation hearing in January, however, DeVos didn’t appear to know what the Disabilities Education Act was or even that it existed.

When asked by Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine during a hearing whether she supported “the federal requirement” for protections for disabled students, DeVos said she thought the matter was best “left to the states” but “is certainly worth discussion.” She declined to give a yes or no answer though.

Prodded a few minutes later by New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan, whose son has cerebral palsy, about whether DeVos knew the Disabilities Act was a federal law, DeVos said she may have “confused it” in an exchange that later went viral on Twitter.

  • TrueWords

    When Trump openly makes fun of the disabled, could we expect anything less from Devos?

    • Mark McGovern

      Exactly what I was thinking. What a role model he is.

      • David

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      • Lawerence Collins

        They make killer drones the size of mosquitoes. GOP thugs must go.
        I’m disabled and I’m furious over this entire last year. Both parties are destroying America.
        Where’s the anti budget March’s?

        • zhera

          BOTH parties?

          Oh, now you’re just begging for trouble. Lawerence, have you not learned anything this last year?

          • RaygunsGoZap

            Did YOU know that we now have killer drones the size of mosquitoes? /s

          • zhera

            I sure didn’t! Unless he means the Zika-carrying mosquitos?

          • Bad Tom

            I have read of real drones the size of butterflies. From a story in Aviation Week, a very reputable source.

            No data on endurance, offensive, or intelligence gathering capability. An aviation reporter merely saw it. The drone was completely silent.

            Oh yeah. That was ten years ago.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            I think I’ve seen a thing or two about little micro drones. I hadn’t seen where they’ve been designed to kill people (yet).

            I hope the 2A types find out about this and start buying electric flyswatters instead of murder machines!

          • pj

            they are made in china

          • Bad Tom

            No. USA.

          • Lawerence Collins

            Yes, I have. Hillary would be better at social issues and her corruption would have been much better disguised.
            Neither one of them were qualified to be president. Do you remember the primary season from 08??
            I do.

          • Lawerence Collins

            What economic policies do the establishment Democrats stand for. They’re not for the working poor and middle class people any longer.
            Case in point. Mega donor from Diamond property’s. Cloobeck, tells Schumer and Pelosi not to go more Left. Threatening to cut them off financially. Odd, because both of them are already Center right on economic issues.
            It’s the reason the left can’t be for
            A $15.00 minimum wage.
            Medicare for all.
            Clean water in Flint Michigan, East Chicago Indiana, Virginia.
            Ending the wage gap for women.
            These are just a few.

        • FAEN

          Both parties? Really? And how are the Dems trying to destroy you or America? Genuinely curious.

        • Mundusvultdecipi

          With all due respect, Lawrence, which party, exactly, gutted protections for students with a disability?

          BOTH parties???

        • don

          ‘both parties’…oh, FFS.

          • Lawerence Collins

            im Patient with ignorant people. But not with people who are proud of it.

        • joe ho

          Both parties? lol.

          You really need to change psychiatrists. You’re still a lunatic.

    • kcken

      But they can use that federal money for a wheelchair ramp to buy new bibles. ‘Murica!

      • Snarkaholic

        I guess she deliberately ignores the Bible verses where Jesus helped the sick and disabled.

  • bkmn

    Dear ACLU, get ready for another round of lawsuits against this misadministration.

    aclu.org

    • I changed my amazon charity to ACLU shorty after this Federal Occupation begin, every little bit helps.

      • don

        Good show.

  • AdmiralPecker, USS JMG

    I know this gets run fairly often, but here’s her boss making fun of the disabled. (the lightening is just a bonus teaser for those of us that keep hoping)
    https://i.imgur.com/3ITfqWa.gif

  • Ninja0980

    Loathsome, rich piece of shit.

  • safari

    Maybe she’ll team up with Tom Price’s wife and come up with some kind of final solution to these issues.

  • matrem

    New guidelines call for throwing disabled children over balconies or incinerating them.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      The free market will seek the low cost solution

    • Dagoril

      Can’t we turn them into deviled meat products instead? Why waste a resource like that?

  • Statistics Palin

    Die, Nazi bitch!

    • safari

      Her hometown is getting 5″ of rain today. Simply tying her to a tree should be enough for her to melt.

      • Tawreos

        Drop a house on her just to be safe.

      • bkmn

        Just saw that my old hood of Minneapolis could get an inch or two of snow Thursday night. I sure hope they don’t have another Halloween blizzard.

        • safari

          I see snow showers Thursday night here in Michigan. We’ll likely get no accumulation, but I do not want it.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            The second of 3 cold fronts just arrived. It is windy AF!
            All my leaves are now in my hater-neighbors yard 🙂

          • olandp

            That’s a real shame…

    • don

      Nazi libel!!!1

  • TrueWords

    Billionaires regardless of which office they hold in the executive branch can afford the reasonable accommodations their special needs child/children require. However, the poor can not therefore this is loathsome but predictable.

    • don

      You have to be uncommonly rich, or uncommonly stupid, to vote (R).

  • Chucktech

    Cripples. Honestly, why can’t those people just stay home…

  • Jim Maloney

    She sounds nice.

  • Gene Perry

    superfluous … DeVos is superfluous

  • Tawreos

    How does possibly making life more difficult for disabled kids help MAGA?

    • safari

      Entitlements. The word sounds elitist and evil.

      • don

        Funny you say that, originally ‘entitlements’ were known to be inheritances the wealthy expected. The PTB have of course, through owning modern media, have somewhat altered this definition.

    • Chucktech

      No more silly curb cuts on street corners, closer parking spaces at the store for real “Murikins, no more wasted bathroom space for those ugly and ridiculous wheelchairs, stuff like that.

      • safari

        And with all those tax savings we might erase the debt!

        • Tawreos

          That is so cute that you think erasing the debt is important to the GOP, they will have more money to be able to give bigger tax cuts to themselves.

          • don

            Laffer Curve baby!!

      • don

        ‘Specially for the vets! They should have been smart enough not to get blowed up’

    • Duh-David

      Less regulations on for-profit school corporations, means more money for the CEOs. Failed schools, post offices, healthcare, etc. provide opportunities for corporate profit.

  • joe ho

    Both parties are just the same! Poor, delusional Bernie or Busters and Green Partiers. Almost as bad as Trumpanzees.

    • zhera
      • joe ho

        But that corporate whore!

        She gave some speeches to Goldman Sachs and talked to a big oil executive.

        Now Goldman Sachs and Exxon govern the country.

        The far-left really showed us, didn’t they?

        That spiteful, self-destructive aspect of their extremism is why they can’t be taken seriously politically. THey can’t get any of their agenda accomplished except through the Democrats and yet they will sabotage if they don’t get everything they want. The DNC platform was the most progressive in history.

        Their spitefulness is quite similar to that of the Trumpanzees.

  • shellback
    • Gustav2

      Now, now, just a Calvinist.

      • don

        Heh, and people wonder why they were ‘persecuted’ in Europe…

  • TrueWords

    DeVos and Trump want to get Special Education money for their own purposes.

    I do not believe that these 72 documents are all “outdated, unnecessary or ineffective”.

    I believe that Trump/DeVos want to discourage parents from knowing their rights.

    They want this money for their private charter and religious schools.

    Keep an eye on the Dept of Education and on DeVos.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I don’t want to see this show anymore.
      I am about ready to gouge my own eyes out.

    • LeeCMH

      They are part of the Reagan legacy, “starve the beast.”

      • don

        Ding!

  • Tatonka

    None of this is about the law. It’s about dismantling the civil state to the greatest extent possible.

  • Leo

    I know people personally that have filed suit under these provisions. Long story I won’t get into. This monstrous woman’s never known about proper recourse because she’s never needed it. I’ve moved on from agony about this administration to an intense anger I didn’t think was possible.

  • LeeCMH

    Bald face Christian hatred in its full glory.

  • Do Something Nice

    Why is she doing this? Because the bullshit charter schools that she support are often unable or unwilling to comply, and that puts their federal funding at risk.

  • CJAS

    Vile people.

  • geoffalnutt

    All money from all agencies eventually funnels back to Trump. That’s how Putin does it. Putin’s Russia is the model. The people get nothing and Putin gets it all…eventually. That’s what Trump is trying to do.

    • MBear

      *doing

      • Bad Tom

        Except, according to Fortune magazine, Trump lost 600 million dollars this past year.

        Because Trump is incompetent at everything he does, from calling new war widows, to his actual job, grifting.

        He can’t even grift well. He is a failure as MiniPutin!

  • Mike C

    Those onerous regulations – like making it easy for a disabled child to use the bathroom in a public school, or even enter it for that matter – surely had to go. I just don’t understand, never will understand, the lack of humanity and grace these people in this administration have.

  • The failing future of American Education.
    ‘What real journalism looks like’: Orlando Sentinel exposes Florida’s $1 billion school voucher scam
    https://www.rawstory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/DeVos-Trump.png
    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/what-real-journalism-looks-orlando-sentinel-exposes-floridas-1-billion-school-voucher-scam/
    The newspapers three-part, Schools Without Rules expose on the state’s nearly $1 billion tax credit scholarship program.

    “That is what real journalism looks like — a team of journalists doing shoe-leather reporting, conducting the kind of inspections, investigations and interviews that even the state’s education officials don’t,” Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell explained. “This little-regulated system needs an overhaul. And the world needs more real journalists.”

    Reporters Beth Kassab, Leslie Postal and Annie Martin reported that “private schools in Florida will collect nearly $1 billion in state-backed scholarships this year through a system so weakly regulated that some schools hire teachers without college degrees, hold classes in aging strip malls and falsify fire-safety and health records.”

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to visit any public schools during an August trip to Florida. In March, DeVos joined President Donald Trump in touring a voucher school.

    • bkmn

      Sure sounds like Florida’s system was similar to the one used in Louisiana.

      • safari

        Or Michigan. Detroit charters would open and close within a year. Or just not open.

        • Gustav2

          We have had 4 different Charter schools in the old parochial school across the street in 10 years.

        • grindstone

          Or what I’ve seen: year one, great teachers, new supplies, good facility.
          Year two: several teachers gone, supplies a little sparse, facilities not being maintained.
          Year three: doubled-up classrooms, or internet-only education, supplies short, textbooks substandard, and facilities in poor shape
          [step 3. Profit!!]

        • bkmn

          And you know that any charter school in MI has had the support of Betsy Devoid.

    • ByronK

      “They let gingers like you in here?”

    • Gustav2

      And in Ohio, DeVos’ favorite school, ECOT attendance inflated by 9,000 students, audit finds; $60 million in state funding in jeopardy

      http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/09/ecot_attendance_inflated_by_9000_students_audit_finds_60_million_in_state_funding_in_jeopardy.html

      That was September 27, 2016 and the school now wants to be THE school for dropouts in the state.

      • LeeCMH

        Ohio Governor John Kasich endorsed and supported ECOT. The ECOT CEO and Kasich are buddies.

        • Gustav2

          And we haven’t gotten the money back have we?

          • LeeCMH

            I do not know where the case is now. It doubt we got our money back.

            Ohio government is controlled by Republicans.

          • Gustav2

            The legislature (R) has not even looked into it.

          • Gustav2

            In a speech Friday, Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach criticized state politicians for failing to do their job overseeing the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)

            Speaking to members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), Dettelbach noted that ECOT has been ordered to pay back nearly $80 million to the state of Ohio after it was determined that the school billed taxpayers for students it could not prove actually attended class over the last two school years.

            Since ECOT began operating in 2000, ECOT’s founder and his associates have contributed over $2 million to state officials.

            In a stark confirmation of that cozy culture, five Republican former state representatives recently filed an amicus brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in favor of ECOT.

            In a release Friday, Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding Director William Phillis called the amicus filing “jaw-dropping.”

            In the filing defending ECOT former Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder joined Charles Calvert, Mike Gilb, James Trakas and Bryan Williams.

            “The gist of their brief is that the law provides for ‘Enrollment-Based Methodology for Funding All Community Schools’ and thus ODE erred in auditing on the basis of student ‘participation,’” Phillis wrote.

            “If the law actually specifies that charter schools are not required to document participation, state officials should be held accountable for malfeasance. Regardless, these former legislators should be conscience-stricken for arguing that charters are entitled to collect funds for students not participating in the ‘education’ provided,” he concluded.

            http://plunderbund.com/2017/10/20/dettelbach-career-politicians-let-ecot-get-away-with-millions/

    • jmax

      I’m not surprised she refused to visit public schools in Florida. Public school teachers absolutely hate the bitch and probably would have protested and hung her in effigy.

    • zhera

      “falsify fire-safety”

      Oh, that will end well! Who will have to take the blame when 30+ kids die behind a locked emergency exit? DeVos? HAHA hardly.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        We think fire safety rules should be left up to the arsonists.

      • Brendan Denehy

        “When asked about the children’s deaths, Devos said ‘now is not the time to talk about fire safety. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families ‘. “

      • Canadian Observer

        But if the emergency exits are locked up tight then the bears can’t get in. Can’t you see she cares about the safety of the children. And while you are at it, why do you hate America?

        • zhera

          I hate America because I’m a commie socialist euro trash. 😉
          Oh, and I’m godless.

      • don

        Obama’s fault. BENGHAZI

    • Harveyrabbit
      • jerry

        I think he was lured into her gingerbread house.

    • don

      They look like they are staring at an interesting insect

  • Lazycrockett
  • Jay Mills

    In the olden days, we let the disabled wither and die hidden away from society. Let’s go back to those golden times.

    • Lazycrockett

      Reagan closed those down in the 80’s.

    • Carrie Scott

      Pls say it was ment to be snarky.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        This is a gay blog.
        If you have to ask…………

        • AmeriCanadian

          LOL. We’re all BORN snarky!

        • Canadian Observer

          Might be a tourist, we need to make allowances.

    • Chucktech

      The Dear Lord has a reason He made cripples.

      • Pip

        Of course there’s a reason He makes cripples. It’s to test our resolve and affirm our faith in His plan. Cripples are our burdens to bear, a test of our faith because we all know it takes patience to deal with them, and an affirmation of our love to Him for not making us cripple too. /s

        I was actually told this by an awful woman when I was a kiddo.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          They still say it today

          • zhera

            There are still people in this world who believe that left-handed people are ‘of the devil’ or some shit.

            *headwall*

          • Canadian Observer

            Damn right, let’s go back to the good old days and beat them with yardsticks till they switch the hand they use to scribble with and start stuttering. Just think of all the mental anguish that will be alleviated when event planners no longer have to take into account lefties when making their seating plans!

          • zhera

            I’m a leftie, and I’m lucky enough that it has always been something I’m proud of. No religious mumblejumble whackadoo has ever told me that being a leftie is bad.

            I weep for the kids who are put through that kind of shit, whether their lefties, gay, transgender, or any minority really.

          • Keroleen

            Back in the early ’70s, I actually had a surprisingly young for that nonsense instructor in the public school system try to switch my handedness. It didn’t take, but it did permanently scramble my directional sense. To this day, I get lost in nothing flat.

        • jmax

          About as awful as telling parents that God gave them a handicapped child because they sinned. And yes, I’ve known people who actually said that to parents of a child with Down’s Syndrome.

        • zhera

          I thought it was a result of the parents’ sins! You know, they deserve it, it’s God’s punishment, they’re not praying enough, etc.

          • Zeldacat

            I was told that to my face once. Fuck that.

        • Chucktech

          Yeah, I’d tell her I failed the fuck out of His fucking test.

    • jerry

      Until Social Security started in 1935, most towns or counties had a poorhouse, or poor farm, where the elderly and disabled were housed. It often shared farmland with prisons, and was little better than the workhouses of Victorian England.

      • LeeCMH

        Oh, quit. You’ll get the 1%’ers and the hateful Christians nostalgic.

  • safari

    In the last couple of years, Betsy pushed the state to NOT hold charter schools accountable for education outcomes to the same extent as public schools.

    This is the world she is trying to create: the private sector can do no wrong but damn the public sector.

    • safari

      I should also add she spent something like $20k/day lobbying the GOP to make it so.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      The world they’re trying to create is that there is no public sector accountable to the public, there is only a private sector accountable to shareholders and owners.

    • jerry

      And in many states, the charter schools can cherry pick the students. One time acting up, the student is back to the public school. One bad test score, same. And even with this advantage, they aren’t showing remarkable difference in educational outcomes from public schools.

    • clay

      She went even further in her Senate confirmation hearing and simply lied about the private schools’ success rates, even with all those advantages.

  • Joe in PA

    Those job-killing regulations!

    Or something.

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    I can live with the fact that Republicans and Democrats have legitimate ideological and political differences; what I CANNOT live with is the fact that some Republicans are, apparently, so inhumanly callous as to needlessly make life a living hell for those people with a disability who are among the most vulnerable of their citizens.

  • ByronK

    Next up, the right will defend rescinding the policies because they’re just more examples of the lefttard commusocialist affirmative action programs that the racist keyna put into place to discriminate against real Americans.
    “Why should they get a special hand up? And no, I don’t give a shit if they don’t have any hands – that’s their choice, right?”

    • If they had any moral fiber they would pull themselves up to be a multi-millionaire.
      /s

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    In her bullshit Christianity it’s what Jesus would do.

  • LeeCMH

    One cannot be this callous and hateful without trying to be hateful and callous.

    • Gigi

      God doesn’t make mistakes. Those kids don’t have “disabilities,” they’ve been touched by His hand and don’t need special protections because God will take care of them. Praise the Lord. — Cruella DeVos

      • LeeCMH

        I really like the nickname, Cruella DeVos. I hope it sticks.

        • don

          Her base will eat it up.

  • Gigi

    Cruella DeVos said the matter was best “left to the states.” Meaning: states that don’t give a toss about kids with disabilities can once again ignore them. Thanks, 45!

    • Lazycrockett

      States are going bankrupt left and right, even if the states wanted to they couldnt afford all these issues being shoved back on them.

      • Up next, States will close schools in poor areas because they can’t “afford” them.

  • The_Wretched

    Getting laws and regulations passed is tough and usually takes years if not a decade – and that’s after you have clear harms and have debated the merits of different approaches to solve it. This whole sale tearing up of regular law is destructive and how you return to bad things happening.

    • HZ81

      Right? Even getting wheelchair ramps, not even a second thought today, was big years ago.

      • LeeCMH

        Oh, oh, but the cost is just to high to build all those ramps. My fellow 1%’ers may have to pay higher taxes for those people who should be given euthanasia anyway.

        • HZ81

          Totally, why can’t these leech “handicapped” people pull themselves up by their bootstraps and crawl up the stairs to school?

          • zhera
          • HZ81

            “A student heads to school on Sunday due to Betsy DeVos’s new handicap protections rollback. School starts Monday at 8am.

          • zhera

            See? She doesn’t need protections, she just needs to start earlier. Work harder. apply herself!

          • HZ81

            Exactly! Trump once found a hair in his crab cakes and he somehow moved on? Why can’t these people? Taking away their protections is a motivator.

          • LeeCMH

            A great painting- Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World.

            I doubt Cruella DeVos has enough empathy to understand this painting.

  • zhera

    They don’t want disabled to get an education. They don’t want black people to get an education. Or women. Or poor people.

    In fascist Trumplandia there is no place for untermenschen. Women are for pleasure and breeding. Men who are not part of the 0.1% are workers. No need for education; an educated mind will just resist being enslaved.

    • Tor

      It’s almost as if they are being mean for the sake of being mean.

      • LeeCMH

        “Almost”?

        They clearly are trying to be hateful and mean. One property similar to both hateful Christians and money grubbing capitalists.

        • Tor

          It was so hot, I dropped the irony on my foot.

    • don

      ‘Men who are not part of the 0.1% are workers.’

      Cannon fodder, too. Don’t forget the cannon fodder.

      • zhera

        Of course!

  • MassageBear
    • Hmm, I think cruella de Vil is the nicer of the two.

  • LovesIrony

    Cruella Devos eats children for snacks

    • LeeCMH

      Euthanized disabled children.

  • safari

    Sarah won’t be gracing us today.

    But Donald will be meeting with the PM of Singapore in the Rose Garden and give the Medal of Honor today. So, expect that.

  • David

    Evil is, as evil does.

  • labdad95

    Just look at DeVos’s sanctimoniously wry smile. Don’t ya just want to rip her tits off?

    • The_Wretched

      uh, might not want to post graphic violence like that

      even though I understand the sentiment and am not liking her very much

    • Gustav2

      I was raised to have that look, my brothers and I called it “Church Face.”

      • My Uncle told me never to trust someone walking around with ‘church face’ during weekdays.

    • LeeCMH

      Yes the sanctimonious smile is quite revealing.

      Hateful Christians are also good at “teetering self-righteous indignation.”

  • MassageBear
  • JWC

    get this band of crooks out of there while there is still a country left

  • HZ81

    God school of fish aren’t safe with this asshole and her repeal pen.

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    So, Grandma, what did you do today?

    Oh sweetie, I saved a relatively trivial amount of taxpayer expenditure (a pittance) by removing protections from people, who, through no fault of their own, suffer from a disability – would you like a bedtime story?

    • Tor

      How about the version of Handsel and Gretel where the witch actually has them for supper? And I don’t mean as guests.

      • Mundusvultdecipi

        Sadly, not far from the truth.

        I am a European citizen and, as a result, accustomed to a somewhat more generous safety net than that afforded to US citizens.

        Yes, the right and the left can disagree where exactly the line should be in helping the vulnerable (as against subsidising the indolent); but, regardless of political affiliation for someone to deliberately to act to strip people with a disability of protections which enable them to participate fully in society alongside their able-bodied peers is nothing short of vile wickedness.

        For all the screeching of the American Right of being aligned with ‘Christian Values’ they have no hesitancy, it would seem, in striving to punish the weakest and most vulnerable in order to save a few bucks.

        Morally repellent and indefensible.

        • Tor

          Who would Jesus punch?

    • zhera

      Ha! As if Betsy ever read to her children!

      • Mundusvultdecipi

        Maybe, maybe not – but can the lady, in clear conscience, reconcile how she would like HER children and grandchildren to be treated with how she is eroding the supports of disabled children as part of her portfolio?

        Frankly, I don’t know how people who punish those with a disability and deny them a level playing field can sleep at night.

        • zhera

          You are assuming she has empathy and logic. She sleeps like a bear in winter, I promise you. Her children and grandchildren will be taken well care of, with elite schools and nannies and cooks.

          • Mundusvultdecipi

            If that is the case then I throw my hands up in the air: I am a European citizen, but have been a visitor to America (Boston) and while I have found those American citizens I met to be most warm, polite, engaging and friendly cannot comprehend how many of them would step over homeless veterans, begging in the street (despite being a nation that truly reveres her military) and with never a glance.

            There is TRULY something fundamentally wrong with how the US treats the old, the vulnerable, the homeless, the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled etc. …

            Scandalous.

          • zhera

            Norwegian here. I’ve never been to the US and now it’s not that tempting to go there…

          • Mundusvultdecipi

            To be fair, most American citizens are incredibly pleasant, intelligent, welcoming but there is this horrible disconnect in everyday life – there is this horrendous convergence of right-wing financial rhetoric, self-sufficiency, frontier mentality and Calvinistic wealth-theology that prevents a huge number of otherwise kind and compassionate Americans (made greatly so by outrageous doses of Shining-City-On-A-Hill-Hubris) that enables them to dismiss, out of hand, anyone who is remotely disadvantaged (old, disabled, poor, mentally ill, homeless etc.) as a loser or waster:

            So much well-meaning kindness, SO little genuine compassion…

            SO sad to see that the American project has failed (to much disappointment around the globe) and that so much hope is now projected onto Canada and Europe.

          • canoebum

            We’re headed toward another civil war. The situation is so intolerable that we’re going to have to shoot our way out of it. It’s sad, but the greedy and the ignorant are destroying the country. If it’s to be saved, heads must roll.

        • canoebum

          It’s easy when you have no conscience.

      • don

        just Chick tracts.

  • Joe in PA

    We need a break from all of this…take 25 seconds and enjoy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-9sqQq7Mtg

  • JAKvirginia

    Well… it seems this administration’s War on America is proceeding nicely.

  • Tor

    Next they will fill in those pesky curb ramps.

    • safari

      And handicap spots.

      • AmeriCanadian

        No no. Don’t you know that the majority of people using those handicap spots get their hang tags from their doctors because they have a stubbed toe? Seriously, I get so disgusted when I see some person driving an expensive car pull in and put up their hang tag and walk freely from their car to the establishment entrance. It’s fast becoming special parking for the privileged. And these people have absolutely no shame in what they are doing.

    • And remove the pavement bumps for blind users.

  • Gretchen

    Please bear with me while I vent. I’m just about to come unglued over this bullshit. Fifteen years ago my husband and I began fostering a great kid who has an intellectual disability and early onset schizophrenia (first hallucinations at age 5). He also had major health issues and behavioral challenges mostly due to the fact that he had been raised in group homes for the vast majority of his short life. When he came to live with us, he freaking bloomed. We put him in public high school for the first time, and his special education teachers taught him how to grocery shop, cook meals, and dozens of other life skills he would never have learned in the group home school.

    As often happens in life, our circumstances changed, and we moved to a different school district. By this point he was 18 and living in his own home with 24 hour caregivers. I was still his legal guardian, but I was no longer able to provide 24 hour care by myself. His behavior issues had resolved almost entirely, but his health was still fragile. The new school district tried to refuse to accept him. I was a teacher and luckily knew our rights. I fought the district for weeks and finally forced them to enroll him. The teachers were wonderful. There he improved his academic skills, did job training in multiple settings, and integrated socially with a wide variety of students through their peer tutoring program. He went to prom three times, participated in regular education classes, and discovered that he liked making biscuits in the hospital cafeteria far more than reading books to preschoolers who sometimes puke on your shoes. He loved school, and the teachers, students, and administration came to love him.

    This morning when he called me from his own apartment he was getting ready to go to a job he loves. None of that would be possible without the educational support he received in public high school. That support was only available because the federal government made it illegal for school systems to refuse to provide it.

    Betsy Devos has no idea what she is doing. She is unfit professionally and morally for this job. My child is now an adult and no longer needs these protections, but I can’t be idle while she steals them from children just like my son. We will fight this. We will win. There is no other acceptable outcome.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Vent away. DeVos is literally a historically bad appointee (needed the VP to break a tie vote for confirmation).

    • Tor

      You are a hero, and so are the teachers. It sounds like once you got through the administrative hurdles, good people were able to do their thing. Betsy must be stopped.

      • Gretchen

        We had unbelievable teachers who went above and beyond every day for every child in their classroom. Thank you for the kind words, but he saved me not the other way around.

    • zhera

      Much love to you and your foster son!

    • jmax

      Thank you for telling this story. People like you make the world a less sucky place.

    • Bad Tom

      Thank you for being a wonderful parent and human being.
      We need more people like you.

    • grindstone

      Seriously dusty in my cubicle….no, I’m not tearing up.
      What the charter school model will do is slough off kids like your son to an internet-only cubicle school. Individual attention or programs that were tailored for your child will not be there. What they will ultimately create is an under-educated sub-class of Americans who won’t balk at $5.50 minimum wage jobs, because that’s all they will be able to handle.

      • LeeCMH

        Brave New World.

      • Gretchen

        I’m afraid you are exactly right. I taught middle and high school, and I can say without hesitation that your average 8th grader is introduced to and retains less academic information now than even 20 years ago. Students no longer memorize anything. They don’t know the multiplication tables, spelling rules, which words are prepositions, etc. Those seem like small things, but it makes it impossible to grasp the higher level skills like sentence structure, formal writing, and algebraic equations.

        • LeeCMH

          Having a framework for thinking better enables a person to be a critical thinker, a freethinker.

          Oops, perhaps the reason for suppression of public education.

        • Could it be due to how little people talk to their children now? Parents today seem to fall into two categories, helicopter parents who monitor every minute of their child’s life, and those that ignore them for friends/tv/phone/computer.

          • Gretchen

            That’s part of it, but there was a huge shift in pedagogy somewhere in the last 30 years where learning ANYTHING by rote became completely taboo. The notion that information that could be googled on demand suddenly justified the philosophy that it was more important to teach children how evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information than to learn the information itself. Those higher level skills are very important, but it’s just not possible to do those things without a base of general knowledge. Common Core and other modern standards focus almost exclusively on higher level thinking, but the foundation isn’t being built first. It’s like trying to build a state-of-the-art roof without ever pouring the footers or finishing the ground floor.

            In addition to evolving standards, teachers have to compete with modern technology to keep kids engaged in instruction. Even with SMART Boards, laptops, and other equipment, it’s hard for education to compete with entertainment.

          • I totally and completely agree with you. Also in the last 30 years we have seen the status of teachers dropped to the level of unskilled workers. No one respects teachers as a profession, and many look upon them as over paid babysitters.

      • don

        Sadly, we already have the sub-class- they were the Rethug and 3rd-party voters, Fox ‘News’ has done its work well.

    • I HATE this administration!!!

      They have no compassion, no drive to help those who need a helping hand over the puddles of life. Greedy, hateful, despicable slime molds every single one of them.

    • Friday’s_cat

      Wrong, Devo knows exactly what she is doing, dismantling the public school systems as revenge for kicking Jesus to the curb. Starting with the low hanging fruit, protections for the challenged.

      • Gretchen

        I agree with you. I just think she is likely both incompetent and immoral.

    • Gretchen

      I just posted this to Twitter and thought you might like to see our family. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6cc08041bee99e7e89ca73a2bf983cf0282f6e4bee150197f5f9b3c44268b45.jpg

      • greenmanTN

        Lovely. I have a friend who is in a situation very similar to yours, except she and her husband adopted 2 boys from Korea, one of whom is non-verbal and unlikely to ever live on his own. Following her struggle to get the care and services he needs is eye-opening and I can’t even imagine what it’s like at the center of the hurricane.

        I really hate candyass sentiments like “bless you” but, well, bless you.

        • Gretchen

          I wish your friend well as she advocates for her children. I say from experience that it makes all the difference in the world to have friends who listen and support you through your journey.

      • What a very lovely family. You my dear have a lovely smile!

        • Gretchen

          Thank you. It was a happy day for us.

    • clay

      Betsy DeVos claims the school meal subscription program she’s refused to divest from would cure your son.

      seriously.

      • Gretchen

        I have seen what passes for school lunch. The only thing it cures is my desire to eat lunch which is a real shame because for many children the school nutrition program is the difference between being fed and starvation.

    • Nic Peterson

      You are a hero! Thanks for sharing so generously of yourself. Whoever is chopping onions can knock it off!

  • Blake J Butler
    • don

      ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves’

      – Republicans

  • Blake J Butler

    women like devos are deserving of the “C” word all the life long day.

    This is evil incarnate.

    • Friday

      Fundies love Drumph, a man without virtue, because he’s empowering them to destroy America and the world, both of which they hate.

      • They want to bring the end times quicker. Not realizing that their very actions will doom them to be Satan’s plaything for all eternity.

        • Friday

          Doubtless they consider themselves the ‘elect’ or some rot like that.

  • Friday

    More Christofascist evil and corruption and malice.

    • LeeCMH

      I know.
      While the hateful Talevangelists try so hard to contrast themselves from the hateful Islamists, the hateful Talevangelists and the hateful Islamists look the same from a distance. Well, second thought, from up close too.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I’m just waiting for this fembot to short circuit and be out of commission. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b7a130e5308a6e6831734e3cee61fb5374d33b0a94ec41193a21ac30e3dfd07.jpg

  • Mundusvultdecipi

    The only pleasant thing I can state about Ms. De Vos is that, apparently (according to many media reports), she (in fairness) fought back against President Trump in his seeking to row-back protections for Trans students but was overruled (Not that she stood down in protest); it would appear, however, that in this area, she will continue to erode ALL decency.

    How could ANY sane person argue that people with a disability deserve FEWER protections?

    • canoebum

      She is doing this to accommodate the Christian Charter Schools. They don’t want to be on the hook for providing special services. They much prefer to force the disabled students into public school, at public expense. This is an exercise in cherry-picking to maximize their profits.

  • madknits

    If Betsy De Vos and Anne Coulter were both drowning, and I could only save one of them, I’d be too busy trying to decide what kind of sandwich to make.

    • Not me, I know what sandwich I’d like to make, Peanut butter, Miracle Whip and iceberg lettuce. I’d be to busy making it to save either one of them.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Silly, that’s when I’d thank the non existent god that I’m a man and can pee standing up.

  • Harveyrabbit

    She was asked to comment on the article but was busy chairing her monthly “Kick the Cripple” event.

    http://www.ju90.co.uk/LWP/help.jpg

  • So, by winning, he meant only the strong, the healthy and the uber wealthy would be winners.

    • Friday

      But probably still uneducated. Cause his ego wants everyone as dumb as he is. 🙂

  • greenmanTN

    If I change my last name to DeFarge can I get a front row seat for this one?

  • FAEN

    The party of ‘Family Values’. Enough said.

  • alc2018
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Cuking funt.

  • Hank
  • BobSF_94117

    I wish people would stop making the baseless accusation that Team Trump does not want to spend money on these people. Clearly they are more than willing to shell out the big bucks once the disabled and fragile fall to the wayside and, in desperation, turn to crime, petty and otherwise. Somewhere, someone is building yet another private prison to house them. It’ll probably be done just in time…

    • LeeCMH

      The rich 1% Trumps are afraid they may have to pay taxes and not be able to afford their southern hemisphere yacht and beautiful 7th home.

  • GanymedeRenard

    I really don’t know which member of this administration should occupy the top of the list of people to profoundly despise and/or hate – I know, ‘hate’ is a strong word, but still.

  • Karl Dubhe

    Well, of course. After all, after Hitler came to power that’s what the Nazis did too.

    Cut off the funding (heads) for/of the disabled.

  • fuzzybits

    This woman and her chiclet teeth are a disability to the USA.

  • Clive Johnson
  • BlindBill

    Perhaps she and her ilk want to arrange a T-4 program for the disabled …. like the Nazis did for the unfit ….

  • David Tucker Smith

    I was a special education teacher for 32 years. I began teaching 3 years after the first federal special education law was passed. I have not read the full facts as of yet. However, if the funds designated for special education can become commingled with general school funds, that may create problems. Special Ed has been underfunded since the law took effect in 1975. But the military budget is always overfunded. And if students’ and parents’ rights are also lessened, that could be catastrophic.

  • boatboy_srq

    One more step closer to the “it’s your own fault for not choosing better parents” Randian libertarian farce.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    She is setting up her companies to be able to cherry pick “fit” white males with high GPA’s … the rest can go to what’s left of the public school system… follow the money. She’ll do it with that nasty smirk on her face.

  • Nowhereman

    You can tell that Trump and his administration are good christians–always focusing on “the least of us”…
    I’m an atheist, but I’d love to see Jesus come down here and kick some of his followers’ butts.

  • JCF

    DeVos Family Values!