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Looking ahead for the Coming School Year… Opportunities!

I feel like it is all coming back to me…

Graduating from the University of Florida in March of 1972… by April first…secured my first teaching position ninety miles away from Gainesville, at Browning Pearce Elementary, in Palatka…There were two campuses because of segregation, and now the schools were recently integrated… I was to teach on the second campus taking over the fourth grade where the teacher was moving to Tallahassee…

Our school had been allocated a federally funded grant, providing resources and services by the University of Florida for the many migrant children living in this low economic, potato farming community…

I was so determined to teach to make a difference.. These were exciting times….We had such Hope…

Surplus of teachers; programs and resources were available for children; Integration had been implemented….There were Headstart Programs and Title I schools…

Then a few years later I had the opportunity to teach closer to home, a school twenty miles away… I had the good fortune to be involved in an Early Childhood Preventative Curriculum Program for high-risk children…

We had fewer students, an aide, and a diagnostic, prescriptive curriculum…We were funded for about seven years…

The school was a Title I school which also received additional funds…And because this was a Title I school, I did not have to pay any of my college loans back!!!

And here we are today… Just through a Pandemic and a new President!!!

We have Hope once again!!!… Finally!!!

Budget Proposes Transformational Investments to Expand Access to Affordable Early Childhood and Postsecondary Education, and Prioritize the Physical and Mental Well-Being of Students


MAY 28, 2021
Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

Statement by Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget | U.S. Department of Education


The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President’s budget for fiscal year 2022. As the Administration continues to make progress defeating the pandemic and getting our economy back on track, the budget makes historic investments that will help the country build back better and lay the foundation for shared growth and prosperity for decades to come.

“This proposal reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensuring that student success remains at the heart of the Department of Education’s work. It calls on Congress to prioritize the physical and mental health of students and close education equity gaps, especially in underserved communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “We need to focus on not only recovering from the pandemic but also look towards our students’ education after the pandemic to ensure there are improved resources to build our education system back better than before. This budget ensures all students have access to high-quality, affordable postsecondary education, while also improving career pathways for students of all ages and levels.”

The budget includes the two historic plans the President has already put forward — the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan – and reinvests in education, research, public health, and other foundations of our country’s strength. At the Department of Education (ED), the budget would:

Add at Least Four Years of Free Education. The American Families Plan will make transformational investments from early childhood to postsecondary education so that all children and young people are able to grow, learn, and gain the skills they need to succeed.
It will provide universal, high-quality preschool to all three- and four-year-olds, led by a well-trained and well-compensated workforce.
It will provide two years of free community college and invest in making college more affordable for low- and middle-income students, including students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) such as Hispanic-serving institutions and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions.
And, it will invest in our teachers as well as our students, improving teacher training and support so that our schools become engines of growth at every level.
Make Historic Investments in High Poverty Schools. Addressing entrenched disparities in education is both a moral and economic imperative. The budget proposes a historic $36.5 billion investment in grants for Title I schools, a $20 billion increase from the 2021 enacted level. This investment would provide historically under-resourced schools with the funding needed to deliver a high-quality education to all of their students, as well as meaningful incentives for states to examine and address inequities in school funding systems. These additional funds will advance the President’s commitment to ensure teachers at Title I schools are paid competitively, provide equitable access to rigorous coursework, and increase access to high-quality preschool.

Prioritize the Physical and Mental Well-Being of Students. Recognizing the profound effect of physical and mental health on academic achievement, the budget provides $1 billion, in addition to the resources in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to increase the number of counselors, school psychologists, nurses, and social workers in schools.
In addition, it provides $443 million for Full Service Community Schools, which play a critical role in providing comprehensive wrap-around services to students and their families, from afterschool, to adult education opportunities, and health and nutrition services.
Boost Support for Children with Disabilities. The budget includes $16 billion, a historic increase of $2.7 billion over 2021 enacted, for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to support special education and related services for more than 7.6 million Pre-K through 12 students. This is a significant first step toward fully funding IDEA and supports providing a high-quality education to children with disabilities.
The budget also provides $732 million for early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities, funding services that have a proven record of improving academic and developmental outcomes. The $250 million increase would be paired with reforms to expand access to these services for underserved children, including children of color and children from low-income families.
Enacting the budget policies into law this year would strengthen our nation’s economy and lay the foundation for shared prosperity, while also improving our nation’s long-term fiscal health.

For more information on the President’s FY 2022 budget, please visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/.

Our Hope and Opportunity for our Children…💞🙏🏻🌈🍎
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What Should Children Learn about in History?..

Florida is now among a growing number of republican controlled states that are trying to suppress what our children learn about in the racial history of America…due to our Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis’ suppressive and prejudicial principles…

This is extremely dangerous…

We teachers have always appreciated developmentally appropriate curriculum, and relied on critical standards for our children…However when those in power start dictating a what and how to teach;

Our children will then develop a narrow view and suffer irreparable consequences…

A teacher is bound by professional ethics… When I taught, I was extremely careful not to project my points of personal, political biases with my children, yet teaching the facts about our history…I taught many children of all ethnicity and diversity…We learned to accept, celebrate and appreciate our differences…Moreover, learn America’s History…with clarity and appreciation…

Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran…


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (News Service of Florida) – A proposed rule that will be weighed by the State Board of Education aims to control the way history is taught in Florida classrooms and not allow teachers to “indoctrinate” students, as part of what state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran called a “constant, vigilant fight.”

The proposed rule seeks to put strict guidelines on teaching U.S. history…

“Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence,” the state Department of Education’s proposal said…

It also would require that any classroom discussion is “appropriate for the age and maturity level of the students,” and teachers facilitating discussions wouldn’t be able to “share their personal views or attempt to indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view” that is inconsistent with state standards…

The Board of Education will consider the proposal at its June 10 meeting at Florida State College at Jacksonville…

Corcoran touted the proposal during a recent speaking engagement at Hillsdale College, a private college in Michigan that regularly invites conservative speakers..

“You have to police them on a daily basis. It’s 185,000 teachers in a classroom with anywhere from 18 to 25 kids,” Corcoran told the crowd gathered at the event, titled “Education is Freedom.”

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, opposes the proposed rule…

We’re passing a rule this coming month that says, for the 185,000 (Florida) teachers, you can’t indoctrinate students with stuff that’s not based on our standards, the new B.E.S.T. standards,” Corcoran said, referring to standards adopted by the state during his tenure…

The “Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking” standards were adopted after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order in January 2019 to eliminate vestiges of politically unpopular “Common Core” standards…

Speaking at Hillsdale, Corcoran characterized the new standards as part of the “fight” to ensure progressive ideas aren’t pushed in the classroom…

“We rewrote all of our standards, we did all of that stuff, and then we do a book adoption,” Corcoran told the crowd. “And the publishers are just infested with liberals. And so we would have to say to them in our bid specs, we are not going to approve your bid unless … a certain percent of our reading list has to be in your text.”

“Florida isn’t going to equip students as critical thinkers by hiding facts. Students deserve the best possible education we can provide and the truest and most inclusive picture of their world and our shared history,” Andrew Spar, the union’s president, said in a statement Wednesday…

Spar also suggested that other aspects of U.S. history aren’t addressed in the proposal…

“If giving kids a good education is the goal, the rule could be amended to say in part: ‘Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective, and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow.’ Those who don’t learn history are destined to repeat it,” Spar said in the statement..

During his Hillsdale College speech, Corcoran fielded a question from an audience member about how he intends to address progressive ideas in textbooks and instructional materials. Part of Corcoran’s response indicated he expects the proposed rule will be adopted.Corcoran’s comments and the proposed rule came amid a push by DeSantis to eliminate what is known as critical race theory from classrooms. Critical race theory is based on the premise that racism is embedded within American society and institutions…

The governor criticized critical race theory during a media appearance in March, while rolling out a “civics literacy” proposal…

“It’s basically teaching kids to hate our country and to hate each other based on race. It puts race as the most important thing. I want content of character to be the most important thing,” DeSantis told reporters…

At Hillsdale, Corcoran also said he is working to weed out critical race theory from instructional materials…

“They hide it in … social-emotional learning. So, it doesn’t say critical race theory, but you could definitely have a teacher who teaches critical race theory,” Corcoran said…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis, shown speaking after the 2021 legislative session, has lent his support to proposals that would restrict the way teachers teach U.S. history in Florida’s public schools. [ WILFREDO

My Inspiration

Dedicated to Mary Towers…Who turns 102.. May 31…
We taught from 1975-1984…
Alachua Elementary…
WW Irby Principal…

We plan to have our special lunch date…in Gainesville.. to celebrate…It has been a long year …💕🙏🏻🌈🍎

Teacher Appreciation Week…

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Dreams do Come True…

In the many years I taught; dating back to 1972…

I began with such hope!

Children were a priority…Integration and Early Childhood Education were paramount…And Head Start began…

However, as the years passed, by the nineties I realized that due to changes at the Federal level: our public school children were less of a priority because they were losing the funding to privatization, and the resources needed to do all we could for our children were diminished…

Yet our expectations were unrealistic and we were being blamed…

There now was teacher accountability, developmentally inappropriate curriculum and over testing….Yet fewer resources…

And moreover since the new millennium…with all these drastic changes…. Dismantling of public schools…teacher shortage….Poor leadership… A Pandemic..

We are facing a crisis…

However, through all of these changes I always maintained there would be that better day!!!

And now with the election of a new President….we may see a change!!!

” Biden’s education plan: Targets inequity, expands federal role”…Laura Meckler and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel Washington Post

The federal government has long been a bit player in education… Under an expansive vision being rolled out this spring by President Biden, that would change…

Biden has proposed — or is expected to propose — a half dozen education programs that would constitute the largest federal investment in education in at least a half century. Any one of them would be significant on its own. Taken together, if approved by Congress, they form a cradle-to-college plan that aims to reduce inequities that course through American schools by infusing hundreds of billions of dollars into virtually every level of the system….

“These are truly unprecedented investments in education,” said Sarah Abernathy, executive director of the Committee for Education Funding…

Much of Biden’s strategy is focused on cold, hard cash, a show-me-the-money plan that would more than double federal support to high-poverty districts, rebuild crumbling schools and subsidize pre-K and community college alike. It’s excited educators up and down the system, but left some allies wondering if the administration is doing enough to use the money to drive policy changes by states and districts. For their part, Republicans oppose such sweeping new spending as well as the tax increases proposed to offset some of the cost…

Should Biden’s entire agenda become law, the U.S. educational system could morph from a 13-year guarantee — where children are entitled to free education from kindergarten through 12th grade — to a 17-year promise, where prekindergarten is available starting at age 3 and tuition is free through two years of community college…

“Think of it this way: Joe Biden is adding four years to a student’s education. It’s the largest increase in educational time since high school became universal,” said Rahm Emanuel, a longtime Biden ally who championed similar policies for early childhood and community college when he was Chicago’s mayor. Early-childhood education, he said, will prepare children to learn, while postsecondary programs prepare them for the workforce…

Biden does enjoy support for his education agenda among liberals, who are pushing him to aggressively confront educational inequity, and centrist Democrats, who like several pieces of this package…

“He’s investing in things like apprenticeships and community colleges and pre-K and all kinds of things that moderate Democrats love,” said Lanae Erickson, who heads social policy at Third Way, a centrist Democratic think tank. “There’s something in there for everybody in the party and that’s how he’s keeping folks on board.”Even when he had a Democratic Congress, Obama did not ask for this level of spending. After passing into law a recovery act meant to respond to the 2008 financial crisis, he telegraphed his interest in fiscal responsibility. At his first Cabinet meeting in April 2009, he announced that federal agencies would be hunting for cuts and efficiencies, saying he had challenged his secretaries to find $100 million in reductions…

Never give up on your dreams…

President Biden is determined…. making his Presidency consequential… Our children a priority; making our public schools stronger… Providing our children the success they so need…

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Safety First…Our Children #VaccinateTeachers

#vaccinateteachers

School Personnel Lost To Covid…

@LostToCovidObtained from public sources…

Current number people

posted: 1,008

Of those, died since:

Aug 1: 653

Oct. 1: 571

Dec 1: 394

Fauci: ‘Non-workable’ to vaccinate teachers before schools open…

However recommend…Not a requirement!!!!

Very disappointed…

They really do not know …life in a classroom…

Just looking at data…Does not reflect what dangers lie in an unfunded classroom…

I would only recommend powers that be, work in a classroom…with twenty plus young children…

Most schools are poorly ventilated…lacking the staff to make routine visits to sanitize and clean surfaces…

From my many years teaching … Teaching through flu and even pneumonia…

It is extremely challenging to manage socially distance, masked young children… Through out a day…

Teachers are always expected, even blamed…

This would be the right time to protect our teachers and essential staff…So our children will be safe to attend school…

💕🌈🙏 🍎

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Dr. Jill Biden…FLOTUS… Educator 💕

@DrBiden
#FLOTUS

Dear Dr. Jill…

Thank you…for decorating the lawn…at your new home…
Just what we so need…A White House of Love…

Healing
Courage
Love
Compassion
Gratitude
Peace
Amor
Strength
Kindness
Family
Unity

Love,
Jill

#valentinesday2021

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Helping Kids Process Recent and Ongoing Current Events…Hope

Our children are dealing with quite a lot these days…It is up to us to provide comfort through our careful conversations with them; helping them cope, helping them process what is currently happening by instilling feelings of safety and well-being …

And…

Hope for their future…

Helping kids process recent and ongoing current events

By Suzanne Monaghan KYW NewsradioPHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)

Coronavirus-induced isolation, an inconsistent school year, fallout from the violence in Washington, D.C. — kids are living through many back-to-back historic and potentially life-changing events.

Counselor and author L.J. Jackson said young people are dealing with many anxieties as a result, like missing friends, fearing that their parents will get sick, or falling behind in school.

“The newness of it all is something that they’re trying to wrap their heads around and understand,” she said. “Whether they’re toddlers or pre-teens or teens or young adults, this is their first go-round for a lot of them with something as intense as what we’ve been going through in 2020 and the first start of 2021.”

For parents, Jackson suggests not listening to the news when children are around. Also, talk to them about how they’re feeling, reassure them that everything will be OK, and come up with things to look forward to.

“Their brains are still developing and they’re thinking in the moment, here and now, so just help them think and create a bright future so that no matter what happens, they can see beyond this.”

For example, make a vision board that you and your children can post pictures and lists of things to look forward to. Kids need consistency, especially during the inconsistency of today.

“With young people, hope is very important, and so it’s kind of like our gas tank,” she alluded. “Just kind of do a check-in with them periodically. Whether they want to talk or not, make sure their ‘hope tank’ is filled.”

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