March 31: Washington D.C. continued to pound lower-socioeconomic Americans by adding an additional employment barrier. Specifically, childcare workers are required to have a college associate degree by 2020 according to new regulations levied last December. Childcare center directors reportedly must earn a four-year bachelor degree by December 2017.
Washington Post had more on the ill-advised program:
More than a decade after Washington, D.C., set out to create the most comprehensive public preschool system in the country, the city is directing its attention to overhauling the patchwork of programs that serve infants and toddlers.
The new regulations put the District at the forefront of a national effort to improve the quality of care and education for the youngest learners. City officials want to address an academic achievement gap between children from poor and middle-class families that research shows is already evident by the age of 18 months.
A central part of that mission is educating a workforce that historically has been paid and treated like babysitters. What the job demands is closer to the work of elementary school teachers, scientists say. “This is a real opportunity to build the profession and set our young children on a positive trajectory for learning and development,” said Elizabeth Groginsky, assistant superintendent of early learning in the District.
[U]nlike in most professional fields, prospects are slim that a degree will bring a significantly higher income — a bachelor’s degree in early-childhood education yields the lowest lifetime earnings of any major.
Valora Washington, chief executive at the Council for Professional Recognition, which oversees the Child Development Associate (CDA) program, an entry-level credential for child-care providers, said a similar education requirement would “shut down” the child-care system in many states.
“D.C. is different. D.C. is ahead of the curve,” she said. “It’s more possible here than it would be anywhere else.”
The new credential requirements in the District follow a 2015 report by the National Academies that says the child-care workforce has not kept pace with the science of child development and early learning.
[T]he report says […] teachers of infants and toddlers require the same level of sophisticated knowledge and skills expected of elementary educators and they should likewise be expected to have bachelor’s degrees.
Currently, the Dirty District is demanding just a two-year associate degree for the toddler teachers. The Post notes the above report at least recognizes stringent worker requirements may “reduce diversity in the profession” and increase financial pressure on families straining to carve out a career in the financial candy land of Federal Government bullies.
|If the taxable income is:
||The tax is:
|Not over $10,000
||4% of the taxable income
|Over $10,000 but not over $40,000
||$400, plus 6% of the excess over $10,000.
|Over $40,000 but not over $60,000
||$2,200, plus 6.5% of the excess over $40,000.
|Over $60,000 but not over $350,000
||$3,500, plus 8.5% of the excess over $60,000.
|Over $350,000 but not over $1,000,000
||$28,150, plus 8.75% of the excess above $350,000.
||$82,025, plus 8.95% of the excess above $1,000,000.
Above: the individual
government confiscation income tax rates on D.C. workers, which appear to kick in with the first dollar of income earned. Source: https://cfo.dc.gov/page/district-columbia-tax-rates-individual-income-and-business-franchise-taxes
The ever-balanced Post highlights rosy scholarship options available to assist lower-income preschool teachers with conquering the newest government-implemented impediment to success:
The Teacher Education and Compensation Helps, or T.E.A.C.H., scholarship is funded mainly through local and federal funds but also requires the employee and child-care center to pay a small share.
It was started in North Carolina in 1990 after a workforce survey showed that less than 10 percent of child-care workers had any kind of college degree. Since then, the portion with degrees has increased to nearly 65 percent, thanks to the scholarships, and also because the state instituted a quality rating system that rewards centers based on the education levels of its staff members.
Nationally, the program has expanded to about two dozen states and the District and has awarded scholarships to 136,000 people.
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center estimates that participants earn on average 8 percent more each year they participate, as they receive bonuses or are promoted at work. And the scholarship reduces turnover, a serious challenge for the field. For every year that an employer supports an employee’s education, the employee must commit to another year of work.
Most college campuses or classes are across town, and so many have chosen to pursue online programs and pay for them out of pocket […] One employee said she already owes back tuition and could not log on to her courses until she finished paying down her bill.
The “for-profit colleges are evil” social justice warriors should get their pitchforks ready.
If childcare is the new “higher education” battlefield, what should we call the struggles of graduate students trying to unionize? “Higher higher education?” (Hopefully if you pay enough dues, you’ll get “hired” at completion of your degree.)
In early April, we learned about the late March movement to unionize some students in another government-afflicted sector of the economy.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten threw a tantrum when her union failed to lock down representation rights for Cornell University graduate students, according to Washington Free Beacon.
Graduate students at Cornell University voted 919-856 against organizing a union with the AFT on March 28. Eighty-one ballots remain uncounted as they are subject to challenge. Those ballots could shift the final tally, leading the union to cry foul.
Free Beacon notes the development is particularly humiliating because Weingarten graduated from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (yes, this is actually a thing) in 1980 and drummed up dissent for professors opposed to unionizing in the days preceding the election.
Weingarten said the university could reduce admissions and cut health care costs in the event of a union victory.
“The university sent communications on the eve of and during the election with the intention of chilling and intimidating voters,” she said in a release. “Cornell flagrantly violated the spirit of both the code of conduct we negotiated and federal labor law.“
“I am really offended that somebody who has a lot of power, and who has tenure and who has voice would actually say in a university that has an ILR school here, that having real labor relations is an existential threat,” Weingarten said at a March 25 rally. “Don’t tell me that they’re an existential threat when we have on this campus, and what makes this campus a great campus, what makes it a land-grant university is having an ILR school.”
Some history of which we were ignorant:
In 2000, the National Labor Relations Board—the nation’s top federal labor arbiter—ruled that graduate students’ work as teachers and researchers established them as workers. George W. Bush’s board overturned that decision in 2004. In August 2016, Barack Obama’s NLRB—led by Cornell graduate Mark Gaston Pearce—ruled once again that students had the right to organize.
The Cornell election was administered privately based upon a 2016 agreement between the school and union, rather than by the NLRB, which oversees union elections.
[The Cornell student] group pointed to the vote as a dramatic swing from a 2002 election in which only 30 percent of voters approved unionization.
Perhaps the NLRB overseeing an election to add more political pawns to its competition-crushing, government-propping ranks would indeed have raised conflicts of interest.
Scouring the “union representation” page of Cornell University Grad School did not illuminate the final election results.
And what formative years between pre-school and graduate school can the government systematically undermine to better control their subjects? How about high school?
Crown prince of Chicago Rahm Emanuel proposed additional requirements for his little people to fulfill in order to graduate from high school. Namely, starting with the class of 2020, unfortunate Chi-town residents must pick themselves out of the bodies lining their streets and show proof of acceptance to college, the military, trade school, or a “gap year program” to get their diploma.
Perhaps the ever-ambitious, eventual Harvard University matriculant Malia Obama can advise on the latter option.
Rahm’s rahmbling is not quite as elitist as it sounds: according to Chicago Tribune, [t]he requirement would also be satisfied if the student has a job or a job offer.
Quoth the Mayor:
“Just like you do with your children, college, post-high school, that is what’s expected,” Emanuel said at a Wednesday morning news conference. “If you change expectations, it’s not hard for kids to adapt.”
Emanuel and his office said the “groundbreaking” effort would make CPS the nation’s first large urban school district to require students to develop a plan for their lives after high school. He outlined the plan as CPS continues to struggle with financial problems that has led officials to warn the current school year could end three weeks early.
“I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’ve never heard of anything like [the statist coercion to detail one’s future plans to obtain their high school diploma],” said Maria Ferguson, executive director of the Washington D.C.- based Center on Education Policy. “The question I would have for Mayor Emanuel is: ‘Where did this come from? What informed your thinking to lead you to believe that this was a good plan of action for CPS?‘”
CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson fielded some questions at the news conference. It seems she will be Emanuel’s unfortunate point woman on the new requirement, if enacted.
“We all need to change how we think about what it means to be a high school graduate — a diploma alone isn’t enough anymore,” Jackson said in a statement.
Emanuel’s initiative would allow the mayor to continue promoting the City Colleges of Chicago and push a potential flood of new applicants to schools that must already accept most students. Emanuel recently installed a longtime ally, Latino activist Juan Salgado, as chancellor of the system.State law already requires Illinois community college districts to admit students qualified to complete any of the schools’ programs, as long as space is available. That could provide an out for a student who isn’t quite sure what to do after high school, officials said.
Unaware of your options after twelve years of government-mandated education? How about more government-run education that you will now pay for directly via predatory loans instead of the horribly regressive local taxes confiscated from your parents? It’s an “out!” You’re welcome.
Asked whether a student who doesn’t get one of these letters of acceptance would be prohibited from graduating from high school Jackson said in part:
“If a student graduates from a Chicago public school, they are automatically accepted into one of our City Colleges. And if a student is at a point where they’re undecided … we do have that option there for them.”
As long as you “work” for CPS, a gravy-train union racket that largely exists to disperse cushy benefits to administrators and hold children as political pawns to bully the Illinois state governor for a bailout of their chronically-unfunded pension system every few years, you
[P]rocessing a possible surge of college applicants would likely require CPS to hire more counselors and could also have implications for the city’s community colleges[.]
The City Colleges system has continued to struggle with “softened” enrollment numbers, as the system also looks at burning cash reserves and making cuts because of the state’s protracted budget impasse.
At the same time, the system has said it has seen larger numbers of incoming students “without the required academic preparation,” which has led to higher demand for remedial courses and support services.
One thing the mayor definitely does not want to do is push down CPS’ high school graduation rate. The district’s five-year high school graduation rate last year hovered at around 73 percent[.]
[To achieve] former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett[‘s] goal of increasing the college graduation rate of CPS students to 60 percent by 2025[,] […] CPS embarked on what it described as a comprehensive, eight-day training program for school advisers. The district said it understood that the quality of college counseling that students received marked “one of the greatest drivers of whether a student enrolls and persists in college.”
But by Wednesday, the district said, only about 40 percent of CPS school counselors had completed the training.
The district said it would ensure all counselors obtained the training as part of Emanuel’s latest initiative, noting that CPS and the mayor’s office were working to raise roughly $1 million from donors to accelerate the process.
UPDATE: On April 28, Byrd-Bennett was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for pocketing $2.3 million in kickbacks in exchange for dealing $23 million in no-bid contracts to “Chicago education firms,” according to Detroit Free Press. Prior to profiting handsomely from CPS, the 66-year-old “educator”‘s self-enrichment train made stops in Cleveland and Detroit. The latter position–IRONY ALERT—chief academic and accountability officer–reportedly involved a shady $40 million book deal with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who for some reason dropped $25,000 into Byrd-Bennett’s bank account. As that federal investigation heated up, she moved on to Chicago in 2012.
Photo from CPS website.
A tearful Byrd-Bennett apologized in court before learning her punishment, saying: “What I did was terribly wrong. … I’m ashamed and I’m sorry.”
Minimal Malice in Chicago Re: Teacher Layoffs
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