Tuesday News: Strategic thinking


COOPER ALLOWS CHANGES TO ISD PROCESS MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT SIGNATURE: "Turning over control of a public school to a private charter school operator is both bad policy and ineffective, and I am fundamentally opposed to the ISD concept," Cooper wrote. "Senate Bill 522 does make some positive improvements to the ISD, including providing a way for low-performing schools to improve before being subject to take over." Under the new law, in year one, struggling schools would be placed on a qualifying list, and the local school board and superintendent would be notified. If the school still qualified in year two, it would be put on a watch list. Following that, the local school board would hold a public hearing with parents and employees to explain the impact of being put on the watch list and improvement plans for the school. If the school still qualified in year three, it would be put on a warning list. Another public hearing would be held, and the school board would have to present to the county commissioners about the school’s status. If the school still qualified after the third year and was one of the lowest five qualifying schools in the state, it would be selected by the State Board of Education to join the ISD.

DUKE STUDENTS HEAD TO WASHINGTON IN SUPPORT OF DACA: When the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday deliberates a program that protected young people brought to this country illegally, several students from Duke University will be in Washington, D.C., to make sure they are heard. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the immigration policy initiated by executive order by President Barack Obama. Also called the Dream Act, it allows those who were brought to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and prior to June 2007, to receive a renewable two-year period that delays any deportation and enables them to work legally in the U.S. President Donald Trump wants to end the program, which would end protection for nearly a million undocumented young people. Duke senior Axel Ramos is one of those who is benefiting from DACA. He was born in Honduras, and his mother brought him to the U.S. when he was 7.

RICHARD BURR IMPLIES THAT IF "PUSSY-GRABBING" WAS OKAY, SO IS UKRAINE CALL: “I’ve been through impeachment,” Burr said. “Nobody wins … No party wins. The American people don’t win.” Burr pointed to an episode during the 2016 presidential campaign in which Trump was heard on an old "Access Hollywood" tape talking about groping women and trying to have sex with them. "That did not rise to a threshold that people thought he was unqualified to be president," Burr said. The Senate will be in session for at least six consecutive days if there is an impeachment trial, Burr said. During the trial, the senators are not allowed to make public statements about the case. "We basically hear the case and come to a verdict," Burr said. Warner said the impeachment inquiry will force the senators and the U.S. residents to make judgments. Warner added that he is upset some of his fellow senators have made public statements regarding Trump's guilt or innocence. (Like Burr just did?)

WHITE HOUSE IN TURMOIL OVER LACK OF UNITY IN DEFYING CONGRESS: Mulvaney’s office blames White House counsel Pat Cipollone for not doing more to stop other government officials from participating in the impeachment inquiry, as a number of State Department officials, diplomats and an aide to Vice President Pence have given sworn testimony to Congress. Cipollone released a letter from Trump early last month saying the White House would not be cooperating with the impeachment inquiry. But a senior administration official said Cipollone since then has failed to do more to keep members of the administration in line. “Those who have aligned with the president and followed the president’s instincts on not to cooperate have been successful and been that firewall,” said this official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Cipollone, this person said, “has been pretty weak in ensuring people are on lockdown.” At the same time, Trump has been complaining about Mulvaney, blaming him for his political troubles, and has toyed with the idea of replacing him, two officials said.

TRUMP'S EPA IS PREPARING TO GUT HEALTH REGULATIONS AND MAKE NEW ONES IMPOSSIBLE: A new draft of the Environmental Protection Agency proposal, titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science, would require that scientists disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, before the agency could consider an academic study’s conclusions. E.P.A. officials called the plan a step toward transparency and said the disclosure of raw data would allow conclusions to be verified independently. The measure would make it more difficult to enact new clean air and water rules because many studies detailing the links between pollution and disease rely on personal health information gathered under confidentiality agreements. And, unlike a version of the proposal that surfaced in early 2018, this one could apply retroactively to public health regulations already in place. “This means the E.P.A. can justify rolling back rules or failing to update rules based on the best information to protect public health and the environment, which means more dirty air and more premature deaths,” said Paul Billings, senior vice president for advocacy at the American Lung Association. Public health experts warned that studies that have been used for decades — to show, for example, that mercury from power plants impairs brain development, or that lead in paint dust is tied to behavioral disorders in children — might be inadmissible when existing regulations come up for renewal.



About that "strategy"...

My understanding is, without the process changes included in the new ISD bill, we would have had 2-3 more schools taken over in the next year (or so). The bill that Cooper allowed to become law sort of "reset" the timetable, giving us 3-4 years before any new schools come under attack.

What Governor Cooper didn't (couldn't) say when he made this decision: "Take the dang majority in the General Assembly and we can make the ISD nonsense go away."

I like how Cooper is handling our out-of-control legislature

Can't veto everything -- and a veto here would surely get overridden.

I'm especially happy with how Cooper handled the Teachers Pay Insult Bill.

Teachers should lead the way on education reform in North Carolina, because, God knows, public policy makers have no idea what they're doing. Just look at our amazing reading scores!