Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Never trust the names of legislation.
If you ever hear of the “For Your Own Good” bill, watch out, Jack.
And so it goes for Kamala Harris’s new Family Friendly Schools Act.
The submission is — surprise! — the opposite of family friendly.
In fact, it’s about the opposite of family: It keeps children away from their parents.
As reported by The Hill, the FFSA would create a “pilot program to give schools funds to stay open during the entire workday throughout the school year, as well as to invest over $1 billion to boost summer learning programs.”
So, parents, if you’d like to work unencumbered by concerns over little Jack and Susie, rest your mind — America’s public education system is nestin’ ’em nicely.
Here’s how Kamala described the innovative — and, most of all, modern — burden-easer:
“My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours. So, I know firsthand that, for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedules is a common cause of stress and financial hardship. But, this does not have to be the case. My bill provides an innovative solution that will help reduce the burden of childcare on working families. It is time we modernize the school schedule to better meet the needs of our students and their families.”
Sounds like maybe just nobody should have kids.
The Daily Wire notes that American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s on board (with Kamala’s idea, not mine):
“By investing in before, and after school programming, summer enrichment and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, this legislation addresses a chronic and long-neglected problem: Too many working parents can’t access affordable care for their kids during the workday.”
Hence, the government will keep the rugrats before school, during school, and after school. And all summer. Yeah — why are people hatching these things?
How about as soon as they’re born, a federal program just scoops ’em up and takes care of it all ’til they’re 18? That way, everyone can wholly focus on what really matters — their jobs.
Suddenly, I find myself wanting to move to China. Or start a new one.
Here in the States, women are cutting their important work in order to have to crappily deal with doggone offspring. And Kamala’s sick about it:
“Roughly one million mothers of elementary school children cut their hours at work because of a lack of affordable child care. This bill would enable school districts and communities to find solutions that work for them, and would make sure teachers and paraprofessionals aren’t filling in the gaps without respect and fair compensation.”
Here’s a Paragraph about the bill, compliments of Mother Jones:
Her plan: A pilot program that gives money to 500 schools that serve a high proportion of low-income families to develop a school schedule that better matches the work schedule. Each recipient school would receive up to $5 million dollars over five years to keep their doors open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with no closures except for weekends, federal holidays, and emergencies. Professional development, parent-teacher conferences, and the like would have to happen, at minimum, alongside a full day of enrichment activities. At the end of the five years, the Education Department would publish a report documenting the best practices, as well as changes in parental employment, student performance, and teacher retention rates to be used to inform a future broader program.
And don’t worry — it’ll all be culturally relevant:
Schools are encouraged to use the funding to collaborate with community partners to develop “high-quality, culturally relevant, linguistically accessible, developmentally appropriate academic, athletic, or enrichment opportunities for students.” The directive is purposefully vague: Schools are to spend the first year surveying parents, teachers, and community members to determine what sort of extended school day would work best for their particular school population.
Kamala’s program does make a bit of sense — if the U.S. follows the UK, the kids might need that extra educational time to memorize the 100+ genders there are (here).
That’s a lot.
Other sponsors of the Family Friendly Act: Family-friendly Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Sherrod Brown (OH), Michael Bennet (CO), Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Jeff Merkley (OR).
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