The Arizona Capitol Times reported Voucher vote creates dilemma for school-choice supporters:
If voters approve the voucher expansion law in November, many believe those changes would be locked in under the Voter Protection Act.
A “yes” on Prop. 305 would keep SB1431, (the “vouchers on steroids” bill), in place as approved by the Legislature in 2017.
That means modifying the statute in the future would be incredibly difficult, and that is where the problem lies for the school-choice crowd.
Indeed, the prospect of locking that law in place has been enough to give even the staunchest supporters of Empower Scholarship Accounts pause.
“If Prop. 305 passes, it could hinder our ability to make crucial improvements to the ESA program,” said Kim Martinez, a spokeswoman for the pro-voucher American Federation for Children.
Laurie Roberts of The Republic expands upon this in Dark money groups’ stand on Prop. 305 shows the public got played on voucher expansion:
Here’s a curious and rather enlightening development.
The “dark money” groups that spent big bucks to get a Legislature willing to vote for a massive expansion of Arizona’s school-voucher program are not going to campaign to try to save their crowning achievement.
The Republic’s Rob O’Dell and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez are reporting that the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity will sit out Proposition 305. Meanwhile, the Betsy DeVos-created American Federation for Children actually will urge people to vote no.
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Tagged privatization, public education, referendum, vouchers
The New York Times summarizes how we got here:
In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions installed a “zero tolerance” immigration policy, in which the government sought to jail and prosecute every adult who crossed the border illegally.
For months, migrant families were separated as adults were placed in detention, and their children were sent to shelters across the country. Widespread outrage led the Trump administration to end the practice.
In July, the Trump administration lost its bid to persuade a federal court to allow long-term detention of migrant families.
If you can’t win in court, get a feckless GOP Congress to change the rules for you — if you can.
Two weeks ago the Trump administration proposed a new regulation to allow the government to sidestep the 1997 consent decree known as the Flores agreement and detain children with their parents while their cases are being considered by immigration courts.
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Tagged immigrant family separation policy, indefinite detention of children policy, zero tolerance immigration policy
Last week Congress passed a ‘minibus’ with a CR to avert Trump’s threatened government shutdown over his border wall.
The Senate on Tuesday passed the short-term spending bill that would keep the government running through Dec. 7 and avert a government shutdown, and put off a fight over funding for President Trump’s border wall until after the midterm elections. Senate passes defense and health spending bill, tries to delay border-wall fight to after midterms:
The 93-to-7 vote came less than two weeks ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline when government funding will expire unless Congress and Trump intervene.
The House is expected to take up [modifications to] the bill next week, but it remains uncertain whether Trump would sign the measure.
The legislation would not increase funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which funds construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president has toyed repeatedly with shutting down the government to try to get more funding for the border wall, at times saying there would not be a shutdown and other times saying he would welcome one.
This morning President Trump is making noise again about not supporting the spending bill because it does not include funding for his “big beautiful wall” on the Mexico border. Which begs the questions, “He just now realized this?” And “Will he veto it?” Trump blasts Congress over ‘ridiculous’ spending bill: ‘Where is the money for the wall?’
President Trump lashed out at Congress on Thursday over the lack of funding for his border wall in a recently passed spending bill, stoking a fight that GOP lawmakers had hoped to avoid until later this year.
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Tagged government shutdown