Children must not lose ground: any health reforms must build on achievements already made to further improve coverage for children. We look forward to working with you to ensure no child is worse off as changes to our health care system are contemplated, and that we can work together to make even more progress for children.
The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children still need to be addressed. For the last several weeks, I fought to include my amendment to strengthen the Medicaid safety net for the kids who depend on it for their health care. Protecting vulnerable children is a core purpose of the Medicaid program and when the program fails to do so, it fails entirely. I could not vote to let those kids fall through the cracks.
. . .no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.
CHIP has been the victim of inattention, a double standard (the need for an offset has sidelined CHIP while Congress chose not to bother offsetting $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for wealthy Americans), and “hostage taking.”
Regardless, the failure to extend CHIP funding is increasingly dangerous to the health of children, and we enter 2018 with the crisis around CHIP growing with every passing day.
Each year in the United States, more than 23,000 infants die before reaching their first birthday. Though the mortality rate varies widely by state and county, the average in the United States is higher than in the rest of the world’s wealth countries, worse than in Poland and Slovakia.
In addition to making a number of verbal miscues (no, public schools are not “taxis,” and school choice is not “Uber”; schools aren’t like “food trucks,” and education is not a “side of fries”; and historically black college and universities are not “pioneers of school choice”), she has also made many destructive policy decisions, including ones on civil rights and for-profit colleges. If her school choice plan is approved by Congress (or if she takes action on choice without congressional approval), her legacy will only get worse.
. . .guaranteed free and appropriate public education (FAPE), including access to necessary special education services and certified teachers. Another guarantee: that the education take place in the “least restrictive environment” possible. . . The law also includes some safeguards to make sure students aren’t disciplined inappropriately for disruptive behavior related to their disability.
In 29 states, total state funding per student was lower in the 2015 school year than in the 2008 school year, before the recession took hold.
Most societies recognize a moral obligation to help ensure that young people can live up to their potential. Some countries even impose a constitutional mandate for equality of educational opportunities.
But in America, more is spent on the education of rich students than on the education of the poor. As a result, the US is wasting some of its most valuable assets, with some young people — bereft of skills — turning to dysfunctional activities. American states like California spend about as much on prisons as on higher education — and sometimes more.
Making matters even worse, policymakers also continue to fail children, teachers, and schools through their inappropriate reliance upon testing. As Diane Ravitch says:
For the last 16 years, American education has been trapped, stifled, strangled by standardized testing. Or, to be more precise, by federal and state legislators’ obsession with standardized testing.
In their tax bill, Senate Republicans gave a break to private jet owners but refused to increase the corporate rate by 0.94 percentage points to cover the cost of helping an estimated 12 million working-class families. . . It was foolish of Senate Republican leaders not to see the obvious political benefit of this change to a bill that is currently unpopular. It was offensive that most Senate Democrats voted against the amendment, on the crassly partisan theory that nothing they oppose should be improved.
The Senate could have put families first. Instead it put politics first. . . The shameful failure of Republicans and Democrats to work together is responsible for the absence of CTC reforms that would have put the needs of the working class over those of the donor class.
We have seen this rodeo before. Here is an MoveOn ad that ran in January 2004 after the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts enacted during the George W. Bush Administration began to sharply increased the federal deficit.
The House and Senate measures shower enormous benefits on households at the top of the economic ladder, a group that by all indications is older and whiter than the population overall. Then it hands the bill for those benefits largely to younger generations, who will pay through more federal debt; less spending on programs that could benefit them; and, eventually, higher taxes.
. . .we as a society simply have not made these kids our priority. . . Foster youths are, by definition, wards of the state, but when was the last time you heard any elected official talking about them?
It is a heartbreaking paradox that few people in the nonprofit, philanthropic or government sectors seem to think the foster care crisis is their problem, even though it is at the root of so many problems, such as mass incarceration and economic inequality, that they are so diligently trying to resolve.
Children in foster care desperately need their help. . . Our government must treat the child welfare crisis like the emergency it is and respond with more funding and better policies. We need more philanthropists, advocates and celebrities to champion this cause and more families to open their homes and hearts.
Approximately 1 in 4 children in the United States have at least one immigrant parent. The vast majority of these kids are American citizens. Their human potential is critical to the future success of our country, and yet, immigration policies pursued by the Trump Administration and some in Congress are detrimental to their progress.
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“Our True Face as a Society”
Child should not be used for leverage to accomplish other policy goals. All of these make me wonder where our priorities lie when we proclaim our love and support for the well-being of children but then consider enacting budgets and policies that use them as pawns. Budgets and policies are moral documents that show our true face as a society. Are we comfortable with what we see?