As I’ve stated before, my wife is a teacher. She is absolutely spectacular at teaching.
She is not so good at understanding ramifications, potential outcomes, and intentionally setting people up for failure.
Back in 2002, she was required to be a member of the teacher’s union. At one of the regular meetings of the faculty and staff, the new government regulations were explained to them.
In particular, under the new government mandates, they could no longer hold students back, they had to be advanced. In addition, it was explained how the new regulations made it almost impossible to expel or even have out of school suspension.
There were also new requirements, from the state, requiring that all students be included. For the most part, marking the end of special education classes for students at need.
This is how it was related to me 20+ years ago, so my memory could have left some things out.
The teacher’s union was incensed that the horrible Republican Congress and President would step in where they didn’t know what they were doing and how this new mandate would destroy the education industry.
Well, they were right, in part. It destroyed our education system. The industry is doing fine.
What was the horrible, horrible legislation that brought down this new mandate from on high?
(vii) in accordance with subparagraph (D), at the State’s discretion, may also include other academic indicators, as determined by the State for all public school students, measured separately for each group described in clause (v), such as achievement on additional State or locally administered assessments, decreases in grade-to-grade retention rates, attendance rates, and changes in the percentages of students completing gifted and talented, advanced placement, and college preparatory courses.
—No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 115 Stat. 1425 1447 (U.S. 2002)
The new law required the states to implement standards and to have objective measurements of those standards. There was funding on the line.
Under the new mandate, a school that did not have enough students graduating from high school with a regular diploma could lose funding.
If you go read through the entire 670 pages of this public law, you will find that the stated purposes were to make sure that disadvantaged students were not being shorted on school resources.
What is not in this public law is any requirement that all students must be advanced.
We have all heard the stories of how standards get lowered to allow “disadvantaged” people to pass and become “elite” members of some group.
Standards are there for a reason. When we lower the standards, we get lower quality.
Do you want the firearm that passes all the stringent tests before it arriving in your hands, or just passes the lower bounds?
The teacher’s unions have never been genuinely interested in students, they have always been interested in teachers. Please hear me when I say that there are teachers who are genuinely interested in students, the unions are not the teachers.
Because the union did not want to every look like they were failing, they got new mandates put in place that would protect them.
If a school is being graded on what percentage of students are handed diplomas, then the right thing to do is to make sure you hand out diplomas to every student at the end of their senior year in high-school.
If a school is being downgraded because they don’t advance enough students, then advance them all.
This turned No Child Left Behind into a joke.
So I wanted to focus on something I read yesterday:
—No. 16: Hunter v. Cortland Housing Authority, No. 5:23-cv-01540, slip op. at 2 (N.D.N.Y.)
42 U.S.C. §13663 denies public housing to people that have
demonstrate a pattern of alcohol abuse, engaged in drug related activities, have used illegal drug use, or are registered sex-offenders
The CHA claims that since they can deny that people who are criminals or sex-offenders, they can deny firearms to tenants.
But what does the law say about firearms? Nothing. 42 U.S.C. §13663 deals with the listed set of excluded people, see above.
42 U.S.C. § 1437d deals with the lease agreement.
- Leases; terms and conditions; maintenance; termination
Each public housing agency shall utilize leases which—
- have a term of 12 months and shall be automatically renewed for all purposes except for noncompliance with the requirements under section 1437j(c) of this title (relating to community service requirements); except that nothing in this subchapter shall prevent a resident from seeking timely redress in court for failure to renew based on such noncompliance;
- do not contain unreasonable terms and conditions;
- obligate the public housing agency to maintain the project in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition;
In other words, every bit of infringing regulation that the CHA, and all the other public housing authorities, around the country, are imposing on The People comes from these home sovieticus thanking that somehow removing firearms from The People makes their homes safe, decent, and sanitary.
My guns are more sanitary, safer, and more decent than most of these moonbat tyrants’ minds, bodies, and souls.
The only really surprising thing to me, is that this condition on public housing leases seems to extend across the country, but there doesn’t seem to be anything in the CFR or U.S.C.