Opinion: Sanders delegates fight for public ed, civil rights in Dem platform

Sarah Darer Littman
Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU (and as such is an AAUP member), and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at t hee Writopia Lab.

While Bernie Sanders supporters mourn his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, they should take real comfort that his delegation helped public education activists make an impact on the Democratic Party platform.

After years of being cheerleaders for policy based on flawed ideas promoted by hedge funds and Silicon Valley, it looks like Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party platform committee have been forced to take a good hard look at education reality. Even Sen. Chris Murphy has finally woken up to the fact that schools in Connecticut are segregated: this week he and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge introduced the Stronger Together School Diversity Act 2016.

What’s extremely puzzling, however, is that he seems to have ignored data that the charter schools Gov. Dannel P. Malloy — and indeed, the candidate he endorsed, Hillary Clinton — so aggressively pushed for are the biggest offenders in this “unconscionable” segregation. Not just in terms of racial segregation, but also in terms of serving a significantly lower proportion of ELL and Special Needs students.

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  1. Adolph Neaderland

    The issue of charter schools, segregated or inclusive is complicated by the lack of adequate funding to train teachers how to handle classes with a very broad range of students there by age, not by capability.
    The trade off of moving from neighborhood grade schools that may be segregated by local geography to ethnically balanced student bodies, and not end up with classes that only meet minimal academic targets is a questionable balance.

    Extensive and expensive teacher retraining is required. If not provided, parents with “advanced” children will flee the public education system, leaving an unintentional segregated public school system.

    Unfortunately neither Ms Littman or the Democratic platform confronts the investment issue.

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