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Trump/GOP Agenda
===Trump/GOP Agenda===
*[[Trump_Administration#Secretary_of_Education_Betsy_DeVos|Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's]] [[Educational Justice|voucher plan]] would result in giving money to private/religiously affiliated schools [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/opinion/betsy-devos-and-gods-plan-for-schools.html]. School voucher programs already in place in Indiana have made private schools more accessible to low-income families. Public schools must accept all students, and because of money from the state, can provide special education services for students with disabilities. Still, private schools can accept or reject students, even if they have vouchers. Parents have noted that private schools do not have the accommodations for students with disabilities, so the private schools can reject a student with disabilities since they know they will not be able to accommodate them. This is legal because private schools are exempt from [https://www.resistancemanual.org/Disability_Rights#Americans_with_Disabilities_Act the Americans with Disabilities Act ] [http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/12/520111511/the-promise-and-peril-of-school-vouchers?sc=tw].
*There are also serious '''concerns about whether a Trump administration would enforce the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act''', given that [[Trump_Administration#Attorney_General_Jeff_Sessions|Attorney General Jeff Sessions]] has called the inclusion of students with disabilities “the single most irritating problem for teachers throughout America today.”[https://theestablishment.co/how-jeff-sessions-could-threaten-the-disability-rights-movement-3555da49617a#.uviee1115]
*During DeVos's confirmation hearing, she stated that enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act should be left to the states, seemingly unaware that this is a federal law.[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/01/18/six-astonishing-things-betsy-devos-said-and-refused-to-say-at-her-confirmation-hearing/?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.0282de4a851f]
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