Friday, February 22, 2019

Schools Can't Improve Kids' Reading Scores? No More Food For Poor Kids.

Such is the policy proposed by an Arkansas Republican.

Arkansas legislator proposes cutting lunch funding from schools that struggle to improve reading skills

Excuse me but uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh what the fuck??

Rep. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) proposed a bill that would cut lunch funding in schools that struggle with reading, and he is working to get others to support the idea. 
Clark's proposed bill, if passed, would reduce a district’s “national school lunch funding” if they’re struggling in the reading department over a period of time. 
"I don't understand, and hopefully that bill won't get passed in Arkansas," Laquita Chalmers, a parent in West Memphis, said.

Yeah, I don't understand either. How exactly is starving poor kids supposed to improve reading scores? Why are they punishing little children with hunger for the failure of the schools, and by extension, the government, including lawmakers like Rep. Alan Clark?

People are asking Clark just these questions and he literally offered this as an "explanation."

I am not new to controversy. You don’t get anything important done without confrontation and taking a few knocks. Seeing that Arkansas children can read is worth a few bruises. When we were at 32 percent reading proficiency I was told my bills were too controversial and we couldn’t do any better than we were. Now we are at 41 percent so I am thankful I didn’t listen. But that still means that almost 60 percent of our kids are graduating and can’t do the most basic thing we send them to school for well: Read. My bill would require that a school district improve their reading proficiency by .0001 every 2 years. In most businesses I would be laughed at for suggesting such a small goal. But sadly many educators act like I have asked them to storm the beaches at Normandy. Improve .0001 every 2 years. Basically, the standard is just don’t go backwards.

Hi, yeah, Mr. Clark? That literally doesn't explain anything at all. It just makes it seem even more like you're holding children hostage because you're blaming a failure that's partially on you on schools you not only refuse to fund properly, but are now threatening to take away more funding, for food, which people, especially kids, need to function, let alone learn to read.

"It appears I have much more faith in our schools than many of our educators do," he says.

Hey Alan? I have something here that might motivate you to improve your basic human decency levels.

I have faith in you, Alan.

This is what I mean when I say Republicans are inhuman monsters. How can I come to any different conclusion?

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