unequal education

Educational Oppression

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If you attended public school, chances are great that your school trained you to follow orders rather than educated you to think critically and creatively. The first step to correcting a problem is by first acknowledging that a problem exists. Representing yourself in court requires critical thinking and the ability to communicate your argument or position.

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In 2013, the richest 85 people in the world had as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. Since the rich keep getting richer; and the poor keep getting poorer; economic inequality has certainly increased.

How does a tiny minority of rich men rule over all the rest, especially during the information age? During ancient and medieval times the 1% was composed of kings, emperors, and lords. They used armies to conquer lands and forced the 99 percent to serve them. Today the ruling class uses misinformation and miseducation.

In order for this tiny minority to rule over the majority, it needs mechanisms in place to keep the majority from overtaking its power. Our standardized education system serves as a vital gatekeeper to the ruling class and legitimizes their power and authority. Standardization or the use of pre-determined measures to judge individuals is essential to controlling thought and promoting a particular ideology to the exclusion of all other perspectives. See: Standardization as a Tool of Oppression

Mis-Education of the Negro

The Mis-Education of the Negro is a book originally published in 1933 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, considered the father of black history by many. The thesis of Dr. Woodson's book is that African Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, he claims, causes African Americans to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are a part.

Unfortunately, mis-education continues and worse includes a school to prison pipeline.

Below Dr. Umar Johnson discusses how the public school system targets black boys for special education. Watch the first 10 or 20 minutes at least to learn important information every black parent should know! The lecture is presented in two parts and combined is just over 2 hours and 20 minutes.

There are some views that I disagree with, but there is no one whose views I totally agree with, including my own parents. Do not let minor disagreements detract from the substance of the message.


Immunizations

Dr. Johnson mentioned exemptions from immunizations in his lecture. All 50 states have legislation requiring specified vaccines for students. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), admits all vaccines have side effects.

Exemptions

Although exemptions vary from state to state, all school immunization laws grant exemptions to children for medical reasons. Almost all states grant religious exemptions for people who have religious beliefs against immunizations. See (RSMO 167.181 and 19 CSR 20-28). Missouri religious immunization exemption form (pdf).

Twenty states, including Missouri, allow philosophical exemptions for those who object to immunizations because of personal, moral or other beliefs. See (RSMO 210.003) for Missouri immunization exemption statutes. The philosophical exemption applies only to child care.

As a result of legislation passed in 2015, two of those states—California and Vermont—will no longer allow philosophical exemptions beginning in July 2016, bringing the number of states that allow philosophical exemptions to eighteen.

National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act

National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA), was in response to a threat to the vaccine supply due to a 1980s scare over the DPT vaccine.

Some parents of children with autism spectrum disorders have attributed the disorders' onset to vaccines, often citing the mercury-based preservative thiomersal as the cause. Parents began filing many lawsuits against vaccine companies, doctors, and nurses. The program was established because of large jury awards that had been given to some plaintiffs.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) was created in 1988 to compensate individuals and families of individuals injured by covered childhood vaccines.

If you or your child were to be seriously injured after receiving a routine US government-recommended vaccination, your only recourse would be to apply to the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

Suing the vaccine manufacturer (or the doctor when the vaccine was given negligently) to obtain financial compensation for medical care, pain, and suffering is out of the question, as Congress and the Supreme Court have banned vaccine product liability and vaccine injury malpractice lawsuits in the US.

Instead, vaccine injury claims are awarded or denied by US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) officials using US Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys or adjudicated by “special masters” in the US Court of Federal Claims.

The Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, often referred to as Vaccine court, administers a no-fault system for litigating vaccine injury claims. These claims against vaccine manufacturers cannot normally be filed in state or federal civil courts, but instead, must be heard in the Court of Claims, sitting without a jury.

  • For an injury, your claim must be filed within 3 years after the first symptom of the vaccine injury.
  • For a death, your claim must be filed within 2 years of the death and 4 years after the start of the first symptom of the vaccine-related injury from which the death occurred.



 Education Law

Missouri

Missouri Education laws can be found under Title XI of the Missouri Revised Statutes (Chapters 160 – 186), a few pertinent chapters are listed below:

Chapter 160 – Schools General Provisions
Chapter 161 – Department of Elementary and Secondary Education   Chapter 162 – School Districts
Chapter 163 – State Aid
Chapter 167 – Pupils and Special Services

Missouri Adult Education – According to the DESE, approximately 756,515 Missouri adults aged 16 years and older are not enrolled in school and do not possess a high school credential; 35% of Missouri adults have reading literacy issues and 49% have math issues. If you are one of them, you are not alone, but there are resources to help you. Adults are also eligible for college financial aid; complete your free application for FAFSA

Federal

Federal education laws can be found under Title 20 of the U.S. Code and Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Some of the major components are listed below.

What is FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school
  • Accrediting organizations
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors, and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

What is ESEA

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was passed as a part of United States President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" and has been the most far-reaching federal legislation affecting education ever passed by the United States Congress. The act is an extensive statute that funds primary and secondary education.

As mandated in the act, the funds are authorized for professional development, instructional materials, for resources to support educational programs, and for parental involvement promotion. The act was originally authorized through 1965; however, the government has reauthorized the act every five years since its enactment.

ESEA offered new grants to districts serving low-income students, federal grants for text and library books, it created special education centers and created scholarships for low-income college students. Additionally, the law provided federal grants to state educational agencies to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education.

The reauthorization of ESEA by President George W. Bush was known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The ESEA also allows military recruiters access to 11th and 12th-grade students' names, addresses, and telephone listings when requested.

The EEOA

The Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA)(20 U.S. Code Chapter 39) of 1974 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against faculty, staff, and students, including racial segregation of students, and requires school districts to take action to overcome barriers to students' equal participation.

The IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)(20 U.S. Code Chapter 33) establishes a process for evaluating a child's special needs and for providing an individualized education program. The Federal Act is binding on all states.

IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.


U.S. Department of Education 

U.S. Office of Elementary & Secondary Education

Federal Student Aid for College


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