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Tredyffrin-Area State Rep. Candidate: End Gerrymandering Now

Letter from Melissa Shusterman (Dem candidate for PA House 157), Tredyffrin Patch, Jan 9, 2018

Gerrymandering has been in the news a lot lately. What is it, and why is it such a problem? How can we fix it?

Every 10 years, a census is taken to determine the population of each state. After this determination, states must redraw their federal and state legislative districts in a process called redistricting or reapportionment. States do this to ostensibly ensure their citizens receive the equal representation they deserve in their state and the federal government. Accordingly, the intent is to make sure that each congressman, state senator and state representative have about the same number of people in their districts and that the districts don’t unnecessarily split up communities. Gerrymandering is a perversion of this process. Gerrymandering is the manipulation of district boundaries to best benefit a political party instead of citizens.

Gerrymandering is rampant in our country. Most states allow the legislature to draw district boundaries in any way they want, leading to the main consideration is how many seats can be won, to ensure that the party in power stays in power, instead of how to give Americans the representation they deserve in government. Gerrymandering allows politicians to pick their voters instead of allowing voters to pick their politicians and circumvent popular will. In 2012, Democratic Congressional candidates won 1.5 million more votes than Republicans, yet fell far short of a majority in the House….

keep reading at Tredyffrin Patch

Trump administration to end temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador

By Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity, 1/8/18

The sweeping move by the Trump administration affects more than 200,000 immigrants in the United States

In another sweeping action upending immigrant communities, the Trump Administration Monday announced it is terminating Temporary Protected Status for more than 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador who’ve been living here protected from deportation for nearly 17 years. The decision was met with widespread condemnation from church leaders, labor and immigrant rights groups and business organizations calling for Congress to act to spare the Salvadorans, many of whom have U.S. citizen children and employers who want them to stay. …

keep reading at Center for Public Integrity The order affects those from El Salvador who have been living in the US since BEFORE the 2001 earthquake. More than have of those losing their TPS status have been here more than 20 years. Many have jobs and children here. What ever happened to those Republican “family values”?

Today is the Anniversary of the Worst Education Law Ever Passed by Congress

[Fortunately some courageous legislators have long been working against what Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19) called the “testing obsession” in “Cash-starved schools but over $1B for testing?,” 9/27/16]

By dianeravitch, January 8, 2018

On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into Law.

NCLB, as it was known, is the worst federal education legislation ever passed by Congress. It was punitive, harsh, stupid, ignorant about pedagogy and motivation, and ultimately a dismal failure. Those who still admire NCLB either helped write it, or were paid to like it, or were profiting from it.

It was Bush’s signature issue. He said it would end “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” It didn’t.

When he campaigned for the presidency, he and his surrogates claimed there had been a “Texas miracle.” There wasn’t.

All that was needed, they said, was to test every child in grades 3-8 every year in reading and math. Make the results for schools public. Reward schools that raised scores. Punish schools for lower scores. Then watch as test scores soar, graduation rates rise, and achievement gaps closed. It didn’t happen in Texas nor in the nation.

The theory was simple, simplistic, and stupid: test, then punish or reward….

keep reading at dianeravitch

True Blue talk Jan. 16: “Effects of Trump’s Tax Cuts”

January 16, 2018, 6 pm, at Barnaby’s of West Chester, 15 S. High St., West Chester

Free to CCDC True Blue and Chair’s Club members. Others may join True Blue (a great way to support Chesco Dems in 2018!) in advance or pay $75 for this one event.

Join us for a timely and lively discussion on the effects of the promised tax cuts on our economy and our personal circumstances: hear Sara Crane Moody’s Economist, present the U.S. economy’s fundamentals, and describe the prospects for fiscal policy, with a special emphasis on the ramifications of the tax overhaul. Bring your questions.

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