Buffalo schools fail kids when teaching that all White people play part in systemic racism: Rufo - Fox News

Buffalo schools have adopted a curriculum that pushes the controversial idea that all White people perpetuate systemic racism, while 80% of its students fail to reach proficiency in reading and writing, an editor said Wednesday.  City Journal editor Chris Rufo, during an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle," said the "diversity czar" of Buffalo public schools was caught on tape saying she believes that America's sickness leads some White people to believe Black people are less than human.  One of the district's instructional materials also includes the assertion that "all White people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism." He said the narrative of system racism has also spread to schools across the country, which shifts attention away from "their own abysmal failure to educate kids." BUFFALO'S SCHOOL DISTRICT TELLS STUDENTS THAT 'ALL WHITE PEOPLE PLAY A PART IN PERPETUATING SYSTEMIC RACISM' "Woke academics and

Early College Academy launches Lafayette family into academic success after high school - Daily Advertiser

Early College Academy launches Lafayette family into academic success after high school - Daily Advertiser

Early College Academy launches Lafayette family into academic success after high school - Daily Advertiser

Posted: 17 Dec 2020 06:00 PM PST

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U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox resigns as North Texas’ top federal law enforcement official - The Dallas Morning News

Posted: 17 Dec 2020 09:36 AM PST

Dallas' U.S. attorney, Erin Nealy Cox, announced her resignation on Thursday after a three-year stint as the area's top federal prosecutor.

Nealy Cox, a cybersecurity expert and former federal prosecutor in Dallas, was sworn in to office in November 2017 after being nominated by President Donald Trump.

As U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, she was responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in an area that covers about 8 million people in 100 counties in northern and western Texas.

Her office, which has about 120 attorneys across five regional locations, also handles civil litigation involving the government.

Her last day in office will be Jan. 8, after which First Assistant U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah will become the acting U.S. attorney.

"Serving as United States Attorney has been the privilege of a lifetime," she said in a statement. "Representing our nation is a tremendous responsibility – one I have tried to undertake with integrity and with accountability to the rule of law."

Nealy Cox also served as chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, which consisted of federal prosecutors who advised the AG on policy and operational issues.

She was co-chair of the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Anti-Government Extremism, and she served on the Justice Department's Religious Liberty Taskforce. She was also one of five U.S. attorneys who advised the China Initiative, a group of senior Justice Department officials tasked with fighting state-sponsored economic espionage.

Nealy Cox worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Dallas from 1999 to 2008, specializing in cybercrime. She also served in Washington, D.C. as chief of staff for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy, where she worked on policy and legislative initiatives.

Nealy Cox, who earned her law degree at Southern Methodist University, left the U.S. attorney's office for the first time in 2008 to work for Stroz Friedberg, a global risk management and cybersecurity consulting firm where she established and led the company's Dallas office.

U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas speaks at a press conference to announce several arrests in a regional investigation into health care fraud in Dallas on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas speaks at a press conference to announce several arrests in a regional investigation into health care fraud in Dallas on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. (Brian Elledge / Staff Photographer)

After returning to the U.S. attorney's office to lead it, Nealy Cox teamed up with local police to crack down on human trafficking, including pimps and johns in the sex trafficking of children. Earlier this year she talked about her office's efforts to target the demand side of child sex trafficking, saying it is important to go after "the entire ecosystem."

"By attacking both the supply and the demand, we think we will be able to truly make a difference in fighting this dehumanizing, horrific crime," she told The Dallas Morning News.

Her office has and is prosecuting multiple child sex trafficking cases and also shut down CityXGuide.com, a website that launched just one day after federal authorities shut down the notorious Backpage.com online sex marketplace in April 2018.

Through a courthouse shooting, a government shutdown, a global pandemic, and unprecedented civil unrest, the attorneys and staff of the Northern District of Texas have never wavered in their commitment to justice," Nealy Cox said in her statement. "We've seen similar determination from our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners. I am thankful for their passion and inspired by their dedication."

Nealy Cox assured the public in the spring that the coronavirus pandemic would not slow her office's work in prosecuting criminals and trying to stem the city's spike in violent crime. Since then, her office has brought cases against alleged scammers accused of COVID-19 related fraud, including some who advertised bogus treatments and cures.

Others have been charged with fraud for receiving federal stimulus money from the CARES Act for non-existent businesses or employees.

As U.S. attorney, Nealy Cox charged numerous people with gun-related crimes, racking up the second-highest totals in that category in the nation, her office said. And she created a domestic violence initiative last year that strives to keep guns away from abusers.

Her Project Safe Neighborhoods uses data to target violent crime hotspots in her district.

Nealy Cox also oversaw the indictment of a former Dallas City Council member and a developer who is accused of bribing her. Ruel Hamilton, a longtime Dallas developer of affordable housing, is expected to go to trial next year for allegedly paying to influence Carolyn Davis as well as Dwaine Caraway, another former city council member, to help with Hamilton's real estate properties.

Davis pleaded guilty in March 2019 and was killed four months later in a car crash that also claimed her daughter. Caraway is a witness against Hamilton in the public corruption case.

The office also successfully prosecuted another bribery scheme that brought down the Dallas County Schools transportation agency and put several former public officials including Caraway in prison.

Under Nealy Cox, the office has also continued to aggressively fight health care fraud, including doctor kickbacks, bogus pharmacy prescriptions and home health scams. The Dallas area is one of several hotspots across the nation for Medicare fraud and crimes involving other federal health insurance programs.

President-elect Joe Biden and the Democrats will pick the next prospective U.S. attorney at some point after he is sworn into office in January. The nomination requires Senate approval. Texas Sen. John Cornyn has typically played a major role in the process.

"Erin Nealy Cox is a top-notch leader and lawyer – one of the many reasons I selected her to chair the Attorney General's Advisory Committee," Attorney General William P. Barr said in a statement. "A fierce advocate against human trafficking, public corruption, domestic violence, and violent crime, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of justice in North Texas and nationwide. I thank her for her dedicated service to the Department and wish her every success moving forward."

Civil Rights Groups Push for Funding to Address Inequities at Baltimore Public Schools - Josh Kurtz

Posted: 16 Dec 2020 01:00 PM PST

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Parents and advocates for Baltimore City public school students in a long-running educational equity lawsuit are calling on Maryland's top elected officials to substantially increase funding for city schools in the upcoming legislative session.

"Providing adequate funding supporting public school education in Baltimore City is not only the right thing to do, it is the State's responsibility under the Maryland Constitution and binding court orders," the ACLU of Maryland and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wrote in a letter to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), Senate President Bill Ferguson (D–Baltimore City) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D–Baltimore County) this week.

The Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education lawsuit was first filed in 1994. Two years later, a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge ruled that the state violated the Maryland Constitution by failing to provide Baltimore City students a "thorough and efficient" education.

This led the city schools and the state to enter into a consent decree, which provided more funding and rearranged the governance structure in city schools. Since then, Baltimore City public schools have received over $2 billion in increased state funding from the consent decree and the "Thornton" education funding formula.

However, the two civil rights organizations reopened the case in 2019, asserting that the state had not been holding up to its responsibility to provide enough funding to city schools. More specifically, they argued that Maryland had stopped adjusting the formula for inflation in 2008 and has been providing less funding than is required for adequate education in city schools.

According to the ACLU, there was a $290 million gap in 2015 between how much the state was required to provide to city schools and what was funded.

By 2017, Baltimore City schools were underfunded by $342 million per year, according to a Department of Legislative Services report. And the school system needed at least $3 billion to restore its school buildings and facilities. There are 100 school buildings that are "in desperate need of renovations or rebuilding," some lacking reliable heat and air condition, safe drinking water and basic security measures, according to the letter.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities, placing city students further behind and making adequate funding even more critical this year, the plaintiffs' attorneys wrote in the letter.

"[Baltimore City students] will return to schools that have been chronically and systemically underfunded for well over a decade by the state's own estimates," Ajmel Quereshi, the senior counsel, of NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund said at a press conference Wednesday.

The state was supposed to revise its school funding formula in 2012 according to law, but that process has been continually delayed, said Frank Patinella, senior education advocate at the ACLU of Maryland. Beginning in 2016, the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education met to revise the state's education funding formula and recommend a slew of public education reforms. The commission's final recommendations were adopted by the legislature in 2020, but that bill was vetoed by Hogan.

"We are now approaching school year 2021 and the pandemic has exacerbated the impacts of chronic underfunding and disparate academic outcomes in Maryland schools," Patinella said.

Keysha Goodwin, a parent of high school student in the city, said the "deplorable conditions" of public school buildings, including mold, mildew and lead, make her wary of sending her son back to school.

"I would expect for our government to move swiftly in investing in our youth," she said. "They can invest in Under Armour, they can invest in a juvenile detention center. So please, do what you're supposed to do and support the Blueprint and invest in our youth."

The Bradford case is still open and pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Since it is unlikely that trial will begin before the end of this academic year, the plaintiffs are imploring state leaders to increase resources for city schools in the upcoming legislative session.

First, they are calling the General Assembly to override Hogan's veto of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future (the education reform bill) and the Built to Learn Act, which would have provided $2.2 billion in additional school construction money throughout the state. The Blueprint bill would have helped close the funding gap for city schools, although not fully, the plaintiffs said.

Revenues from online sales taxes have generated enough revenue to fund the education reforms included in the Blueprint bill through fiscal year 2026, legislative analysts said this week. The state also has a surplus in its Rainy Day Fund, which is over $1 billion, he continued.

Lawmakers should also pass legislation to provide immediate funding to low-income families, English language learners and special education students in Baltimore City, as well as prioritize funding for districts with the largest adequacy gaps, including Baltimore City, Prince George's County and Caroline County, the groups said.

The plaintiffs are also calling for a fiscal year 2022 budget that includes "bridge" funding to help school districts fill holes in their budgets while they await full Blueprint funding.

The state should also provide additional funding to meet challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and reimburse districts that spent a significant amount to implement virtual learning, the plaintiffs wrote. Additional tutoring, adequate computer devices and internet services are all essential for students experiencing the greatest learning loss, Patinella said.

In addition, school districts should be held harmless for enrollment declines due to the pandemic, which would otherwise trigger a loss in funding, Patinella said.

"We urge you to consider the fiscal year 2022 budget and legislative session as an opportunity to recognize the lack of resources for City Schools, stop the snowballing generational effects of underfunded education, and make these communities whole even before the Court has the opportunity to act on the plaintiffs' renewed Court petition," the plaintiffs concluded in the letter.

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