Sally J. Gellert signed Tell Scott Lloyd to stop breaking the law 2017-11-20 09:40:58 -0500I would gladly sign if this is still current, but why do you need a phone number? I rarely text and prefer not to get text notices.
Edward Scott Lloyd, President Donald Trump's political appointee as the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), is the right wing religious fanatic at the center of a controversy between the federal government and human rights groups that want to enforce a court order allowing women detained by immigration authorities to get an abortion if they want one.
Lloyd is originally from Stone Harbor, New Jersey but he is systemically and illegally denying young immigrant women their rights to safe abortion care.
Lloyd is even blocking one 17-year-old, immigrant woman, identified in court papers as 'Jane Doe,' from getting an abortion after a judge ruled that she could! Forcing young women to have babies against their will is not only clearly unconstitutional – it’s unconscionable.
The Trump administration’s no-abortion policy applies to all unaccompanied immigrant youth in its custody, and many of them have horrifying stories. That’s why people need to speak up. We have to change the administration’s brutal policy about the health of young immigrant women.
What kind of country will we be if we allow this to continue? The administration must stop forcing its ideological agenda, driven by personal religious views, on young people who are being held in custody.
A woman's right to choose a safe, legal abortion is protected by the US Constitution.
I encourage everyone who cares about liberty and justice to sign our petition to protect both the constitutional right to privacy and the right to choose a safe, legal abortion if they want one.
Sally J. Gellert commented on Cut property taxes in half 2017-11-20 09:39:13 -0500I agree that we can do much better with education, but I am very wary of centralized anything, including education administration. I do believe that municipalities can retain the best of home rule while negotiating shared-services contracts that allow for economies of scale. These could be renegotiated periodically.
Despite my skepticism, it seems that more people are paying attention to Board of Education elections when they are combined with November elections, showing that people are not uninterested.
I do agree that relying on such varied and often very high property taxes for school funding has caused great inequities that need to be addressed; Abbott was one method, but remaining that system and redesigning financing from the ground up may in fact be necessary, or at least advantageous.
You are completely right about collective-bargaining rights, in all professions, teaching included. I have mixed feelings about preK; I support programs that allow one parent to stay home with a child in the early years, but for those who want a preK program, it should be about play, formal learning at that stage of development is premature (even kindergarteners vary in “schoolwork readiness”, for lack of a better term). I agree that very-low-cost, possibly free, college/vocational school education should be available to all.
Sally J. Gellert commented on Education 2017-11-20 09:30:33 -0500I am not in favor of centralization; I do believe that local municipalities can enter into shared-service agreements without losing their autonomy, keeping the best of home rule (local control and accountability) while benefiting from economies of scale. Neighborhood schools, particularly in elementary grades when children do not have as much mobility as they have even in junior high school/middle school (which, by the way, starts too soon—our sixth-graders should get the confidence-building opportunity to be the “big cheese” in elementary school rather than going to a school with preteens and teen-agers), and of course high school, where many are starting to drive and virtually all can confidently use public transportation.
Of course, one of the biggest challenges for attaining quality education in our state is corporate charter schools and the privatized Common Core/PARCC take-over of our state’s and individual school staff’s ability to tailor a curriculum to students’ skills, needs, and interests. Our teachers are being limited in their ability to use their creativity in motivating their students with the need to “teach to the test”, rather than testing what students actually learn.
Sally J. Gellert commented on New Rules 2017-11-20 09:19:29 -0500I definitely am in favor of the “resign to run” concept; I am less sure about term limits.
A friend in California, where they have legislative term limits, notes “the only ones with experience are the lobbyists”—that is a concern. It takes time to learn how the system works, to get to know the other legislators, etc. Institutional memory is increased with senior members who can personally remember previous discussions.
That said, we do need ways to level the playing field for challengers; the incumbent advantage is much too great when a mediocre incumbent faces a dynamic new challenger. I haven’t thought about specifics of what could be done to help challengers—access to some free resources, media time, etc., but that is the direction in which I would like to move.