Schumer:The Senate Must Move FWD On Three Essential Items
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) yesterday introduced a plan for the subsequent three weeks that considerations cupboard nominations, COVID reduction, and impeachment.
Schumer stated we will—and we should— preserve the focus on all three of those efforts as he made the case to equip the Biden cupboard with its important workers, beat again COVID-19 and maintain the former president accountable for inciting the rebellion.
“We have three essential items on our plate: one, the confirmation of President Biden’s cabinet and other key officials. Two, legislation to provide desperately needed COVID relief. Three, a second impeachment trial of Donald Trump,” stated Schumer. “The Senate must—and will—advance all three in the next few weeks: COVID relief, confirmation of nominees, and impeachment trial. The stakes are too high on each front for any gratuitous delay. The American people expect the president to have a fully equipped cabinet, progress on further COVID relief and they want to see the former president held to account.”
Schumer stated transferring ahead on these three important gadgets is essential and that he’ll combat laborious to advance all of them. With the impeachment trial required by regulation, key cupboard nominations starting from HHS to the Attorney General nonetheless in the queue, and the sustained want for COVID reduction, Schumer detailed what should occur subsequent to advance every effort. He stated, in live performance with the House, that the Senate is lastly capable of deal with these main challenges dealing with our nation and that it’s going to seize the second on behalf of all Americans.
Felder Lauds Fed Monitor of City’s Special Ed Program
State Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Boro Park, Midwood) this weekend lauded a federal court docket’s determination to put in a “special master” to make sure that the metropolis shortly complies with authorized orders to offer particular training companies.
The federal monitor comes after dad and mom win authorized orders via an administrative listening to course of, however in the previous it has taken them months if not years to get compliance
“For years, we have been fighting New York City’s broken and punishing special education process. Instead of promised improvements, it has only gotten worse. I am cautiously optimistic that a Federal Monitor will finally help bring the improvements that parents and their special needs children so desperately deserve,” stated Felder.
According to experiences, a federal choose accredited a “special master” to ensure the metropolis complies with authorized orders to make sure particular training service after dad and mom win them after administrative listening to processes.
Adams Statement of City’s Demographic Data Release
Borough President Eric Adams launched a press release on the metropolis’s preliminary launch of the demographic breakup for who’s receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
“For weeks, I have called for DOHMH to release the racial demographic data in real time on who is receiving the COVID-19 vaccine — and now that we finally have it, it is exactly what we feared. The failure to administer this vaccine to the populations in greatest need, communities that have suffered the most from the inequitable impact of the pandemic, is a stain on City Hall’s reputation that won’t soon be erased,” stated Adams.
“New York City must immediately: 1) direct the bulk of its vaccine resources to getting the next doses into high-risk communities of color; 2) not wait for any federal money to increase doses to Black and Brown communities and other high-risk populations; 3) install rigorous checks to prevent non-New York City residents from receiving doses assigned to city residents; 4) implement my equity and efficiency plan — introduced in the City Council last week — to ensure speedier and more equitable distribution of the vaccine.”
Colton Demanding to Restore Middle School Screenings
Assemblyman William Colton (D–Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights) is happy that a large number of the elected officers from the metropolis and state ranges of presidency joined him in a letter to the Mayor and NYC Schools Chancellor demanding to revive screenings and auditions in center faculties’ admission insurance policies.
“Elected officials showed an enormous concern regarding the Mayor’s and NYC Chancellor’s announcement on the elimination of middle school screens. Parents are outraged that middle school admissions will be by the lottery this year and not by merit of the student’s performance. The Mayor and Chancellor have disregarded the 70% of the concerned voices that spoke out to maintain screens at the Admissions Engagement Forum in June. They repeatedly delayed the announcement of these drastic changes until the day before winter break. The news has completely shaken the confidence of families throughout the city in our administration. The parents and students deserve to have a less confusing and more consistent process during this chaotic time,” Colton acknowledged.
“The new lottery for middle school admissions creates unfairness for all students. Children’s education should not be based on random luck but instead, be focused on individual student needs. Lotteries do not attempt to match students with schools and programs that meet their academic needs, talents, and supports. Chancellor Carranza mysteriously mentioned the lack of data as a key reason to remove academic-based admissions criteria for middle schools, although acknowledged that such data exists, and can be used for high school admissions. The DOE is proceeding with talent auditions for high schools but refuses to do the same for 5th graders. This so-called “pause” can have a long-standing influence on college students and we can not enable it,” Colton continued.
The dad and mom are grateful that many elected officers are opposing the modifications that have been made by the Mayor and Chancellor and won’t settle for any modifications to the Middle Schools’ admission. Parents and college students are entitled to the clarifications and the proposed lottery have to be instantly cured. We won’t enable the Mayor and Chancellor to scrap Gifted and Talented admission insurance policies. We won’t stand by and allow them to destroy our kids’s future. The combat will proceed till we are going to prevail in the combat towards such illogical academic insurance policies by this administration,” Colton added.
Jeffries Bipartisan Bill to Apply Attorney-Client Privilege
U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) final week reintroduced the Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act.
This bipartisan laws would convey jail coverage into the 21st Century by making use of attorney-client privilege to digital communications despatched or obtained via the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) e-mail system. In 2020, the invoice handed the House with overwhelming bipartisan help.
“Most fair-minded individuals understand that our system of justice requires a dynamic where people have access to the effective assistance of counsel necessary to adequately defend themselves. This is not just common sense—it is a constitutionally-protected right. The ability to send and receive confidential electronic communications has never been more important now that email has become the safest and most efficient way for attorneys and their incarcerated clients to communicate,” stated Jeffries.
Specifically, the invoice would: Require the Attorney General to make sure that BOP’s e-mail system excludes from monitoring the contents of digital communications between an incarcerated individual and their lawyer or an agent of their lawyer; Stipulate that the protections and limitations related to the attorney-client privilege — together with the crime fraud exception — apply to digital communications despatched or obtained via the BOP e-mail system; Permit BOP to retain the contents of digital communications till the incarcerated individual is launched however specifies that the contents could solely be accessed underneath very restricted circumstances; and permit a court docket — upon movement of the defendant — to suppress proof obtained or derived from entry to the retained contents if such contents have been accessed in violation of the act.
Stinger Wants More Holocaust Education
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer known as on the State and City to increase Holocaust training and hate crime consciousness and prevention in center and excessive faculties to fight discrimination and non secular intolerance.
Stringer proposed surveying faculty compliance with Holocaust training; offering outreach and extra assets for coursework, instruction, and curriculum; bettering trainer coaching; and growing information literacy to assist college students determine misinformation.
“The egregious display of anti-Semitism during the attack on our nation’s Capitol and uptick in hate crimes around our city are a wake-up call that we must re-commit to educating our young people on the dangers of prejudice and bigotry,” stated Stringer. “Schools are an important gateway for teaching civic values, and it is our duty to develop citizens who will stand up against discrimination and promote inclusion and acceptance. It starts in the classroom. That’s why the City should provide more outreach, resources, and training to make sure schools are equipped to effectively teach about the Holocaust, bias, and hate crimes. We cannot delay any longer to improve Holocaust education in our schools – our current students, future generations, and our society depends on it.”
To strengthen and increase Holocaust training, Stringer and Assemblymember Rozic known as for:
The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education to survey all center and excessive faculties’ compliance with educating Holocaust training in grades 8, 10, and 11, as known as for in Assemblymember Rozic’s laws, Assembly Bill A472. Outreach and extra assets for faculties regarding course work, instruction, and curriculum associated to the Holocaust. Teacher coaching to raised equip educators to successfully train about the Holocaust, hate, and discrimination. Increased information literacy for all college students to assist them determine misinformation, together with harmful misinformation about the Holocaust.