President Donald Trump has ordered a review of federal funding to left-wing Democrat cities that have cut their own police budgets in the wake of surging crime and left-wing riots, with the premise of stripping their federal law enforcement funding entirely should their fail to reverse weak on crime policies.
New York, Seattle, Portland, and Washington D.C. all stand to lose federal subsidies after scaling back their own police and suffering a considerable increase in crime.
“To ensure that Federal funds are neither unduly wasted nor spent in a manner that directly violates our Government’s promise to protect life, liberty, and property, it is imperative that the Federal Government review the use of Federal funds by jurisdictions that permit anarchy, violence, and destruction in America’s cities.”
The memo requires federal agencies that pay the subsidies to report to the White House Office of Management and Budget on their funding of the cities, and to detail how the local funding can be redirected.
The memo also tasks Attorney General Bill Barr with creating a list of “anarchist jurisdictions” within the country that tacitly permit rioting, property destruction, and various crimes. The municipalities allowing criminal activity will presumably face a loss of funding and sanction from the federal government, as well.
New York City, for example, already gets more than $7 billion in federal subsidies every year for law enforcement purposes, a considerable payment that the city stands to lose as it shrinks its police force and scales back on fighting crime. Murder rates have surged more than 50% in New York in the wake of the coronavirus and the George Floyd race riots, with the city’s government refusing to do much about it.
“My Administration will not allow Federal tax dollars to fund cities that allow themselves to deteriorate into lawless zones,” Trump says in the memo, which twice calls out New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio by name.
Boston Public Schools Suspend Advanced Classes for Fourth Through Sixth Graders Because of “Racial Inequities”
70 percent of the students enrolled in the program were either white or Asian.
Citing the pandemic and “racial inequities,” Boston Public Schools has suspended enrollment in an advanced class program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.
The program is called Advanced Work Classes, and superintendent Brenda Cassellius has said it will go on a one-year hiatus.
“There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address,” Cassellius told GBH News. “There’s a lot of work we have to do in the district to be anti-racist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education.”
Students already in Advanced Work Classes will be able to stay enrolled and continue their work, but for at least one year there will be no new fifth- or sixth-grade students admitted to the program. Fourth-grade students will be admitted “by standards to be determined at the school level.”
80 percent of all Boston public school students are either Hispanic or black, but 70 percent of the students enrolled in Advanced Work Classes are either white or Asian.
School Committee member Lorna Rivera was quoted as saying “this is just not acceptable,” adding that she’s “never heard these statistics before” and is “very, very disturbed by them.”
Superintendent Cassellius also claims that interest in Advanced Work Classes has waned over the years and that only five schools in the district had been offering them.
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