Monthly QuotED: 9 Notable Quotes That Made Education Headlines in August, From Security to Suspensions — and the Proper Way to Order a Philly Cheesesteak

QuotED is a roundup of the most notable quotes behind America’s top education headlines — taken from our daily EduClips, which spotlights morning headlines from America’s 15 largest school districts. Read previous EduClips installments here.

“It’s not that they’re villains and they don’t care and they don’t want safe schools — I’m not trying to send that message. But they’re certainly opportunistic. At the end of the day, they’re looking for new revenue streams.” —Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services, which consults districts on school safety planning, on the $3 billion school security industry. (Read at The74Million.org)

A San Bernardino, California, police officer mans his position at a closed-off North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino on April 10, 2017, following a shooting at the school. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

“The price of getting information about your child’s school should not be losing your privacy to online ad brokers.” —Douglas Levin, founder of EdTech Strategies, which conducts research and advises nonprofits and government agencies on using technology to improve schools. (Read at The New York Times)

“The conditions and outcomes of Plaintiffs’ schools, as alleged, are nothing short of devastating. When a child who could be taught to read goes untaught, the child suffers a lasting injury — and so does society. … But the Court is faced with a discrete question: Does the Due Process Clause demand that a State affirmatively provide each child with a defined, minimum level of education by which the child can attain literacy? The answer to the question is no.” —U.S. District Judge Stephen J. Murphy III, ruling in a case brought by Detroit students who argued that the state violated their constitutional right to read by providing inadequate resources. (Read at The Washington Post)

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“The threat is real.” —Rebeca Shackleford, an education policy analyst with UnidosUS, on plans by the U.S. Department of Education to scrap the federal office of English-language acquisition. (Read at Education Week)

“For me, it’s a no-brainer. This is going to be one of those cornerstone pieces in terms of how are we going to continue to transform this immense system to really, truly serve all students.” —New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, on the need for mandatory implicit-bias training for all district employees. (Read at The Wall Street Journal)

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (left) with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Ed Reed/NYC Mayoral Photography Office)

“There’s not a shred of evidence that supports the idea that suspensions actually help students, but the spare-the-rod, spoil-the-child idea that you have to kick out the bad kids has been deeply entrenched ever since.” —Dan Losen, director of UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies. (Read at The74Million.org)

“Think about, what if it was your kid? How would you feel?” —Stacey Burg, mother of Alex Howe, a transgender boy who complained about lack of access to the boys’ bathroom in high school. Under Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Department of Education has halted investigations into such complaints. (Read at Politico)

“If we’re serious about educational equity, it seems to me that we need to get past religion in schools as a nonstarter.” —Dale Chu, a fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, on his hopes that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, will help clear the way for greater taxpayer support of religious schools. (Read at The New York Times)

“Wit/Witout: How to order fried onions on your cheesesteak, meaning with or without the onions. (Ex. Whiz wit means you will be getting a cheesesteak, smothered in cheese whiz and topped with fried onions.)” —from the School District of Philadelphia’s guidebook to “Philly slang” for first-year teachers. (Read at 3 CBS Philly)

For a roundup of the day’s top education headlines from America’s 15 largest school districts, go to EduClips.

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