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22 September, 2022

School children need freedom from hunger and freedom to learn

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School children need freedom from hunger & freedom to learn

Democrats fight for public schools and free school meals. Republicans cut funding but spend millions to block kids from learning about hunger.

"Congress made school meals free for 2 years. Now, Republicans don't want to extend the program. Congress extended the program once in 2021, ensuring that the nearly 12 million children who didn't have enough to eat at some point in the pandemic could get food at school... Mitch McConnell and Republicans opted not to renew the universal program" - Business Insider

Several Democrat led states continue to provide free school meals with state funds. Colorado residents will vote on it in November.

Follow the Republican hypocrisy in cutting funding for free school meals while spending millions to deny children an honest education and learn about social injustice and hunger.

Follow the Republican hypocrisy in cutting free school meals at school but spending millions to deny children an honest education to learn about social injustice and hunger.
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Free from hunger. Free to learn.

The same lawmakers who have denied our classrooms resources and demanded sacrifices of our teachers are now stoking fears about our schools, trying to dictate what teachers say and block kids from learning our shared stories of confronting injustice to build a more perfect union. They push for outdated and inaccurate lessons, redlining the realities of our history in order to justify the harms of our present. What a good teacher knows is we can’t just avoid or lie our way through our challenges; we must find age-appropriate ways to tell hard truths about our country’s past and present in order to prepare our kids to create a better future. - ASO/We Make The Future

Republicans censor education and deny children an honest education

Highlight Republican hypocrisy

How can all this information be presented so it is easy to spot the hypocrisy? We first prepared the data about free meals at schools and restrictions on free education in a spreadsheet which was then mapped with ArcGIS Online. This map lets readers compare the number of children in a state eligible for free or low cost meals and the states where Republicans have or are planning to censor education on social justice. The map can be freely shared with this link or embedded in a website with this line of code.

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Mapping Republican hypocrisy in cutting funding for free and low cost meals while also censoring honest education.

Tell hard truths

Whatever our color, background, or zip code, we want our children to have an education that imparts honesty about who we are, integrity in how we treat others, and freedom to pursue our dreams. But for years, certain politicians have denied some children the resources needed for a quality education based on what they look like or where they live. Now those politicians want to censor the truth of our history, passing laws to ban learning from the mistakes of our past and erase leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. who stood up to racism and changed our country for the better. By joining together and speaking up at school board meetings, contacting our elected leaders, and voting to fully fund our schools, we can make this a country where every child has the freedom to learn, grow and thrive. - ASO/We Make The Future

Republican cut public school funding and push religious extremism

Freedom To Learn

By large margins, Americans support fully and equitably funding our public schools so that every child gets an accurate and honest education, providing them with critical thinking skills and the freedom to pursue their dreams. The majority of voters believe that funding for public schools should be increased in their state, and that this funding should be distributed not according to the wealth of each community but rather to ensure that “each child, regardless of zip code, has an equal right to a quality education.” With respect to curriculum, Americans overwhelmingly say that we should teach “both our best achievements and our worst mistakes,” rejecting the competing claim that we should “focus on what makes this country exceptional and great.” - ASO/We Make The Future

TakeAway: Support public education. Vote to give students freedom from hunger and the freedom to get an honest education.

Deepak
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