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Description: The 2016 Election: Who Voted? | What’s Happening in the SECA States | The Trump Budget

Public Policy Notes S outhe r n E a r ly C hild hood As s o ci a tio n The 2016 Election Who Voted Exit poll data (collected by CNN) on election day provided a basic snapshot of who voted and for whom they voted. Exit poll data is always preliminary because of the variances of self-reporting by voters as they exit the polls. Voters 18-29 58% Clinton 31% Trump Voters 30-44 White Voters 39% Trump 53% Clinton 54% Trump 40% Clinton Voters 45-64 Black Voters 51% Trump 45% Clinton 88% Clinton 8% Trump Voters 65 Latino Voters 56% Trump 41% Clinton The Center for Politics at the 64% Clinton 29% Trump University of Virginia recent- Asian Voters The educational backly highlighted the release of 70% Clinton 25% Trump ground of voters also the post election version of Other Voters played a role in the selecthe Cooperative Congression- 41% Clinton 48% Trump tion of a candidate. Acal Election Study which is a cording to the Study large-sample national survey The Study also broke of 50 000 persons conducted down the vote by race & Voters HS or less by Harvard University. The gender. 52% Trump 44% Clinton Center did a comparison of Voters Some college exit poll data and the data White Men 45% Trump 48% Clinton produced by the Study and 56% Trump 36% Clinton Voters College grad found a smaller gender and White Women 43% Trump 50% Clinton race gap than originally re52% Trump 43% Clinton Voters Postgrad ported by the exit poll. AltBlack Men 35% Trump 59% Clinton hough these variances were 13% Trump 84% Clinton noted they did not change Black Women According to the Center the fundamental data that 4% Trump 92% Clinton The gender gap continhighlights a healthy gender Latino Men ues to be a fact of life in gap in American politics. 31% Trump 60% Clinton American politics and the Latino Women gap showed up across According to the CCES data 27% Trump 68% Clinton most every racial and ethTrump received 49% of the Others nic group. Once again male vote to Clinton s 44% 38% Trump 53% Clinton whites voted substantially while Clinton received 52% Republican and of the female vote with The age gap was perhaps nonwhites voted heavily Trump receiving 43%. even more revealing. Here Democratic. Source SabaRace also played a part in are the statistics of voting to s Crystal Ball 3 23 2017 how voters selected a candidate. According to the Study these were the voting margins reported. by age . February March 2017 Public Policy Notes Inside this Issue What s Happening in the SECA States What s Happening in the SECA States 2 3 The Trump Budget 4 What Does It Mean As President Trump unveiled his first budget and signed Executive Orders it is evident that the issues on which he campaigned are being put into action. It remains to be seen how the differing views on how to Make America Great Again will actually be put into action. It is your responsibility to stay informed and active... you can make a difference. Make sure your voice is heard What s Happening in the SECA States All SECA states have legislative sessions that are or will be underway. We ll highlight some of the legislation that could impact early childhood education in your state. Click on the bill number to access the full text of the bill and to determine where the bill stands within the legislative process in your state. provement & accountability revises requirements for instructional materials funds revises duties of school districts relating to professional development. S0946 Revising the definition of the term child care facility to exclude facilities offering programs for children which are owned and operated by a county or municipal government under certain circumstances etc. student projection counts may include pre-kindergarten Kentucky (Adjourned Sine Die) SB 236 Create a new section of KRS Chapter 199 to permit a parent or legal guardian to request a background check of the child abuse and neglect registry records when employing a child care provider for his or her minor child require the cabinet to make the request form available on its Web site create language to require the signature of the individual child care provider consenting to a background check amend KRS 160.380 to require that school superintendents conduct a background check of child abuse and neglect records maintained by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services when considering employment decisions.... Alabama HB 277 Revises the definition of day care center to include preschools removes the exemption from licensure by the Department of Human Resources of preschool programs that are part of a church or non-profit religious schools clarifies that the licensing of a faithbased child care facility may not be construed to infringe upon the rights of the facility. (Latest version filed March 3 2017) Georgia HB 297 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated relating to education so as to provide requirements for safety plans in early care and education programs to revise the requirements for school safety plans at public elementary and secondary schools SB97 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 20-1A-64 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated relating to functions and authority of lead agency and the Department of Early Care and Learning regarding early care and learning so as to expand child care subsidies from one year to two years for parents in a job training or educational program Arkansas H1545 Allows the Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education to independently promulgate rules. Removes the provision for approval by the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission. Mississippi HB 216 An Act To Require The State Department Of Education To Establish A Program To Be Known As a Better Chance Or The abc Program For The Purpose Of Providing Prekindergarten Instruction Throughout The State Via The Internet To Require The Program To Include Certain Components Including The Daily Delivery Of Real-time Instruction By A Licensed Prekindergarten Teacher HB 161 An Act To Create The Child Care Advisory Council To Advise The Department Of Human Services Division Of Early Childhood Care And Development On The Development Of The Child Care And Development Block Grant State Plan Florida H0079 Revises duties of Just Read Florida Office relating to reading instruction training & research revises parent notification requirements relating to students with reading deficiencies revises requirements & standards for teacher training & professional certificates & endorsements revises requirements & criteria for remediation & identification of students with reading deficiencies revises reporting requirements relating to school im- SB98 A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 20-2-260 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated relating to capital outlay funds in elementary and secondary education so as to provide that capital outlay funds may be used for educational facilities for voluntary prekindergarten programs provided by the school system to provide that Public Policy Notes What s Happening in the SECA States Oklahoma HB 1618 Requirements for child criminal history records check is conducted. HB0872 As introduced prohibits the suspension or expulsion of students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten unless the student s behavior endangers the physical safety of other students or school personnel. garten classes in public schools. HB 674 Relating to the suspension of a student younger than six years of age from public school. care centers HB 1966 Mandating ratios for number of children supervised by employees of child care facilities HB 1967 Providing that new training and education requirements for child care facilities be offered at no cost HB 1970 Providing for provisional licenses for child care facilities SB 691 Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act permitting certain training to be done online Virginia (Adjourned Sine Die) HB 1568 Child care providers criminal history background check penalty (sent to Governor) HB 1312 As introduced prohibits the administration of standardized tests to students in pre-K-2 unless the tests are used for a diagnostic purpose or required by federal law prohibits the use of standardized tests for students in K-2 to evaluate a classroom teacher school or school district. HB 1837 Licensure exemptions private preschool programs. Modifies the licensure exemption requirements for certified preschool programs operated by a private school that is accredited by an organization recognized by the Board of Education (sent to Governor) South Carolina H3094 Provide That A Child Attending A State-funded Four-yearold Kindergarten Program Is Considered An Elementary School Student For Purposes Of The Federal Educational Rate Program Texas SB 818 Relating to nutrition and fitness standards for certain childcare facilities and training for employees at those facilities HB 1522 Relating to a task force to coordinate and make recommendations on parent engagement and education programs provided by state agencies. HB 740 Relating to application and license fees for certain childcare facilities and child-placing agencies. HB 971 Relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer early childhood education baccalaureate degree programs. HB 188 Relating to student teacher ratios for prekinder- West Virginia SB 68 Relating generally to compulsory school attendance and early childhood education programs SB186 The bill changes the kindergarten age attainment requirement from age five prior to September 1 to age five prior to July 1. The bill changes the early childhood education program age attainment date requirement from age four prior to September 1 to age four prior to July 1. for which compulsory attendance begins to those who attain age six by July 1 of each year. Tennessee HB0627 Requires licensed child care agencies to test for radon once every five years agencies must provide proof of radon testing prior to application for initial or renewal licensure. HB0767 As introduced exempts employers and employees who have been convicted of certain disqualifying offenses from the prohibition on coming into direct contact with school children or children in a child care program if 20 or more years have elapsed between the date of conviction of the offense and the date on which the Volume 10 Issue 2 3 The Louisiana Legislature is scheduled to convene on April 10 2017. The North Carolina Legislature reconvene March 27 2017. Go to the Our States page on the SECA website to find links to each state s legislative websites. Page 3 Southern Early Childhood Association 1123 S. University Ste 255 Little Rock AR 72204 Phone 800-305-SECA Fax 501-227-5297 E-mail info southernearlychildhood.org www.southernearlychildhood.org How to Use Public Policy Notes If you re interested in advocacy one of the most effective tools that you can have is access to information. This newsletter is provided as a service to locate and share information that we think will be helpful to you in your work at the state level and to keep you updated on what s happening in public policy. You ll find information that Compares your state to other SECA states--how you re doing what issues you have in common what the hot topics are in your states. Brings the national scene to your fingertips and gives you a perspective on how national events might impact you...You ll also receive information about where to find additional information. We hope you ll find it helpful. Children need you to be their voice in your community and state. This monthly newsletter is produced by Glenda Bean SECA Executive Director. SECA strives to provide non-partisan and non-biased information that is of interest to early childhood educators. Sign up at http www.southernearlychildhood.org page.php purl public_policy_notes to receive notice of its availability each month. A Voice for Southern Children The Trump Budget Gear Up for the Fight President Trump released his first budget this month and it was presented as a budget that promises evidence-based approaches to government. America First A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again fulfilled many campaign promises by boosting spending on defense homeland security and veterans services while cutting funding within discretionary programs to fund the security increases. Discretionary programs are the federal budget programs that Congress allocates funds to in each budget cycle and these funds represent a small portion of the total federal budget. Discretionary program cuts included A 14% decrease to the Depart- Regional Authority and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. True to his promise to have zero impact on Medicare & Social Security those mandatory entitlement programs have not been addressed. (These programs are funded based upon utilization and need....Congress must appropriate sufficient funds to finance these programs.) The budget process now begins and Congress does not typically accept the president s budget without significant tweaks and revisions. Advocates for groups that would be impacted by the proposed budget cuts have already begun to fight the proposals and some Republican Governors have stated their intent to work for changes to the proposed budget. ment of Education A 16% decrease to Health and Human Services A 21% decrease to the Depart- ment of Labor A 21% decrease to the Depart- ment of Agriculture There are a number of programs slated to be eliminated entirely including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities the Appalachian Regional Commission the Corporation for National and Community Services the Delta