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The Daily Countable: 🌾 Farm Bill and... 📚 Should homeschools be regulated?

by Countable | Updated on 4.11.18

Welcome to Wednesday, folks. Glad you're joining us.

Odds are, today you ate something that started its life on a farm. And odds are a bit less that maybe you've heard that farmers are being pretty hard-hit by the China tariffs. So maybe it works out well that it's time for the every-five-years Farm Bill. Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have been working on formulating the bill, and the House version is expected to be released soon. Like all omnibus bills, the legislation is expected to be massive and controversial. We've put together a brief history of the legislation, and the 2014 Farm Bill, so you're fully prepared to hit Take Action and tell your lawmakers what you want included - or precluded - from this one. Head here.

On the Radar

  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published their first economic forecast since the passage of the 2017 tax-reform package. Though the report points to some initial economic improvements due to economic growth and increased employment rates, it also projects the deficit will grow rapidly unless Congress changes course. Read some of the CBO report's highlights, and how Congress might change course, here.

  • President Trump on Saturday accused the Justice Department of "slow walking" the release of documents related to an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. In response, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is speeding up the delivery of more than a million documents to Congress. Head here to find out how the process is being expedited.

Under the Radar

  • In January, a California couple was arrested after their thirteen children were found living in "dark and foul-smelling surroundings" with some “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks.” The children were homeschooled; while abuse and neglect at a homeschool is rare, it's not unprecedented. Now, lawmakers in the Golden State are considering reforms to homeschooling. Add your voice to the conversation with Countable's latest Your Turn: Should Homeschools be Regulated?

  • New Jersey, which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, is now upping the ante by calling out other states when crimes are committed in the Garden State with guns acquired in more permissive jurisdictions. An executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy - called the "Name and Shame" Law - will streamline the release of publicly-available FBI data in order to show the public where the guns are coming from. Click here to read the full story.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will sign a bill into law that makes it a federal crime for websites to promote sex trafficking or prostitution.
  • He will then have lunch with Vice President Pence before having dinner with GOP congressional leadership.
  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will hold an on camera press briefing at 3:30pm ET.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a bill to make the process of designating financial firms as "systemically important" more transparent.
  • Voting on a bill to reduce the number of stress tests banks must undergo annually from two to one.

The Senate: In

  • Voting on the confirmation of John Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

But Wait! There's More!

Will Washington Paralyze The Postal Service?

And, in the End…

We’re ending with a potential beginning. We want to know what types of civic action and engagement you, our users, wish Countable offered. Donations? Volunteer opportunities? Petitions? Marches? What we’re most interested in hearing your ideas of how we can help you better engage with democracy—help us help you. So we can all help America.

—Andrea Seabrook and Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Dave
    04/11/2018
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    Things you can thank the republicans party for Watergate, Iran-Conta a fair, the end of balance News, Iraq war WMD, suppression of pay, the dismantling of healthcare, right to work states (not), the suppression of people and groups, the monopoly of news (Sinclair and Fox), the lining of their pockets, defecate spending, the attack on the first amendment, the attack on the rule of law and the assaults on our democracy. I can hardly wait to see what Trump will give us?

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  • Sylvan
    04/11/2018
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    Absolutely. “I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact.” — Astronomer Philip Plait

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  • DrCindyBean
    04/11/2018
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    Yes homeschooling must be regulated. Absolutely.

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  • Jesse
    04/11/2018
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    Let's stop president for doing dangerous thing to us

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  • Rosmarie
    04/11/2018
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    Yes, homeschooling should be regulated. Although certainly not all, but a good many home-schooled students are taught only through their own parents‘ views and echo chambers. Let’s expose all our students to as many viewpoints as possible and let them learn how to constructively discuss different viewpoints.

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  • Kimberly
    04/11/2018
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    🤮⬆️🖕🏻...sometimes you Uber-Liberals make my brain want to explode!!

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  • Shelley
    04/11/2018
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    I know people who “homeschooled” their children when they started falling behind in public school. Today, they can’t read. They are now adults who will never find gainful employment. When the oldest was a teenager working as a grill cook his dad had to go to work with him, unpaid, to read the tickets to the son. Homeschooling ABSOLUTELY needs to be regulated to avoid more tragedies like this.

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  • Pamela
    04/11/2018
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    Yes

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  • libertyLOL
    04/11/2018
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    The sob story that Countable uses to pitch ‘More Government’ is not representative of homeschoolers, it’s representative of child abuse, which is already illegal. Homeschools are successful because they ARE NOT regulated. No one cares about a child’s education than their immediate parent. It’s clear government doesn’t care, the public school model is failing. Quit trying to bring private school’s down to the public school level and bully them with your ineptitude.

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  • Abbi
    04/11/2018
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    Why regulate homeschools? So Betsy can screw us over too?

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  • Dale
    04/11/2018
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    Of course - it’s a mess now and isn’t self regulated.

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  • KansasTamale
    04/11/2018
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    Of course home schools, religious schools and any other type of “SUDO-SCHOOL” must be regulated. They must meet the same standards ax public schools. Philip Plait- “I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact.”

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  • Don
    04/11/2018
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    I’ve friends who have home schooled their children. Fortunately the curriculums used were comparable to the public school curriculums. As far as being educated, the kids were educated and literate. What they lacked was the socialization that public school education provides. These kids always seemed awkward in social settings.

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  • Donald
    04/11/2018
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    Out of five children, 2 went to public school, 1 went to private, and 2 were homeschooled through the 12th grade - most of the time when our family lived out of the country. By far, the best results and overall experience (and my children would agree) was homeschooling. The government would only screw that up too.

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  • Aden
    04/11/2018
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    How about we get government out of schools altogether? They screw up everything they touch. It’s a states issue.

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  • Tambi
    04/11/2018
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    As an Iowa resident, our state depends on farming. We must do all we can to help the farmers in our country. That includes stopping this president’s idiotic trade war. NO ONE wins in such a war. And as a public school teacher, homeschooling absolutely needs to be regulated. I am an educator but I would not consider myself qualified to homeschool my own child. Nor would I be my own attorney. Nor would I be my own doctor. There are too many children slipping through the cracks.

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  • Wallace
    04/11/2018
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    Yes, all schools should be regulated!

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  • Esther
    04/11/2018
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    As far as regulation for home schooling, a good education should be a surety for all. However, if it regulates all material, you open the door for propaganda mandated by the government.

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  • David
    04/12/2018
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    Yes in some ways, Take most recent arrest at family’s home in California that went viral on NEWS few months for shackling down about 9 kids of their own while maintaining a homeschool at their filthy home in a nice suburban home, Remember this incident? If you do, Then...Yes it had to be regulated assuring aboustely nobody would have to go through this CRAP ordeal!

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  • Veterkins
    04/12/2018
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    No. They either can pass the mandated state tests or they can’t. Government has already screwed up our school systems. Leave people alone.

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