Brewer’s back to her old tricks
The latest news from the governor’s office is that Jan Brewer is expected to call the state legislature into a special session to revamp Child Protective Services, the troubled child-welfare agency that shamefully neglected to investigate well over 6,000 reports of child abuse and neglect. Here is her press release on what is rightly termed an “inexcusable situation” and “unconscionable practices.”
But in re-crafting the agency, Brewer is doing what she does so well. She’s renaming it.
In this press release she announced her Obama-like “Executive Order” craftily renaming Common Core, Obama’s approved federal takeover of America’s education system. Note that the words “Common Core” are mysteriously missing as she re-dubs the objectionable program “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.” Brewer and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal colluded on this deception. Huppenthal calls his name-con re-branding.
As Arizona’s child-welfare agency is finally turned into a functioning office with corrective oversight, substantive changes absolutely need to be made. A new moniker is not one of them.
We agree with Thomas Jacobs, who according to the daily, represented CPS as an assistant Arizona attorney general from the mid-1970s to 1985. Jacobs wants to keep the Child Protective Services (CPS) designation, which he says is the best, most-widely recognized acronym and name.
“Everyone in the country knows what CPS is and stands for,” says Jacobs. “Why confuse the public on a subject of vital importance? Changing the name isn’t going to erase or correct the problems with this troubled agency.”
Tell that to Gov. Brewer, who thinks the best way to effect change is through obscuring the facts and re-christening the unacceptable. The best deodorant is sunlight.