Diane Vogel Ferri is a teacher, poet and writer. Her essays have been published in Scene Magazine, Cleveland Christmas Memories, Raven’s Perch, and by Cleveland State University among others. Her poems can be found in numerous journals. Her chapbook, Liquid Rubies, was published by Pudding House. The Volume of Our Incongruity was published by Finishing Line Press. Diane’s essay, “I Will Sing for You” was featured at the Cleveland Humanities Fest in 2018. Her novel, The Desire Path can be found on Amazon. She is a graduate of Kent State University and holds an M.Ed from Cleveland State University.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dear Congress

Dear Congress,

If you approve the Trump budget you will eliminate the following: 

$1.2 billion for after school programs that serve 1.6 million mostly poor children - but then you will wonder why more kids are taking drugs, joining gangs and why we have to pay to incarcerate them anyway.

You will cut the $2.1 billion for teacher training and class size reduction but you will still complain about the public schools and wonder why they’re not thriving.

You will cut a $15 million program that provides childcare for low-income parents in college and then blame them for not taking personal responsibility.

You will cut $27 million in arts education and leave millions of children without a well-rounded education or exposure to something they might succeed at.

You will cut $72 million and eliminate two international and foreign language programs even though 21st century students need both to succeed and compete in a global economy.

You will cut the $12 million for the Special Olympics and  - you simply have no compassion or conscience.

You will cut funds from the following:

$168 million in grants to states for career and technical education and again, you will blame people for not taking having skills and jobs to care for their families.

 $96 million to adult basic literacy instruction and again, wonder why people don’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps….

$13 million from Promise Neighborhoods which supports children in needy communities - see the first cut….


Diane Ferri
Special education teacher (30 years) mother, grandmother and GED tutor