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Senate votes transfer of Fundeb; Bolsonarist base tries to remove R $ 15 billion from public education

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São Paulo – This Tuesday (15), the Senate should analyze Bill 4,372 / 2020, which regulates the transfer of funds from the Fund for the Maintenance and Development of Basic Education and the Valorization of Education Professionals (Fundeb) to next year. Approved by the government base in the Chamber, the current text provides for the transfer of funds from the new Fundeb to the private network, which may mean the withdrawal of R $ 15.9 billion from public education.

In the plenary session of the Chamber that approved the PL, the project underwent “setbacks” and was “unconfigured, in the evaluation of several entities related to education. The possibility of allocating 10% of its resources to philanthropic, community or confessional institutions and to the S System (Senai and Senac) was included, by means of a prominent amendment, for the purpose of offering joint vacancies in primary and secondary education . In addition, the text allows the corresponding payment of the remuneration of outsourced education professionals.

The inclusion of private school institutions in the project can cost R $ 6.4 billion for public schools in the Southeast, and up to R $ 4 billion for schools in the Northeast and R $ 2.5 billion in the South of the country. North and Midwest may also lose R $ 1.8 billion and R $ 1.3 billion, respectively.

Fundeb finances public basic education and comprises 20% of the revenue from eight state and municipal taxes and amounts transferred from federal taxes. Until 2026, the federal government will increase the complementation for these funds each year, starting with 12% of the amount until reaching 23%.

‘Save Fundeb’

A group of more than 300 judges, prosecutors, prosecutors, lawyers and teachers drafted a technical note that denounces the bill’s unconstitutionality. According to the experts, the problem lies in the “supposed need for agreements to be signed with private non-profit entities, for the purpose of allegedly expanding the offer of places not only in daycare centers, but also in compulsory basic education”.

Parliamentarians and experts spoke on social networks about Fundeb and ask the Senate to reverse the decision of the Bolsonar base in the Chamber. “The attack on Fundeb in the Chamber means that R $ 12.8 billion per year will stop going to the public network to go to private institutions. The Senate needs to reverse this absurdity. It is the poorest municipalities – and the poorest regions – that will pay the bill! ”, Warns Congresswoman Natalia Bonavides (PT-RN), on her Twitter profile.

Professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of São Paulo (USP) Daniel Cara reiterates that the text of the Chamber is unconstitutional. “It is up to the Federal Senate to correct the Fundeb problem. Senators and Senators: it is essential to suppress unconstitutionalities. Exclude all amendments from the Chamber of Deputies ”, he defended, also on the social network.

The professor of Constitutional Law at USP Law School Conrado Hubner Mendes adds that withdrawing funds from public education is to increase exclusion. “The public school is where democracy begins and ends and withdrawing 12 billion from Fundeb is not modernization. The public school and SUS are the culmination of Brazilian modernity. Brazilian pre-modernity fights for each one to stay in their own corner of exclusion ”, he tweeted.

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Book addresses transformations in rap through changes in society

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São Paulo – Society undergoes several changes, year after year, be it culturally, in its forms of organization, and even in new working methods. These transformations influence other segments, including Hip-Hop, rap and their MC battles. In view of this, social scientist Felipe Oliveira Campos, known as Felipe Choco, launched the book Rap, Culture and Politics: Battle of the Matrix and the Aesthetics of Entrepreneurial Overcoming, which addresses the digital and marketing influence within this culture.

A member of the Center for Studies and Research of Afro-America (Nepafro), Choco analyzes contemporary society using the Battle of the Matrix held in São Bernardo do Campo as a pillar since 2013, and considered a reference in the duel between MCs. The resistance of the event, the target of police repression and municipal administration, was the starting point for the author.

“When I face the Battle of the Matrix, it poses a number of questions that can be deepened, being able to understand it beyond the context of battles, as public spaces in cities”, he explains. “When the Battle of the Matrix emerged, I was part of the Hip-Hop Forum of São Bernardo do Campo, and mediated conflicts with the Government. Therefore, I realized that the conflicts that the battle created when occupying the public space, raised questions of general interest. So I used the Battle of the Matrix as a way to understand contemporary Brazil, ”added Choco.

In 2018, RBA reported the repression suffered by the battle of ABC Paulista. At the time, the management of the mayor of São Bernardo do Campo, Orlando Morando (PSDB), tried to “boycott” the traditional rap event in the city, by charging a fee for using the Praça da Matrix, in the city center. At various times, rapper Emicida went to the site to support young people.

Social transformations

While society sees new forms of organization, rap also adapts to these changes. The writer compares the professionalization of artists and battles to the industrialization of the city of São Bernardo do Campo and Posse Hausa, a black organization founded in the 1990s, focused on the Hip-Hop movement, whose majority of the members were workers in the ABC industry Paulista.

With the 2017 labor reform, by then President Michel Temer (MDB-SP), Felipe Choco explains that the social dynamics have also changed within the Hip-Hop culture. “Today, the organizers of the Battle of the Matrix are part of the service sector, without stability and without social protection. Therefore, the financial solution, among the organizers, was the professionalization of the event. This applies to the whole culture. ”

The main example used by the author of these social and economic transformations in rap is Emicida’s career. Coming from the Battle of Santa Cruz, disputed south of São Paulo, the rapper emerged using the main method of rhyming duels: the punchlines – in Portuguese, punch lines, used to impress the listener.

After the success, the rapper created his own musical label: Laboratório Fantasma. “Emicida created a horizon to organize its own career, without having to go through the distributors’ screen. In other words, it is the democratization of music production, distribution and consumption ”, said Choco, who recalls that the book’s presentation is signed by the MC.

Aesthetics of entrepreneurial overcoming

Based on the phenomenon achieved by Emicida, the social scientist points to the creation of a new aesthetic within rap: that of entrepreneurial overcoming. According to him, this aspect allows creative freedom and financial autonomy, creating a style of business organization.

“This overcoming does not mean denying the culture’s past, but advancing in the market sense, creating a mark around the artist”, he explained. The author quotes a statement by Mano Brown, a member of Racionais, where the rapper points out that the phonographic market is no longer just the commercialization of music, but also the image and positioning of MCs.

This aesthetic creates a new notion of work and organization, according to the author. “If we make a parallel with the industrial market, in the 1990s, work was in opposition to capital, where the organization of the workforce sought its valorization. Now, in the face of informality and the imposition that ‘each one is an entrepreneur of their own’, artists become their own business capital ”, he reiterates.

However, this entrepreneurial resilience does not only involve rappers and new independent labels, but also affects the battles of MCs, including the Matrix. With the rise of streaming platforms such as YouTube, duels have become more digital, have reached new audiences and created a new market.

“The Battle of the Matrix is ​​a product of that condition that battles have become. Before the pandemic, every Tuesday, she mobilized 1,000 people in the square. Battles play a fundamental role in mutations and reinventions of culture, as was the case with punchline, taking a new breath in how to make and organize rap. These changes that occur in rap did not come out of nowhere, they are the result of social transformations ”, concludes Felipe.

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