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  •  If I lived in AZ (2+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, angelajean

    I'd be against charters, too.  Please believe me when I say it's different here in CA.

    And you're correct as to the premise of charters -- but I don't think I could argue that our inner-city public schools aren't failing their students.  The graduation rate from our local district schools is under 37%.  Ours at Locke is only a little bit higher, but it is - a little bit - higher.

    Here in California, over 40% of freshmen at CSU do not return for their sophomore year -- the supermajority therein cite an inability to keep up with the work rather than the cost of tuition as their reason.

    We need to be doing something different -- whether it be in the districts or in the charters -- because what we have been doing is not successful for those who have the greatest need for quality public schools.

    Credulant (adj): Something that is not fully credible because it is unsourced but it sounds true so it is accepted without argument.

    by xajaxsingerx on Fri May 18, 2012 at 12:31:15 PM PDT

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    •  My belief is that underlying social problems, (0+ / 0-)

      the results of a 30-year class war, have more to do with outcomes than teachers unions or failing schools. Politicians of both parties, having been complicit in said class war, would much rather scapegoat the schools than admit that their policies have failed large numbers of American families.

      The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

      by Azazello on Fri May 18, 2012 at 12:45:57 PM PDT

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      •  I agree wholeheartedly (2+ / 0-)
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        Azazello, angelajean

        and,as a union member, I certainly don't believe we are the problem.

        But whatever the cause is, I strongly believe that searching for ways to mitigate the damage cannot wait and, even if the approaches are detrimental to long-term efforts at change within the system, we also need to remember that every year that passes is the only year that millions of students have in their current grade and that every year we do nothing, we continue to damage those who can afford it the least.

        Charters are by no means the solution, and their implementation in many areas have made them part of the problem, but if the alternative is to make no changes while we fight a long-term, generational, policy battle, then I will continue to put my effort into creating a strong charter alternative.

        But then again, I live in Ca and have that luxury...

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        by xajaxsingerx on Fri May 18, 2012 at 01:44:03 PM PDT

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