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  •  You could have the ability to choose your school (0+ / 0-)

    without the Charter school and privatization. In California, money follows the child whether it's charter or local public, and you also have the option to move to another school if there's room.

    In NYC, your density is such that school choice and multiple options is much more viable than in some other areas, where there are not enough kids to create substantial, viable choice for all but the most committed parents.

    We need to keep the various differences in mind when we discuss reform. Having a vineyard works great for our high school but you might not find it so attractive as a reform point in NYC.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 10:28:30 AM PDT

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    •  "Choice" is a distraction. Resources are the issue (0+ / 0-)

      Look at that sad chart I pasted in there.  Eighty percent of the kids can't do math.  Reading is almost as bad and that's what's been beefed up under NCLB.

      Bloomberg got Billions to lower class size from the State under the campaign for Fiscal Equity Law suit, but he doesn't ever explain what's happened to that cash.  Class sizes have risen across the city (though Charters can keep them down, neighborhood schools can't).

      And while there have always been cutting edge parents trying to create a new school for their kids - back in the eighties one school near me became a "Charette".  (Look that up here the whole "choice" movement tookoff when embraced by Heritage Foundation,etc.  And its been used to hawk charter schools around the country.

      It seems that it was a clever and distracting response to demands in many states for more funds for kids in poorer district so they could get lower class sizes.

      Rather than pay more taxes into poor counties and neighborhoods, the right wing invented a distraction to bash government employee unions.

      Now I am sure no union is perfect (except my Mom's)  - but again I think democracy is the answer, not corporatism, and part of democracy ought to be fixing infrastructure that isn't working and not just privatizing it and saying the market will fix it.

      Charters in NYC have - at best - a mixed record.  So that means many parents with kids in them will be happy. And some won't be happy. But that proves nothing.  When surveyed most parents are satisfied with their schools (public, private, charter, parochial), even if 'objective' measures might tell them they shouldn't be.

      Charters are just a distraction.

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