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  •  why? I think it's the money.... (7+ / 0-)

    In Texas, public schoold get 2 streams of income from the state.
    Only one of those streams can go to a charter (private) school by law.
    I think that charter schools are like private prisons, designed to rip publicly funded necessary services out from under government responsibility to fatten the pockets and ideology of private individuals.
    I can't prove it but there's something shady about the whole thing.
    About 20 years ago when I was working for a regional brokerage firm in Houston we went to visit a Kipps charter school.
    It was run like a boot camp. The children memorized some school pep cheer to impress us. I stayed behind in the room after it was over and asked a little girl what she was doing - she was putting newspapers in a bag and I asked her what that was for. She didn't know. Later I saw her in a line do a recycling demo throwing the bags of papers into a recycle bin. Too bad she didn't know what or why.
    Then I walked by myself to the back of the school and went into a classroom. The teacher was writing on the board and couldn't spell. She sounded like she didn't know what she was talking about and it was a most uninspiring display of pseudo "teaching". The son of Charles Hurwitz was the big cahuna there that day. What on earth was the son of the man whose S&L cost the taxpayers $1billion and who was then raping the old growth trees from the northwest?
    I was confused.
    I'd be glad to hear that I was wrong in what I observed, if someone can tell me why.
    I don't like charter schools from the little I know of them.
    I think they are trying to get at taxpayer dollars and destroy qualified teachers and replace them with know nothings whose salaries are substandard.
    But I don't have the evidence to really say this, just a hunch from what I've seen.

    Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

    by eve on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:45:08 PM PST

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