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  •  Excuse me for quibbling, but dollars are dollars. (3+ / 0-)
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    mimi, coquiero, No one gets out alive

    It's OUR currency. The route they take is sometimes important, but it shouldn't be determinative. A bigger waste is all the time parents put in prodding and compensating for what doesn't happen in the classroom  or, in some cases, trying to undo the damage that is done by power mavens.
    Even then, in the grand scheme of things, half a trillion on education (including meddlers) and two trillion on health care is better than the billions expended fabricating killing machines and explosives.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 12:30:28 AM PDT

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    •  missing the point I was making (13+ / 0-)

      which is there was a huge pot of money that some saw as a guaranteed revenue stream off of which they could profit

      by artificially starving public schools of revenue they need to do their jobs at the same time you impose upon them conditions that guarantee you can label them "unsuccessful" or "failing" while presenting "alternative" that in fact perform no better you can use parental concern about their kids to move that revenue into pockets of those who really do not care about the welfare of your kids, only how much they can take out for themselves.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 02:53:16 AM PDT

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      •  Didn't miss the point. Only wanted to insert (4+ / 0-)

        that the qualification "tax" or "taxpayer" is part of the cons' effort to segregate dollars, as they do people, to make them easier to control.

        The function of taxes is to keep the dollars in motion, moving through the economy, instead of being captured by accumulators. The host of middlemen with which our system of public education has been infected is similar to the host of "investors" on Wall Street, who provide no added value for the dollars they collect and play with.
        Administrators, IMHO, are glorified bookkeepers who invent additional tasks and routines for the teaching and custodial and maintenance staff to justify their existence and remuneration.
        The good thing about dollars is that they provide a measure of relative value and let us determine that people movers are overpaid. I blame the schools of management which, instead of focusing on the allocation of real assets and resources, began to teach, in the late 70s, that the way to get things done is to motivate people and move them around, mostly by threatening to impose penalties on those who don't do what they are told.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 03:39:16 AM PDT

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      •  exactly thepoint (3+ / 0-)

        and yet most people can't wrap their heads around this, even the workers in the public schools, they keep shaking their heads wondering when it will stop, and ikeep telling my coworkers it will not stop until the 1% have destroyed the public schools and we are all using vouchers to educate our kids. At that point it will be means tested and you will not get ful tuition for your kid but have all sorts of copays and exclusions.

        •  and don't forget the fines they will impose if you (3+ / 0-)
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          coquiero, leftangler, Philby

          look at the teacher the wrong way or your shoe is untied.  See Noble Charter Schools in Chicago.

          If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

          by livjack on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 06:18:14 AM PDT

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        •  No, what will happen is (1+ / 0-)
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          leftangler

          you will see chains of McSchools that will take all comers for exactly the amount of the voucher, provide "education" on the cheap, and get very wealthy at our expense. David Brennan (of the failing, for-profit, White Hat Charter Schools) is licking his chops right now.

          Jon Husted is a dick.

          by anastasia p on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 10:42:30 AM PDT

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