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  •  I may do that, thanks (31+ / 0-)

    The answer to your question, roughly speaking, is this - StudentsFirst has heavy corporate funding and also the backing of the dominionist religious right - powerful assets.

    That backing has allowed Rhee's group to swaddle itself in heavy layers of deceptive PR.

    •  This really does need to be republished (20+ / 0-)

      on a weekday for many more eyes to see Troutfishing.

      It is critically important.

      Adding some kind of little addition will make it legit to repost.


      One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. --Carl Jung

      by bronte17 on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 08:47:37 AM PDT

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    •  This may help answer that too. Diane Ravitch has.. (4+ / 0-)

      ..some very good points that I was lucky to catch.

       Diane Ravitch was an proponenet of charter schools until it became apparent that privatization had bad consequences. Now she is fighting them and the "investors" chasing profits in lieu of actaual education:
      Charter Schools Are a Colossal Mistake. Here's Why
      by - (page 1 | October 2, 2013) Diane Ravitch, historian of education, an educational policy analyst and author of the book
      Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools

      There is an argument going on between Diane Ravitch and Michelle Rhee and others, about whether privatization of our national public school system is improving education (Rhee's take) or turning education into yet another commodity to be milked for profit enriching the testing industry and those invested with no real benefit to the students education

      In this recent article page 2 Diane Ravitch explains that it is a myth that public schools are failing and wrong to change the system of public schools over to private charter schools and vouchers as the answer.

      Los Angeles has more charter schools than any other school district in the nation, and it's a very bad idea.  

      Billionaires like privately managed schools. Parents are lured with glittering promises of getting their kids a sure ticket to college. Politicians want to appear to be champions of "school reform" with charters.

      But charters will not end the poverty at the root of low academic performance or transform our nation's schools into a high-performing system.
      [...]
       Charters and that other faux reform, vouchers, transform schooling into a consumer good, in which choice is the highest value.

      So poverty and lack of proper funding are what needs fixing.
      The original purpose of charters, when they first opened in 1990 (and when I was a charter proponent), was to collaborate with public schools, not to compete with them or undermine them. They were supposed to recruit the weakest students, the dropouts, and identify methods to help public schools do a better job with those who had lost interest in schooling. This should be their goal now as well.

      Instead, the charter industry is aggressive and entrepreneurial. Charters want high test scores, so many purposely enroll minimal numbers of English-language learners and students with disabilities. Some push out students who threaten their test averages. Last year, the federal General Accountability Office issued a report chastising charters for avoiding students with disabilities, and the ACLU is suing charters in New Orleans for that reason.
       - emphasis added

      Diane Ravitch concludes with this:
      Our nation is heading in a perilous direction, toward privatization of education, which will increase social stratification and racial segregation. Our civic commitment to education for all is eroding. But like police protection, fire protection, public beaches, public parks and public roads, the public schools are a public responsibility, not a consumer good.
       - emphasis added

      She's making a lot of sense to me. Gutting public education is a backward move. Already college is way too expensive. School through college should be publicly financed for all Americans and cost very little to nothing.  

       School should remain a national public system with much more funding for teachers, students and classrooms.

      We should do the same with all medical care - imo

      Excellent Dairy Troutfishing - and very important - imo

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