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  •  As long as our public schools are forced to (4+ / 0-)

    dance with the devil and focus on standardized test results we will see a mass exodus from the schools vouchers or not.

    I am politically opposed to charter schools. But if I had a 5 year old child right now I would look at our public high schools with no funding for arts and music and elementary and junior high schools with no band, and the high school honors English classes with minimal writing requirements and I would think twice about public school. I never ever thought I would feel that way, but we have looted our public schools and given the treasure to charter schools. In California kindergarten classes have over 30 kids, and the curriculum is garbage. We look at the charter schools in town and they are offering music and they have hired our best teachers who were laid off due to budget cuts.

    Parents are not going to stay if something doesn't change, and our federal and state governments are worried about abortion and the deficit.

    I'm just glad in California our governor flies on Southwest Airlines and walks to work. If Meg Whitman had won we would be going through what Florida is suffering right now.

    "Pretty soon we're not going to be able to find reasonable decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serving public office." Sheriff Dupnik, AZ

    by voracious on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 02:15:52 PM PDT

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    •  NCLB was designed to kill public schools (14+ / 0-)

      The obsession with really really bad standardized tests was the key there.  Anyone who'd been involved in a school in any way could have told you that obsession with standardized tests, particularly frequent ones, is a recipe for disaster -- and making them BAD standardized tests makes it a dozen times worse.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 03:29:01 PM PDT

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      •  Now, now...NCLB was ALSO designed (5+ / 0-)
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        Sharoney, alizard, mrkvica, wsexson, hannah

        to put lots of money in the pockets of W's friends who own the testing corporations. It's not ALL about killing public schools.

        It's possible to see the actions of the Right over the last decade or so in two different ways:

        1. Determined to put money in the pockets of rich supporters, with no thought given to whom it might hurt.

        2. Determined to inflict their rigid ideology on everyone, with no thought given to whom it might hurt.

        Of course, either way, it's just purely evil. And I use that word advisedly, because prior to about 1994 I wouldn't have used it at all. I had political differences with the old Republican party. I have political and moral differences with the modern Republican party.

        They only call it class war when we hit back.

        by jayjaybear on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 08:51:44 PM PDT

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        •  Right. It's about private enterprise (0+ / 0-)

          sucking at the public teat, as it ever has.  Perhaps the biggest myth in American is the myth of free enterprise.  There's never been a time when public corporations weren't designed to distribute public resources and assets to the "deserving" and protect enterprise from outside competition, or at least from competitors that might not be easily vanquished.  It's this traditional dependency on

          grazing rights
          hunting rights
          trading rights
          water rights
          mineral rights
          logging rights
          transit rights
          etc.

          which has the predictable result.  Subsidies make enterprise weak.  Moreover, when public entities engage in enterprises themselves (public utilities, public transit, public education, public recreation), private enterprise not only feels deprived of the teat, but, in its weakened condition, can't really compete on quality, efficiency and on-time performance.  So, there's some validity to the claim that public enterprise (socialism) is a threat to free enterprise -- i.e. subsidized enterprise without obligations.

          free enterprise = subsidy sans obligation

          "don't tax me bro; I can't take it"

          http://www.youtube.com/cyprespond

          by hannah on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 03:39:31 AM PDT

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      •  Sabotage. nt (0+ / 0-)

        Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

        by k9disc on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 10:50:16 PM PDT

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