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  •  We need to clarify between charter schools (1+ / 0-)
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    started by local community members and charter schools were local communities hire a for-profit company to come in and run the charter. There is a huge difference, but many Democrats refuse to acknowledge it. They just see all charter schools as part of the problem.

    I know many a charter school that began to help children in their local communities - they didn't start to undermine the local public school, they started because parents and teachers in the local community saw potential solutions that the local public school couldn't or wouldn't try.

    Many for profit companies are talking advantage of a very progressive school model. We shouldn't hand it over without a fight.

    •  Isn't the American public school system... (1+ / 0-)
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      "outsourcing" much of its curriculum, learning methodology and testing practice to the big businesses that develop and sell the textbooks, scripted curricula (like "Open Court") and the testing mechanisms to conventional public schools.  Is that evidence that, essentially, we are slowly but surely privatizing our conventional public schools already?

      I think that is a question for another diary?

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles

      by leftyparent on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 03:01:46 PM PDT

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