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Although I know that many of you fully support Charter Schools, my experience with the aforementioned has been a sour one. There isn’t enough checks and balances, and I feel that it’s been a systematic destruction of our educational system. A for profit system promoted by Republicans who are hell bent on privatizing what many of us have always seen as part of America’s successes.

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Carlos E. Galindo is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host & political analyst conducting radio shows in both English and Spanish on four radio stations in Arizona. Mr. Galindo is a weekly contributor to KPFK 98.7 FM Los Angeles and W60 AM Radio, Los Angeles, San Diego and has appeared on CNN, Univision and Telemundo as a political analyst. Mr. Galindo is also an Op-Ed columnist on Prensa Hispana and the Tucson Citizen in Arizona.  Carlos Galindo is President and founder of the Immigrant Advocacy Foundation, Inc.
http://www.carlosgalindo.com

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    I'd rather die on my feet fighting for justice, than live on my knees oppressed by Republicans!

    by carlosgalindo on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:04:55 AM PST

  •  Great post, carlosgalindo! (4+ / 0-)

    Here in Georgia, we just passed a Constitutional Amendment allowing the State to establish and fund charter schools.

    Know this: My state has an established formula, written into law, specifying how much that it is required to fund local school districts (called the Quality Basic Education [QBE] formula). For years, the Republican-led Georgia state government has refused to comply with this law, leading to massive statewide teacher layoffs, furloughs, and reduced school years and school days. They cite lack of funds as their justification for underfunding our public school system.

    Now, after creating the conditions that make Georgia schools among the worst in the nation, Republicans have fought for state-funded charter schools to provide "school choice." In other words, the state is saying that they'll fund privately-operated charter schools to allow students the opportunity to get out of those horrible public schools that the state refuses to fully fund. The end result is that every dollar that goes to a state-funded charter schools is a dollar taken away from public schools. It's a back door privatization scheme, and sadly, Georgia voters fell for this scam...hook, line, and sinker.

    It's quite a con, and Georgia Democrats, I believe, will rue the day that they supported this crap.

  •  Privatization, (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    it's all about privatization, vouchers and corporate, for-profit schools are the goal. Charters are just an intermediate step to get the public away from traditional public schools.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:35:57 AM PST

  •  Carlos, I agree with you (1+ / 0-)
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    Azazello

    100%.  Public money should go to public schools!

    You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

    by PSzymeczek on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:45:25 PM PST

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