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You are a mom or dad.  You bake a big apple pie for you family and bring it out and set it in the middle of the table.  Your eldest gets up, and with the pie server helps himself to a big gigantic piece.  It is bigger than any other pieces if the rest is divided up equally among his siblings.

The next time, he has a friend over.

His friend jumps up and follows his example.  There are now tiny pieces for the rest of the siblings and you.

The next time, his friend brought his friend over and again following the example of your son, all three grab a big piece of the pie, and the rest of the children and you have morsels.

The next time, both his friends bring someone over (you must make a pretty good pie) and recognizing some needs to be left, they take 7/8ths among themselves... and leave 1/8th to be divided among the rest of your family......

You so far have sat on your hands, and when your small children look at you, you shrug your shoulders, and look at them like you can't change factors beyond your control, and say one word in explanation..... "Choice???".

This is what charter schools do.  They take away resources in an unfair fashion from those who deserve an equal slice, but don't have the political muscle to object.....

Story ends, when your spouse, who despite her gender has more balls than you, comes in, assesses the situation, says to the older children... " We didn't make this pie for you, get your own pie;  this is for the little children."
Education will flounder until Charter Schools are no longer dependent upon the public school system for their financing. Call your local legislator and tell them to fund all Charter Schools as are vocational, outside the normal per-child funding stream.... Give them their own pie as a single line funding in your state budget.....

It is immoral and insulting to parents everywhere to allow such selfish behavior to flourish and continue....

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  •  Amen K! (1+ / 0-)
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    wader
  •  Public school systems were never created with (3+ / 0-)
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    terabytes, quill, MKHector

    an intent to compete in a local marketplace.

    Charter schools investors run their businesses in a very different manner, so can sweep in and make all sorts of PR-enabled lies in a semi-convincing manner - enough to hide the reality of public tax money being funneled to a few, private hands out of profit motives . . . i.e., not for the wide-spread, educational needs of our kids.

    Public schools lose the Marketing of each contest by self-interested politicians when it comes to charter schools, in part because they are not equipped to compete with lies in a competitive marketplace that never existed quite so directly before the insidious lies of vouchers and greedy, unionized teachers, etc. led to this point.

    I guess we should always be asking our politicians: why are you sending our public education tax money into the hands of a few rich friends, for business which have never been shown to improve education above public school systems for all the local students in need?  Why can't charter schools simply exist as the alternative private schools that they are, as their religious institution peers have done?  Why should we be interested in making your rich friends even more wealthy at the cost of our next generation's enablement in a shrinking world?

    I always knew that Cuomo was as suck-up to the wealthy, but his charter school directions reveal that he's fully invested in ingratiating himself with the rich and powerful at any cost.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 07:19:14 AM PDT

    •  Bigger problem is how elected Democrats frequently (2+ / 0-)
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      send their children to private schools (eg, Chicago Mayor Emanuel  and Pres Obama), or public schools that require an exam for admission, such as NYC's Mayor or charters.

      It's hard for Democrats to argue that the public schools are doing a great job, when they are not good enough for their own children.  Public teacher unions should withhold financial and organizing support from candidates that don't send their children to their regular local public school.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 08:42:29 AM PDT

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  •  More Hockey! (1+ / 0-)
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    quill

    I suggest more hockey.  If charter schools are a threat to funding for hockey, they will be gone!  Heck, we have kids move from out of state just to play hockey.  

  •  Just like the annoying starlings in spring (0+ / 0-)

    my local state rep tries every year to introduce a Charter School bill in KY (also tried tuition tax credits or hidden vouchers as I call them).  So far, the appetite is not in the legislature to bite.  But every year there are more of those Walton foundation (Wal Mart) funded groups that pop up calling themselves "local concerned citizens" crying for charters, so one has to be on their toes constantly.

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