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  • Reply to: Billionaire Eli Broad Takes Public Education Private   2 weeks 4 days ago
    Lumping the Koch Bros and Eli Broad in the same category shows how confused the thinking on public schools has become. Koch supports the far right, Broad supports mainstream Democrats. Look at their contributions for 2016. Broad supports charters because our public schools have failed and continue to fail. Charter schools, to Broad and many others on the Left and the Right, are the only hope. Pressed, I'm sure, they will admit that it is an act of desperation, but we have to try something. I would much prefer to have a vibrant, centrally organized and union organized school system than a bunch of independent charters (schools or mini-districts), but deluding ourselves that evil people are trying to take us over won't help. It's the parents of LA who are insisting that things improve. We haven't completely lost them (as the strike showed), but the burden is on us to improve instruction. Blaming others just makes our demise more inevitable.
  • Reply to: How Scott Walker Made Wisconsin the National Poster Child for Dark Money Corruption   4 weeks 3 hours ago
    From this article: "In the pre-dawn hours of June 5, 2013, a legislator quietly slipped the retroactive immunity provision drafted by NL Industries into a 532-page budget bill. The retroactive provision had no authors or sponsors and no notice was given to the public that it was under consideration. Public records showed that NL Industries' lobbyist handed the statutory change to top legislators in a memo with 'NL language' handwritten on top. The suggested change was fast-tracked through both houses of the legislature and enacted into law on January 27, 2011," testified Earle. Uhhh...what? Was the tracking so fast that it spun backward some time/space continuum?
  • Reply to: A Banana Republic Once Again?   1 month 1 week ago
    You seem pretty eager to speak for this site's entire "target market." It wasn't "off-putting" to me, and I happen to know how to use the internet to look up both United Fruit Company and Chiquita Brands International. Spin your sophistry somewhere else. Or are you a member of the Advertising and PR cult that deifies Bernays for teaching weasels how to manipulate mass psychology through words and images (Propaganda) -- i.e., how to lie without being called a liar. If I'm wrong, I apologize. Peace be with you.
  • Reply to: CMD Publishes List of Closed Charter Schools (with Interactive Map)   1 month 3 weeks ago
    You're assuming that schools without first year dates listed never opened, but that's not correct. Most schools with no first year dates listed simply opened before the data started being collected. Some simple Google searches verify this.
  • Reply to: CMD Publishes List of Closed Charter Schools (with Interactive Map)   1 month 3 weeks ago
    It looks like you are assuming that if a "YEAR NEW" date is not listed for a school, that school never opened. That may be true in some cases, but given that most of the "ENROLLLMENT FINAL YEAR" numbers for schools without "YEAR NEW" dates are non-zero, I don't think your assumption is valid. It's more likely that most of the schools without "YEAR NEW" dates simply opened before the data started being collected. That seems to be true for the first few schools listed that don't have "YEAR NEW" dates. For example, Takonta Training Center Charter School opened in 1996 and closed in 2001. In any case, the sentence in the article beginning with "As CMD has calculated, nearly 2,500 charter schools have shuttered between 2001 and 2013" should be edited, as it is misleading. Having said that, the vast majority of the schools on the list were open and then closed. The others seem to have received money without ever opening.

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