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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:33 PM

 

The Odd & Shifting Logic of School Choice: “The rationales keep expanding….”

In the just concluded trial about vouchers in Louisiana (that stopped Jindal's machinations), a state education department official said that a student with a voucher is a public school student, no matter what school she attends (note: even if the school is private, religious, & for-profit...) The judge could not follow the logic. He ruled that the state could not take funds away from public schools to pay for vouchers.

Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters in New York City noticed that charter advocates pull the same trick, with the same logic. They change their rationale to fit the need of the moment.

At first, the charters were to save minority kids from failing schools. But now they are moving into relatively affluent areas in New York City where schools are not failing...

“The charter school lobby first explained the rationale for their schools as based on providing more “options” to students in low-performing districts, then moved on to justifying them by saying they would create more “diverse” schools in mixed or gentrifying areas, and also now argue that they create more options for middle class parents who are potentially shut out of their zoned schools because of overcrowding, that there are waiting lists for Kindergarten.”

“The rationales keep expanding….”

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/12/01/the-odd-and-shifting-logic-of-school-choice/

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Reply The Odd & Shifting Logic of School Choice: “The rationales keep expanding….” (Original post)
HiPointDem Dec 2012 OP
The Magistrate Dec 2012 #1
TDale313 Dec 2012 #3
TDale313 Dec 2012 #2
mzteris Dec 2012 #4
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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:40 PM

1. Because, Sir, Shoveling Tax Funds Into Private Pockets Is the Only Reason For This

"Watch the eyes, not the mouth."

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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:42 PM

3. +1 n/t

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:41 PM

2. All the rationales are bs.

This is about privitization. It's about undermining the public schools by people who frankly don't believe in public education or want to grab that money and send it to the private sector.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:58 PM

4. There are different types

Of charter schools. The small non profit local ones and the large for profit chains - are NOT the same thing. Not even close.

La is a very special circumstance. Many of the so called charter schools you hear about there are actually run by the the local school board.

Small non profits, well regulated are a boon to the community. The others, not so much. They were intended and designed to be the former. But the money grubbing mfers got their hand in. That does not negate the inherent vision and worth of charters. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:08 AM

5. Public funds into private profits has always been the grail for these guys.

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