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Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.

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NY Success Academy Charter Will Send 9,000 Students To Pro-Charter Rally. Close school for day.

Crossposted in General Discussion.

NYC Charter School Group Will Send 9,000 Students To Pro-Charter Rally


21,000 people attended a New York City pro-charter rally last year. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Andrew Burton / Getty Images

School will be closed tomorrow for 9,000 students at Success Academies, New York City’s most prominent charter school chain. Instead of class, the charter schools — which operate as government-funded public schools — will bus their students to Albany for a political rally that happens to coincide with the lobbying day of the school’s biggest foe, the United Federation of Teachers.

The move to shut down schools drew criticism last year, when Success first sent its students to an political rally that had been scheduled to clash with a rally a few blocks away held by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had opposed the expansion of Success. And like last year, attending the rally is essentially the only option for for students: the schools aren’t providing alternative childcare. (Success told Capital New York that teachers, who are also required to attend, will instruct students on the bus.)

“I still have a deep belief that no public school system should be closed for a political rally,” said Daniel Dromm, a New York City council member. “These students and parents don’t have a choice.”

....But its use of students in political protests has some questioning its approach. “They’re doing this to get a show of numbers,” said Councilman Dromm. “If we were to close New York City public schools, we could bus in a million people, but we have an educational philosophy that says we don’t do that.”


Eva Moskowitz and her Success Academies had a recent fundraiser that drew big money and big names.

NY's Success Academy charter has 7.75 million fundraiser. Erik Prince, Campbell Brown, Jeb Bush

Members of the mega rich and politically powerful gathered together last night at Cipriani to distort the truth, bash unions, shower each other with praise and raise $ 7.75 million for education entrepreneur Eva Moskowitz and her ever expanding Success Academy empire. Indeed, Moskowitz who for weeks busied herself acting the helpless victim of evil Bill de Blasio ( while at the same time benefiting from a five million dollar anti de Blasio PR blitzkrieg ) announced that she intends to extend her empire in several ways. “ As of August, Success will have 32 schools and 9,000 students. Four years from now, Success plans to have 55 schools with 21,400 students, which, Moskowitz said, would make it the equivalent of the fifth largest district in New York State and half the size of the Washington, D.C. school system. “

.....Displaying their limitless love for the children of the urban poor were many leading representatives of the occupation that was instrumental in bringing the world to the brink of economic collapse: hedge funders. Indeed, Dan Loeb, of the hedge fund group, Third Point LLC, who is also chairman of the Success Academy board, hosted the event. Jimmy Lee, vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.has this to say of Loeb: “Away from all the business press he gets, I think being chairman of his board and giving his time, not just his money, makes him a role model. You can tell he cares.” According to the report in Bloomberg, “ The event was filled with men and women in the hedge-fund industry, including Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Asset Management, Boaz Weinstein of Saba Capital and John Paulson of Paulson & Co. “

.....The key note speaker was no less than former Florida Governor and future presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who did an admirable job pretending not to understand de Blasio’s moral and ethical issues with charter schools — namely, evicting members of the most challenged student population in the city so Moskowtiz could again get what she wanted — along with his usual union bashing.

Nestled into a paragraph listing the holy hedge funders was this little line that sent a chill down my spine: “Also present: Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater USA and former Navy SEAL.”
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 08:50 PM (1 replies)

NYC Charter School Group Will Send 9,000 Students To Pro-Charter Rally. Close school for day.

NYC Charter School Group Will Send 9,000 Students To Pro-Charter Rally


21,000 people attended a New York City pro-charter rally last year. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Andrew Burton / Getty Images

School will be closed tomorrow for 9,000 students at Success Academies, New York City’s most prominent charter school chain. Instead of class, the charter schools — which operate as government-funded public schools — will bus their students to Albany for a political rally that happens to coincide with the lobbying day of the school’s biggest foe, the United Federation of Teachers.

The move to shut down schools drew criticism last year, when Success first sent its students to an political rally that had been scheduled to clash with a rally a few blocks away held by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had opposed the expansion of Success. And like last year, attending the rally is essentially the only option for for students: the schools aren’t providing alternative childcare. (Success told Capital New York that teachers, who are also required to attend, will instruct students on the bus.)

“I still have a deep belief that no public school system should be closed for a political rally,” said Daniel Dromm, a New York City council member. “These students and parents don’t have a choice.”

....But its use of students in political protests has some questioning its approach. “They’re doing this to get a show of numbers,” said Councilman Dromm. “If we were to close New York City public schools, we could bus in a million people, but we have an educational philosophy that says we don’t do that.”


Eva Moskowitz and her Success Academies had a recent fundraiser that drew big money and big names.

NY's Success Academy charter has 7.75 million fundraiser. Erik Prince, Campbell Brown, Jeb Bush

Members of the mega rich and politically powerful gathered together last night at Cipriani to distort the truth, bash unions, shower each other with praise and raise $ 7.75 million for education entrepreneur Eva Moskowitz and her ever expanding Success Academy empire. Indeed, Moskowitz who for weeks busied herself acting the helpless victim of evil Bill de Blasio ( while at the same time benefiting from a five million dollar anti de Blasio PR blitzkrieg ) announced that she intends to extend her empire in several ways. “ As of August, Success will have 32 schools and 9,000 students. Four years from now, Success plans to have 55 schools with 21,400 students, which, Moskowitz said, would make it the equivalent of the fifth largest district in New York State and half the size of the Washington, D.C. school system. “

.....Displaying their limitless love for the children of the urban poor were many leading representatives of the occupation that was instrumental in bringing the world to the brink of economic collapse: hedge funders. Indeed, Dan Loeb, of the hedge fund group, Third Point LLC, who is also chairman of the Success Academy board, hosted the event. Jimmy Lee, vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.has this to say of Loeb: “Away from all the business press he gets, I think being chairman of his board and giving his time, not just his money, makes him a role model. You can tell he cares.” According to the report in Bloomberg, “ The event was filled with men and women in the hedge-fund industry, including Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Asset Management, Boaz Weinstein of Saba Capital and John Paulson of Paulson & Co. “

.....The key note speaker was no less than former Florida Governor and future presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who did an admirable job pretending not to understand de Blasio’s moral and ethical issues with charter schools — namely, evicting members of the most challenged student population in the city so Moskowtiz could again get what she wanted — along with his usual union bashing.

Nestled into a paragraph listing the holy hedge funders was this little line that sent a chill down my spine: “Also present: Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater USA and former Navy SEAL.”
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Mar 4, 2015, 06:27 PM (7 replies)

The Hill: "Warren Wing hits back". The old "liberals need to tone it down" meme. Deja Vu.

This is so reminiscent of the attacks on those of us who were Dean supporters in 2003. Deja vu.

I went the route then of being called fringe anti-war activists, noisy liberals, and more.

Not going peacefully down that road again. I am not going to be used and put aside that way again.

Warren wing hits back

TOMORROW STARTS TONIGHT: WARREN-WING V. PRAGMATIC PROGRESSIVES. You already know because this morning your hometown newspaper reported that moderate Democrats are pushing back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) populist political rhetoric, fearing it'll be disastrous in the 2016 cycle. Even Howard Dean, founder of the liberal Democracy For America, told me that Warren is "right on policy, but the rhetoric needs to be toned down... The rhetoric about wealth creation needs to be scaled back because Americans like wealth creation... Our program cannot be soak the rich. That's a mistake and alienates middle class people."
It's Dean -- who is backing Hillary Clinton for president while DFA tries to draft Warren into the race -- whose comments particularly fired-up Warren-wingers:

-- Robert Borosage, co-director of the progressive Campaign For America's Future: "They're trying to re-write what happened in the last election... That's hilarious and pathetic... The notion that there's a tension between talking about how the rules are rigged and economic growth and that you have to choose between them is wrong both intellectually and politically... Howard Dean is wrong on the facts... People feel like the rich are getting away with murder and the rich aren't paying their fair share. That's the first thing people want to hear from politicians."

Meanwhile...

-- BILLIONAIRE INVESTOR WARREN BUFFETT on CNBC's "Squawk Box" this morning: "She would do better if she was less angry and demonized less... I believe in hate the sin but love the sinner. I also believe in praising by name and criticizing by category and I'm not sure that I've totally convinced Elizabeth Warren that's the way to go... It's a mistake to get angry with people that disagree with you. In the end, we do have to work together." My recap on Buffett: http://bit.ly/1wM5kVV

THIS IS OVERNIGHT FINANCE, and you can expect the centrists versus Warren fight to intensify as President Obama pushes Democrats to help him secure new trade deals.


Sure the media is picking on these disagreements. I can not blame them. If our party wants to stop this sensationalist media approach, then let them embrace their left, their liberals, their anti-war.

Of course the media does this. It works. Dean and Buffett are playing right into their hands.

Not going to be called silly names again by anyone in our party.

The saddest part is that there is ample proof that the marginalization of liberals was done deliberately and coldly in a planned way.

In their own words. An "intellectual buyout" of the Democratic Party.

Rob Shapiro, the DLC VP at the time, and a Clinton advisor, spoke clearly about their purpose.

What we've done in the Democratic Party," explains institute Vice President Rob Shapiro, a Clinton economic adviser, "is an intellectual leveraged buyout." The DLC, presumably, is acting as arbitrageur, selling off unprofitable mind-sets to produce a lean and efficient philosophy for the "New Democrat," as DLCers call their slick bimonthly magazine.


Can't blame the media for exploiting that.



How to opt-out of FL tests..VERY carefully. How some plan to do so.

These are some tips from the Orlando Opt Out group, which is now up to 2000 members and growing.

It has to be carefully done as the state education leader says it's not possible. She warns of consequences if students try to opt out.

But opting out might still come with some consequences. A parent forwarded us a letter sent home from school about an upcoming field trip:
A letter sent home warning parents their student may not be able to attend a field trip if they miss the FCAT.



From the Orlando Sentinel this week.

Some students will opt out as new Florida tests debut

When Jenn Ashby's three children take Florida's new standardized tests next week, they plan to break the seal on a test booklet or log into a computer-based exam and then refuse, politely, to answer any questions.

The two youngest, ages 9 and 10, likely will carry notes they can share with a teacher. "I'm opting out," the notes will read. "Do not push me to take the test. Here's my mother's number."

The east Orange County family is part of a growing "opt-out" movement in Florida, fueled by parents upset by the high stakes attached to the state's standardized tests.

But leaders of the Orlando Opt Out group, which has grown to 2,000 members from 300 a year ago, said students who do what Ashby's children plan — starting tests but not answering any questions — are participating in the state testing system. They are just not providing enough information to earn a score.


These new tests are of particular concern as they were field-tested in Utah, a state that could not be more different than Florida. Utah has taken the test, did not like it, and is planning to do away with it.

Testing critics dislike that the FSA, like the FCAT before it, will be used to help make student-promotion and graduation decisions, evaluate teachers and grade schools A to F. They're also upset that Florida this year leased exam questions from Utah, noting that the failure rate there was high, with only 42 percent of Utah students scoring proficient in language arts.


I believe Florida paid Utah 5 million to use the test.

Found the info, FL paid Utah 5.4 million. Only 42% of students in Utah were able to pass it.

About Those Tests Florida Kids Take Next Week: Utah Republicans Want to Suspend and Replace Them

The exam has been controversial because fewer than half of Utah students cleared the test’s new standard of proficiency in last year’s assessment. SAGE is aligned with the Common Core Standards, which raised the bar for the state’s student performance.

According to this February update from Florida Stop Common Core Coalition, Florida’s commitment is more than most people realize:

In information found on the Utah legislative website, it turns out that Florida will not just be renting questions for the American Institute for Research (AIR) Common Core test from that state for one year for $5.4 million, but that it will be for three years. This will be at a cost of $16.2 million dollars on top of the $220 million over six years that Florida will spend on that test with AIR.

....With Floridians only two springs removed from an epic FCAT meltdown, kids are about to take another test which is being rejected by the state they bought the dang things from. Guys like Crisafulli can never admit that teachers were right and that the problem might just be that such tests – no matter who creates them – were never intended to be used like this.


NC says ok to K12 online charter school in spite of its terrible problems in other states.

Whenever I write about education reform problems now I realize it's a losing battle. The large Democratic forums like DU and Daily Kos could have potentially been so influential in fighting the wave of destruction heading toward public schools.

However I think it is still important to point out such ridiculous situations as this...a state voting to accept a charter school with such a dismal record.

From Buzzfeed:

Thanks to a mysterious legislative mandate tacked onto the state budget, North Carolina will now be home to two new experiments in online schooling.

The Board of Education approved today the opening of North Carolina Virtual Academy, an online charter school that will be managed and operated by K12 Inc. After years of resistance from the state school board, the approval was essentially mandated by a last-minute legislative rider slipped into the state’s budget. Another virtual charter school, which will be operated by a subsidiary of education giant Pearson, was also approved.

....K12, currently valued at around $615 million, saw its stock rose almost 3% on Thursday, the day the company won the right to operate the North Carolina school. To increase revenue and satisfy shareholders, Ellinwood said, the company needs to replace its lost contracts with new ones, opening new schools in as many states as it can.


Yes, it is all about profit to them.

This is a pathetic description of the School Board vote. Courage lacking.

When it came time to approve the K12-backed application and send it to the state board for final approval this past December, the school board’s special committee appeared to be hesitant, according to transcripts of the meeting. They had grilled a K12 representative — who spoke more frequently than the nonprofit’s president — about the company’s reputation and proposals, receiving answers that at times skirted the reality of K12’s troubles in other states with technicalities.

“I don’t want to be next,” one committee member, Helen Nance, said when she was called on.

“I didn’t want to be first,” another replied.

“I didn’t want to go at all,” said a third.

“I know,” Nance said. “It’s hard.”


Not hard, just say no.


There's more.

K12 was trying to open in Maine while under investigation in Florida.

K12 online charter school trying to open in Maine, being investigated in Florida.

A company seeking to operate a full-time virtual charter school in Maine is under investigation in Florida because of allegations it used uncertified teachers and tried to get employees to assist in concealing that fact from school district officials.

....Internal K12 Inc. emails obtained last winter by Seminole County Public Schools and forwarded to investigators suggest the company was using uncertified teachers in violation of Florida law, even after being warned by officials not to do so. K12 operates the Seminole Virtual Instruction Program for the district. Seminole County school officials confirmed the emails' content.


Many of their schools are failing and have gotten unlawful access to public funds.

K12 Inc online charter school being investigated for potential securities fraud

On December 12, 2011, after several months of research, the New York Times published an article entitled “Profits and Questions at Online Charter Schools.” The article raised serious concerns about K12’s business practices, alleging that Company schools inflate their student rosters, are underperforming academically, have detrimental student-to-teacher ratios and gain wrongful access to public funds. On this devastating news, K12 shares collapsed almost 24%, closing at $22 per share on December 13.

....By almost every educational measure, the Agora Cyber Charter School is failing. Nearly 60 percent of its students are behind grade level in math. Nearly 50 percent trail in reading. A third do not graduate on time. And hundreds of children, from kindergartners to seniors, withdraw within months after they enroll.

By Wall Street standards, though, Agora is a remarkable success that has helped enrich K12 Inc., the publicly traded company that manages the school. And the entire enterprise is paid for by taxpayers.


This teacher spoke out truthfully and eloquently about the very serious problems there.

Online charter school, K12, got 730.8 million from taxpayers in 2013. Teacher speaks out.

I was an English teacher, so my students would write. They wrote of pain and fear and of not fitting in. They were the kinds of young people who desperately needed to have the protective circle of a community watching over them. They needed one healthy person to smile at them and recognize them by name every day, to say "I'm glad you're here!" Many of my former students do not have that.

The last thing these young people needed, I came to realize during my time with K12 Inc., was to be isolated in front of a computer screen. A week or two or three would often go by without my getting a word from a student. They didn't answer their email, they didn't answer their phones. Often their phones were disconnected. Their families were disconnected. My students also moved a lot. During my first year at the school I spent days on the phone trying to track students down. This year I struggled to not simply give up under the weight of it all.

She said as she wrote this in early December "nearly 80 percent of our students were failing their classes."

That's a huge percentage.

She further said that 303 students were enrolled in special education, and "259 of them were failing while 17 had no grade at all."

She pointed out that that 92% of the ninth graders were failing.
I wonder how much public taxpayer money this K12 virtual school will get in 2014.


The school has been investigated for fraudulent practices like miscounting students.

Online Educator K12 Being Investigated By Florida Department of Education

The Florida Department of Education has launched an investigation of K12, the nation's largest online educator, over allegations the company uses uncertified teachers and has asked employees to help cover up the practice.

K12 officials asked state-certified teachers to sign class rosters that included students they hadn't taught, according to documents that are part of the investigation.

In one case, a K12 manager instructed a certified teacher to sign a class roster of more than 100 students. She only recognized seven names on that list.

"I cannot sign off on students who are not my actual students," K12 teacher Amy Capelle wrote to her supervisor
.


It's really a shame that North Carolina students will be given a choice like this.


Update about elderly man tasered by FHP. He was Baker-Acted for signs of mental illness.

This is a more thorough update on the event from WPLG TV Miami Ft. Lauderdale. There is a news video at the link. The reporter says they are not revealing the man's name, but that he was Baker-Acted. Now at least he will most likely get a medical exam to check for harm from the tasering and the fall on the concrete.

I think I would act a little strange if that happened to me.

Man holding hands up shot with Taser by trooper

No real transcript yet.

Here's the original video in which an obviously off balanced man with his hands up was tasered by the FHP.



I don't have much hope that the internal investigation going on will find much wrong.

FL Highway Patrol investigating tasering of elderly man with hands up.

This man was clearly off balance when he got out of the car with his hands in the air. He hit the concrete hard when they tasered him. I am glad the FHP is investigating. I would like to know the condition of this man after being tasered with his hands up and falling to the concrete.

From the Miami Herald:

FHP investigating video showing troopers stun-gunning elderly man on 18-Mile Stretch

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating an incident captured on video and posted online that shows troopers use a stun gun an elderly man with his arms raised on the 18-Mile Stretch.

FHP spokeswoman Capt. Nancy Rasmussen said in a statement: "This incident is currently under investigation.”

She said “once the investigation is closed,” FHP will release more details.

The incident happened around 4:45 p.m. Feb. 14 at mile marker 112.5 of U.S. 1, said FHP spokeswoman Lt. Kathleen McKinney. That's right around the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line.


Liberals have been right on so many things. We have not deserved to be marginalized.

I know what one response will be. Something along the line of "what's right is relative."

No, not always.

We spoke up before the Iraq invasion. We said it was based on lies. We often made the point that invading a country that had not harmed us, hanging it's leader, killing his sons and parading their bodies on TV was a dangerous thing to do. We said it would destabilize the middle east.

Guess what?

We pointed out that cutting taxes during an invasion/war would be harmful to our country.

We have said it is wrong to balance our budget on the backs of seniors, the needy, the disabled. We forgot to beg them to take care of our returning veterans...we just assumed they would. Cuts have been made, more are coming. Democrats mostly went along with the right wing thinking they would win elections that way.

They didn't.

It is wrong to use the rights of women as a political football. We have yelled and screamed about their trying to restrict access to birth control and abortion. Too many Democrats allowed the right to use that issue, and some even went along with the draconian restrictions.

I won't include the free and equal public school issue. Even I realize that the damage is done. I just never believed that our party would join the GOP in making public school teachers the enemy.

In 1998 the head of one of the centrist think tanks said:

I've got bad news for the President's opponents in both parties: New Democrats are winning the battle for their party's soul. New Democrats, not liberals, will be the party's dominant force in the 21st century.


I say to remember 2010 and 2014. Didn't look so dominant.

Another centrist Democrat, Evan Bayh, said in 2003:

“The Democratic Party is at risk of being taken over by the far left,” he told DLC members in 2003. “We have an important choice to make: Do we want to vent, or do we want to govern?”


Well, Evan Bayh, you can't govern if you don't win. We have vented, no one listened because liberals are the lesser.

These same folks began to use the word "elitist" to refer to the left. My long ago comments on that:

A concerted effort to put down those in the party who are educated, informed, and financially okay....is showing me that something is wrong our party's health.

Observe one thing...the ones using this derogatory term are themselves the wealthiest, the most powerful financially.

The "elite" are calling the ones who want to start bringing the people back into the party's decisions and structure....elitist.


When I go to the Google News page I can see the drums beating for a Middle East war. I don't watch TV news stations because the drums beat louder there. Seems the media is leading us into a new war, shock and awe all over again.

This time I hear some Democratic voices talking back about it. I believe they are doing it because in spite of the scorn they have had for liberals, they are hearing our voices a little louder now.

Robert Reich said it well in 2001. "We Are All Third Wayers Now" 4 common ideas at the core.

I wonder if he is surprised how hard these Third Way politics have been pushed in this country.

He said in 2001:
And in the two years since I left the administration I've also spoken with left-of-center political leaders around Europe and elsewhere, seeking to understand where they're heading. My verdict: There is a Third Way. But it's going to be extremely difficult to implement. Third Way politics are perilous.


We are all Third Wayers now.

Read the four common ideas of Third Way here and in Europe. I would say they have come a long way and done a lot of harm to ordinary people.

First: The Third Way rejects state ownership of the economy. This was never much of an issue in postwar America. Here, the closest analogy has been government regulation, where Bill Clinton's Third Way has largely followed the same path as his Republican predecessors' agenda, recently culminating in deregulation of telecommunications, electricity, and banking. In Britain, where state ownership had remained a glint in the eye of Old Labour, Tony Blair renounced the ambition early on. German Social Democrats used to talk about slowing down the privatization of former East German industries. No longer.

Second: Global trade and investment are inevitable, even desirable. Bill Clinton endorsed the North American Free Trade Agreement when he was running for president in 1992, got it enacted (to the severe discomfort of organized labor), went on to sign a new General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade which yielded a new World Trade Organization, and ran into trouble only when he tried to get congressional authority to move trade treaties quickly through Congress without amendment. But he's still trying. And Tony Blair is an outspoken trade enthusiast. While other center-left governments in Europe are hardly euphoric over free trade, none resist it. Schroeder and Jospin have talked vaguely about slowing down speculative flows of global capital and perhaps conditioning global commerce on some minimal social standards, but they have no interest in blocking trade and investment outright.


Now we have the TPP looming.

More:

Third: Labor markets should be reasonably "flexible"—that is, wages should be allowed to move up and down in response to changes in demand, and employers should have wide latitude in hiring and firing employees. Apart from some general talk about "corporate responsibility," Clinton has refrained from criticizing profitable companies that sharply downsize. Nor has Blair opted to constrain management. Jospin's French Socialists recognize the need for more flexibility, although Jospin is sticking to his plan to impose a 35-hour workweek. Germany's Schroeder talks openly about the need for Germany to become more competitive by cutting labor costs, although there's still quite a bit of confusion about what he intends to do.


Fourth, and the one that is so painful. Third Wayers are pretty obvious in letting the blame on deficits lie on our most vulnerable citizens.

Fourth: Social safety nets must be trimmed, and able-bodied people put to work. Bill Clinton campaigned to "end welfare as we know it," and ended up signing a law giving people a maximum of five years of welfare during their lifetimes. Tony Blair wants to move away from a guaranteed minimum family allowance. Here, too, Third Wayers in continental Europe and elsewhere are following behind, although more tentatively. They want to make the welfare state more flexible, not necessarily smaller.

Finally: Budget deficits must be slashed.


Balancing the budget on the backs of the vulnerable.

Tucked at the bottom of this very long article, I found his words about a nation.

A nation is more than a flag and an anthem; it is a collection of people who, because they are linked by culture and belief, are willing to pool certain of their resources so that all of their members have a fair chance of succeeding.


In spite of the very noisy voices from the libertarian-leaning teaparty right.....I think most people would describe their nation as Reich did.

ON EDIT Someone needs to remind me when I forget the link. That's twice in one week. Sorry about that.



Worthy of an Oscar nomination. Glen Campbell's I'm Not Gonna Miss You. Video

"Glen Campbell's final song is about his Alzheimer's. It's nominated for an Oscar since it debuted in the documentary about his and his family's journey through the diagnosis and treatments.

He's under 24 hour care in Nashville now so they're not sure he'd be able to accept the award in person or even remember the words, even though he wrote the song and it's so personal.
Beautiful song. Beautiful man."



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