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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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Florida's numbers on the graph are astounding.
The U.S. has more jails than colleges. Here’s a map of where those prisoners live.
From WP: SOURCE: 2010 U.S. Census. Published Jan. 6, 2014
As you can see in the map, states differ in the extent to which they spread their correctional populations out geographically. Florida, Arizona and California stand out as states with sizeable corrections populations in just about every county. States in the midwest, on the other hand, tend to have concentrated populations in just a handful of counties. Prisons tend to leave an unmistakeable mark on the landscape, as artist Josh Begley has documented.
I don't see a mention of the fact that so many are now privatized. If you build it you must fill it, right?
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jan 7, 2015, 01:25 AM (1 replies)
The then St Pete Times carried an article in 1998 about many of Jeb's business dealings and failures.
Make the Money and Run
The son of former President George Bush has followed the family's patrician play book: Hurry up and get rich, then go into public service.
There is more at the link.
On Monday BuzzFeed posted the entire opinion piece Jeb Bush wrote in 1994 in The Miami Herald.
A lot of bad things happened while he was governor, though it was often whitewashed by the media. The Florida pension fund suffered greatly for just one example.
The Enron Scandal Grazes Another Bush in Florida
The Enron scandal, which has become the consuming interest in Washington and around the country, is starting to have a particular resonance in Florida, where it is touching another Bush: Governor Jeb Bush.
Jeb was one of 3 trustees of the pension fund, yet he managed to get by with very little bad publicity.
Seems to me his background is again being whitewashed, and he is being made to sound like the very most moderate Republican. That is not true. He was not a good governor, and he does not deserve to be president.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jan 6, 2015, 11:07 PM (10 replies)
Liberalism is the alternative..according to John Kenneth Galbraith. More quotes about liberals at the link.
There are some unkind and unpleasant quotes at the link. But I am choosing just some pleasant ones. There's been too much unkindness around lately.
Quotes about liberals
Walter Cronkite 1973
“I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause - but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it's a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they're not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they're preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can't be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism."
“As mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”
John Kenneth Galbraith...this one is powerful.
“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness... &
“The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life – the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.”
“New Rule: Now that liberals have taken back the word "liberal," they also have to take back the word "elite." By now you've heard the constant right-wing attacks on the "elite media," and the "liberal elite." Who may or may not be part of the "Washington elite." A subset of the "East Coast elite." Which is overly influenced by the "Hollywood elite." So basically, unless you're a shit-kicker from Kansas, you're with the terrorists. If you played a drinking game where you did a shot every time Rush Limbaugh attacked someone for being "elite," you'd be almost as wasted as Rush Limbaugh.
I really appreciate that Bill Maher quote because I remember that the centrist Democratic think tanks used the word "elite" as an attack on party liberals.
And then there are these amazing wprds from Lee Atwater himself. He launched some of the most vicious attacks on liberalism ever.
"My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood. The '80s were about acquiring — acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn't I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn't I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don't know who will lead us through the '90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul....I was wrong to follow the meanness of Conservatism. I should have been trying to help people instead of taking advantage of them. I don't hate anyone anymore. For the first time in my life I don't hate somebody. I have nothing but good feelings toward people. I've found Jesus Christ – It's that simple. He's made a difference. (Reagan's campaign manager "death-bed confession" in Feb. 1991 article for Life Magazine )”
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jan 6, 2015, 01:23 AM (18 replies)
Of course the upfront payments likely benefit Teach for America more than the teacher/trainee/recruit.
Of course that lessens the amount that is received by local public schools, and it leaves laid off local teachers with few job prospects...even though they cost nothing to hire.
In case you fail to see the benefit of those millions going to TFA, join the club of the similarly confused.
Here is the Cleveland contract.
Sorry about the format, just copied pasted it.
SO a TFA teacher can be lousy and ineffective, but the district can not get their money back. SO TFA will not be held accountable?
Here is the link to the Chicago Public Schools contract
They will pay $3000 to TFA for each 1st year referral, $2500 2nd year. Not to exceed 465 qualified referrals. Not to exceed $1, 587, 500.
Want to hear what others are paying to the private company Teach for America instead of hiring teachers locally for free?
From the Cloaking Inequity Blog
We reviewed the documents provided by the three large, urban districts in Texas. As an example of the types of information that a public information request will yield, we have highlighted some of the facts gleaned from our Texas district requests. For example, in terms of financial information, it appears from the contracts that we obtained that TFA allows inequality in the amounts that they charge in fees to districts for TFA placements. In Houston, each TFA teacher costs the district $2,000 annually in finder’s fees, while in Dallas and San Antonio the cost is $3,000 per teacher annually. In San Antonio, TFA “finder’s fees” total about $483,000. Also, even though TFA teachers have less experience, the San Antonio’s expenditures for TFA teachers are the same per FTE as for non-TFA teachers, $59,513. (Note: There will be allot more information on TFA’s cost in the upcoming brief)
A little more from The American Prospect.
But while TFA reckons with its model and its future, the growing national debate is taking a toll on the organization. Over the past year, two large school districts, Pittsburgh and Durham, North Carolina, rescinded hiring contracts with TFA. In September, the national student labor organization, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) announced a campaign aimed at kicking TFA recruiters off college campuses. In a open letter sent to the CEO and board chair of Teach for America, USAS leaders wrote:
There's an argument going around that some districts claim to get private outside money for these lavish payments to TFA. If true they should be upfront and clear about the sources and should make information readily available to the local out of work teachers and general public.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jan 5, 2015, 04:29 PM (3 replies)
Doctrine of the Big Enchilada
The National Security Strategy released last month by the White House may be the most significant U.S. foreign policy statement since NSC 68, the 1950 paper that codified the containment doctrine. Yet oddly most of the debate has focused on only one of its aspects -- the promise that America will strike preemptively against potential threats. Almost no one is criticizing President Bush's pledge to maintain American military hegemony.
The writers of the Project for the New American Century said that we needed a New Pearl Harbor
Many of us have felt that 9/11 met that goal and more.
Further, the process of transformation,
The Rebuilding Defenses link also states that Iraq was only the immediate justification for our Middle East presence. It's all spelled out.
The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says: "The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."
And that is happening also.
Most anything was okay to keep us safe after 9/11. Now a new terror threat seems to pop up whenever the powers that be think they need stronger laws. It works very well.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jan 4, 2015, 10:35 PM (2 replies)
Christians Being Hypocrites
Fortunately the Clerk of Courts in that county has decided to follow the ruling of Judge Hinkle.
Butterfield: Polk Licenses for Same-Sex Marriages Start Tuesday
Following weeks of uncertainty, Polk County Clerk of Courts Stacy Butterfield declared Friday that her office will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting Tuesday at 8 a.m. The announcement came a day after a federal judge issued an order stating that clerks of court throughout Florida must issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Nice to hear this from a very conservative area of inland Florida.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jan 4, 2015, 12:10 AM (7 replies)
The owners of Charter Schools USA out of Florida were so arrogant they named their yacht Fishin' for Schools.
Hage and Pozzuoli’s yacht in back of Hage’s Coral Ridge Country Club home in Fort Lauderdale.
In fact they have apparently staged a coup that we once would have thought would not happen here. They have been given all the public schools in the city of York, Pennsylvania.
The people of the city are against it. But as late as yesterday a judge gave it the go ahead even though an appeal has been an appeal has been filed by the district.
"I will be looking for a new job," Hoover said Sunday. "I do not want to be involved in a for-profit charter. I don't think that they're in it for the students. I think they're in it for the money, and I don't want to be a part of that."
It seems Meckley prefers for Charter Schools USA to take over the York schools.
That means, if a district appeal is unsuccessful, that Meckley will assume all responsibilities of the locally elected school board except the ability to set the tax rate.
I would like to believe that this will soon be called an attempted coup that failed.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jan 3, 2015, 01:52 PM (28 replies)
I bet he wishes he had phrased his words differently.
From the Washington Post:
Arne Duncan asks ‘what if?’ Here’s the response.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan tweeted this to his followers on Dec. 30:
Here's my own #what if:
As teacher was told to start teaching where the child is and take him as far as he can go. #whatif we did that now? @arneduncan #education
And another one or two from that #whatif twitter page:
Erin Rafferty Warner @Teachercat2 13m13 minutes ago
What if Arne Duncan and President Obama read the Politico article saying the Republicans may slash the number of federally required tests.
“We are actively exploring the question of whether the federal mandate on annual tests is warranted,” one GOP aide said. The goal is to give states more flexibility in how they track student progress, report those results to the public and hold schools accountable for all kids.
What if Arne admitted that the reason for all the overtesting is his own policy.
What if we were finally honest about the harm being done to public schools by corporations determined to get richer.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 1, 2015, 04:00 PM (76 replies)
American Democracy and Torture
And some candid remarks about Cheney.
When U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein recently released the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the U.S. use of torture, like many, I was both moved by her tenacity and shocked by the picture it painted of American democracy. America tortured people after 9/11 and here was the proof. You can debate whether or not it "worked" but it appears in most cases we never tried anything else so we'll never know. You can't debate what a hit this is on the moral imperative inherent in American democracy.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Dec 31, 2014, 07:57 PM (73 replies)
The city of York, Pennsylvania is set to make all of its schools for-profit charter schools. It wasn't exactly their choice. A court sealed the deal.
In what appears to be a last-ditch effort to carry out a two-year-old plan to turn all of York’s schools over to for-profit charter corporation Charter Schools USA, Pennsylvania’s Department of Education filed a petition in a York County court earlier this month to take away almost all local control from the school board, and put the district in the “receivership” of state-appointed York education official David Meckley.
Well, these are the guys who will profit.
From Coral Springs Talk back in March.
Charter Schools USA Founder Sets Sail for Riches
Charter Schools USA founder Jonathan Hage and his first mate Edward Pozzuoli, attorney for Charter Schools USA who is also president of the law firm Tripp Scott, have registered a yacht under the name of “Fishin’ 4 Schools” as well as formed an LLC under the same name.
They later put the Yacht up for sale for $349,500.
As Jersey Jazzman points out at his blog...Charter Schools USA have not exactly set a shining example in Florida.
Our shining local examples in Hillsborough County are owned by Charter Schools USA. My first glimpse of Winthrop Charter School in Riverview in November of 2011 was during a scheduled visit with then Rep. Rachel Burgin. When told the two story brick building was a charter school, I was mystified. The site on which it was built was purchased from John Sullivan by Ryan Construction Company, Minneapolis, MN. From research done by the League of Women Voters of Florida all school building purchases ultimately owned and managed by for-profit Charter Schools USA are initiated by Ryan Construction. The Winthrop site was sold to Ryan Co. in March, 2011 for $2,206,700. In September, 2011 the completed 50,000 square foot building was sold to Red Apple Development Company, LLC for $9,300,000 titled as are all schools managed by Charter Schools USA. Red Apple Development is the school development arm of Charter Schools USA. We, tax payers of Hillsborough County, have paid $969,000 and $988,380 for the last two years to Charter Schools USA in lease fees!
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Dec 30, 2014, 03:56 PM (56 replies)