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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-06-09 04:07 AM
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Why Some Folks Love Charter Schools
Since there is no reliable evidence to show that charter schools generate equal or higher test scores than regular public schools, there must be important social and economic reasons that some folks, who would otherwise not leave a child behind in a school turning out such scores if it were a public school, see charters schools as the final solution for children who have no choice in the school choice advocates' choosing for them. Here is my list of reasons that some folks love charter schools:

1) Charter schools put decision-making and control in the hands of unelected executives.

2) Charter schools are cheaper because they reduce teacher salaries, health benefits, and retirement.

3) Charter schools make it easier to segregate schools based on race, economics, gender, and ability.

4) Charter schools allow for dumping of problem students whose behaviors are deemed inappropriate.

5) Charter schools reduce teacher professionalism and job security, making them cheaper and easier to replace.

6) Charter schools allow for the imposition of schedules, curriculums, and behavioral control techniques that are not subject to public scrutiny.

7) Charter schools require minimal public investment in building and transportation infrastructure.

8) Charter schools make for easier to hide the problems of the poor and those living in poverty.

9) Charter schools (not for profit types) allow corporations to reap tax benefits for providing financial help.

10) Charter schools (for profit types) expand business opportunities for the education-industrial complex.

11) Charter schools make it possible to take the state tax dollars saved from the imposition of urban charters and use that money to enrich suburban public schools.

And here is the latest news piece on accumlating evidence that points to the fact that there are no good reasons to allow charter schools to snuff out the democratic reality and potential of public education in schools that serve the poor...

http://schoolsmatter.blogspot.com/2007/07/why-some-folk...
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sjdnb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-06-09 04:20 AM
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1. In a nutshell.. It is because
dumb ass radicals on the right (aka religious/conservative nutjobs) can pick the cream of the crop and attempt to edumacate them. However, fact is, only one in ten of these folks possesses enough knowledge to edumacate them out of high school. The others will go on to become illiterate, scientifically-challenged, myth-spewing ass hats.
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-06-09 06:27 AM
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2. Anything to teach Christian mythology as if it were science.
We Dems are quite complacent about these things tho. We don't fight them. It's almost as if we were part of the right wing.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-06-09 09:28 AM
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3. Around here, the very RWers are ol school boards, etc...they make a point of
doing this on several of their web sites - control the minds of the young and you have shaped the future. Charter schools CONTROL what kids are exposed to, even to their associates and classmates. Along with homeschooling, they are great agenst for instilling radical conservative ideas and mores into children. The kids, of course, know no different and accept it all as truth.

All about CONTROL.

mark
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-06-09 02:13 PM
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4. Yep. nt
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ThoughtCriminal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-06-09 03:02 PM
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5. My experience - our kids tried one
Turned out to be little more than a Diploma Mill and a dumping ground for problem students.

I'm sure you will hear from a few parents or students that had a good experience, but in our state, there is minimal accountabilty.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-06-09 05:57 PM
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6. Great summary!
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-06-09 06:14 PM
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7. White flight and Dumping Ground
That's what they are around here.

Either they form through developers who build big developments and convince some parents to apply and start up a charter (which they then set aside land for), or it's a charter some district forms to "reclaim" their dropouts with some online credits so they can graduate or get a GED.

When they're not at each other's throats, they're suing the state for more money.
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