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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 03:26 PM
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More than $1.8 billion in federal funds to support the rebuilding of New Orleans’ schools
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 03:58 PM
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1. People unrec this. Pathetic losers.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 04:44 PM
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4. It makes me wonder if we have some right wingers on this board
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 12:23 PM
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12. Yes. I have to wonder about anyone who would unrec an
expenditure for schools in that area. Or anywhere else, for that matter. The only people I've seen criticize school spending are at some other websites that I won't mention.

As far as I know, education spending is a very good thing. We need more of it.
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 05:22 PM
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7. ground zero in education privatization
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 02:07 PM
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16. Good news is bad news.
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 04:00 PM
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18. Then why did you do it?
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 04:31 PM
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2. Yeah, good news is not tolerated by the
almighty unrecs. :silly: :silly:
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 04:41 PM
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3. But, the good news is New Orleans
is getting $1.8 Billion in Fed Funds to rebuild their schools! :bounce: :fistbump:

"In addition, the Department of Education continues to support schools throughout the Gulf Coast that suffered damage from Katrina and other hurricanes. Our staff is preparing to award $12 million in grants from the Gulf Coast Recovery Initiative. These grants will help districts replace instructional materials, renovate and repair schools buildings, and support afterschool and other initiatives to provide extended learning."

You can bet if bushcheney mcpalin..any repukes were in charge this would not be happening.
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 04:45 PM
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5. I'm happy for the good people of New Orleans!
It's a wonderful city that has been through terrible times. Anything good happening for them is well deserved. :)
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 05:04 PM
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6. Ain't that the truth..
President Obama and Team have not forgotten New Orleans~
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 07:31 PM
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8. Rebuild or convert into private charter schools? (nt)
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 07:36 PM
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9. I can't wait to hear Obama's speech tomorrow at 3:10pmET on C-Span. Probably
on CNN, too...
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-28-10 11:52 PM
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10. Good news.
K & R :thumbsup:
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 11:05 AM
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11. What they only hint about in that press release,
Is how these schools they're rebuilding aren't public schools, but rather charter schools. New Orlean's public school infrastructure is rapidly being dismantled in favor of a privatized school system. This is the model these people want to apply to the entire country.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 01:08 PM
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13. That is almost 3 LA high schools!
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ipaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 01:12 PM
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14. A continuation of Bush policies working towards Milton Friedman's dream.
People sure have short memories around here.


"There is a massive experiment being performed on thousands of primarily African American children in New Orleans. No one asked the permission of the children. No one asked permission of their parents. This experiment involves a fight for the education of children.

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....This experiment was started and approved while students and parents were not around to participate in the decision. Before Katrina, the process of creating a charter school was legally required to first have the approval of parents and teachers. Supporters of this experiment, many if not most of who do not have children in public schools, repeatedly argue that this experiment creates “choice” for at least half the parents and students. The irony is that few parents had any choice at all in creating the experiment involving their children.

The very first public school converted to a charter was done on September 15, 2005, while almost all the city remained closed to residents. The school board did not even hold the meeting in New Orleans.

While President Bush may have been slow to react in other areas after the storm, he made a bold push right after Katrina to help convert public schools to charters.

On September 30, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education pledged $20.9 million to Louisiana for post-Katrina charter schools. The federal government offered no comparable funding to reestablish traditional neighborhood or district schools."

http://www.counterpunch.org/quigley08062007.html



And this greedy decrepit geezer couldn't wait to swoop down and promote one of his neo lib pet projects.

The Promise of Vouchers
Milton Friedman, Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2005

Most New Orleans schools are in ruins, as are the homes of the children who have attended them. The children are now scattered all over the country. This is a tragedy. It is also an opportunity to radically reform the educational system.

The schools that were destroyed were not serving their students well. As Chris Kinnan writes, "The New Orleans public-school system has been failing its kids for years. Fully 73 of its more than 120 schools are considered to be 'failing' according to the state's educational accountability standards." ("Vouchers for New Orleans," National Review Online, Sept. 15, 2005.)

New Orleans schools were failing for the same reason that schools are failing in other large cities, because the schools are owned and operated by the government. Government decides what is to be produced and who is to consume its products, generally assigning students to schools by their residence. The only recourse of dissatisfied parents is to change their residence or give up the government subsidy and pay for their children's schooling twice, once in taxes and once in tuition. This top-down organization works no better in the U.S. than it did in the Soviet Union or East Germany.

Rather than simply rebuild the destroyed schools, Louisiana, which has taken over the New Orleans school system, should take this opportunity to empower the consumers, i.e., the students, by providing parents with vouchers of substantial size, say three-quarters of per- pupil spending in government schools, usable only for educational expenses. Parents would then be free to choose the schooling they considered best for their children. This would introduce competition, which is missing from the present system. It would be a move to a bottom-up organization, which has proved so successful in the rest of our society.

http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/resources/part...


It's a money making business scam. One long sleazy infomercial selling the destruction of public education to the willfully ignorant. Hit them when they are down and out, shell shocked and vulnerable, then take them for all their worth.
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quiet.american Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 01:55 PM
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15. As well as an additional portion of a $12M grant, I see, too. Excellent. nt
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 02:10 PM
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17. Unreced because 60% of the schools are charter schools ...........
While it is true that New Orleans is making leaps in education, it's also true that a good majority of low income families are not coming back.

It makes charter schools look like saviors, yet studies are starting to show that charter schools are no better at educating students than public schools.

Charter schools are the first step towards privatization and set up a quasi for profit company to run them in the guise of non-profit entities.
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