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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 08:04 PM
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Ed reformers figured out what is wrong with public schools...
Danziger hit the nail on the head last year with this cartoon.



Online schools are surging now, and there is little or no accountability.

K12 is one of the largest online schools in the country. Bill Bennett, its founder, once told the FCC Commissioner a shocking thing.

Reed Hundt was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission between 1993-97. During that time he was seeking legislation to implement a strategy to place computers and internet access in classrooms and libraries around the country. A good idea, no?

A provision was put in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to accomplish just that. Mr. Hundt called on Bill Bennett, who had been Secretary of Education, to help support the bill when Republican allies were needed for its passage through Congress. Silly Mr. Hundt. He thought that a Secretary of Education might actually support education. So what did Mr. Bennett, that moral philosopher of virtue, tell Mr. Hundt? According to Hundt:

He told me he would not help, because he did not want public schools to obtain new funding, new capability, new tools for success. He wanted them, he said, to fail so that they could be replaced with vouchers,charter schools, religious schools, and other forms of private education.


Bill Bennett, worse than you could imagine.


He wanted public schools to fail.

There is a great article today at The Answer Sheet in the Washington Post.

The stories behind the story of K12 Inc.

Brown also reported on her blog earlier this month that K12 chief executive Ronald J. Packard earned a total compensation package worth $5 million in fiscal 2011, according to an amended annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Layton-Brown Post article, which is worth a read, predated a Dec. 12 take on K12 Inc. by The New York Times, which led to a 24 percent drop in the K12s stock a week after the publication. While the Timess story received national attention, Brown, in the following post, takes note of reports about the issue of virtual education that predated both the Times and the Post stories on K12. It shows the growing concern around the country about virtual education and quality and control issues arising from the growth of virtual education.

..."Last February, Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey investigated political and financial connections between K12 and Idahos top education official, Tom Luna. Luna who plays golf with K12 chief executive Ron Packard was elected with the help of contributions from K12 and other for-profit education technology companies, Popkey reported.

This year, Luna successfully pushed a controversial education reform package dubbed Students Come First, which mandated online courses as a graduation requirement and promised a laptop for every student.


I like this paragraph from the column. It applies to every new kind of school under the sun if it functions with public money.

Where public funds are involved, legislators owe it to constituents to tread cautiously before leaping into new educational programs, no matter how promising they might sound.


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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 08:31 PM
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1. You know what I find shocking about the whole thing
this is not just about schools or privatization, This is about flattening wage scales and ignorant populations.

YES there is a place for online schools... a VERY SMALL place. There are a FEW kids that could benefit from them... I think one hand has enough fingers to count them.

So this will do a diservice to MOST kids.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 09:20 PM
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2. I agree there is a place for them.
But with supervision. It takes a lot of maturity for students to stay on task unless the subject matter is exciting and stimulating. Sometimes it isn't.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-11 06:09 PM
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9. Exactly
But this is not about education, bu short term profits.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-11 07:13 AM
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7. ignorant populations
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 09:53 PM
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3. Thanks again MF
Hope your posting this information elsewhere -- LU
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TheDebbieDee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 10:25 PM
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4. Isn't one of *'s brothers (Marvin?) involved in educational products?
Certainly he stands to benefit from his brother's "No Child Left Behind" efforts!
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 11:26 PM
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5. I think it may be Neil, with Ignite. lol here is one of the videos from Ignite.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-20-11 11:32 PM
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6. Here's a 2nd video from Ignite...defending Bush's suspension of habeas corpus
http://journals.democraticunderground.com/madfloridian/...

Maybe that is why the public accepts it so easily now, the suspension that is.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-21-11 07:14 AM
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8. Kicked and recommended.
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TransitJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-11 02:59 PM
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10. I love your posts madflo!
Yes, this is sickening. It's all a privatization moneygrab. They already pretty much successfully privatized the military and the prisons, education is the last of the trifecta they've been gunning for. Wish I could Rec this post.
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