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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-05-12 01:36 PM
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Parent Trigger law "laying the groundwork for the hostile, corporate takeover of public schools"
Those are the words of Nan Rich, Florida state senate Democratic leader. She was at a press conference this morning in which a coalition of parents' groups including the Florida PTA attacked the law being fast-tracked through the Florida legislature.

It seems to be a losing battle, though. It is supported by enough national Democratic leaders that voices here against it will be muted.

Parents, Democrats bash parent trigger proposal

A coalition of parent-led groups, including the Florida PTA, and Democrats bashed a fast-tracked parent trigger proposal that would let parents at failing schools determine their fate.

The bill has everything with laying the groundwork for the hostile, corporate takeover of public schools throughout Florida, a direct attack on public education, Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich of Weston said at a press conference this morning.

Before the event began, Los Angeles-based Parent Revolution lobbyists handed out press releases asserting that national Democrats support the controversial measure.
The California group called opponents defenders of the status quo and accused the Florida Education Association of invoking new boogeymen in an attempt to confuse parents and political observers. The parent trigger is now in place in first-in-the-nation California, Texas and Mississippi.


One Republican spoke out against the bill.

Republican Sen. Paula Dockery joined House and Senate Democrats, parents and teachers union leaders at the press conference this morning. Dockery, R-Lakeland, was out sick last week but her no vote on the Senate Education Appropriations Committee could have killed the bill, which passed on a 4-3 vote. The Senate Budget Committee signed off on the bill at a rare Saturday morning meeting after a bipartisan coalition blocked it from being yanked from the committee and sent to the Senate floor, where a vote will likely come sometime before the session ends Friday.


She also spoke out about the Senate GOP leaders were handling the issue.

The petition the parents need to sign does not even "include the same standards required for signature-gathering in ballot drives. Accusations of ballot signature fraud have caused problems both times the process has been invoked in California."

The Parent Trigger laws were started by charter companies who were organizing parents and calling it grassroots. It is really astroturf.

Here is more about this very deceptive bill.

Ravitch: Parent Trigger is deceptive scheme, alluring image, meant to undermine public education.

Parent Revolution is what is known as an "Astroturf" group, an organization pretending to be representative of ordinary parents, but actually promoting a charter agenda. When Parent Revolution sent paid organizers to gather signatures from parents at McKinley Elementary School in Compton, Calif., the campaign was conducted secretively. The organizers collected signatures from 60 percent of the parents. When the petition was submitted to the school district in December 2010, it designated the charter operatorthe Celerity Educational Groupthat would take over the school, although it is not clear who chose it. The matter is not yet resolved, since each side has accused the other of intimidation.


One of the worst things about this bill is that it empowers parents to blame only the teachers and the school. It would take from them all responsibility and accountability for the actions of their children and themselves.






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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-05-12 02:58 PM
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1. What is especially galling is that this "parent trigger law" is a Jeb Bush priority.
This guy won't stop his harassment of public education, even though he's been out of office since January, 2007.

And there is JD Alexander, right in the middle of it too, with his cronies.


Keep on exposing these people, madfloridian.


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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-05-12 04:39 PM
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2. Jeb is the man behind the curtain.
He might as well be governor still.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 12:55 AM
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3. I am not surprised at Rebublicans, but what is wrong with
Democrats? Do they not read about these issues before getting behind them or are they listening to lobbyists but not to teachers and other ordinary Americans?

Public School funds are a target of the right as are all other public funds, and have been for a long time. And it is tragic to watch them getting closer and closer to their goal of privatizing all public funds.

Thank you for the OP, MF. Don't know what we can do about it, there is so much deception throughout the entire system.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 01:33 AM
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4. They have big donors who need pleasing, and they seem unaware...
of what they are doing.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 03:08 AM
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5. Well, being unaware is not excusable. They are surely
as intelligent as the average person who has figured all of this out without the access they have to resources to look into these things. I remember during the Bush years when it was revealed by one of the Dems, Henry Waxman maybe, that in the run-up to the Iraq War, there was a report about WMDs available to Dems before the vote that gave Bush the authority to go to war. He said that while they knew it was available, they chose not to read it. Iow, they did not want to know the facts before they voted as they could then claim they believed there was a threat.

That is called willful ignorance and it is inexcusable imho.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 10:04 AM
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7. It was Senator Bob Graham who issued that warning.
He was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time.

The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report, which he read in totality, was the reason for his "no" vote to go to war against Iraq.


You are correct, sabrina 1; for infinite reasons, it is inexcusable to find ourselves where we are today.



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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 11:42 AM
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10. Did you read what Bob Graham just said about Saudi Arabia?
Edited on Tue Mar-06-12 11:50 AM by madfloridian
http://www.bradenton.com/2012/03/01/3911733/senators-bo...

"PHILADELPHIA, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cozen O'Connor announced today that former Senators Bob Graham and Bob Kerrey, leaders of national inquiries into the September 11th attacks, provided affidavits in support of a pending application filed by Cozen O'Connor on behalf of victims of the September 11th Attacks and their families, to reinstate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a Saudi government charity as defendants in the In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 litigation.

In the affidavits, which were filed of record by Cozen O'Connor attorneys on Friday, February 24, 2012, both Senators express their view that further inquiry is warranted into the evidence of possible Saudi culpability for the 9/11 attacks. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York will hear argument on March 15 concerning the 9/11 plaintiffs' bid to draw Saudi Arabia back into the litigation.

Senator Graham was a longtime member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chair of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into the September 11th Attacks. Senator Kerrey was a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States."

He had an autograph session here in 2004, and he signed his book Intelligence Matters for us. I will make a note inside it for my kids....that someday he will have been proven right.

You are right. In 2002 he begged his fellow senators to read the whole NIE...

In October 2002 Bob Graham begged fellow senators to read the "entire" NIE on WMDs.

"Friends, I encourage you to read the classified intelligence reports which are much sharper than what is available in declassified form," Sen. Graham reports stating on the floor of the Senate in October 2002.

"We are going to be increasing the threat level against the people of the United States." He warned: "Blood is going to be on your hands"
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-07-12 01:09 PM
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12. Thanks for adding that, madfloridian.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 11:33 AM
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9. Amen to that.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 03:37 AM
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6. Shhh. We ignore similarities between the home team and the opposition.
Republicans are always very bad and Democrats are always very good.

And when they behave the same way, well, that's why God created tunnel vision and denial.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 10:07 AM
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8. Thanks again, Mad.
Your contributions over the years at DU have been a valuable resource. They have all been well researched, well documented, and well presented.
You must have been a great teacher.
I was fortunate enough to have had a few of those.

Have you compiled all your OPs into a single document?





Cherish your memories,
because "they" are taking everything else.

Solidarity99!
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-12 11:53 AM
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11. Most of them.
Thanks for the kind words. I am sure the new DU is thankful each day that they don't have to be bothered with all the "one-note" postings on education. Not during an election year.

I hope you have saved your pictures of your wonderful gardening and cute baby chicks. Very special.
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