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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:46 PM

17 years old? Don't count on a public education in Alabama (al.com)

Updated Feb 3; Posted Feb 3

All 17-year-old Phillip Nix wanted to do was enroll in his rural Alabama school when he moved back from Colorado.

Not so fast, school officials said.

"I was told that I couldn't be accepted because I was 17 years old," Nix said, who spent the first semester of his junior year attending school in Denver.

Nix said he couldn't believe that Alabama county school officials had the right to deny him a public education solely based on his age.
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Of those that have set a limit, Alabama is the only state where that age is 17. Three states set the maximum at age 19, eight at age 20, 26 at age 21, five at age 22, and one at age 26.
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more: https://www.al.com/news/2019/02/17-years-old-dont-count-on-a-public-education-in-alabama.html




UNBELIEVABLE story !

AL's finally #1 in something, and it had to be pig-headedness.

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Reply 17 years old? Don't count on a public education in Alabama (al.com) (Original post)
eppur_se_muova Monday OP
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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:57 PM

1. Wow

Are their county schools messed up or what?!

Showed this to my hubby who is a retired inner city school teacher and he couldn’t believe it.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:36 PM

6. Plus 1000

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:32 PM

2. I'm almost finished with this very long article on public education in America.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:02 PM

9. +5 Should post in 'Editorials' Section' for visiblity. I can tmrw, unless you want to.

Excerpts, 'The Corporate Plan to Groom Kids for Servitude By Wiping Out Public Schools, (Lynn Parramore) 2018

> Lafer explains that in the new system, the children of the wealthy will be taught a broad, rich curriculum in small classes led by experienced teachers. The kind of thing everybody wants for kids. But the majority of America’s children will be consigned to a narrow curriculum delivered in large classes by inexperienced staff —or through digital platforms with no teachers at all.

> Most kids will be trained for a life that is more circumscribed, less vibrant, and, quite literally, shorter, than what past generations have known. (Research shows that the lifespan gap between haves and have-nots is large and rapidly growing). They will be groomed for insecure service jobs that dull their minds and depress their spirits. In the words of Noam Chomsky, who recently spoke about education to the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), “students will be controlled and disciplined.” Most will go to school without developing their creativity or experiencing doing things on their own.

> The New Reality: Two Americas, Not One. Economist Peter Temin, former head of MIT’s economics department and INET grantee, has written a book, The Vanishing Middle Class, which explains how conditions in America are becoming more like a third-world country for the bulk of its people. He agrees with Lafer that the corporate-driven war on public schools is not just about money, but also about a vision of society...

https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/the-corporate-plan-to-groom-u-s-kids-for-servitude-by-wiping-out-public-schools?fbclid=IwAR34MkxZ5mcE_gv6EipOlYAguSxuRo7cIXwpdCE3ZGr7hbGFeIEAxFGRgkg

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:46 PM

3. I think trump's characterization of certain countries could well apply to Alabama

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:54 PM

4. Educated folks vote Democratic Party.

Get outta there while you still have a brain.

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Response to oasis (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:28 PM

5. I did...

Having said that, there are bright spots in Alabama worth living in:

Lee County - Auburn/Opelika, Auburn University.
Madison County - Huntsville, Madison, etc.
Tuscaloosa County - the University of Alabama ONLY. Not a fan of the Crimson Tide (WDE), but as a university, it's good.
Jefferson County - Birmingham and South Suburbs plus UAB.

The other 63 counties in the state, for the most part, should be avoided.

The Cacalackies where I live now are trying their best to become Alabama; fortunately, Charlotte won't let them, at least on local matters.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:40 PM

7. Alabama was also rated #1 in state income tax regressiveness. Where the poor people pay the most and

the rich pay the least. Go figure.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:53 PM

8. Sad. My State.

I understand some of the reasons they mentioned in general but this kid didn't fall into any of those categories/reasons. Law needs to change

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:04 AM

10. Hey you guys are sneaky, and generous :)

I haven't been here through this Valentines Heart thingy so I didn't get any Hearts for myself or to give, but when I posted in this thread someone(s) must have noticed my "heartlessness" LOL, and gave me some. Thank you whomever yall are

So to retaliate, I re-up'd my membership and got some Hearts to give away. When I joined 2 years ago I bought a star for $50 so when it expired I felt I had a little wiggle room before I purchased another one. Giving me the Hearts tonight made me want to do it sooner than later. So not only did you help me, you help me help DU.

Thank you, and sorry for this off topic reply but I wanted to say it here where my heartlessness was first noticed

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