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#1 Riddikulus

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 10:16 AM

Web of Secrecy Surrounds Federal Half-a-Billion Handout to Charter Schools

The US Department of Education is poised to spend half a billion dollars to help create new charter schools, while the public is being kept in the dark about which states have applied for the lucrative grants, and what their actual track records are when it comes to preventing fraud and misuse.

 

Already the federal government has spent $3.3 billion in American tax dollars under the Charter Schools Program (CSP), as tallied by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

 

But the government has done so without requiring any accountability from the states and schools that receive the money, as CMD revealed earlier this year.

 

Insiders Deliberate Far From the Public Eye

 

The Department of Education is currently deciding what states to award $116 million this year, and more than half a billion during the five-year grant cycle.

 

So who is in the running and what are their track records?

 

Which states have applied for a grant designed to eviscerate the public school system in the name of "flexibility?" (CMD's review of state applications and reviewers' comments from the previous grant cycle exposed "flexibility" as a term of art used by the industry for state laws that allow charter schools to: operate independently from locally elected school boards, employ people to teach without adequate training or certification, and avoid collective bargaining that helps ensure that teacher-student ratios are good so that each kid gets the attention he or she deserves.)

 

There is no way of knowing.

 

The US Department of Education has repeatedly refused to honor a CMD request under the Freedom of Information Act for the grant applications, even though public information about which states have applied would not chill deliberation and might even help better assess which applicants should receive federal money.

 

The agency has even declined to provide a list with states that have applied:

"We cannot release a list of states that have applied while it is in the midst of competition."

 

The upshot of this reticence is that states will land grants - possibly to the tune of a hundred million dollars or more in some cases - all at the discretion of charter school interests contracted to evaluate the applications, but without any input from ordinary citizens and advocates concerned about public schools and troubled by charter school secrecy and fraud.  

 

But, if people in a state know that a state is applying they can weigh in so that the agency is not just hearing from an applicant who wants the money, regardless of the history of fraud and waste in that state.

 

http://www.truth-out...charter-schools

 

 

More common core implementation planning? 

...behind closed doors. 

What ever happened to transparency! 


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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:35 PM

The government doesn't provide money for programs in communities without a price.  Do what they say and get the money!  Don't take the money and social punishments will be incurred until you do.  Life will be hard for those communities or groups of people who wish to be sufficient unto themselves.

 

Education is a huge part of this. . . . . .


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Posted 09 November 2015 - 01:42 PM

I'm sick of the crappy common core worker bee oriented subjects taught in American Schools.  Keep the political and religious social structures out.  All they really teach is to fear authority figures.  Besides, who says ANY of these so called learned 'professionals' know what is better than anyone else? 

Schools should be teaching more history.  Involving more of a classical approach to educating kids of today.  They learn no skills in rhetoric. The grammar that is taught reminds me of a giant turd being flushed down a clogged toilet.  Logic is gone completely.

All there is in these institutions of programming are drone, social counselors slinging propaganda to little minds to create fear, envy, and a desire to consume more and more cheap crap. Creating thoughts of more greed to suck down all the cheap goods available to profit the very few.

Plus, subjects like music are so poorly taught it's sickening.  One can go through years in this subject without even learning to read a note of music.  WTF is up with that?

 

 


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:31 AM

This thread subject is important for discussion.  Many replies and conversation regarding it can be found here:

 

10 Things We Don't Know Yet


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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:42 AM

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#6 Jesse Jimmie

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 10:51 AM

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 07:50 PM

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 11:25 PM

As the dissatisfaction among parents with the U.S. education system grows, so too does the number of homeschoolers in America. Since 1999, the number of children who are being homeschooled has increased by 75%. Although currently the percentage of homeschooled children is only 4% of all school children nationwide, the number of primary school kids whose parents choose to forgo traditional education is growing seven times faster than the number of kids enrolling in K-12 every year.
 
Despite the growth of homeschooling of late, concerns about the quality of education offered to the kids by their parents persist. But the consistently high placement of homeschooled kids on standardized assessment exams, one of the most celebrated benefits of homeschooling, should be able to put those fears to rest. Homeschooling statistics show that those who are independently educated typically score between the 65th and 89th percentile on such exams, while those attending traditional schools average on the 50th percentile. Furthermore, the achievement gaps, long plaguing school systems around the country, aren’t present in the homeschooling environment. There’s no difference in achievement between sexes, income levels, or race/ethnicity.
 

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 12:27 AM

The next generation will have their hands full with all the problems we face today. It's about time quality education is coming back. Too bad the so called 'government' doesn't believe in educating its citizens. They'll be a price to pay when more people realize how much they have been lied to and stolen from.

 


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 12:38 AM

Good. Glad to see more people are waking up and seeing how far gone the country is...


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