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August 13, 2009

WAR ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKING HEADWAY

Wall Street Journal - The U.S. Education Department is engaged in a high-pressure campaign to get states to lift limits on charter schools through a $4 billion education fund, that encourages more charters as one of the criteria for states to qualify for a piece of the pie. . . In recent weeks, seven states have lifted restrictions, a spokesman for the department says. Tennessee, for instance, passed a law that raises the state's limit on the number of charter schools to 90 from 50 and allows more students to qualify for entry. Illinois doubled its limit on the total number of charter schools to 120. Louisiana passed a law that simply eliminated the existing cap of 70. And several other states are moving in a similar direction. . . Teachers' unions want to see the $4 billion more squarely focused on traditional public schools. In a statement, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said that "the vast majority of kids-90%-attend traditional public schools and that is why we have proposed the lion's share of Race to the Top money be directed to helping improve those public schools."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if the primary beneficiary of cap-and-trade is Goldman Sachs... and insurance companies will come out of the health debate smelling like a rose... who are the beneficiaries here?

August 13, 2009 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Elites Be Dumb said...

The elitists 'think' they benefit from starving and shrinking the public school system and dumbing down the society. They 'think' they want no statesmen nor scholars nor a well-informed and well-educated populace; just worker bees.

This shows their profound failure to see the severe downside of all this to themselves. They fail to see that those dumbed-down people are the environment they live in - with all the unhappiness and unsafety that entails.

The sad fact is the elites be dumbest of all.

August 15, 2009 7:15 AM  

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