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  • Eduardo Martinez
    Here is a view that should be considered when considering charter schools.  Whether or not one approves of charter schools, this is a bad bill and should not
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 9, 2011
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      Here is a view that should be considered when considering charter schools.  Whether or not one approves of charter schools, this is a bad bill and should not pass.

      Eduardo

       
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      Pleasecall your congressperson today and ask him/her to vote NO on HR 2218.

      This bill is called the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools bill, but we believe that it only serves to empower charter school operators and not parents or students. Look at the list of endorsers if you doubt who is behind this:

      California Charter Schools Association: Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP): National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; National Association of Charter School Authorizers; and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

      In contrast, Parents Across America has taken a position against HR 2218.

      Because the vote is happening today, you need to keep your message short and strong.  Parents want Congress to concentrate onhelping all  our schools -- not just charters.

      We need to monitor the charter schools that exist now, not add more. Too many of the charter schools that already exist are
      * not providing a quality education;
      * not enrolling special needs children while pushing others out;
      * not operating in a transparent manner or offering parents a real voice in decision making;
      * exerting overly harsh disciplnary practices, and not being fully accountable to the voters.

      For more on this vote, and the charter school chains that support the bill, see our PAA blog here.

      Thanks!
       


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    • Todd Groves
      Why is this a bad bill? The article offers only that an one ideologically driven cartel supports, another is against it. Forgive the humble parent trying to
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 10, 2011
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        Why is this a bad bill? The article offers only that an one ideologically driven cartel supports, another is against it. Forgive the humble parent trying to figure what is best for his or her kids. KIPP has a solid track record with kids from backgrounds that WCCUSD routinely fails to educate. If my kid were at risk, I would definitely seek them out.

        Charters, on average, are performing no better than public schools, nor are they performing worse. This is a fight about politics, not kids. Take all those talking points concocted by highly paid political consultants and flush them. No one in governance knows how to prepare kids for the future, so we are stuck in this sideshow debate. We are dooming our youthful generation with this paltry discourse.

        This district fails to educate far too many kids. All major sub-groups academically underperform. If we can't get our act together as a public entity, then bring on some competition at least to assure greater numbers succeed.

        The past is no longer prologue. Are the students of today prepared for the turbulent world ahead? If the high schoolers I see are any indication, the answer is no.

        Can we teach resilience? The hungry students of Asia will not extend sympathy to historically oppressed, yet comparatively wealthy, students of the US. I'm helping 15 through 18-year-olds acquire basic Algebra. In their global cohort exist over half a billion kids, of which many have long mastered the subject.

        All the wrangling over institutional control belies a reality that our country no longer dictates global standards. We fight over incremental adjustments while the magnitude of change needed continues to increase.

        The need for change is exceeded only by the perplexity of our decision-makers. If you read the dreck coming from education schools, I think we are doomed. The move to "research-based solutions" in education is supposed to make the field more like medicine. Instead, education has become much more like business education, where dubious conclusions drawn form unrelated, incidental successes turn into sweeping, cash-drenched fads. Great for consultants, horrible for kids.

        It's time to embrace real change. I see hundreds of brilliant teacher in this district constrained. Let's unleash them. WCCUSD needs an internal proposal system, where our best people can offer the changes we really need. We also need an experimentation and innovation fund where people working in OUR community get the resources to solve problems.

        We have hundreds of initiatives and programs across our community, yet kids fall through the cracks all the time. As a community, we do a bad job of raising kids. Our problems are big, so must be our resolve to fix them.

        Todd Groves

        --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...> wrote:
        >
        > Here is a view that should be considered when considering charter schools.  Whether or not one approves of charter schools, this is a bad bill and should not pass.
        >
        > Eduardo
        >
        >  
        > http://www.eduardomartinez4richmond.net/index.html
        >
        > ----- Forwarded Message -----
        > From: Parents Across America <info@...>
        > To: Eduardo <ezedmartin@...>
        > Sent: Thursday, September 8, 2011 4:14 PM
        > Subject: Please contact your US House member today!
        >
        >
        > Please contact your US House member today!
        > Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
        > Unsubscribe ezedmartin@... | Update your profile | Forward to a friend
        > Pleasecall your congressperson today and ask him/her to vote NO on HR 2218.
        >
        > This bill is called the Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools bill, but we believe that it only serves to empower charter school operators and not parents or students. Look at the list of endorsers if you doubt who is behind this:
        >
        > California Charter Schools Association: Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP): National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; National Association of Charter School Authorizers; and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
        >
        > In contrast, Parents Across America has taken a position against HR 2218.
        >
        > Because the vote is happening today, you need to keep your message short and strong.  Parents want Congress to concentrate onhelping all  our schools -- not just charters.
        >
        > We need to monitor the charter schools that exist now, not add more. Too many of the charter schools that already exist are
        > * not providing a quality education;
        > * not enrolling special needs children while pushing others out;
        > * not operating in a transparent manner or offering parents a real voice in decision making;
        > * exerting overly harsh disciplnary practices, and not being fully accountable to the voters.
        >
        > For more on this vote, and the charter school chains that support the bill, see our PAA blog here.
        >
        > Thanks!
        >  
        >
        >
        > DONATE TO
        > PARENTS ACROSS AMERICA
        >
        > Your donations are fully tax-deductible and will help ensure that parent voices are heard.
        > You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website, ParentsAcrossAmerica.org!
        > Parents Across America
        > 124 Waverly Pl.New York, New York 10011
        > Add us to your address book
        > Copyright (C) 2011 Parents Across America All rights reserved.
        >
        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        >
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