In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good
As was long predicted, New Orleans will become the first major American city to not have any public schools. This is by design from the moment that Wingnuttia saw a chance to make a buck following Katrina.
“They [charter school providers] don’t answer to anyone,” said Sean Johnson, the dean of students at Banneker [Elementary, one of the public schools that has just closed], whose father attended the school while growing up in the Black Pearl neighborhood. “The charters have money and want to make more money. They have their own boards, make their own rules, accept who they want and put out who they want to put out.”
I can only guess what’s going to happen to at-risk kids.
One-time savior of the GOP Marco ‘Big Gulp’ Rubio who imploded when he tried to tackle imigration reform and the bigots and dunderheads of his party wanted his head on pike, is working on rehab’ing himself for the 2016 Goat Rodeo, and has apparently dazzled the hard-line communist hunters in Wingnuttia with a recent speech on the perils of Cuba:
I’m still not sure whatever Cuba has to do with Venezuela outside of the fevered imaginations of domino-theorists as both Chavez and Castro are not ruling their respective countries any longer, but whatever. Peggy Noonan is all moist for Rubio again, and I guess that’s all that matters… but I digress.
Rubio is giving small policy talks on non-immigration issues (since that torpedo’ed him with the Teabaggers), and has latched onto education reform for some reason (He’s worried about his mentor Jeb Bush entering the Goat Rodeo and wants to pre-empt his only topic? Yes):
[Rubio] delivered a speech at a community college in Florida outlining steps to control rising tuition costs and make student loans less burdensome. Among them is a bill he’s sponsored with Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Warner that would require universities to make public information about past graduates’ incomes and debt. He’s also looking at tying student debt payments to income and laying the legal groundwork for private investors to buy equity in students’ future income as an alternative to traditional loans.
Now aside from the fact that this educational proposal would not lower tuition nor make life any better for any student anywhere, what it does say: privatize the debt of students (and where have we seen selling of debt go wrong, hmmm?), and sell it to investors for payment on the students future income. That sounds strangely like indentured servitude to me, and a money-making scheme for his buddies. Students are just the commodity being sold, not mortgages.
Stick to Cuba, Marco. At least the indentured servitude there is not buried under the disguise of education reform.
Education in science will be opt-out in Missouri, if a bill requiring schools to notify parents if “the theory of evolution by natural selection” is being taught at their child’s school passes.
Anyone wanna guess to what party the representative who proposed this belongs? (Raw Story)
Have you checked the children?
…they also will not accept kids of gay couples:
Myrtle Grove Christian School will not accept state funding from a new General Assembly school tuition voucher program, the school’s headmaster said Friday.
The statement came less than a month after Myrtle Grove Christian announced a new policy requiring students’ families to promise they won’t support or participate in a gay lifestyle.
Such “biblical morality policies,” as they’re called, aren’t uncommon at religious private schools. But the state’s new tuition voucher program raised questions about the policy. Stacey Miller, Myrtle Grove Christian’s headmaster, said in an emailed statement Friday that the school currently doesn’t receive any “government funding or enroll any students under any voucher program.”
So let’s summarize: private school, private funding, no privates.
Controversial public-school theorist and expert user of erasers on official documents, Chancellor Michelle Rhee has awarded her reformer of the year designation to… Tennessee House Representative John Ragan.
According to Rhee’s official political apparatus, StudentsFirst, this is how Ragan won:
Representative John Ragan has consistently voted to do right by kids when it comes to education. Rep. Ragan supported an overhaul to Tennessee’s outdated tenure system, and in doing so helped guarantee that school system leadership has the ability to ensure that great teachers are in every classroom. And Rep. Ragan cast an important vote to end arbitrary limits on the number of charter schools in Tennessee.
According to the actual record, this is what Ragan did:
And there is much, much more out there. The Google will help you find it.
So what is the real and only qualification that Rhee found that pumped Ragan to the top reformer? I can only guess because he was successful in dumping tenured teachers. Everything else is secondary. Michelle Rhee has an agenda, and it clearly has almost nothing to do with benefitting public school kids, and everything to do with justifying her terrible record at the DC School District.
If you live in Tennessee, your family is down on their luck and you’re struggling in school, then you’re about to get a little more hungry if a bill goes through:
Failure to comply with attendance requirements, or to receive a proficient or advanced score or a grade point average sufficient to ascend to the next grade, will be a failure to comply with the personal responsibility plan required by this bill and will result in a 30 percent reduction with regard to the temporary assistance payment until such time as compliance occurs.
Study hard kids. Your dinner depends on it. Glad Reps Evans and Dennis are thinking about the kids.
OK, aside from the fact that it is Stuart Varmint talking to The Other Dumb One on an episode of Petunia and Pals, and aside from the fact that Varmint is claiming The Kenyan Usurper is trying to bribe 4-year olds with free stuff to vote for him in 15 years (WTF?), don’t we already have public education in this country? In what way is having pre-school any different from any other grade level?
BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.
When Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, asked Goedde why he chose that particular book, Goedde said to laughter, “That book made my son a Republican.”
Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, questioned the choice of the book for a graduation requirement. “We have a wide variety of children who will be trying to graduate and reading and grasping some of these things, and their cultural context may be different,” she said.
Goedde responded, “I don’t plan on moving this forward – it was a statement.”
Nevertheless, as a formally introduced bill, the measure will be read across the desk in the Senate Wednesday morning and will receive a bill number; it will be among the bills posted on the Legislature’s website for the session and preserved in its records.
OK, it is not moving forward, but there it is.
“When I read Atlas Shrugged, and it’s been probably 30 years since I read it, but it certainly gives one a sense of personal responsibility,” Goedde said.
Like the personal responsibility to introduce legislation you have no intention of moving forward, wasting everyone’s time and money for your own personal vendettas? Congratulations, sir, you have learned the true essence of Atlas Shrugged: Fuck you, I got mine. What an assrocket.
David Brooks to Teach ‘Humility’ at Yale
Jeebus, the guy who will never admit that he has been wrong about anything (and lord, has he ever been right about anything?) is going to teach a class on humility? But the kicker is: No Final Exam. Just like in Bobo’s life. All pass and no fail.