Exposing the charter school lie: Michelle Rhee, Louis C.K. and the year phony education reform revealed its true colors – Salon

The Political Agitator response: This is quite interesting.

Since it’s the time of the year when newspapers, websites and television talk shows scan their archives to pick the person, place or thing that sums up the year in entertainment, business, sports or every other venue, why not do that for education too?

In 2014 education news, lots of personalities came and went.

Michelle Rhee gave way to Campbell Brown as a torchbearer for “reform.” The comedian Louis C. K. had a turn at becoming an education wonk with his commentary on the Common Core standards. Numerous “Chiefs for Change” toppled from the ranks of chiefdom. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett went down in defeat due in part to his gutting of public schools, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remained resilient while spreading the cancerous voucher program from Milwaukee to the rest of the state. (Source: Read more)

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The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies – Salon

Last week when former President Bill Clinton meandered onto the topic of charter schools, he mentioned something about an “original bargain” that charters were, according to the reporter for The Huffington Post, “supposed to do a better job of educating students.”

A writer at Salon called the remark “stunning” because it brought to light the fact that the overwhelming majority of charter schools do no better than traditional public schools. Yet, as the Huffington reporter reminded us, charter schools are rarely shuttered for low academic performance.

But what’s most remarkable about what Clinton said is how little his statement resembles the truth about how charters have become a reality in so many American communities. (Source: Read more)

West Palm Beach, FL – Charter School for At-Risk Youth Facing Eviction

Charter School for At-Risk Youth Facing Eviction

West Palm Beach, FL — April, 2009 After a decade of service to Palm Beach County’s disaffected youth, the students and faculty of the only African-centered charter school in the State of Florida are hoping to weather a storm of financial uncertainty.
The national economic crisis is dire. Foreclosures, failing banks and unemployment are the fodder for incessant headlines and office water cooler conversations around the country.
Budget cuts and furloughs are affecting South Florida public schools, as well, including the Joseph Littles- Nguzo Saba Charter School in West Palm Beach, which is struggling to keep its doors open.
The school for at- risk youth has been unable to make its rent payments. School founder Amefika Geuka said he believes the school will continue to defy the odds, as it has in the past.
He said the school’s financial issues are a result of inadequate funding from the state, along with a number of severe budget cuts this year.
Geuka said, he, the faculty and staff are discussing several options in case the eviction becomes a reality. They are thinking about how to make a smooth transition for the sake of the students. Your support can help us reach our goal of raising $150,000 to keep the school open for these children.
Richard Keitel, landlord for the school’s facilities, said he agrees that the students should come first. He said he will try to hold off from the eviction for as long as he can, adding that he hopes to work something out with Geuka for the sake of the children.
"I have been carrying the school because I’m in a position to do so at the moment,” Keitel said. "I don’t want to take action that will harm the students."
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The Thompson Family

Paula Thompson, with children Curtis, Alexander, Corey and Yolanda
Photo by Elgin Jones, South Florida Times

Mrs. Paula Thompson is a working mother of three children who graduated from the school, and one who is currently enrolled there. She strongly believes that the teaching style and uniqueness of the charter school has brought her children much more educational success than regular public school. She is active in school life of children. She says, "Someone told me about the school, and when my children went there, I felt like I was a part of a family who were committed to taking care of my children. Alex started in 4th grade. His grades were great. He has always has been a good student. We moved from New York, and liked this school much better. He is in 11th grade, and he wants to go to college and study Marine Biology."
"Mr. Geuka is like a father to the children,” she said. "And the staff pays close attention to each child’s individual needs. They act as parent substitutes."
In spite of the struggle to keep his school alive, Geuka said he refuses to turn his back on his community and the foundation he started. Faculty members do not merely address formal and academic education, but also a social and self- disciplinary education. The school provides students with a sense of family and belonging that is best suited to meet their individual learning needs, Geuka said.
"Our school is special because the children are at the center of the universe," he said. "The whole world revolves around them."

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