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  Nowhere are the challenges and tensions of such forced collaborations more acute than in L.A. Unified, which has more charters — 225 — than any other school system.Howard Blume wrote an illuminating and straightforward description of two schools in Los Angeles that share the same space. One is a public school the other is a Gulen charter school.  The charter invaded the public school, and appropriated many of its classrooms and facilities. The charter invaded the public school, and appropriated many of its classrooms and facilities.They have similar students (although about 40% of the charter students are drawn from outside the district); they have similar programs; they get similar results.Nowhere are the challenges and tensions of such forced collaborations more acute than in L.A. Unified, which has more charters — 225 — than any other school system.

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Read the truth-- in this brilliant post:-- about how the war on public schools by the privateers who want to do with public education what they did with health care....

"There is a constant drum-beat against "bureaucracy" and "adult issues" but that too is simply code for "anti-regulation". Charter schools aren't really about finding a better way around bureaucracy. It is reviled incessantly, but the rules they denounce are precepts of democratic transparency, safety, efficiency, equity cumbersome perhaps but the tenets of our republic.

Instead the path they forge is of non-accountability: government funding without regulation. And this, even while the maxim "another day another charter school scandal" has been commonplace for decades now.

Charter schools in California band together as an embattled group, agitating for hostile takeover of the Public Commons. They serially convene, dissolve and reform a plethora of working groups to bombard public schools with "messaging" and disinformation. The groups as well as charters themselves of course, drain resources from schools, necessitating capital (monetary and human) defending what should be protected by the people, for the people.

One of these itinerant ideologues is Ben Austin, founder of the "Parent Trigger", who in 2014 resigned from his astroturf group to foment a new one, Kids Coalition. A collection of emailsmade public by the municipal-transparency site michaelkolhaas.org uncovered a set of strategies developed among this cabal, reported by Howard Blume at the LATimes hereand here.

The collusion, as one of them explains elsewhere, is "all about the messaging". And the message revealed in aggregate over 5000+ emails, lays out a very stark code-shift. The catchy phrase, "kids first", is a logical fallacy. Iterated unceasingly by charter advocates, it simultaneously casts aspersions on a presumed alternative ('a time or place when kids were not first') even while kids in schools have always been "first". But consistent with the ideology of long-standing and now charter-mega-fundersKoch and Walton (among others), that term "kids first" effectively codes for "anti-union". Because if formerly it were true that kids were not first, it would be the fault of the system that transposed their status, their teacher's union. 'If the proper order of kids is not upheld, it must be the fault of their teachers' is the sly message.

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