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' The Education Law Center reports that the New Jersey Senate   bill pending in the lame duck legislative session would allow the State-operated Camden district to turn over operation of most, if not all, of its enrollment and schools to three out-of-state charter groups: New York-based KIPP and Uncommon and Philadelphia-based Mastery charter networks.Camden is one of the most impoverished small cities in the state. Public assets will be handed over to private entities, a blatant grab of public funds.  The NJ Senate bill would amend the existing law by expanding the scope of the geographical area in Camden  neighborhoods to the entire city.'

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Di d you know: The Associated Press conducted a study of racial segregation in the schools and concluded that charter schools were responsible for intensifying segregation.

"Charter schools are among the nation's most segregated, an Associated Press analysis finds -- an outcome at odds, critics say, with their goal of offering a better alternative to failing traditional public schools.

National enrollment data shows that charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1,000 of the nation's 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily...

In the AP analysis of student achievement in the 42 states that have enacted charter school laws, along with the District of Columbia, the performance of students in charter schools varies widely. But schools that enroll 99 percent minorities-both charters and traditional public schools-on average have fewer students reaching state standards for proficiency in reading and math.

"Desegregation works. Nothing else does," said Daniel Shulman, a Minnesota civil rights attorney. "There is no amount of money you can put into a segregated school that is going to make it equal."

Shulman singled out charter schools for blame in a lawsuit that accuses the state of Minnesota of allowing racially segregated schools to proliferate, along with achievement gaps for minority students. Minority-owned charters have been allowed wrongly to recruit only minorities, he said, as others wrongly have focused on attracting whites.?

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You should know this: The rightwing, anti-union Walton Family Foundation has funded a group called Innovate to push charter schools as the solution to achievement gaps in San Francisco.

Innovate targets Black and Latino families and peddles the hoax that charters have the secret formula for closing achievement gaps that are rooted in poverty.

"Innovate is a South Bay-based group founded in 2013 and describing itself as a "nonprofit organization whose mission is to build the parent and community demand for world-class public schools, and to accelerate the growth of these schools, particularly for low-income students and students of color."

Ravitch ends by saying : "These are tactics more befitting campus Marxists or Lyndon LaRouche acolytes than a multi-million-dollar nonprofit with dozens of employees and a coterie of extremely wealthy backers. But the strategies employed by scrappy ideological groups do work -- and can be even more effective when you have big bucks on-hand to pay professional organizers."

"Innovate is preying on parents' hopes and fears. You can be sure that parents will never hear about the many failed charters that litter California, Tennessee, Nevada, Michigan, and other states."

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Thought you may be interested in this Susan as well.

A middle school language arts teacher was handcuffed and pushed to the ground in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana on Monday night after being removed from a school board meeting for questioning her district's decision to give its superintendent a raise while teachers' salaries remain stagnant and class sizes soar. Here

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perhaps they should have broken her leg - the nerve of the woman.

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Only one leg Nelson? How much of this can the system bare before total collapse? Most of us have had jobs at one time or another and we understand when the (organization) person on the other end of the load we are carrying is slacking. How we respond by either not working with them when pursuing progress or maybe not participating at all.

There is either a group goal or there is not but then you have the Peter Principle working with in the Iron Law of Oligarchy preceding total collapse and chaos.

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Lordy. Teachers are second class citizens. Thank for the link!

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When were we upgraded? I didn't hear about that.

George's link story made it to the entertainment portion of network news.

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Being a teacher, she should have known to express her comments in a government approved Free Speech Zone.

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Appears that the government's free speech zone is reserved only for controlled MSM, that would include censorship as well. I mean, how can you go wrong when you have an Orwellian "Ministry of Truth"?

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