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Randi Weingarten: Corruption and Mismanagement in Puerto Rico

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“For two years, Gov. Rossello and  J. Keleher (a charter school advocate) ignored repeated requests from the AFT to use federal recovery money to fund and restore public education, and instead, closed more than 430 schools, one-third of the island’s public schools, They diverted much-needed funding from public schools to start charter schools.  “Both knew full well that Congress stipulated in the recovery funding legislation that the money had to be spent in 24 months. Tragically—with the governor mired in a corruption scandal and Keleher being forced to resign after her arrest by the FBI for engaging in a kickback scheme— this federal recovery money will be largely unspent or spent unwisely. '

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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Read about The Deluge of Cash Flowing Into the Charter School Industry and if you wonder why, then know this, It is Shared knowledge that MAKES DEMOCRACY POSSIBLE. An ignorant citizenry, especially one that is ignorant of history and fed alternative facts, is the goal, not just the profit made by the businesses that take over our schools. Look who writes curriculum in North Carolina --why its the Koch brothers!

And waddabout Arizona" -- David Safier writes in the Tucson Weekly about well-funded efforts by the billionaire Koch Brothers to promote their anti-government, free-market libertarian views into local high schools.

Click here and learn how billionaire Charles Koch and his allies are pouring money into a massive campaign to transform education in the United States from a fundamental right to a commodity.

The Charles Koch Network plans to spend about $400 million to advance a far-right education agenda in ballots across the country this election cycle and is spending big on alternatives to traditional public schools, including vouchers and charter schools. The group distributed roughly $100 million to 350 colleges and universities in 2017 a sevenfold increase over the past five years and intends to double the amount it spends on K12 schools to promote its conservative agenda.

The group's priorities include breaking teachers unions, draining public school funding into educational saving accounts and developing technologies for parents to use to shop for private classes and tutors online instead of sending their children to schools with trained and accredited public school teachers.


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Good schools with genuine curricula that imparts real knowledge is important because knowledge is an essential component of reading ability. Any approach to ELA that discounts knowledge, that considers the field to be all about the teaching of abstract skills, is doomed to failure because writing and reading and public speaking are extremely dependent upon both descriptive knowledge (knowledge of what) and concrete procedural knowledge (knowledge of how).

It's possible, of course, both to embrace multiculturalism AND Hirsch's core ideas. You want to understand Emerson and the Transcendentalists? Well, then, you better understand the Hindu Upanishads, that great spring from which Emerson drank.

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