PUBLIC SCHOOLS GO DOWN WHILE THE PEOPLE WATCH ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:
NC Policy Watch reports on the North Carolina legislature's latest attack on public education. Its assault was enacted by spurning the democratic process, ramming through a funding bill that few legislators had read or understood. Diane Ravitch says: 'The bill is probably a violation of federal law and should be challenged in court.' ' The proposal appeared out of nowhere as a bill about school playgrounds was gutted and replaced with the controversial charter school funding provisions, a version of legislation that passed the Senate months ago but stalled in the House.
'Very few people seemed to know the charter bill was coming, including public school officials and most of the committee members themselves.'