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Washington State: "Bold Experiment" with Charters Is Flunking; by Diane Ravitch

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  Why was anyone so gullible as to believe that entrepreneurs would be better at running schools than professional educators? Bill Gates wanted charter schools in Washington State;  he wouldn’t give up. The state held 4 referendums whether to authorize private charter schools, and the idea was defeated time after time after time. Until 2012. Gates  raised a multimillion dollar war chest -- the referendum passed by less than 1%!  And so the bold experiment began and went bad.  First, the Walton-funded CREDO from Stanford University evaluated the charters and found that overall they did not get better results from public schools; fledgling charters folded because of low enrollments. Read this equivocal editorial in the Tacoma News Tribune, reminding readers that “the voters” approved charters, but not reminding them that Gates for the vote and it passed by a hair.'

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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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The power elite does not want public education and an educated citizenry. Yes, profit and 'markets' re a motive ---after all look at how heart care was taken over for this outcome-- but ending public education is the goal because it is Shared knowledge that MAKES DEMOCRACY POSSIBLE.

How Walton Money Influences Charter School DebateAmid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community.

This article was published in the Detroit Free Press on a day when not many people were paying attention, December 25, 2018, but it should have been national news.

The Waltons, heirs to the anti-union Walmart empire, have been investing in black organizations to spread their views about charter schools.

The fact that the NAACP and Black Lives Matter have stood up to the bully billionaire behemoth and demanded a moratorium on charters is astounding and a great credit to their integrity.

"The Walton family, as one of the leading supporters of America's charter school movement, is spreading its financial support to prominent and like-minded black leaders, from grassroots groups focused on education to mainstream national organizations such as the United Negro College Fund and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and nonprofit grants data."


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: Diane Ravitch Is my friend AND COLLEAGUE, and she is the foremost voice of education in America, one of Politcio's 50 Most Important Americans, and SHE was FORMER ass't SECRETARY OF Education FOR 2 ADMINISTRATIONS, who wrote:

* How Not to Fix Our Public Schools

* Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools. .commonwealmagazine.org/reform-reform

* The Trump Devos Demolition of American Education

*Detroit: The Broken Promise of School Privatization

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Gates knows how much he and his friends stand to lose if people ever learn to use their calculators for their own benefit, instead of just hating math and feeling incompetent. Silicon takes all the drudgery out of arithmetic, so he made it hard to learn at all, instead of teaching how to structure problems for easy solution.

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