Archive for March 2017

THE "ALTERNATIVE FACTS" BEHIND SB 807

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Right up there with motherhood and apple pie is the notion of a vibrant and functional public education system, where everything is done to get and keep the best teachers. Nothing could be further from the easily verifiable truth of a public education environment that is and has been over the last 7 years openly hostile to teachers- and especially the more expensive high seniority teachers.

"BLACK CULTURE"- THE LATEST EXCUSE FOR NOT EDUCATING

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Dr. Chris Emdin, associate professor at Columbia University's Teachers College in his new book "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood ... and the Rest of Y'all Too," completely misunderstands why poor minority students continue to fail in public school and in the process he comes up with a clearly bogus "white hero teacher" alternative facts rationale to explain why these poor minority children continue to fail, that literally has no basis in fact.

Charter Schools: A Cancer Destroying Our Public School System By: Francisco Martinez

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When I first heard that Broad was planning to dismantle public education by taking 50% of students out of LAUSD and putting them in charters schools, I thought it was time for me to get active. Originally, I was one of those people who thought that charters were an alternative to our struggling inner city schools that were infested with gangs, under performing, and multiple other problems. Soon, I began to comprehend that behind the appealing and usually misleading propaganda publicized by charter school operators, there is an undeniable truth purposely hidden by proponents of the charter school industry: Charter operators are in business to make money at the expense of our children's education.

CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS' NEW DISCONNECTED DASHBOARD

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California School Dashboard.jpegIf you know Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, the Ides of March- or March 15th- is the date in 44 BC when Julius Caesar was assassinated. The Ides of March in 2017 California might in the future just be looked back on with the new California School Dashboard (CSD) student performance evaluation system as the date that marked the purposeful assassination of anything even remotely resembling any kind of real accountability for the public education system.

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03 2017

PBS DOCUMENTARY "THE BAD KIDS"- A PUBLIC EDUCATION FANTASY

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"Those who control the education of the children control the future of the race." Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project The most pernicious aspect of our present purposefully failed and exclusively corporate-profit-driven public education system- when it comes to students of color and the poor- is that it gets these student victims of this system to think something is wrong with them. This as opposed to the easily verifiable truth, which is that this public education system has let them down from the moment they entered kindergarten.