In Baltimore the capture of city schools by Wall Street is backed by Johns Hopkins. They with Governor O'Malley's help brought in public school privatizer Alonzo fresh from Wall Street Mayor Bloomberg's education program. He has been busy. The first step in ending public education is to destroy the centralization of the system. If you want schools to be equal opportunity, equal access, equally funded, and democratic in instruction you must have central oversight to see those priorities are maintain.....ergo....the central administration. If you are trying to privatize and vocationalize the public schools you declare them individual businesses with individual charters, attach them to corporations and businesses, and set the curricula to a 'program' suitable to that vocational track. YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS CIRCUMVENTS ALL OF WHAT PUBLIC EDUCATION IS AND IN FACT ALL OF THIS IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE IT BREAKS ALL OF THE BROWN VS BOARD OF EDUCATION RIGHTS NOT TO MENTION ALL OF THIS WAS STARTED AND IS ONGOING WITHOUT ANY COMMUNITY DISCUSSION AS TO WHAT THESE CHANGES MEAN. DO YOU THINK IF MAYOR RAWLINGS-BLAKE OR GOVERNOR O'MALLEY STATED PUBLICLY WHAT I SAID ABOVE THAT PEOPLE WOULD WANT THIS REFORM? NO.
So I'm listening to WYPR.....Wall Street all the time....and a commentator came on to tell us that yet another private non-profit established by Hopkins would determine which communities are healthy enough to survive and which will die on the vine. This related to the school closing/school building meeting in which communities slated to survive were pitted against communities slated to die on the vine. None of these people in these communities was involved in these decisions.....it was after all the job of the private non-profit. I spoke of the people fighting for their schools and today I wanted to speak of one of those people caught in this pseudo-tragedy. Remember, there is plenty of money for all schools to be renovated, they are just pretending there isn't. I have spoken with many black leaders about the failure of black leaders to step up against this onslaught against the poor and working class in Baltimore and the story is familiar.......IN ORDER TO GET THE FINANCIAL HELP THEY NEED FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES THEY FEEL PRESSURED TO SUPPORT THAT WHICH ULTIMATELY IS NOT GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY. NOT THAT I DO NOT FEEL SOME PERSONAL GAIN IS BEING SOUGHT IN SOME CASES.
When I attended a school board meeting a month or so ago I spoke with parents fighting those school closures. When I explained the privatization and vocationalizing plans she could now understand what was happening. She said 'that's why they are calling all of this 'programs' rather than simple instruction'. Indeed. She asked' why are the pastors not speaking out against all of this' and she answered her own question immediately......THEY ARE DOING IT TO KEEP FUNDING FOR THE POOR.
THESE ARE THE KINDS OF LEADERS WE HAVE IN BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND. BOTH POLS AND THE PRIVATE NON-PROFIT INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IS SO DISCONNECTED FROM THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES AND THEY COULD CARE LESS. BECAUSE WE KEEP REELECTING THEM.
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!
The middle-class can see by what is happening to their quality of life that all of this charter school privatizing is coming to a neighborhood near them.
SHOUT LOUDLY AND STRONGLY AGAINST CHARTER AND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS!!!
Below you see what is becoming common in Baltimore and that is the school that is connected with an anchor institution who controls the funding. In this case it is University of Maryland who has another vocational school attached to it. In this case it is one that keeps children 12 hours of the day. It will have to serve all three meals on site. Now, what this does is eliminate community programs that are helpful to the families as a whole.......they don't want that cost....and consolidates all child activity to this one school program. DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A GOOD STRATEGY TO YOU!
Of course not. Keeping children away from home to 'protect' them from an environment that needs to be addressed as well feels a lot like warehousing children. IT IS CHEAPER YOU HAVE TO ADMIT!!!
Pastor Hathaway was one of the few pastors to speak publicly in support of the school building program that closes schools and will convert many public schools to charter schools in underserved communities. Here is why. He is heading the creation of a charter that keeps kids from 7am to 7pm installing what is called a program of schooling that involves the online education that Wall Street is using to cheapen the classroom. The teachers who will staff these schools are either Teach for America or will be some non-union teaching techs. So a $500,000 grant to his charter will win support.
When I speak with Baltimore pastors who are considered the group that will determine black voter support why they support the very people, like Rawlings-Blake and O'Malley, they tell me that they will not receive the safety net support for the poor unless they support the very politicians who work to impoverish the working-class in Baltimore. Then, talking with the political activists coming from these underserved communities, I am told these same black pastors push them out of the churches and label the activists as troublemakers.
THIS IS THE TRAVESTY OF INJUSTICE......WHEN THE BENEFITS FOR THE POOR ARE PREFACED WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE VERY POLITICIANS AND SYSTEMS THAT IMPOVERISH. SUCH IS THE CRONY SYSTEM IN BALTIMORE.
THE STATE AND CITY MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO COPY THEIR DOCUMENTS-----OH I MEAN OUR DOCUMENTS---SO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS ENTERPRISE ZONE. UPTON/DRUID HILL IS SLATED FOR AFFLUENT DEVELOPMENT SO THE UNDERSERVED FAMILIES ARE NOT A PART OF THE FUTURE OF THESE NEIGHBORHOODS. What will happen is much like the Patterson Park area where working and middle class will be encouraged to buy and gentrify the neighborhoods and then find themselves the victim of neglect with more affluent development.
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HERE YOU HAVE A STRONG PARENT COALITION THAT DEBATES THE EXTENSION TO JUST 7 1/2 HOURS A DAY. AS THEY SAY TIME AND AGAIN THE DATA USED TO SUPPORT THESE REFORM IDEAS ARE EITHER NOT THERE OR ARE MISREPRESENTED. WHAT UNDERSERVED SCHOOLS NEED IS STRONG FUNDING AND RESOURCES SO THEY CAN PUT MORE ADULTS IN EACH CLASSROOM AND THEY CAN BUY MATERIALS THAT INTEREST AND ENGAGE!!
Parent groups: Data for longer school day doesn’t add up BY ROSALIND ROSSI Education Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org April 9, 2012 11:48PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard answered reporter's questions after they toured Benjamin E. Mays elementary school, 838 W. Marquette Rd., as it started the full school day, giving its students additional hours of instruction time. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: April 10, 2012 8:04AM
A coalition of 16 parent groups Monday demanded a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to go over the real research on a 7 1/2-hour school day, and not the “misinformation” they charged district officials with spreading.
“They are either misinformed or deliberately misleading the public,’’ said Jonathan Goldman of the new Chicago Parents for Quality Education coalition.
“In either case, that’s not how we should be deciding public policy, especially when it comes to our children.’’
Goldman said he and other parents have analyzed longer day studies listed on the Chicago Public School website as supporting Emanuel’s call for a 7 1/2 hour school day, and they are, at best, “mixed.’’
In fact, when the Sun-Times called the author of one analysis of 15 studies cited by CPS as proof that longer school days work, Erika Patall of the University of Texas said the evidence the studies cited was “weak’’ and their conclusions were “very tentative” because “a good deal of the research does not rule out something other than time causing the improvement.’’
Parents also questioned CPS contentions that the system needed a 7.5 hour school day to get “on par with other districts.’’ CPS officials have said their numbers were based on weekly instructional minutes in a National Center for Education Statistics chart, multiplied out annually.
However, an author of the NCES report told the Sun-Times that the chart was based on weekly teacher minutes, not student minutes, of instruction. Plus, the NCES researcher said, every district counts school days differently, so NCES would never extrapolate student instructional minutes in a year from one week’s worth of teacher instructional minutes.
“In putting it all together, somebody is making a lot of assumptions,’’ the NCES researcher said of the CPS calculations. “We do not do that at the National Center for Education Statistics.’’
Members of the Chicago Parents for Quality Education said they want a longer school day than the current 5 3/4 hours in most CPS elementary schools — and one that includes the art, music and daily physical education missing in many schools — but they don’t want the longest day in the nation.
Asked to respond to charges they were misinterpreting or spinning the data, CPS officials referred the Sun-Times to research summarized by the National Center for Time and Learning that CPS said supports a longer school day. Included there was the research that Patall described as “weak.’’ Schools will have the “autonomy to add the enrichment they need’’ in a longer day, and the extra time, combined with tougher learning standards and a new teacher evaluation framework, should “improve teaching and learning in every classroom,’’ CPS officials said.
“This is about more than adding time to the school day — we’re strategically investing in initiatives that will ensure that additional time is quality time, and the result is to boost student achievement,’’ CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said in an email.
Parents Monday delivered a white paper entitled “The Best Education, or Just the Longest?” to Emanuel’s fifth-floor City Hall office and demanded a meeting with the mayor. Their white paper contended that CPS has “seemingly ignored strategies that are backed by research” — such as early childhood education, reduced class size and individualized tutoring. Parents questioned how CPS could spend the $1,300 per pupil that Massachusetts spent lengthening its school day when CPS is anticipating a $700 million deficit.
Without more funding, said parent coalition member Wendy Katten, CPS’ longer day plan amounts to “reform on the cheap.’’
CPS says it will come up with the money for a longer day by reprioritizing its budget.
Katten said the new parent coalition includes parents from Rogers Park to Beverly, from Logan Square to Lakeview and from Pilsen to Portage Park.
Also Monday, the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign released a new survey indicating that CPS elementary teachers work far more than the 5 3/4 hours in a day listed in their contract.
A survey of 983 CPS teachers with an 8.5 percent response rate indicated CPS teachers are actually at school an average of almost nine hours per day and spend almost two hours more working at home in the evening.
“The length of the school day discussion appears to ignore the reality that teachers are already working a very long day,’’ according to Beyond the Classroom: an Analysis of a Chicago Public School Teacher’s Actual Workday.
WE ARE SEEING ACROSS THE COUNTRY PRIVATE INVESTORS WHO ARE ALLOWED TO 'FUND' SCHOOLS ON THEIR OWN TERMS. THESE ARE STILL CALLED 'PUBLIC SCHOOLS' AS PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALLOWED TO CREATE WHATEVER ENVIRONMENT THEY CHOOSE. RATHER THAN PAYING TAXES OR RETURNING CORPORATE FRAUD SO THE LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, YOUR THIRD WAY CORPORATE POL IS ALLOWING THESE CRIMINALS TO TAKE YOUR MONEY AND MINE TO BUILD SCHOOLS IN THEIR OWN IMAGE. THIS SAME THING IS HAPPENING BIG TIME IN BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND!!!!
WE DO NOT WANT CORPORATE DONATIONS........WE WANT JUSTICE FOR CORPORATE FRAUD AND FOR CORPORATIONS TO PAY TAXES.
The Corporatization Of San Jose High School and child labor By Danny Weil on December 25, 2012 12:30 am /
Joe Rodriguez, a reporter for the Mercury News recently reported that in San Jose, California:
“The city is blessed with high schools that prepare low-income, underachieving students for college, but here comes one with a twist. Students at this school will attend classes four days a week, but on the fifth they’ll put on work clothes and hoof it over to a local business, corporation or agency and put in a day’s work for a day’s pay. The catch is they can’t keep the money” (http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_22251566/new-cristo-rey-high-school-san-jose-will).
Yes, the heady days of neo-feudalism have now arrived and with them have come the school to work pipeline that affords students the ability to be exploited, like prison inmates all in the name of education.
Pegged as an opportunity for students, so-called philanthropist John A. Sobrato, who recently donated $1.25 million for the new Cristo Rey San Jose High School, which is scheduled to open in the fall, commented:
“Basically, I liked the work requirement. I worked as a young kid, and I think it’s important for them to learn what it’s like to work in a business or office” (ibid).
Yes, the philanthro-pirates like Sobrato love child labor especially when it is free, offers minimal protection and can be sold as “helping kids” when in fact it is child abuse and child labor all designed and bundled up by businessmen in silk back suits with lofty plans for the transition of education into purgatory for low paid work under failing capitalism.
When 125 freshmen reopen a shuttered school at Five Wounds Portuguese National Parish church just east of downtown, they will join some 7,400 other low-income, mostly minority and urban students at 17 Catholic high schools across the country. The schools are run by the Chicago-based Cristo Rey Network and Jesuit religious order.
The schools says it offers an “all-around education and emphasizes independent and critical thinking”, but when one reads the warning label what differentiates Cristo Rey from the low-income, college-prep pack is the mandatory requirement for off-campus jobs. Students typically perform clerical work in corporate and legal offices, but here they’ll have the opportunity to work at high-tech campuses, too. This is what one can only call being tied to the carpet loom of peonage.
Khanh Russo, a Cisco manager who wrote the feasibility plan for the school, said a big selling point for the San Jose campus was its potential for bridging the educational gap between the valley’s low-income populations and the vast number of Silicon Valley companies where even entry level positions require college degrees. Now why would an entry level position require a college degree? They don’t. College degrees are little more than commodities to be bought and sold for student debt and then once purchased, they are used to gain a handhold on the low paid ladder of despair. Moving up on the salary scale is another scam used to force people into colleges to seek phony degrees that carry little in the way of education but pack a low paid punch for low paid work.
Even so, as Rodriguez noted, Cristo Rey schools are open to students of all faiths. Sobrato said 40 percent are not Catholic. Students typically come from families earning $35,000 a year or less a year. The school has lined up 37 San Jose employers eager to hire the kids — lending credence to the fact the school is little more than a recruiting center for precarious employment, a holding tank for capitalist work in the race to the bottom.
Rodriguez reports that many of the students are in for culture shock. When a CBS 60 Minutes news team visited Cristo Rey’s flagship school in Chicago recently, it videotaped students learning how to knot ties for the first time and how to shake hands with the confidence of professionals — charm schools for the working class, disenfranchised, people of color and the poor or better yet, for Fagin’s kids.
Whatever the students earn will go toward tuition (just like whatever prisoners earn will go to the ‘canteen’). The cost of tuition averages about $10,000 a year at Cristo Rey schools. Thus, the students will work to pay debt while their employers exploit them in the name of progress and trade student loan debt, or Student Loan Asset Backed Securities (SLABS) on Wall Street. Sobrato said most of the families could afford to contribute up to $1,000, with the rest covered by student earnings and various grants and donations.
Sobrato’s $1.25 million gift was actually a challenge grant, which he said has already been met by other seedy and smarmy ‘donors’. Take for example another lead benefactor, Brendan J. Cassin, a venture capitalist and Cristo Rey board member. The school’s board of directors has selected the Rev. Peter Pabst, a Jesuit and founder of two college prep middle schools in San Jose, as the new high school’s president.
These philanthro-pirates love to use religion as a hook to get students and their parents to pray for pie in the sky when they die. Using ‘reverends’ without reverence, these hucksters can then clamp on to young children like parasites looking for a host, which they are.
All of this is being sold as something good for students when in fact it is a Dickensian abhorrence that can only be envisioned as something beneficial by those who seek to exploit children while denying them a truly meaningful and contemplative education.
This is where we are today when it comes to ‘schooling under capitalism’. It has nothing to do with education and everything to do with boosting profits for the wealth vultures and flocks for the sheepherders.
This is faith based capitalism in action – the neo-feudal landscape of the new childhood where there are those who rule, those who work and those who pray. The truly disgusting part is that it is all part of the Obama Department of Education’s plans for the cementing of the new Jim Crow and acceptance of an escalating inequality that can only worsen under the current economic oligarchs.
YOU CAN SEE THIS IS HAPPENING ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HERE IS PENNSYLVANIA DOING WHAT BALTIMORE IS DOING....CHANNELING STUDENTS INTO THE LOWEST PAYING JOBS.
PUBLIC EDUCATION IS ABOUT PREPARING CHILDREN WITH A WELL-ROUNDED CURRICULA THAT ALLOWS THEM TO CHOOSE CAREER PATH WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL.
Medical charter school opens doors to first students
Medical charter school opens doors to first students
While jobs are in short supply in many industries, that’s not the case in the medical field.
A new charter school in Lehigh County is now trying to address that need. The Medical Academy Charter School in Catasauqua is the first of its kind in the Lehigh Valley. It’s goal is to better steer kids into the field of health care.
Between the algebra and history of the Jamestown settlement is an art class teaching students how drawing can turn to healing for the sick.
“This is an example of a Zen tangle art therapy method that psychotherapists may use to draw out emotions in patients,” said teacher Carol Traynor.
The new school is using the promise of a career in health care to draw students in.
“This is where the jobs are going to be now and in the near future. It’s ever growing,” said Joanna Hughes, CEO and principal of the school, which opened in September to 9th and 10th graders.
The school, which will expand to 11th and 12th graders, infuses health care sciences into the general curriculum, Hughes said.
“We will provide the children with opportunities so that can be an x-ray tech or a phlebotomist or someone who works in the office doing billing,” Hughes said.
Taylor Fullin, who wants to be anesthesiologist, transferred from Northampton Area High School.
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