I speak often of national policy think tanks from Brookings and Aspen Institutes as the far-right neo-liberal think tanks to CATO and Heritage Foundations as the right-wing think tanks and I am clear there are almost no REAL social Democratic think tanks as all universities have been corporatized and that is from where much public policy is generated. I am that university academic who would still be working producing left-leaning public policy. Below you see Maryland's major public policy organization and it calls itself BIPARTISAN. It only presents far-right neo-liberalism and Bush neo-conservatism -----both the same Wall Street global corporate policy -----both right of center----
Look at this organization's mission-----it has all the trappings of free enterprise----limited government----civil society.....very right-leaning policy stances. I think most citizens in the nation know that Maryland has through modern history been the most corrupt, fraudulent, economically captured state operating under the same colonialism having a small percentage of people with power and almost no voice for anyone else. I speak of Baltimore having no local community economy------of constant misappropriation to a pre-approved group of businesses leading to PAY-TO-PLAY-----none of which is free enterprise. Maryland does in deed have limited government. It has dismantled all oversight and accountability, all avenues to public justice, and operates as a third world patronage society where the 1% pay no taxes, take all tax revenue as subsidy to maximize their wealth, creating a repressive society of fear tied to citizens having jobs, housing, access to schools, excessive police overreach none of which has anything to do with CIVIL SOCIETY.
This is a prime example of 5% to 1% having some money and stability while the 95% remain unstable. Of course these 5% are about to be dumped in Maryland for the global 2%----but this Maryland Public Policy will never discuss REAL POLICY because it works for that 1%.
'The Institute’s mission is to formulate and promote public policies at all levels of government based on principles of free enterprise, limited government, and civil society'.
This week will be education policy and again we need to look at the POSING in both parties. The Democratic base of labor and justice are being sold in privatizing K-12 for small businesses and protecting union organizing rights. The Republican base is being sold on charters and school choice over class and race issues and the idea that these charters will be COMMUNITY CHARTERS giving parents a voice
AND BOTH ARE NOT TRUE. WE DO NOT WANT TO KEEP ALLOWING THESE CAPTURED POLICY INSTITUTIONS SELL PROPAGANDA.
I know many voters are aware of the goals of these education policies and are pushing back but we need to press policy sources to stop cooking the policy books. National media connects to these policy institutions and will report as this says----when black, brown, and white citizens are mostly mad as heck at education policy in Maryland. This outlet will as well create data that says we are all happy and the policies are working.
“Maryland has finally sided with families who dream of a better life for their children,” said Christopher B. Summers, president of the Institute.
Maryland Joins Ranks of School Choice States
Economic & Fiscal Policy, Education, Welfare, Charter Schools
APRIL 7, 2016
ROCKVILLE, MD (April 7, 2016) — The Maryland Public Policy Institute today congratulated Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and members of the General Assembly for enacting Maryland’s first-ever school choice program on a bipartisan vote. The vote marks the culmination of more than a decade of work by families, policymakers and advocates to give parents a greater voice in the education system.
The Maryland House and Senate recently passed the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which includes $5 million for the Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today program, known as BOOST, to fund approved private-school scholarships for low-income students trapped in failing schools.
“Maryland has finally sided with families who dream of a better life for their children,” said Christopher B. Summers, president of the Institute. “Our state is home to many excellent public schools, but too many children from low-income backgrounds have been robbed of their one shot at a great education by being forced to attend failing schools. This legislation is a win for everybody – especially Maryland families. We commend Governor Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly for their leadership.”
The Institute has published extensive research highlighting the benefits of school choice programs. A full list of research can be found at mdpolicy.org.
About the Maryland Public Policy Institute: Founded in 2001, the Maryland Public Policy Institute is a nonpartisan public policy research and education organization that focuses on state policy issues. The Institute’s mission is to formulate and promote public policies at all levels of government based on principles of free enterprise, limited government, and civil society. Learn more at mdpolicy.org.
Maryland Public Policy Institute Projects: The Maryland Journal
Maryland's education policy has always been hostile to public education in favor of private schools and is now simply taking the step to end the status of even having public school buildings. While Maryland Public Policy Institute tells us these education programs bring to families the education possibilities the dream of having----it can be seen in this news report to simply be moving ALL STATE FUNDING FOR PUBLIC K-12 TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS. Remember, the charter schools in Baltimore are all slated to become private corporate schools and Maryland is slowly directing all higher-education to vocational tracking lower-tiered certificate programs so there is NOTHING HAPPENING IN MARYLAND ABOUT WHICH PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE HAPPY.
This is the sad part-----this video shows the bulk of these private vouchers---scholarships for the poor will go to religious schools and we know religious schools will not be corporate campus K-12 schools----they will be defunded. As this video shows----a religious school representative from Catholic and Jewish schools hopes this funding continues and they are indeed the strongest push in all this privatization of K-12----KNOWING THE GOALS ARE CORPORATE VOCATIONAL TRACKING OF OUR 90% OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. This is so hard to understand as we watch our religious institutions partner with the 1% to end public education for all and MOVE FORWARD back to the DARK AGES in how people access education.
Johns Hopkins and Baltimore have in modern history captured all best and brightest in Baltimore's underserved communities and given them pathways to better education-----these private vouchers to SCHOOL CHOICE are more selective than ever. A citizen like myself -----social Democrat politically active holding power accountable would NEVER get a private higher-education scholarship and would end trapped in a very bad lower-tier of schooling even as I am by any estimate more academically successful than any Ivy League graduate. This selective process has Maryland and especially Baltimore completely captured to CREATING LEADERS TIED TO GLOBAL WALL STREET AND GLOBAL CORPORATE WEALTH AND POWER.
'The Maryland State Education Association sent a statement to 11 News about the BOOST Program, calling it "a thinly veiled plan to divert taxpayer dollars from public schools in order to subsidize private schools'.
The far-right neo-liberals and neo-cons will always use the poor as beneficiaries to what will trap people into education cycles leading to poverty wages. What does the bell-curve show for average learners across all population groups? Black, brown, and white citizens have the same abilities to achieve through education-----most of us are average-----some above and below average. The persistent march to privatizing all that is public has our religious institutions now replacing every public agency having to do with social benefit as the citizens' voices in public policy disappears ---this was the societal construct of the DARK AGES. Religious leaders paired with the extreme rich and 99% of people peasants and impoverished. Now they are becoming that health and education sector as our public health and public education disappears. They know the goal will have global corporations and Wall Street in complete control of doling out patronage----WE NEED THAT 5% TO THE 1% OF EACH RELIGION TO GET RID OF THESE LEADERS TIED TO WALL STREET.
As this says----the data ALREADY shows this is failed policy but here goes MARYLAND following failed policy this time education and it DOES NOT BENEFIT IN THE LONG-RUN RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS .
'As has been shown in other states -- including brand new research in Indiana and Louisiana -- low-income students who receive vouchers to attend private schools perform worse than their peers in public schools'
Getting in line to sell out children simply to advance a brand-----
BOOST Program offers scholarships to nonpublic schools
UPDATED 5:41 PM EDT Jun 02, 2016
PIKESVILLE, Md. --Maryland is set to foot at least part of the bill for low-income students to enroll in nonpublic schools.
The state has set aside $5 million in scholarship money through the Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program.
But there's a catch: Those who may qualify for the program have a little more than a month to apply for the free money.
The Talmudical Academy of Baltimore is one of more than 200 nonpublic and private Maryland schools taking part in the BOOST Program.
"It's important as a nonpublic school to be able to offer all of the students everything they can get in the public school arena," said Rabbi Yaacov Cohen, executive director of the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore.
The state funding will pay for scholarships. The money will be limited to students who are currently enrolled at public schools who plan to apply to nonpublic schools in the fall and those who may already be on the rolls.
The $5 million will be divided among students who meet strict household and income guidelines. With applications in hand, a state scholarship advisory board will have the last word on who qualifies.
"We've been hoping and asking the state to pitch in a little bit," said Rabbi Ariel Sadwin, with the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
CAPE said just getting the state to put up scholarship money is a major first step toward progress.
Sadwin said it's about "a parent having the option to send their child to the school where they think their child can thrive the most, whether it's a faith-based school, an independent school, nonreligious."
Baltimore's Institute of Notre Dame has been tracking the progress of the BOOST Program and is encouraging parents to apply ahead of the July 11 deadline.
But there are concerns at the Institute of Notre Dame and across the state about whether the state scholarship money will be on hand next year.
"If we have the $5 million pot empty by next year, then that gives reason for senators and members of the Assembly to come back and say it was money worth and well spent," said David Ring, president of the Institute of Notre Dame.
Maryland students who will be in kindergarten through 12th grade can apply for the scholarship.
The Maryland State Education Association sent a statement to 11 News about the BOOST Program, calling it "a thinly veiled plan to divert taxpayer dollars from public schools in order to subsidize private schools. As has been shown in other states -- including brand new research in Indiana and Louisiana -- low-income students who receive vouchers to attend private schools perform worse than their peers in public schools. Teachers and education professionals strongly oppose BOOST for these reasons and urge legislators to discontinue the program as soon as possible."
Here are the pro-privatization of K-12 Republicans now saying these privatization policies have failed when they have not. If the goal of global corporate neo-liberal education was to completely dismantle the public school structure creating all kinds of deregulated tiering of schools to allow corporations to simply move children as they now want----OBAMA AND CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS WITH REPUBLICANS SUCCEEDED -----the entire K-12 education is a mess. Now they say we really need to introduce MARKET-BASED CORPORATE EDUCATION.
Since Wall Street could care less about low-income students or their success and indeed plan to simply send them off as child labor as apprentices in 6th or 8th grade---AS ALL CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA POLS KNEW AS THEY PUSHED RACE TO THE TOP----they are ready to simply stop pretending they are doing all this to help the poor.
'First, it creates a serious upper bound for the reach of school-choice programs and, ultimately, for their ability to affect the American school system'.
Since Republicans as well as Democrats are losing jobs and falling out of the middle-class---it will be those same Republican voters tied to race and class wanting these school choice policies who will fall into the worst of pre-K vocational tracking with no parent or student input----
JUST DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD....NO LIBERTY OR FREEDOM IN SCHOOL CHOICE CONTROLLED BY CORPORATIONS.
Why School Choice Is Failing
Rally for school choice at the Ohio Statehouse in 2011.
by Michael Q. McShane August 7, 2013 4:00 AM
It takes more than vouchers to create a successful, productive market in education. Milwaukee, Wis., is home to the nation’s oldest and largest school-voucher program, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. After starting with just over 300 students in 1990, the program enrolled almost 25,000 students last school year. With open-enrollment programs, magnet schools, and a small number of charter schools, Milwaukee is one of the most “choice-rich” environments in America. What has been the result? On the 2011 NAEP, a test given to a nationally representative sample in every state and to a select group of large districts, Milwaukee eighth-graders scored a 254 in math and 238 in reading. To put those numbers in some context, on those same tests the averages in Chicago were 270 and 253, respectively, and the large-city averages for the whole test were 274 and 255. On the NAEP, 10 points equates approximately to one year of knowledge, meaning that even compared with their peers only in other big cities, Milwaukee students are two grades below average in math and almost two grades below in reading. For those of us who believe in school choice, these are some disappointing numbers. Does this mean that school choice is the wrong policy or that the market forces that have increased quality and lowered prices in every other sector of human society somehow don’t apply to education? I don’t think so.
Rather, “school choice” has done less to create a market than many of its proponents believe. School-choice policy — frankly, education reform writ large — is fundamentally about creating high-quality seats for students in schools. School choice has only three levers to pull to make that happen. It can: Fill excess capacity. If a great school has a fourth-grade classroom with 19 students but 25 desks, or has mothballed an old wing that it can reopen, school-choice programs can get kids in there. Encourage high-quality schools to scale up. If Our Lady of Perpetual Help is thriving, school-choice programs can encourage the school to open Our Lady of Perpetual Help East, West, North, and South. Create new high-quality schools. The problem? Current school-choice programs, especially those providing private-school vouchers, are great at No. 1; they’re lousy at No. 2 and No. 3. For example, 86 percent of schools participating in Louisiana’s state scholarship program are more than ten years old and so were in existence before the voucher program. While almost 40 percent of participating Milwaukee schools have been created after Wisconsin’s program began, annual publication of school testing averages shows that the high performers are almost exclusively the long-existing schools. In both places, the high-quality seats that school choice creates or fills are not coming from market forces driving the creation of better options; rather, they are coming from vouchers that provide funding for students to leave existing low-performing schools for existing higher-performing ones. This leads to two central problems. First, it creates a serious upper bound for the reach of school-choice programs and, ultimately, for their ability to affect the American school system. At their peak in 1959, private schools enrolled only about 12 percent of U.S. school children, around 5.7 million in total. Even if we were somehow able to reopen all of those schools (private schools now enroll around 5.2 million children, or 9 percent of all students, and are concentrated much more in the suburbs than their 1959 counterparts) that still would not be enough to educate the millions of inner city students trapped in failing schools. New schools need to be created. Second, without new creation, there can be no “creative destruction.” Injecting markets into education simply creates, as Hayek would put it, a “fair playing field” for schools to compete. In functioning markets, new providers are constantly popping up to replace enterprises that are not meeting the needs of consumers.
THERE'S THE GOAL-----GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERAL PROFIT-DRIVEN K-12.
Through that winnowing process we move from hulking black-and-white televisions that cost $269 in 1958 dollars — over $1,700 in 2012 — to flat-screen LCD HDTVs that cost $249 in 2012. We don’t see that with private-school-choice programs. Private schools are closing across the country, but they are not being replaced by better ones. That doesn’t help anyone. Private-school choice will drive positive change only when it creates high-quality private schools within urban communities. New schools and school models need to be incubated, funding needs to follow students in a way that allows for non-traditional providers to play a role, new pathways into classrooms for private-school teachers and leaders need to be created, and high-quality school models need to be encouraged and supported while they scale up. In short, policymakers, private philanthropy, and school leaders need to get serious about what’s necessary to make the market work. — Michael Q. McShane is a research fellow in education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
Here we have an article written in what was the Bush era when the policy of school choice was being sold to parents wanting segregation by class and race to break down the equal opportunity and access of Federal public education laws. Indeed, during the Bush era schools were allowed to become segregated on all population issues but that was never the goal. BUSH/OBAMA education policy is one in the same. The policies of expanded immigration from all around the world was going to end in forcing schools to install multi-culturalism---because Wall Street does not see race---it sees test scores and vocational tracking in its global corporate schools. This is why these several years have seen US cities deemed International Economic Zones filling with immigrants now seeing all families attending school choice and charters aimed at segregating.
Now, those families seeing school choice about segregating are pulling their children out of US city schools and going more and more to home-schooling. KNOW WHAT? HOME-SCHOOLING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED SOON as they always intended this global K-12 structure to be required for all children all tied to test scores and vocational tracking by ability. So, soon the very political group pushing all these privatization policies for our K-12----the families wanting segregation by race and class----those religious schools wanting public funding -----will all disappear into what is a COMMON CORE testing and evaluation with teachers replaced by education technicians who simply monitor and facilitate online global education lessons. Remember, far-right 1% Libertarian Marxism does not see religion in our ONE WORLD -----
WE NEED THOSE VOTERS PUSHING TO DISMANTLE A PERFECTLY GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PLEASE STOP THIS.
Incoming immigrants needing ESL are slow to see funding for those classes as all resources promised so we are seeing a pooling of students pushed to lower tiers based on their abilities to learn English as has been the struggle for Latino students. NGOs are providing these global ESL classes but with limited funding again selection as to who receives what should be equally dispersed ESL funding to all public schools for programs in each school are now a privatized network with no one assuring opportunity. Remember, if pre-K testing shows a child likely to be tracked into 6th grade apprenticeships then the focus becomes only getting reading and math skills enough for a global factory job no matter the race.
EVERYONE IN, NO ONE OUT OF THE GLOBAL CORPORATE LABOR POOL AND THIS INCLUDES GLOBAL CORPORATE SCHOOLS AND THEIR VOCATIONAL TRACKING STRUCTURES.
Baltimore is the perfect microcosm for this as new citizens are being recruited from around the nation as immigrants come through what is the GATEWAY of Baltimore as in International Economic Zone. That top student group of advanced placement/exceptional getting all the funding and resources now including students from all over the world are leaving out the very US citizens having wanted school choice and charters to advance their own children.
All of the posing from the right-wing on school choice and segregation by race and class----all the posing from neo-liberals about better education for poor and immigrants again----NEVER THE GOAL-----BYE BYE AMERICAN STANDARDS OF PUBLIC DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION FOR ALL WITH #1 IN WORLD EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT say the far-right 1% Libertarian Marxists
MPs warn of growing racial divide in schools
Friday 14 May 2004 08.09 EDT Last modified on Friday 6 May 2016 09.46 EDT
The government needs to act fast to prevent its policy of giving parents choice over the school their child attends leading to racially segregated schools, MPs warned today.
In an inquiry prompted by the race riots in Oldham in 2001, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister select committee found that "ignorance and fear of other cultures" was pushing parents to send their children to schools where they would mingle almost exclusively with pupils from the same racial background.
Headteachers in Oldham described the phenomenon as "white flight", as white families moved out of the area because they did not want their children to go to schools with large Bangladeshi populations.
In the committee's report, Social cohesion, MPs said: "Parental choice can unfortunately increase segregation. The quality of school provision is an important, but not sole determinant of choice. Some choices are motivated by ignorance and fear of other cultures, and LEAs [local education authorities] and schools have to be prepared to adopt new techniques to ensure that choices are better informed and not based on misconceptions about whether than particular school is 'for them'.
"To achieve greater social cohesion, improving the quality of schools becomes even more important so that all schools are equally attractive."
Oldham headteachers told the committee that schools in the area were becoming less multi-cultural.
Bernard Phillips, the headteacher of Breeze Hill school, said: "We serve a Bangladeshi heritage population. It is very close to a white population as well. Mine is 100%, apart from one child, Bangladeshi heritage. When I went there 10 years ago it was 60% Bangladeshi, 40% white community, but over the 10 years there has been a "white flight", the term the Americans use: we have had white families who have moved away."
The report recommended that schools used the curriculum to promote greater understanding and tolerance of other cultures to help ease racial tensions.
And it asked that careful consideration be given to the racial implications of where and when new schools are opened. A large-scale school rebuilding programme is now underway in the area.
MPs have also called on the Department for Education and Skills to commission a survey to disprove the perception that "mono-cultural" schools performed better that multi-cultural ones.
They also suggested that faith schools should not be allowed unless actively promoting multi-culturalism.
However, a DfES spokeswoman defended faith schools, saying they can make an "important contribution to community cohesion by promoting inclusion and developing partnerships with schools of other faiths, and with non-faith schools".
She added: "We want to see faith schools working with other local schools to bring children of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds together, and to promote understanding between different sections of our society. The government is not campaigning for more faith schools. Any new faith schools must have the agreement of parents and the local community."