Hello everyone.....I was in meetings all day yesterday and will be blogging late afternoon today! Remember, what we see in Baltimore is what Trans Pacific Trade Pact will look like-----totalitarianism is when corporations have complete control of all aspects of government and the society they create a repressive, regressive third world society. Johns Hopkins is that totalitarian institution that has all citizens with their hands up.
Federal and state funds for the poor lost to corporate fraud and government corruption----moved to institutions like Johns Hopkins......................50% unemployment for black youth and young men because the public sector employment is now being handed to churches and corporate 'volunteer days'..........growing immigrant workforce with growing wage theft and labor exploitation and not to mention the tension that comes from ever increasing poverty, limited resources, and people angry about the injustice. This is what creates gangs-----Hispanic, Black, and White.......... It is what causes crime and violence against the middle-class in Baltimore......and this breakdown creates third world societies. It all happens because the money for social services, social programs, the public employment of people giving jobs that support families disappears and people are forced to crime or charity. This is what Johns Hopkins means when its researcher said 'the poor stay poor'.....they are preyed upon by the rich in Baltimore. IT IS CRAZY!
If you rebuild the oversight and accountability so Baltimore does not look like Afghanistan in the level of crime and government corruption......if you make sure corporations and the rich are paying taxes.......if you build a domestic economy with small and regional businesses that hire locally and pay a Living Wage.......and use those corporate taxes to build a strong pubic sector that employs and pays a good wage....
YOU DO NOT HAVE THIRD WORLD POVERTY, CRIME, CORPORATE FRAUD AND GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION AS WE HAVE IN BALTIMORE.
Ask your labor and justice leaders why they keep supporting politicians who work for Johns Hopkins or other global corporations! This is not a race or class issue-----everyone is being pushed into these situations and when these social safety nets are gone it will get ugly for you and your family!
I am placing this in a blog about education because these are the challenges Baltimore's youth face each day while trying to attend school. Families impoverished by crime by the rich and bad public policy face extreme difficulty organizing to meet the needs of children in school and this leads to the school to prison pipeline. Johns Hopkins has as a policy goal simply pushing the poor out of Baltimore any way possible with approximately 650,000 residents falling into the category of at or near poverty. This goal requires ever increasingly repressive and regressive public policy like police brutality, youth curfews, zero tolerance, excessive fines and fees and deliberate inflated city service and tax charges all meant to chase away the poor. Remember, if Johns Hopkins and their neo-conservative pols had not diverted trillions of dollars in social services, Federal funding for underserved and their communities, education funding, and allowed for hiring of Baltimore citizens----
WE WOULD NOT HAVE 650,000 PEOPLE IN OR NEAR POVERTY AND HOPKINS WOULD NOT BE A GLOBAL CORPORATION.
REPUBLICAN VOTERS OUT THERE THAT SUPPORT NO CORPORATE TAXES, NO SOCIAL SERVICES, AND POLICIES CALLED FREE MARKET BUT ARE ACTUALLY NAKED CAPITALISM ALL TO MAXIMIZE CORPORATE PROFIT-----YOU NEED TO LOOK WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY THESE POLICIES CREATE. THIS TOTALITARIANISM TAKES EVERYONE TO THE BOTTOM!
Let's look at education data in Baltimore and Maryland that reports progress but hides falling achievement:
Maryland students show no significant gains on national tests Major progress seen in other states on nation's report card
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun 10:10 a.m. EST, November 7, 2013
Md. excluded large number of special-education students in national test Scores on NAEP were likely inflated
Maryland's scores on a national reading test may have been inflated because the state's schools excluded a higher percentage of special-education students than any other state, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun 9:27 p.m. EST, November 25, 2013
The Baltimore Department of Social Services on Monday pledged a comprehensive review of alternative education programs for foster children, after revelations that it paid $40,000 to send students to a school in Philadelphia where they obtained a diploma in one day.
The Crooked Places Made Straight Academy, where 80 youths from Baltimore took a three-hour exam to obtain a Pennsylvania high school diploma, shut down its one-day program Friday after inquiries from The Baltimore Sun.
Molly McGrath Tierney, director of Baltimore's social services department, said in a statement Monday that the department remains committed to providing an array of options to foster care youths for whom education is the key to their success.
While she noted that many who received diplomas from Crooked Places have gone on to colleges and jobs, she said the department would review policies and procedures over the next several weeks and make any changes needed to ensure a "standard of excellence."
"Our experience with Crooked Places Made Straight reminds us that we have a solemn obligation to ensure that every alternative we provide is properly accredited, governed and authorized to do its work," Tierney said in the statement.
The head of the private Christian school's accrediting body, the National Association of Private Schools, compared Crooked Places to "a diploma mill" after inquiries from The Sun. Students took a series of exams, which the school's leader identified only as "diagnostic tests."
The school's principal, Winona Stewart, said that while she meant well, she realized that "shortcuts don't work."
Many youths in foster care take traditional roads to graduation or obtain a General Education Development (GED) certificate, but Tierney emphasized that alternative education programs have helped some students when traditional settings have not.
She has also said some students enroll in the city school system's programs that help students as old as 21 meet the state's graduation requirements at an accelerated pace. These are separate from the programs offered by the social services department.
The Crooked Places program was described as similar to a GED, though it deviated significantly from the regulated, nationally recognized program that requires a mastery of skills on several tests taken over two days and usually includes preparation classes.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement that she understood the social services department's desire to help the youths find quality programs that meet their unique needs. She pointed out that foster children typically have higher rates of homelessness, incarceration and unemployment.
"We should take a look and evaluate all programs with a focus on strengthening those that are proven to work and getting rid of those that don't, as we have done with several other programs in city government," Rawlings-Blake said.
The city social services department is run by the state's Department of Human Resources. A spokesman for Gov. Martin O'Malley referred to Tierney's statement and declined to comment further.
Some advocates say the use of Crooked Places Made Straight as an alternative program for Baltimore children highlights deficiencies in the foster care system's efforts to ensure youths get a quality education.
Mitchell Y. Mirviss, an attorney at the Baltimore law firm Venable LLP who has represented foster care youths in a class action lawsuit that has been litigated for more than 25 years and led to a consent decree against the state, said he was "shocked" to learn that sending students to the Philadelphia school was a systematic practice.
"It's obviously a sign of serious problems," said Mirviss. "The government ... should not be selling false illusions to foster kids."
Mirviss said the Department of Social Services has not made education a priority. He pointed to court filings that show the agency struggles to meet the educational provisions of the consent decree.
In June, the department reported in its latest filing that about 61 percent of foster youths had an educational plan, while the consent decree requires 90 percent. Of the youths who had educational plans, the department reported that it had met the plan's obligations, such as providing tutoring, for about 25 percent.
The department also reported that it referred about 79 percent of special-education students for services but made a "reasonable effort" to secure services and attend education plan meetings for only 3 percent of them.
Mirviss said the department has struggled with educational issues because a greater percentage of foster children in their care are older and more insistent on making their own decisions.
All of the media headlines have Maryland ranked #1 in education yet somehow-----the data does not show it. The achievement data for the underserved is as stated below ranks lowest in the nation. If you ask any Maryland family-----including middle-class and working class----if achievement is higher and education standards better they would mostly say NO. The data is skewed as Maryland has test standards that are lower than most states in the nation......
THIS HAPPENS NOT BECAUSE A DEMOCRAT IS GOVERNOR-----IT HAPPENS BECAUSE LARGE AMOUNTS OF EDUCATION SPENDING GOES TO CORPORATE EDUCATION STRUCTURES AND NOT CLASSROOMS.
New data reveal Maryland’s achievement gaps still among worst in nation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on Thursday, November 07, 2013 Now today released analysis of Maryland’s student performance on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card.
- The low-income/non-low-income achievement gap in proficiency rates is larger than the national average across all grades and subjects
- The black-white achievement gap in proficiency rates is larger than the national average in fourth and eighth-grade math and fourth-grade reading
- Low-income fourth-graders scored worse than the national average in math proficiency rates among low-income test-takers.
- Between 2011 and 2013, Maryland fourth and eighth-graders regressed in math. This bucked the national trend, which saw fourth-graders improve their proficiency levels in math.
It is bizarre that students are needing 'charity' for required uniforms to a public school. If you are going to require uniforms----THEN SUPPLY THEM FOR THOSE UNABLE TO AFFORD THEM. Why you would add this additional expense in communities already struggling financially? Again, this only came to light because an outside source exposed the problem.
Equal Protection and Opportunity ------- laws requiring all public schools to welcome students living in a community regardless of status----are being ignored. Claiming a school is doing better because of exclusion????? REALLY?????
The cost of incarceration far exceeds spending money to provide the best of education for all. The proof is there-----it is shouted from all avenues of society------AND YET,
WE HAVE THE WORST OF INEQUITY AND INJUSTICE IN THESE EDUCATION PRIVATIZATION SCHEMES!
City school system launches fundraising campaign for school uniforms
District faced lawsuit over burdensome uniform policies last month
By Erica L. Green 6:23 p.m. EDT, October 8, 2013 Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore City school system has launched a campaign to raise $400,000 to help families afford school uniforms, interim CEO Tisha Edwards announced Tuesday.
“We all have the opportunity to make sure that every student has a uniform, and that it’s never a barrier to them coming to school," Edwards said.
Edwards announced the campaign, which will be hosted by Combined Charities of Baltimore City, at the city school board meeting, following through on an idea she proposed this summer to help families afford school apparel.
Before she took her as post as interim CEO -- Edwards served as former city schools CEO Andres Alonso's chief of staff -- she convened a task force to explore school dress codes and found that students were inhibited by some schools' expensive and stringent uniform requirements.
But the move also came weeks after a local advocacy organization filed a federal lawsuit against the school district for policies they said exacerbated hardships for homeless students. You can read that story here.
The suit was filed by the Public Justice Center on behalf of three homeless families who said their students were denied federally mandated services such as transportation and were unfairly penalized because they couldn't afford uniforms.
One mother reported that her son was sent home for the first week of school because he couldn't afford the $150 uniform required at his school.
Edwards said that she was asking every employee in the school system -- the school system apparently raises the most funds of any city agency in the Baltimore Combined Charities campaign -- to donate to the fund.
The charity number for the city schools uniform fund is 8721, she said.
This occurs because children in need are losing the ability to attend strong 4 year universities and instead are pushed towards applying for Federal student aid for career college job training. This money will no doubt be funneled into development projects.
State funding for education has for two decades gone into building corporate structures for education and not to the classroom. This is why achievement is low in Baltimore.
State didn't give out $17 million in need-based scholarships, auditors say About 8,000 college students on a wait list could have received aid
- By Colin Campbell and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun 8:13 p.m. EST, November 6, 2013
Millions of dollars in scholarship money that the state could have provided to about 8,000 needy college students has sat untouched, according to an audit released Wednesday.
Auditors from the Office of Legislative Audits found that the Maryland Higher Education Commission did not spend all of the money in its scholarship fund, with the number growing from $9.9 million in 2011 to $17.2 million this year. Auditors estimated that the $17 million could have paid for the scholarships of about 7,800 of the 16,400 students on a waiting list.
Kipp rarely allows any agency to review its data because as has been written quite extensively the data they provide does not hold up so they refuse to allow their data to be audited. They are also a national chain that will/already is private so you see how well the designation of 'public' charter really works in Baltimore.
Baltimore is watching as all of its public schools are taken to private charter and as you see below----it is not because charters perform better. What we see with charters is development tools moving children from one location to another under the guise of improving opportunity. What this does is increase the likelihood of drop out, falling attendance, discipline problems ----ALL OF WHICH ARE REPORTED WIDELY IN BALTIMORE. The real data shows that Baltimore City schools have falling achievement and yet-----as you saw yesterday with the Advocates for Children and Youth ACY----O'Malley, Rawlings-Blake, Hopkins, and the privatization establishment all claim success with these policies.
The children aren't failing or unable to learn-----THESE POLICIES THAT DEFUND, TAKE CHILDREN FROM THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, PLACE THEM WITH TEMPORARY TEACHERS FROM OUT OF TOWN, INSTRUCTION BY RUPERT MURDOCH ONLINE LESSONS, TIERED FUNDING, TEACHERS WITH NO HELP IN CLASSROOMS-----create obstacles to achievement. All of this variety in school choices sold as improvement is window-dressing for dismantling public education. Remember, the problem with low achievement is school funding and resources as everyone has shouted for decades!
The number of public schools closed over this decade is HUGE. It is a disgrace that Johns Hopkins chose to grow itself while stealing from these families.
CHARTER SCHOOLS / # OF STUDENTS / TEST RATING (1=LOW)
BY EDUCATION .COM
Kipp Harmony Baltimore, MD 21215 Charter / K 125 NO RATING
Collington Square Elementary School Baltimore, MD 21213 Charter / PK, K-8 599 1
Dr. Rayner Browne Elementary School Baltimore, MD 21205 Charter / PK, K-8 280 1
Southwest Baltimore Charter School Baltimore, MD 21223 Charter / K-4 258 1
Baltimore Freedom Academy Baltimore, MD 21231 Charter / 6-12 564 1
City Neighbors Hamilton Baltimore, MD 21214 Charter / K-3 87 1
Bluford Drew Jemison Stem Academy West Baltimore, MD 21223 Charter / 6 82 1
Baltimore Liberation Diploma Plus High School Baltimore, MD 21216 Charter / 8-12 170 1
Baltimore Community High School Baltimore, MD 21224 Charter / 7-10 159 1
Connexions Community Leadership Academy Baltimore, MD 21216 Charter / 6-12 337 2
Bluford Drew Jemison Mst Academy Baltimore, MD 21213 Charter / 6-8 365 2
Imagine Discovery Charter School Baltimore, MD 21207 Charter / K-4 552 2
Baltimore Antioch Diploma Plus High School Baltimore, MD 21218 Charter / 8-10 172 2
City Springs Elementary School Baltimore, MD 21236 Charter / PK, K-8 572 3
General Wolfe Elementary School Baltimore, MD 21231 Charter / PK, K-5 204 3
Inner Harbor East Academy Baltimore, MD 21202 Charter / PK, K-6 312 3
MD Academy of Technology and Health Sciences Baltimore, MD 21209 Charter / 6-12 370 3
Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School Baltimore, MD 21202 Charter / PK, K-4 201 3
Naca Freedom and Democracy Academy II Baltimore, MD 21214 Charter / 6-9 124 3
Rosemont Elementary School Baltimore, MD 21216 Charter / PK, K-8 430 4
The Green School Baltimore, MD 21213 Charter / K-5 139 4
Baltimore International Academy Baltimore, MD 21236 Charter / K-7 323 4
Afya Public Charter School Baltimore, MD 21213 Charter / 6 206 4
Hampstead Hill Academy Baltimore, MD 21224 Charter / PK, K-8 586 5
The Crossroads School Baltimore, MD 21231 Charter / 6-8 152 5
City Neighbors Charter School Baltimore, MD 21206 Charter / K-8 198 5
Patterson Park Public Charter School Baltimore, MD 21224 Charter / K-7 564 5
Northwood Community Academy Baltimore, MD 21218 Charter / K-5 260 5
Independence School Local I Baltimore, MD 21211 Charter / 9-12 103 5
Midtown Academy Baltimore, MD 21217 Charter / K-8 182 7
Kipp Ujima Village Academy Baltimore, MD 21209 Charter / 5-8 374 NO RATING
Coppin Academy Baltimore, MD 21216 Charter / 9-12 333 7
Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women Baltimore, MD 21209 Charter / 6 121 7
Empowerment Academy Baltimore, MD 21216 Charter / PK, K-8 237 8