The article below from back in 2011 shows deregulation of public schools with this bill allowing for corporate sponsorship of schools deemed 'public'. These laws are unconstitutional as these kinds of private donations are not allowed by Federal law. When Obama uses Executive Order to install a Federalism Act---he is telling Republican states like Louisiana to go ahead and do that and my Justice Department will not enforce these Federal education laws. These Federal laws are still there---just being ignored. So, Republicans moving to deregulate and corporatize the whole K-12 public school system are now moving forward against equal protection and access for all public schools with these laws having corporations become the major benefactor for schools called public. BALTIMORE CITY AS A NEO-CONSERVATIVE CITY UNDER JOHNS HOPKINS allows the same policies as charter schools are allowed private and corporate donations and still be called 'public'
WHICH IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL IF A MAYOR OF BALTIMORE CONTESTED THESE POLICIES.
Baltimore City Hall even allowed the national corporation Exelon 'donate' $1 million to one charter school----'public'-----in exchange for an illegal corporate tax break of $100 million.
Senate passes bill allowing corporate sponsorship of charter schools in exchange for student slots, board seats
By Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune
on June 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM, updated June 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM
BATON ROUGE -- Over the objections of some public school advocates, the Louisiana Senate voted 22-16 Monday to allow corporations to sponsor charter schools in exchange for controlling up to half of the enrollment slots and half of the governing board seats.
File photoRep. Steve CarterHouse Bill 421 by Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, must return to the House, where the lower chamber is expected to approve only minor changes and send the bill on to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who announced his support for the measure in January. The House approved the bill 72-23 earlier in the session.
Chambers of commerce and other business lobbies pitched the bill as another incentive for business to come to Louisiana.
"This new business-charter school partnership legislation will help feed the pipeline of qualified workers for Louisiana businesses while creating important career opportunities for students," the governor said in a speech to business leaders earlier this year.
During floor debate, Sen. Julie Quinn, R-Metairie, called the bill "another tool in the toolbox" both for economic development and expanding educational opportunities, particularly families that cannot afford private school tuition.
Opposing senators decried the bill as another effort to chip away at public schools. Most of the outspoken opponents were Democrats, but Republican Buddy Shaw of Shreveport offered the most impassioned plea against the measure.
"You know what you're saying?" the retired public school principal said. "You're saying our public schools are not worth a damn! Let me tell you something, our public schools are worth something. They're not where we want them to be, but let's focus on that, and not on some business coming in."
New Orleans Democrats J.P. Morrell, Cynthia Willard-Lewis and Karen Carter Peterson described themselves as supportive of the charter school system that has blossomed in the city since Hurricane Katrina. But they said the measure goes too far in carving out seats from general admission.
"Public schools have to take everyone," Willard-Lewis said.
Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, replied in support of the bill, "Let's invite people into public education to help our kids. Let's invite business in as a partner to help our schools, help our teachers and, most of all, help our kids."
In order to qualify for enrollment preference and board influence, a corporate sponsor would have to either donate the land of which a school is built; provide at no cost the building or space the school occupies; or provide "major renovations to the existing school building or other capital improvements including major investments in technology." The bill defines qualifying renovations or investments as equal to at least 50 percent of the school's state appropriation under the minimum foundation program formula.
Florida has had a similar framework several years. Less than a half-dozen schools have been chartered there under a corporate partnership, according to Carter.
By a 15-20 vote, senators rejected an amendment that would have reduced to 25 percent the board seats and student slots that a sponsor could control. A similar amendment also failed in the House when the bill was in the lower chamber. In that debate, Minority Leader John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, said he didn't have a philosophical problem with the bill but said he had a problem "allowing them to do it on the cheap."
Echoing that argument, Willard-Lewis said the long-term effect is that the state will subsidize the education of the corporately selected students at a cost well beyond the firm's initial investment.
Peterson asked, "Where are the checks and balances" on a board effectively controlled by a single company? The charter would still have to be issued by a public school authority -- either state or local -- that retains oversight of charters. Those bodies also can pull charters they have issued.
Morrell wondered what would happen if a "porn shop or strip club ... or casino" wants to sponsor a school. Quinn chided Morrell for hyperbole, but answered, "I think we would welcome a business, casino or otherwise."
The bill continues a recent trend of the Legislature embracing policies that redirect tax dollars away from traditional public schools to charter programs, private school tuition scholarships and tax breaks for families that pay private school tuition. A separate bill this session, which now awaits Jindal's signature, would allow a household to deduct from their taxable income up to $5,000 in private school tuition and expenses per child.
Philadelphia and Baltimore have similar corporate education reforms occurring-----but you would not see a vote like this in support of protecting a community public school----Baltimore would simply have a public meeting that told parents the charter would be taking over. This is how Wall Street education privatizers are taking advantage of citizens across the nation----in states or cities where Republican/neo-liberal control is strong---they simply ignore Federal public education laws assuming no one will fight this in Federal courts.
Below you see what is happening in communities fighting for strong public schools and against this corporate charter takeover. WE NEED BALTIMORE CITIZENS STEPPING INTO THIS FIGHT! All Baltimore City Hall and Maryland Assembly pols push these corporatization laws for neo-conservative Johns Hopkins
'Principal Ximena Carreño was likewise exhilarated.
“It’s a big thing,” she said, beaming. “For me, it’s like, I don’t know, a miracle. The community was with us, all the time. I’m very tired – but I’m so happy. So happy.”
ASPIRA officials left quickly after the vote was counted'.
Now they say they have to fight for the funding/resources this public school should have!
Muñoz-Marín parents vote decisively to keep school within the District
By Bill Hangley Jr. on Jun 6, 2014 09:56 AM
Photo: Bill Hangley Jr.The principal of Muñoz-Marín, Ximena Carreño (in black), celebrates the results of Thursday's vote.
Updated | 3:50 p.m.: Superintendent William Hite announced that Muñoz-Marín will remain a traditional District school, saying, “Parents and guardians have chosen a path for their school and we are going to support their choice and quickly move forward with the very important work of improving outcomes for students at Muñoz Marín.”
A long, lively day of voting at Muñoz-Marín School in North Philadelphia ended with a decisive victory for the school’s current administration, with parents rejecting a proposed match with a charter provider, ASPIRA, and electing to remain under District management.
“It’s 223 for traditional public school and 70 for ASPIRA,” spokesperson Fernando Gallard announced at 7:45 Thursday night to a roar of delight from the school’s jubilant supporters and staff.
In a separate vote Thursday, parents on Muñoz-Marín’s School Advisory Council also voted to reject ASPIRA, 11-0.
“We were right. And we won,” shouted Vivian Rodriguez, a retired teacher and vocal supporter of the school, as Muñoz-Marín supporters danced and chanted around her. “You know what 11-0 means? That means, ‘in your face!’”
Principal Ximena Carreño was likewise exhilarated.
“It’s a big thing,” she said, beaming. “For me, it’s like, I don’t know, a miracle. The community was with us, all the time. I’m very tired – but I’m so happy. So happy.”
ASPIRA officials left quickly after the vote was counted. The provider had not been optimistic going in, but CEO Alfredo Calderon said he felt they had done the best they could. “We’re OK,” Calderon said before the vote. “We’re comfortable with the job we did.”
Heidi Gold of the League of Women Voters, which oversaw the vote, said that the balloting went off without a hitch. “A perfect day,” she said, with only a few minor issues, such as the occasional ineligible voter or missing ID.
The League also oversaw the SAC vote, which was equally trouble-free -- unlike last month’s SAC vote at Steel Elementary. At Steel, District officials didn’t report the number of eligible SAC voters until the last minute, resulting in some SAC members being turned away. District officials also monitored the vote themselves without outside observers, and their alleged mishandling of the votes triggered grievances from Steel supporters.
In contrast, at Muñoz-Marín, District officials determined SAC voting eligibility days ago, allowing SAC president Maria Cruz to make sure that all the eligible voters were present. Gold said the SAC vote went thoroughly by the book: “You could have heard a pin drop in there,” she said.
About one-third of 1,000 eligible voters cast ballots – “better than most Philadelphia elections,” said one teacher with a smile.
The scene was a lively one, with supporters for both sides bustling about and chatting with voters, passing cars honking horns, and parents sporting “I Voted” stickers as they headed home.
The school’s support included union organizers and volunteers from the Philadelphia Coalition for Public Schools (PCAPS). ASPIRA had staff and supporters of its own on hand.
And unlike the scene at Steel, election day at Muñoz-Marín featured an active showing of local politicians, all supporting the school’s current administration.
A sound truck provided by Leslie Acosta, the District’s Democratic nominee for the General Assembly (virtually assured of victory in November), drove through the neighborhood all day, urging residents to “get out and vote! Let’s keep this school public!” She and her father, Ralph, a longtime activist and former state senator, were on hand to press the pro-public message, as was local ward leader Carlos Matos.
The polls closed at 7 p.m., and the ballot-counting began.
It wasn’t long before a burst of cheers came from the building, where word of the SAC vote had just leaked out. Inside, Muñoz-Marín supporters began to dance and chant while waiting for Gallard to provide the final tally. At 7:45 p.m. he made the official announcement, triggering a fresh round of cheers and delight from the parents, staff, and school supporters crowded in Muñoz-Marín’s front hall.
None was happier than Cruz, the SAC president, who had been accused by ASPIRA of personally blocking its efforts to get SAC members eligible to vote. ASPIRA filed a written complaint about Cruz just days before the election.
That complaint did not result in any response from the District, and in the end, it appears that almost all SAC members became eligible and voted. “I fought for the parents!” she shouted, hugging friends and supporters in delight.
The two-month campaign, which grew increasingly contentious as election day neared, was not without its cost for the winning side.
Principal Carreño thinks she’ll probably lose some teachers next year, because site-selection deadlines required them to start looking for new jobs before knowing Muñoz-Marín's fate. Her already-overworked staff was stressed by the process, she said. And her plans for school improvements will take money that’s yet to be found.
But for now, Carreño said, she’ll get some rest, and then get started on the next chapter. “The Marín family,” she promised, “will be working together to get better and better and better.”
I showed yesterday the laws that will be pushed to deregulate state public education rules barring a charter from crossing county lines---public schools are tied to a county administration after all. At the same time Wall Street is developing the structure for a separate charter school board that at first acts as a dual structure with our public school board---but then will replace that public structure. It calls itself as usual----a non-profit. See how everything that is public is pushed to corporate non-profit. NYC is Wall Street is Mayor Bloomberg is Baltimore's Johns Hopkins. So, Baltimore City already has a corporate school board that has almost no connection to what a public school board is about. This shows what will be coming to your neck of the woods as K-12 privatizers move to replace the entire concept of public school boards if national charter chains are allowed to take hold.
NYC Charter Schools Governance and Board Development Guidebook
Charter schools were originally established to provide an alternative to ineffective and
underperforming public schools, especially in underprivileged urban areas. They have grown to
become an innovative and increasingly popular option in public education and have helped inject
several new ideas into the New York public school system, as well as nationwide.
Charter schools are public schools with substantial freedom from state and local regulations.
Instead, they operate by the terms of a five-year "charter" or performance contract to meet specific
goals for academic performance. However, the school’s charter can be revoked if agreed-upon
academic results are not attained.
The Importance of Charter School Boards
Unlike traditional public schools, charter schools are governed by a not-for-profit board of directors,
with legal responsibility to ensure that the school operates efficiently, effectively and in accordance
with the school’s charter, mission, vision and contracted performance goals.
Like most nonprofits, charter schools need a board of directors to help them become a fiscally
sound, thriving and continually improving school that will be around for the long term.
Creating an initial board of directors is an important step in establishing the direction and future
success of a charter school. And as the governance structure and list of board members must be
included in the charter school application process, the initial school board must be determined well
before the school is scheduled to open.
This NYC Charter Schools Governance and Board Development Guidebook, prepared by the
New York City Center for Charter School Excellence, builds upon the best practices of nonprofit,
charter and private school governance training and resources to provide helpful information to
create and sustain an effective charter school board.
About the NYC Center for Charter School Excellence
The Center is an independent, not-for-profit organization, launched in 2004 as a partnership between
New York City and the philanthropic community, with generous support from The Robertson Foundation,
the Robin Hood Foundation, The Pumpkin Foundation and The Clark Foundation.
The mission of the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence is to stimulate the supply of
high quality charter schools and support ongoing student excellence in all NYC charter schools,
impacting the effectiveness of public education. As an independent nonprofit, the Charter Center is
an advocate, bridge and catalyst for the achievement of academic and operational success and
sustainability of all NYC charter schools for each young person.
Below you see what must be one of the most Republican corporate structures for education privatization outside of NYC-----Indianapolis with a mayor sponsored national charter chain and school board. This mayor is pure Chamber of Commerce.
In Baltimore we had Baltimore City Council members open their own charters which were used simply to funnel underserved families out of Enterprise Zones and then closed. BAltimore is no less corporate and has the Baltimore Development Corporation working as hard as this Indiana Economic Development Corporation to make a corporate market of K-12.
I'M SEEING A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM INDIANA IN BALTIMORE!
Meanwhile you see below the citizens of Indiana voted by wide margins a State Superintendent that supports strong public schools----what does this Republican governor and mayor do? Build a separate education agency to undermine this elected state education official.
“Such a move would infuriate educators and others across the state and worsen what has been a toxic period in state education policy. It would be a slap in the face to voters who elected a Democratic superintendent in 2012',
Indiana: GOP War Against Glenda Ritz
November 19, 2014 //Matthew Tully of the Indianapolis Star calls on Republicans to stop their war against state Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Ritz was elected in 2012, handiy beating incumbent Tony Bennett despite his 10-1 spending advantage. Since her election, the Republican Governor Mike Pence and Legislature and state board have done everything possible to undercut Ritz. Pence even created a rival education agency to bypass Ritz and the state education department.
Now the Governor and Legislature want to abolish her office, nullify the election, and turn the position into a gubernatorial appointment.
Indianapolis Charter School Board
- Former Lt. Gov. John Mutz – ChairmanFor more than three decades, Mr. Mutz has been an Indiana leader committed to furthering the interests of the state and its residents. Mr. Mutz is a two-term lieutenant governor for the state of Indiana, former president of Lilly Endowment, former chairman of the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks Board and former president of PSI Energy, Indiana's largest electric utility. He also sits on the boards of five corporations in Central Indiana and on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation Board. In addition to Mr. Mutz's terms as lieutenant governor, he also served as a state representative and state senator.
Through the authorization of high-performing charter schools, the Indianapolis Charter School Board will help make Indianapolis a city where all students in every neighborhood have access to a high-quality education.
RoleIC 20-24-2.3 gives the Indianapolis Charter School Board the authority to grant or reject charter applications submitted to the Mayor of Indianapolis. Members of the Board believe that high-quality charter schools provide important educational options for students in our city.
Term of ServiceBoard members serve four year renewable terms at the pleasure of their respective appointee.
Board Size and CompositionThe Board consists of nine members, six of whom are appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis and three of whom are appointed by the President of the City-County Council.
Board MeetingsFind the Board’s meeting schedule here.
Mayor-Sponsored Charter Schools
The Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation (OEI) is presently responsible for the authorization and oversight of 38 Mayor-sponsored charter schools. View map of our schools here.
Andrew J. Brown Academy
Avondale Meadows Academy
Christel House Academy – South
Christel House Academy – West
Christel House DORS – South
Christel House DORS – West
Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School
Damar Charter Academy
Excel Center – Decatur
Excel Center – Franklin Road
Excel Center – Lafayette Square
Excel Center – Meadows
Excel Center – Michigan Street
Excel Center – University Heights
Herron High School
Indiana College Preparatory School
Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School
Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School – East
Indiana Math and Science Academy – North
Indiana Math and Science Academy – South
Indiana Math and Science Academy – West
Indianapolis Metropolitan High School
Irvington Community Elementary School
Irvington Community Middle School
Irvington Preparatory Academy
KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory
KIPP Indy Unite Elementary
Paramount School of Excellence
Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (SENSE)
Tindley Collegiate Academy
Tindley Genesis Academy
Tindley Preparatory Academy
Tindley Rennaissance Academy
Tindley Summit Academy
Vision Academy @ Riverside