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Nov 6, 2012 STEMucator commented on Don't Be Charter Fooled.
Whoops. Well, I guess it did work the first time.
Nov 6, 2012 STEMucator commented on Don't Be Charter Fooled.
As a teacher, I understand the fence many are on very well. On the one side, the experience pussnboots describes, while anecdotal, is also a very real component of the distraction and dilution of resources already happening in public schools. Teachers like myself have a hard time with charter school initiatives because they seem to paint a picture of parents and communities coming together because they care about education. Like KJones, I would sometimes prefer working at a fantasy charter school where the kids actually WANT to be there and they often have supportive families. Think about what this says and does to those students and their families left even further behind as we continue to reduce funding for public schools for ALL students.

Shout out to heavyhebrew`s post: Where are our bills saying that education, water, power production, safety, roads and bridges belong to the people? How about an income tax on those earning over 500k?

We do seem to be lacking progressive solutions to complex problems on our ballots and in the redundant negative advertising this campaign season, but that is what your legislators are for! If concerned parents and teachers were behind this charter schools initiative, then they might support simply increasing school funding by 1.4%. But it wouldn`t be very popular because there is no vitriolic blaming of administrators or bad teachers or bad parents or Washington politics to make it easy to point the finger during our education crisis. And it wouldn`t have a big impact if it was distributed evenly among all schools & students, much like this initiative.
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Nov 6, 2012 STEMucator commented on Don't Be Charter Fooled.
As a teacher, I understand this fence very well. On the one side, the experience pussnboots describes, while anecdotal, is also a very real component of the distraction and dilution of resources already happening in public schools. Teacher like myself have a hard time with charter school initiatives because they seem to paint a picture of parents and communities coming together because they care about education. However, as much as like KJones, I would sometimes prefer working at a fantasy charter school where the kids actually WANT to be there and they often have supportive families. Think about what this says and does to those students left even further behind as we continue to reduce funding for public schools for ALL students.

Shout out to heavyhebrew`s post: Where are our bills saying that education, water, power production, safety, roads and bridges belong to the people? How about an income tax on those earning over 500k? If concerned parents and teachers were behind this charter schools initiative, they could simply try to increase school funding by 1.4%, but it wouldn`t be very popular because there is no vitriolic blaming and polarized idealogies to debate it (and it wouldn`t have a big impact if it was distributed evenly among all schools & students).
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