Dismantle the large districts first…

Then dismantle the smaller ones.

When the Washington Post starts writing editorials like this, it can’t be long before more liberals start to see the light on education.

The Big Easy’s school revolution

But what really distinguishes New Orleans is how government has re­defined its role in education: stepping back from directly running schools and empowering educators to make the decisions about hours, curriculum and school culture that best drive student learning. Now, state and school-district officials mostly regulate and monitor — setting standards, ensuring equity and closing failing schools.

Rahm could just as easily shut down 125 S. Clark. Setting standards is ALL any state or city need do. Let 100s of new independent schools find the best way to meet those standards.

As for the teachers, once free of their unions’ golden handcuffs, they can find solace in once again being viewed as true professionals, and not the rent-seeking collectivized drones of the failed legacy system. From, the article…

One teacher I spoke with during a recent trip talked about the luxury of being pursued by different charter networks willing to pay for her talents. After 11 years of teaching, she said, it was the first time she felt she was being treated as a professional. I visited the classrooms of Sci Academy, where 99 percent of the students are minorities and 92 percent are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. They have some of the city’s highest scores on statewide tests, and more than 90 percent of Sci Academy seniors have already been accepted to a four-year college or university.

Teachers need to realize that 100s of schools bidding for their talents is better than 4 or 5 districts doing the same. This bidding will eventually raise the pay of the most competent teachers. As for the rest, it shouldn’t be our problem.

More proof that teacher’s don’t care about Children…

If one is to follow with the metaphor below, the real “fox in the henhouse” is the Teacher’s Union (Fox) inside our public schools (henhouse). These greedy foxes have eaten richly off of our tax dollars, created an overpriced and under-performing education system, and bankrupted a couple of states in the process.

Charter Schools: Education’s Fox in the Henhouse?

Successful urban charter schools are showing that high demand, high support education works for all students—not just Jewish and Asian and upper-class kids, but all kids who commit to academic success. Some of these schools’ achievement gains are very impressive.

So why am I, a retired public school teacher of 34 years, cautious and suspicious?

Perhaps there’s a hidden agenda, one that may be revealed by the following questions:

I can’t speak for all of the proponents of charter schools, but I have no hidden agenda. I hope to see the death of teacher’s unions in my lifetime. If one’s goal is to educate the populace effectively with public money, there is no intellectually sound reason to allow teacher’s unions to exist.

How do we get the best education for the least amount of money? There is no room for the greed and laziness of the public employee union mentality in any possible answer to that question.

No hidden agenda here, Mr. Saxon. GET YOUR UNIONS OUT OF OUR SCHOOLS!!!

Here is how to do it.
If you are against the creation of more charters and other educational options for children, you are arguing from a position of moral illegitimacy.

This is what happens when you buck the Teacher’s Unions

Locke High School’s progress

Nearly three months into the school year, the changes at Locke are obvious. Last year, when it was still run by the Los Angeles Unified School District, Locke was known for student brawls, rampant graffiti, ditched classes and a dropout rate so high that the senior class was routinely one-fourth the size of the freshman class.

This year, the halls are virtually empty during class. Teachers and aides say the campus is almost graffiti-free, and fights have diminished from one a day or so to less than one a month. Tardiness and ditching are down, now that both of those bring detention. Student attendance for September and October averaged 92%, close to that at suburban high schools.

Any Illinois legislator that votes against charter school expansion should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. They are voting for evil because they are stopping good things from happening – to their very own constituents!!!

Some one tell the Rev. Meeks his priorities are screwed up. He and the Urban League should be suing for charter schools, not more money for his greedy benefactors – the teacher’s unions. I’d like the fiery Rev. Meeks to debate me on converting every school to an independent charter. I’ll even come to his church on a Sunday, though I reserve the right to bring some chicken wire. By the time I’m done, he may be asking to borrow it. His constituents deserve to know the level of disservice he is doing them.

It’s time some one exposed these charlatans for the Carnival Hawkers they are.

If Teacher’s Unions hate it….

…then you can bet it’s a good idea

Regarding the post below (about identifying issues/ways that serve to steal voters from the surging Democrats), one would be to promote Charter Schools aggressively. Properly promoted, a campaign to defeat any politician who opposes charters could succeed. Being against expansion of charter schools should become akin to being against desegregation. Politicians who do the bidding of Teacher’s Unions are consorting with evil, and it’s time rub their stinking faces in it.

Charters lead state’s traditional schools in achievement for poor children, survey finds

The burgeoning charter school movement in California has largely made its mark as an alternative to low-performing inner-city schools. An analysis being issued today suggests that, at their best, charters are doing that job well, outperforming most traditional public schools that serve children in poverty.

Using the Academic Performance Index as a measuring tool, the California Charter Schools Assn. found that 12 of the top 15 public schools in California that cater primarily to poor children are charters.

The association, which is an advocate for charter schools, focused on schools where at least 70% of the children qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Of more than 3,000 public schools statewide that fit that description, the highest API score — 967 — was earned by American Indian Public Charter, a middle school in Oakland whose students are primarily Asian, black and Latino, and have a poverty rate of 98%. It was followed by its sibling, American Indian Public High School, with a score of 958.

The fifth-highest ranked school was another Oakland middle school run by the same organization, which began with a Native American theme. American Indian Public Charter II had an API of 917. The API, which ranges from 200 to a perfect score of 1,000, is a gauge of student performance.

Charter schools are public schools run independently of traditional school districts, typically by nonprofit organizations. Broad analyses of charter performance have tended to show that they slightly outperform traditional public schools, especially at the middle and high school level, although critics say that could be because their students tend to come from more academically motivated families.

“Traditional school districts” are engines of greed, waste, and abuse. The faster we realize that school districts are completely useless (if educating children is your goal), the faster we can convert every school to an independent charter.

If anyone reading this wants to attempt to defend the idiocy of a “school district,” please offer such a defense in the comments section.

It’s never a bad time to circumvent teacher’s unions

Fenty, Rhee Look for Ways Around Union
Proposals Would Set Stage For School System Rebuild

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are discussing a dramatic expansion of their effort to remove ineffective teachers by restoring the District’s power to create nonunionized charter schools and seeking federal legislation declaring the school system in a “state of emergency,” a move that would eliminate the need to bargain with the Washington Teachers’ Union.

Union’s penchant for protecting bad teachers exposes the myth that they support education. They support a bloated “full employment doctrine” for anyone who can squeezed under the wire. Once they get their dues, you get their protection, whether you incompetent or not.

Good teachers need to realize just how bad they look under the unionization of education.

If adopted, the measures would essentially allow the District to begin building a new school system. Such an effort would be similar to one underway in New Orleans, where a state takeover after Hurricane Katrina placed most of the city’s 78 public schools in a special Recovery School District. About half of the district’s schools are charters, and it has no union contract.

I’ve quipped that if every public school in America fell to rubble tomorrow, the educational outcomes in America would IMPROVE, as people did what was necessary to get their children educated. Hurricane Katrina has proven that theoretical scenario mostly correct, as the “disaster scenario” improved outcomes there.

The faster we can remove corrupt and mendacious unionization from our schools, the faster we can apply resources to actually educating our kids.