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The many recent stories about ALEC come from a document drop. Somebody got hold of the packet from the big ALEC meeting in Chicago last August and leaked it to the Guardian. The documents are here → http://bit.ly/IrkywM. On page 39 there's a table showing ALEC membership for each state's legislature. There are two states with 100% membership, how proud they must be.
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I would argue that the single largest tally of defectors was the vote for H.R.992, a bill to re-deregulate derivatives. Seventy sell-out Dems voted for that one, Ron and Kyrsten among them.
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I'd be interested to know what these grifters have been paying themselves. People who run "non-profit" charters often do pretty well compared to administrators in traditional public schools. → http://nydn.us/17nukMc
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It depends on what you mean by "work." If you mean improving education outcomes, then no, they don't work. But if you mean funneling public funds into private pockets then they work pretty well, thank you.
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The absolute worst was Monday, Aug. 12. They ran dueling editorials on the question: Is Common Core Likely to Succeed ? The Yes position was argued by two Big Business hacks, one from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and one from the Business Roundtable. The No position was argued by a Big Business hack from the AEI. Two different flavors of Big Biz propaganda, no educators, good job Star.
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Cap'n Melvin got a B ? What does it take to get an A ?
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But what about BASIS ?
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Congratulations, Bob. I'm visiting in California and saw your Times piece this morning.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2013 on Success At Last, For Real at Blog For Arizona
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Bob, Don't give up on DKos. It's more of a virtual community than most sites and you have to kinda' get yourself known. The most common mistake of new diarists is post-and-run. When you post a piece, be prepared to hang around for an hour or so to respond to a few comments, it's almost like defending a thesis. You had one the other day that I though would have been a perfect fit. Tipped and Recc'd
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2013 on Success, At Last, Sort Of at Blog For Arizona
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This would be a good one to cross-post to the Great Orange Satan.
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I wish I could say I was shocked. I'll see if I can't spread this around the innert00bs.
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Faith-based economics. Free-market economics is an ideology, a belief system not subject to refutation with facts or reason. I thought Yves Smith summed it up well in the last paragraph of her book "Econned." " That brings us to the final outcome of this debacle. A radical campaign to reshape popular opinion recognized the seductive potential of the appealing phrase "free markets." Powerful business interests, largely captive regulators and officials, and a lapdog media took up this amorphous, malleable idea and made it a Trojan horse for a three-decade-long campaign to tear down the rules that constrained the financial sector. The result has been a massive transfer of wealth, with its centerpiece the greatest theft from the public purse in history. This campaign has been far too consistent and calculated to brand it with the traditional label, "spin." This manipulation of public perception can only be called propaganda."
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Yup, education starts in the home. Unfortunately, like the recent Reinhart-Rogoff thing, you can debunk their neo-liberal B.S. all you want and it won't stop them. Market totalitarianism is what it is and what the plutocrats want the plutocrats get. In this case, the goal is for-profit corporate education.
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Welcome to the club. While the two major political parties will allow us to fight it out over divisive "social issues," the oligarchy's assault on our standard of living has bipartisan support.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2013 on My Obsession With Inequality at Blog For Arizona
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I've had the same idea, swap out the entire staffs; principal and teachers, between a high income zipcode school and a lower income one. This simple experiment would put to rest all of this "no excuses" B.S. As for the BASIS/UHS thing, AP exams are going on right now and, as a UHS parent, it irritates me that BASIS pays their kids' AP exam fees.
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Interesting. I always thought it was more popular among us gringos because Cinco De Mayo is easier to pronounce than Dieciseis de Septiembre.
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Job creators ? You're kidding right ? Maybe you'd better stick with the Peloponnesian War 'cuz you don't have a clue about economics.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2013 on Income and education inequality at Blog For Arizona
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Arne supports privatization and has from the start. Look for him to accept employment with a for-profit education "provider" after his government service.
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Heh, teacherken at DKos has a new meme, Rhee = #EraseToTheTop
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It's so obvious to me that privatization is foolish, I have trouble understanding why so many are willing to allow it. Here's another one for your files → http://bit.ly/148KyWe
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Thanks for the link, tipped and recc'd.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2013 on A House Built on Sand at Blog For Arizona
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This just came up today (Thursday) at DKos → http://bit.ly/YfvsWP Good news, no ?
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I see NPR is on the list. "Support for this program comes from the Walton Family Foundation whose K12 initiative works to empower families with quality school choices." This is how they make sure stories about miracle charters and online "schools" will broadcast on "public" radio.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2013 on Walton money for charters at Blog For Arizona
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I tuned in. You were great, maybe Robin needs a regular co-host. Why is it that only right-wingers call in to radio shows ? I can't remember if I've shared this with you already or not, but here's my DKos piece on education: http://bit.ly/VXhrCo
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A couple of good posts on education are up this morning over at DKos. There's this one on a Seattle protest against M. Rhee http://bit.ly/11KEkf1, and this one about a little known Clinton-era law that rewards hedge funds that support charters. http://bit.ly/Z2xbRH Have a nice day.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2013 on Obama in Preschool Land at Blog For Arizona
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