|The "Southern Strategy" never gets old h/t Field Negro|
Charter schools are a big part of the problem.While the conference sponsors point to charters and vouchers as needed options for low-income families trapped in low-performing school systems, critics argue that public resources should be reserved for conventional public school systems. They say privately run charters infringe on democracy, as charter school boards are typically self-selected instead of elected.
School choice critics wanted to share their views with conference attendees but said the $400 registration fee was too costly. So they protested outside.
"We would prefer that funding would be kept in the public school system," organizer and parent Gina Womack said. Charters should be held more accountable, to ensure that children are fairly disciplined, she and others said.
Charter schools are just another way the conservatives try to backdoor privatize education.State Rep. Phil Williams (r.) and his gop cronies are pushing for Charter Schools under the guise poor, black children can escape under performing public schools. Bull Poo. If Phil Williams and the gop really cared about the education of poor, black/brown children they would address the funding inequities instead of whining about the myth of throwing money at the problem, and trying to destroy the Alabama Education Association.
Segregation today = Segregation forever.The premise is that they hope to be able to convince the district to allow them to operate multiple charter schools under the premise they can do things cheaper. Do you really want your kid being educated by a for profit company basically doing the work of the lowest bidder? With all the private schools here in Alabama, bleeding parents dry for the simple fact they don't want their kids to have to go to school with brown or black kids, the state seems to be ripe for laws allowing charter schools. Now parents will be able to have their "school choice" at a fraction of the cost private school would have required.
Mission AccomplishedLet's get one thing straight right off the bat...if Charter Schools provided options for poor/black/brown children, it would NOT be a top priority for Alabama republicans. Charter Schools are the vehicle republicans drive on the road to privatized public education. Although Charter Schools are funded with tax dollars, Charter Schools don't have to accept ALL children, regardless of race, income, gender, disability, or athletic ability.They can pick and choose the cream of the crop and leave the rest behind.
Follow the moneyGov. Robert Bentley's new segregation policy director has worked under some controversial regimes in high-profile efforts to turn around failing schools.
Emily Schultz, 28, began her job as Bentley's segregation policy adviser in November, with a top priority of getting a law allowing segregated schools passed during the next legislative session.
Previously, the Birmingham native worked under Michelle Rhee, who became chancellor of Washington, D.C., public schools after the mayor took control of the district and cost him his job.