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NCLB was designed to eventually label all schools as failing so that they could be taken over and privatized. It's just a sneaky way to introduce vouchers and get the public to pay for private religious education. I don't want my tax dollars going to a madrassa of any religion. It's also a way to get charters everywhere - and open the door for Education Management Organizations (EMOs) to make a boatload of money. Why else would Michael Millken be involved? There are hedge funds devoted to education. Public education dollars will end up in Wall Street pockets instead of the classroom.
Arne Duncan himself said 82% of schools will be failing because of the incremental increase and the demand for 100% proficiency in 2014. That's like saying all oncologists will have 0 patients die and if any patients do die, they'll put the doctor on probation.
But by all means, let's test kids some more - start with 4 year olds and test test test. Follow the money - the testing companies, Pearson in particular, are going to make bank on this. The new Common Core standards will require testing throughout the school year - tests that haven't been tested for validity will now be used to determine a child's future and a teacher's job. The countries that are the best in education don't test like this - they also aren't in thrall to corporations.
I see little hope for the American education system when the President holds education summits and invites business people and billionaires but no educators. The US Department of Education is staffed by pro-charter test-a-holics associated with the Bill Gates Foundation who are not educators.Jul 27, 2011
Arizona Parents for Education is an organization promoting online education. The president is on the Board of K-12.com a "public" online charter school. Why does a public school need investors? There's money to be made here. Administrative costs are $500 higher per student at virtual schools than the state school average: $1200 as opposed to $700 per student according to the State Auditor General.
One reason for the high administrative costs is -- surprise! -- high administrative salaries. Three of the schools reported that their top administrators had salaries between $71,000 and $187,000. Similarly sized brick-and-mortar schools gave their top administrators between $65,000 and $81,000. (from blogforarizona.com)
No wonder this group wants to reward Pearce, the foe of public education.
Here's a question: when kids wash out of these virtual schools, where do they go? If you succeed in destroying public schools, there will be no place for them. So guess what, the virtual schools and the charters will end up being forced to accept the "undesirable" students they now counsel out. That's when the investors will throw in the towel because if they can't cherry pick their students, the profits go down.Jul 26, 2011