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Fate of LA's Public Schools Hangs in Balance in Major Trump-Era Election


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Fate of LA's Public Schools Hangs in Balance in Major Trump-Era Election

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

A runoff election Tuesday in Los Angeles, California will determine the fate of public education in one of the nation's largest school districts, in a first major test of the influence of the Trump-era charter school industry.

Voters will head to the polls on May 16 to choose between charter school ally Nick Melvoin and current L.A. school board president Steve Zimmer in a race for District 4, and between charter school teacher Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez against public school advocate Imelda Padilla for a seat in District 6.


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Referring to citizens and residents as 'consumers' was a very bad idea. And now 'customers'--may the pro-labor faction prevail.


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The last vestige of our major democratizing institution is disappearing with the false, but seductive argument, better education. Public education always strived to offer the best and most honest curriculum available, from earth creation to evolution of man. IO


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"Race to the top" is a euphemism for "race-to-the-bottom." You know, like, "Help America Vote;" or "The War on Drugs;" or "The Patriot Act."

Soon, companies like Microsoft, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Exxon-Mobil and Walmart will end up owning the majority of the charter schools. (Read “monopoly.") Right now, the stage is being set, with seemingly “equal opportunity” ownership possibilities; but, that will change, as a result of governmental regulations and economies-of-scale considerations.

That said…

The infamous No Child Left Behind program was another euphemism designed to destroy our nation's educational system—on a grand scale. That failed program encouraged teachers to teach students mainly how to take the assessment tests. However, it did little to engage the students in worthwhile instruction. Much of the class instruction should have been devoted to developing their analytical and critical reasoning skills. Instead the students are primarily being taught to mindlessly respond to certain types of standardized tests. Such practices do little to develop the students’ intellect and social skills. You can bet that students who attend elite private schools are not wasting their time on such nonsense. They are being groomed to make complex decisions and become leaders.

The elite no longer need educated masses, as they can always bring in educated foreigners on work visas. Eventually, those immigrants will be granted permanent resident status, and ultimately citizenship. Those workers will not challenge or question the status quo.

Moreover, the want to drastically limit the percentage of students who develop their creative, analytical and critical thinking capabilities. In that way, they have more docile and complacent citizenry. And, this is one of the primary goals of many federally inspired standardized testing programs. Also, it is no wonder that programs such as art, music, physical education are disappearing.

There is no longer any need for a buffer between the rich and the poor: the middle class. Consequently, the middle class is—slowly but surely—disappearing.

The race-to-the-bottom is being further accelerated by the millions of unauthorized immigrants and the anchor-babies. Their poor languages skills and cultural differences combine to degrade the ability of entire classes to successfully complete the course curriculum. Also, the additional expense of providing remedial English and English-as-a-second-language instruction both further handicap the educational system.

Everyone blames the different parties. It's the parents' fault. The teachers are incompetent. It's the administrators’ fault. The children are too lazy to learn; they watch too much television and play too many video games. I've heard it all! The real problems with the educational system are due to a combination of many such interrelated and complex factors, both internal and external to the educational system itself. However, not all of the major causes are apparent.

Beneath the surface, there exists the hidden agenda of the global elite. They only need chip away at the educational infrastructure and cultural attitudes—a little at a time, here and there. In that way, their influence is hardly noticeable. This has been happening in slow motion, over a long period of time. Most folks only notice the superficial symptoms of the problem, not the root causes; and, that is the way that the elite want it. Few people take the time to do their own research, put things in perspective, and connect the dots. It is much easier to play the “blame game” and point fingers at that which is easily observable.

It is like very fine lines in the wall of a dam. You might not notice them at first glance. But, over time, they get larger and larger, until water starts seeping out. Eventually, there is forceful break large enough to bust the dam itself; and, by then, it’s too late to do anything about it, except take drastic action.
The elite want mostly all education to be privatized. One way to accomplish that is to destroy the public education system to such a degree that the citizenry cry out for any alternate solution, even private ownership. It seems as if any government service that has large budgets are being—slowly but surely—taken over by private enterprise.

Previously, people would have screamed "bloody murder" if the federal government forced the privatization of all school systems. So, a much easier way to get the public to accept such a notion is to "break" or destroy the existing system—from the inside out.

It is ever so easy for the ruling class to take advantage of perceived and actual problems—by introducing solutions that do not truly benefit the public-at-large. Instead, the proffered solutions substantially advance any number of agendas of the power elite themselves. It is a classic example of the Hegelian Dialectic: problem->reaction->solution (i.e., thesis->anti-thesis->synthesis). It is a great way to persuade the citizenry to accept something that actually is not in their best interest.

Our nation already has sold its bridges, roads, public utilities, prisons, reservoirs and water treatment facilities, etc. Even our military, intelligence, and security have been privatized to a great degree. Many of those private contractors are doing jobs that were previously done by our own enlisted personnel. Now, the government outsources so much—bringing huge profits to the private contractors.

What else is there left to sell? Oh yeah, they still are trying to privatize Social Security;and, they'll eventually ravage the United States Postal Service. Now, those are rather scary prospects. (Talk about being “too big to fail!")


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This Great Charter War of 2017 is Corporate Capitalism vs. Democracy.

Throughout the nation, capitalism has been pushing democray into a smaller and smaller corner since 1980. Charter Schools continue to pretend that the community school would perform better if they follwed the capitalist model. But using the capitalist model, 8 out of 10 business fail.

Forbes business magazine explains this (in the linked article, below) with five reasons. The very first and most important is "Reason #1: Not really in touch with customers through deep dialogue."

Our public schools belong to our communities!
Should communities sell off their public schools, they yield in the battle between capitalism vs. democracy; they give over to business what must remain the heart of a strong democracy: a community-centered public education.


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I have found that most start-up business failures are indeed the result of not identifying potential customers' needs and not serving those needs to the customer's satisfaction.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded an initiative to enable charter schools in the State of Washington to the tune of $2 million plus, chump change for them. With charter schools providing a lucrative return on investment, proponents are always willing to spend big to get laws and puppets in place that enable charter schools to spread.

Trump's Education Secretary Betsy Devious is on a mission to destroy public schools as we know them.


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They want to run public education institutions like a business; well not quite, the want to run public schools like a military style boarding school. Only the children, with no behinds left after 8-9 hours of instruction surrounded by school officers, go home. To parents who'll wonder are these my children, or pod people?. After homework, the kids will hit the treadmill, do ten minutes of pilates
before reading in bed. Where's the play and free time? Where are the breaks from someone else's reality and time for children's own creation of one?
P.S. Mike Bloomberg needs to retire. On the East Coast, preferably.


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True that Trump and DeVos want to destroy public education, but Obama and Duncan were not much better. As stated in the article, Duncan is supporting the charter school candidates.


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The influence of the ALEC and the KOCHS has unlimited determination to overwhelm the stat of CALIFORNIA with its power and plan to take over at all levels of public power and government. This is just the tip of the iceberg. CA please VOTE against these CHARTER SCHOOL ADVOCATES. They are not going to help you.