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Nearly 2,500 Bridges to Nowhere: Congress Considers Expanding Charter Program Despite Millions Wasted on Closed Schools


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Nearly 2,500 Bridges to Nowhere: Congress Considers Expanding Charter Program Despite Millions Wasted on Closed Schools

Jonas Persson

As both the House and the Senate consider separate bills that would reauthorize and expand the quarter-billion-dollar-a-year Charter Schools Program (CSP), the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has examined more than a decade of data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as well as documentation from open records requests. The results are troubling.


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Ridiculous! This is about the graft and corruption of high placed people. What does Arne Duncan have to do with voters? Some Christians want their little church schools to be funded by public money and some massive standardized testing entities want to impose Draconian standards upon public schools. The U.S. voter is hardly a part of the Arne Duncan calculus...


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What would you expect from a party that still supports trickle down economics and the flat tax/ intelligence? aw come on get real. I did notice that my state of Washington has no failed charter schools. Wonder what we are doing right?


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Thank you for writing this important article. The scammers behind the charter school movement need to be exposed. The concept of charter schools may be appealing... but the reality is that, as this article shows, charter schools often fail. They are opened more in hopes of being a money maker meanwhile destroying the public schools and children's lives. We write about the history of charter schools and give many accounts of their failures in our book/website- Weapons of Mass Deception. I started this research in March 2014 when the new Pearson GED test had a 90% failure rate leaving 10,000 GED seekers in our state without hopes for a job or higher ed. I knew darkness, greed and avarice was at play then... so this 30 year teacher started to do research- http://weaponsofmassdeception.org/3-charter-school-kid-prisons/3-2-the-crooks-behind-the-charter-school-scam


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This link has some really great information. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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This is a tautological argument. The BOX is controlled. The votes along with the entire process are vetted (and controlled) from start to finish by Big Money.

You and your like-minded pals who all appear DAILY committed (like one trick pony style clones) to sharing, emphasizing and repeating the same message--that voters are responsible ... is piss poor reasoning. It's also a lie told often similar in character to the castigation that "You use a computer," or "You use a car" when the topic is Big Oil's grip over national as well as international energy policy.

I have been over this HUNDREDS of times... but the trolls return since it is obviously their task to stay ON message.

While the Page & Gilens Study proves that voters' and that means citizens' wishes factor into ZERO policy determinations, still this canard is pushed.

While TPP and global trends--like those all too apparent are bearing down on Greece, and also on Spain, Italy, Portugal, Puerto Rico and other lands--still, the matter is framed as U.S. voters' fault.

When election counts are fraudulent, the Supreme Court makes a MOCKERY of elections both via "Citizens United" (effectively granting corporations the right--in broad daylight--to purchase politicians and thus political clout and policy, openly) and through the Florida 2000 vote partial recount fraud...

When Ohio's governor states that "Ohio will give Bush the vote," as indeed it did...

When Repugs use big money to rewrite voting districts, keep Black and poor voters off the rolls, and so many other shenanigans...

You "Rosemarie Jackowski clones" (this was her DAILY repeated Talking Point) STILL have the nerve to "stick to your case? Truth, be damned.

Eat Ca-ca.

IF:

  1. Media opened air time to diverse voices/candidates
  2. If elections were only publicly funded
  3. If campaign contributions = bribes were no longer legal
  4. If there was instant run-off voting and more than 2 parties on ballots

THEN you'd have a case. Now, you argue that those forced to select Pepsi or Coke are responsible that Coke and Pepsi are propped up as the only viable choices.

No 3rd party candidate has yet won a major election. And these days, Big Money has as firm a grip on the whole political circus show as was the case during the robber-baron era.


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