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Philadelphia Closing 64 Public Schools In Radical Restructuring

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Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry T. Jordan released the following statement regarding the plan:

This restructuring plan has nothing to do with raising student achievement. The district provided a business model, not a research-based plan for turning around or supporting schools.

By closing 64 schools and transferring more and more children out of publicly accountable, neighborhood schools and into charter, cyber-charter and private schools, the School District of Philadelphia is saying it is no longer wants to be in the business of educating children. It would rather manage a ‘portfolio’ than do the hard work my members do every day educating children.

This is a cynical, right-wing and market-driven plan to privatize public education, to force thousands of economically disadvantaged families to select from an under-funded hodge-podge of EMO- and charter-company-run schools and to convert thousands of professional and family-sustaining positions into low-paying, high-turnover jobs.

I find it ironic that the district chose Election Day to announce it is dismantling our public school system, which is the foundation of our democracy. Every person who cares about democracy and about educating economically disadvantaged children, children of color, immigrant children and children with special needs should stand up to the SRC and tell them our children and our schools aren’t for sale.

Everyone will have a chance to weigh in beginning next Tuesday, May 1, when there will be the first in a series of ublic hearings on the proposal. Stay tuned for more developments.

What do you think?

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6:04AM PDT on May 14, 2012

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9:24AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

I don't know about Philly, but here we have a lot of vouchers. So the kids I teach say "next year I'm going to Voucher School Academy! I won't have to go to public school!"

Great. So next September the kid and the chunk of voucher money are taken out of the public school. In about a month either the kid is acting out to turn "I can't" into "I won't" because he's behind academically compared to private school kids, or his mama has realized the private school doesn't have special ed teachers and isn't equipped to serve his special needs, and he's back to the public school. But the FUNDS to teach him stay at the private school even though he's no longer there.

One of my favorite "Demotivators" at Despair Inc is the one titled:
"CONSULTING
If you're not a part of the solution, there's good money to be made in prolonging the problem."

Sounds like that's exactly what happened in Philly.

8:54AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

ty

7:46PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Why didn't they go to the teachers and the people who are intimately involved with the schools operation instead of blowing 1.5 million on an outside consultant?

Privatization will not save money, or provide for better education. They are crazy if they believe otherwise.

3:42PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Education is the future for young people,should not be denied...and it's not only in the U.S. but also in Ireland,cut-backs in Schools and Teachers,,,,

1:23PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

noted

12:02PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Control the children and you control the adults.

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Military-History-669/Hitler-maintained-control.htm

When the Nazis took over in 1933 they began destroying all other political parties. This reduced the voice of the people in government. Not only did the Nazis go after political groups they also went after unions, trade organization, churches and other organized groups that could have formed a nucleus of resistance to the Nazi party and their ideals. One of the most effective forms of control over people is to control their children. After 1933 most Germany children joined the Hitler youth. Ten year boys joined and quickly were turned into the eyes and ears to spy on families. Parents became fearful of their own children. Teachers who would not teach Nazi material were replaced so even children not in the Hitler youth received Nazi training at school. When you control children you control the parents.

Movies became pro Germany and even pro expansion. Radio programs followed the party line. The arts were forced to follow support the party line.

11:16AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Welcome to America: Home of the uneducated because we rather give money to the rich, and blow up other countries instead of take care of our own people.

9:14AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Paul, I first read about these camps back in 2007. I have my doubts about anything coming out of Jesse Ventura these days.

And Judy - you don't have a clue what you're talking about. You're just ranting. Go to Congress to address those concerns. They control how much the states get to spend on education, not the President.
And blame the oil and gas companies for making the prez go overseas. They refused to allow the technologies to be subsidized here. They will only invest .015% in these industries. They don't care about you, only themselves.

8:52AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Tax Payer money being spent elsewhere and not in America. School children and their families are suffering for his policies. Even though there are 13 million unemployed Americans, the Obama administration is working to create "green jobs" in foreign countries! Over three years ago, President Obama ratcheted up government spending and debt with his $831 billion stimulus package, while promising to create jobs and boost economic growth here in America. Wasteful spending on green jobs that only benefited obama's big donators to his campaign funds.
Charity begins at home, it is important we have well educated children for the future of America.

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