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Re: “BASIS Charter School News From Phoenix

I agree with much of what was posted by "Fraser." I probably have a fair idea of what makes a school work for different students. I taught in a variety of public and private, as well as Australian schools, in my 37 years in the classroom. As was pointed out by "Fraser," her daughter got a good education from a BASIS middle school. Not so much her other children. The daughter "packed the gear," as I heard Marine Drill Instructors say when I went through OCS at Quantico, Virgnia, about 60 years ago. The daughter had the intelligence and the motivation to do the advanced work required at the BASIS school. Apparently, he other children did not. Which brings me to another point: in the early 1960s when I got out of the Marine Corps, I was fortunate enough to find a job teaching high school English at the Shoreline School District, north of Seattle. The administrators at Shoreline at that time "tracked" kids, mostly depending upon their test scores and grades, but also on written assessments by their former teachers. Kids who scored high on standardized tests, had good grades previously, and received favorable assessments from former teachers were placed in either the "Intensive" or the "Honors" classes. For both these classifications, it was possible for teachers to assign more complex and difficult reading material, especially for the so-called "Honors" students who made up less then 5% of the school population. They "packed the gear." Later I taught in schools where students were not segregated according to their test scores, etc. I found it was next to impossible to challenge the brightest while providing assistance to those who found any kind of abstruse learning material impossible to master. While teaching in Australia, I saw what happens when schools "weed-out" students in the first few years of high school so that in grade 12 a teacher would have a class of no more then a half a dozen students. Finally, as "Fraser" pointed out, a BASIS school may be a perfect fit for one child and not so much for another. The question seems to be: what is the cost, both financially and sociologically, for Charter Schools to drain off public funds for a small minority of students who "pack the gear." One might ask, Wouldn't that student who "packs the gear" prosper just as well in a public school when the school offered the kind of "tracking" I mentioned earlier?

Posted by Morrie Schneider on 04/25/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Good, Available Child Care Benefits Society

This is where our education money went. Given choices politicians lose sight of any priorities, so everything becomes their priority. Take away the funds, leave them the purse.

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Posted by Debbie Sue on 04/25/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Good, Available Child Care Benefits Society

In the 60s we had no child care and the children were more productive and Intelligent and did not require police in the schools. Less of this:
Several hospitals, including ones in Stockton (40% Hispanic & Bankrupt), CA and Dallas, TX, report as many as 70% of their deliveries are to nonUS-residents. Similarly, the parents of infant citizens still qualify for welfare in order to protect the child.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michealene-cristini-risley/the-14th_b_1343158.html

What other things do these parents have to do since they have kids every 2 years to maintain Welfare Services. The majority don't need daycare because they don't work and don't plan to work!

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 04/25/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Good, Available Child Care Benefits Society

Repeal Birthright Citizenship:
WIC, ($7,000,000,000) SNAP ($80,000,000,000 a year), TANF ($31,000,000,000), Supplemental housing ($24,000,000,000) and MEDICAID ($265,000,000,000), CHIP ($9,000,000,000) School Lunch Program ($11,600,000,000) total $795 BILLION A YEAR this doesn't count 8 Cash Assistance programs 8 vocational training programs 3 utility assistance programs total 2 child care and development programs. ALL together are tax payer burdens.

That would save the US TRILLIONS!
In 2010 there were 6,000,000 kids of illegals in the us. 1 year of education = $12,600 (2010) KP-12 = $163,800 X 6,000,000 = $982,800,000,000.

Mexican Anchor Kids come over the Mexico/US border in Juarez to attend school and burden the people of those counties. Pregnant women sneak over the border to DROP human flesh on US soil leaving US with the Hospital bill and the Educational Bill the Medical bill and any other kind of bill they can suck out of US! The Banditos! Stop Bandito Births!

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 04/25/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Good, Available Child Care Benefits Society

A recent study out of the University of Chicago....just think of the irony that U of C could not look at results in Chicago, so they went outside their own state.

Ummm ummmm ummm Obama. Chicago bleeds for you.

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Posted by Once Great American City on 04/25/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Media Watch

April 2017: I see the other posts are from a now 3-year old, different programming model. Well, I really appreciate the current one! KEVT is now on the air with progressive talk ~ YAY! Love Thom Hartmann & Stephanie Miller ~ it's been way too long. And John C. Scott & Steve Leal are usually on-target on big local & state issues. But...contact a call-in
show? Or the station admin??? Fuggedaboudit. What is the problem? Thank you.
jtsmithh@AOL.com

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Posted by jtsmithh on 04/25/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “The Skinny

See what I mean? That made sense.

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Posted by CW13 on 04/25/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Good, Available Child Care Benefits Society

Could you make an argument with some actual thought content to it in support of a different point of view?

Compensation and credentialing standards in the child care "industry" are an acknowledged problem among educators. It's people who mindlessly promote expansion of the sector without acknowledging that wage and quality of care issues need to be addressed who are promoting shoddy public policy, a la TUSD's "early childhood education" centers. Talk to an expert in early childhood education some time about whether the execution of that particular local expansion of child care "opportunities" deserved praise or blame.

But asking questions that would help the public understand whether the public policy initiatives party operatives like Safier pitch actually benefit the constituents they are supposed to benefit -- or someone or something else -- is not something you'd be inclined to do. I wonder why not.

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Posted by Try adding some thought content. on 04/25/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Beard Buddies rejoice!

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Posted by CWazbeard13paulbuddiesBF&LF on 04/25/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Good, Available Child Care Benefits Society

Such an azz.

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Posted by Come talk to us when you're no longer a selfish, mindless prick. on 04/25/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Statewide Voucher Initiatives Has Been Voted Down Everywhere, Every Time

Should all children receive an equal amount of tax funded support for their educations, or should some receive tens of thousands of dollars of support while others receive none?

When a private institution relieves the state of the burden of educating a child at the state's expense, should the state pay for the provision of those services? When private entities provide citizens other services the state usually provides, they are paid to do so.

Why would a tax increase be needed, Frances? You apply your per pupil funding in one institution or another. It's a zero sum game.

The fact is that without vouchers equalizing the per-pupil funding and remedying a situation in which there has been unfair economic discrimination against educational institutions providing excellent services to constituents and thereby contributing more to the common good than many public educational institutions do, what we have going on is the state creating an economic incentive for parents to enroll their children in schools that produce a less educated citizenry. If the government creates incentives, it should be incentivizing behaviors that produce better outcomes, not worse ones, cf. Cass Sunstein on policy "nudges."

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Posted by Ask more honest questions & provide better answers. on 04/25/2017 at 6:20 AM

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