Charter School Industry's Data Plan Goes Bust

The School Performance Framework (SPF) written by those who would like to privatize public education has been revoked by the LAUSD board with a 6-1 vote.

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When Facts Get In The Way, Change Them

The information age should have held truth to power. Instead, politicians from a school board member to the president just create new realities.

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What Is This Charter School Hiding?

Three years after their principal resigned in disgrace, El Camino Real Charter High School still refuses to release records that show how public funds were allowed to be used for private benefit.

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More Eyes Needed To Keep Watch On The Charter School Industry

The LAUSD is allowed to appoint a representative to each charter school governing board. The Board needs to step up and make this happen.

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Can An Ethically Challenged School Board Member Pass Judgement On Others?

Nick Melvoin has put the interests of the charter school industry over the LAUSD students he is supposed to represent. Should this disqualify him from reviewing district employees?

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Resolution: Community Representation on Charter School Governing Boards

Whereas, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the largest district charter school authorizer in the nation, overseeing about 320 independent and affiliated charter schools;

Whereas, The District Required Language (DRL) in all charter applications submitted to the LAUSD must include a statement that “The District reserves the right to appoint a single representative to the Charter School governing board pursuant to Education Code section 47604(b).

Resolved, that the Charter School Division (CSD) is directed to ensure that an LAUSD representative with full voting rights is placed on the Governing Board of each and every charter school authorized by the district.

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Power of Political Sound-Bites

 

Tune in to “Be Bold America!”  with host Jill Cody on Sunday, October 13 at 5:00 pm on KSQD.

What does it do to democracy when the President of the United States uses political sound-bites to capture the country’s attention such as “coup” and “civil war?”

In our overwhelming news-culture, a short clip of speech that typifies a lengthier concept is increasingly employed by politicians to summarize their positions and/or label opponents and ideas whether true or not. In the past few years, this strategy has been increasingly exploited. With the current impeachment inquiry and the upcoming presidential election, the war of sound-bites will become deafening.

In the political uproar, the truth might not win out over the shortest and most clever sound-bite. The American attention span is very short. There are no truth-in-advertising laws for political ads and political ads employ short narratives to convince listeners of agendas that may not be to their benefit. Yet, we have the tools to become well-informed. We have minds that can hold competing thoughts in our heads until we do our research. Then, why do so many people fall for the bumper sticker sound-bite?

Interview Guest:  Carl Petersen has been a political activist and has run for elected office. He is a father of five with two on the autism spectrum, and is a special education advocate. He is an extensive writer whose articles have been published in OpEdNews (“Losing the Sound-Bite War”), K-12 News Network (“Education for Sale”), and Medium (“Universal Acceptance”).

 

Note: This interview was based on my article that was originally titled "Losing the Sound-Bite War." You can also read the article on Medium.

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How Do You Rank The Value Of A School?

While the charter school industry continues to push for a Yelp-like rating of schools, LAUSD parents support the effort to fight back.

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Biden and Trump: Two Sides of the Same Corrupt Coin

Trump ignores the real corruption in the Hunter Biden case. Could this be because his own family is personally benefiting from the office he holds?

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A Fox Watches Over the Data Hen House

 

Board Member Nick Melvoin got caught manipulating data for the benefit of the charter school industry. He now oversees the LAUSD’s data-driven efforts.

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