Heads Up to Concerned Parents

 

The Biden Administration is currently seeking to change the federal rules for charter schools, making it harder for them. For parents like us who can’t afford private schools and find ourselves in a poorly-rated school and worse have found controversial material being foisted in our public schools on an increasing basis, this makes it harder on us.

Our daughter is soaring in her current charter school. We’re constantly amazed at all she’s learned by first grade and noting that both her parents weren’t that far when we were in public school. Losing this option means losing this progress for her and her brother who would be starting in the same school next year.

Once again, the Democrats show they have little regard for those who can’t flood their coffers with campaign funds. This change will make it harder for parents in more vulnerable communities to find good education options for their children.

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    I’m so sorry, CU. The government only cares what the teachers and unions think, and they could care less about how their decisions affect your kids. Let’s hope that reason and compassion win out.

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  2. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I’m so sorry, CU. The government only cares what the teachers and unions think, and they could care less about how their decisions affect your kids. Let’s hope that reason and compassion win out.

    True enough. And for everyone who says the Democrats care about the little guy, this is yet another example of positive proof they don’t care in the least for us.

    After two years of terrible COVID policy that resulted in students being failed almost nationwide in public schools, parents have decided to exercise their options and get their kids out for their own good. And rather than rise up to the challenge, big donors instead just plead to the feds for intervention to stop the bleeding.

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  3. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    By the way, Americans have until April 13th to post formal comments on this proposed change to Charter school policy and can do so here. I recommend doing so. The administration will probably ignore it, of course.

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  4. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    Wow. This is similar to the certificate-of-need thinking and policies for hospitals and clinics. It’s designed to kill competition.

    I hope the charter schools prevail.

    They desperately need an independent source of income.

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  5. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Wow. This is similar to the certificate in need thinking and policies for hospitals and clinics. It’s designed to kill competition.

    I hope the charter schools prevail.

    They desperately an independent source of income.

    Any federal money of this form should at a minimum go to states for determination of proper use for the states’ students. The only reason the feds have a say here is because they tax us to death.

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  6. Dbroussa Coolidge
    Dbroussa
    @Dbroussa

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):
    By the way, Americans have until April 13th to post formal comments on this proposed change to Charter school policy

    But will anyone actually listen?  I’ve seen many rules that people were opposed to get confirmed and can’t remember anything off the top of my head that got tabled due to conservatives voicing their opposition.

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  7. genferei Member
    genferei
    @genferei

    Get the government out of education. Abolish compulsory schooling. 

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  8. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Wow. This is similar to the certificate in need thinking and policies for hospitals and clinics. It’s designed to kill competition.

    I hope the charter schools prevail.

    They desperately an independent source of income.

    Any federal money of this form should at a minimum go to states for determination of proper use for the states’ students. The only reason the feds have a say here is because they tax us to death.

    Yep. They take a large chunk of our money then hand it back to us with strings attached.

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  9. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    Dbroussa (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):
    By the way, Americans have until April 13th to post formal comments on this proposed change to Charter school policy

    But will anyone actually listen? I’ve seen many rules that people were opposed to get confirmed and can’t remember anything off the top of my head that got tabled due to conservatives voicing their opposition.

    I doubt they’ll actually listen, but still we should say something. And charter schools isn’t just a conservative issue. I’ve seen many liberals at my daughter’s school. My sister and her husband are California libs to their core and sent all their children to charter schools. The person I heard this from is not conservative. So the best we can do is get the word out.

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  10. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    Dbroussa (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):
    By the way, Americans have until April 13th to post formal comments on this proposed change to Charter school policy

    But will anyone actually listen? I’ve seen many rules that people were opposed to get confirmed and can’t remember anything off the top of my head that got tabled due to conservatives voicing their opposition.

    I doubt they’ll actually listen, but still we should say something. And charter schools isn’t just a conservative issue. I’ve seen many liberals at my daughter’s school. My sister and her husband are California libs to their core and sent all their children to charter schools. The person I heard this from is not conservative. So the best we can do is get the word out.

    School choice for all should be a continuing political campaign issue at all office levels. Send the money to the students where the parents can decide where they want their children to be educated.

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  11. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
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    genferei (View Comment):

    Get the government out of education. Abolish compulsory schooling.

    Done. Now what? 

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  12. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    Sounds like we have an authoritarian demagogue as president.

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  13. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    Just looking at the public education problems we face today in America,  it is easy enough to reason through how we got here. Since all public education started at the local level, whatever changes have occurred to shift the money and power to the federal level has been brought about by people affiliated with public school administration and our elected officials. This has not and does not serve students and families. It needs to be taken back to serve the parents and the children.

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  14. genferei Member
    genferei
    @genferei

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    genferei (View Comment):

    Get the government out of education. Abolish compulsory schooling.

    Done. Now what?

    Now you don’t have to follow any particular curriculum, you don’t have to employ credentialed teachers, and you can dismantle the property-tax/school district protection racket. 

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  15. Bob Thompson Member
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    @BobThompson

    genferei (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    genferei (View Comment):

    Get the government out of education. Abolish compulsory schooling.

    Done. Now what?

    Now you don’t have to follow any particular curriculum, you don’t have to employ credentialed teachers, and you can dismantle the property-tax/school district protection racket.

    Also, an approach might emerge that makes credentials valid in fields where it helps to know. At one time, I had a sense of some confidence when I was in the presence of a credentialed medical professional. Not anymore.

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  16. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):
    Yep. They take a large chunk of our money then hand it back to us with strings attached.

    After taking their cut, of course.

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  17. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):
    Yep. They take a large chunk of our money then hand it back to us with strings attached.

    After taking their cut, of course.

    And filtering it through several bureaucrats who pocket a bit for themselves.

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  18. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):
    Yep. They take a large chunk of our money then hand it back to us with strings attached.

    After taking their cut, of course.

    And filtering it through several bureaucrats who pocket a bit for themselves.

    None of that process of moving the money around and attaching the strings is even thought of as corruption.

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  19. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):
    Yep. They take a large chunk of our money then hand it back to us with strings attached.

    After taking their cut, of course.

    And filtering it through several bureaucrats who pocket a bit for themselves.

    None of that process of moving the money around and attaching the strings is even thought of as corruption.

    I’m planning to do another post regarding my recent experience as a county delegate. However, one of the important elections was for State Board of Educatoin. The challenger had some excellent graphics showing just how many influences are in our public education system, and from how many directions. As a result, the last people to be considered in education policy at any level nowadays generally goes 1. Teachers, 2. Students and finally 3. Parents (if the last is considered at all, which lately they aren’t).

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  20. Bob Thompson Member
    Bob Thompson
    @BobThompson

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):
    Yep. They take a large chunk of our money then hand it back to us with strings attached.

    After taking their cut, of course.

    And filtering it through several bureaucrats who pocket a bit for themselves.

    None of that process of moving the money around and attaching the strings is even thought of as corruption.

    I’m planning to do another post regarding my recent experience as a county delegate. However, one of the important elections was for State Board of Educatoin. The challenger had some excellent graphics showing just how many influences are in our public education system, and from how many directions. As a result, the last people to be considered in education policy at any level nowadays generally goes 1. Teachers, 2. Students and finally 3. Parents (if the last is considered at all, which lately they aren’t).

    I think it takes a really good construct to convince me that education is a public need.

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  21. Henry Racette Member
    Henry Racette
    @HenryRacette

    History, if it gets anything right, will record the dismal failure of American public education in the late 20th / early 21st century — thanks in large part to politicization and the teachers’ unions.

    (And will conclude the same about higher education.)

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  22. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Sounds like we have an authoritarian demagogue as president.

    Gary insists that only Trump was authoritarian.

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  23. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    C. U. Douglas: Once again, the Democrats show they have little regard for those who can’t flood their coffers with campaign funds.

    But don’t most government types and public school teachers, actually send their children mostly to private/charter schools?  How do they react to this kind of back-stabbing from Their Guy?

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  24. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    kedavis (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas: Once again, the Democrats show they have little regard for those who can’t flood their coffers with campaign funds.

    But don’t most government types and public school teachers, actually send their children mostly to private/charter schools? How do they react to this kind of back-stabbing from Their Guy?

    Most likely, they expect their schools won’t be affected.

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  25. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas: Once again, the Democrats show they have little regard for those who can’t flood their coffers with campaign funds.

    But don’t most government types and public school teachers, actually send their children mostly to private/charter schools? How do they react to this kind of back-stabbing from Their Guy?

    Most likely, they expect their schools won’t be affected.

    Like NM voters and the governor thought Biden would exempt them from oil cutbacks etc.

    In other words, fools.

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  26. C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    C. U. Douglas
    @CUDouglas

    kedavis (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas: Once again, the Democrats show they have little regard for those who can’t flood their coffers with campaign funds.

    But don’t most government types and public school teachers, actually send their children mostly to private/charter schools? How do they react to this kind of back-stabbing from Their Guy?

    Most likely, they expect their schools won’t be affected.

    Like NM voters and the governor thought Biden would exempt them from oil cutbacks etc.

    In other words, fools.

    To quote from Twitter–

    “I never thought leopards would eat my face” says woman who voted for the Leopards Eating Faces party.

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  27. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas: Once again, the Democrats show they have little regard for those who can’t flood their coffers with campaign funds.

    But don’t most government types and public school teachers, actually send their children mostly to private/charter schools? How do they react to this kind of back-stabbing from Their Guy?

    Most likely, they expect their schools won’t be affected.

    Like NM voters and the governor thought Biden would exempt them from oil cutbacks etc.

    In other words, fools.

    To quote from Twitter–

    “I never thought leopards would eat my face” says woman who voted for the Leopards Eating Faces party.

    Right up there with “But I didn’t vote for THAT!” – Biden voter.

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  28. Raxxalan Member
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    @Raxxalan

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    True enough. And for everyone who says the Democrats care about the little guy, this is yet another example of positive proof they don’t care in the least for us.

     

    That is incredibly effective propaganda.  I wonder if it was every really true.

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  29. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Raxxalan (View Comment):

    C. U. Douglas (View Comment):

    True enough. And for everyone who says the Democrats care about the little guy, this is yet another example of positive proof they don’t care in the least for us.

     

    That is incredibly effective propaganda. I wonder if it was every really true.

    Probably not.  The Democrat Party viewed black people as slaves to white people, and they still view ALL people as slaves to the Democrat Party.

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  30. Unsk Member
    Unsk
    @Unsk

    Charter Schools are very, very bad things;

    • They can’t be so easily controlled so ya know those kiddies may learn some things outside the official narrative. OMG! How are we going to indoctrinate our young children to be good little woke Nazi’s who will  rat out their parents if they are allowed to go to charter schools?

    • Charter Schools at least in some locales can have non-unionized teachers; another outrage! Schools are part of the great government subsidy of it’s employees to create a different class of worker –     the way overpaid government employee! So these damn Charter Schools with their employees outside the system have got to go! They are messing up the whole system!

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