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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Oct 03rd 2010, 10:47 PM
This is a first, I understand.

I know that Teach for America, whose teachers get 5 weeks training before taking jobs of laid off experienced teachers...will get 50 million from the government for being part of Americorps. Yes, they say they are non-profit, but districts must pay them a lot of money to recruit teachers for them. The districts could hire teachers locally, and it would not cost them a penny of recruitment money.

We learned that Geoffrey Canada's Harlem Children Zone charter schools will get 200 million to build 20 more schools across the country.

In 1997, Geoffrey Canada founded Harlem Children's Zone, a comprehensive system of programs and charter schools designed to help Harlem children succeed. Children enter the program as infants and graduate college-bound. In just over 10 years, Canada revolutionized a broken education system in a community where poverty and drop out rates ran high. The program's incredible success has made Canada one of the nation's leading advocates in education reform. Canada is profiled in Davis Guggenheim's education documentary, "Waiting For 'Superman.' "

Now, the federal government has announced Canada's program will be reproduced in 20 communities across America.

President Obama has requested $200 million in his fiscal 2011 budget to help implement the 21 projects that are being planned this year, along with $10 million for additional planning grants.

And we learn that 12 charter management companies will get millions from the federal government as grants. These are publicly funded, but privately run. They do not have to keep children who do not perform well, they can send them back to public schools....and the public schools must keep them.

When a public school student leaves to go to a charter school much or all of the money allotted for that student goes to the charter schools. It seldom is sent back to the public schools if the student doesn't make the grade. It is in effect defunding public education.

U.S. Department of Ed. to Give Out Grants to 12 Charter Networks

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that the department will allocate $50 million in grants to top-notch charter management organizations to help them expand their reach. This is the first time the feds have specifically sought to help good charters replicate their efforts.

Here are the 12 charter schools and the amounts they will get.

*Achievement First: Will get $1.67 million to create 14 new schools and expand two schools in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island

*Aspire: Will get $5.58 million to create 15 new schools in California.

*Foundation for a Greater Opportunity: Will get nearly $1.5 million for one new school and 3 expanded schools in New York City.

*IDEA: Will get $8.73 million to get 22 new schools up-and-running in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

*KIPP Foundation: Will get $14.5 million for 21 new schools and 11 expanded schools in a bunch of states including Arkansas, Colorado, Washington, DC, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. That's on top of KIPP's whopping $50 million Investing in Innovation grant.

*LEARN: Will get $1.02 million to create 3 new schools and expand 2 schools in Chicago.

*Mastery: Will get $5.13 milion for 15 new schools in Philly and Camden, N.J.

*Noble: Will get $3.2 million to expand 5 schools and create 6 new schools in Chicago.

*Project YES: Will get $2.7 million for 6 new schools and 2 expanded schools in Houston.

*Propel: Will get $1.14 million for 4 new schools and 1 expanded school in Pittsburgh

*Success: Will get nearly $2 million for 13 new schools and 3 expanded schools in New York City

*Uncommon: Will get $2.6 million for 7 new schools and 2 expanded schools in New York and New Jersey.

I think Education Nation opened some eyes in a Florida County. Watching the charter schools praised for their success really got to a local school board member and a local reporter. They both knew full well why the charters score so well.

They send the underperforming students back to the public schools. Both were very outspoken this week.

NBC series causes upset toward local charters. "Class Warfare, McKeel Academy edition"

A school board member pointed out the obvious at a meeting. He held up a letter received by a parent from a charter school.

“Your child does not meet the criteria to be a McKeel student,” O’Reilly read.

If public schools were to reject students based on their academic performance, then they could be A schools, too, O’Reilly said.

“We must take every child that comes through that door whether we like it or not,” O’Reilly said. ‘‘That is a public school paid by taxpayers’ dollars, and I like to remind Mr. Maready of that.”

And the reporter went another step and showed the real meaning of what the charter school was doing.

Seems that NBC's series empowered the elites in charter school management to gloat just a little bit more than usual.

The writer blasts him.

Let me translate that answer into big boy speak: "You’re damn right we dump our difficult kids. In great numbers. And we’ll do it again. That’s our culture of achievement. And then we’ll brag about how different we are from traditional schools. Oh, and the magnet schools do it, so there."

How many dumped kids are we talking about? And who are they? Well, check out this sheet produced by the School District. Pay particular attention to the table at the top outlining transfer figures for the three McKeel schools. In McKeel Academy, the junior-senior high in Lakeland with 1,042 students, 130 students left for regular Polk School District schools in the 2009-2010 school year. That’s 12.5 percent of its enrollment. South McKeel Academy, a K-7, rid itself of 77 kids, about 7 percent of its enrollment. That’s in a mostly elementary school, where kids are generally easier to deal with and American schools generally do pretty well.

Maybe their parents got a letter like the one Frank read at the School Board Meeting, stating, “Your child does not meet the criteria to be a McKeel student.”

A charter schools sends back 12.5% of its students for the public schools to deal with. I do not call that success.

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