Charter school extremists unhappy about rejected applications

Apparently shaking up the system is more important than good quality charter schools:

A state screening board’s recent decision to reject most charter school applications has sparked tension over the role private management companies should play in public education. “The plan was to have operators come into the state like they did in Louisiana and other states and quickly affect the public school choice landscape for the better and in quantity,” said Hawkes, a founding board member of two Guilford County charter schools run by the for-profit National Heritage Academies.

Hawkes says “mom and pop operations” like Sugar Creek can’t force change fast enough. He argues that national chains are needed to make school districts “feel threatened and up their game,” leading to better schools for all students.

That might have been "the plan" of hardcore privatization extremists, but I can guarantee it wasn't the plan of the majority of the voting public. Which is why Berger and Tillman have remained silent on this issue. But thanks for the heads-up, it makes our choice much clearer.

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Hawkes says

national chains are needed to make school districts “feel threatened and up their game.”

Umm...NO.

Proper funding of our public education system is needed to make school districts offer the best possible education to our children.

Making public school districts "feel threatened" is extremist idiocy. But that's the plan of extremists like Hawkes, Stam, Berger & Tillman. They just didn't think Hawkes would say it out loud.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Hawkes doesn't understand...

... the concept of "public accountability", much like the extremists in the legislature do not understand the concept of "public service" or "public institutions".

They already feel threatened

thanks to all the bad bills and even worse rhetoric being produced by Republicans in the NCGA.

They don't need more threats, they need support. And that's not going to happen until there's "new management" in the Legislature.

The only goal of for-profit

The only goal of for-profit charter management companies is to make money. To make money off tax dollars dedicated to public education. These companies seek money-making opportunities, not opportunities to educate children.

And the GOP

wants all institutions to be private, for-profit institutions.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

National chains...

We've seen what national chains like Wal Mart have done to our communities.

We also observe

that many national chains/large corporations tend to become more and more greedy (we believe that greed is at the root of much that is wrong in corporate American and government today).

Remember the days when businesses were content to make a fair profit by providing valuable goods and services? Now it seems that many businesses, especially large corporations, aren't content with that. They want more and more. That means maximizing revenue and minimizing costs. Minimizing costs involves treating employees progressively worse and doing things like buying control of government to reduce corporate taxes, repeal costly regulations and reduce corporate accountability.

That's where ALEC comes in.

We find it frightening and nauseating.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis