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“Octopus Tomato Trees” Can Yield up to 32,000 Tomatoes per Harvest - arccasa.com

“Octopus Tomato Trees” Can Yield up to 32,000 Tomatoes per Harvest - arccasa.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
They might look like something created in a laboratory, but these “octopus tomato trees” are merely hybrids that grow from a single tomato vine but spread on a large trellis. Their crown grows to about 40-50 square meters and they yield tens of...
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Clinton signs privatization bill

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Federal Privatization and the Expensive Philosophy of the Circular A-76 Process

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Federal policies since 1966 have mandated privatizing public work under a rubric of saving taxpayer dollars and preventing government from "competing" with its citizens. But how much has this policy actually saved?
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Did taxpayers lose on deal for oil field?: Elk Hills timeline

1922WASHINGTON, October 27, 2000 — 1912: Out of concern for the long-term availability of oil supplies for naval ships, President Taft estab
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Having a Parent Behind Bars Costs Children, States

Having a Parent Behind Bars Costs Children, States | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Having a parent in jail or prison can take an emotional toll on children and lead to higher foster care and welfare rolls. Some states are trying to address it.
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A Cruel Hoax: Mississippi Honored for “Innovation”

A Cruel Hoax: Mississippi Honored for “Innovation” | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The Education Commission for the States, a once reputable organization, recently decided to honor Mississippi with the 2016 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. Among other things, Mississippi was honored for expanding charter schools, prioritizing early literacy, and adopting an A-F grading system for schools (invented by Jeb Bush), which closely tracks the family incomes…
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Nashville: Stand for Children, Charter Candidates Face Massive Fines for Campaign Spending

Nashville: Stand for Children, Charter Candidates Face Massive Fines for Campaign Spending | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The pro-charter political group called Stand for Children and four pro-charter candidates face potential fines up to $685,000. "The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance on Tuesday sent a show cause letter to Stand for Children and candidates Miranda Christy, Thom Druffel, Jane Grimes Meneely and Jackson Miller. "The violations relate to the candidates coordinating with…
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Having It Both Ways: How Charter Schools Try to Obtain Funding of Public Schools and the Autonomy of Private Schools // Green, Baker, & Oluwole (2013) // Emory University School of Law 

Having It Both Ways: How Charter Schools Try to Obtain Funding of Public Schools and the Autonomy of Private Schools // Green, Baker, & Oluwole (2013) // Emory University School of Law  | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

"Since 1992, forty-two states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation for charter schools. 1 As of December 2011, there were 5,700 charter schools educating 1.9 million students. 2 Charter schools are characterized as public schools that receive autonomy from a variety of rules and regulations that traditional public schools must follow. 3 In exchange for this increased autonomy, charter schools are accountable to the requirements that are established in the charter. 4 Failure to satisfy those requirements could result in the closing of the school. 5

 

Charter schools and “traditional public schools” are similar in that they are directly subsidized by a combination of primarily state and local taxes based on their enrollments. 6However, the authorization process for these two types of schools can be quite different. Local education agencies (LEAs), which are usually school districts that are governed by elected school boards, decide to open new traditional public schools. 7 While LEAs may open new charter schools in many states, some state statutes grant chartering authority to nonprofit private entities that are governed by boards of directors consisting of private citizens. 8Traditional public schools and charter schools may also differ in terms of how they are governed. While LEAs generally govern traditional public schools, many states permit private boards of directors to operate charter schools. 9 Another key difference between traditional public schools and charter schools is that charter school governing boards might choose to contract a private entity, or educational management organization (EMO), to manage and operate the school. 10

 

This Article discusses how charter schools have used their hybrid characteristics to obtain the benefits of public funding while circumventing state and federal rights and protections for employees and students that apply to traditional public schools."...

 

For main publication page, click on title above or here: http://law.emory.edu/elj/content/volume-63/issue-2/articles/charter-schools-public-funding.html ;

 

Paper may be downloaded at: 

http://law.emory.edu/elj/_documents/volumes/63/2/articles/green-baker-oluwole.pdf ;


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A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Schools - Episode 3 Disenfranchised Communities // New Orleans Education Equity Roundtable 

"Disenfranchised Communities is the third in the series by the New Orleans Education Equity Roundtable’s films about the takeover of public education in New Orleans.


A Perfect Storm: Disenfranchised Communities shows how privatizing public education has disenfranchised the New Orleans community by limiting the voices of parents and community members. The film touches on the fired school employees causing the loss of thousands of middle-class jobs and the efforts by neighborhood schools to write their own charter applications but were denied. This model of disenfranchising communities is being exported to other cities around the country.

The New Orleans Education Equity Roundtable hopes that all New Orleanians will find our videos helpful as they join in telling the truth about New Orleans public schools. We hope that these videos will be useful tools in the fight to bring our schools back to local democratically elected control. We believe that collectively, we can all stop the exporting of this model and play a role in returning our schools to local control and we offer this to our community to aid in advocacy and activism."

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Salon: How Charters Bust Unions

Salon: How Charters Bust Unions | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_grind/2016/09/the_lengths_that_charter_schools_go_to_when_their_teachers_try_to_form_unions.html Ninety-three percent of charters are non-union. This is part of their business plan. Teachers work long hours and turn over frequently. This keeps costs low. Sometimes charter teachers try to form a union. The management fights them, as big business did decades ago. This article in Salon shows how charters fight to keep unions…
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#Saudi #petition seeks full rights for #women - #HumanRights #Feminism

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#Saudi #petition seeks full rights for #women - #HumanRights #Feminism

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Last updated: September 28, 2016

The petition calls for the kingdom's women to be treated "as a full citizen, and decide an age where she will be an adult and will be responsible for her own acts"

 

Women's rights Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an end to the guardianship system that gives men control over the study, marriage and travel of female relatives, activists said Tuesday.

 

The petition calls for the kingdom's women to be treated "as a full citizen, and decide an age where she will be an adult and will be responsible for her own acts", said campaigner Aziza Al-Yousef of Riyadh.

The retired university professor told AFP that she tried unsuccessfully to deliver the petition containing 14,700 names to the Royal Court on Monday.

The activists will now send it by mail as requested.

Saudi Arabia has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive.

Under the guardianship system a male family member, normally the father, husband or brother, must grant permission for a woman's study, travel and other activities.

Activists say that even female prisoners have to be received by the guardian upon their release, meaning that some have to languish in jail or a shelter beyond their sentences if the man does not want to accept them.

 

"We are suffering from this guardianship system," said Nassima al-Sadah, an activist in Eastern Province.

The campaign is an outgrowth of a Twitter hashtag in Arabic that started more than two months ago calling for an end to guardianship.

"This momentum got very high after the hashtag was created" and following a report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch, Yousef said.

"Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women's rights in the country despite limited reforms over the last decade," the watchdog said.

Although the government no longer requires guardian permission for women to work, Human Rights Watch said many employers still demand guardian consent in order to hire a woman.


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Here's Why a Zero-Tolerance Policy in Our Schools Is a Terrible Idea | Derek Black | AlterNet.org

Here's Why a Zero-Tolerance Policy in Our Schools Is a Terrible Idea | Derek Black | AlterNet.org | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

The following is an excerpt from the new book Ending Zero Tolerance by Derek W. Black (NYU Press, 2016):

Over the past two decades, school discipline has grown increasingly harsh and impersonal. Many schools and states are willing to exclude— temporarily and permanently—students for almost any type of behavior. Even when students’ behavior poses no real danger to school and involves the type of immature mischief parents expect of normally developing kids, schools dig in their heels and insist that they must banish students.


Local communities and policy advocates have pushed back and managed some important successes in recent years, but the seriousness and scope of the problem demands a systematic long-term check. Relying on basic constitutional rights and fairness concepts, courts must reengage on issues of discipline and enforce students’ rights. Courts cannot simply abandon students to school boards and the political process. Too often, both schools and politicians have shown themselves to be irrational and willing to sacrifice students in the expedient pursuit of other goals.


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The GOP vs. libertarianism: How the party jettisoned Ayn Rand for corporate fascism

The GOP vs. libertarianism: How the party jettisoned Ayn Rand for corporate fascism | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
While GOP once looked poised to embrace libertarians, the summer of Trump shows it's charting a different course
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How a Democrat Killed Welfare | Jacobin

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Contract for Disaster: How Privatization Is Killing the Public Sector - Working In These Times

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US Government Pays Contractors Twice as Much as Civil Servants for the Same Work | BillMoyers.com

US Government Pays Contractors Twice as Much as Civil Servants for the Same Work | BillMoyers.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
According to one study, defense contractors cost almost three times as much as government workers.
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Leaked Podesta Emails Show Bernie Was Right

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Wikileaks released a tranche of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta on Friday that seem to lend credence to the argument Bernie Sanders made months ago.
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Mississippi: Legislators Strike Back at Superintendents for Seeking More Funding

Mississippi: Legislators Strike Back at Superintendents for Seeking More Funding | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Mississippi lawmakers punished the state's superintendents by defunding their association. This was in retaliation for the superintendents support for Initiative 42, a referendum calling upon the legislature to fund the schools adequately.   Mississippi has extreme poverty, and Schools that are underfunded. Imagine the nerve of those superintendents, sticking up for the children!   "The…
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A History Lesson About the Sandia Report

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Arriving to the party somewhat late, I just learned about the Sandia Report and what happened to it. If you don’t know the story, yo
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List of 2200+ Closed Charter Schools from 2001-2013 // Center For Media and Democracy, PR Watch  

The above list was published by the Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch in 2015.

 

To download it, click on the title above or here.

 

For original post, please see: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/09/12936/cmd-publishes-full-list-2500-closed-charter-schools ;


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Mapping the Terrain: Teach For America, Charter School Reform, and Corporate Sponsorship // Kretchmar, Sondel, & Ferrare, 2014, Journal of Education Policy

Mapping the Terrain: Teach For America, Charter School Reform, and Corporate Sponsorship // Kretchmar, Sondel, & Ferrare, 2014, Journal of Education Policy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

ABSTRACT from Journal of Education Policy - "In this paper, we illustrate the relationships between Teach For America (TFA) and federal charter school reform to interrogate how policy decisions are shaped by networks of individuals, organizations, and private corporations. We use policy network analysis to create a visual representation of TFA’s key role in developing and connecting personnel, political support, and financial backing for charter reform. Next we examine how the networks unfold at a local level by zooming in on a case study of New Orleans. By mapping out these connections, we hope to provide a foundation for further investigation of how this network affects policies."...

  

For main journal publication page, click on title or image above. For pdf of article, email authors of the manuscript or curator of this collection.  

 

For subset of TFA-related articles in the Charters & Choice: A Closer Look collection, click here: http://www.scoop.it/t/charter-choice-closer-look?q=TFA&nbsp


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Journey For Justice Unites with NAACP's Call for a Moratorium on Charter School Expansion... // August 8th, 2016

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"The Journey for Justice Alliance applauds the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for joining the cacophony of voices from urban communities across the United States demanding the end of unwarranted expansion of charter schools across the United States.  The NAACP’s call for a moratorium on Charter school expansion is in the most honorable civil rights tradition of advocacy grounded in local realities.

The Journey for Justice Alliance wholeheartedly unites with the NAACP in calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion and The Movement for Black Lives Platform; which calls for an end to school privatization, and we humbly appreciate having a role in developing the education demands. We also call for an end to school privatization with a moratorium on school closings, turnarounds, phase-outs and co-locations.  We want an end to mayoral control, state takeovers and other privatization schemes that remove our right to hold public officials accountable for the education policy they set; and curiously target cities whose public school systems serve primarily African-American and Latino children. These actions do not result in improved academic outcomes for our students, but grease the rails for brokering the responsibility of educating our children to private operators.  Our members across this country are not blinded by the illusion of choice.

 

We respectfully disagree with Dr. Steve Perry who talks from the privatizer’s messaging manual when he says that parents are “voting with their feet” When school districts starve neighborhood schools, parents desperately search for a space for their child. The sabotage of good neighborhood schools is conveniently omitted from the ideologues’ rants while teachers, students, parents and communities are demonized to serve the market’s agenda; close neighborhood schools to open charters and in some cities contract schools.  There is a growing awareness in our communities that we don’t have “failing schools,” we have been failed.

America has failed in enforcing the mandate of Brown v. Board and instead of an honest and earnest commitment to education equity, profiteers hijack civil rights language to run Black and Brown schools for profit. Proof of that clarity are the tens of thousands of parents and students who have erupted in protest over the firing of their teachers and school closures in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore and other cities. Mayors in major U.S. cities like New York and Newark have been elected on a commitment to equity in public education; sustainable community schools and not privatization. Parents in Chicago waging a 34 day hunger strike and winning widespread international support, while parents in Pittsburgh and Seattle reject Teach for America and move their school districts in the direction of strong community schools and rejecting the over-testing of their children. These parents don’t need a stipend to stand up. These students don’t get demerits if they don’t attend the rallies.

 

The voice is clear and is resounding like an April thunderstorm; the privatization “hustle” is being figured out; we demand that America makes a real commitment to equity and are prepared to put out bodies on the line to win this in our lifetime for our children. Like our white counterparts, our children deserve to go to high-quality neighborhood schools within walking distance of their homes.  This is why we support community-driven school improvement and for struggling schools: the evidence-based and sustainable model of community schools.

We reject the efforts by privatizers to pit charter school parents against traditional public school parents.  Every parent deserves to have excellent schools for their children.  We acknowledge and appreciate charters that operate in the honorable space of being “centers of innovation.”  The ideologues and profiteers who ignore the overwhelming evidence that the charter school movement has produced mediocrity; are tone-deaf to the massive protest by parents and students across the country calling for equity, community control and sustainable, community schools.

To quote pre-eminent scholar Dr. Charles Payne from the University of Chicago, “The charter movement does not deserve the word reform.  They have produced primarily mediocre interventions that are only accepted because of the race of the children served.”

JITU BROWN
JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE ALLIANCE

 

http://www.j4jalliance.com/j4junites/  


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Lisa Haver: When School Choice Means No Choice in Philadelphia

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Lisa Haver, retired teacher in Philadelphia, points out that that families in Philadelphia have experienced closures of their local public schools, leaving them no choice but charter schools. "Two years ago, Superintendent William Hite allowed parents at two North Philadelphia schools to vote on whether to allow a charter company of the district's choosing to…
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Almost six million set to take part in all-out strike against Polish abortion ban

Almost six million set to take part in all-out strike against Polish abortion ban | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Nearly six million people are expected to take part in an all-out strike on Monday against a plan to effectively ban women in Poland from having abortions. Thousands of Poles took part in demonstrations over the weekend, as momentum built ahead of the mass action when women in several other European countries are expected to protest in solidarity with the strikers. 

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Trump’s perplexing comments about education

Trump’s perplexing comments about education | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
They raise more questions than they answer.
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