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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    That would be Government Airlines.
    Get the government out of schools and we will see improvement.
    That’s why Barry, Biden, the Clinton’s and mostly every other Democrat in DC sends there kids to Private Prep schools.
    “We will decide For You what’s good for Your kids, it’s just not good enough for ours”…… The liberal mantra.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 2 years ago

    Yes, and football, tennis, soccer, you name the game, would be SO-O-O-O much better without referees. Finally the little guys would stand a chance.

  3. DoctorUmmmNo

    DoctorUmmmNo said, about 2 years ago

    Public school, charter school… it’s all GIGO for the inner cities. Anything the government does, is window dressing unless people value education. African immigrants outperform African Americans in regard to education.

  4. DoctorUmmmNo

    DoctorUmmmNo said, about 2 years ago

    @DoctorUmmmNo

    Anyone responding to me should have some experience with inner city school students, as I have. Some are smart & motivated students who will do just fine. Too many think they have better things to do with their time than pay attention in class & do their homework.

  5. DoctorUmmmNo

    DoctorUmmmNo said, about 2 years ago

    And, just to really earn the flames I’m sure I’ll be receiving, I’ll suggest this modest proposal for school reform:

    Every principal can fire up to 5 teachers who can’t do their jobs, every school year.

    Every teacher can expel up to 5 students permanently, to get the trouble makers out of the way of the kids who might want to learn.

    I doubt any public school teacher will have a problem with that.

  6. said, about 2 years ago

    @DoctorUmmmNo

    And every school can fire up to five Board of Education members who try to play power-politics with schools’ money and time.

  7. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Charter schools get to select their students, Cyber-schools – funded at the same per-student rate (tax $$$), but have no physical plants, and “vouchers”, of not nearly sufficient value to enable less-than-wealthy families – so another “welfare for the rich” giveaway…and, what about education for the “rest”, whose “Public” schools must educate every kid (they are left with after the “cherry-picking” – with what remains of funding absorbed by Charter, Cyber, “Private and Parochial” (Tax-funded "establishment’ of Religion) schools,,.the Conservative DREAM ? Capitalism takes on those jobs that can show a profit. The “rest” is left to the Gubmint". Then the Cons scream about the Gubmint costing “them money”, not being run like a business and doing, in general, an inferior job. Communism sux, but undiluted Capitalism is like alcohol – it makes one stupid – then kills the imbiber…and likely others, too !

  8. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 2 years ago

    Private online schools were tried here in Colorado, and that was a predictable disaster. They got the taxpayers’ money, and had no accountability. The public schools ended up picking up the pieces of those poor students lives, without any money to pay for it, and the private school CEO’s got rich. At least the public schools know that their primary job is educating children, not making quarterly payments to their investors.

  9. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    We know you hate the Feds (particularly the present administration), but schools are largely under State and Local Govt. control…so your criticism is misplaced. What you state as the “Liberal mantra” is precisely what your Conservative ideals and policies support, but with “different” intent.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    The problem is that the private corporate marketing mind set has infiltrated. Teaching to the corporate test isn’t the best way to motivate and educate. Closing schools are insane.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Vouchers undermine schools. Charter schools are run by business and don’t do any better even with the benefits of choosing who can go.

  12. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @DoctorUmmmNo

    “Anyone responding to me should have some experience with inner city school students, as I have.”

    I call bull sh**. If you actually had experience going to an inner-city school, you’d have some insight of the problems plaguing them instead of the same old generic snark you usually post.

  13. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    “And yet “Common Core” is pushed from the highest echelons of the federal government onto state DOEs and local and county school boards.”

    Common Core was developed by a consortium of states, not the federal government. Not all states are members of said consortium, and not all of those who’ve adopted the standards adopted both the English and Math standards.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    The money that would have gone to that school instead ends up as vouchers or pay to a charter school. So yes it does hurt them.

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 2 years ago

    I live (and teach) in Canada, so I didn’t know much about the Common Core. But there was an interesting article in the NY Times this morning.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/us/politics/republicans-see-political-wedge-in-common-core.html?emc=edit_th_20140420&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=17756263&_r=0
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    “A once little-known set of national educational standards introduced in 44 states and the District of Columbia with the overwhelming support of Republican governors, the Common Core has incited intense resistance on the right and prompted some in the party to reverse field and join colleagues who believe it will lead to a federal takeover of schools.”
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    “Its most outspoken Republican defender, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, is also the most talked-about potential presidential candidate among mainstream party leaders and donors. Mr. Bush has called out some Republicans who have switched positions, drawing what will be a dividing line in the campaign if he or other defenders of the Common Core choose to run. He is joined by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, but theirs is becoming a small club.”
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    “Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana suggested that he might use executive authority to go around the State Legislature if lawmakers did not withdraw from the group of states developing the standardized test associated with the Common Core.

    Mr. Jindal’s position, a reversal for him, shows how quickly conservative opposition has grown. He recently announced his support for a bill that would remove Louisiana from the Common Core, on the same day the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which supports the program, released a video featuring his earlier endorsement of it."
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    “The Republican revolt against the Common Core can be traced to President Obama’s embrace of it, particularly his linking the adoption of similar standards to states’ eligibility for federal education grants and to waivers from No Child Left Behind, the national education law enacted by President George W. Bush.”
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    That’s probably enough. It seems that some of the opposition to the program is simply partisan. “If Obama supports it, I have to be against it, even if I was for it before.”

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