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Mon Aug 22, 2016, 02:40 PM

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Charter Schools

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Starry Messenger Aug 2016 OP
ladym55 Aug 2016 #1
Starry Messenger Aug 2016 #2
charlives Aug 2016 #3
Mistwell Nov 2016 #4

Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2016, 11:32 AM

1. He is going to need more than one segment to cover this issue!

And of course, Ohio and White Hat Management figure prominently ... and for good reason.

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Response to ladym55 (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 23, 2016, 03:26 PM

2. I agree--I could have watched for an hour!

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Aug 24, 2016, 12:15 PM

3. ...and charters are not accountable for doing any teaching!

John did a great job exposing the slime that is for-profit education but he missed maybe the most important reasons to ditch charters. Their students do not have to take state tests and (in my state at least)only 50% of staff have to be certified.

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Wed Nov 2, 2016, 05:04 PM

4. I thought it was an unfair report

I thought it was a pretty unfair report.

He highlights the abuses, and that's a good thing to point out. We need to shine a light on those, and end the abuses and improve the charter schools across the country.

However, he does not mention the successes. And there are plenty. Nor does he give any attention to the States and Cities doing it right. The ones that require tight supervision from the public school district, that do require certification, that do investigate abuses.

He doesn't mention that the experimentation done by some charters is resulting in revelations that some public school systems can take advantage of when they see it happen.

My daughter goes to a charter school which is one of the only schools in the nation that fully integrates disabled students (both physical and mental disabilities) with the entire school population, in the same classes, with high levels of success. Their successes are changing policies (slowly) across the nation, proving that you don't need to segregate the disabled in special classrooms away from the general school population to get great results for all students.

If they hadn't been given that freedom to experiment, so many disabled students would remain segregated and lack opportunities they have now.

That's a success story of charter schools, and I wish he'd mentioned schools like ours, in addition to the abuses.

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