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  • schoolchoice

    http://www.edchoice.org/School-Choice/What-is-School-Choice.aspx

    "corporate control of public schools"...? That has to be the most ridiculous comment in the article. The big bad mean corporation is at fault once again. Haha lol... Nancy, we have a constitutional republic not a democracy. Sadly most of our educators in the USA do not even teach this fact. Nancy, is civics part of the common core curriculum? In North Carolina the state runs, funds, and dictates the bureaucratic debacle of public education. If tax payers are going to be kind enough to pay for every child's education the state could at least let the parents choose what institution is best suited for their child.

  • Dave13

    I'd like to call attention to the opening statement:
    Our public schools are the last real space where people from different classes and different walks of life come together to learn, to share ideas, and to be afforded a fair opportunity to reach for the American dream.

    This is not really true in the US. While we tout public schools, unless there is an open enrollment policy for the area, we really have private schools that are based upon where people have chosen -- or can afford -- to live. Good schools attract people who are interested in excellent educations. The education supporters include parents who are involved and likely have good educations. They are likely making above the median salaries and are willing to pay more for housing and local property taxes than others who cannot afford the higher costs of housing around good schools.

    We really have private schools because of the entrance barriers based on the students' addresses.

    Keep the parents involved, invest in the schools, challenge the students to perform, make sure the students are fed and come to school ready to learn: all are good things that help ensure the neighborhood school success.

  • John Wynn

    Great information. Unfortunately too many people stop caring about their neighborhood schools when they no longer have school age children. Now, more than ever, with the looming threat of corporate takeover, residents need to be informed. Good public schools equal good neighborhoods!

    • Liz Dwyer

      Yup, or don't realize they should care even if they've never had (or plan to have children.)

  • sanobeach

    Great information. Now, how do you think we can get legislation going that requires policy makers to teach for five years before being allowed to speak into policy?

  • lgumbinner

    Thank you so much for getting the information out that just doesn't seem to ever get the attention it deserves. Those of us public school parents are so appreciative, but honestly, everyone should be appreciative. As we all know, a society is as only s strong as its weakest citizens and if we don't all advocate to maintain the democratic right to a good public education for everyone, society will suffer in myriad ways.

    Can't wait until your film that supports this premise is out. I know it will be remarkably eye-opening, just from the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkOMu27GpDQ

    So proud of you.

  • Dawn O'Keeffe

    Great post Nancy. " It's the entire community who will, in the end, save public education for our kids. YES, WE CAN!" Amen!

    We have just completed a feature documentary, GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District, to give people a window into the world of an urban school district, capturing authentic look, because so many people have opinions about public education that are based on perception not reality. The film is not yet available for DVD purchase but it is available for community screenings to help generate a conversation around understanding and advocating for your local public schools. For more info on the entire GO PUBLIC Project check out our website and on-line store at www.gopublicproject.org Here's a recent article in the Washington Post that gives a good overview of the film. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/07/21/finally-a-film-that-celebrates-public-education/

    Blessings and GO PUBLIC!