The teachers themselves are not guiding the curriculum. The curriculum comes out of the state office of education in Sacramento. Most teachers teach in spite of the curriculum, not because of it. That being said, the teachers are fighting charter schools in LA because most are owned by Eli Broad's "Green Dot" company. Green Dot is basically a funnel of taxpayer money and assets (like deeds for entire school buildings) to hedge funds.
The charters that actually work well are not Green Dot charters. Well-working charters are those started in the state before the attack of the hedge fund fronts, and parents have a great deal of control and responsibility. I know a guy whose kid is in one of these charters and he and his wife must volunteer 20 hours a week for the school. These charters do well precisely because of the parental involvement and the dedication of the teachers.
The Green Dot charters, on the other hand, (like those of Edison and other companies) actually do as badly or worse than the public schools because it's not about schooling.
I am totally in support of the original charter schools started in California because they actually do work for kids. I am vehemently opposed to Green Dot, Edison, and other charter corporations that are nothing more than thieves of public resources.
I imagine black parents are no happier with Duncan than white parents.This man was in charge of educating 700,000 Chicago school kids before being plucked by his friend Barack Obama to be education secretary. When he left as Chicago school superintendent, the graduation rate was less than 50% and 70% of high school seniors couldn't read at a 12th grade level.
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Would she still have a Job?
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