Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jersey Jazzman: Newsflash: Evangelicals Evangelize!

Jersey Jazzman: Newsflash: Evangelicals Evangelize!:

Newsflash: Evangelicals Evangelize!

New Jersey is giving a lot of churchmen the chance to run their own charter schools. Is there anyone so naive that they think these schools will be completely scrubbed free of religion?

Because - and I know this may come as a shock - religious leaders tend to want to proselytize for their religions:

In prior meetings, Ortis had been a nappy-looking homeless drug user, down on his luck. He was a layoff victim plummeting deep into destitution after Tent City/Transitional Park off of Federal Street closed in May 2010.
Ortis has said he was “sold a dream” with The Nehemiah Group’s $200,000 Tent City closure. He claims it didn’t provide necessary services and tried to impose religious views. When it shut down, it put Ortis and about 40 homeless people back on the streets. But Ortis slowly started a resurrection to inspire others. [emphasis mine]
The Nehemiah Group is a venture of Pastor Amir Khan, who was recently given permission by the state to start a charter school in a town that doesn't want it and already has great public schools.

I don't know if Ortis's claim that Nehemiah didn't provide services is true. I absolutely believe, however, that the group brought their religious views into their work with the people who were in Tent City. I would be amazed if

Parents Across America releases a proposal for real parent empowerment in schools | Seattle Education

Parents Across America releases a proposal for real parent empowerment in schools | Seattle Education:

Parents Across America releases a proposal for real parent empowerment in schools

…as an antidote to phony “parental choice”

Today, Parents Across America (PAA), a non-partisan, non-profit national network of public school parent activists, released a proposal for true parent empowerment that authentically involves parents in collaborative school decision-making and has a strong research base in improving student achievement.

Our position paper,“The Empowerment Parents Want: A Real, Effective
Voice in our Children’s Education,” proposes its “LSC model,” a form of elected parent-majority school governance, as an antidote to recent efforts of corporate school reformers to brand parent triggers, school choice, vouchers and other attacks on public education as “parental empowerment.”

We know that these strategies do not reflect what most parents actually
want, or what works for children and schools. A 2010 Phi Delta Kappa
poll found that 54 percent of Americans think the best thing to do about

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Negative study on longer school day

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The education competition myth | eSchool News

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Shanker Blog » Schools' Effectiveness Varies By What They Do, Not What They Are

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LAUSD, JOHN DEASY, AND EXTORTING A NEW PARCEL TAX (LAUSD, John DEASY, y extorsionar a un nuevo impuesto sobre parcelas) - Perdaily.com

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Jersey Jazzman: How To Get Chris Christie to Visit Your Charter!

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