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  • N2Doc (5280 posts)
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    A State’s school system is so bad, judge has declared it unconstitutional

    Connecticut got a weird shock this week. A judge, ruling on an 11-year-old lawsuit, declared the entire state’s public education system abysmal—enough so that it’s actually violating the US constitution.


    In his decision, superior court judge Thomas Moukawsher agreed with the original argument made by the nonprofit organization Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding in 2005, which is that the state hasn’t been adequately distributing funds across the state to ensure every student’s success.


    He pointed to data that showed while kids in the state’s richest towns are faring well, their counterparts in poorer areas are falling dramatically behind. Standardized tests show that roughly 70% of the state’s wealthiest students met third-grade reading goals; pretty much the same percentage of students in the state’s least wealthy areas did not.




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  • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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    1. oh, yeah, private charter schools will fix that no doubt and plus they can

    be bled for more private cash and bennies than public schools

  • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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    2. The same thing is happening all around the US and the cause

    is partly the disinvestment and concentration of wealth which is structural (cause by increased productivity/automation) and part of it was caused by the 1995 General Agreement on Trade in Services, (or “GATS”) which was signed in 1994 by Bill Clinton and became effective on January 1, 1995 it is part of the WTO and the changes it made, and its successors.

    I am really serious, if you dig a bit you’ll find that that 1995 agreement changed the underlying legal framework for public services like education and health care in critical ways, and started a process which is leading us all to a really ruinous situation.

    "Out of many, one"
    • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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      3. and part of it is deliberately defunding public schools in order to get more

      charters and fewer public schools/

      it’s deliberately manufactured failure.

      scratch one of these stories and you usually find something nasty under the covers:


      California-Based Advocacy Group Files Federal Education Lawsuit in Connecticut
      by Christine Stuart | Aug 24, 2016

      Courtesy of Students Matter
      A California-based education advocacy group backed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch filed a federal lawsuit in Connecticut Tuesday seeking to establish a federal constitutional right to an adequate education.

      In the lawsuit, four inner-city parents complain that they’re forced to send their children to failing public schools because they were unable to win a lottery to attend a magnet or charter school.

      “These inner-city children are compelled to attend public schools that the state knows have been failing its students for decades — consistently failing to provide even a minimally adequate education,” according to the lawsuit.

      AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel, the head of Connecticut’s second largest teacher union, said Welch, the founder of Students Matter who has bankrolled at least three education lawsuits, claimed that “we know what works” in public education.

      She said that’s true and it’s laid out in a bipartisan report on best practices released earlier this month by the National Council of State Legislatures. However, the lawsuit filed Tuesday includes none of those recommendations and “does nothing that addresses the actual needs of Connecticut’s students.”

      She said the lawsuit is calling for the expansion of schools operated by outside charter management companies.

      “That’s not in the NCSL report, and we know in Connecticut it’s not what works to assure a great quality education for all students,” Hochadel said.



      If I dug around more, ten to one I could find funding from the Gates gang as well for this bullshit charter-washing organization.

      Private capital is going to steal your public schools and you will eventually pay through the nose for it.

      • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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        4. Those jobs will become chips in global trading game

        For example, US pharmaceutical firms desperately want to take Indian generic drugs, for example, drugs for HIV which they feel lose them huge amounts of money that they could otherwise get.

        They probably want India to take the generic drugs off the market or let them buy the Indian companies so they can decide what to do with them. To get the needed influence over India we likely will have to trade them “Mode Four” jobs.

        Ive read that as many as 30 million US jobs could be “insourced” and probably another 20 or 30 million could be done remotely – so called Cross Border Data Flows. Those kinds of jobs are done in a great many places besides here but India is by far the biggest provider of those kinds of services. Entire cities in India operate almost as if they were on US time, at night.

        Many US businesses have global aspirations and they see what they frame as unnaturally high US wages as standing in the way. Luckily for them, Hillary Clinton who is totally on their side is coming in so its anticipated that there will be a lot of progress on finishing up her husbands GATS trade agreement which has been held up in negotiations for 20 years.  As well as at least four other pending trade agreements. “This will free up Americans to do jobs that use their talents like chip design and rocket science”.  (Sarcasm)

        "Out of many, one"
      • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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        5. GATS seems to be forcing us away from public education.

        “For the purposes of this Agreement…

        (b) ‘services’ includes any service in any sector except services supplied in the exercise of governmental authority;

        (c) ‘a service supplied in the exercise of governmental authority’ means any service which is supplied neither on a commercial basis, nor in competition with one or more service suppliers.”

        "Out of many, one"
        • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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          6. No, GATS is not "forcing us" away — Big Capital, creators of GATS and all the

          similar crapola, is forcing us.

          Don’t blame it on impersonal “forces” — the creators of these forces have names and addresses and are actual real human beings.

          • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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            7. Not all corporations are evil. Many wealthy people are just as aghast as we poor

            folks at what is going on.  A small group of really amoral people is trying to manipulate the whole world with cheap lawyers tricks. And the only way they are getting away with it is by deceit, by it being hidden.  The US has only six media companies that control the whole US MSM. Thats a big piece of the problem right there.



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            • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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              8. *All* wealthy people shelter their money. "Evil" has nothing to do with it

              and I get tired of people using that word in political discussion.

              Wealthy people are not “aghast,” and if you think they are, some evidence please.