Wednesday, March 22, 2017

THIS AND THAT




Another “lost day” but time to make a few notations.

Locally something positive may be happening with the school system. Perhaps the Campbell influence and local politics is giving way to outside pressures that are concerned with the education of our children.

If the reports about the changes in administrations are true and Larry Leverett are true that will be the most positive happening in years.

Could the flight to charter schools which sap school finances will be over. It is true that Plainfield has had the most Charter schools over the years. Most have started with good intentions although some have represented personal agendas. Many have lost their way and have disappeared. Some are still doing an excellent job.

We should thank “Anonymous Gadfly” for his informative blog.

There is a national link to the charter school visa public school question since Secretary of Education Davos has indicated a favoritism for charter schools and school vouchers which will support parochial private schools at the expense of the public schools.

On the subject of Trump; the chairman of the House intelligence committee has said that his associates and perhaps Trump himself were incidentally picked up during surveillance of suspected individuals. In no case were they the subject of wiretapping, However Spivey and Trump seem to take this as vindication of his claim to have been wiretapped.

The GOP health care plan may be in trouble even if it passes the house there are enough Republicans Senators against it to kill it in its present form.

4 comments:

  1. Not having any familiarity with the school system, I pose a question. Why would it matter whether the child is in public school or a charter school? True the public school would have less financing but a corresponding decrease in students. Help.

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    1. One issue is the quality and oversight of the charter school(s) - but that is secondary really since the quality and oversight of the Plainfield public schools is questionable itself. The real issue is that if money goes to charter schools and the public schools only get 10% or so of what they would normally get for those students there is less money for use in the fiefdom building that occurs at the public school i.e. overstaffing with friends, relatives etc. Sadly, the focus of the BOE (controlled by the Campbells) has been on $ first, $ second and kids third. That can be demonstrated by the exit of students to the charter schools which is basically a sign that the BOE is continuing to fail and more and more students are choosing another option. If you have a monopoly and suddenly the market is opened to competition you understandably get nervous. They would be smarter (and so would the voters) to start focusing on the kids and addressing the problems instead of crying about how they can't handle the competition. That is the reader's digest version - the rest is semantics to distract attention.

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  2. No posts lately. Hope all is ok doc.

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    1. Extraneous pressures now relieved plus being lazy when Dawg permits. Most of my present interests are national which does not seem to have much blog interest. The local stuff needs more transparency and contacts, both lacking. Thanks for your concern.

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