Now that Todd Chasteen has now been appointed to the NC State Board of Education, I would like to go ahead and ask that he and others on the board read the latest installment of the Fifty Shades of … book for possible inclusion in schools, or at least in the dialogue of what is … Continue reading Fifty Shades of No Way – New SBOE Member Todd Chasteen’s First Book To Challenge
Month: June 2016
North Carolina: Governor’s Appointee to State Board of Education Has Conflict of Interest
Thanks to Dr. Ravitch for keeping a light on the shadowy dealings in North Carolina.
I posted last night that Governor Pat McCrory plans to appoint a man to the state board of education who has little experience in public education, but is known for his strong support for removing a book taught in a high school English honors class.
North Carolina teacher Stuart Egan points out that the nominee has a conflict of interest. His wife ran/runs a school that receives state-funded vouchers.
Censorship and the Fear of Free Thought – The Nomination of Todd Chasteen for SBOE
When Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, he was living in a time of the rising Cold War and the end of Nazism. The novel is a futuristic look (in 1950) into what society might be like if reading books were banned by the government. Firemen, who were the governmental workers who burned rogue books, would … Continue reading Censorship and the Fear of Free Thought – The Nomination of Todd Chasteen for SBOE
Outsourcing Our Kids For Profit – Rep. Rob Bryan and Sen. Chad Barefoot Will Have Much to Answer For in The Future
Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is a classic definition of insanity. Thinking it will be different because you changed localities is nothing more than hoping for a geographical cure. Neither is very healthy. But if the true motive behind it is profit, then people might just say anything … Continue reading Outsourcing Our Kids For Profit – Rep. Rob Bryan and Sen. Chad Barefoot Will Have Much to Answer For in The Future
Some JT for JT – A Justin Timberlake Mix Tape for Sen. Jerry Tillman
I am a child of the 80’s. Mix tapes are in my genetic makeup. This is my third mix tape for this blog. The first was a compilation of Bruce Springsteen for Gov. Pat McCrory. https://dianeravitch.net/2016/06/27/stuart-egan-tea-party-legislature-in-north-carolina-seeks-to-lock-steep-tax-cuts-into-the-state-constitution/ The second was for all of the North Carolina General Assembly and our rocky relationship compiling the best of … Continue reading Some JT for JT – A Justin Timberlake Mix Tape for Sen. Jerry Tillman
Stuart Egan: Tea Party Legislature in North Carolina Seeks to Lock Steep Tax Cuts into the State Constitution
Thanks to Dr. Raitch for posting.
Stuart Egan, NBCT high school teacher in North Carolina, describes the latest disaster cooked up by the North Carolina General Assembly, which is dominated by Tea Party extremists: a constitutional amendment to lock in steep tax cuts.
The General Assembly majority calls it TABOR, a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
Egan calls it “A Tourniquet Around the Bloodlines of Our Republic.”
GOP leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly are pushing for a proposal to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would cap the income tax rate a 5.5% (currently it is 10%).
That proposal is a political tourniquet, pure and simple. And just as limited blood flow would cause harm to the skeletal system in a body, this measure would cause our state’s infrastructure to slowly disintegrate.
Chris Fitzsimon puts it very bluntly in his latest “The Follies” from June 17, 2016 (http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2016/06/17/the-follies-253/). He states,
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Sit-ins With Thoreau With Bare Arms, Tabor, Gollum, Didaskalithedemosiophobia, Cats, The Phantom Menace, Jesus Running For Office, Diane Ravitch, and License Plates – Week in Review for June 20 – 26
The busiest week this blog has ever had. https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/20/curiosity-didnt-kill-the-cat-it-made-the-cat-a-better-student/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/20/unlockeing-the-john-locke-foundation-part-4-the-empire-strikes-back-with-a-menacing-phantom-study-report/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/21/mccrorys-didaskalithedemosiophobia-a-clinical-term-i-just-made-up-but-actually-exists/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/21/license-plates-for-lawmakers-part-2/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/22/politics-and-the-god-complex-putting-jesus-on-the-ticket/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/22/have-a-seat-and-let-them-smell-the-bullst/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/23/civil-disobedience-in-north-carolina-read-and-dont-thoreau-it-away/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/23/the-toughest-job-in-nc-being-gov-mccrorys-press-secretary/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/24/sb867-background-checking-the-right-to-bare-arms/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/24/tabor-a-tourniquet-around-the-bloodlines-of-our-republic/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/24/gollum-and-his-precious-the-achievment-school-district-and-what-is-in-its-pocketses/ https://caffeinatedrage.com/2016/06/25/north-carolina-the-ongoing-destruction-of-public-education/
North Carolina: The Ongoing Destruction of Public Education
Thanks to Dr. Ravitch for keeping North Carolina in the light for others to see.
Wake up, people of North Carolina! The legislators in your state are pummeling your public schools with a sledge hammer. They are turning them over to for-profit corporations! Do you want your local public school to be run by a national corporation? Do you care who “owns” your neighborhood school?
Stuart Egan, a high school teacher in North Carolina, has been writing recently about the step-by-step privatization of public schools in North Carolina.
In this post, he describes the General Assembly’s decision to create an “Achievement School District,” modeled on the one that failed in Tennessee. The basic idea is to gather up the lowest-performing schools in the state (attended by the poorest students) and turn them over to a charter operator.
He cites the comment made by Rep. Cecil Brockman, who favors outsourcing these schools to out-of-state corporations:
Perhaps the most frustrating moment of the final debate came when…
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Gollum and his “Precious” – The Achievement School District and What is in Its Pocketses
Yep - I went there. In the latest besmirching of public schools, leaders of the Senate Education Committee gave their approval to an Achievement School District in North Carolina, a GOP backed endeavor that places low performing schools from poverty stricken areas in the hands of out-of-state, for-profit charter organizations. Past ASD “experiments” have … Continue reading Gollum and his “Precious” – The Achievement School District and What is in Its Pocketses
TABOR – A Tourniquet Around the Bloodlines of Our Republic
TABOR. To many in the NCGA it is called the TAxpayer Bill of Rights. Makes it sound like it truly benefits those in our state. It doesn’t. It’s just another catchy acronym that acts like a Trojan horse for something more destructive. Acronyms are easy to shape and easier to sound beneficial. However, the “benefits” … Continue reading TABOR – A Tourniquet Around the Bloodlines of Our Republic