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  • Turkey coup attempt: Nearly 82,000 sacked or suspended

    08/14/2016 5:52:01 AM PDT · by fluorescence · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 August 2016
    Some 5,000 state employees have been sacked and 77,000 suspended in the purge since last month's failed coup in Turkey, the prime minister says. Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara that more than 3,000 of those sacked were members of the military. They are suspected of links to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, he said. Announcing a visit to Turkey by US Vice-President Joe Biden, he again urged the US to extradite Mr Gulen. The cleric, a former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, from where he runs a worldwide network of charities and...
  • Hollywood Doc With Matt Damon Disses Charter Schools

    02/01/2018 10:43:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 1, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Perhaps they should have talked to some people who work with them. "A documentary being screened in cities around the country, and shown here to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), purports to show how our public schools — and public schools everywhere — are being forced to close because charter schools are stealing 'their' money," Anthony Williams, David Hardy & Sharif El-Mekki write in Real Clear Education. "The notion that the closure of several Philadelphia schools was caused by greedy charter school operators is ludicrous." "The primary culprit was a long-accumulating budget deficit (totaling $1.35 billion), brought on by...
  • Clinton Adviser Denies Endorsement of Turkish Islamist Paper [Zaman flagship-Gülen's Islamist cult]

    01/17/2012 5:03:15 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 19 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 01.17.2012 - 12:50 PM | Michael Rubin
    Anne-Marie Slaughter, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s director of policy planning, now denies she endorsed Today’s Zaman, the flagship newspaper of Fethullah Gülen’s Islamist cult. Here is a google cache record with Prof. Slaughter’s endorsement, and here is the page now, with Professor Slaughter’s endorsement excised. Professor Slaughter denies she made the endorsementThere are two possible explanations: (1) Professor Slaughter is being truthful, and Today’s Zaman simply made it all up. If so, this suggests that the ethics of Zaman and the organization which sponsors it are non-existent. (2) Professor Slaughter asked for the retraction only after learning about Today’s...
  • Charter Schools Help NYC

    10/13/2017 7:52:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 13, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The evidence piles up that in our largest city, charter schools can help the poor, even while the city's traditional public schools continue to pile up an abysmal record. Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that in New York City public schools: • "The new results for charter students represent an increase of 22 days of learning in reading compared to their results four years ago. Results for math have remained the same. • "For Black and Hispanic students, the analysis indicates a significant academic advantage from charter school enrollment. • "Hispanic charter school students perform at...
  • Minneapolis: Black Parents Flee to Charter Schools

    09/25/2017 7:18:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Minneapolis public school system is experiencing a massive student exodus and guess where they’re going. "About 70 percent of the kids leaving the district are headed to charter schools," Beena Raghavendran and Mary Jo Webster report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Many of these independent public schools have established themselves in north Minneapolis, catering to black parents concerned about academic achievement, discipline and safety in the district schools." "Harvest Network has three schools and plans to grow. It aims to educate 3,800 of the kids on the North Side by 2025. That would cut MPS’ North Side enrollment by...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing'

    08/14/2015 1:04:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database and 'stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers' The Internet company used by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private server was sued for stealing dozens of phone lines including some which were used by the White House. Platte River Networks is said to have illegally accessed the master database for all US phone numbers. It also seized 390 lines in a move that created chaos across the US government. Among the phone numbers which the company took - which all suddenly stopped working - were lines...
  • Charter Schools Prove Even Slight Separation from Government Yields Better Results

    05/05/2017 7:40:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2017 | Teresa Mull
    It’s National Charter Schools Week, and parents, students, teachers, and community members across the nation are celebrating the success of their independent schools.Charters are technically public schools, since they’re publicly funded, tuition-free, and open to all students, but they’re privately managed and held to higher accountability standards than traditional public schools in exchange for increased flexibility in other areas.Charters, just like any institution contaminated by governmental mandates and bungled by burdensome bureaucracy, are far from ideal. But they do offer at least some alternatives to the failing, traditional public school system that segregates children into schools based on an arbitrary ZIP code....
  • School Boards Get Political

    05/04/2017 7:19:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 4, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Despite their apolitical image, school boards, by their own admission, are anything but. "In the education arena, local governance and community ownership won big on the ballots," Katherine Shek wrote in a recap of last year's election results in the April 2017 issue American School Board Journal. "Georgia voters said no to the state taking over low-performing public schools." "Voters in Massachusetts rejected the expansion of charter schools." Shek is the manager of the National School Boards Action Center. The American School Board Journal is published by the National School Boards Association. "In Massachusetts, more than 200 local school boards...
  • German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind Turkey coup attempt

    03/18/2017 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Reuters (UK) ^ | Mar 18, 2017 | Michelle Martin; Editing by Dale Hudson
    The Turkish government has failed to convince Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency that U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind last summer's failed coup in Turkey, the BND head told a German magazine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government accuse Gulen of orchestrating Turkey's failed coup on July 15 in which more than 240 people were killed when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters, attacking parliament and attempting to overthrow the government.. "Turkey has tried to convince us of that at every level but so far it has not succeeded," BND head Bruno Kahl said in an interview...
  • Few charter school grads earn degrees

    03/15/2017 5:44:54 PM PDT · by SomeCallMeTim · 25 replies
    USA Today | 3/15/17 | Greg Toppo
    HEADLINE: Few charter school grads earn degrees (On my USA Today newspaper) FACTS> (from article): Statistics for charter schools as a whole are hard to come by, but the best estimate puts charters’ college persistence rates at around 23%. To be fair, the rate overall for low-income students – the kind of students typically served by charters – is even worse: just 9%.
  • 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know

    02/10/2017 10:37:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/2/2017 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan charter schools are among the most regulated schools in the country, according to the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. Here are 13 rules and laws the association says charter schools in this state must follow: Michigan law requires a charter school to be closed if it is in the bottom 5 percent of state public schools in academic achievement three years in a row. Charter school authorizers hold charter schools accountable to the requirements spelled out in a legally binding contract. The contract covers expectations and goals for the school. Charter schools can limit enrollment based only on...
  • Why Can't we Get Past Politics and Do What's Right for our Kids?

    02/09/2017 3:01:57 PM PST · by ckinv368 · 15 replies
    CameronKinvig.com ^ | 2/8/2017 | Cameron Kinvig
    I'll be honest: I'm the result of a private school education, Kindergarten through Law School. My wife, however, is the exact opposite—a product of only public school. My mother-in-law is the product of public school, and was a public school elementary teacher and administrator for over 30 years. My parents went to public schools K-12. I think all of us turned out just fine. There are some excellent public schools in this country, just like there are some excellent private schools. I'm thankful for the education I received and thankful my parents could afford the choices they made for my...
  • Sowell: Education at a Crossroads: Part II

    02/04/2017 12:31:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2017 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the painful realities of our time is that most public schools in most low-income, inner-city neighborhoods produce educational outcomes that are far below the outcomes in other neighborhoods, and especially in more affluent neighborhoods. Attempts to assign blame are too numerous to name, much less explore. But as someone who has, for more than 40 years, been researching those particular minority schools that have been successful, I am struck both by their success and by how varied are the ways that success has been achieved. In doing research for a 1976 article, "Patterns of Black Excellence," I discovered...
  • Trump's Choice

    12/28/2016 4:35:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2016 | John Stossel
    America's socialists -- I mean, progressives, are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education. "Not a good appointment," yelled Al Sharpton. A "proponent of a for-profit institution! She does not believe in the public school system!" complained CNN's Bakari Sellers. Wait. Is your for-profit local supermarket less "public" than your kid's school? No! For-profit institutions serve the public and usually do it better than governments do. Let's stop calling government schools "public." Call them what they are: "government-run" schools. Anyway, the charter schools DeVos supports are public. They're just not controlled by the usual...
  • Who Controls Our Schools? The Privatization of American Public Schools

    12/28/2016 6:09:56 AM PST · by magna carta · 92 replies
    The Independent Media Institute ^ | unknown | Don Hazen,Elizabeth Hines,Steven Rosenfeld,Stan Salett
    (Download Link to entire article) The charter school deception is rooted in the shared beliefs of its founders. Corporate titans like the Walmart-creating Walton family, Bill Gates, and other very wealthy individuals have collectively spent billions seeding and sustaining this movement until states and the federal government passed laws and regulations sanctioning and subsidizing charter schools.
  • Massachusetts Bums lie about Question 2 (charter schools)

    11/08/2016 9:34:49 AM PST · by mainestategop · 10 replies
    The liberal media continues to lie on behalf of lazy bum teachers in the Massachusetts schools. The schools that have let down our children for decades and have made them into brainwashed zombies, underachieving socialists and have destroyed their desire to make any accomplishment, destroyed their self esteem and have made them into automatrons who believe what the media, pop culture and government says without question The biggest lie fed to the public is that question 2 would take money out of public schools and make them fail more. This is a lie... FACT: The funding of schools in...
  • Lazy Marxist bum teachers and their attacks on question 2 (charter schools)

    10/18/2016 8:23:18 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 18 replies
    In Massachusetts, the only other New England state that's the left of Maine and Rhode island, there is a popular ballot measure that needs every patriotic American's support. That is question 2, the measure that would remove the cap on charter schools in the state of Massachusetts and give 32,000 struggling students in failing and dangerous schools (and there are many of them) an opportunity to learn in schools that are efficient, safe and wholesome. But the liberals and the teachers union bums would not have any of it. The only ones who oppose question 2 besides the usual cadre...
  • Charter Schools work in Massachusetts

    10/12/2016 8:14:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 12, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Ten years since Massachusetts passed an education reform bill known as the Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA), Phoenix Academies has tried to bridge the gap for those who drop out of school or those who underperform. According to 2006 statistics, almost 11,000 students dropped out of high school, and by 2015, that number was 5,000 dropouts. Graduation rates in 2015 did not go beyond 72% and in one immigrant-heavy part of Massachusetts known as Chelsea, the graduation rate was 63% in 2015. According to the Pioneer Institute, "between 2008 and 2011…In all but one of those years, 100 percent of...
  • Sowell: Racial Issues

    09/12/2016 2:34:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 13, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Ordinarily, it is not a good idea to base how you vote on just one issue. But if black lives really matter, as they should matter like all other lives, then it is hard to see any racial issue that matters as much as education. The government could double the amount of money it spends on food stamps or triple the amount it spends on housing subsidies, and it will mean very little if the next generation of young blacks goes out into the world as adults without a decent education. Many things that are supposed to help blacks actually...
  • Donald J. Trump Remarks on Creating a New and Better Future for America’s Inner Cities

    08/16/2016 8:39:55 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 82 replies
    DonaldJTrump.com ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    It’s so great to be here tonight. I am honored to also be joined this evening by Governor Scott Walker, Chairman Reince Priebus, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. We are at a decisive moment in this election. Last week, I laid out my plan to bring jobs back to our country. Yesterday, I laid out my plan to defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism. Tonight, I am going to talk about how to make our communities safe again from crime and lawlessness. Let me begin by thanking the law enforcement officers here in this city, and across this country, for their service and...