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Prospective Charter Schools Applications Surge Into Raleigh

A short while ago we posted The Assault on Public Education Continues in NC which noted the growth in Charter school applications in NC.  Here is a follow up article expanding on the subject.

This post is from the Carolina Journal Online, published by the John Locke Foundation–Art Pope’s think tank here in NC.  A well formed and influential magazine that supports radical right wing dogma.  They are part of the conservative echo chamber by which they overwhelm the public with “expert” supporters for the rad-right agenda.  This is a site worth looking at for no other reason than to see how it promotes this agenda.  I encourage you to learn about the John Locke Foundation by clicking here (once you have read the rest of this blog, I hope).

[Just for background for those who have not been following our blogs on NC:  Art Pope, is an ex-member of ALEC – might still be, we don’t know for sure–yet) and has been involved in Americans For Prosperity with, among others, David Koch.  Pope is said to use brother Charles Koch as a role model.  On the smaller stage of North Carolina as opposed to the international stage of ALEC, Pope has been incredibly influential in NC politics and is widely given credit for the super-majority that conservatives have in the state capitol.

Thom Tillis, who will be referred to later, is the Speaker of the House.  He is also a member of ALEC and was ALEC’s 2011 Legislator of the Year.  He is involved with their International Relations Task Force (chaired by NC’s Tim Moffit and the Philip Morris Corp.).  VLTP has written about ALEC’s international influence before, and is working to connect some final dots showing how multinational corporations are at the heart of a major amount of ALEC Model Legislation.]

The article is entitled Prospective Charter Schools Applications Surge Into Raleigh, and subtitled “But critics fear that state regulators will stifle innovation“.  Well framed as talking ponts–conservatives do this so well.  Sounds interesting, and it is–for the wrong reasons:

RALEIGH — Potential charter school operators, including two that would operate online, flooded the state with 154 letters of intent to open in fall 2014, punctuating a growing appetite for alternatives to traditional public education.
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Judge rules that Virtual Charter School Can’t Open

N.C. Virtual Academy needs state approval

A Wake County judge ruled Friday that a controversial charter school that planned to offer only online classes cannot open in August. The decision could delay the launch of any similar programs for at least a couple of years.

The Cabarrus County school board, which approved the proposal 5-2 in February, “is not experienced in, nor equipped as the State Board of Education, with the staff and know-how to review, evaluate, and approve the application of a charter school designed to serve a statewide clientele, nor is it authorized to give final approval for such operation,”  (Superior Court Judge) Jones said in his order.

Under the state’s current educational funding formula, local school districts must give thousands of dollars to charters educating children who otherwise would have been enrolled in public schools. Because an online charter school might have appeal to parents who want to educate their children at home, the proposal also could have meant that the local districts would have had to start paying for home-schooled children.

“As a state, we have responsibility for all our children,” Harrison (chairman of the state school board) said.

Cabarrus County was the only school district that supported the idea. Eighty-nine of North Carolina’s 115 public school districts joined under the umbrella of the N.C. School Boards Association to bolster the state Board of Education’s legal challenge of the online charter.

To read more about how virtual charter school movement has been stopped in its tracks–and learn from this example how to stop it from happening wherever you are, please click here

and this is why we call it, The Cabal – Uncovering the Other ALECs

ALEC, though, is not the only “corporate bill mill” playing this game.

“Taxpayer-subsidized stealth lobbyists” have upped the ante and skillfully advanced their agendas through bipartisan “trade associations” for state government officials – in particular, the Council of State Governments (CSG) whose multimillion-dollar budget is mostly funded by taxpayers. Through CSG and Friends, lobbyists exploit a well-tethered network of nonprofits representing state-level officials to advance the agenda of their corporate clientele.

This, then, is part one of a four-party story about how the “real engines of government” work. First stop on the voyage: the CSG.

KUDOS TO SARAH BLASKEY AND STEVE HORN , TRUTHOUT

To read this entire Must-Read article, please click here.

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