Many Charter School Advocates Want Public Schools To Be Run Like A Businesses.

first_imgMany Charter School Advocates Want Public Schools To Be Run Like A Businesses.
 
As the free market fairytale goes, innovative charter schools force neighborhood schools to improve education, while schools that can’t compete eventually close. Parents are “customers” that need more “school choice,” and when a school fails, students simply find another.But market forces are ripping apart school districts nationwide. Last week, The New York Times detailed how privatization has devastated public education in Detroit, which among American cities has the second biggest share of students in charters schools. Of those schools, half perform only as well, or worse than, Detroit’s neighborhood schools. The schools open and close almost overnight, and teachers and staff come and go just as quickly.In a city where it’s “easier to find a charter school than to buy a carton of milk,” as the Times put it, there’s “lots of choice, with no good choice.”In Los Angeles, “school choice” is costing the public school district hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars a year as charter schools continue to grow in number mostly unchecked. Those schools aren’t providing much of a choice to some students—the percentage of Los Angeles charter school students with severe disabilities is less than one-third the percentage of similar students in the city’s neighborhood schools.But some people want even more choice. Los Angeles’s school system has more charter schools than any other in the nation, but billionaire Eli Broad isn’t satisfied. A man that made a fortune in homebuilding and insurance, not education, wants to enroll half of the city’s public school students in charter schools within the next eight years.Just last week, the Walton Family Foundation, in the name of “school choice,” announced it will commit an additional $250 million nationwide to support charter schools. The heirs to the Walmart fortune already loom large over America’s kids—one in every four charter schools have received their foundation’s support—but they want to see 250,000 more children in charter schools in the next decade.All of the rhetoric about “school choice” only obscures the real choice. Who do we want to control public education?Communities, teachers, and education professionals, or billionaires and owners of companies like Walmart?Interested in how privatization is threatening public education? Sign up for our weekly ‘Cashing in on Kids’ newsletter.Sincerely,Donald CohenExecutive DirectorFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Florida Commissioner Falsely Claims: Virus Cured by Blowing a Hair Dryer Up your Nose

first_imgOkeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper is apologizing after falsely claiming during a pubic meeting that blowing a hairdryer up your nose can cure the coronavirus. Video captured Culpepper bragging about his paramedic background before telling the meeting you can blow a hairdryer up your nose to kill all the viruses inside. He also said the “cure” came from a coronavirus expert but Facebook users slammed the commissioner, saying he was “dangerously ignorant.” Culpepper says he will not give any more suggestions that have not been “tried and proven.”last_img

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Paddy Power breaks with marketing norms to sponsor Huddersfield Town

first_img Share Submit Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Michelle Spillane – Paddy PowerPaddy Power marketing has broken with tradition after announcing that it has become the official shirt sponsor of Huddersfield Town FC for the upcoming 2019/20 Championship football season. The partnership marks the first time that the Irish legacy bookmaker will appear on an English football shirt, with Paddy Power marketing announcing that it has secured ‘the most lucrative sponsorship deal outside of the Premier League’.The Huddersfield Town sponsorship marks a significant U-turn for Paddy Power with regards to football marketing, as the bookmaker has previously stated that English football sponsorships hold little value with regards to long term investments.  Sean Jarvis – Huddersfield TownUpdating the market, Paddy Power’s Brand Marketing Director Michelle Spillane said: “We are excited to announce that we are Huddersfield Town’s shirt sponsor this season. They’re a club which, first and foremost, value their fans and know what it means to be a football supporter. We’re confident this deal will bring some bite and bark to The Terriers’ upcoming season.”Having suffered relegation to the Championship last campaign, Huddersfield has taken a step in the right direction to reclaiming a place in the Premier League by signing with the Irish bookmakers.Huddersfield Town Commercial Director Sean Jarvis commented: “The front-of-shirt sponsorship is very important to the Club and it was vital that we stayed patient to get the right commercial deal. We did that and it’s paid huge dividends through this new relationship with one of the most modern-thinking, pro-active businesses in Paddy Power.”Fans of the West Yorkshire side won’t have to wait long to see their new strip, with the club announcing the home kit will be revealed on Wednesday 17th July.last_img read more

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Kumasi to host 2013 Unity Games:Otumfour Elated

first_imgThe Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II has commended the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) for choosing Kumasi as the venue for the UNITY GAMES 2013.He expressed his gratitude to the organisers, NSA, and further appealed to the Government to increase its budget allocation for sports development in the country.Otumfour made the observations when the Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon Ankrah paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi, ahead of this year’s National Sports Festival, dubbed Unity Games 2013.He finally appealed to corporate organisations, especially those within the Ashanti Region to get on board to support this worthy course.The Minister was accompanied by the Kumasi Mayor, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Acting Director General of NSA, Madam Alice Attipoe, the Public Affairs Manager, Hamah Hamid Issakah, among others.At the launch of the Games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumais, Hon Afriyie Ankrah has reiterated the need to help build social, cultural and political bridges of unity and harmonious relationship in the country. Launching this year’s National Sports Festival dubbed ‘National Unity Games 2013’ at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, the Minister said the games will also serve as a platform for the identification and discovery of budding talents.This year’s Games will be under the theme, ‘Sports For Unity, Peace and Development’ would be held from August 11-18, 2013, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) will be the Games Village, while the KNUST Swimming Pool will host the swimming championships.The Minister announced that the region will play host to over 4,000 Athletes, Coaches, Technical and Sports Administrators from across the country.He said the talents identified will be nurtured and trained so as to get a formidable contingent capable of winning laurels for Ghana at the Commonwealth Games 2014 slated for Glasgow, Scotland. The Minister assured the Regional Sports Directors of the National Sports Authority of the Ministry’s unflinching commitment to providing equal opportunities to all the sporting disciplines whilst working to provide the requisite infrastructure and facilities to enable national athletes compete to the desired international levels.last_img read more

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Wednesday October 23rd Local Sports

first_imgCEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley says a demanding early schedule has helped the Panther offense mature. The 12th ranked Panthers hit on several big plays in a 42-27 win over South Dakota.The Panthers will be in search of their first road win this week with a visit to Missouri State.UNI’s three road losses have been at Iowa State, fifth ranked Weber State and top ranked North Dakota State.Missouri State is 1-5 and the Bears are coming off a 22-0 loss at North Dakota State. AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says the Cyclone offense has grown up during a three game winning streak. The Cyclones are 5-2 and have averaged just over 40 points the last three games heading into a game against Oklahoma State.Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy leads an offense that has become one of the most prolific in the country.Campbell says he would like to see more consistency out of the kicking game.Kickoff in Ames is scheduled for 2:30 — High school tournament volleyball== 1A Region 5 last nightClarksville 3-2 Newman (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 12-25, 15-10)North Butler 3-1 Rockford (23-25, 25-7, 25-23, 30-28)St. Ansgar 3-0 Northwood-Kensett (25-11, 25-16, 25-11)North Iowa 3-0 Graettinger-Terril (25-12, 25-15, 25-16)== 2A Region 2 last nightCentral Springs 3-2 West Hancock (25-14, 25-7, 18-25, 20-25, 15-10)== 3A Region 4 tonightHampton-Dumont-CAL at Dike-New HartfordGarner-Hayfield-Ventura at Forest City== 3A Region 5 tonightClear Lake at Crestwood== 4A Region 6 tonightCharles City at Mason Citycenter_img IOWA CITY — A struggling Iowa offense will be without its top receiver in Saturday’s game at Northwestern. Brandon Smith suffered an ankle injury in a win over Purdue and coach Kirk Ferentz says he could be sidelined for up to a month.Smith has 33 receptions, including four touchdowns. He will be replaced by redshirt freshman Tyrone Tracy.Ferentz says Smith’s absence won’t change the Iowa offense.Iowa has converted on all 24 trips to the red zone. Ferentz says the problem is they are settling for too many field goals.The Northwestern offense has struggled in a 1-5 start but Ferentz says the Wildcats remain a solid defensive team.Kickoff in Evanston is scheduled for 11 o’clock on Saturday, with the pre-game starting at 9:00 on AM-1300 KGLOlast_img read more

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