Category Archives: Politics

Scary Reading in the Washington Post: WaPo as the low-information raconteur

Washington, DC – A chatty little diatribe titled “Scary reading in charter school bill” graced the WaPo on March 28.  Confounding misinformation with ignorance in breathtaking fashion, the near-sighted worthy confuses nearly sky-high, out-of-sight  accountability with “apparently none.”

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Thomas Jefferson’s Comments On The Lap-Dog Media Producing The Low-Information Citizen: the role of rebellions

Background:  After the Declaration of Independence created the 13 independent states, The Articles of Confederation began being drafted shortly afterward in 1776.  Finally ratified in 1781, many recognized that the central government was too weak.  In 1786, a convention was … Continue reading

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Multiple Charter School Authorizers: 10 Reasons Why It’s a Bad Idea

Whenever the topic of charter school policy and legislation comes up, someone always manages to bring up the idea of “Multiple Authorizers.”

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An Armed Deputy in Every School: At What Cost?

Zero cost.  After thirty years as an entrepreneur, I  have been a Trustee and administrator at two public K-8 charter schools for the past twelve years.   I have worked with annual budgets as these schools grew from 53 students to … Continue reading

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“When Caution Trumps Courage, Kids Lose!” (1, Arne Duncan)

The early 1990’s saw the beginning of charter schools that were intended to innovate and address unique local needs in the K-12 schools.  Charter schools were allowed to operate without the many stifling regulations  imposed on traditional schools by the … Continue reading

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SB-724 Edition 2: A slightly improved act to improve…

Maybe letters to your legislator do matter! Or maybe it was a coincidence.

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**HB 823 ** GOOD JOB, REPRESENTATIVES!

Dear NC Representatives, Congratulations on introducing HB 823 to amend the constitution and put the future of our children in the hands of a Superintendent elected by the people of North Carolina. Thank you. As you know, the all-powerful 8-year … Continue reading

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SB 724 – Suggestions to improve an act to improve…

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May 3, 2011 Re: Senate Bill 724 – An Act to Improve Public Education Dear Senator: Thank you for your efforts to improve education in North Carolina. Unfortunately, the addition of the new paragraph to 115C-296(b) will not accomplish anything … Continue reading

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Letters to the Blogger: “Be More Civil!”

Dear Baker,           Some of your remarks are not in good taste even though they may be accurate.  I am a big fan, but some of your phrasing makes me uncomfortable.            Could you please be more civil? Comfy Conservative … Continue reading

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Review: “Teaching Needy Kids in Our Backward System” (Hardcover)

by Siegfried Engelmann   February 2, 2009: Throughout history, adventurers have chronicled their journeys though strange territories to the great benefit of mankind. Marco Polo’s journals introduced the West to the Orient. Columbus’ logs opened the western hemisphere to European … Continue reading

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