Friday, January 9, 2015

KY Lege Out to Kill Us All With Corporate Education Camps and No Rights At Work

Why charter schools are bad here.  Why No-Rights-At-Work means slave labor here.

But to the KY lege, all those middle-class-killing effect are features, not bugs.

Valerie Honeycutt Spears at the Herald:

State Sen. Mike Wilson, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said Fayette County Public Schools would be included in a bill he intends to introduce to create a pilot program for charter schools in Kentucky.

Kentucky is one of eight states that do not have charter schools.

Like traditional public schools, charter schools are funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on student enrollment but are touted as having more flexibility. They may be run by groups of parents, teachers or nonprofit organizations. Wilson, R-Bowling Green, said the legislation for Kentucky's General Assembly is still being written, but the limited pilot program would be aimed at districts with an "unconscionable" achievement gap between minority, disabled and low income students and other students.


Emerging research shows charters are performing at higher levels in several large urban districts across the country. 
Wow, Valerie, that's completely false.  Charter schools in Philadelphia, D.C. and other large cities are failing left right and center.  The few who are not imploding like neutron stars are either cherry-picking the best students and rejecting the troubled ones, or just sucking up tax dollars as fast as they can while the students rot.

But that kind of false information is what happens when you fail to quote - or apparently even attempt to talk to - a single opponent of charter schools.  Or when you're auditioning for Faux News. You're a better reporter than that, Valerie. Get your act together.

Meanwhile, Jack Brammer shows how it's done on right-to-be-slave-labor legislation.
A state Senate committee on Wednesday put on the fast track a bill that would allow people to work for unionized employers without joining the union, but the measure is expected to die in the House.

On a partisan 7-3 vote with Republicans in the majority, the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee approved Senate Bill 1, which would allow workers to receive union-negotiated benefits without paying union dues.

Labor leaders contend the bill is designed to bust unions, but business leaders say the legislation would help Kentucky create more jobs.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to vote Thursday on SB 1 and send it to the Democratic-controlled House for its consideration.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the bill's chances in the House were "slim and none."

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