LA’s Thankfully Inheriting UofL’s Embarrassment

Remember John Deasy, the guy Robert Felner gave a fake degree at the University of Louisville? The Los Angeles Unified School District is about to appoint him their next superintendent. Moral of this story: LA is about to get screwed. [LA Times]

On Monday at 6:30 P.M., Rep. Mary Lou Marzian will discuss the legislative session with the League of Women Voters. 115 S. Ewing Avenue. Open to the public. [Press Release]

Mayor Greg Fischer launched Merger 2.0. Thankfully, I’m not on the Metro Government press list and don’t have to read about this sort of thing. One instance in which the fear of Poynter/Abramson/Fischer of what I’ll say comes in really handy. [FatLip]

For every non-perishable food item donated to Dare to Care when having your taxes done at H Tax, $5 will be cut from your tax preparation fees – up to $25. So do it. [Press Release]

The discussion of neighborhood schools is terrifying a bunch of folks with money to lose in Louisville, it seems. [WHAS11]

Saying goodbye to Antonio Perez and Stephen Irwin. Art in memoriam. [Jo Anne Triplett]

Look who Phillip Bailey spotted out in public and no one had died. [Click the Clicky]

I still can’t find a reason to dislike charter schools and school choice in Kentucky. Any locals wanna yell at me and tell me what a racist buttcramp I am? [H-L]

As expected, Jim King was elected president of the Metro Council for the second time last night. “Parts of West Louisville and South Louisville suffer from crime and blight that would not be tolerated in east and northeast metro. We can’t be one city if we don’t get to the root of those problems,” King told the Council. Madonna Flood was re-elected Majority Leader. [Press Releases]

Dare to Care received two semi-tractors from Meijer. That’s some major charity news. An absolutely wonderful move by Meijer. [FOX 41]

Watching Gregory O’Bryan’s police interview is enough to incite rage and hatred. What a disgusting human being. What a horrible person that poor Andrew Compton had to endure. [WAVE3]

Ever wondered what a health care repeal would cost Kentucky? You may want to take a look at these statistics. Sure, it’s flawed legislation and the requirement that one buy insurance is insanity. But it’s equally insane to force a repeal of something that helps so many in this state and around the country. [Page One]

9 thoughts on “LA’s Thankfully Inheriting UofL’s Embarrassment

  1. Jake, There is no reason not to see charter schools and choice as bad. HOW they are used and implemented is the key. Like so much else, they are possibilities–what you do with them makes the difference. There is no excuse for thinking people ton either side of the issue to claim that any single approach will destroy integration in our schools. I would like to point out that Louisville has been the national model for this until SB thought he knew more than people here who had been shaping school integration plans successfully for over 25 years. That kind of arrogance has no place in leadership.

  2. There is nothing inherently wrong with charter schools. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

    Every dollar spent for charter schools is a dollar taken away from the local school district.

    Charter schools tend to have smaller classes, which is one reason why they often work better. Since charter schools take money from the local school district, that means less money for teachers in the local district. This leads to increased class sizes in the traditional public schools.

    There is no local accountability for the governance of charter schools. When Williams is claiming parents are upset becuase they can’t go to PTA meetings because their kids’ schools are across the county, will parents be upset that charter schools don’t have PTAs or SBDMs? When the chief of a charter school has two of his girlfriends on payroll and is funneling grants to his boyfriend through a shell corporation, the voters have no say in getting rid of him, or electing a board that will get rid of him.

    If a charter school gets some say in who attends (different chartering rules apply in different states), then they surely won’t pick the students who most need the help. And so, the local school will be left with a classroom full of 34 behavior-disturbed children of meth addicts who are learning disabled.

    Lastly, don’t think charter schools are some messianic solution. Look at Indiana charter schools. Most (not all, but most) have consistently performed worse than the comparable public school in the area. A number of charter schools, if they were public, would have been taken over by the state for their poor performance. The Indianapolis Star has run an investigation into a few of them because they are burning through money, costing more than the publics, and performing much worse. In some areas, charter schools have actually worsened the education problem for Indiana.

    In my opinion, instead of allowing charter schools, they should use the positive aspects of charter schools and apply them to the current schools. Get rid of a lot of the administration (and costs). Hire good teachers and pay them appropriately. Make smaller class sizes. If charter schools can do all of that for the same price as the publics, why can’t the publics do that themselves?

  3. To Tbrauch–Charter schools ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLs. If you look at states where they have developed a decent law with accountability like MA, you see that they have to be approved by the state, monitored very carefully be the state–and in fact charter schools are closed more frequently than standard public schools. It’s all in HOW you do it.

  4. They are closed more frequently because they are not given time to stagnate and undercut kids education. If we closed stagnating standard public schools in the same way, we wouldn’t need charter schools in the first place. My point was that they are held to standards of accountability that standard public schools have never been. Again, it is HOW we organize and devleop our schools, not any particular model.

  5. Charter schools ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLs

    Charter schools have no local accountability. They are not overseen by any locally elected school board. Yes, they are funded by state money. But, to me, a public school means there is public accountability.

    It’s all in HOW you do it.

    Then why can’t we do that with the current schools we have?

  6. “It Ain’t Deasy, Is It?”

    UofL prof: “My, you look unusually fresh and chipper today. How come–off the brew?”

    UofL honcho: “One of our monkeys has been lifted from our backs.”

    UofL prof: “Pitino and Jurich quit?”

    UofL honcho: “No, Deasy is LA’s question mark now–not ours. God has blessed Grawemeyer Hall.”

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