By Anita B. Hoge:
Heritage’s Promise for ‘Great Schools For Maine’ Spreads Fallacies About Charter Schools & Choice — Something Fishy is Going on in Augusta
“Any agency, public or private, which receives federal funds directly or indirectly through a grant or contract .. .or by way of a voucher plan” must meet all programs that are set down for public schools . Acceptance of Federal funds is an agreement to abide by the requirements .”
In March, 1984, the U .S . Supreme Court ruled that private schools are subject to government regulations because they enroll students who receive tuition money from the government . Even though the checks are payable to individual students, not the school, the Court says any scholarships, loans, or grants to students “constitute federal financial assistance.”
“Whatever government funds, government controls,” quote from Charlotte Iserbyt, Former Senior Policy Advisor U.S. Department of Education
Governor LePage’s agenda for ‘Customized Learning’ opportunities for Maine students falls for Obama’s federal take-over of all private education in America. This is a trap. This is a Republican failure.
Why are Republicans & the Heritage Foundation pushing choice in education when accepting of federal monies to have a “choice” will mean government intervention? One part of the proposed legislation reveals that federal dollars will be permitted to be accepted by religious schools. Beware all private & religious schools. Once you accept federal monies, you will be forced to accept the Common Core-College & Career Ready Standards. If your students are granted a stipend of federal dollars from ESEA, Title I or IDEA monies under the guise of choice, say good bye to the private, Christian, or Catholic in your name. You will be a public school, just like a charter school.
When the legislation states that parents will have customized learning opportunities (public and private options) for kids who are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program, this means that federal dollars, Title I, will be used for an individual education plan or an individual career pathway for your child to meet government mandated Common Core-College Career Ready Standards. With choice money, comes Common Core Standards. With choice money comes mandated national testing & assessment. With choice money, that will follow the individual child, will mean the end of private education or homeschooling. You will be forced to use Common Core-College & Career Ready Standards & tests. This is the federal take-over of education in America. Maine, you are Obama’s prize.
Maine is Mimicking Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’ Choice & Charter School Agenda & Heritage is Joining Forces With Obama.
Maine is a pilot state for the Innovation Lab Network under the Obama administration. This agenda is pushing to transform education toward a standards based program which must move toward an individualized education plan or career pathway. This agenda can only be implemented with “choice” by using federal funding to monitor individual students. These are major steps to removing representative government on the local level. Federal funds will bypass the locally elected school boards. Federal funds will follow the child, wherever that child goes to school.
Charter schools are already public schools that are publicly funded, mandated to conform to those same standards & testing. Plus, there is no accountability to the public or parents since there is no elected school boards, only appointed non-elected board members. Using tax payer money to fund private for profit charter schools is blatantly unConsitutional.
When looking at the 6 pilot states in Obama’s Race to the Top agenda, (Innovation Lab Network) there is a surge in re-designing Americas schools. The Obama agenda is pushing choice & charter schools because it aligns with controlling all education including private schools. The move to grant more charter schools plays into the hand of eroding representative government on the local level-no elected school boards. When a student is given federal dollars & decides to go to a private school, where’s the accountability for those federal taxpayer dollars? It’s fairly easy….Common Core & College & Career Standards & testing & assessment of those standards. How will the Commissioner of Education help failing schools? They will be forced to change their curriculum & retest for better government accountability usually referred to as ‘academic bankruptcy’ or the takeover of private schools. Beware of choice in education that mimics the Obama agenda.
What federal pieces of legislation are enabling this agenda to go forward to fund “customized learning opportunities? Elementary & Secondary Education Act, ESEA Title I; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA (HR 347)
Why do charter schools play into the false choice agenda? Taxation without representation- privately owned public schools with no elected school board members yet uses public funds & public property. Walking down the unConstitutional yellow brick road. Abolishing representative government, local control & locally elected school board members.
What is government funded will adhere to government regulations. Common core standards align to government aligned testing. NAEP, & NAEP clones, will align to all state Assessments & embedded assessments. Accountability standards will be in place once you take government funds. Accountability=Forced Compliance=Loss of Freedom of Choice.
Charter schools will eliminate locally elected representative government.
The choice argument sounds good, but is the fox in the henhouse. If choice legislation is passed the money follows the child in ESEA Title I or IDEA. Students must take the TEST & meet government standards. Private schools will be forced to accept ANY child who has a choice stipend. All private schools will become public schools where they must administer the test & teach to the test.
Republican Governors & the Heritage Foundation are leading Americans down the wrong path.
Charter Schools & Choice in Education is Obama’s big catch. Don’t be deceived.
Romney’s Education Plan – Mimics Obama’s Race to the Top Education Plan, Romney Calls for Using Title I, IDEA Funds for School Choice – A failure for Republican leaders.
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