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Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools

gates schooled

Kaye Beach

April 13, 2013

Just in case you missed this article from 2011, I think it gives great insight into current school ‘reform’ efforts.

I keep hearing about “school choice” but if you look at how this so called “choice” unravels you might begin to suspect the ‘choice’ being offered is between the pan and the fire.  At this point in time, if I had  school-aged children, I would teach them myself.

Oh, and if you find it hard to determine a right/left or Republican/Democrat lead in this mess that is because, unlike us little people that are further down the political food chain, the real brokers of power have no party.

And one more thought, while I do not claim to be any sort of an expert on economics, in my humble opinion - this  is NOT a free-market model!

Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools

By Joanne BarkanWinter 2011

The cost of K–12 public schooling in the United States comes to well
over $500 billion per year. So, how much influence could anyone in the
private sector exert by controlling just a few billion dollars of that
immense sum? Decisive influence, it turns out. A few billion dollars in
private foundation money, strategically invested every year for a
decade, has sufficed to define the national debate on education; sustain
a crusade for a set of mostly ill-conceived reforms; and determine
public policy at the local, state, and national levels. In the domain of
venture philanthropy—where donors decide what social transformation
they want to engineer and then design and fund projects to implement
their vision—investing in education yields great bang for the buck.

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Edmond high schools to start drug testing in January

saliva drug test

Kaye Beach

Dec. 5, 2012

 

 

Reported by KOCO News

Edmond high schools to start drug testing in January

Dec. 4, 2012

EDMOND, Okla. —

Three of the largest metro high schools in Oklahoma will start drug testing students, authorities confirmed.

The policy at Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial high schools starts on Jan. 7, said district spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp.

Though some parents expressed privacy concerns, most seemed happy with the new policy. School leaders told KOCO Eyewitness News 5 that drugs are a problem in the district and that drug testing is one way to combat it.

. . .According to a letter sent home to parents, the monthly testing will begin after winter break. It will involve a random sample of students and will be administered as a saliva test to detect the use of alcohol, non-prescribed medications or illegal drugs.

 

Drug abuse among our children is an obvious concern but is random, suspicion-less drug testing of students the right way to deal with this issue?  What does this practice teach them?  Is it worth it?

It occurs to me that there are a couple of lessons that this might teach kids that do not seem especially desirable.

Don’t do something because you might get caught.  The end result is the same as if a teenager refrained from drug use because it was the right thing to do but the lessons of self control and discipline has been stolen from the individual.  The motivation is external depriving kids of the opportunity or satisfaction of  learning and growing.  What will they do when they can get away with it?  Will they learn to rely on external controls rather than self control?

You are assumed guilty until proven otherwise.  Great preparation for the real, adult world that they will be entering since the same skewed concept is being utilized on the population at large. .  Don’t expect these kids that are increasingly RFID tagged and tracked, biometrically scanned, searched, sniffed and subjected to random police drug searches, to resist or even recognize government over reach as adults.  Presumption of innocence in the cornerstone of our system of justice.  Even though children don’t have exactly the same level of rights and responsibilities that adults have, isn’t the presumption of innocence one of those fundamental concepts that should generally apply across the board?  We all say want a free country but this is the way to ensure that we will have a compliant country.

This drug testing program applies to any extra curricular activities.  I guess if a student wants to smoke pot or dabble with other drugs, they won’t have a chance to be distracted or diverted away from that by a more wholesome activity.

Here is the actual Edmond Schools Drug Testing Policy

As I said, drug use by kids is a real concern and it is our job to keep them safe till they are of age and we can always justify just about anything on a case by case basis but when you look at the totality of all of the practices justified for safety or efficiency in our schools, well, that looks pretty scary too.

 

Student Ordered to Leave School For Carrying Bad Gene

Kaye Beach

Oct. 23, 2012

What do you make of this?

The 11 year old child tests negative for Cystic Fibrosis although he does carry the genetic mutation for the disease.  Many carry the mutation (10 million) but relatively few (30,000) actually have the disease. (Source:  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)  Cystic Fibrosis is not contagious and experts say that he poses no heightened threat to other students yet he is being ordered to transfer to another school.  His parents are taking it to court.

Boy banned from school for carrying cystic fibrosis gene

Published October 18, 2012

A California boy has been ordered to transfer to another middle school because he carries the genetic mutations for cystic fibrosis – even though his doctors and parents maintain he does not have the incurable, non-infectious disease, the San Francisco Gate reported.

. . .

Colman has never had the lung problems associated with the disease, has never required treatment and tested negative on a sweat test, which is the definitive diagnostic test, his parents, Jamy and Jennifer Chadman, said Thursday.

The Chadmans said they only disclosed his condition out of an “overabundance of caution” and tried to convince the school officials that he does not have classic cystic fibrosis and therefore is not a risk.

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Texas Students Face Repercussions for Refusing RFID Tracking

Kaye Beach

Oct. 9, 2012

Are you OK with tracking kids via active RFID chips at school?  Some kids and parents in Texas are NOT OK with it and they are holding their ground. (article below)

Here are some of the objections parents and students might have against wearing and RFID tracking device (from Position Paper on the Use of RFID in Schools dated August 21, 2012 signed by a wide variety of civil liberties advocates);
• Dehumanizing uses: While there is an expectation of supervision and guidance in schools, monitoring the detailed behaviors of individuals can be demeaning. For example, RFID reading devices in school restrooms could monitor how long a student or teacher spends in a bathroom stall.
• Violation of free speech and association. RFID tracking software can monitor associations of RFID tags, which could dissuade individuals from exercising their rights to freedom of thought, speech and association. For example, students might avoid seeking counsel when they know their RFID tags will document their presence at locations like counselor and School Resource Officer (SRO) offices.
• Violation of conscience and religious freedom. Many individuals object to RFID systems on the basis of their deeply held philosophical or religious beliefs. Schools are required to make accommodations for students on the basis of these beliefs.
• Unauthorized use. While RFID systems may be developed for use in a school, the RFID tags may be read covertly anywhere by anyone with the right reading device. Since RFID reading devices work by silent, invisible radio waves and the reading devices can be hidden, unauthorized or covert uses can be nearly impossible to detect. In addition, information collected on systems could be shared or compromised without individuals’ knowledge or consent. For example, a student’s location could be monitored from a distance by a jealous
girlfriend or boyfriend, stalker, or pedophile. Individuals run this tracking risk any place they carry or wear a school-issued RFID tagged item—even miles from the campus.

Read more of the Position Paper on the Use of RFID in Schools

Texas School District Reportedly Threatening Students Who Refuse Tracking ID, Can’t Vote For Homecoming

Posted Oct. 8, 2012 at the Huffington Post

Weeks after Northside Independent School District in San Antonio rolled out its new “smart” IDs that tracks students’ geographic locations, the community is still at odds with the program.

The “Student Locator Project,” which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district schools. In an effort to reduce truancy, the district has issued new student IDs with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that tracks the location of a student at all times.

The program officially launched October 1 at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School. Without the badges — required to be worn around the neck — students cannot access common areas like the cafeteria or library, and cannot purchase tickets to extracurricular activities. WND reports that the district has threatened to suspend, fine or involuntarily transfer students who fail to comply and officials have noted that “there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation.”

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Child’s Non-USDA Approved Home Lunch Tossed for School Prefab Chicken Nuggets

Kaye Beach
Feb. 15, 2012

This should start a food fight!

From the Carolina Journal Online published Feb 14, 2012

Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”
State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead

RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

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The Team Chaplain Must Be Fingerprinted — HB3076

Kaye Beach

Feb 14, 2012

Howard found a nasty bill!

From Howard Houchen’s Blog posted Feb 13, 2012

WOW!  My apologies to all but I let a DOOZIE slip by!  There are “bad bills”, “really bad bills”, “well intended bills with bad or misguided language”, and then there are ‘DOOZIE’S”.  These are the ones that sound very benign, benevolent even, yet the unforeseen (unspoken) consequences can be devastating.  HB3076 is a DOOZIE!

HB3076, authored  by Rep. Joe Dorman, passed the Oklahoma Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety on 12 Feb., 2012 on a unanimous 9 – 0 vote.  HB3076 begins with:

An Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011, Section 5-142, which relates to criminal history record checks; defining term; requiring board of education to request national criminal history check for any prospective volunteer; requiring school district to pay search fee; prohibiting future checks after prospective volunteer passes a check unless break in service occurs; and providing an effective date.”

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Prison-Yard America

10-17-2011  •  Future of Freedom Foundation/Wendy McElroy 

Since September, a public-school district in Florida has been taking fingerprint scans at the entrance to schools as a way to monitor attendance. The scans are compared against a database of students to detect truants. As in most highly intrusive school policies, parents are thrown a bone of control by allowing them to request an “opt out” for their children. An opted-out student needs to pursue a teacher and go through a special sign-in every day. In terms of time, convenience, and avoidance of stigma, students have a strong incentive to comply quietly.

But the current scanner setup is not efficient enough; the location makes it “difficult to keep track of every student.” And so the district is experimenting with supplementary scanners on the school buses that almost every student uses.

The schools’ superintendent, Sandra Cook, acknowledges that the transition has not been easy. Why not? Have parents complained about the Orwellian violation of children’s privacy? Are they outraged by the state’s assumption that children’s fingerprints are state property unless objections are raised?

TV station WJHG explains, “One of the biggest challenges they’ve faced is where to put the devices on the buses. State safety codes require the aisles to be kept completely clear, so one of the ideas they’ve discussed is to put a laptop on one side of the steering wheel and the finger scan system on the other.” The discussion revolves, not around rights, but around technical issues.

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School Bus-No Moms Allowed!

Kaye Beach

August 6, 2011

The government has no qualms about keeping the parents off of their turf.  Parents should be so bold.

From PennLive.com

Published: Saturday, July 23, 201

Perry County mother charged with unlawfully entering school bus to help a son she thought was ill

If Tara Keener had known that her 5-year-old son was only sleeping, she might not have acted this way.

But Keener, an emergency room nurse, didn’t know. All she knew was what she could see through the windows of a big yellow school bus as she walked down her Perry County driveway. Other kids were standing over the kindergartner’s assigned seat, yelling that Xander was slumped over.

“Help, he’s not moving,” she recalled during a recent court hearing. “We can’t wake him up.”

So she ran to the bus, up the steps and to the landing. The driver told her she couldn’t get on the bus. It’s against the law.

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Terror Unleashed on High School Students

Kaye Beach

June 16, 2011

This is terror.  There is no other word for it.

 

‘You Can No Longer Think of Yourselves as Peace Officers’: Militarizing ‘Lockdown High’

by William Norman Grigg

It was Friday the 13th, and Skylar Walters thought he was going to die.

The 16-year-old inmate of Orangeville Jr.-Sr. High in Illinois was in gym class when a deranged-looking man barged into the school and began firing what appeared to be a handgun at several of the other students.

“I started praying to God and saying my last words,” Skylar later recalled. “I was scared. I didn’t know what to do.”

As the intruder fired his gun, he called out the name of a particular student; the youngster quite sensibly fled the building. Other kids “were just running everywhere and crying and hiding,” Skylar recounted. Some of the panicking schoolkids probably attempted to call or text their parents to describe the horror unfolding in front of them. They didn’t know that each of the parents had been instructed not to answer if his child issued a desperate plea for help.

That last sadistic touch is what distinguished the May 13 “active shooter drill” in Orangeville from countless other performances of its kind staged in schools across the Soyuz by the Police State Play Actors’ Guild. Most of the time, the kids for whose supposed benefit those drills are choreographed – and the parents responsible for their care, education, and upbringing – are let in on the joke.

Last October 10, for example, a mob of “between 80 and 100 officials” from law enforcement agencies staged a little Garrison State melodrama in New York’s William H. Barton Intermediate School. As described in the Glens Falls Post-Star:

“Fire alarms sounded at 9:31 a.m., drawing closed doors. Three Warren County sheriff’s officers and two state troopers conducted the first search, where they encountered students in a hallway and instructed them to sit down. They reached a second floor on a north wing of the school and found several bodies laying across the hallway. Police searched the classrooms, bathrooms and even an elevator, pressing their backs against walls before entering rooms and calling out `clear.’ A cafeteria was secured as a transfer point for victims with casualties, and a triage site for patient evaluation was at a nearby school.”

In that exercise, students – some of them in grade school – were recruited to play “victims.” One of them was the third-grade daughter of Heather Holl, who was herself cast as a “victim” in the third trimester of pregnancy. Another bit player, Heather’s son Alexander, “played the role of a gunshot victim” with an entry wound in his chest and a large exit wound in the back.

It should be pointed out that the tactics employed in the “active shooter” scenario at the William H. Barton School focused on officer safety, rather than active intervention on behalf of the victims. In real life, Alexander Holl would have been one of several unarmed, helpless schoolchildren killed while the SWAT team – encased in body armor and brandishing high-performance weaponry – took exquisite care to minimize its exposure to risk.

“He’s excited,” Heather commented as her son was transported away from the scene by medical personnel. “He didn’t even sleep last night.”

At least he was given a copy of the script before the staged shooting began. The students who were deprived of that indispensable intelligence in Orangeville most likely aren’t sleeping well now – not because they’re full of eager anticipation, but rather because they suffer from post-traumatic stress.

Parents were required to participate passively in the scenario played out in Orangeville: They weren’t informed about the event until curtain time, and then ordered to participate in an information embargo targeting their terrified kids.

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Parents upset by “sex test” at Hardy Middle School

Why does the school need this information?  What is the point of such questions?

We need to look a little deeper into the purpose behind this sort of nonsense.

**Hat Tip to the Patriots for America Group

 

October 11, 2010

When she picked up her 12-year-old son at Hardy Middle School last Tuesday afternoon, “Susan” knew something was wrong. Her son looked “disturbed,” his father said later. Susan asked her son what had happened at school. A test had been given in a health/physical education class filled with 7th-grade boys and girls.

One classmate called it a “sex test.”

 

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