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Schools Can Work

The lamestream media told you:

"Spitting in the eye of mainstream education - Charter Schools Indoctrinate Students in Bizarre, Out-of-the-Mainstream Ideologies and Discredited Theories" --LA Times

[The LAT headline reader apparently didn't read their story before drafting that headline:]

"OAKLAND -- Not many schools in California recruit teachers with language like this: 'We are looking for hard working people who believe in free market capitalism... Multicultural specialists, ultra liberal zealots and college-tainted oppression liberators need not apply...'"

"It would be easy to dismiss American Indian Public Charter as one of the nuttier offshoots of the fast-growing charter school movement, which allows schools to receive public funding but operate outside of day-to-day district oversight. But the schools command attention for one very simple reason: By standard measures, they are among the very best in California."

On a scale of 1000, Calif. average scores are 750, 650 for low-income kids, and -- 967 for this school.

"So what are they doing? The short answer is that it attracts academically motivated students, relentlessly (and unapologetically) teaches to the test, wrings more seat time out of every school day, hires smart young teachers, demands near-perfect attendance, piles on the homework, refuses to promote struggling students to the next grade and keeps discipline so tight that there are no distractions or disruptions."

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-charter31-2009may31,0,7064053.story

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

I can't add to this. How did it ever get into the LA Times, perpetually devoted to promoting touchy-feely education-free uber-liberal squishiness that has demolished education in the nation?

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