“Look closely—you’ll recognize the formula: Underfund schools. Overcrowd classrooms. Mandate standardized tests sold by private-sector firms that “prove” these schools are failures. Blame teachers and their unions for awful test scores. In the bargain, weaken those unions, the largest labor organizations remaining in the United States. Push nonunion, profit-oriented charter schools as a solution.”—
This is how they attempted to dismantle the St. Louis Public School District (which is still being chiseled at by charter schools in the name of “school choice,”) and how they are trying to break up the Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts.
I totally don’t see this kind of crap erryday. There’s only 37 kids in our 5th grade and the two kindergartens have 30+ kids each. We have 4 parapros for 18 severe learning disability kids, 4 of which have needs severe enough to warrant them full time assistance. Oh and some are expected to take the state test, but we can’t proctor their tests because we aren’t qualified. One kid needs a scribe and extra time as dictated by his IEP, but do you think he’s getting that? The answer’s no, if you were wondering. I’m sure his test will reflect so highly on our school they’ll award us a medal.
Even though I consciously realize how stupid it is, whenever a TV show/movie/song references or says the name of my city/state/general area, my brain always gets really excited and goes, “HEY HEY THAT’S ME! THEY SAY PLACE AND I AM PLACE! ME FEEL IMPORTANT! THEY TALK ABOUT ME!”