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February 10, 2013

The times they are a-changin'

28--28!--new charter schools have been proposed for the Triangle. Take it, Bob:

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.


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Every time I hear about new charter schools I picture the head of the appropriate teachers union as being in "Blazing Saddles".


those gonna be profit centers like the ones in chicago?

A Chicago mother claims that the charter school her son attends -- and is known for raking in thousands of dollars each year in discipline-related fines -- is forcing her to pay them over $3,000 for her son's behavior.

In a recent HuffPost Live interview, Marsha Godard said her son's school, a Noble Network of Charter Schools school, is saying she is on the hook for fines due to demerits such as having untied shoes or being even a half-minute late to class.

The Noble Network, a charter school program championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has drawn the ire of students and parents alike for collecting nearly $390,000 in disciplinary fines from low-income, largely African-American and Latino students and their families over just a three-year period. In 2011, the network collected nearly $190,000 in disciplinary "fees." Noble currently operates a dozen schools in Chicago.


I know, it's very hard to believe that any organization in Chicago would rip off those without connections. /sarc

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