Monday, June 30, 2014

North Carolina House shields charters

The trust of the innocent parents supporting charters
is the liar's most useful tool.
Lying Quotes

A Report by Wynne Coleman, 3D Research Group  

“NC House votes to block disclosing charter school employees' names with pay."

The above article is from the Charlotte Observer, but also printed in Raleigh’s The News & Observer.

Aside from very important  question regarding traditional public school publication of names of employees' and their salaries, take a look at this:
"The House version of the charter bill also broadly bans discrimination against charter school applicants based on their sexual orientation or other federally and constitutionally protected classes.
Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, had questioned an amendment that would have prohibited schools from turning away applicants because of their sexual orientation. Stam said the bill needed to define sexual orientation because he argued that it could include everything from homosexuality to pedophilia if it were left open to interpretation. He was criticized by other lawmakers and gay-rights groups.
The amendment ultimately included in the bill prohibits schools from discriminating against applicants under any category that’s already protected by federal law or the U.S. Constitution. That includes sexual orientation.

“I think it does what we want morally and legally and constitutionally,” said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland. “…Which is a recognition that no child should be discriminated against in a charter school for any reason based on their status (or) who they are.”

How can any taxpayer or parent support an agenda that is so full of legal and moral complexities?

If nothing else, this article illustrates how lawmakers must scurry to offer bill amendments that justify the ethics questions accompanying their public-private arrangements.

Tax-funded charter schools which are public schools, but unaccountable to the public (taxpayers) due to being run by unelected councils, will forever be subject to questions of constitutional legality. The legal profession is yet another group to rake in hundreds of millions of tax dollars in fees related to perfectly legitimate lawsuits filed by taxpayers and parents!