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McKinley parents allege intimidation

Several parents who are working to have a charter company take over a low-performing Compton elementary school alleged Tuesday that they and their children are being threatened and intimidated by  teachers and other school personnel.

The allegations come in the wake of an effort organized by the nonprofit reform group Parent Revolution to force the Compton Unified School District to bring in a charter operator to run McKinley Elementary School, which has struggled for years to raise student test scores.

Charters are independently run, publicly financed schools that are mostly non-unionized.

Last week, supporters presented the district with a petition signed by 62% of McKinley parents in the first use of California’s new “parent trigger” law, under which a majority of parents can force sweeping changes at a school.

But at a news conference held at a local church, several parents who signed the petition said that they have been harassed, threatened with deportation and told that the charter would not accept children with low potential or special needs.

Marlene Romero said that her son’s third-grade teacher asked to speak to her about his education and then spent an hour telling her why she shouldn’t support the petition drive.

“I want the principal and all the teachers to stop intimidating parents and especially our kids,” Romero said. “It’s really sad. My son told me he hated me for what I’m doing. I told him that I’m doing this for his future.”

The parents were joined by Michelle Rhee, the former Washington, D.C., public schools chancellor who heads the recently-formed reform group Students First. She urged district administrators to create ground rules for acceptable and unacceptable behavior by employees.

“If [educators] are saying that parents need to get more involved ... we cannot create a hostile environment” when parents speak up, Rhee said.   

Neither district officials nor McKinley Principal Fleming Robinson returned calls seeking comment. In a statement issued last week, Robinson said some parents who signed the petition reported that they were harassed and misinformed by organizers.

“Some have said they signed the petition but were harassed or signed under false pretenses, which included beautifying the school,” Robinson said. “A lot of parents weren’t given clear information on what the petition was for.”

He said the school is working closely with parents and the community to increase student achievement.

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-- Carla Rivera

 
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And of course Michelle Rhee is there to continue her demonization of teachers. How appropriate. The reality is m0st charters DON'T take special needs or ELL kids and it was parents who were pressured into signing the petition. Parent Revolution is a front for corporate charters.

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your
self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this -Thank a teacher!
If you can read this in English thank a soldier!!!
For all serfserving district supervisors,School administrators, and Teachers, if you do not like the message, hand over the control to Charter Schools

This is not from Bill Gates. It's an excerpt from the book "Dumbing Down our Kids" by educator Charles Sykes. It is a list of eleven things you did not learn in school and directed at high school and college grads.

Get your facts right.

It looks like Ben Austin and his astroturf Parent Revolution are pulling out all the stops now that they've been exposed to the light for deceiving parents in Compton. Look for big celebrity names supporting the astroturf organization in Compton, and more pro-charter-voucher pieces from right wing supporters like the one above. The Gates and Walton Foundation funded Parent Revolution has spawned an entirely new phony parent organization for details see these two brief articles.

Update on the veracity of McKinley Parents for Change
http://rdsathene.blogspot.com/2010/12/update-on-veracity-of-mckinley-parents.html

Astroturf Spawns Ever More Astroturf, Plus Parent Revolution Lies about Celerity Special Education Again!
http://rdsathene.blogspot.com/2010/12/astroturf-spawns-ever-more-astroturf.html

What? You mean Bill Gates plagiarized those comments! Shocking, absolutely shocking! But then, what can you expect from a guy who never graduated from college.


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