Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Loome: kill the charter school bill.

Nancy is at it again. Here is Ms. Loome's latest fatwah:

We are coming down to the wire, and it's time for a full court press on charter schools. Representatives need to hear from you AGAIN!

After talking with dozens of legislators, I've come to the conclusion that you'd be hard pressed to find 15 of them who think that HB1152 is a good charter school bill. The problem is that many senators voted for it just to "get something passed" or to "support the leadership." I've even heard that senators who voted for the bill are asking their representatives to vote against it because they know the bill is bad for their districts.

House members also are weary of the issue, and they, too, are getting pressure to concur with this bad legislation - just to get a charter school bill passed.

In its current form, HB 1152 does not solve any of the problems we have in our education system, and it has the potential to create even more failing schools.

Please help us send the message that a bad bill is worse than no bill at all. We need House members to stand up for what they know is right, represent the interests of their constituents, and send this bill to conference to clean it up.

Please ask your representative to vote "No" on the motion to concur and "Yes" on the motion to invite conference on HB 1152.

Your representative:

Rep. Rita Martinson Capitol: 601.359.3131 Personal: 601.856.4977

Capitol Switchboard: 601.359.3770

If your representative is not listed above it is because we do not have your street address and zip code in our database. Click here to find your legislator. Click here to send us your street address and zip code.

There is nothing in this bill that weeds out bad charter schools, and there is nothing in it that focuses charter schools where they are needed. This is not a prudent use of taxpayer dollars, and it certainly is not "education reform." A true reform bill would focus on attracting only the strongest charter school providers into areas where existing schools are failing our children.

They say that just six or eight phone calls can change a legislator's vote. You can make that happen in your district by asking your friends and family to call. Even if you've called already, please call again. The bill will come up sometime between today and April 26, and your legislators need to hear from you - the sooner, the better.

If you have time to call all of the legislators who represent your school district, that would be terrific. Click here to see who they are and to find their contact information.

You can bet that legislators are getting pressure from those who are pushing for "charter schools everywhere." We will have to work hard to ensure that we get a responsible piece of legislation that provides better options for kids in underperforming schools without wasting taxpayer dollars creating more schools where we already have good ones.

Alabama is in the process of passing such a bill. If they can do it, we can, too! Read about it here.

Please call your legislators about the charter school bill as soon as possible, and ask your friends and family to call. The calls really do make a difference.

We'll keep posting updates on our website, and we'll let you know when the bill is brought up in the House so you can watch the debate online. Let me know what you're hearing, and I'll do the same. Let's get this done right for our kids!




Shadowfax said...

10-4 on passing a bill just to pass something. The current crop of bill-crafters reminds me of boy scout participants in Box Car Derby designing Chevy's next muscle car.

More of the 'Bad Bill is Better Than No Bill' crowd.

Anonymous said...

Always feel a little uncomfortable agreeing with Shadowfax, but when it comes to the competency of our legislature in drafting bills, his observation dovetails with my experience.

Shadowfax said...

Probably not nearly as uncomfortable as I'd feel agreeing with you, Dovetailer.

Herr Milty -> Get Your DAMN Checkbook Out said...

Edu-Nazi Frau Loome begs her personality cult to lavish more money upon her @ 1:16 PM today:

We must remain vigilant as well, and it appears that this debate could drag on into a special session. The protracted charter schools debate, and the large volume of controversial education bills considered in this session, have stretched The Parents' Campaign's resources well beyond what normally would be expected from a no-frills budget and a small staff. We need to raise an additional $50,000 now to ensure that we can continue the fight for public schools. Can you help us with a donation?

Your contribution of $10, $50, or $100 can help us remain a dues-free organization so that everyone, regardless of income, can be informed about legislation that affects their schools and how their legislators vote on those issues. If you value our work, please keep us viable by making a donation.

Give us a break Nancy. The Parents' Campaign ONLY exists so that you can double-dip as a lobbyist to protect your fellow edu-Nazis in Mississippi from any real accountability to actually educate all students in Mississippi.

Maybe Cecil Brown can cough up some dinero from one of those many secretive PACs supposedly operated by his wife.

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