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Friday, March 28, 2014

Jalen Rose blames public schools for dropouts.

If only there were more charter schools then fewer kids would drop out. That’s his premise anyway in an opinion piece on Jeb Bush’s pro-privatization blog ReDefined Ed.

Far too many of our minority students are not receiving the education they deserve because for many, the idea of attending a quality school is simply unattainable. I believe that this is unacceptable.

To put it into perspective, an estimated 366,369 kids will drop out of high school while we watch the 63 games throughout the tournament.

This is madness.

Students in our country deserve more educational options. They deserve access to best school for their needs, no matter their family’s income, and no matter their race. I am committed to empowering parents with the ability to choose the very best school for their child.

It just so happens that he believes the best option for children is charter schools.  You know the same charter schools that suspend and expel more students than public schools do. The same charter schools that often pick and choose who they take and keep and that take fewer disabled and English as a second language learners than public schools do. Furthermore friends thousands have opened, closed and left students, families and communities in a lurch and even more are operated by mercenaries who making a buck is more important than educating our children.

It’s admirable to want things to improve especially for our children who haven’t gotten the attention and resources they deserve but the solution is not to outsource our kids education to companies who only care about the bottom line but to finally give those children the attention and resources they deserve. If Jalen Rose really cared about our children then that is what he would be advocating for.

Also a kid never dropped out of a charter school? Does he really think charter schools fix poverty? His naivety and/or hubris are stunning.

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