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I said I won’t repost blogs anymore, except for very rare occasions. I intend to stick to my promise.
So don’t consider this a repost. Consider it an introduction.
An ally in Florida sent me two blogs by Billy Townsend.
Here are the ones I read. I subscribed to his blog.
He wrote this blog for the benefit of Jennifer Berkshire, co-author of A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door.
He says that Florida is the state that put the nation at risk. He explains why. Great reading.
In this one, he lays out exactly how to get Biden’s attention: prepare to run a primary against him for ignoring/betraying the parents and teachers devoted to public education. Active opposition, he says, will get the wolf away from the schoolhouse door.
In this one, he describes how the voucher schools that Florida wants more of include a large number of segregated and unaccredited schools. How cynical that Florida figured out a clever way to restore segregation by lying to black parents. He asks:
Is it any wonder Florida’s FTC vouchers have a 61 percent 2-year drop out rate?
I have noticed that voucher studies typically overlook or minimize or obscure attrition rates. I remember a voucher study of Milwaukee by pro-voucher academic Patrick Wolf where he noted that voucher schools had higher graduation rates when compared to public schools. In the original study, the attrition rate was 75%. When Mercedes Schneider jumped on that statistic, Wolf said he made a error and lowered the dropout rate to 56%. Of course, 56% is a huge attrition rate too. (See here too and see here as well.)