Educational Reform Escapes California

Russ Steele

Ellen and I went to the Tea Party Patriot luncheon today to hear Mark Meckler, who gave us an update on the Primaries and his current activities to strengthen America’s grass roots political movement.  The Ponderosa Room (Former Senior Center) at the Fair Grounds was packed. The number of TPP participants continues to grow with every meeting. We will soon out grow this venue.

Mark kept the audience on the front edge of their seats with a moving presentation,  with no teleprompter. He was speaking from his convictions and first hand meetings with Tea Party members across the county. One of his subjects was education reform. Our current  school system is failing students. He spoke eloquently about the reforms that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has implemented, in New Orleans, where the hurricane wiped out most of the schools in the city. Lacking government funds to rebuild the schools the city fathers decided not to open them. That is when business and civic organization stepped up asked to rebuild the schools, if all the restrictions were removed. Over 50% of all LA schools are Charter Schools and Governor Jindal has set a goal that 100% of all schools will become Charter Schools on his watch. Schools that under the control of LA citizens.

When I arrived home, checked the internet I read this story on CalWatchDog by Lance T. Izumi Koret, senior fellow and senior director of education studies at the Pacific Research Institute who writes: Gov. Brown pushes pale education ‘reform

Around the country, governors like Bobby Jindal in Louisiana have led successful fights for new education-reform laws that eliminate or restrict teacher tenure, re-think old-line seniority protection rules and give parents the ability to choose the public or private school that best meets the needs of their children. In contrast, California Gov. Jerry Brown eschews a grand redesign of California’s dysfunctional public education system and seems satisfied merely to play small ball and tinker around the edges.

This is typical of the leadership we can expect from Sacramento. Tinkering around the the edges rather than addressing the real problem, an education system under the control of the teachers unions. Our Governor is not much more than a sock puppet for those very same unions.  That s why we will not be seeing any real reform.

Mark Meckler is right, until citizen take back our government and the control of our schools there will no reform. That said, we have many Charter Schools in Nevada County, citizens who are taking control of their children’s education. Every of those Charter School parents should be a Tea Party Patriot member.

There will be no formal TPP July meeting with the 4th of July Parade at the top of the schedule. It will be the biggest turnout yet!  Be part of a historical event and join the Red Shirts on this patriotic holiday. See you all at the 4th of July Parade, details will be posted HERE.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to Educational Reform Escapes California

  1. Sean says:

    California is going backwards in education. Accoding to the LA Times, just today, the LA Unified School district decided to cut more days from the curriculum…for the third or fourth time. This is more acceptable to the unions than making its members pay for a portion of their healthcare benefits or contribute more toward their pensions. One new thing that’s good is that teachers will be rated by the progress of their students. They might find themselves boxed into a corner.

  2. Arthur M. Day. says:

    We’ve already had one case where the teachers in some other state than CA would get together with the students progress tests and rewrite the answers to improve the school’s performance. The public school teachers unions have completely lost the message.

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