open those schools? If they don’t … parents get choice where to send kids




Parents get  total choice where to send their children  — e.g.,  home school, charter school, religious schools, on-line –  if local  public schools do not re-open.  The  federal  money to assist schools  will follow the children with the parents making the decision.    So says Trump  on TV July 23.

Trump says:  American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools re-open.  Social isolation hurts children in multiple ways.    National Education Association says in-person learning is very important.  Due to school closures it’s estimated that children will be way behind in  both math and reading.  Children are largely not at risk from the virus i.e., they are less that 1 percent of those who get the corona  virus.

Strategy to re-open schools?  Shelter those at highest risk and those lowest to get back to school.  Says Trump.

on 7/23 Trump says that there’s $105 BILLION additional   dollars available for schools  for smaller school  classes, to re-purpose school  spaces, and so children  wear  masks and maintain social distancing.

Trump says:   If schools do not open, the $105 BILLION  new funding goes to parents  to send children to  schools of their choice.  The money will follow the students.  we cannot and must not  stop 50 million children from going to school says Trump.

Aptos Psychologist:   Charter schools in CA have been hard hit by recent legislation which  puts more control in the hands of local school board.  That the ‘money follows the children’ and parents make the decisions is great news. Local public schools have a monopoly and the best way to improve education is to create competition which puts kids first — not teachers and unions first.

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Start a Charter school in your CA community?

Does your  community  in CA  need a  charter school  which can offer  what’s best for your particular  child?   How can  you effectively  say ‘no more stalling the opening of schools?   Start a school?

Look what’s coming per Gov. Newsom:    Distance learning  via Zoom with homework packets via e-mail looms for many CA public schools.

The unions for teachers put the needs of their members far, far ahead of the needs of the students.   The teacher unions don’t think enough has been done to ensure the safety of all.  Unions prefer to put off the start of school.    But, what about the emotional health of the students?

How to start a charter school?  You need a Concept, Mission, Governance, Budget, Location and Petition.  Know that school boards are likely to view ‘the new kid on the block’ as taking money away from them.  The teacher unions are powerful and have a lot of say in how school boards make decisions.

So what’s the best  education for your child?  This year? A charter school? 

Aptos Psychologist:    Kids need social contact  with peers as much as they need actual teachers to interact with and learn from as role models.

Cameron Jackson, Ph.D.   Licensed Psychologist    831 688-6002



Liz Warren schools us …. [she cracks down on school choice]

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pledging to crack down on school choice if elected, despite the fact that she sent her own son to an elite private school, publicly available records show.

The 2020 presidential candidate’s public education plan would ban for-profit charter schools — a proposal first backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — and eliminate government incentives for opening new non-profit charter schools, even though Warren has praised charter schools in the past.

“To keep our traditional public school systems strong, we must resist efforts to divert public funds out of traditional public schools,” Warren stated in her plan.

Warren has pledged to reduce education options for families, but she chose to send her son Alexander to Kirby Hall, an elite private school near Austin. Tuition for Kirby Hall’s lower and middle schools — kindergarten through eighth grade — is $14,995 for the 2019-2020 school year. A year of high school costs $17,875.


Firenze Sage        If our “traditional schools”are strong why  are yours in a private wigwam?

Copyright ©2016 Deborah M. Zajac

[Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren  sent her son to private school …]


new family values [LGBT sex-ed curriculum in Austin]

New  family values imposed in Austin, Texas:   Parents Outraged at Austin’s New Sex-Ed Curriculum That Trains Children to Become LGBT Activists

The Austin Independent School District (ISD) school board approved a radical new sex-education curriculum for grades 3-8 that encourages all kinds of sex at young ages, urges kids to join LGBT “pride” parades, and aims to redefine biological sex and erase the words “mom” and “dad” from children’s vocabulary.

More than 100 people testified against the new curriculum on Monday night, and testimony lasted until after midnight. Yet the school board unanimously approved the new curriculum.

“This vote by the Austin ISD Board sends a clear message: people of faith and traditional moral values are not welcome in Austin ISD,” David Walls, vice president of Texas Values and a parent in Austin ISD, said in a statement. “By passing this curriculum, Austin ISD has broken the sacred trust that parents put in their children’s schools. Austin ISD parents have no reason to entrust their children to a school district that weaponizes education to indoctrinate children into the LGBT political movement.”

In a document revealing the radical nature of the curriculum, Texas Values drew attention to materials for the Grades 3-5 curriculum that encourage children to abandon the terms “mother” and “father” or “mom” and “dad.”

“Use Gender Inclusive Language,” the curriculum advises teachers. “It is important to avoid terms which refer only to ‘male’ and ‘female’ identities when speaking with young children as this can limit their understanding of gender into binaries and can exclude children who may not identify within these identities. For example, when discussing family members or adults they may have in their life, try not to only use terms like ‘mom’ or ‘dad’. Try integrating words like, ‘parents’ or, ‘guardians’ to include children whose parents might not fit into ‘traditional’ concepts of family structures.”


Firenze Sage    how fast can you say Charter School?


Charter schools win: teacher quality, values imparted, discipline

charter-schools-nycUSA public schools do not deliver quality education relative to charter schools or private schools. That’s what the parents think.  And this has been going on for  far too many years.

One way to compare students educated by different kinds of schools  is to examine their math skills.

On a 2016  assessment of math skills of 15 year old students, out of 35 nations the United States tied for 31st place  out of 35 nations.  The USA came out ahead of only  four countries:  Greece, Chile, Turkey and Mexico.

So much for Obama’s Race for the Top? Looks  more like a Slide to the Bottom.

Obama did not publish 2012 data  which  examined  how parents viewed the performance of  charter schools  compared with public schools.  Back in 2012 parents with children enrolled in charter schools  were much more satisfied compared with public schools.  And that trend continues four years later.

As to  2016 news about how parents view schools:   Parents give charter schools  much better marks compared with  public schools.  The parents who give charter schools higher marks are themselves less educated, have a lower percent of home ownership and are much more likely to be black or hispanic in ethnicity.

Public schools, charter schools and private schools are compared  as to what parents think of the  quality of teachers, values imparted  and  overall discipline.  Across the boards the public schools are rated the lowest.

The above comes from a study done by Harvard University reported in the Wall Street Journal 12/13/2016 Trump’s Education Pick: A Win for Public-School Parents





Duh: Charter schools get no support by NAACP – Why? Unions over kids

Charter schools get no support by NAACP.  Why?  Because the NAACP supports the teacher unions and cares less about education choices available for young black children. Does that make sense? No.

charter schools
Black families want Charter Schools 
Public schools whose teachers are unionized  fail to teach children.  Publicly funded charter schools – with  no unions – succeed in teaching children.
Only 39 percent of students in New York state schools who were tested recently scored at the “proficient” level in math.
 In contrast,  100 percent of the students at the Crown Heights Success Academy scored at that level in math.

Blacks and Hispanics are 90 percent of the students in the Crown Heights Success Academy — a charter school funded by taxpayers.

More than 43,000 families are on waiting lists to get their children into charter schools.    charter school waiting lists

Teachers unions are opposed to any alternative to public education and contribute to politicians who place obstacles and restrictions on the expansion of charter schools.

The NAACP, at its 2016 national convention in Cincinnati, voted to support “a moratorium on the proliferation of privately managed charter schools.”  Remember Martin Luther King’s dream?

Martin Luther King's dream
Martin Luther King’s dream ….


NAACP opposes charter schools
NAACP opposes publicly funded charter schools

It’s easy to understand why the NAACP is against any alternative to public schools. Many of its members work in public education.

However, many of those people do want alternatives for themselves.

In Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, 25 percent of public-school teachers send their children to private schools. In Philadelphia, 44 percent of teachers send their children to private schools. The percentages are similar in several other cities: Cincinnati, 41 percent, Chicago, 39 percent and Rochester, New York, 38 percent.

This demonstrates the dishonesty, hypocrisy and arrogance of the elite. They effectively say, “One thing for thee and another for me.”


Firenze Sage:  You cannot serve two masters  — the teacher’s unions and  the children.

Can you read?

Cannot follow two masters
You cannot serve two masters