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If you are a conservative on education issues-this guy is the enemy

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  • If you are a conservative on education issues-this guy is the enemy

    Join us on Saturday, July 19th for a forum called PARENTS HAVE POWER: RECLAIMING EDUCATION from 11-2 at Forest Park Community College, Cafeteria.

    The forum will include featured speaker Dr. BRAD PORFILIO, Saint Louis University and a talk called THE UNTOLD STORY OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. There will be a panel of parents who will talk about making informed choices within SLPS.

    FREE BOOKS for children and LUNCH.

    so I thought--is this guy for or against charters and vouchers--did a search---here is a typical paragraph:

    “Cyber School” prides itself on its “state of the art” technology. It is common for schools to sign partnerships with corporations as a means by which to acquire technology, sports equipment, etc. (Boyles, 1998; Giroux, 1999; Kohn & Shannon, 1999; Robertson, 1999; Saltman, 2004). Based upon three years of data collection, we have come to understand “technology” in this particular school to look an awful lot like “surveillance.” For example, there are three metal detectors at the school entrance, and video cameras and armed, uniformed guards throughout the school. In fact, Power City Police operate a substation from inside the administrative area. Even laptops used by students are loaded with observation/tracking software. While metal detectors and zero tolerance policies exist in both white middle class suburban schools and urban schools serving youth from culturally oppressed backgrounds, in suburban white communities, metal detectors are arguably installed to protect enrolled students from outside forces, the intruding “Other.” In urban schools, this same equipment is seemingly viewed as a necessary means by which to patrol and control attending youth. Thus, the subjectivity of criminal is created among poor urban youth.

    this is way to long---but the abstract gives an outline:

    In this analysis, we explore the historical, economic, and social conditions that have resulted in the building of “Cyber School.” This high tech “super” institution, featuring a multimedia center, a performing arts wing, a 2,200 seat arena, an Olympic sized swimming pool, sophisticated surveillance equipment, and the use of a laptop for every student, stands in sharp contrast to the urban blight which characterizes most of the postindustrial community in which it was built. A striking feature of this school is that it was built and continues to be financed using private funds from mostly a single corporate entity. Based upon three years of informal observations of town meetings, civic functions, and youth interaction in the city; document analysis of area records, local newspapers, we argue the school may be representative of a larger cultural shift from public investment to a corporate-militarized state, seen in this case in the installation of a police substation, surveillance equipment, zero-tolerance policies, and standardized testing, all structured to make tremendous profit off of low income urban youth.