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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Will Jeb Bush and Koch Brothers Charter Schools U.S.A. take over York, PA Public Schools?

Governor Corbett wants to go out with a bang. And he has until January 20th. 



Why would Republicans elect a Public School educator?

Republicans don't like public schools but they elected a public school teacher. Why?
Republicans consider rush of action before Wolf takes over 
By MARC LEVY, Associated Press 
York, PA could wind up paying the for-profit Jeb Bush’s and the Koch brothers’ Charter Schools U.S.A. from their local school taxes.

Judge: Decision on York City schools by Dec. 26 
A York County judge is aiming for a Christmas Eve decision on the fate of the York City School District. 
President Judge Stephen Linebaugh said at the conclusion of a hearing Tuesday that he will issue a decision no later than Friday, Dec. 26 on the state's petition to seize control of the district. 
"My decision will be based solely upon the law ... and nothing else," Linebaugh said. "And, if I am wrong, I am absolutely certain that I will be corrected."

Monday, December 8, 2014
More on Charter Schools USA and the takeover of schools in York, PA 
A few weeks ago, I posted this piece about Charter Schools USA and their attempt to take over the York, PA school district. Charter Schools USA is based in Ft. Lauderdale and is one of the biggest for-profit operators. It's founder and CEO, Jon Hage comes out of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch Bros., as well as the  Foundation for Florida Future, another conservative group founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. 
Here's a corporate profile of Charter Schools USA, posted at the Cashing in on Kids Blog. 
Corporate Profiles 

And this from the York Dispatch... 
Attorneys representing teachers, cafeteria workers, parents, state-level education officials - and probably more to come - have filed petitions to join the York City School District in opposing the state's attempt at seizing control from the locally elected school board. 
The district's motion alleges that receivership "and the imposition of a district-wide charter school system will fully and unalterably bind the incoming administration to the education policies of the outgoing and 'lame duck' governor for years to come.” 
Schooling in the Ownership Society

Charter Schools USA has 36 schools in Florida and will be opening more. Its CEO Jonathan Hage is well-connected, and was a member of Rick Scott’s education transition team. He’s closely associated to former governor Jeb Bush as former director of one of his foundations. Hage’s Charter Schools USA gave two separate donations to the RPOF on the same day in January totalling $52,700. The for-profit charter school company gets its money from taxpayer dollars. 
The realities of who wields the power and why in determining education policy may be of interests to Floridians. Especially now that the test-based accountability system  that was set up to benefit guys like Hage and the Koch brothers has become a political hot potato – even for members of the party they want to support. 
How the Koch Brothers and Charter Schools USA Filter Campaign Cash to Florida’s Republican Legislators 
Posted on July 28, 2012

THURSDAY, OCT 2, 2014 05:25 PM EDT
Fraud, financial mismanagement, lousy results:
Reports highlight awful charter schools and people are catching on

December 9, 2014  |

1 comment:

  1. The Charter Schools USA takeover of York Public Schools is happening:



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