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The American Dream: Overcoming the Education Bureaucracy

Zip-Code education that traps students in failing schools is discriminatory based on the socio-economic status of the parents. End education discrimination, demand choice now.

As discussed previously, parents are willing to face jail time and heavy fines for attempting to get their children a quality education. This time we will discuss a teen who took it upon himself to overcome the education bureaucracy trying to trap him in a failing school.

South Carolina schools ranks at the bottom for student SAT scores. It's graduation rate ranks 48th nationally and hundreds of thousands of students are trapped in failing schools. Rontrell Matthews, 16, decided he wanted a better education for himself instead of staying trapped in his failing school. He was so determined to get a better education that he got job a job making sandwiches at Subway. When he got his first paycheck of $32.86, he went straight to Capers Preparatory Christian Academy and handed the check to them and told them he wanted to attend their school. The school accepted Rontrell and he excelled in his new school.

The school itself was started by a former public school teacher, Faye Brown, to provide low-income families, mostly African American, access to a quality education instead of being trapped in failing public schools. Mrs. Brown even dipped into her own retirement savings to help keep the school running. After the original story about Rontrell broke, donations poured in helping to stabilize the school giving many more children access to a quality education.

In South Carolina, as well as here in Illinois and across the country, we continue to trap students, especially those of color in failing public schools. In Chicago, there are thousands of students trapped in failing schools. Across Illinois 6 in 10 elementary and middle schools have failed to ensure their students are proficient in math and reading. Yet, the state, with the aid of the education bureaucracy and powerful teachers unions, continues to perpetuate the zip code education that traps the low income students in failing schools.

Zip-Code education that traps students in failing schools is discriminatory based on the socio-economic status of the parents. The question is when are more parents, teachers, citizens and legislators going to stand up to the big money donors of the education bureaucracy and say "Enough! We will no longer tolerate zip-code education discrimination."

The way to end zip-code education discrimination is to empower the parents to choose the school that will educate their child the best. In doing so, the money will then follow the child to that school. A simple phrase to explain this concept is "Fund the Child, Not the Beaucracy." It is time to demand choice now.

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Sully February 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Lennie, you cherry pick to suit your purposes. Charter schools could be very good, and some already are. i never disputed that. Under the current rules and regulations, or lack thereof, the movement will never achieve its stated purpose. You continue to decline showing proof of your assertions, so either you are very ignorant regarding the state of charters, or you are purposely misleading.
Sully February 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Let me know when you have something resembling a viable solution. And you can spare me the altruistic BS. This is and always has been about you and your self-importance.
Lennie Jarratt February 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Post as much as you want. I don't really care. Anyone who is interested in an open and honest debate will contact me as they continually do. The others, like you, who are not interested in discussing the issue honestly will continue in the shadows with the angry postings, the searches and the personal attacks here in attempts to dissuade others from hearing about both sides of the argument. If you are ever willing to step up to the plate instead of hiding in the shadows let me know? Korrina, interested in hosting a debate on school choice?
Lennie Jarratt February 22, 2013 at 12:12 AM
This has never been about me. That is one of the main things you fail to grasp.
Nightcrawler February 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Back to the actual article for a second, which is about a religious school, not a charter. If you're going to write something like this, can't you do better than rehash a 6-year-old Wall Street Journal article that was unconvincing to begin with? I mean, recyling is admirable, but I think the goal is to make something useful out of the trash.

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