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Yet Another California Public School Scandal
The Christian Diarist ^ | March 23, 2012 | JP

Posted on 03/23/2012 1:24:33 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Gilbert Olivares, a counselor at Salinas High School in California, pleaded not guilty this week to a host of sexual crimes – making sex tapes of students, touching the buttocks of a 14-year-old (identified as “John Doe” in court documents), possessing child pornography.

It is but the latest scandal involving a California public school employee.

Just last week, an unnamed teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard was placed on paid administrative leave as school district officials investigated whether she had been moonlighting as a porn actress.

The week before that, John Eaton Cromwell, a teacher at Maple Creek Elementary School in Fresno, was given a criminal citation after agents with the California Department of Justice found some 3,880 marijuana plants at a property he owns and $387,000 in cash at his primary residence.

California’s public school system is broken beyond repair. And if the state’s powers-that-be truly cared about the state’s school-aged children, they would create a voucher program that gives parents a choice in where their kids are educated – rather than have that decision dictated by the public school system.

Of course, vouchers are vehemently opposed by teachers unions, none more so than the powerful California Teachers Association. They argue that tax dollars absolutely should not pay for vouchers that could be used at private or parochial schools.

But California, like every other state, provides taxpayer-funded student grants, loans and scholarships that can be used not only at the state’s public colleges and universities, but also private and even religious-based schools.

What is acceptable for the state’s higher education system should also be acceptable for K-to-12 education.

Indeed, the reason classrooms remain full at California’s Salinas High, Haydock Intermediate and Maple Creek Elementary, despite scandals involving a pedofile, a porn actress and a marijuana kingpin, is because the state’s K-to-12 public schools enjoy an undeserved monopoly.

Because the majority of California families lack the means to enroll their children in private or parochial schools, their kids are trapped in the public school to which they are signed.

It doesn’t matter if the public school is one of the 180 the state Department of Education identifies as the state’s “lowest achieving.” It doesn’t matter if a child is one of the nine out of ten attending a public school with reported incidents that results in disciplinary actions for violence, physical injuries or weapons.

That public school student isn’t going anywhere.

Gov. Jerry Brown promised “a better future for our students.” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson promised “to return California’s educational system to among the top rank in the country.”

Those promises won’t be fulfilled any time soon. That is, unless the state creates a school voucher program.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arth; bloggersandpersonal; blogpimp; jerrybrown; publicschools; vouchers
In the interest of the well being of California public school students, lawmakers in Sacramento propose bans on sales of sports drinks on school campuses and food trucks near campuses. Yet, they won't even consider creating a voucher program for parents of limited means forced to send their kids to the state's worst schools
1 posted on 03/23/2012 1:24:45 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Its a proven fact that homosexuals(male or female but usually male) are more likely to be pedophiles. Why do we even allow them around our kids?????

Thats right, I forgot, we are supposed to help make the perverts feel included and speacial at the cost of our kids safety.

2 posted on 03/23/2012 1:36:18 PM PDT by DirtyPigpen
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
"In the interest of the well being of California public school students, lawmakers in Sacramento propose bans on sales of sports drinks on school campuses and food trucks near campuses."

Such a plan promises a political profit.

"Yet, they won't even consider creating a voucher program for parents of limited means forced to send their kids to the state's worst schools"

No political profit in doing that.

When government is put in charge of education, it will be designed to benefit government officials and bureaucrats. What is it that can be expected to happen?

Another reason for the separation of school and state.

3 posted on 03/23/2012 1:41:12 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST

Wonder how much in terms of personnel, time, and investigations (no doubt several) to verify the one teacher’s supposed moonlighting? Enough probably to pay for another useless bureaucrat.


4 posted on 03/23/2012 1:41:20 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: metmom

ping


5 posted on 03/23/2012 3:08:01 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: YHAOS

Would think that groups that champion the cause of the poor and downtrodden would be at the frontlines in the fight for school choice.


6 posted on 03/23/2012 3:17:26 PM PDT by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
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To: easternsky; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

7 posted on 03/23/2012 5:36:10 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Would think that groups that champion the cause of the poor and downtrodden would be at the frontlines in the fight for school choice.

The Real reason often does not match up with the Given reason for why folks do things. The grass is full of snakes.

8 posted on 03/23/2012 6:20:52 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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