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Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]

Paul Johnson wrote:
> On Sunday 30 April 2006 10:57, Curt Howland wrote:
>>The public schools in the United States spend MORE THAN $10,000 (TEN
>>THOUSAND DOLLARS) per student EACH YEAR, EVERY YEAR, and it's only
>>going up.
> OK, now for some numbers based in reality.  My alma mater is Merlo Station 
> Natural Resources Science and Technology High School.  It has the highest 
> test scores out of all schools in Oregon (public, private, or the now 
> practically dead charter schools[1]).  It is the worst funded school in the 
> Beaverton School District,

You could have stopped right there.  The rest of your argument is no good:

- you state that school is the worst funded, that means absolutely
bottom of the barrel--all other schools in the district get *more*
- You go on to mention all the donations, did you factor their value in
the total?

> at just $4,800 per student per year.  I learned 
> Algebra out of a book that predated the end of World War II and both my 
> parents, but otherwise everything was fairly recent and new thanks to 
> generous donations from our next-door neighbors:  Reeser's Fine Foods World 
> Headquarters, Tektronix World Headquarters, Nike World Headquarters and 
> Intel.
> [1] So far, Oregon's experience with charter schools has been 100% school 
> administrators stealing money:  They charge tuition and draw public tax 
> dollars for a few months or a school year until the administrators get busted 
> for embezelment.
That's right.  Charter schools are about the same as defense
contractors.  That is, they are on the public dole.  That is why I am
vehemently against charter schools.  Private schools are the way to go.


Roberto C. Sanchez

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