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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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word February 20, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Sully is, in fact, attempting to engage in debate. Using an alias in a comment section and having an open and honest debate are not mutually exclusive. That you use this excuse to deflect and avoid debate speaks volumes. If an anonymous poster provides evidence contrary to your point and you refuse to defend your position then you lose the debate. The identity of the opponent does not matter, for if the evidence presented is refutable and provably false you should be able to demonstrate it as such regardless. If this refusal to defend your position is based on his use of an alias then you are apparently unfamiliar with how debates work, or you are in the unenviable position of realizing your position has no merit and you thus have no where else to go except avoiding the issue.
Lennie Jarratt February 20, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I won't debate Sully or several other on here because they make stuff up. That is not having an honest debate. It's really that simple. Go back and read all the other comments by Sully on past posts and you will see.
Sully February 20, 2013 at 09:28 PM
"Are charter schools the panacea to solving the education problem? No, but they are part of the solution. Competition among private, public, charter and even homeschooling is best for children. This has been proven in multiple cities and countries. Not only do the children who get a chance to attend another school have better educational outcomes, so do the children remaining." -Lennie Jarratt, 10/1/12 Champion News Evidence to support this, Len? Didn't see any in the article. There IS research however disputing your claim. I'm pretty sure some of the links I provided above address that very issue. Funny, I couldn't find anything resembling research on anything on the web that had your name on it, Len. Assertions with no evidence. Imagine that.
word February 20, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Providing information from a source while including a link to that source is making stuff up? You, sir, are the one who is not willing to debate and you, therefore, lose. If you claim what he says is made up then provide proof in a rebuttal, otherwise you lose. That someone may have said something previously that may have been untrue but that is not part of the current topic of debate does not excuse you from the debate. If you believe it does, you lose. If the President or a Senator refused to debate an opponent simply because they may have said something in the past that was not true we would have a lot of open air time on C-SPAN around election time. If you believe in your position then defend it. That's what Sully is doing.
Lennie Jarratt February 20, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I see you ignored the part about going back and reading past comments.
Lennie Jarratt February 20, 2013 at 09:52 PM
You debate and cspan comments are hilarious. I have offered many times to debate and several times in this very thread.
Sully February 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Chicago Sun-Times questionnaire for candidates- "For incumbents, please list your accomplishments. For challengers, what unique strengths would you bring to the job of state lawmaker?" [ + ] ALL[ - ] JARRATT[ + ] LEAFBLAD[ + ] NEAL[ + ] WHITE Jarratt Did not respond "If you don't support a bill like SB512, how would you deal with the state's unfunded pension liability?" [ + ] ALL[ - ] JARRATT[ + ] LEAFBLAD[ + ] NEAL[ + ] WHITE Jarratt Did not respond More questions you couldn't answer, Lennie? Maybe that's why you lost. No answers-no job.
word February 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Why do you find it necessary to avoid addressing direct questions and salient points? I see you ignored the part about debating the topic at hand. I don't care if you do or don't, but you most certainly cannot claim to desire an "open and honest debate" if you are not willing to provide evidence to defend your position. Your tactics of challenging someone to a fight and then implying they are chicken if they do not accept that challenge are juvenile and transparent, not to mention the fact that it is classic bullying. There is nothing wrong with debating in a forum such as this if each side provides the evidence to support their claims. Sully has done so, you have not in this instance. Do you require your townhall audiences to "go back and read all the other comments" if they ask questions? Do you refuse to answer questions and demand that they do their own research? You have an opportunity here to defend and support your point of view and you are declining to do so. Engage in the debate.
Lennie Jarratt February 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM
LOL, I answered Yes to the question before. There was no reason to answer the No part of the question. Pathetic attempt. Keep searching, it will give you something to do instead of work, unless this is considered work in your current job.
Lennie Jarratt February 20, 2013 at 10:21 PM
As stated here and you continue to ignore. Sully has a track record of just making stuff up. If he/she wants to debate they can do so in person at any time. Until then, I will not engage someone who track record shows they are not interested in the truth or an honest debate.
Sully February 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Of course Lennie. You answered "yes" to a question about your strengths? And you answered "yes" to how you would deal with unfunded pension liability? Well that clears everything up.
word February 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I acknowledged the existence of past comments that Sully made that may have been untrue, but thank you for your condescending reply. Your demands for in person debates are an avoidance tactic. Your stubbornness in refusing to support your claims demonstrates that you, yourself, are unwilling or unable to have an open and honest debate. Perhaps putting your positions and supporting evidence in writing is what frightens you. Alas, we'll have to rely on the evidence Sully has provided which has refuted your position without rebuttal.
Lennie Jarratt February 20, 2013 at 11:31 PM
lol, good try though...
Sully February 21, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Lennie is, and always will be, an immature, self-important fraud. He proves it more with each post. Hey Lennie-LOL, right? The perfect juvenile jargon for you.
Tea Party Patriot February 21, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Ideally, it would be nice to have neighborhood schools where everybody knew each other and parents took the time to be involved. We used to know the bad teachers and the troublesome students. We dealt with them without the union rules or fear of repercussions if students were disciplined. It is difficult for teachers - too many rules. No matter what way we go, we still need involved parents and community members watching out for our kid's best interest. I am for choice, at least there is some chance for a competitive free market. Why would anyone be afraid of that?
Sully February 21, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I am not afraid of choice. Charter schools could be absolutely great. I am against no oversight of funds or the people running the schools, taking funding away from public schools, and no proof that charter schools are any better than any other kind of school. The assertions that Lennie makes, without proof, are empty.
Lennie Jarratt February 21, 2013 at 02:29 AM
I provide lots of proof, just not to you (Sully) when your stated goal is to attack me.
Sully February 21, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Give it up Lennie. My stated goal is to show that charter schools are not the wonderful places you try to convince us of. I attack you when you continue your immature victim act instead of providing concrete evidence to back up your claims. You prove over and over you have no legitimate answers so you play this pretend game saying that you just won't answer ME. That's bull Lennie. Absolute bull.
Lennie Jarratt February 21, 2013 at 02:58 AM
So you want to continue to just lie. Well here is the proof (once again) that you are lying: Sullivan commented on the article Gift Giving A Violation "And I will continue to attack YOU for who you are and what you truly represent."
Sully February 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Grow up Lennie. That was what? Three years ago? And yes, I will continue to attack what YOU represent. But if the poor little boy can't take it... too bad. You and your tea party know-it-all mentality brought this on your self. Besides, you love it. If not for my counter posts, nobody would pay attention to you. People love a good fight.
Sully February 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM
And Lennie, you STILL have not shown any evidence that your assertions on charter schools are valid. Don't worry. I won't be holding my breath. Luckily your crusade is going nowhere.
Lennie Jarratt February 21, 2013 at 02:23 PM
People are tired of the fighting and are looking for solutions. They want people to work together, which is exactly what I am doing: bringing all sides together to find common sense solutions that benefit everyone.
Lennie Jarratt February 21, 2013 at 02:26 PM
It is sad that you attack me because I am trying to help the poor and underprivileged who are trapped in schools that are failing them.
Lennie Jarratt February 21, 2013 at 02:38 PM
The more I just let you rant the more you prove my point anyway. 1. You have already stated in this thread that charter schools can be great and that you are not afraid of choice (the point of my last 2 articles). 2. You claim I never admit problems in some charter schools, then you quote me stating they are not the panacea and there are issues. 3. You claimed in manys thread about my intentions were with public schools, yet in the last thread proved I was not out to destroy public education and confirmed my past statements about parents who liked their current public school would not change schools. You see, we already have a lot of common ground to start building from.
Terri February 21, 2013 at 04:43 PM
But, you never answered: Whose money will "follow the child"?
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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