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The American Dream Starts With a Quality Education

ALL children deserve access to a quality education and should not be arrested or imprisoned to make sure that happens. Fund the child and not the bureaucracy.

People from around the world come to the United States for a better life. They understand the greatness and uniqueness to our country and want to live the American Dream. A quality education is the starting point for their children to obtain the American Dream.

There are many stories of parents who will do whatever it takes to make sure their children has access to a quality education. There are some that even are willing to go to jail. Let's look at a couple of examples from around the country.

Hamlet and Olesia Garcia in Lower Moreland, PA were arrested and charged with Education Fraud (stealing services) of $10,752.81 in August 2012. Their crime, using Olesia's father's address so their 5 yr old could attend a better school than the one in Philadelphia. The Garcia family has offered to pay the tuition, but the school district has refused opting for prosecution.

An Ohio mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar, spent 9 days in jail for wanting to get her daughter into a safe and better school. She used her father's address to get her daughters into to the highly ranked schools in Copley-Fairlawn School District instead of the Akron district she lived in.

"It's overwhelming. I'm exhausted," she said. "I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them."
Williams-Bolar said she did it to keep her children safe and that she lived part-time with her dad.
"When my home got broken into, I felt it was my duty to do something else," Williams-Bolar said.

Our current system of public education is broken and has now reached a point of great disparity between rich and poor schools. Denying parents access to quality education should be found unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as was done in 1954 in Brown vs Topeka. That ruling ended the practice of "separate but equal" used to justify segregation of schools by race. We must now end "separate and unequal" between rich and poor.

ALL children deserve access to a quality education and should not be arrested or imprisoned to make sure that happens. Fund the child and not the bureaucracy.

The disparities of funding and parental choice were highlighted during School Choice Week at a rally at Chicago's Union Station on January 29th. As you can see from the pictures of the rally, thousands came out to tell Springfield "We want choice". Here are some of the slogans on the signs:

  • Great Teachers Change Lives!
  • Got Choice?
  • I yearn to learn!
  • An effective education for all!
  • Let me Learn!
  • Choice means Hope!
  • The American Dream Starts With a Quality Education

View pictures at Champion News....

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Lennie Jarratt February 06, 2013 at 04:28 AM
I see you posted here instead of up in the actual thread. I stated, "Just pointing out the elitist mentality of those that just say move." Notice the word THOSE, it does not say C-Dub.
Lennie Jarratt February 06, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Making stuff up again I see. I've already pointed out your perpetual lies earlier in this thread. I stated "bring his kids into the argument", you lie again and stated I said ATTACKING.
Lennie Jarratt February 06, 2013 at 04:31 AM
You may also want to read the article and the examples provided. One was for safety. Yes, school choice actually can save lives.
Lennie Jarratt February 06, 2013 at 04:34 AM
LOL, again, I will not be forcing anyone to change schools. The PARENT gets to choose. Interesting that you continue to change the argument instead of discussing the actual point of whether parents should have the freedom to choose their child's school.
Sully February 06, 2013 at 05:31 AM
What are you talking about Lennie? Your dazed and confused answers have no relevance. You haven't pointed out any lies. Are you so paranoid as to see everything as an attack? I'm sorry, somehow I actually overestimated you. You're just like Sarah Palin, playing the victim while not proving one single thing. You even see C-Dub's response to you as an attack and present, as usual, a defensive posture. Have you thought about seeing a mental health professional? Perpetually playing the victim is not healthy or adaptive. Seeing attacks on yourself by anyone who disagrees with you is not a good thing.
Sully February 06, 2013 at 05:36 AM
That is your intelligent response? Face it Lennie, you know nothing about what you claim expertise in. It's really not very hard to see that. Just a joke with a big mouth seeking attention. Good luck to you Len. I expect you'll be in relative obscurity sooner rather than later. Something else you have in common with Palin.
Terri February 06, 2013 at 12:39 PM
That's what they said about a lobotomy...
Terri February 06, 2013 at 12:51 PM
A woman's right to choose: NOT WITH MY TAX DOLLARS!!! A parent's right to choose: you can use their tax dollars for that.
Lennie Jarratt February 06, 2013 at 01:58 PM
When you guys go over the top you do it with an entertaining style; Ignore the facts; Ignore previous statements; just continue to shutdown a debate of the real issues. It is hilarious and so very sad at the same time. I do want to thank you guys though. Your debates from a few years ago and now the repeated lies, personal attacks have turned this introverted geek into an outspoken defender of freedom. Freedom for parents, especially the poor and underprivileged to help fight for their right to access to a quality education for their children. Freedom for the rank and file teacher to have the to teach without fear of retribution from their union bosses and the overbearing mandates from Springfield and Washington.
Billy February 06, 2013 at 02:44 PM
"Exposing the truth"... while leaving out relevant facts that don't serve your narrative. http://www.salon.com/2012/08/01/school_choice_vs_reality/ http://www.salon.com/2011/01/25/lind_myth_china/ I realize this information doesn't fit your concept of how the world works, but it would do you some good to perhaps consider that the views, opinions and facts provided by people other than yourself might actually be valid.
Billy February 06, 2013 at 02:46 PM
You aren't seriously comparing your efforts to that of Harriet Tubman are you? If so, you are more arrogant than I thought possible. Disgraceful.
LMJ February 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Thank you, Korrina. I have a question. What are the posting rules for multiple (and I do mean MULTIPLE) aliases with the same IP, or the same email address? Does the Patch have something in place/rule for that? In other words, can someone post as multiple people with one legitimate email address or do they have to have one user per email address, AND do you check for valid email addresses? Depending on that answer, do you ever check IP addresses from aliases that you suspect might be abusing that?
Nightcrawler February 06, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Good luck on your crusade. I do think the "open borders" approach you seem to espouse would be a hard sell here in D46, particularly to your usual constituency. It's noteworthy that one of the few posters who actually commented on the article itself, i.e. "Rick," appears to be a disgruntled taxpayer from the Philadelphia area district where the Garcia story unfolded. I suspect you'd get a lot of similar responses if it happened here, especially since our property tax burden seems to be considerably heavier than Lower Moreland's.
Terri February 06, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Thanks, Korrina Also curious if you screen for paranoid schizophrenics with a history of alias abuse...
Sully February 06, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Oh, I get it now. Lennie doesn't understand the difference between paraphrasing and lying. If we don't repeat his words verbatim, we're lying. How did I not see that before? Ok, you said this- "Sully's: Attack Lennie, Attack Lennie, make stuff up. Attack some more. That didn't work so now I can bring his kids into the argument and attack some more.", but I used the words "That didn't work so I brought in your kids? Really?" questioning your comment. Then you responded with, "Making stuff up again I see. I stated "bring his kids into the argument", you lie again and stated I said ATTACKING." I'm sorry Lennie, but WTF? Perhaps you don't fully understand the definition of "lying"or "lies".
Sully February 06, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Such a patriot, Lennie. A true American. Defender of all who have been abused by the educational system of our great country! Almost brought a tear to my eye. You've learned the play book well. Attack your opponents for doing exactly what you're doing so that you can avoid being held accountable for your own behavior. Still waiting for an intelligent response stating what you think a quality education entails. Leave out the platitudes about unions, okay?
Sully February 07, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Lennie, HERE is something for you to investigate. As concerned as you are about funding, this should arouse your attention. You wouldn't be a hypocrite and say this is okay, would you? http://www.suntimes.com/17920483-761/for-insiders-community-group-unos-charter-schools-pay.html
Terri February 07, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Whaddaya say, Mr Jarratt? Give 'em the other $35 mil? After all, it appears to be parental choice, right?
Stephanie February 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I would like to suggest for the Garcia’s family to read a book called “America the Beautiful “By Benjamin Carson. If they would like to provide a good life for their child then they should work 3 jobs and stop making excuses for themselves and play as a victim. This book is exactly what they need to read about and learn about as well.
Lennie Jarratt February 09, 2013 at 10:11 PM
From the Wall St Journal: JOHNS ISLAND, S.C.–At 16 years old, Rontrell Matthews has a better idea than most of his peers what an education is worth. This past summer, he made his way through this rural, poor community not far outside of Charleston to show up at the doorstep of Capers Preparatory Christian Academy. In his hand was his first paycheck, a meager sum of $32.86 that he’d earned making sandwiches at the local Subway shop. Spurring him along was a determination to buy his own way out of one of the state’s many failing public schools. School choice is always controversial, and often opposed on the grounds that it will undermine public schools, subsidize middle-class parents and cherry-pick the “best” kids for a private education. After meeting Rontrell in Capers’ cramped conference room on a recent afternoon, it’s hard to disagree that school choice in this state would help one of the best kids get a better education. Rontrell is now excelling in school, encouraging his younger brother to study hard. He has landed a partial scholarship and continues to work at Subway to pay part of his $400-a-month tuition bill.
Lennie Jarratt February 09, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Founded in 2003 by Faye Brown, a 55-year-old retired public school teacher, Capers is one of a handful of “independent schools” that serve the state’s rural poor. It operates out of rented office space, has a total of 42 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and makes do on an annual budget of about $160,000 a year. Nearly all of its equipment–desks, books and the eight iMacs in its computer lab–were donated to the school. The teachers who aren’t volunteers make $8 an hour with no fringe benefits. Many of the kids show up without lunch. Often parents fail to make their monthly tuition bills. Only five students at the school come from two-parent homes, and most of the students are African-American. Each year, Ms. Brown is forced to dip into her retirement account to keep the school running. “It’s robbing Peter to pay Paul,” she told me. “I’ll let the power bill go until they’re about to shut off the lights and then I’m rushing down there with the money.” One place Capers isn’t skimping, however, is academics. The school places a heavy emphasis on reading, writing and math. As a result the school’s average SAT score, 1150, is 164 points above the state average, and this year the school expects every one of its graduates to go on to college. St. Johns High School, the public school these students would be attending if not for Capers, has an average SAT score of 788.
Lennie Jarratt February 09, 2013 at 10:12 PM
South Carolina students are, on average, dead last in SAT scores, trail the nation in graduation rates and turn in abysmal scores on proficiency tests in core subjects. There are an estimated 200,000 students across South Carolina who are poor and stuck in failing public schools.
Terri February 09, 2013 at 11:34 PM
LOL!!! What's any of that got to do with the price of tea in Grayslake? LOL!!!
Sully February 10, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Lennie, still waiting for your investigation into that charter school I told you about. You on it? For someone who criticizes comparisons from other parts of the country, you certainly don't have a problem doing it yourself, do you? You take one independent occurrence and then want to generalize? This is good so they're all good? Ok. The tea party is bad - that means ALL of the tea parties throughout the country are bad. Right, big man?
Lennie Jarratt February 10, 2013 at 12:48 AM
It appears it is being handled by the Sun times. Did Lisa Madigan make a comment yet? When are you going to come to a board meeting and speak up about the problems in D46 and help clan them up?
Sully February 10, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Just so disappointed, Lennie. Every child has the right to a quality education, and you're the only one who can straighten these things out. The people need a watchdog such as yourself to make sure our taxes aren't being misused. Here is a clear case, but you don't deem it important enough to do something about it. Think about how much fun you could have FOIAing everything from this place. This should be your dream in fighting for the " little man". I'm just in shock that you're not all over this. I also looked for your name regarding the West Chicago teacher's strike. They could really use your skill out there in Dupage County.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Oh, Lennie- I don't need to come to a D46 board meeting. You have that handled.
Lennie Jarratt February 10, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Just hilarious. The examples I provided are reasons for giving parents choice. It isn't a generalization. I didn't generalize all schools as bad. Your tea party comments are totally different. You are attempting to hold me accountable for what someone else says. It would be the same as me holding you accountable for what Terri, Carl, John S, Ellen Correll, or President Obama says.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Darn it! Foiled once again by Lennie's inability to think in abstract terms.
Terri February 10, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Hilarious? Don't you mean LOL!!!

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