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About Lloyd Lofthouse

Lloyd Lofthouse earned a BA in journalism after fighting in Vietnam as a U. S. Marine. He then taught English and journalism in the public schools by day (for thirty years) and for a time worked as a maitre d' in a multimillion-dollar nightclub by night. Later, he earned a MFA in writing. He lives near San Francisco.

Please Support the U.S. Department of Education’s Proposals to Regulate Federal Funding of Charter Schools

Help the United states get rid of greed from K-12 education by removing for-profit private companies and the corruption and fraud that comes with their greed from opening Charter Schools

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This year, for the first time since the federal Charter Schools program was established in 1994, the U.S. Department of Education is setting forth meaningful regulation of the program. This is a historic development and great news for those of us who have watched the charter industry escape accountability and transparency, while tolerating grift and profiteering.

As the Network for Public Education showed in two major reports (Asleep at the Wheel and Still Asleep at the Wheel), the federal charter program is riddled with waste, fraud, and abuse. Nearly 40% of the charter schools funded by this program either never opened or closed soon after opening. About $1 billion was wasted.

The Department has made a good faith effort to repair the negative aspects of the Charter School Program and to create regulations that would put guardrails in place for charter schools.

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Posted by on March 30, 2022 in Uncategorized


How Dangerous Is Children’s Literature?

The FEAR and POWER engine of the fascist, extreme-right [that’s fallen off the edge of their flat earth] kleptocratic crime syndicate declared war on I NEED A NEW BUTT!

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Toby Price, an assistant principal of an elementary school in the Hinds County School District in Mississippi, was fired because he read a book to second graders on Zoom called I Need a New Butt! The school board did not approve. Nor did the superintendent.

The school was participating in “Read Across America” day to honor Dr. Seuss’s birthday and to encourage children to love reading. Mr. Price thought the children would find the book hilarious, and they did. But they also got a lesson in the power and danger of books when Mr. Price was fired a few days later. He’s trying to get his job back and has a GoFundMe to support his family and pay a lawyer.

When I first read this story, I sent it to Carol Burris, my friend and executive director of the Network for Public Education. She immediately responded that she must…

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Posted by on March 12, 2022 in Uncategorized


Bob Shepherd: The Dirty Secret of the Standardized Testing Industry

The dirty secrets of the very profitable private=sector testing industry: SHOCKING low quality tests that do not test what OUR children in OUR public schools learn from their teachers. And Private Charter Schools taking money away from Public schools “don’t have to follow the same regulations from states, municipalities and school districts as traditional public schools.”

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Bob Shepherd, a frequent contributor to the blog, is an education polymath. He has authored textbooks, written assessments, developed curriculum, and was most recently a classroom teacher in Florida. He has a long history in the education industry.

He explains here why standardized testing today is neither valid nor reliable.

He begins:

The dirty secret of the standardized testing industry is the breathtakingly low quality of the tests themselves. I worked in the educational publishing industry at very high levels for more than twenty years. I have produced materials for all the major textbook publishers and most of the standardized test publishers, and I know from experience that quality control processes in the standardized testing industry have dropped to such low levels that the tests, these days, are typically extraordinarily sloppy and neither reliable nor valid. They typically have not been subjected to anything like the validation and standardization procedures…

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Posted by on February 27, 2022 in Uncategorized


Arizona Parent: I Got a Voucher But No School Would Take My Special-Needs Child

Discover what publicly-funded education discrimination programs are doing to OUR public schools. This terminal cancer is spreading from the private sector, one school district and one state at a time from the bottom up.

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Pamela Lang, a parent of a child with special-needs in Arizona, wrote for Public Voices for Public Schools about her terrible experience finding a school for her son.

She writes:

I may not look like your typical public school advocate. I’m not opposed to private schools, and I even use a voucher for my son. I’ve also always loved public schools and advocated for our elected representatives to do a better job of funding and resourcing these valuable community institutions. Frustratingly, I’ve watched as morally-bankrupt radical special interests have spent decades undermining our public schools, chipping away at them year after year, until they start to buckle under the shear strain.

I would love to enroll my son at our local community public school. But I live in Arizona and my son has special needs, meaning the resources to educate my child here had already been stripped away through…

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Posted by on February 24, 2022 in Uncategorized


Tim Slekar: We Do Not Have a Teacher Shortage

There’s isn’t a shortage of teachers that want to teach, but there are teachers that are leaving the profession because of the decades long war of words and horrible rules and even worse policies that has been waged on public education that makes it almost impossible to teach.

This war was declared back in the 1980s by Republican President Ronald Reagan, a war that escalated with No Child Left behind decades later by another Republican President G. W. Bush, and then again by Democratic President Obama.

President Traitor Trump also continued that war and so is Democratic President Joe Biden.

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Tim Slekar, Director of the Educator Preparation Program, Muskingum University of Ohio. He insists we do not have a teacher shortage. We have a shortage of respect for teachers as professionals. He wrote the following:

Enough Already! It’s NOT a teacher shortage.

The public is not begging for teachers yet, but districts are. At some point, if this pathway does not change, the public will also be begging for teachers.” Scott Klimek

It was 9:55 am and Mrs. Tichon’s kindergartners were focused on the literacy task at hand. Every Monday morning at 9:45 Mrs. Tichon’s 26 kindergartners had to spend 15 minutes completing a district mandated “literacy check.” And every Monday three of Mrs. Tichon’s children never finished at 10:00 am and had to miss recess. 

Not today though! Mrs. Tichon had had enough. At 10:00 am she announced to her class that it was time to turn in…

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Posted by on February 12, 2022 in Uncategorized


Silencing School Whistleblowers Through Social Media 

Silencing School Whistleblowers Through Social Media 


I used to write a thriving blog.

A month and a half ago.

But as soon as the New Year dawned, my readership dropped to the tiniest fraction of what it had been in 2021.

I went from about 1,000 readers per article to a few hundred.


How does that happen?

I suppose it could be that people are sick of me.

Maybe my writing just isn’t what it was and readers are tired of hearing about the same old topics over and over again.

Education and civil rights. That stuff is just so 60 days ago!

Yet look at the reality. School boards are banning Holocaust narratives like Art Spiegleman’s “Maus.” State governments are passing laws to restrict what teachers can say in the classroom or make their jobs more untenable so even more leave the profession.

I just can’t believe that in light of such…

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Posted by on February 12, 2022 in Uncategorized


Donald Cohen: “Market-Based” School Reform Has Failed

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Donald Cohen is the executive director of “In the Public Interest” and co-author of an important new book The Privatization of Everything. He titled this column, which originally appeared in the Washington Post.

He writes:

Reforming public education with market-based reform is “like using a hammer to cook an omelet”

Trying to fix public education with market-based reform is like using a hammer to cook an omelet. It’s just the wrong tool.

That’s one of the main points in The Privatization of Everything, a new book that I co-authored with Allen Mikaelian, which explains why market rules don’t apply to every single aspect of human activity—including education.

The recent announcement by former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg that he’s investing $750 million to expand student enrollment in charter schools was a harsh reminder that the decades-long experiment with market-based education reform isn’t working. Charter schools have been in existence…

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Posted by on January 9, 2022 in Uncategorized


Being Black at KIPP

This is what happens when publicly funded private sector charter schools such as the KIPP chain of charters are allowed to operate in secret with little or no accountability: racism, sexual abuse, et al. Real public schools are held to higher standards and accountability, but private sector charter schools are not no matter what they claim.

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This message came from an educator who studies racial equity:

From: Being Blackatkipp <>

Subject:Being Black at KIPP

To whom it may concern,

BeingblackatKIPP is an Instagram account that was created in the wake of the George Floyd social reckoning. During this time, I was empowered to also seek change in the KIPP network of public charter schools. I had witnessed first hands for many years how white supremacy culture and politics were deeply engrained in this network. I knew from my own experience how policies that aimed to police black and brown bodies and create distrust among the community re-traumatized the very groups of people KIPP claimed to serve.

Once the Instagram page launched the accounts of abuse, racism, and discrimination began to pour in from all corners of the country.

Most recently we have been covering a situation that took place in KIPP NYC. KIPP NYC has a…

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Posted by on January 4, 2022 in Uncategorized


Who Demoralized the Nation’s Teachers?

Who is responsible for the decades-long war being waged on public schools and public school teachers in the United States?

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Who is responsible for the widespread teaching exodus? Who demoralized America’s teachers, the professionals who work tirelessly for low wages in oftentimes poor working conditions? Who smeared and discouraged an entire profession, one of the noblest of professions?

Let’s see:

Federal legislation, including No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.

George W. Bush; Margaret Spellings; Rod Paige (who likened the NEA to terrorists); the Congressional enablers of NCLB; Sandy Kress (the mastermind behind the harsh, punitive and ultimately failed NCLB).

Erik Hanushek, the economist who has long advocated for firing the teachers whose students get low test scores; the late William Sanders, the agricultural economist who created the methodology to rank teachers by their students’ scores; Raj Chetty, who produced a study with two other economists claiming that “one good teacher” would enhance the lifetime earnings of a class by more than $200,000; the reporters at the Los…

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Posted by on December 28, 2021 in Uncategorized


Reader: There Is No Such Thing as a “Public Charter School”

Charter schools are not public schools. They are designed to make money for someone and in many cases bring back segregation, a sneaky manipulating way to bring about the separation of different racial groups so they do not mix.

“Charter schools are corporations run by private parties. Taxpayers have no say in how their tax dollars are spent in charter schools.”

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A reader whose nom de plume is quickwrit explained in a recent comment that there is no such thing as a “public charter school.” In addition to the evidence supplied, bear in mind that several federal courts and the National Labor Relations Board have ruled that charter schools are not “state actors,” meaning not public schools. Even charter schools have sought to avoid accountability for their actions by insisting in court that they are not “state actors,” but private organizations with a government contract. If receiving public funds made your public agency, then every college and university that accepts federal funds would be public, not private, as would Lockheed Martin, Merck, and other corporations.

Quickwrit writes:

The impartial, non-political watchdog Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education has issued a report warning that so much taxpayer money is being skimmed away from America’s genuine public schools and…

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Posted by on December 26, 2021 in Uncategorized