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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.

Oklahoma: Catholic School Will Apply for Charter Status

The charter school LIES have never stopped!

“When the charter movement started, it promised that charter schools would be innovative, accountable, cost less than public schools and be transparent. As we have repeatedly seen, charter schools are not innovative, avoid accountability, demand the same or greater funding than public schools, and are not transparent.”

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We saw this coming. The charter movement, widely praised in the press, opened the door to school choice and consumerism. Now, as we see in Oklahoma, the state may soon have its first Catholic school charter. When the charter movement started, it promised that charter schools would be innovative, accountable, cost less than public schools and be transparent. As we have repeatedly seen, charter schools are not innovative, avoid accountability, demand the same or greater funding than public schools, and are not transparent.

Oklahoma shows where the charter movement is heading: charter schools are becoming a pathway to vouchers.

A Catholic charter school funded by taxpayer dollars is likely coming to Oklahoma soon, based on a recent ruling of the state’s outing attorney general, with support from the re-elected governor and off newly elected state superintendent of public education.

For decades, Baptists have fought against public funding of parochial…

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Posted by on December 21, 2022 in Uncategorized


A Book You Might Enjoy

A book that would be a terrific Christmas gift for an educator

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David Berliner and Carl Hermanns edited a book about the value and importance of public schools in a democratic society. Its title is Public Education: Defending a Cornerstone of American Democracy, and it was published by Teachers College Press. I was one of the contributors, along with other well-known figures in the field.

The book would be a terrific Christmas gift for an educator.

This review will give you a good look at the contents.

Public Education is a 346-page book containing 29 chapters penned by some of America’s most eminent scholars, including Diane Ravitch, Jennie Oakes, Sonia Nieto, H. Richard Milner, Deborah Meier, Ken Zeichner, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Michael Apple, William Ayers, and of course, co-editor David Berliner. The late Mike Rose has a chapter in the book as does Edward Fiske, the longtime New York Times education reporter and author of the ubiquitous Fiske Guide to Colleges.


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Posted by on December 19, 2022 in Uncategorized


Thom Hartmann: Why the GOP Wants to Destroy Public Schools

Why does today’s Republican Party hate OUR country’s public schools?

Because fascism flourishes when people are ignorant, and most of OUR public school teachers in the United States teach OUR children how to think critically, solve problems logically, and question/challenge liars like Traitor Trump that many elected Republicans still support even after the traitor called for terminating the U.S. Constitution and putting him back in the White House without an election.

What does that make voters that still vote for Republicans?

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Thom Hartmann is a journalist and blogger who hits the nail on the head with this post. I would add one suggestion to his post, under the heading of “what can I do?” Run for your local school board. Don’t let wacky rightwing extremists buy it.

Former Tea Party congressman and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently put a bulls-eye on the back of the president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers.

“I tell the story often — I get asked ‘Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? Is it Chairman Kim, is it Xi Jinping?’” PompeotoldSemafor’s Shelby Talcott.

“The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten. It’s not a close call. If you ask, ‘Who’s the most likely to take this republic down?’ It would be the teacher’s unions, and the filth that they’re teaching our kids…”

I’ve known, respected, and admired…

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Posted by on December 6, 2022 in Uncategorized


School Vouchers Don’t Increase Academics; They Increase Bigotry   

School Vouchers Don’t Increase Academics; They Increase Bigotry   

The headline for this post says it all.


Let’s be honest.

At best, school vouchers are a failed education policy experiment.  

At worst, they’re an attempt to normalize bigotry.

Using taxpayer money to send your child to a private or parochial school has got nothing to do with getting a quality education.

If we look at the facts, using a school voucher to go from a public school to a private one actually hurts kids academically.

Large-scale independent studies in Indiana,Louisiana, Ohio and Washington, D.C., show that students who used vouchers were as negatively impacted as if they had experienced a natural disaster. Their standardized test scores went down as much or more than students during the Covid-19 pandemic or Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  

This should come as no surprise. When we give children school vouchers, we’re removing their support systems already in place.

They lose the friends, teachers, and communities where…

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Posted by on November 19, 2022 in Uncategorized


Josh Cowen: Vouchers Are a Disaster for Students Who Leave Public Schools

Studies (plural – from more than one state) show that vouchers, that take money away from public schools and give that money to private/religious schools, causes children’s math and reading scores on standardized tests to drop more than the impact of the COVID pandemic did to the nation’s k-12 school children and the learning loss caused by Hurricane Katrina to students in New Orleans.

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This post is so important that it is the only one I have scheduled today. Please read it and share it with your friends, your local newspaper, your local radio station, your elected representatives, social media, anyone who cares about the future of our society. This is not a reprint. The author, Josh Cowen, wrote this post for this blog.

Josh Cowen, a professor at Michigan State University, has been studying vouchers for more than 20 years. He has been a member of the teams conducting major studies of vouchers. When I read his article in The Hechinger Report, where he declared that he was convinced that vouchers were disastrous for students who use them, I wanted to know more about him and his experience. I wanted to ask him, “Why did you change your mind?” That’s the question that’s been asked of me hundreds of times. I have…

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Posted by on November 15, 2022 in Uncategorized


Connecticut: The Biggest Charter Scandal Of All Time

More evidence why fake schools, known as Charter Schools, should not recieve any public money.

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Back in 2014, a prominent charter school leader in Connecticut resigned after it was revealed that he had been convicted of felonies many years earlier, and that he did not have a doctorate, although he claimed he did. Michael Sharpe resigned as CEO of Jumoke Academy, which ran charter schools in Connecticut and planned to expand to Louisiana.

Sharpe was part of a management organization called Family Urban Schools of Excellence or FUSE, created in 2012. The state had given millions of dollars to Jumoke to take over low-performing schools and turn them around.

The controversy over Sharpe was embarrassing to Democratic Governor Dannell Malloy, who was a cheerleader for charter schools. Malloy chose Stefan Pryor to be the State Commissioner of Education. Pryor had no experience in the classroom but was a co-founder of the no-excuses charter chain Achievement First. Charter schools in the state were allowed to have…

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Posted by on November 6, 2022 in Uncategorized


Why Even the Best Charter Schools are Fundamentally Inequitable

Why Even the Best Charter Schools are Fundamentally Inequitable

There is a significant difference between REAL public schools and charter schools. If you think for yourself, learn what that difference is. If you think like a MAGA moron, don’t bother, because you do not know how to learn.


Not MY charter school!

That’s the usual reaction from charter school fans to any criticism of the industry.

I say many of these institutions lack accountability about how tax dollars are spent…

Not MY charter school!

I say they waste millions of taxpayer dollars to duplicate services already in existence….

Not MY charter school!

I talk about frequent scandals where unscrupulous charter school operators use copious loopholes in state law to enrich themselves without providing services to parents, students and the community…

Not MY charter school!

I mention charter school lotteries, cherry-picking students, not providing adequate special education services, zero tolerance discipline policies, teaching to standardized tests, targeting black and brown kids for profit and feeding the school to prison pipeline….

Not MY charter school! Not MY charter school! Not MY…


If the industry is subject to this much malfeasance and corruption, doesn’t that…

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Posted by on September 17, 2022 in Uncategorized


With the Death of Queen Elizabeth II, the US Should End Its Biggest Colonial Enterprise – Charter Schools

With the Death of Queen Elizabeth II, the US Should End Its Biggest Colonial Enterprise – Charter Schools

On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to declare independence from the British Empire, the most powerful empire in human history. Two days later, that Congress ratified the text of the Declaration of Independence.

That American Revolutionary war then lasted just over seven years, with the end of conflict coming after British forces were removed from Charleston and Savannah in late 1782.

Today, the most dangerous threat to our individual freedoms is not the British Empire, China, North Korea, Iran, or even rasPutin’s Russia. The biggest threat to our individual freedoms today comes from giant corporations and billionaires waging a war to strip the working class of their Constitutional rights and strip the state and federal government of their ability to hold corrupt, greedy, power hungry billionaires and giant corporations accountable for their abuse of power and greed.

Most working-class Americans are not billiaonres and do not own are manage huge corporations.

Most working-class Americans are not the enemy but many vote for liberals, progressives, moderates and traditional conservatives candidates (MAGA libertarian theofascists do not count, voters and candidates, because they support our enemies and threaten our individual liberties, too).


In the United States, colonialism isn’t just something we do to other people – we do it to our own citizens.

A prime example of this is the charter school industry.

Now that the UK’s longest-serving monarch has died, perhaps we can admit that.

To many people, Queen Elizabeth II is more than just a 70-year figure head – she remains a symbol of the British colonial empire — an institution that enriched itself through violence, theft and oppression.

But one needn’t look solely at European nations pillaging Africa and Asia to condemn the practice.

Nor should we limit ourselves to United States’ hegemony in the Caribbean, Pacific and Middle East.

We’ve got colonialism right here – down the street, in our own neighborhoods.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, colonialism is:

“the policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying…

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Posted by on September 10, 2022 in Uncategorized


Croydon, New Hampshire: A Surprising Victory for Public Schools and Democracy!

“Woke” up! “Woke” up!

To save our public schools and our democracy, become a “woke” person. The more people that vote that are “woke” the safer we’ll be from the fascist-libertarian hate filled autocrats that want to make all the decisions for everyone while dismantling our culture, out country until nothing is left but a dystopian nightmare.

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In 2001, libertarian political scientist Jason Sorens proposed the creation of a “free state.” He appealed to other libertarians to cluster in one small state, where enough of them would be able to eliminate laws and authority and “live free.” That state was New Hampshire, and the libertarians have joined hands with Republicans to impose their agenda on others who don’t share it. Earlier this spring, Free Staters proposed that New Hampshire secede and became an independent nation, but that proposal failed overwhelmingly, in part because enough people realized it was nutty and/or they didn’t want to give up their Social Security.

Dan Barry wrote in The New York Times about an effort by Free Staters in Croydon, New Hampshire, to cut the town’s school budget in half.

As is typical in many towns and cities across the nation, not many people show up for local elections, or in this…

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Posted by on July 17, 2022 in Uncategorized


Carol Burris Explains the Changes to the Federal Charter Schools Program

Finally, The Federal Charter Schools Program is going to hold charter schools accountable.

The Federal Charter School Program was a toilet that literally flushed $440 million public dollars a year into a sewer of greed with no scrutiny, and the waste, fraud, and abuse was pandemic.

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Make no mistake: the changes to the federal Charter Schools Program a few days ago was a big win for supporters of public schools and a major defeat for the charter lobby, led by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

The Network for Public Education was proud to lead the fight to reform the Charter Schools Program, which started in 1994 as a tiny program to help jumpstart new charters but turned into a slush fund to pump federal money into giant charter chains like KIPP, IDEA, and Success Academy, all of which are very well funded by their billionaire board members and friends.

The charter lobby, overflowing with cash, bought ads on major television programs to fight the Department’s effort to regulate the federal funding of charters, especially the proposed exclusion of for-profit charter operators. The Network for Public Education did not have millions or even hundreds of…

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Posted by on July 6, 2022 in Uncategorized