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the children (of the wealthy districts) are our future
children of dune - leto 1
Picked up from my flist and also rage_free:

Woman Gets Jail Time in School Residency Case

Short version: she established residency for her kids with her father so they could go to a better school. She's doing jail time, has huge fines, and she's currently a teaching assistant actively working toward a teaching license and a felony strips her of both.

[Note: it has been reported the judge is writing a letter on the woman's behalf to recommend she keep her license and still be able to get her teacher's license. Not that a moment of not-quite-as horrible is an improvement, but at least there's a chance she won't lose her future employment opportunities while carrying around a fucking felony conviction.]

So this is where the defense goes, "I know it's wrong, but..." but seriously, even starting with that I'm already tuning this shit out. She did absolutely nothing wrong; those policies are evil.

Public school funding is based on and adheres to some of the least subtle and most defended racism and classism based economic policies that pretend they're about education and are actually about assuring that Black, Hispanic, and lower class children, of which many are those horrific single mothers who are destroying America, get an unequal education that makes it difficult to impossible to get out of poverty; I mean, that's the entire point of its existence. When people talk about how it just needs reform but aren't based on outright racism and classism, really? Really? Like what, Jim Crow laws just needed fine-tuning but weren't exclusionary by the very nature of their existence?

The system isn't broken; this is exactly how it's supposed to function, okay? It's doing a wonderful job. There is no bootstrap shit; kids shouldn't have to fucking bootstrap, period.

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That is disgusting. Man...ugh.

Oh, UGH. [winces] The grand theft thing, I feel actually physically sick about that. How dare she "steal" something for her kids that doesn't rightfully belong to them, like an education. God, that poor woman. :(

My aunt and uncle did something similar for their son; he wanted to go to a performing arts magnet school for performing arts (he's a dancer), and the nearest one was 3 counties away. So a friend of theirs who lived near the magnet school agreed to transfer one of her bills into their names, and they used that bill as proof of residency. He graduated from there last year, and is now at a performing arts college in Pittsburgh.
Everything you said about the system, I fully agree with

Jesus HMFC wept.

I'm slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I was well-grown before I understood that school funding is based on property taxes. I just could *not* understand for the life of me why some schools had more money than others. Now that I know...I still don't understand it.

Just wandering by to look at your fic. Amen to that last paragraph. Fucking structural inequality.



I have...incredible amounts of, I guess, educated liberal guilt about this topic. Generally lurk here, but I guess I have something to say for once.

Even though I grew up living in one of the richest counties in the US, even there, we saw incredible disparities between what was available between school districts. There were entire neighborhoods where the house prices were high due to the school districting, and when rumors went about about how some were going to be allocated to a new school to be built, property prices plummeted.

While I cheerfully denigrate my public high school as being a sucky high school, I was still incredibly privileged to attend a school with a relatively stable teacher and admin population. (In fact, I had some incredible teachers during my time there.) The scariest thing may be that, for all that everyone who knew anything about schools in the area where my family lives would agree with me, my high school still makes the lists of top high schools in the country?

This scares me. Our public education system is incredibly broken, and I don't know why it isn't being fixed. When a bunch of bitter high schoolers (ah, those were the days) can figure out that the way things are done is FUCKED UP, why doesn't anyone agree to actual changes?

One of my cousins is currently in the middle of making himself broke by moving into a new home before selling his older one. Simply for the sake of school districts.

...for his three-year-old.

In my extra-bitter moments, I can't help but think that the public education system is a giant, screw you, to the middle class. As now, heeeey, a college education is practically mandatory. Good luck with that, suckers!

The system isn't broken; this is exactly how it's supposed to function, okay? It's doing a wonderful job. There is no bootstrap shit; kids shouldn't have to fucking bootstrap, period.
I'm in London, England, and we have similar problems here. Last night, there was a tv documentary showing how social mobility is worse than 30 years ago: The Prime Minister and most of his Cabinet are public school (i.e the most expensive type of private school- thus NOT actually public, a great misnomer.Schools open to the general public= state schools)and Oxford educated. In fact, many of them are from one particular school, Eaton. The US equivalent is, what,Choate+Harvard???

A local Council here used frigging terrorism legislation to spy on a mother who had registered her and the children's address at an area where there was a highly sought after state school.They wanted to mount a criminal prosecution. THey got it wrong-she then brought proceedings against them.
So...wanting good, free schoolingfor your kids is a crime. :D

Anyhoo, came over here, as a HUGE fan of your writing, to wish you Happy Birthday.

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