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the children (of the wealthy districts) are our future
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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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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.
This.
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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