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This public school charges each 10th grader $600

Where Public High School Costs $600, Including A Mandatory Chromebook – Consumerist
It’s not unusual to see public schools that charge students for extracurriculars or sports, but we were surprised to see this bill from an Illinois school district where it costs $586 to enroll in tenth grade, including $300 for a Chromebook. This was first brought to the attention of our semi-estranged ex-sibling site Gawker by an irritated parent. There must be ways to save on that $600, right? I mean, students shouldn’t have to buy the Chromebook if they already have their own portable computer, right? Not so fast! The school wants students to all have the same computer. No weaseling out of this one. (It’s not clear whether students could go buy their own $200 Acer Chromebook and save a few bucks that way.) What’s the district’s justification for the computer?

READ THIS: Patricia Lockwood's "Rape Joke"

Read the whole thing. It's extraordinary. Patricia Lockwood, "Rape Joke"
The rape joke is that you were 19 years old. The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend. The rape joke it wore a goatee. A goatee. Imagine the rape joke looking in the mirror, perfectly reflecting back itself, and grooming itself to look more like a rape joke. “Ahhhh,” it thinks. “Yes. A goatee.” No offense. The rape joke is that he was seven years older. The rape joke is that you had known him for years, since you were too young to be interesting to him. You liked that use of the word interesting, as if you were a piece of knowledge that someone could be desperate to acquire, to assimilate, and to spit back out in different form through his goateed mouth. Then suddenly you were older, but not very old at all. The rape joke is that you had been drinking wine coolers. Wine coolers! Who drinks wine coolers? People who get raped, according to the rape joke. The rape joke is he was a bouncer, and kept people out for a living. Not you! The rape joke is that he carried a knife, and would show it to you, and would turn it over and over in his hands as if it were a book. He wasn’t threatening you, you understood. He just really liked his knife. . . .

July 22, 2013

Chicago fired 1036 teachers, wants to replace them with intern scabs

Teach For America is a union-busting organization. It exists to undermine schools and teacher's unions. Rahm’s School Strategy - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money
Some of the teachers could be replaced by Teach For America recruits, as the district has committed to more than doubling its investment in the TFA program that trains college graduates for five weeks then sends them into schools for two years at a time. The Board of Education voted to increase its payment to TFA from $600,000 to nearly $1.6 million, and to add up to 325 new TFA recruits to CPS classrooms, in addition to 270 second year “teacher interns”. TFA spokeswoman Becky O’Neill said about 200 of the new recruits are destined for charters, the rest to interview for openings in neighborhood schools. “We’re looking forward to getting more information and better understanding how all of this impacts the schools and principals with whom we partner,” she said. Sharkey denounced CPS’ TFA placements “at the same time it’s laying off veterans. This is an organization who started out saying their mission was to serve underserved children with a teachers shortage. There’s no longer a teacher shortage.”