This file is a very brief diary of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant.
Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roanoke Times, 2-21-11, Pg 1 & 14: Some see inequity in Va. “virtual school”. Online education companies in Va. are encouraged to partner with poor counties to boost profits.
Huge headline and 100 square-inches of slant and bias against a new alternative to traditional public schools. Worry, worry, worry about the cost and profit of this new start-up experiment in offering parents an alternative to our dismal and failing public school systems, especially in “poor areas”.
Apparently selected public school teachers and their Democrat fellow-traveler supporters are the “Some” in the headline.
Virginia Virtual Academyhttp://www.k12.com/vava/
Could not find one statement about the total cost of public school (in excess of $12,000 per student per year) compared to online “virtual” schools and even more disturbing was the total absence of any data on the effectiveness or performance comparisons between the two venues in ‘poor areas’. Public school systems are not doing well and in many cases (especially in poor areas) are a total failure and disaster for all involved.
During the last 10 years Virginia has spent hundreds of millions of dollars at the K12 and 2-year and 4-year schools on computer technology without any measurement or publication of the value or pay-back of this huge investment of tax-money. Books are still being purchased at great cost and teacher’s lesson plans and instruction materials are still deemed to be “personal property” and not placed in open archives, even though much of the development is at tax-payer expense.
Don’t expect to see any meaningful Roanoke Times exposes about these education challenges and costs.
The current mess in Wisconsin clearly demonstrates the “out of control” state of public education and the politicization of the teacher unions. Instead of encouraging inappropriate and illegal union actions, Obama should address his $14 Trillion debt and the $1.5 Trillion yearly deficit that is destroying our country and he should totally downsize the federal DOE that spends billions on worthless make-work boondoggles without any positive impact on public education in the states.http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/02/obama-union-organizer.html
-A summary of articles that summarize the sad public school situation is at:
Too dumb to serve?