November 16, 2012 Radio Commentary

Foreign Investors LOVE Charter Schools

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 16, 2012 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Good morning, Jim.  The Obama administration found a quick way to promote
charter schools last year when they waived No Child Left Behind test
requirements.  In September 2011, Obama and Education Secretary Duncan said
states could skip the 2014 tests, IF they adopt changes to expand charter
schools.  States that refuse would be penalized if test scores are too low.
Their schools could be shut down, half their teachers fired and their principal
replaced.  That “carrot and stick” routine, actually, was an unconstitutional
rewriting of the law with no input from Congress, which is the only branch of
federal government authorized to pass laws.

Four months before the carrot-and-stick offer, the Green Card Fund hosted a
group of overseas investors from China to tour Arizona and visit the Odyssey
Preparatory Academy charter school in Buckeye, Arizona, which they visited
during school hours to interact with teachers, students, administrators,
principals and school co-founders.  Then, the Green Card Fund wined and dined
the entire group for dinner at an Arizona Resort. Continue reading

November 2, 2012 Radio Commentary

Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1 & 2

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 2, 2012 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Good morning, Jim.  Next Tuesday, Georgia voters will be asked to ratify two
proposed constitutional amendments – one about charter schools and another about
rental agreements entered into by state agencies.  The charter school Amendment
One, should be defeated and the proposed Amendment Two should be delayed and
reintroduced when the economy is more stable.

On January 31, 2011 Senator Carter introduced S.R. 84 authorizing the
referendum, which was held for passage until March 29th this year.  It would
authorize new laws governing real estate lease agreements by state agencies.
S.B. 37, also introduced in 2011 and passed in 2012, is the enabling law that
would govern the constitutional change, if it gets a majority vote Tuesday.

Currently, three state agencies manage nearly 600 real estate properties that
are leased by the state.  Those agencies sign leases on behalf of the state,
totaling an annual rent over $350 million.  Under current law, each lease is for
a year, each property is rented without public competitive bidding and each
tenant must pay at least $250 per year. Continue reading

October 26, 2012 Radio Commentary

A FORK IN THE ROAD

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 26, 2012 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Good morning, Jim.  In Georgia politics, we’re at a critical fork in the road and the fork we take determines whether our public schools will be controlled by elected officials or an appointed committee.  As I talk about this, some say, “Just tell me how to vote!”  I’m happy to tell them to vote AGAINST the charter school amendment, because public education ain’t what it used to be and will be worse if the amendment passes.  For some time, schools have been used for social engineering and, right now, the goal has become job-training instead of academic learning.

Ronald Reagan’s statement, “You can’t control the economy without controlling the people,” must have prompted politicians to pass the Federal School-to-Work Act in 1994.  So schools could be used to train laborers to stimulate the economy.

Control is the reason public schools use outcome-based education K – 12.  The goal of OBE is to teach just enough to keep students from failing in a normal classroom.  OBE keeps high achievers and average achievers from learning more than the lowest achiever can learn.  No child is left behind and no child can get ahead, either!  Then, a school-to-work plan puts every child on a career path, with a curriculum focusing on the JOB he says he wants to do when he grows up.  With that plan, schools graduate kids that can’t read or spell or do math without a calculator, but they CAN work at entry level jobs in local businesses and stay in the community. Continue reading

October 2012 Newsletter

PPP STRATEGY FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS IS NOW INTERNATIONAL
ATTN: FOREIGN INVESTORS! U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR SALE, $500,000

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides green cards to non-U.S. investors,
if they invest $1 million or $500,000 in targeted U.S. developments.
EB-5 visas, also, provide such investors and their family permanent
U.S. residency, whether they live in the U.S. or abroad.

Charter Schools and EB-5 Visas: On October 12, 2012 Reuters published Stephanie Simon’s article, “Charter School Financing Gets You a Green Card? The New U.S. Visa Rush,” that included the following:

“Wealthy individuals from as far away as China, Nigeria, Russia and Australia are spending tens of millions of dollars to build classrooms, libraries, basketball courts and science labs for American charter schools.” (Emphasis added)

On October 4th, eight days before that startling fact, MiamiTodayNews.com reported that Chinese investors had put $30 million in the state’s charter schools program and plan to invest another $90 million during the next year. The Chinese aquaculture farm, which will grow Pacific white shrimp and sea asparagus, is set for ground-breaking in Central Florida in January.

The Chinese are taking advantage of the federal EB-5 program, which encourages wealthy foreign investors to BUY U.S. visas for themselves and their families by investing as little as $500,000 in targeted, economically beneficial commercial real estate developments, which formerly funded luxury hotels, ski resorts, etc., but includes investing in charter schools, now.

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