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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

An open line and news headlines. Also: School choice; HP job cuts

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Here's the Tuesday open line and some news headlines and commentary. Also:

* SCHOOL CHOICE: Using the Blytheville School District and an ongoing court case as an example, the American Prospect writes about how hard it is to say whether a school district remains under federal court desegregation orders or not. This is critical, in Arkansas, in so-called school choice, in which students may leave one school distict for another as long as they are not leaving a district that is claiming an exemption on account of past court involvement. In examining the technical ins and outs of this question — applicable across the U.S. — the article downplays to insignificance. School choice is far more likely to be about students desiring to leave to attend classes with students more like them — be that in skin color or economics or interest in football — than it is in quality of classroom instruction. Walton Foundation shills will try to tell you otherwise, but they are intent on tearing down the established U.S. public school system. The Foundation is likely paying the legal bill for the ongoing appeals of a case that allowed Blytheville to continue to exempt itself from school choice. There, white parents want to leave the majority black district for overwhelmingly white Armorel (a district, it so happens, that punishes its black students at a rate disproportionate to whites and has a much smaller percentage of students poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.)

* HP JOB CUTS: Hewlett Packard is going to cut 25,000 to 30,000 jobs nationwide. No word yet on the impact on the big installation in Conway, if any.

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