Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog: Tonight, Ben Boychuk, John Seiler, Special Guests, Ben Chavis on School Boards, & Jack Dean on Public Pension Costs

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Dec 13, 2011:  Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo along with Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of  

Special guests tonight are Dr. Ben Chavis, author of  Crazy Like a Fox , of American Indian Public Charter School fame, on the critical role of School Boards in support of the current prevailing paradigm that is our K-12 Public Education System,  and Jack Dean of  Pension Tsunami on the significant increase in the level of the public’s awareness to the dangerous current system of public policy formulas for wages, benefits and pensions for our Public Employees or Public Sector workers, including a look at the most recent Field Poll, Gallup Poll and political developments in San Jose, San Diego, and other happenings in CA.   

I love Whitney Tilson’s write up on his blog, about Ben Chavis.  Here’s an excerpt:

His schools are grades 6-12 and his first group of 27 seniors graduated last year — and 100% went to four-year colleges. He’s grown AIPCS from one school to five and all of them got API scores above 900 from the CA Dept of Education (scores range from 200 to 1000 with a statewide goal for all schools of 800; needless to say, nearly all other Oakland schools are nowhere near 900, much less 800). He told me his black and Latino kids are outscoring white and Asian kids — so much so that leaders of the Chinese community in Oakland asked him to open a school in their community — and it’s his lowest-scoring school (so far anyway)! His brash, in-your-face style would make any reasonable person uncomfortable, but great leaders often have this trait (think Patton). Here’s what I know: if I had to send my kids to an inner-city school, I’d want them at one of his schools (if there weren’t a KIPP nearby of course; interestingly, critics level some similar charges against KIPP as they do against Chavis: the discipline is too harsh — oh boo hoo hoo…).

John Seiler’s latest hot piece up at CalWatchDog is another must read: New Chart: More Spending Impossible | CalWatchDog
And it’s a must discuss too!  

Related links are a sampling from Pension Tsunami’s posts for Today, Dec 13, 2011:

The State Worker: Poll: Government workers favor lower pensions for new hires 

PPIC POLL: Big majority support Brown’s tax increase plan |

San Jose Needs to Continue Bargaining on Pension Reform (editorial – San Jose Mercury News)

Poll Finds Little Love for Big Gov; 64% of People Surveyed Said Big Government Is Biggest Threat to the Country (M.J. Lee / Politico)

PENSION PULSE: Most Misunderstood Asset Class Today? (blog – Leo Kolivakis)

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“About Our Children…” a live event: Bill Cosby, & several panelists will discuss poverty in America, focusing on parenting, education & healthcare

Flunked: Ben takes on CA Teachers Union, “I’m culturally offensive?!” An excerpt from the special features of the award winning educational documentary, “Flunked” featuring Dr. Ben Chavis talking about his fight with the California Teacher’s Union.
On Sunday, Sept 20th,Dr. Chavis is one of the panelists at “About Our Children…” a live event featuring Bill Cosby, and moderated by IWF president and CEO and MSNBC political analyst Michelle D. Bernard, at 7-9 p.m ET.

Live from Howard University’s Ira Aldridge Theater and telecast on MSNBC, Cosby and several panelists will discuss poverty in America, focusing on the parenting, education, and health issues facing the poor in the United States.
If you want to submit a question for the panel, send your questions before or during the program, to or Tweet your hopes and dreams for our children’s future to @MichelleBernard Click here to continue

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Do Budget Cuts to CA Public Schools Spell Disaster? It’s Not the Money! What About Iran’s Nukes?’s Idea, Saturday, June 6, 2009

Join me on the air, Saturday at 11 AM PST

CRN Channel 5 (On the Internet)
Call in number for the program:800-336-2225
This Saturday,
My guest, Ben Chavis, and the schools he has founded, including American Indian School of Oakland, CA, demonstrate it’s not money that generates excellence. The poorest, from the most underpriveleged backgrounds achieve greatness, academically, intellectually, physically, as a rule, not the exception! It’s simple and cost effective, perfect answer to budget cuts, and the kids love it!

Among the thousands of public schools in California, only four middle schools and three high schools score higher. None of them serves mostly underprivileged children.
At American Indian, the largest ethnic group is Asian, followed by Latinos and African Americans. Some of the schools’ critics contend that high-scoring Asian Americans are driving the test scores, but blacks and Latinos do roughly as well — in fact, better on some tests.
That makes American Indian a rarity in American education, defying the axiom that poor black and Latino children will lag behind others in school. Mitchell Landsberg, L.A. Times May 31, 2009
98% of American Indian School’s students are below poverty level. The top four schools that beat American Indian are in Fremont, Cupertino, and Lodi. Their percentage of students in poverty are 3%, 3%, 22% and 2%. How is this possible?
Ben Chavis wants to empower families all over CA to bring forth the same paradigm for success to their communities. He’ll tell us how he does it, and how you, too, can make it happen.
Michael Fenenbock and Daphne Weisbart, creative, accomplished, politically savvy, producers and founders of Max Films, talk with us about their internet campaign to DeNuke Iran.
Ramin Akhbari, Iranian-American who migrated from Iran, as a student, during the 1978-1979 timeframe of the Iranian Revolution, and now a resident of Silicon Valley, joins us in our talk about Iran. Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 AM, PT

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