Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, and Special Guest Former CA Senator Gloria Romero on “You Have Choice!”

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November 15, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo is joined by John Seiler of and they welcome back Former State Senator and Former State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, Director of California’s chapter of Democrats for Education Reform You can find them on Facebook at CA Democrats for Education Reform’s Facebook Page I’ve subscribed to their text feed for the latest updates.

We’ll talk with Romero about the initiative called You Have Choice! What is it? Who is behind it? Who should know about it? Why do we need this program? What’s at stake? What is possible?
Ben Boychuk who can’t make it tonight has submitted his own list of questions to ask Romero, including her thoughts on vouchers as part of a support for parental choice, and more.

This program focuses greatly on public policy and sound economic policy. Education makes up the largest percentage of public sector spending in CA, and yet we rank near the bottom in reading and math, and have done so for decades, with little improvement.   The National Education Association claims CA spends near the bottom of all 50 states on Education.  In 2010, the OCReg had CA per pupil spending on Education at 23rd.   It dropped in one year, as a result of cutbacks, but is 42nd out of 50 accurate, and does this number reflect the amount of tax revenue collected and spent via bonds voters continue to eagerly pass because of their deep commitment to public education?  And could we do better with less money?

John Seiler last year in August reported that LAUSD for example, spent $30,000 per student.

Other related stories and links from the Blog and website:

Chiang: State Revenues Crashing John Seiler, Nov 15, 2011

Michigan $100K Club Fraction of CA’s John Seiler, Nov 15, 2011

CA Credit Lines Drawn Down 85 Percent Chris Street, Nov 14, 2011

LAO: CA Govt. Pensions ‘Generous’ John Seiler, Nov 11, 2011

Building State Schools Creates Jobs? Katie Grimes, Nov 10, 2011

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Former CA State Senate Majority Leader and Current Director of CA Democrats for Education Reform will join us on Gadfly Radio next Tuesday night, to talk about You Have Choice

Next Tuesday night, Nov 15, 2011,  Gloria Romero, Former CA Senate Majority Leader and Current Director of CA Democrats for Education Reform, joins us to talk about You Have Choice.

Is Your Child in a Failing School? Find out!

Thanks to recently passed laws, California must now reveal the names of 1000 of its lowest performing schools! These 1000 schools, year after year, failed to show acceptable improvement. And year after year, the “edu-crats” who ran the schools refused to turn these schools around. Our children were simply left to fail. This is shameful. It is unacceptable that only 14% of our 4th grade Latino and African-American students can read at grade level, and only 10% of these 8th graders can do math at grade level.

In years past, parents had no rights to change these results: they were simply stuck behind five numbers: zip code. Until now, students were “zoned” for a school and told they had attend the school in their same zip code – even when it was failing! Parents were denied the right to give their children better opportunities by enrolling them in a higher performing school.

In this great nation, we have the freedom to shop in any shopping mall or eat at any restaurant. We can choose our doctors, lawyers, and even places of worship. But in education, children are assigned to schools based on their zip code – even when school officials KNOW that the school has been failing year after year.

Those days are over with the passage of California’s “Open Enrollment Law”. The state must now reveal the names of these 1000 failing schools. The school district must notify all parents of children enrolled in these schools that the school is on the Open Enrollment list, and tell parents they have a choice to stay enrolled or transfer to a better performing school.

This is the law now in California. You have rights. You have choice.

Click here to go to the site, which will help you use the Open Enrollment law

On the Facebook Page for You Have Choice,  above in the “notes” section you will find three documents: 1. How to find out if your child’s school is on the Open Enrollment list. 2. How to find a better school for your child to attend. 3. How to transfer to a better school. Follow the directions for each document very carefully. Any comments or questions post on our Wall, and we will respond as quickly as possible. You Have Choice! Use it!