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Michelle Malkin skipping State of the Union to promote school choice in Colorado Springs?

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Michelle Malkin seldom misses an opportunity to rip President Barack Obama. But at 7 p.m. tonight, when Obama is set to deliver his State of the Union address, the Fox News contributor appears to be otherwise occupied. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Colorado Springs, she's slated to take part in a panel about The Cartel, a documentary by Bob Bowdon that touts school choice.

Look below to get press-release details about the event, as well as to see two videos from The Cartel website:

TONIGHT: Michelle Malkin Comes to Colorado Springs to Promote School Choice (1/25/2011)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Nationally-recognized columnist and political analyst Michelle Malkin will join hundreds of citizens from across the Colorado Springs area tonight, January 25, 2011, for a screening of the award-winning documentary, The Cartel. The event, a commemoration of National School Choice Week, will include a discussion of the need to improve education in Colorado and across the nation.

Malkin, a FOXNews contributor, will join Jeff Crank, Colorado State Director of Americans for Prosperity, in speaking at the event. Sponsored by Americans for Prosperity-Colorado; Parents Challenge; The Vanguard School; and Colorado Springs Charter Academy, the forum will start at 6:30 pm at The Vanguard School at 1605 South Corona Avenue in Colorado Springs.

The Cartel -- which portrays a public education system that is beholden to special interests, ignores the needs of parents, and misallocates hundreds of millions of dollars intended to help children -- has served as a rallying cry for advocates who want to give parents immediate educational options for their children. The trailer and reviews are available at: TheCartelMovie.com.

National School Choice Week, January 23-29, 2011, will shine an unprecedented spotlight on the need to dramatically improve educational outcomes for children and will highlight the benefits of school choice programs. Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in events across the country during the week, which is being organized by more than 150 national and state groups.

"This event in Colorado Springs will continue an important debate on the need to provide parents with access to the best schools for their children," said Kyle Olson, executive director of National School Choice Week. "At the end of the week, we hope that more parents will begin to demand enhanced educational options for their children and that lawmakers in Colorado and across the nation will take notice."

For more information about this and other events, visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

More from our Television & Film archive: "Michelle Malkin: Saturday Night Live thinks the idea of her being civil is hilarious (VIDEO)."


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Victoiria Maxwell
Victoiria Maxwell

I really think school choice is the only thing that will bring about the radical change that we need to see in our education system. Having more magnet schools will help as well. Although, I have to say, as a parent, I was positively FURIOUS after leaving the required meeting for our local magnet school (D'evelyn). Why? Because it is all that a school SHOULD be. It is a sucessful program with stringent academic standards, and it is also a public school. So why aren't the rest of the schools following suit? I just don't get it!

Rana
Rana

You're right on all counts, Eric. The childless-household target is a crock too. Even though these people don't have kids, they benefit by having an educated workforce that they patronize every day, well-schooled military and public-safety officers to protect them, and educated workers and entrepreneurs who keep the United States competitive in a global economy. And it's for sure that when these childless people sell their homes, they'll try to milk all the money they can out of prospective buyers by adding the words "Close to good schools" in the MLS listing.

Another tactic of the education profiteers is to push "performance pay." Schools do best when teachers collaborate and work as a team, but "performance pay" pits one against another in the same school, resulting in back-stabbing and popularity contests. It also doesn't take into account the students' home life, over which teachers have no control.

I'm not a teacher and have never worked in a school. But I raised two kids, and saw the best and worst teachers and schools in action. Private schools which can cherry-pick, skimming the cream off the top and rejecting the rest, will always score higher than public schools which have to take everybody. So will home schools, where the ratio is 1-to-1 and little Johnny is taught that the flat earth is only 4,000 years old, blacks have smaller brains, the Civil War was actually the "War of Northern Aggression," and other right-wing fallacies.

Eric
Eric

The problem with dismissing these educational industrial complex shills as just goofy or not to be taken seriously is that they are backed by a huge, and I mean huge lobby.

The Bushes, bob schaffer, and lots of other big education for profit types are bearing down on the educational system in this country as though it's the next tax money boom, because it is.

If the republicans/conservatives/christian school entrepeneurs can squeeze the public school system out the people in on the ground floor of this industry will literally make billions.

Key to this is convincing the voters that private schools and home schooling are better than public. Demonizing teachers who make a decent living and the current administrative process is crucial, because the voters must be given the scenario (albeit false) that they're choosing between good and evil.

I agree with Rana that under normal circumstances voters would reject this out of hand, but with the big guns running the voucher scam as something it's not, and fox news and other conservative outlets promoting it, this could get mainstream.

Right now, the target demographic of these hucksters is childless households. The carrot is the scenario of "not having to pay to educate other peoples' kids". In this selfish "I got mine, you go to hell" teabagger atmosphere, I see this as a possibility.

We all know the voucher scam is no good when unmasked, but these people promote it as something it's not.

That's dangerous. ,

Rana
Rana

"School choice." What a crock. You don't take your voucher and "choose" a school. You apply, and it's the school that has the "choice" of accepting your kid or not. If your kid has special needs, meaning he or she might cost the school more to educate or drag down the average GPA it can tout in its advertising, your kid won't be "chosen." Colorado voters have soundly rejected the voucher scam twice, and would do it again and again.

guest
guest

Michelle Malkin "comes to" Colorado Springs? Umm... she lives there.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Victoria, interesting observations. We're going to make your take an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats, and thanks for reading.

Rana
Rana

Victoria, I think the answer is parental involvement. It was the committed parents like you who chose D'evelyn. The difference between a public magnet school and a private school is that there's not as much profit motive, and therefore your child can get in. The private school can reject your child if his or her GPA or special needs, or his parents' lack of "connections," won't enhance their profit margin and return to shareholders.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Eric, as always, a thoughtful and intriguing take. Thanks for sharing it.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

The same thought occurred to me after reading the release, guest. Thanks for posting.

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