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What began as a charter school abuse story that the local media in Memphis tried to ignore has erupted into deep rage among parents who previously were sweet-talked into sending their children to the total compliance charter schools where children are treated like dangerous inmates. See latest accounts here on former mayor's call for Governor to intervene.
This from local ABC affiliate:
A child's words can be powerful.
"I started to urinate on myself and I started crying,” said 7-year old Cornerstone student as she addressed the crowd at the podium.
That power is multiplied when repeated by other children.
"One time I urinated on myself and I had to go really bad,” said another elementary student.
"I soiled on myself because I tried to raise my hand and he (my teacher) said no,” said another student.
Parents are outraged at Cornerstone teachers. The state took over low performing Lester Elementary this year. Since then, student grades are up and they're making the honor roll. That's not the problem. It's teachers not allowing enough bathroom breaks. The school says they've corrected the issue and the kids are allowed 5 bathroom breaks. Parents say that's not true.
"It's going beyond saying no, they’re getting physical,” said a parent Lashanna Rogers. “They (teachers) physically stopped her (my daughter) instead of walking with her to the restroom."
All of this is taking place as a result of years of Business Roundtable efforts to turn poor public schools over to corporate interests, and today in urban America test scores are used to shut down public schools so they be run for the benefit of corporate welfare artists who are free to operate schools like private prisons, with no accountability to the public.
Clips below from the Commercial Appeal four days ago. Note that parents must now provide their own transportation if they decide that they do want their children to attend this chain gang school: