Public Schools for Sale?

“Public education is a foundation of democracy so an attack on education is an attack on democracy.”

Link to video: http://billmoyers.com/episode/public-schools-for-sale/

Notes:

  • There are more than 6,000 charter schools
  • Publicly funded, privately run
  • K-12 pulls in more than 5 billion dollars in taxes a year
  • Private buying in public education made many change their minds about charter schools
  • Minimum 500 billion a year in the market when it comes to education many see education as an industry (textbook publishers…)
  • For profit charter schools exist
  • Race to the Top made states have to open up to charter schools
  • Charter funds are mostly politically motivated
  • Public sector pensions are important
  • Attempts to make charter districts with zero public schools: making public schools dumping grounds
  • Parents feel public schools have disappointed yet contrary to myth public schools are not failing it is poverty which plagues public schools
  • Community makes the public school
  • We should not send children into the hands of entrepreneurs
  • Charter schools were meant to collaborate and help dropouts but instead they are competitors
  • Charter schools don’t take disability, English language learners, or behavioral problem children, they have ways to weed them out
  • Virtual charters exist, lack a physical school: K12 online
  • K12 is listed on New York Stock Exchange
  • Charter schools are private corporations not public schools
  • In many states charter schools do not hire certified teachers
  • Charter schools should seek out low level students not high level as their intended purpose
  • Entrepreneurs know nothing about education, the highest performing nations do not have charter schools
  • Aim for equity and you will get excellence
  • ALEC is interested in eliminating public education, due process for teachers, teachers to be judged by test scores….
  • ALEC wants free flowing money in the economy even avoiding auditing of charter schools
  • Democratic party lacks the ability to say no to charter school influence/pressure
  • Billionaires pick on teachers having never been to public school and having never sent their own children to public school
  • Parent groups are attempting to fight charter schools, they are not willing to sell their children to corporations
  • Charter and voucher schools do not out perform public schools
  • Has caused man teachers to leave the profession because evaluation based on testing: specifically disabled kids and gifted because improvements are not enough
  • Hopefully democracy will win out over big money
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