Correction: Re: Conservatives' attack on public education 4/25...PFAW did not say, "The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being..." They were quoting the Heartland Institute who said it.
Who’s screwed? Students. Conservatives are mounting an attack against our nation’s public education system. Pennsylvania and Florida are the latest states that will consider voucher legislation that would give away millions in federal dollars to private schools so those states can close down public schools. More and more private schools are sprouting up across the country – headed by CEOs who are making a fortune in this new industry. And the people behind the voucher bills have boatloads of money that they’re throwing at politicians.
Led by the likes of the mind-bogglingly wealthy DeVos family and the Koch brothers – a slew of right-wing private school groups have launched a coordinated attack against free public education. One of those groups – People for the American Way – spelled out their strategy in a recent report saying, "The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being. Vouchers are a type of reform that is possible now, and would put us on the path to further privatization."
In every study that’s been done on private charter schools – parents are forced to payer high costs for education yet don’t receive any better results compared to public schooling. And those parents without money end up with poorly educated children.
It’s all about the money – and Conservative are trying to turn what’s left of our floundering education system into a another get-rich quick scheme.