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Massachusetts Charter Advocate: Getting Rid of Democracy Improves Schools

on September 15, 2016

So……..democracy is bad, local control of schools is bad, and private (often for-profit) management of charter schools is good?
Why don’t the charter school and privatization advocates use some of the billionaire money that is being shoveled into starting charters and closing public schools into, you know, improving the failing public schools, and even more importantly, doing something substantial to eliminate poverty in this country, supporting the poverty-stricken neighborhoods, supporting the families in those neighborhoods? That would do even more good.
And, BTW, whatever happened to the concept of “taxation without representation”? The charters (and in some areas, vouchers for private and parochial schools) are being paid with taxpayer money, but are not accountable in any way to those taxpayers.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Our reader Jack Covey watched the Boston Globe debate about Question 2 closely and reports here, with links. Question 2 seeks to add a dozen charter schools every year without end. The state board already demonstrated in Brockton that it is willing to impose a charter school even if the community opposes it. The “choice” is made by the state board, not by parents.

Charter critics complained that charter boards have few if any parents of the children or members of the local community on them. The charter advocate explained that it’s a very good thing to have school boRds run by financiers because democracy is the problem. Charters can simply close if they don’t produce test scores. Of course, we know that’s not true. There are thousands of charter schools that have lower scores than the neighborhood public schools, and the charters are not closed. As many readers on…

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4 responses to “Massachusetts Charter Advocate: Getting Rid of Democracy Improves Schools

  1. ciedie aech says:

    I keep wondering when the PUBLICLY FUNDED PRIVATE SCHOOLS concept will take root and irritate voters; so far we seem to be going in the opposite direction with the I Hate Government Schools (But Boy Do I Love Government Money) insanity.

    • Zorba says:

      Yes, ciedie, you are exactly right.
      The “I hate government” people do not seem to have any problem with spending government money (read: our taxpayer dollars) to fund private, for-profit schools, to fund private, for-profit prisons, and so on.
      (Besides the private but government-funded schools and prisons, we should also look at the way health care is delivered in this country. We also seem to think that for-profit insurance companies are the answer to this. Wrong.)
      I am not saying that we should be total socialists and get rid of companies, but companies are not the way to provide services that are for the common good. Whatever happened to the idea of providing for that? We are all citizens and people together.

  2. swo8 says:

    Wait a minute – I think I remember reading that in a book called Animal Farm??

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