This PAA press release is a shot across the bow from a group of passionate parents who still believe they can make a difference and get lawmakers to see the truth or stop the attack on public education and teachers. However, make no mistake, anyone who challenges the new corporate education deform model will not be invited anywhere.
The David and Goliath fight is on and nothing will be conceded in this battle without demands and that means unless parents, teachers and citizens unite and throw out every congressperson and senator who continue to back corporate privatization of education, more public schools across the country will be closed, replaced by for profit charters and teachers will continue to be forced to do the dirty work of testing and data collection companies -- if they want to keep their job.
Yes, it is ugly and it is sad and it is getting uglier and sadder by the day. But it is real and it is happening, but it didn't happen overnight and it won't end overnight. It's going to be a long, difficult battle because both Democrats and Republicans have signed on and with fiscal austerity in the mix, education on the cheap is the new game in town.
This means cuts for public education, and more profits for the testing companies and data companies and private companies feeding off the carcass of a starved public education system. In this new world, education on the cheap will be for everyone except the 1% or the lucky few who can afford to send their children to the best private schools and universities where class sizes are small, teachers are free to teach and students are free to learn, explore, experience and pursue their passions with limitless opportunities. These educational opportunities under the new regime will no longer be available to poor children, ESL learners, and special ed children because they will be too busy taking tests while their teachers are busy jumping through higher hoops in order to pay their bills, feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.
Write the members of this committee, follow Parents Across America and join the fight - it's worth the time and effort despite the huge monied interests and greed -- let Congress know the people are waking up and they are finally paying attention.
There is so much work to be done.
Public school choice is a good thing – but choice shouldn’t be viewed as an engagement strategy. Perhaps we’re asking the wrong question – instead of asking how to empower parents by providing alternatives to their neighborhood school, why aren’t we empowering parents by engaging all stakeholders to ensure that every neighborhood school lives up to the quality promise we’ve made to educate all students? ….’Your school is broken – send your child here instead’ isn’t tantamount to effectively engaging parents in education.