So far, the disaster has only hit urban areas, but it is quickly moving into smaller cities, and even rural areas.
Even with money running out, the Northeast School Corporation of Sullivan County school board hasn't proposed trying to raise property taxes in a referendum, saying the money saved from closing these two schools will help with “technology and career-technical education,” even though Sullivan County has few jobs to begin with and an unemployment rate of 13 percent, the second highest in the state. Training future workers for jobs that don’t exist is the corporate plan behind those out to profit (in one way or another) on so-called school reform, and it has been for decades. Besides giving cover to overseas-outsourcing by corporations, it perpetrates the myth that American students are dumb and not competing globally.
As I’ve noted before, The Project School in Indianapolis, where I spoke to a frustrated crowd in 2012, didn’t play by the same corporate rules that other Indianapolis charter schools play by. There were no CEOs of mega corporations on its board. It wasn’t run by a for-profit outfit with political ties, and its board members didn’t load the campaigns of Mitch Daniels, Tony Bennett, Indy mayor Greg Ballard, or other government officials. After the Mind Trust’s David Harris (who makes nearly $200,000 a year to promote for-profit charter schools in the city) wrote a letter in the press declaring The Project School faulty, the mayor quickly moved in and closed it down.