"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TN's Win-Win for Corporate Education Is a Lose-Lose for Children

The Commercial Appeal has a story this morning about Tennessee's new limited school voucher law just passed by the Tennessee Taliban in Nashville last week.  My comments were posted this morning:

Parents in Tennessee are not in favor of a voucher system, and this miseducative and child-hostile law only serves the needs of ALEC and Governor Haslam's crew, whose principal goal is to create a corporate welfare state at the expense of citizens. This limited bad idea is a way to get to a larger bad idea, or to get the camel's nose under the tent to push in another form of privatization of public services, along with the profiteering and corruption that go with it.

In order to get about half of the per-pupil allotment that special education kids now receive in public schools, parents must give up their rights to have input or to demand reviews of how their children's educational needs are being served in the existing private segregated "schools" and the ones that are sure spring up as a result of the new law. 

This ideologically driven legislation serves to make sure that the road to exclusion is further cleared of obstructions and that the charter industry will not have to contend with parents demanding special educational services for their children. It's a win-win for corporate education reform.

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