Diane Ravitch reports, "Congress is about to pass new charter legislation, awarding more money to the charter sector, which will operate with minimal accountability or transparency. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan majority and will now move to the Senate. Make no mistake: on the 60th anniversary of the Brown decision, Congress is set to expand a dual school system. One sector, privately managed, may choose its students, exclude those who might pull down its test scores, and kick out those it doesn’t want. The other sector–the public schools–must take in all students, even those kicked out by the charters."
She continues, "The growth of the charter sector has been driven by a strange coalition. Charters are supported by wealthy hedge fund managers who give generously to individual charters and to charter chains; they fund political candidates who support charters. Charters are supported enthusiastically by the Obama administration, which endorses the privatization of public schools. Charters are a favorite of conservative groups like ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) and rightwing governors. Charters receive millions from some of the nation’s wealthiest foundations, including the Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation."
Thomas Jefferson warned, "“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.”
He also stated, “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
It is time for the public to stand up and say that this is unacceptable. This is unethical. Because what may be legal may also be unjust. It is time for us to remember that those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
If we really want our public school students to be prepared for the 21st century, we cannot allow the agendas of the billionaires and the ignorance of politicians to march us back in time. It is time for a little rebellion.