I have grown weary of the claims that the only opponents of the charter school initiative, I-1240, are the teachers and their union. Many parents in my community do not support this poorly written initiative and we are doing our best with no funding from corporate donors to educate our neighbors about the dangers of this initiative.
We reject the claim that our schools are failing our kids. This simply is untrue, but it is a narrative that has been allowed to take hold and permeate the education debate. Those who will gain the most are not underachieving children but the wealthy investors promoting the expansion of charter schools, online schools and the educational products industry.
Corporate-funded groups like the League of Education Voters and Stand for Children do not speak for us. They mislead parents and have worked to undermine our schools and teachers, a pattern being repeated nationwide. Consider the parent’s voice, after all it is our children who have become the pawns in this education reform game.