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I-1240: Vote against corporatizing our schools

Letter by Thomas J. McCarthy, Tacoma on Oct. 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm | No Comments »
October 29, 2012 12:55 pm

Last year we had the Occupy Wall Street movement of thousands in the 99 percent to take back our country. The top 1 percent are fighting back – to take away our public schools with Initiative 1240 to bring undemocratic charter schools to Washington state.

Why are the rich trying to take over public schools with our own tax dollars?

It’s not just Bill Gates and Paul Allen who have given millions to fund this pro-charter school initiative. The Walmart barons have “invested” $1.7 million to get you to vote for charter schools paid for by taxpayers – and they don’t even live in Washington. The wealthy like us to pay for their pet projects.

Here’s the real deal. Public schools are under the control of democratically elected school boards paid for by taxpayers. Charter schools are run by private boards of directors, but using our tax dollars. It’s not enough that the super-rich send their kids to expensive private schools, but they want to siphon off public dollars to corporatize our children’s education. Why don’t they just use their billions to send our kids to private schools if they (and we) want to?

Tell politicians to fully fund our public schools for a change. And let us in Washington reject charter schools for the fourth time and vote no on I-1240.

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