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EDUCATION: Profit motive in school ‘reform’

Letter by Ed Herde, Tacoma on Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm with No Comments »
February 20, 2013 10:25 am

Peter Callaghan (column, 2-17) laments that school reform proposals have become partisan. He is being willfully naive.

Yes, all school reform proposals have become politicized because almost no school “reform” bill comes from original ideas in the state where it is proposed. Any school reform bill needs scrutinizing to see if it is opening avenues for money to be extracted from our schools or setting the groundwork for later actions that will redistribute the wealth of the schools to private corporations.

Confiscation of our tax dollars under the guise of “reform” is the expertise of ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council. Callaghan surely is aware of the strategies of this organization. Its mission is to transfer wealth from the hard-working men and women of this country to the billionaire funders of ALEC, an organization that gets 98 percent of its funding from member companies and 2 percent from member legislators. Follow the money.

Anyone who attended K-12 public school in this state, and is now involved with public schools in this state, knows that our schools are working smarter and harder than ever before. It is not the schools that are failing; it is the communities and our society that need help.

Students spend 12 percent of their year at school. Instead of trying deceptive ALEC reform bills to transfer wealth to corporations from our school funding tax dollars, we should first fund our schools as ordered by the recent McCleary ruling.

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