The Evangelical Public School Privatization Scam REVEALED
Jennifer Rumsey, a public school teacher, wrote an op-ed piece regarding Donald Trump’s “linken[ing] public schools to Soviet-era department stores”, outwardly implying that “public schools are un-American.”
Alleged billionaires like Trump are clearly out of touch with the realities of public education. Having “attended an elite private school in Pennsylvania, where yearly tuition is $55,660 for students boarding there and $38,400 for those attending just during the day” shows an obvious disconnect between the wealthy and the rest of us.
Rumsey points out that public schools promote “democracy by educating students to become active citizens” which is in direct contrast to “elite private schools” who pick and choose who they educate and often discriminate against minorities and disabled children, denying them an education.
Author Diane Ravitch explained in her book “The Death and Life of the Great American School System” that “something unprecedented is happening to American public education” via the work of “a powerful, well-funded, well-organized movement is seeking to privatize significant numbers of public schools and destroy the teaching profession.”
Ravitch goes on to explain that through the efforts of “the far-right American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has drafted model legislation to promote corporate interests and to expand the privatization of almost all government services, including education; and numerous governors and legislators (mostly but not exclusively Republicans) who want schools to operate in a free-market system of school choice” is the goals of education as a commodity for those who can afford it is underway.
Across the country, charter schools have caused “a tipping point” within school districts such as Detroit where financing isn’t available and students are moving to the alternative.
For the last twenty years, charter schools have enjoyed a steady rise in enrollment with more than 2.6 million students across the country attending the public school alternative since 2014.
In cities such as Orlando and Las Vegas, overcrowding in public schools is a problem; however charter schools are being sold to parents as a way to achieve quality education while shifting tax dollars from public to charter.
Earlier this year, the Department of Education (DoE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) revealed that African American students are 4 times more likely to be suspended from a charter school than their Caucasian counterparts.
And for students with disabilities, they are suspended from charter schools 2 to 3 times more often than non-disabled students.
Whether it is a minor infraction or not, charter schools are showing a propensity toward bias – even at the preschool level.
This research was conducted by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies (CCR) at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and it puts a spotlight on the “no excuses” codes for conduct and behavior associated with charter schools.
From 2011 to 2012, charter schools suspended 7.8% of their student body. Children with disabilities were suspended 15.5%; however when it comes to extremes, 235 charter schools had suspended more than 50% of their disabled students.
For perspective, 40% of high school levels were suspending more than 10% of their African American student body for 4 or more infractions.
The researchers noted: “This raises questions about whether charter schools may be violating civil rights law by not reporting the data on whom they exclude from school on disciplinary grounds. One can reasonably infer that, like noncharter schools, there are likely many effective charter schools that reserve suspension as a measure of last resort.”