We haven’t been shy about sharing our educational “reform” position with you: we distrust the charter school movement. We believe they are a means for private corporations to strip school boards of their resources and teachers of their benefits by providing cut-rate education under the false flag of “school choice.” After all, corporations exist to make a profit. Would you really want your child’s education outsourced to the lowest bidder? Of course not! That’s why you’ll pay anything to live in the Real Bay Area!
Charter Schools’ Negative Impact on the Educational System
Charter schools are being implemented all across the country, whether parents want them or not. This is happening because some very wealthy people, not one of them with any education background, see this as a way to profit at the expense school boards and teachers unions. Much of the current “school reform” movement has been taken over by tons of money from foundations from the Walton (Walmart), Gates (Microsoft) and Broad (construction and insurance) families and, of course, the Koch brothers. These groups have completely derailed real school reform in favor of their plan to corporatize our educational system.
All that money crowds out real reform in favor of forcing charter schools, despite their lackluster performance despite their ability to cherry-pick students. There are stories everywhere of neighborhood schools forced to close, fire all the teachers and administrators, and then reopen as charters, despite complete opposition from the affected teachers, parents and children. Needless to say, this is most likely to happen where parents are not well-represented in the political system. That is, this process is most likely to happen in poorer neighborhoods rather than wealthy suburbs. Remember Waiting for Superman (which is, of course, pure propaganda)? The Bay Area school in the film was in Redwood City. And look at all the corporate charter schools that have popped up in Oakland and San Jose.
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