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Two quotes from the article:
“The future of public education in the United States stands at a critical crossroad,” according to a statement from AROS. The statement authors see “a web of billionaire advocates, national foundations, policy institutes, and local and federal decision-makers” working to “dismantle public education and promote a top-down, market-based approach to school reform.”
"Numerous walk-ins across the state of Wisconsin protested funding cuts to schools while more resources are directed to charter schools and voucher programs. In Milwaukee, “Parents, educators and community leaders gathered at nearly 100 of Milwaukee’s public schools,” according to a local account. Protestors there spoke out against alleged “takeovers” of their public schools by charter school organizations and private schools funded by vouchers."
Jeff Bryant and Diane Ravitch are two of the only spokespersons talking openly about the destruction of the U.S. public education system.
Still, nowhere in this article (or any in recent memory by Mr. Bryant) does the subject of religion come up. And it should.
The wall set between church and state meant that public funding should NOT go to church or Christian Schools.
The truth is, a majority of so-called charter schools are Christian or Catholic Schools.
Since these schools teach children to identify with their particular sect of Christianity, likely don't teach Evolution, and may well instill a hatred of those who don't worship in the same way... they are a THREAT to a diversified, Democratic, and would-be tolerant society.
I resent the blackout on the TRUTH about the religious character of this siphoning of funds.
And just to make sure that I wasn't guilty of any prejudice, I recently read Barry Lynn's book, "God and Government" where indeed he reinforces the point that MOST charters are affiliated with some religious practice and institutional framework.
Conspicuously absent from the two quoted paragraphs is any mention of this nemesis. Is telling the truth no longer politically correct? Why is Mr. Bryant MUM on this factor?
For more evidence that the charter model is deeply flawed, look at what happened to the biggest charter school chain in NYC. The woman in charge, Moskowitz, eliminated all teaching of foreign languages using the excuse that Americans don't speak foreign languages well. That a language lab is expensive and cuts into profits has a lot more to do with it than anything else.