Thanks, Christine, for this telling of the truth. I honestly don’t know if the boosters of Question 2 INTEND to bankrupt the public schools, but that’s just what will happen. I’m glad Ms. Ravitch picked up your post.
Retired teacher Christine Langhoff has been following the debate over Question 2 in Massachusetts closely. She concluded that its real goal was not to close the achievement gap–charters have not done that anywhere in the nation–nor even to provide better schools–most charters in the nation are no better and many are unquestionably worse–than public schools.
The real purpose is to bankrupt urban districts, and maybe other districts as well. This has been the story in Pennsylvania, where charters have sucked resources out of public school districts, causing budget cuts, layoffs, and program cuts to public schools. Meanwhile, the charter schools get outside funding from Wall Street, the Waltons, financiers, and other champions of privatization. The ultimate goal is the destruction of public education.
It’s becoming apparent to many that the real objective of Question 2 is not merely to further the cause of privatization to benefit the hedge…
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