Thanks to Dr. Ravitch for keeping North Carolina in the light for others to see.
Wake up, people of North Carolina! The legislators in your state are pummeling your public schools with a sledge hammer. They are turning them over to for-profit corporations! Do you want your local public school to be run by a national corporation? Do you care who “owns” your neighborhood school?
Stuart Egan, a high school teacher in North Carolina, has been writing recently about the step-by-step privatization of public schools in North Carolina.
In this post, he describes the General Assembly’s decision to create an “Achievement School District,” modeled on the one that failed in Tennessee. The basic idea is to gather up the lowest-performing schools in the state (attended by the poorest students) and turn them over to a charter operator.
He cites the comment made by Rep. Cecil Brockman, who favors outsourcing these schools to out-of-state corporations:
Perhaps the most frustrating moment of the final debate came when…
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