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About Those "Failing-Government" Schools; by Mercedes Schneider

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In his State of the Union address, Trump used a far-right, DeVosian description of America's public schools as 'failing government schools.' Never mind that Trump heads the government or that DeVos heads those 'government schools'  and wants a private-school escape -- which, in Orwellian fashion -- is called 'choice'! Schneider  adds one wee mark of punctuation to their phrase, clarifying it as such:' Failing-government schools!' For decades, the government has been failing America’s public schools.' Schneider's  clear analysis of the disruption of public education & the failure of the NCLB mandated testing is a must read... even though she apologies for not going' into depth on the defunding of education, and on teacher-bashing, and on the ever-increasing responsibility foisted upon schools to confront issues plaguing families and communities.

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Take a look at National School Choice Week in Wisconsin where the false 'choice' narrative disrupted public schools and genuine edcuation for all!


" Last week Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos went to Madison, Wisconsin's capital city, to honor National School Choice Week, a celebration of vouchers and charter schools that was established and is promoted every year by groups like the American Federation for Childrenthe group DeVos herself helped found and to which she has regularly donated generouslyand Jeb Bush's ExcelinEd.

Pence and DeVos were not welcomed by Wisconsin's Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who skipped the event altogether. Before he was elected governor, Evers was the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction, and before that he was a public school educator. Evers has devoted his career to leading and promoting the state's public schools.

Neither Pence nor DeVos was welcomed by the Capital Times in Madison, which editorialized: "Pence parrots the talking points of the wealthy campaign donors he has always served". That's what Pence did Tuesday in Madison" Pence was promoting ongoing efforts to undermine public education with the usual cabal of billionaire-funded advocates for the agenda of the Trump-Pence administration's 'school choice' agenda" Out-of-state billionaires like DeVos and politicians like Pence have for years targeted Wisconsin in their efforts to promote 'school choice' initiatives. They got traction when one of their lackeys, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, was in office. But Walker, a Pence crony, was swept out of office in 2018 by a supporter of public education, Democrat Tony Evers."

The Capital Times' editorial board adds that this year, there has been pressure against school privatization in the city of Milwaukee itself: "(I)n the spring of 2019, critics of school choice and school privatization schemes swept school board elections in Milwaukee, the state's largest city" Key to the pushback against the 'school choice' advocates was the activism of African American and Latino Milwaukeeans, and the determination of groups such as Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC) and Voces de la Frontera Action, Inc. to defend public education."


On the very same day Pence and DeVos came to Madison to extol school choice, the Capital Times' Briana Reilly reportedthat State Representative, Jonathan Brostoff joined fellow Democratic lawmakers and public school advocates to reintroduce a bill that would phase out Wisconsin vouchers and reinstate a Student Achievement Guarantee in Education, to reduce public school class sizes and upgrade the curriculum in participating public schools."

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