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Arkansas: State Board Votes to Restore Local Control to Little Rock But Read the Fine Print

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It is imperative that the various grassroots organizations involved in fending off the Waltons’ school grabs remain intersectional and vigorous in their efforts to protect their districts, teachers, students, and, again, their buildings. You have won a battle. Not the war.The Arkansas State Board of Education, during a meticulously staged meeting, voted  to return the Little Rock School District to local control. This about-face occurred because state leaders and board members feared further public shaming and opted instead for an awkward retreat. Right now, given public sentiment, the Waltons will let things quiet down. But you can bet that the various nonprofits that they fund already are stepping up their behind-the-scenes efforts to get their projects back on track. '

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While we watch the Trump circus the very foundation of our democracy is being stolen. Read the truth about the massive underfunding of public schools---so they will fail and can be privatized.

My series 15,880 Districts in 50 States : already divided for conquering offers the TRUTH. Read the series on privitization Read the many links to how legislatures took down public schools even as the media blamed teachers.

Most of my links are from the blog of historian, and former asst Sec'y of Education Diane Ravitch. who wrote * Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools.

Finally, so you can see how the power-elite are winning, is the NPE STATEMENT on CHARTER SCHOOLS.The Network for Public Education and the Schott Foundation for Public Education released a report grading the states on their support for public education and documenting the extent to which states are allowing the privatization of public funds.

Dr. Ravitch says: "Martin Levine has become one of my favorite writers on education. He writes for NonProfit Quarterly (free online) and other publications. He really understands that privatization is about "me first, to hell with the rest of you."Here is his commentary on the recent Gordon Lafer study of the fiscal impact of charters on the public schools they leave behind.

The Network for Public Education and the Schott Foundation for Public Education released a report grading the states on their support for public education and documenting the extent to which states are allowing the privatization of public funds.The report can be found here.It will be regularly updated to reflect changing events.

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If you want the truth--the latest facts about what has been happening, happening as the local public schools are being destroyed, here is the latest book, from my friend, Diane! (Yeah... I know this extraordinary woman for 2 decades now.)

In Slaying Goliath, Diane writes "of those who have privatized the schools, the Disrupters, who believe America's schools should be run like businesses, with teachers incentivized with threats and bonuses, and schools that need to enter into the age of the gig economy in which children are treated like customers or products. She writes of the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, the Waltons (Walmart), Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and many more, on the right and the left, as well as corporations, foundations, etc., intent on promoting the privatization of one of our most valued public institutions."

Ravitch lays out, in extensive detail, the facts showing that the ideas put forth by school privateers have failed; that their promises of higher test scores have not come to pass; that the "great hope" of Common Core has been a dud."

"Arrayed against these forces, Ravitch writes of the volunteer army--"the Resisters"--that has sprung up from Seattle, Texas, and Colorado, to Detroit, New Orleans, and Buffalo, New York--parents, teachers, grandparents, students, bloggers, religious leaders, brave individuals, who, spurred on by conviction, courage, determination, and the power of ideas and passion, are fighting back to successfully keep alive their public schools."

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