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Class Dismissed: When Arizona Decided to Divest from Public Education, by Alexandria Neason

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'This spring, while public school districts serving minority families and disabled children couldn’t afford basic supplies or comforts, Arizona’s legislature approved the broadest, most flexible interpretation of what Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, and her allies tout as 'school choice.' The law expands  Empowerment Scholarship Accounts -- school vouchers. Vouchers use tax dollars to pay private institutions; through E.S.A.’s, money that could otherwise fund public education is loaded directly onto debit cards that select parents can use to subsidize private tuition and related expenses. Arizona has managed to bolster E.S.A.’s as a way to advance alternatives to traditional schooling, the latest example of a disturbing trend: divestment from public education. The parents and educators of Arizona are finally fighting back.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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