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Peter Greene on the Tragedy of Lorain, Ohio, and the War to Stamp Out Local Control and Democracy; Diane Ravitch

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"The story  of Lorain Ohio, is an unbearably sad story, and if it doesn’t make you angry, you aren’t paying attention. Ohio lawmakers responded to the collapse of Lorain’s economy by declaring that its faltering schools were in “academic distress.” Ohio’s old law called for an academic distress commission, responsible for coming up with a plan and a budget; appointed by the state superintendent, the president of the school board, and the mayor of the city.  Under the new law,   the ADC appoints a CEO to as an unchecked tsar of the district with all the powers of both the superintendent and the school board. The only job requirement under the law is “high-level management experience in the public or private sector.” What happened next in Lorain was eye-popping. It was the Corporate Reformers’ dream come true. READ the end of public education!

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