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Texas: Senate Education Committee Guts Local Control of Schools, by Diane Ravitch

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Texas is being overrun by corporate charter chains aiming to grab market share. Charters can locate wherever they choose without regard to the views of local communities that want to protect their own public schools from rapacious charters. The Texas Senate Education Committee granted sole power to the State Commissioner  to approve charter schools.  He is not an educator. He is a software executive who served on the Dallas school board and advocated for charter schools. His decisions can be vetoed only by a supermajority of the State Board of Education. Local elected authorities—including mayors and school boards—are prohibited from blocking a charter school that wants to open in its jurisdiction. Charters can locate wherever they choose without regard to the views of local communities that want to protect their own public schools from rapacious charters. 

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"The charter lobby is invading Texas. They see lots of opportunity to scoop up monetized black and brown students in the cities and place them in separate and unequal schools.It's all designed around the demands from charters and voucher schools. They didn't consider the effects on public schools or public school students because they don't care what happens to those schools and students. The ed reform economic/ideological dogma dictates that "funding follows the student" and the dogma must be followed, no matter how many public school students are harmed while they transition to a privatized system."

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