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The Summit for Corporate Reformers vs. Teachers Who CLIMB Summits by Nancy Baily

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Bailey describes the pseudo summit taking place in San Diego, where people who have never taught discuss how to reinvent education for fun and profit. These self-acclaimed experts have not struggled to teach in gritty, overcrowded classes, nor dealt with the trauma that some children bring to school.,or had to  use unproven curriculum.  Nor have they had to face the reforms that, ironically, they and their ilk created.  Read her list at the end of her post. It is a who’s who of the Disruption Industry, assembled in one place to celebrate themselves and the damage they have done to schools, students, and teachers across the nation. The National Summit On Education Reform    want to replace democratic public schools with technology, ending schools and teaching as we know it. They will have children sitting in front of screens for instruction in warehouse charters, or at home all day.

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If you are wondering why truth is under assault in America, you have to follow the dismantling of our INSTITUTION of Public education.

The 'marketization' of education allows the billionaires to sell sh*t for shingle. Vouchers are another 'sell.' it is pure Orwellian, as the power elite sell 'choice' but defund public education. I have so many examples, buthere is Harrisburg Pa, from the blog of former asst Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch .

"The Republican Speaker of the state House is expected to propose a school voucher bill Monday that will treat Harrisburg Schools as nothing more than carrion fit for plunder by school privatization vultures.

Sure the district is in state receivership after decades of neglect and bad decisions by the elected school board.

But instead of helping the school and its students get back on their feet, Turzai proposes siphoning away as much as $8.5 million in state funding set aside for the school's aide. Alternatively, that money would go to help offset some of the cost of sending Harrisburg students to private or parochial schools if they so desire.

However in lieu of any safeguards to make sure these children fleeing from the public system receive the same quality of services required by state law, Turzai's bill goes out of its way to protect the vultures!

Under House Bill 1800, private or parochial schools won't be held as accountable for how they spend the money they plunder from Harrisburg nor will it force them to enroll all comers like authentic public schools are required to do.

Specifically, non-public schools would be allowed to take public tax dollars but refuse any students they wished based on gender, race, religion, even special educational needs.

It's bad policy and bad politics.

Essentially Turzai is proposing we swoop in and tear the district to pieces for its own good.

The bill would force state taxpayers to pay for half the cost of the voucher program essentially making us shell out our hard earned money for two parallel education systems.

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