GOP attacks public schools to benefit corporations

June 18, 2014 

Republicans are against government spending, except when they are for it. Now they are playing fast and loose with education.

Republican governors across the nation, including Florida's Rick Scott, have cut funding for public education. Then they complain that public schools can't do their job, so we should privatize education.

Charter schools receive government largesse, but are enormously profitable for the corporations that run them.

In K-12 education, corporations usually run charter schools, even public ones, but get special benefits and less oversight. They turn teachers from professionals into technicians, with fewer benefits, lower salaries, and more students.

Studies show that even with cherry-picking students (refusing special-needs students), and working teachers harder but paying them less, for-profits don't do better than public schools, and routinely do worse.

Republicans hate spending money for public education, but they approve spending on charter schools because they make money from them.

Schools, public and charter, often measure success by standardized tests, which are profitable for corporations that sell the tests.

Bill Gates and Microsoft stands to make enormous profits from the Common Core program, which he virtually wrote.

For-profit universities are a huge business, profiting from ripping off students and the government. They get 77.4 percent of their revenues from student loans, but only graduate about 22 percent of their students (Phoenix University only graduates 9 percent, while public universities graduate 65 percent). They spend money on advertising rather than student services.

For-profit educational groups are the top advertisers on FOX News.

Some services should not be privatized. Profit has to come from somewhere, usually from reduced services.

Bottom line: don't trust a person with a vested interest in selling you something.

Myra Jones

Bradenton

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