The U. S. Department of Education interjects itself again into State and Local Education policy. Rather than doing it OPENLY and HONESTLY, Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan is feeding the flames of privatization of our democraticaly run and locally controlled public school systems through his carrots and sticks approach which amounts to BRIBERY AND COERCION.
REPUBLICANS - in name only - are taking their cut of the PROFITS TO BE MADE via privatization. What REAL Republican can support this growth in power and takeover by the Federal Government and Democratic Administration. Could it be that the Republicans themselves have been hoodwinked by extremist free marketeers in this Corporate grab for an industry (education) that offers billions in profits?
Read this article about the new Race To the Top for Districts and offer your take on it.
"The competition comes as the Education Department, which has focused on state-level reform in previous Race to the Top contests, switches gears and tries to use money to advance its education ideas at the local level. . . "
Translation - This RTTT motive, like the first RTTT initiative, is to bring about FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL of PUBLIC education which has served as a model of a democratic system of taxpayer, voter, citizen local control by elected school boards. This FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROL is covertly accomplished by requiring state, and now local, PUBLIC education systems to voluntarily, under the guise of "helping schools become engines of innovation" and similar crapola rhetoric, give up their control in order to gain desperately needed funding.
The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER is assisted by "reformers" who have infiltrated state and local levels as "policymakers" - school board members, legislators, state board of education members and most prominently Chambers of Commerce and other BUSINESS/CORPORATE interests. Their primary role has been to convince the public that our public school system in toto is an abject FAILURE so as to open the dialogue for replacement by "autonomous" CHARTERS and PRIVATE/PAROCHIAL SCHOOL VOUCHERS. This under the guise of CHOICE.
Interestingly, the U.S. Dept. of Ed under a DEMOCRATIC Administration in the interests of government control has teamed up with the REPUBLICAN corporate ANTI-GOVERNMENT takover in the interest of privatization. Strange bedfellows. This dichotomous relationship is bringing about what may predictably become the most destructive undermining of our Democracy that has ever taken place.
The U.S. Dept. of Education has NO AUTHORITY to dictate or influence state education policies such as curriculum and funding, but it believes it has found a way to circumvent that restriction by bribing states and now districts to bring about initiatives like the Common Core Standards, de-centralization of local school systems, budget decisions and teacher evaluations - to name a few.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NEEDS TO BE CHALLENGED IN COURT FOR THIS EGREGIOUS OVERSTEPPING!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA .