Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Privatization: A Drain on Public Schools

By James Harvey
Public education represents a public good. Then why is so much public funding being diverted to charter schools and vouchers?

It's possible, of course, that the whole thing is sheer coincidence. If so, governors and state legislatures accomplished something truly remarkable in 2011. Faced with the greatest state budget shortfalls in history, they arranged for the greatest transfer of public assets to private schools ever contemplated. It may be coincidental, but only in the sense that novelist Emma Bull (1991) definedcoincidence as "the word we use when we can't see the levers and the pulleys" (p. 22).

To read the complete article in ASCD's Educational Leadership, click on the link.

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