Republicans in Arizona and elsewhere work to gut public education

 

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Save Our Schools (SOS) wants to collect signatures to put the law extending school voucher eligibility to all schoolchildren on hold until the November 2018 general election. Save Our Schools representative Sharon Kirsch said the voucher program is siphoning funding from public schools. More than 75000 valid signatures are needed
SOS will ask Gov. Doug Ducey to ask voters to repeal the legislation. The group must collect more than 75,000 valid signatures to put the law extending school voucher eligibility to all school-age children on hold until the November 2018 general election.

“Since our public schools are struggling so much we are trying to put SB 1431 on the ballot and let the citizens of Arizona decide if that’s how we school spend taxpayer money,” said Dawn Penich-Thacker with Save Our Schools. “The grassroots uprising of people who have been angry about how education has been treated in Arizona is overwhelming.”

Arizona’s SB 1413 is just the most recent piece of legislation to dismatle public education. The goal is quite simple – degrade the public school system until it can no longer function and privitize education across the state and country. With public education gone the affluent will continue to provide the best education for their chidren while poor and middle class children will have a choice (1) languish in poor schools and form the inexpensive workforce of the future; (2) or take on a major debit inorder to educate their children. The Republicans have been working on this plan for decades and since they now control most states and the federal government they see this as the time to strike.

We have seen how well private, for-profit colleges and universities work. Just think Trump University – how well did that work for the students who attended?