The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Michigan:
Gutting Public Schools from the Top Down

Nov 26, 2012

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has unveiled a plan to completely rework school financing and take control of schools out of local hands.

The proposal, written by the pro-corporate Oxford Center, would have state per-student funding “follow the student” to any school district or charter school the student attends. It would also establish a state-wide charter authorizer that would allow corporate-sponsored charters and completely online charters – whether local school districts would want them or not.

Gone would be any ability to oppose charters at the local level. Local school districts and communities couldn’t stop charters from establishing themselves right next door and sucking financing from the public schools.

This is democracy for these corporate shills in Michigan’s government: Local control and local governance are completely taken away; public education could be completely handed over to for-profit corporations, and parents and communities would be blocked from interfering locally with the corporate agenda.

It’s no accident that these announcements were made in November, when most people are sick to death of the elections, the politicians and all their maneuvers, and paying less attention.

That’s par for the course, for these con men!