Images of abandoned schools are all over the internet. This particular one caught my eye, today. (
by Dan Burns
Jan 16, 2020, 10:00 AM

Guys, keep your grubby mitts out of Minnesota’s schools

First of all, the fact that Alan Page was a very great football player doesn’t give him standing on this.

The proposed amendment would remove the requirement for a “uniform” system of public education from the state constitution. This strategy paves the way for taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools, which may discriminate against certain students. Conservative think tanks and advocacy groups, including the American Legislative Exchange Council, have advocated for similar changes to state constitutions around the country.

“The public schools paid for by the taxpayers should be available to every Minnesota family no matter where they are from, how they pray, whether their children have special needs, or who they love,” Specht said. “Educators will resist this move to bring our state closer to vouchers, just as we’ve resisted the parts of the ALEC agenda that supports polluters, union-busters and corporate welfare.”

The amendment proposed by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari, the 2014 Republican nominee for governor of California, and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page creates a situation in which any parent could bring a lawsuit against the state and their school.
(Education Minnesota)

Well said, indeed. I’m just going to quickly add a few things.

Standardized testing-focused education is crap. The charter movement has failed. And it’s corrupt. Some Minneapolis charters are disturbingly segregated. (None of the previous is directed at actual teachers and staff currently working in charters.) Voucher programs are crap, too. Even some corporate Dems are starting to get all that.

The Fed is a key player in a system that has become so degraded and corrupt that Trump is in the White House. It’s all about aggrandizing unearned privilege and plutocratic rule.

Neither Kashkari nor Page has ever been a teacher. That should tell anyone all she needs to know about this scheme.

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