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Shallah Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:06 PM
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Blackwatering the classroom: Voucher bills in states part of Koch-style far right war on public ed
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Blackwatering the classroom: Voucher bills now before state legislatures part of Koch-style far right war on public education


Its being marketed as a solution to save public schools, but the big donors are tied to right-wing think tanks that openly advocate, and strategize, the end of public education. How can vouchers improve public schools if the people mobilizing the movement intend to eradicate public education? Regardless of your personal stance on school choice, its important to know who is behind the voucher movement and the agenda they dont share with the public or advertise in their media campaigns. Rachel Tabachnick


Eric Prince has become widely known as founder of the private mercenary army formerly known as Blackwater. Princes sister, Betsy DeVos, is leading an astroturfing war on public schools. Last Thursday, April 21, Indiana passed a DeVos astroturf entity-backed, sweeping voucher bill. Indiana was part of a national pattern. As early as tomorrow the Pennsylvania state legislature will vote on a similar, DeVos-backed astroturf voucher bill. At stake is the future of public education and even the American middle class itself.

Back in September 2010, a landmark report was published by Rob Boston of Americans United For Separation of Church and State, titled Michigan Multi-Millionaire Betsy DeVos Is A Four-Star General In A Deceptive Behind-The-Scenes War On Public Schools And Church-State Separation. Few noticed.

A few weeks ago researcher Rachel Tabachnick noted, with alarm, that the scheme was coming to fruitionas voucher bills have flooded into state legislatures in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and other swing states. The stakes couldnt be higher; by some tallies, spending on public education in America is as high as $700 billion a year. So privatizing that spending could be a terminal blow against the American middle class, unions, and even secular society itselfwith religious right schools poised to vacuum up that money, which could then fund the teaching of creationism and right-wing, ideologically charged curricula.



Voucher Advocate Betsy DeVos, Right-Wing Think Tanks Behind Koch-Style Attack on PA Public Schools,
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/4/20/232844/831 /


Pro-Voucher Astroturfing: Campaigns Across Nation Coordinated by DeVos, Funded by a Few Mega-Donors,
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/4/24/22559/1547/F...


Michigan Multi-Millionaire Betsy DeVos Is A Four-Star General In A Deceptive Behind-The-Scenes War On Public Schools And Church-State Separation.
http://www.au.org/media/church-and-state/archives/2010/...

DeVos rarely states it that bluntly. Instead, she crouches behind the euphemism of school choice and pretends to be a kindly advocate for downtrodden youngsters trapped in public schools described as failing.

Driven by a relentless faith in ultra-conservative religion and the privatization of public services, DeVos and her husband, Dick, who is best known as the former president of Amway, are pouring millions from their personal fortune into a nationwide voucher push.

Theyll be bringing plenty of anti-public school allies along for the ride chief among them the Walton Family Foundation, an entity operated by the heirs of Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart.

Publicly available documents tell an interesting story of interlocking organizations linked by an ambitious political agenda aimed right at the heart of public education. Its an alarming tale in which Betsy DeVos poses as a benign benefactor of poor children all while spearheading a billion-dollar store chains crusade to crush unions and privatize a public school system that serves 90 percent of American youngsters.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 04:58 PM
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1. well talk2action.org is a really interesting site...
thanks for the info...
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