From her blog:
For the past decade or more, a bevy of very powerful people have
savaged our nation’s public schools while calling themselves
“reformers.” It is perfectly clear that they have no desire to “reform”
our public schools but to privatize and monetize them. The Bush-Obama
era of “measure and punish” has not reformed our public schools but has
plunged them into unending disruption, demoralization, and upheaval.
The so-called reformers have honed their PR message well. They
couldn’t very well go to the public and say “with the help of some Wall
Street billionaires and foundations run by billionaires, we have come to
demolish your community’s schools and hand them over to corporations.”
That wouldn’t play well. So they sold their goals as “reform,” even as
they used the power of the federal government through No Child Left
Behind and Race to the Top to close community public schools, to demean
the teaching profession, and to make pie-in-the-sky promises about the
wonders of choice. George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, and other
segregationists of their generation–the 1950s and 1960s–must be laughing
in their graves to hear our “reformers”–even our Secretary of Education
proclaiming the glories of school choice.
What should we call these people who want to destroy public education
as a civic responsibility?
The Status Quo.
They control the U.S.
Department of Education and most state education departments; they
control federal policy. They control our nation’s biggest
foundations–Gates, Walton, Broad, Dell, Arnold and others. They have the
support of media moguls like Rupert Murdoch, Mortimer Zuckerman, Mark
Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos, as well as the editorial boards of major
newspapers. They own NBC’s Education Nation.
They ARE the Status Quo.
What do we call the millions of parents and teachers, principals,
superintendents, school board members, and researchers who fight for
democratic control of education?
We cannot be bought off or intimidated.
We know that the strategies
and mandates of the Status Quo have failed wherever they were tried.
fight for our children.
We fight for democracy.
We oppose segregation,
budget cuts, high-stakes testing, closing public schools, rating
teachers by student test scores, and labeling children by test scores.
We will resist their bad ideas.
We will resist their efforts to destroy
We will resist privatization.
We will fight for a
better future for all the children of our nation.
We will not allow the
Status Quo to monetize what belongs to all of us.
And one last thing on my part - we are NOT going to allow our children's student data to be given away or sold to everyone and anyone in the name of "data-driven outcomes."