North Carolina's Governor Handed Poor Public Schools Over to The Private Sector

Submitted by: lalapancakes 7 months ago News & Politics
North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory wants to give poorly performing public schools to the private sector. This is the same governor who turned down meeting with history teacher Bryan Proffitt on coming up with solutions to the issues plaguing the state's schools. If you don’t remember Proffitt - he walked for days as a protest for the undermining of schools and school children in North Carolina only to spend a night in jail, instead of an afternoon with the governor. Instead of hearing educators out on the issues with North Carolina’s schools, Governor McCrory signed a bill this week making handing off public school to private franchises a law. The New Observer: “House Bill 1080 establishes the new district for schools that will be turned over to charter school management companies and overseen by a superintendent chosen by the state Board of Education. The five schools will be selected from a pool of struggling schools.” Full Story: "Charter school companies to take over low-performing schools" - The News & Observer /2016/07/this-teacher-is-risking-his-job-to-equalize-students-of-all-races.html
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Male 1,141
I have a feeling that this guy had some kind of experts look at this problem before signing. And besides you all seam to miss the point these schools are failing hence the government is failing these schools....Daaa Can private schools do any worse. Be sides the government seems to be able to police private business a lot better then it polices its self.
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Male 5,642
Hard to say for sure what's best here. My initial response is that it's not a great idea, especially when, if the story is correct, the governor refused to listen to other ideas to improve the schooling situation first. That makes it sound like he just doesn't care to get involved and this was simply a cheap and easy way to wash his hands of it. If that's the case they need to kick his ass out of office as soon as is humanly possible. But while I can't say I particularly trust the companies taking over the schooling to do a good job, remember that being successful makes them look good and gives them more business, so the kids may really benefit from that motivation.
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Male 38,066
"Under Performing" is the key - if the government fails as it has then privatize it.
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Male 1,255
What if it's made to fail with intent to privatize? Then that's sabotage at the best and collusion at worst. Just like undermining food sources, prisons, medicine, ect... It was all fine before the corporations infiltrated. @Gerry1of1
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Male 38,066
Yes if it's intentional..... but not everything is a conspiracy. Schools everywhere have been failing increasingly worse year after year for decades.
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Male 1,255
ALEC is in every state writing model legislation backed by corporations and is faaaar from a conspiracy. Texas is not a model for education because of the ALEC charter public for private exchange. It's not hard to believe the corporate personhood is after every scrap of American policy they can turn into profit. http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/Privatizing_Public_Education,_Higher_Ed_Policy,_and_Teachers
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Male 3,176
Kudos to him, I bet the five schools will not be under performing for long.
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