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NEA Continues Support for Charter Schools

NEA Continues Support for Charter Schools

by means of Jim Horn

Every 12 months American public college educators ship roughly
one billion and a part greenbacks to the National Education Association and over
part that quantity to the American Federation of Teachers.  The NEA’s newest
coverage observation
on constitution faculties will have to make each and every instructor marvel why
she is sending in the ones loads of hard earned greenbacks annually to lend a hand NEA
and AFT misleaders to position a stake within the middle of public faculties. 

The company legal professionals who write NEA coverage had been dissembling,
dodging, and weaving for a very long time when it comes to constitution faculties. With
this new coverage observation, it’s transparent that that has no longer modified.  

What has modified is the mass of qualifiers that NEA has
added, ostensibly to earn the group’s persevered blessing for constitution
faculties.  If, on the other hand, the company
governing our bodies don’t abide by means of NEA’s listing of needs, then that would cause
an NEA reaction that will have to have the constitution trade quaking on the idea:

Unless each the elemental safeguards and procedure detailed above
are met, no constitution college will have to be licensed and NEA will strengthen state and
native moratoriums on additional constitution authorizations within the college district.

Now thoughts you, this doesn’t imply that NEA headquarters will
do the rest and even threaten the rest on its on if the constitution trade ignores
NEA’s newest dissembling.  What NEA will
do, on the other hand, is not to stand in the way in which of any NEA associate that desires to tie
its club onto the tracks for the billionaires’ company constitution
locomotive to flatten.  Where is the NEA
and AFT management?  They are, in fact,
on the company schooling desk, despite the fact that they have got to take a seat beneath it and
beg for bones to be thrown to educators.

Based on previous enjoy, we would possibly be expecting the multi-billion
buck constitution trade to summarily forget about NEA’s pathetic observation on
charters, which is delivered with out call for, with out promised repercussions,
and with 0 fanfare.  NEA’s new
observation alerts a coverage that continues down the dead-end Democratic Party’s
Third Way, which has definitely earned the label of Third Rail by means of now—following the
2016 election.  NEA’s coverage on constitution,
in truth, is one that will by no means purpose a Clinton to cluck. 

And what occurs if, by means of some miracle, NEA’s complete fanciful listing
of prerequisites is met, thus making meaningless calls for moratoriums pointless
and any more pretense of constitution outrage inappropriate?  Not a lot.

Now the NEA observation helps “prohibitions towards for-profit [charter] operation.”
It is cheap to invite, then, if for-profit charters are prohibited, will the
billions of public greenbacks that are actually going to the constitution trade prevent
flowing into privatizers’ wallet.

Not in any respect.  In reality,
the vast majority of charters have at all times been of the “non-profit” selection, with
most effective 13
p.c of the country’s 7,500 charters run by means of for-profit firms
.  Insisting that every one charters develop into
“non-profit” will most effective make it possible for that state and native schooling greenbacks
will proceed to fill the coffers of the constitution trade, which prospers by means of
claiming “non-profit” standing for their segregated cultural sterilization
faculties in response to the KIPP Model. 

It issues no longer to a college device that will have to fireplace its
librarians to make payroll if, in truth, monies now being diverted to charters
cross to a constitution operator’s checking account this is designated as “non-profit.”  In reality, the “non-profit” standing promises
many tax benefits for the large donors and operators who view the paternalistic
“no excuses” charters because the city schooling ultimate resolution.

Which brings us to the best weak point of the NEA coverage
on constitution faculties.  If all of the pieces of
NEA’s want listing have been discovered, and that may be a large “if,” the constitution trade’s company
colonization of city faculties by means of the 6,500 non-profit charters now in operation
would proceed unabated.  If all of NEA’s
fanciful needs have been met, loads 1000’s of kids and 1000’s in their
missionary lecturers would proceed to endure day by day indignities and ongoing
dehumanization from white company college managers who fake that callous
brutality is justified as a method to an finish that at all times boils right down to
efficiency on standardized checks and behavioral grade playing cards.

We must marvel when the rest contributors of AFT and NEA
will sign up for the ones loads of 1000’s of educators who’ve already stopped their enabling of NEA’s
company schooling addiction.

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