The Koch Brothers political aspirations are certainly national, but they have taken a page from the Ralph Reed playbook and have made moves to influence local school board elections, including those in Raleigh, North Carolina. There the Koch Brothers funded Americans for Prosperity allied with local advocacy groups to build a new majority on the school board in an attempt to re-segregate the Raleigh school district.
The school district had, through busing for diversity programs, made the Raleigh district a successful blend of students of all backgrounds and experiences.
In response to that success the Koch Brothers started funding school board candidates who pledged to end “forced busing” and who sought to enact a “neighborhood schools” agenda, despite the fact that the schools were already very successful. The talking points reached back to a darker day for the South when Jim Crow sympathizers promised to keep southern schools segregated always.
Thankfully there’s a push back against these nefarious campaigns, including a new video demanding the Koch Brothers stop their attack on public education.
Segregated public schools are among the most destructive social ills in our history, and if the Koch Brothers have their way, they’ll become commonplace again.
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