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How Massachusetts Became GroundZero for Corporate Education Privatization

Business  (tags: Massachusetts, Republican Governor Bill Weld, Charter Schools, privatization, Education Reform Act 1993, Bain Capital, Horace Mann )

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Education reform is bloodsport in Massachusetts, where public education was birthed and bred by Horace Mann, among others, in the first half of the 19th century, and then born again with the passage of the landmark Education Reform Act of 1993.


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Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 9:45 am
Education Reform Act of 1993 controversial legislation, which introduced testing standards that are still used in Massachusetts today opened up funding for experimental charter schools, passed under Republican Governor (and current Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee) Bill Weld—for whom the Bay State’s current GOP governor, Charlie Baker, served as secretary of administration and finance.


In Massachusetts, as elsewhere, education funding follows the child; when a student leaves a local public school and enrolls in a charter, the local school traditionally loses the money allocated to educating that student.

Since it’s difficult for schools to cut programs proportionally, administrators are often forced to end services entirely when this happens—cutting everything from language and civics classes to music and arts instruction.

The Bay State’s revolving door of pols becoming well-paid charter figures is a slippery thoroughfare, from a former Boston city councilor and mayoral contender who now helps outside contractors take control of troubled schools, to the Republican governor appointing a venture capitalist with no education experience to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 9:50 am

Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick—now an employee of Bain Capital, which owns the early childhood center giant Bright Horizons—signed a controversial compromise with the aggressive reform group Stand For Children in 2012, and routinely called for lifting the cap on charters.


The people pushing for even more privatization, turning the screws, represented a group called Stand for Children (SFC), an Oregon-based education-reform nonprofit and political action committee with leaders who were vocal about breaking teachers unions.

The SFC effort was funded by the foundation arms connected to Bain Capital, among other corporations with potential profit-driven interests in schools.

One of SFC’s chief supporters was the Walton Family Foundation, which contributed more than a million dollars to the operation in 2011 alone.


Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 3:24 pm
Shared news article over social media to spread awareness.

Corporate Capitalist privatization only knows profit, so any educational system will measure on marketability and scope for end profit. . . COMPLETELY at the expense of the children's education.

Animae C (508)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 5:19 pm
A Child Without Proper Education Is Like A bird Without Wings!!
- Tibetan Proverb -

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 3:50 am
The whole point of this is to drive us back into the days when only the rich people's children could afford an education.

First it begins with the taxpayers monies going to pay for children gaining vouchers to go to these private voucher schools. Once established and the public schools are destroyed then there will be ONLY private schools from K-12. At which time they'll start a fee to go, small in the beginning, and then it will rise until fewer and fewer will be able to afford it.

You'll be born into an economic class and there one will remain for life. They don't want children who will be able to compete with their children, they don't want a learned public to understand so will not question and just go along with things, ie stay in your place.

Trish K (29)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 11:32 am
If they would throw out the testing of children and educate them instead, the children and parents would be better off. Drop outs and drug use is staggering. Massachusetts still manages to make top grades in education. I guess they test well.
Hopefully Massachusetts will give up it's very democratic tradition of electing Republican Governors. hissssssssss

Dawnie W (250)
Friday July 8, 2016, 1:53 am
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Birgit W (160)
Friday July 8, 2016, 1:53 pm
What is being done to our education systems (Not only Massachusetts) and to our children is a sin, and I hope our future generation can forgive us.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday July 8, 2016, 6:03 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
I definitely agree that the movement for Charter Schools was a horrible idea. Yes, it has taken much from public schools. But, state legislatures are taking their marching orders from the Koch Bros. State Policy Network and continuing to fund charter schools while starving public schools.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 8, 2016, 6:03 pm
Ironic. They need to try electing more progressive political leaders, as they aren't merely going through the motions for their 1% masters. Also, do what a little town in NH did, back when my little girl was in elementary school. With several students that had special needs and were not going to pass, they asked me if I'd try tutoring them, right in the same room, no privacy. A challenge. Without telling you the whole story, I broke through to each one, then taught each separately, according to their special capacities. Within a month, they all passed with flying colors---and had truly been taught, not merely taught to memorize the correct answers. I did it for free, received thanks from the teacher and principal--and some of the parents. I had no credentials, just intuition and other natural abilities to guide and instruct. I do think that with large classes, more special needs of all kinds, language barriers in many cases, that it asks too much of one teacher to take this on. There should be a 2nd who did what I did, take on the special needs and the difficult children. I am one who doesn't feel that they are being truly educated, in the old-fashioned way. That is proving to be a mistake. Never depend on electronic devices, for instance. I also think that wilderness survival and other common sense techniques arts and crafts ought to be included.

Arild Warud (174)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 3:40 am
Not good for your future generations Sheryl.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 12:33 pm
I love it when you expose these bastards Sheryl!!

Winn A (179)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 3:18 pm
Not good at all. :-(

Iona Kentwell (129)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 10:44 pm
Free, quality education for all citizens is the best thing we can do for all of us. Not just the immediate recipients, but the whole community, country and planet. It is such a vital investment. I cannot fathom how so many don't understand this.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 11:56 pm
Those who cannot or will not understand this, Iona, are blinded by Corporate Capitalism.

Maryann S (112)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 3:24 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.

David M (3)
Monday July 11, 2016, 9:12 pm
Why does that Massachusetts administration hate America? There should *only* be public education.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday July 11, 2016, 11:38 pm
Education, like Healthcare should be Globally accessible by everyone, then paid for by our taxes, also global. There's enough cash floating around the world - whether in the hands of the wealthy or rich or businesses, they just need to stop hoarding it, as if they believe they have the right to.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 4:23 am
David you seem to use the same phrase of why this one or that administration hates America. Education paid by the taxpayer money should always be public, but that is not what is happening today. Taxpayer money is being funneled into "private" schools called charter schools via vouchers that only some children get to have.

There has always been private schools run by churches and otherwise but that was always paid for by the individuals who wanted to go to those private schools. Churches had a few scholarships for those who did not have the means to pay for it.

We must be careful not to close down our public education and have our tax monies go into solely private where we the taxpayer would have no say but only the CEO's and the stockholders. Think about it.
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