“Corporate education reform” refers to a specific set of policy proposals currently driving education policy at the state and federal level. These proposals include:
- Increased test-based evaluation of students, teachers, and schools of education
- Elimination or weakening of tenure and seniority rights
- An end to pay for experience or advanced degrees
- Closing schools deemed low performing and their replacement by publicly funded, but privately run charters
- Replacing governance by local school boards with various forms of mayoral and state takeover or private management
- Vouchers and tax credit subsidies for private school tuition
- Increases in class size, sometimes tied to the firing of 5-10% of the teaching staff
- Implementation of Common Core standards and something called “college and career readiness” as a standard for high school graduation
Director of the Secondary Education Reform Project, Education Law Center
Corporate Education Reform
Corporate Education Reform
What is School Choice?
School choice allows public education funds to follow students to a public school, private school, charter school, home school, virtual school or any other learning environment parents choose for their kids. Discussions of choice can be confusing because “choice” involves so many different options. However, when discussions of school choice do take place, they typically revolve around the following three main choices: public schools, private schools and charter schools. Let’s take a look at how each of them are funded.
Public schools – public educational institutions and are funded by taxes.
Private schools – funded privately through tuition and charitable donations from current families, alumni, faculty, trustees, past parents, and friends of the school.
Charter schools – operated as private institutions, but still receive public funding.
Types of School Choice
The reality is that “school choice” particularly in the case of vouchers and charters, redirect the flow of taxpayer dollars from public schools, into unaccountable private hands. Let’s take a closer look at vouchers, charter schools and how they impact public education
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How is it connected?
Reforming public education has become a very profitable industry and has more to do with making a profit than it does about educating children.
Corporate Reform Formula
The long-term goal is to privatize education, give complete autonomy to management companies rather than local school boards, and make schools accountable solely for their performance outcome measured, more often than not, by results on standardized tests. It is these same tests that are used to “prove” schools are failing; to scapegoat teachers and kids rather than address the real issues that plague our public schools: inequity and lack of funding.
“That’s the standard technique of privatization…defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.”
(they are not)
Manipulate the cut scores of standardized assessments to “prove” schools are failing
Allow states to take over public schools and close/replace them with charter schools (follow the money)