Trump's War on Pub­lic Schools

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Many of Amer­ica's pub­lic schools are not the best and some are cer­tainly atro­cious, with some kids be­ing bet­ter off learn­ing on their own. Some are so bad that they should just be closed and some­thing else of­fered. But, many pub­lic schools are good and some are even great.

The pub­lic school model is not flawed. It is just poorly man­aged in some ar­eas and chron­i­cally un­der­funded in most dis­tricts. With a lit­tle more fund­ing, bet­ter man­age­ment and reign­ing in teacher's unions, most pub­lic schools could be im­proved.

Trump's pro­posed bud­get does noth­ing to im­prove pub­lic schools and cru­elly slashes fund­ing for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and es­sen­tial school pro­grams for kids. It heav­ily pro­motes char­ter schools and a right-wing agenda.

The rules for char­ter schools vary from state to state and in some states they can be a good op­tion.

Most states don't al­low char­ter schools to be run for profit, but Michi­gan does, which is where Trump's Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion, Betsy Devos is from.

Devos es­sen­tially bought her po­si­tion from Trump by do­nat­ing mil­lions of dol­lars to his cam­paign and now she is us­ing her power to re­shape Amer­ica's ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem to suit her, whether Amer­i­cans like it or not.

Devos was in­stru­men­tal in the de­vel­op­ment of Michi­gan's for-profit char­ter school sys­tem and has lob­bied ag­gres­sively for pub­lic fund­ing of pri­vate char­ter schools for many years.

Ac­cord­ing to Devos, her pri­mary mo­ti­va­tion for char­ter schools is a means to "ad­vance God's King­dom".

Cur­rently, most states pro­hibit pub­lic fund­ing for re­li­gious char­ter schools. This will likely change un­der DeVos as more fed­eral fund­ing and reg­u­la­tion come into ef­fect.

The Trump and Devos ed­u­ca­tion agenda is not about the ed­u­ca­tional needs of Amer­ica's chil­dren. It is about divert­ing some of the hun­dreds of bil­lions spent on pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion to pri­vate for-profit schools and in­doc­tri­nat­ing chil­dren in a right-wing re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy.

Trump's dis­rup­tion of the bro­ken pub­lic school sys­tem is a good op­por­tu­nity for par­ents and teach­ers to cre­ate some­thing that bet­ter meets chil­dren's needs.

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