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    NAACP's Call for Charter School Moratorium Invites Corporate Criticism

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/17/naacps-call-charter-school-moratorium-invites-corporate-criticism

    Before and after the vote, major American newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal came out against the resolution—as did a slew of corporate education reform organizations.

    The Times called the NAACP “misguided” for its stance, while the Post urged the group to “do its homework” and the Journal said voting yes would be “a sellout of the NAACP’s founding principles.”

    But such criticism suggests the newspapers themselves are “misguided and uninformed about what the charter school industry is doing to America’s public schools,” Steven Rosenfeld wrote for AlterNet.

    Media outlets’ “attempt to influence the NAACP board’s vote this weekend reveals that they don’t understand or care to understand how the industry is dominated by corporate franchises with interstate ambitions to privatize K-12 schools.”

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  • ThatGuy888 (166 posts)
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    1. The Clinton wing of the Democratic Party is not going to like this. n/t

  • LWolf (91 posts)
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    2. This:

    What do the drafters of the NAACP resolution understand that these editorial boards do not? They know that the charter industry was the creation of some of the wealthiest billionaires in America, from the Walton family heirs of the Walmart fortune, to Microsoft’s Bill Gates, to Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg, Reed Hastings, Mark Zuckerberg, and others, including hedge fund investors. These billionaires have pumped billions into creating a new privatized school system where those running schools can profit and evade government oversight. These very rich Americans aren’t trying to fix traditional public schools, but create a parallel, privately run system that’s operating in a separate and unequal world inside local school districts.

  • Jefferson23 (2343 posts)
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    3. Misguided? They're complcit. n/t