Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Republican plan to eliminate public education

Laurie Roberts exposes a great scam being perpetrated in the state's budget: funding for an ASU center the head of which advocates elimination of public education. That's right. And where might you think the center's funding has come from? Sure - the Koch Brothers.

What’s more shocking than our leaders earmarking millions of dollars for “economic freedom schools” while universities have endured the nation’s deepest cuts?

How about earmarking millions of dollars to an “economic freedom school” headed by a guy who wants to eliminate public schools?

I wrote earlier this week about the mysterious $5 million inserted into next year’s proposed state budget for universities. The money is designated specifically for “economic freedom schools”.

One of the three schools that would get the dough: ASU’s Center for the Study of Economic Liberty. The school opened just after Gov. Doug Ducey’s election in 2014, with private funding, including a $3.5 million grant from the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation.

Just coincidentally, I’m sure, the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty has endorsed Ducey’s Proposition 123, to pay part of the state’s K-12 school tab out of the state land trust.

Read more after the break on how the head of that center advocates the elimination - total destruction from K-12 to universities - of public education.

Turns out William Boyes, founder and director of the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, supports the elimination of public schools. In November, Boyes spoke at a conference sponsored by the Mises Institute, about the need for centers such as his to push for a more free market approach in universities.

“We have to change education from K-12 to universities to be more open to … a free market approach,” he said. “We don’t see that at those levels. I think the centers, if they can create departments and programs, can create free market economic thinkers and the more we put out there, the more impact it’ll have in the long run.

“I also think that if we can do the same thing in K through 12, get rid of public education, create private education as a replacement and have a market for education, then I think we really have an impact.”

ASU even provides a link to the Schools Sucks Project, which has a podcast of Boyes' comments to Mises, entitled The Demise of Government Schools.

As the School Sucks people noted on their podcast page: “It's always exciting when a prominent figure at an enormous public university - the largest public university by enrollment in the U.S - openly calls for the end of public schooling.”

Yeah, totally exciting.

And the perfect candidate for millions in state funding toward his quest, courtesy of a Legislature that has spent years starving the public schools and siphoning more and more public funds to private schools.

Something to think about as you ponder Proposition 123 and our leaders’ commitment to the improvement of Arizona’s public schools.

Or lack thereof.

Do you really think, given the above, that passage of Prop 123 will persuade the Lege to appropriate more money for public education? If Prop 123 does not pass, do you think that the Guv and the Lege will reverse course and appropriate money for education instead of for the tax breaks that Ducey has promised? Prop 123, you see, is a minor skirmish on the way to the elimination of public education. Today Arizona, tomorrow the nation.

I'm headed off to the retchroom.

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