Saturday, April 30, 2016

Connecting the dots: Arizona's war on public education

Laurie Roberts sees the connections between Koch funds and the so-called "economic freedom schools" and Prop 123.

I do love dots…especially when they begin to connect up and give us a clearer picture of what is going on in Arizona.

Take the plan by one of our mystery leaders to give $5 million annually in public funding to three “economic freedom schools” at Arizona State University and University of Arizona.

... DOT ... Now comes a plan to spend $5 million a year on these three Arizona think tanks started by the Kochs.

Nobody knows who put the $5 million into the budget. But the Arizona Free Enterprise Club – one of the Koch-connected dark-money groups that supported Ducey in 2014 -- is lobbying to make sure it stays in the budget.

... DOT ...Meanwhile, William Boyes, the founding director of the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty -- one of the three think tanks that'll now be publicly funded -- has called for eliminating public schools.

You really should want to know more about Boyes and the history of the move to eliminate public schools. So here it is from Donna Gratehouse at Blog for Arizona. Consider it required reading!

Boyes really is a piece of work. Check out this video. (Thanks for the link, Donna!) If you are short on time, go to the 8:30 mark to hear Boyes' road map for the destruction, the total privatization, of public education. Imagine the very worst aspects of Ayn Rand and the John Birch Society and Grover Norquist. Munge it all up and you get Boyes. Privatize public ed and there will be no more need for property taxes. (Hootin' and hollerin' from the audience.)

Seriously, there is a fundamental logical problem with what Boyes touts. He uses the computer industry, and particularly the miniaturization of desktop machines, to extol the virtues of the free market. He argues that the same free market principles should be applied to education. But the contradiction is this: the very educational system Boyes wants to destroy was responsible for the scientists and engineers who were responsible for the great transition from punch card readers to the the chips powering desktop computing. And Boyes would have us destroy that system.

Watch the video. Know the enemy. And then let's put pressure on the lawbreakers in Phoenix to stop the $5 million grant to public educational institutions for the express purpose of destroying public education.

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