North Carolina's legislators are set to vote on a historic budget this week that would have the state take a giant step toward further privatization of education, end teacher tenure and compensate victims of the government eugenics program.
ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council and like groups) are alive and well in North Carolina and right on track to add North Carolina's education dollars to their for-profit portfolio. The billions spent across the nation for education are best placed in their pockets. So State by State ALEC intends to harvest those dollars. ALEC “Exchanges” well paid political campaigns, great K-street jobs, university appointments, regulatory appointments through corporate revolving doors, and through their members that already hold elected offices as representatives in state and later, national houses of the congress, in exchange for private ownership of once common held properties, such as neighborhood schools in this case and deregulation of their industrie's interest in many other areas.. They already have their for-profit school business models in the works and designed to be paid for with our tax dollars right down to the first brick of the schoolhouse. How would you like a business start up plan like that for your private business?
You have to then BUY education from them because THEY will own it. It took all of society centuries to create knowledge that is now on the market for sell for private ownership, They will be shipping in teacher from another planet I guess as the ones trained on earth are the same teachers that work in public schools. Do you know who will be in the classroom teaching the actual kids? Not the Owners of the education business, that’s for sure ...but their teacher hired hands that make no mistake about it are “theirs” to hire and fire...They work for the owners and the owners will no longer be the communities they teach and our usually part of...Think about that. When the community fails to fill the owners pockets with a profitable reward they will sale the school because that is not the way for-profit business works. When you work at McDonalds they tell you that you are costumer service...but don't let that any one customer take up too much of your time all at once or you will be fired if you do it too often, even if all it stops is wiping an already clean counter to look busy. Public schools fail students and communities and sometimes students and communities fail public schools…. but public schools never just quit or sale their students to the best offer…but I guess state school reformers do.
Politicians that put forth, push, and work for ALEC’s agenda need to be required to wear Nascar style jackets showing clearly all the ALEC corporate members that sponsored their campaigns so citizens will not mistakenly think ALEC sponsored politicians were put in a race and voted in to represent them as citizens.
I think 5 day paid vacation during the school days sounds interesting as teachers now receive only two personal days in most schools that are allowed to deal with personal issues other than illness. Teachers do not get paid for Christmas break, spring break, or summer break. They are paid for the days that school is in session only. Most schools now spread that pay over evenly over 12 months. Perhaps those that feel jealous should consult the boss about equal arrangements without pay. Many bosses might not mind working mostly full time employees in that manner. This would let them off the hook for paid vacations and only leave paid sick leave as an expense. A month or two without those employees and not having to pay them for that month or two could work for many work places during slow periods. Teachers often use that time to attend courses they are required to take to hold their jobs and usually required to pay for in their unpaid “vacation” time.
The budget is a disappointment for public school supporters.
“We’re just paddling backward as fast as we can go,” said Yevonne Brannon, a volunteer with the group Public Schools First NC. “This budget reflects a very aggressive campaign to privatize public education and dismantle the teaching profession.”
The budget includes no raises for state employees or teachers, but they will get an extra five days of vacation.
The state ranks low in average teacher salaries, and the budget hurts the profession and recruitment, said Rodney Ellis, president of the N.C. Association of Educators.
“It’s a sad day in North Carolina when educators and districts and our communities are going to suffer behind a budget that certainly had the potential to do far better in public education,” Ellis said.