Our students and their families deserve public schools where counselors, nurses, speech and hearing pathologists, reading specialists, special education instructors, and ESL experts are readily available to help them thrive. In our times, we have the ability and the moral responsibility to create the best education in the world for our students. THAT is how we create a strong Arizona.
Picketing with Tucson’s #REDforED teachers.
I answer your questions:
Not a nickel of taxpayer money should ever go to private or for-profit schools. Ever.
When greedy corporations and fake non-profit companies rake off profits from our taxes instead of spending every penny on improving educational outcomes for our students, that is immoral. Cloaking those parasitic, self-serving companies with a veneer of respectability by calling them charters is deceptive.
Turning our public services over to for-profit companies is how to make greedy people richer while corroding our efforts to educate. Good schools serve the students first. Corporations serve their investors and shareholders first. Good public schools are accountable to the community. Corporations are accountable only to shareholders. To pretend otherwise is deliberately wrong and deceptive. For-profit and privatized schools create apartheid and the return of segregation: one school for the rich, and another for the rest of us. Guess which schools are better? I won’t stand for that, and neither should you.
We have the money to invest in our public schools, but our Governor and his privatizing majority and donors are looting our treasury.