Why privatize education?

Something is wrong with conservatives’ free market argument for privatization of Utah’s public schools as promoted by several Republican legislators and their ally, the corporate lobbyist American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

…ALEC’s devious ways do not compute to this business owner. ALEC is bamboozling Utah state legislators into thinking school privatization is the right thing to do. But is it?

Our nation cannot afford a free market education system. Education of poor children, minority children, and children from large families will suffer. Children left in some form of public education will be neglected. They will fall through the cracks. In the long term our country will be devastated.

A well-educated society — poor to rich, boys and girls, all children — is the best investment our country could ever make.

Instead of privatization, why don’t we look at a successful public school system and employ its standards? Say, Maryland, the best in the country. Yes, it spends more per pupil than Utah; no cost-plus-profit, just cost. If we want results, we need to swallow the hard pill of the means for better education.

No ALEC-type organization should ever be able to place its own special interests over those of American families. No child should be left behind.

To read this fascinating article about how ALEC’s privatization of education in Utah flies in the face of their own corporate logic–complete with facts and figures, please click here