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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Local School Districts and States Don't Set School Policies...They're Controlled by the White House.

"The ultimate outcome of Obama’s education scheme will actually be economic: a sweeping redistribution of suburban education funding to the cities".

At the link is an article by Stanley Kurtz about how your local and state school boards are useless in the educational direction of the school you support with your local taxes.

Should the White House control what your kids learn?, adapted from "Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, Kurtz not only raises the question of not only SHOULD the White House control what your kids learn, he also explains:
  •  HOW the White House is controlling what your kids learn 
  •  WHO the White House is giving this control to...bypassing your local school board and state while you have the privilege of paying for what the federal government mandates
  •  WHY the White House is controlling what your child learns
The transformation of  locally/state controlled public schools is evolving into centrally/federally controlled schools. The Federal Government is quietly taking over school boards'  authority to set taxation rates, deciding enrollment policies,  standards/assessments and ultimately, curriculum.  

When your legislator or school board member/superintendent pats you on the head and says "don't worry, I LOVE local control", give him/her a copy of Kurtz's article and ask his/her reaction after reading what's really occurring in educational reform. 

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