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Charters, vouchers and virtual

To the Editor:

K12 Inc., a virtual charter school corporation, is stalking the public schools in our region, attempting to get its hands on public education money.

The public schools are at the very heart of our democracy. Local school boards are elected by the community, provide informed leadership, and maintain open and honest communication with the public.

When charters, vouchers and virtual schools intrude into this democratic process, the students, parents and taxpayers lose this important local control and communication.

Despite the rhetoric of the school reformers that says their goal is to give choice and provide children a better education, school reform as it is now occurring is simply a code word for the privatization of education.

The privatizers want to take public school money and hand it over to nonpublic schools, out-of-state corporations, businesses, and religious schools, with minimal or no supervision. Their ultimate aim is to replace public schools entirely and to put our children’s education for sale on the free market. The achievement results of charter schools, voucher programs, and virtual schools to date have been dismal.

Companies such as K12 are business people making financial investments in a movement that is not about educating children as much as it is about helping their stockholders reap large profits with taxpayer dollars.

Every school board in this nation ought to be vigorously fighting off these vandals who are attempting to tear away at the foundation of our communities, the public schools.

Rick Johnson

Wonder Lake

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