Saturday, February 19, 2022

The Fight For School Choice - A Battle That Must Be Fought

The United States spends more on public education than any other nation in the world; yet half the kids in our country cannot read or do math at grade level.  This problem is particularly acute in our inner cities where kids are way below grade level in all subjects.  This is the case because most school districts are controlled by Socialist Fascists ( AKA Democrats ) owned lock, stock and barrel by teacher unions that oppose all reforms needed to improve the quality of education in our country.  We also just saw teacher union money in action when the Governor of Utah, a Republican who received $75,000 in teacher union donations vetoed a School Choice Bill enacted by the Republican legislature.  Whose bread they eat, whose song they sing regardless of political party.  Hopefully, Republicans in Utah will remove this Governor from office for his actions and betrayal.   

I experienced the malevolent hand of the teacher union years ago when I taught junior, senior and adult school in inner city Los Angeles.  I was prohibited by the teacher union from submitting more stringent objectives related to my personal evaluation because I was told that the union did not want teachers held to higher performance standards.  Teacher unions are far more powerful today than then.  Teacher unions do not represent the interests of students, parents are taxpayers.  They are only in business to represent the interests of their members to get them higher pay and pensions for doing less work without any accountability.  

And, that would be fine if public school district Board Members and Administrators acted as management to represent the interest of students, parents and taxpayers; but that is not happening.  Reno, Nevada where we live is a prime example.  We have a Woke majority on the Washoe County School Board, led be a Socialist Fascist woman and district administrators owned by the teacher's union that refuse to put a plan in place to improve dismal reading and math scores and the district's horrible Great Schools Ratings.  Instead, they keep pushing Critical Race Theory Marxist, racist, revisionist fake history and the LGBTQIA agenda, which a majority in the community opposes.  The little Gestapa School Board President attempts to curtail free speech during school board meetings.  As such, there is a huge movement to remove these School Board Members from office in 2022 so their day of reckoning is coming.  The current incompetent Superintendent is retiring; but there is little hope that the next one will be any better given the rigged selection process that is in place.  

Nevada ranks 49th in the country related to academic achievement and other factors because both the Washoe County School Board covering Reno and the Clark County School Board covering Las Vegas, the two largest districts in the state refuse to adopt reforms to improve academic achievement in Nevada because of teacher union objections.  It is just plain criminal malpractice and child abuse.  The fact is that the majority of schools in Nevada STINK.  But, this is not unusual.  The same can be said in many other public school districts in our country that are irreparably broken as long as Socialist Fascists and teacher unions are in charge.  

As a result, it has never been more important to fight the battles for School Choice.  The money should follow the child rather than automatically going to public schools that are failing our nation and millions of children.  Poor and middle class parents in particular that can't afford private schools, need the same option to escape failing public schools as the rich.  Since Public School Boards refuse to enact reforms needed to actually improve academic achievement, we must have School Choice so parents can get their kids out of lousy public schools.  

This is the civil rights issue of our era.  All kids have a right to a quality education.  The numbers in states like Nevada and there are many others tell the story.  The lack of metrics and accountability, focus on actually educating rather than indoctrinating, merit pay, the ability to FIRE bad teachers and administrators make it impossible to improve public education.  For these reasons and so many others parents must have the right to School Choice to get their kids out of failing public schools.  This battle must be fought.  It is both a civil rights and national security issue.  

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