State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger got some media attention yesterday for his new education “reform” plan. Though it may have a good idea or two, the plan appears, as is usually the case with the right-wing establishment, to be mostly about using more threats of sanction in an attempt to extract better results out of teachers and students. Once again, conservatives are sending the message that the problem with schools is that people are lazy and not trying hard enough.
In case, however, you have any doubts that the proposal is ultimately driven mostly by far right political objectives, check out this part of the plan that didn’t get much attention in the mainstream media reports: The final item in the proposed legislation (beginning on page 38) would eliminate public financing for the candidates seeking the office of state Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Got that? Berger’s plan is to “reform” public education by making sure that we can go back to having a system in which money bags like Art Pope (and maybe even for-profit corporations like the scammers at K12 Inc.) can buy the office for their chosen candidate.