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You know things are bad when…

Conservative leaders announced their “budget deal” yesterday and at least some supporters of public education have been emitting sighs of relief in light of the fact that it includes minor pay raises for teachers and does not include far right proposals to introduce a school voucher/corporate tax credit program or transform all teachers into temporary employees.

Have things really gottern this bad? Talk about your sad commentaries.

The “deal” — a plan that was cooked up by a few people completely behind closed doors — is terrible and ought to be loudly described as such by anyone who cares about our public schools. Among other things, it forces millions of dollars in cuts to K-12, initiates a new program to place crude and inaccurate labels on schools and puts the final nail in the coffin of the highly successful Teaching Fellows program..

Add to this the fact that the people behind it are still clearly committed to their ultra-regressive, privatization agenda and there’s every reason to believe that things will be even worse next year if they are still running the show on Jones Street.

The bottom line: While it’s fine to be relieved that conservative leaders backed down from some of their worst, anti-public education proposals for now, no one should be under the impression that things are trending in a positive direction. The would-be destroyers of public education are committed to their cause for the long run and seem certain to be back for another destructive bite at the apple in 2013, if not sooner.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. david esmay

    June 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    This is what happens when you elect people who cannot govern. The GOP is a declining organization, with a failing leadership, who’s decision making process is derived from inspired knowledge of unquestionable ideology or dogma, rather than empirical data and ordinary human experience. The resulting policies and procedures exaggerate the speed of the decline.
    An organization such as the new GOP goes awry when one elite group, cabal, or institution, (extreme right, evangelicals, or TP), conspires and is able to receive exceptional privilege and power. The decision making process goes haywire as all beneficence is directed to the wealth and welfare of that group, in this case, the wealthy, corporations, private, and religious schools.
    Once the organization and the government no longer functions as intended, in acting upon common interests through a program of justice, economic fairness, and universal opportunity, it ceases, as is evident in the NC general assembly, to be a representative body of the people they were elected to serve.

  2. Jeff S

    June 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    David, unfortunately, a great many residents are perfectly happy with the GOP agenda.

    They have been very effective as keeping these people in line via social policy.

  3. Frank Burns

    June 22, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Many NC residents appreciate having their taxes lowered.