Education historian Diane Ravitch weighs in on her blog this week about the latest educational reform efforts proposed in North Carolina, and she doesn’t hold back.
Read this parent newsletter. It is sad. It is outrageous.
North Carolina is near the bottom of the national barrel in funding its public schools. Teacher salaries are near the bottom nationally. Legislators want charter schools, tax credits, vouchers for special education, vouchers for all.
Why the passion to eliminate the engine of social mobility and economic progress? Why the mad dash back to the past? This won’t be good for education or excellence or equity.
Will Secretary Duncan or President Obama hurry to North Carolina and urge the legislators to stop their assault on public education? The time is now. There is a fierce urgency to now.’
Ravitch issued similar warnings when she spoke at NC Policy Watch’s Crucial Conversation in March.