AP's Ben Feller: Media Stooge for Privatization
Choices 3 and 4 are the least likely to be chosen because the states cannot take over or handle the load of all the failing schools coming down the line (unless NCLB is dumped next year), and there simply are not enough teacher and administrator replacements to go around when the number of failures begin to cascade. Petrelli, afraid to tell the newspaper reading public what he knows, gives his stooge the number of 10,000 failing schools that he sees on the horizon. That would represent roughly 20% of the 53,000 receiving federal funds.
Massachusetts, however, estimates 74% of its schools failing by 2014, and try these numbers from the press release for The Impact of the Adequate Yearly Progress Requirement of the Schools in the Great Lake Region:
What Petrelli and Finn and the other privatizers at Fordham are worried about is, first, that the general public will realize how mass failure is built into NCLB. Secondly, they are afraid that schools labeled failures for five years will not choose option 1 or 2, which, if they did, would be a dream come true for Whittle and the corporate welfare school scammers. They are most concerned that schools will go for option 5--"any other major restructuring that will fundamentally reform the school."
How do the privatizers, then, make Option 5 the most unattractive from a PR standpoint? They call it a loophole, and then accuse anyone who uses this option trying to skirt the Law:
Yet some see an enormous loophole. Free to choose "any other major restructuring," districts have opted for milder remedies that won't turn schools around, Petrilli said.
Don't be surprised to hear Feller interviewing the Queen of Pain as she comes busting out of her office looking for another loophole to close, all in the name of helping poor children. And look for Feller to be sitting the outer office at ED waiting for Her Loopiness to appear.
NCLB has to be dumped into the Potomac next year, and it will no doubt take civil disobedience to make it happen.
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