It is shocking that some Montana legislators want a corporate model for our Montana public school system. Defunding public schools by diverting education funding into a charter corporate model is the pattern across the nation that has left poor and troubled students trying to survive in abandoned and desolate public schools, while those children whose parents have money and can afford better are able attend private and charter schools.
We already have enough elitism in this country. We already have too much disparity of wealth and too big a gap between rich and poor. Now we are going to segregate the children too?
Our public school system is the foundation of our democracy. Montana still has one of the best public school systems in the country!
Where did these big greedy ideas come from? Probably from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nationwide organization set up by international corporations which drafts bills for state legislators to introduce at the state level.
Here is what Montana members of ALEC have in mind for us:
Senate Bill 81 provides tax credits for individuals or corporations who make donations to organizations that make scholarships or grants available to enable students to attend private schools.
House Bill 213 would offer tax credits against tuition and fees to a qualified education facility as long as it is “not a public school.”
House Bill 315 establishes publicly funded charter schools in Montana.
Montanans can and must continue to expect the best growth and change from our public school system. Corporations have one, and only one, objective and that is to make a profit. The education of citizens in a democracy is more significant than that.