Disaster Capitalism Is Coming for Public Education


In an article for Jacobin, Katie Ferrari explores how state and federal legislators are preparing to slash public education budgets and how the school privatization movement is preparing to capitalize on the coronavirus crisis.

"Public education has been under attack for decades, as opponents of teachers’ unions and public goods of all kinds have used everything from charter schools, hard-line negotiating against educators, budget cuts, philanthropic giving by austerity-minded rich people, and more to try to privatize and weaken teachers’ collective power. The state of public education has long been dire. And coronavirus has made things worse.

"While educators are overwhelmed with managing the chaotic transition to distance learning and trying to meet the needs that school buildings once did, states are trying to solve the revenue crisis and lack of federal aid by drastically cutting funding for public education. If states reduce education spending by the 15 percent projected by the Learning Policy Institute’s Michael Griffith, the country could lose 319,000 teaching positions. That’s counselors, nurses, reading intervention specialists, special education aides, speech therapists, basketball coaches, general education, art and music teachers, and more."

Read the full article: https://jacobinmag.com/2020/05/public-education-schools-covid-coronavirus-charter-teachers

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