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No privatization of schools

With the advent of DeVos’ recent affirmation, the concept of charter schools overtaking our public schools brings up the specter of the privatization scheme once again. We will hear the hackneyed, red-herrings about efficiency and waste and that only privatization will make education better.

For starters, you should consider that the sole purpose of any private company is to make money, and that concern outweighs all others. There is absolutely no interest on the part of the people who own and run these companies to actually care about delivering equal or better education as they promise if they can’t make a profit doing it. You will at least pay the same taxes, but they will take their cut of the money and that will be taken from your children in whatever form they see fit, as much as they can get away with.

Like health care, you get less of what you pay for so that someone can line their pockets, a profit off denial of service. Social functions like education, health care and prisons are just that, social functions that only society can and must do to help itself. Profit concerns entirely subvert that.

David Cannon

Spokane


 

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