An article describing the situation in North Carolina defines the four steps needed to attack and dismantle public education. It is a scenario based on ALEC model legislation, which is now being faithfully implemented in many states.
Step one is to cut the budget of the public schools.
Step two is to divert public school money to privately-managed charter schools.
Step three is to divert more public school money to private and religious schools, either through vouchers or tax credits.
Step four is to declare that the public schools will get better because of competition and to declare them failures when they don’t, due to budget cuts and the exodus of motivated students to the publicly-funded alternatives in steps two and three.
And don’t forget: It’s all about the children!