I wrote a post about the Mind Trust the other day, having realized that it is part of the faux reform movement intent on privatizing public education in Indiana.
Quite by coincidence, the great education writer Karen Francisco at the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette wrote a piece about the Mind Trust on exactly the same day.
She points out that their modus operandi–right out of the ALEC playbook–is to bypass democracy and local control so as to impose privatization by fiat.
The entering wedge is the rhetoric: “It’s all about the children.” “Do you believe in great teachers?” “We are here to save black children.” “We came to save the children from failing schools.”
Knowing how these reformers work, the next step is to open charters in affluent suburbs, where there are no failing schools, no children to “save,” but then all children need choice, right?
And their empire grows.
Is there a prize for opening the most charter schools? for replacing the most public schools? Where do these people come from?