A local school board in Florida rejected the application of a for-profit charter operator.
The board said they had had a bad experience with the last charter school, which closed for low performance.
They also knew that this applicant had some problems, financially and academically.
When the Metro Nashville school board rejected the Great Hearts charter because of its inadequate plans to serve the diverse students of the city, the TFA state commissioner went berserk and withheld $3.4 million in state aid from the district.
Corporate reformers hate local school boards because they can’t control them.
In the last election, they spent millions to try to buy seats on some local boards but there are so many of them. They bought the Indianapolis school board; they previously bought the Denver board. But they suffered setbacks in Austin, Santa Clara County (where they spent $250,000 to defeat Anna Song, yet she won in a landslide, spending only $6,000).
Independent thinking drives corporate reformers crazy.
They want a free market in schooling.
They want charters to open wherever and whenever they want.
They say, “Let the consumer sort them out. If parents choose a bad charter, it’s their choice.”
That is why the Georgia referendum created a commission that will be stacked with privatization advocates.
That is why ALEC has model legislation to enable state commissions to overturn local decisions.
You see, the people closest to the public schools cannot be trusted by corporate reformers to do what they want. They might oppose privatization, and reformers value privatization more than local control.
Only governors, mayors and state superintendents know what is best to reform schools.
Only Wall Street hedge fund managers know what is best to reform schools they never attended, schools they would not send their own children to.
The farther removed the corporate reformers are from the community, it seems, the more they think themselves suited to make decisions for its children.
Even allies of the Obama administration think that local school boards are an obstacle to reform and want to see them disappear.
And that is why local school boards are targeted for destruction by corporate reformers.