I used to really resist the discourse that suggests teachers are “under attack” and that there is a “war against public education.” But unfortunately, there is one. Journalist Joanne Barkan has documented exactly how this war is being fought in Dissent. Her third piece in this series, on how education “reformers” are using their resources to elect friendly politicians to local and state positions, is another must read:
Ed reformers spend at least a half-billion dollars a year in private money, whereas government expenditures on K-12 schooling are about $525 billion a year.
The piece is just as much about education as it is about how much influence money can have on elections.