Cuccinelli's recycled corporate education proposals have a record of failure
August 14, 2013
The Washington Post reports, "Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II unveiled a 12-point education plan Tuesday that would push for charter schools, offer voucher-like scholarships for preschoolers and empower a majority of parents to take over their children's failing school, according to an outline of his K-12 education plan... The package of reforms contained in Cuccinelli's K-12 education plan include several that have become popular in recent years, especially among conservatives, although the efficacy of some of the initiatives has been disputed."
Progressive Point: Helping our children succeed in an increasingly global economy should be the driving force behind public education decisions, not helping corporations profit off our kids. Virginia's future financial success depends on investment in education and opportunity. Ken Cuccinelli's education plan is copies failed policies pushed by conservative ideologues in other parts of the country that are draining money away from schools and home front investments.
Working families have had enough of passing the buck on education under Bob McDonnell. We've also seen this model conservative legislation before when the secretive corporate front group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) pushed it. Ken Cuccinelli's proposals to continue pushing privatization and virtual schools for profit is just more of the same. Taking authority and money away from localities and public schools, while continuing to ignore teachers, only pushes our students further in the wrong direction. Helping our children succeed in an increasingly global economy should be the driving force behind public education decisions, but Ken Cuccinelli's ideological campaign clearly is not.
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