Profiting off our children
April 9, 2012
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, "Six more virtual school providers have been approved by the Virginia Department of Education to contract with public school divisions. They join the 13 multi-division online providers approved in June."
Progressive Point: Ensuring our kids receive a quality education is an investment in Virginia's economic future. But now Bob McDonnell wants to hand that responsibility off to companies looking to make a buck off our children. New legislation requires Virginia high school students to complete at least one virtual course in order to graduate, despite evidence that students in virtual classrooms don't perform as well as students in public schools. Companies behind the push to profit off of kids, like K12 Inc., contribute thousands to Bob McDonnell and rely on corporate front groups like ALEC to push legislation written on their behalf.
Helping our children succeed in a 21st century economy should be the driving force behind public education decisions, not helping a few campaign donors make a buck. Our children deserve access to a quality education that puts their needs first.
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