On Thursday, May 16th Allen Ruff talked with Ruth Conniff, Political Editor of the Progressive magazine, about the offensive against public schools and the push for school privatization. This push, a goal of right-wing ideology, began in Milwaukee with the voucher program, where taxpayer dollars were used to allow kids in public schools to attend mainly Catholic private schools.
This voucher program has now been expanded across the State, and eligibility has been extended to over half of all school-age children. Although it has been heralded as a system which breaks down racial boundaries and expands educational opportunities, Conniff and Ruff questioned the true motivations behind these vouchers. Money, through this program, is redirected into religious and online private schools that don’t have to follow public standards. Additionally, this takes money from public schools, which promotes public school failure and perpetuates the voucher system.
These and more effects were explored during this program.
Read Conniff’s article on this issue.
Listen to the entire show here: