I am glad to hear of a student group that has just been formed to fight against corporate privatization of public education. So much so, that I signed on as a supporter. You can do so as well.
They are called
Students United for Public Education
Here is an excerpt from their website:
- Saving and fighting for our public schools. We recognize that public schools are a public good from which we all benefit. Therefore, efforts should be aimed towards improving the quality of education for all students. We recognize that problems exist within our public schools, but we do not believe attacking them with privatization and “turn-arounds” are effective approaches. We believe in working with the schools in order to have the maximum impact on all students and ultimately guarantee quality education for all.
- Working with those being impacted the most by education reform and education policy. We seek to listen to students, teachers, parents, and communities as a whole. We believe the members of each of these communities know better than outsiders what is best for their students.
- Helping communities have an elected school board with student representation on board. The first step in assuring that a community’s voice is heard isto have elected school boards. We also believe that anybody that makes policies for schools should have a student representative to act as a liaison and share the concerns of fellow students.
- Looking at all other factors that are affecting our students.
I wish them great success.