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Notes on the SAB Failure and the Latest Plan to "Improve" the St. Louis Public School System
April 3, 2014
Outside vendors, no! But wait, what else is going on?
As one of the (now disempowered) elected board members said at Saturday's forum, paraphrasing: 'Why is our district run by a real-estate salesman and why isn't he here?" Well, who is the SAB?
Despite the fact that opponents of democracy argue that elected boards only have personal agendas (an allegation), it might be equally hypothesized that the structure of the SAB is one giant conflict of interest (as yet to be fully explored). However, this is broader than issues of individual qualifications or characteristics, and I make no judgement of individuals. Beyond these individuals, it is very hard to understand who precisely has the power to shape decisions of the SAB. What is clear is that it is not the public.
|Rigor as quality or 'bondage'? "Achievement has been flat" |
|From St Louis Post-Dispatch, April 3, 2014. |
Certainly don't want to change society?
|"rigor and bondage" and "they made their lives bitter"|
- a metaphor for the corporate plan?
(as per a speaker at the public forum)
Note: pro-charter advocates will say that charters are public schools. (This is currently under debate in NY, where when it favors them, charters argue that they are not public, and change the argument when it suits them otherwise). In any event, charters are a form of outsourcing, and outsourcing is a form of privatization of public goods, public control, and public accountability. Whether or not some charters are successful is irrelevant to understanding this deeper political process that is underway. I would wager that none of the children of the suit and tie wearing class at the breakfast at Central Library would consider enrolling their children in any of these KIPP schools.