Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York and owner of a billion dollar media empire had contributed $800,000 this month alone to Louisiana elections. California Billionaire Eli Broad has contributed $250,00 and the Walton family heirs have contributed over $850,000!
If you vote for the highly financed candidates owned by these billionaires, this Saturday, you are signing over our public education system. Our children will pay the price.
Let me put it more bluntly. If you are a public school educator, and if you and your relatives and friends vote for those candidates for BESE with the slick TV ads talking about letter grades for schools and pay raises for the "good" teachers, here's what you can really expect if they get elected: More crazy merit pay schemes based on student test scores, further elimination of step increases for years of experience, attacks on the teacher retirement system as an unnecessary burden on the taxpayers, and more and more charter and voucher schools that will employ anyone with a college degree as a teacher because all children will need to prepare them for college are test rehearsers who get no retirement benefits. But there will be no restrictions on how much the managers of these "choice" schools can be paid for their services with our tax dollars. This is where education is headed.
Why Louisiana? What do they expect to accomplish here? Is Louisiana going to become some kind of demonstration project for the most extreme education reforms in the history of our nation?
Someday historians will write books about this unbelievable experiment in education and social engineering!