Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mitt + Ann Romney vs. Public Schools

Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, had this to say in an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine:

GH: Can you tell me, what campaign issue is closest to your heart? 

AR: I've been a First Lady of the State. I have seen what happens to people's lives if they don't get a proper education. And we know the answers to that. The charter schools have provided the answers. The teachers' unions are preventing those things from happening, from bringing real change to our educational system. We need to throw out the system...

If you are looking for Ann Romney's qualifications for education policy, don't bother.  She has none.

Ann and Mitt Romney are products of private, fancy schmancy, private schools where children like yours would never be admitted.  Ann and Mitt Romney want to turn public education over to their corporate buddies that own charter schools. According to the Romneys, it is all about making profits.

Unfortunately, if Mitt Romney is elected, profit would be more important than learning and educational results. Irregular Times has some details and an example of the failure of charter schools.  Irregular Times:

At the core of Mitt Romney’s plan for education is a concept that he’s had plenty of experience with in the business world: Outsourcing. Mitt Romney wants to reduce federal funding for public school systems, while at the same time draining money out of school districts by promoting the creation of charter schools – redundant schools operated by independent organizations with reduced public accountability....

.....Mitt Romney claims that charter schools will operate with greater efficiency and create greater economic success than public schools, because they are free from many of the government regulations created through democratic community oversight. The schools run by the Shekinah Learning Institute are neither more efficient nor more academically successful, however. Multiple schools operated by the Shekinah Learning Institute have been rated as academically unacceptable

In spite of that failure, the Shekinah Learning Institute’s leaders are paid enormous salaries. Cheryl Washington, the superintendent of two Shekinah schools, is paid a base salary of $252,498.00 per year. That’s in the ballpark of the salary paid to superintendents of large school districts in Texas with between 50,000 and 100,000 students. The two schools that Cheryl Washington operates have only 1,600 students.....

If you are really interested in Mitt Romney's agenda for public education, read the entire article at Irregulartimes.  In Romney's world, the rich get richer, and the middle class and poor suffer with inadequate educational opportunities, lower pay, and higher taxes.  How else can Romney and friends keep the 14% tax rate?

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Firefighters, police, teachers, and public employees have a lot to worry about Mitt Romney.  CrooksandLiars has this clip from the Rachel Maddow Show:


•  The conservative Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed the re-election of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat.

Here is what the newspaper had to say about Sen. Sherrod Brown.-Cincinnati:

...He used his clout in Washington when called on by the region’s employers. He fought for continued funding for the Joint Strike Fighter, a major project of Evendale-based GE Aviation. He convened conferences around the state to help businesses earn government contracts....

...Trade for Brown is a jobs issue, and he sees tougher enforcement of trade rules as a way to create more manufacturing jobs in Ohio. He voted for the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, which allows tariffs to be levied against countries that undervalue their currency, such as China.....

Sherrod Brown has a record of working for Ohio jobs, workers, businesses and consumers, and he should be elected to another term.

Well done! However, the Enquirer endorsed Romney. Boo. Wait. Don't boo-Vote Obama.