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Privatization of Public Education (02:12)


Charter schools are publicly funded but privately run. Firms are profiting from this movement. Mayor De Blazio of New York City is trying to avoid the wrath of this well-funded movement.

Future of Education (02:02)

Diane Ravitch is a scholar and was once a charter school advocate. Public education is an industry with an annual market of 500 billion dollars.

Federal Money for Education (02:11)

Ravitch discusses how for profit charter schools are driving legislation. Billionaire John Arnold is pushing to change Dallas to a chartered district.

Competition in Education (02:50)

Charter schools were intended to support public schools but have become competitors.

Virtual Charter Schools (02:23)

Many non-profit charter schools are run by for profit companies. receives state funding for online education.

Attack on Democracy (02:50)

Ravitch comments on a speech made by Reed Hasting, the CEO of Netflix. Charter schools are private corporations with government contracts.

American Legislative Exchange Counsel (03:14)

Ravitch comments on ALEC, an organization that has an interest in eliminating public education. She is surprised by the lack of leadership in the Democratic Party.

Grass Roots Effort (02:31)

Ravitch is motivated to rally against the status quo in education as well as the charter school movement.

"Why We Will Win" (02:43)

Ravitch founded the Network for Public Education. She comments on the battle against teachers and explains why charter schools will not win.

Additional Resources (00:57)

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Credits: Moyers & Company: Public Schools for Sale? (01:28)

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Education historian Diane Ravitch says the privatization of public education has to stop. As assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, she was an advocate of school choice and charter schools; under George W. Bush, she supported the No Child Left Behind initiative. But after careful investigation, she changed her mind, and has become, according to Salon, “the nation’s highest profile opponent” of charter-based education. On this week’s Moyers & Company, she tells Bill Moyers, ”I think what’s at stake is the future of American public education. I believe it is one of the foundation stones of our democracy: So an attack on public education is an attack on democracy.” (26 minutes)

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL57694

ISBN: 978-0-81609-588-9

Copyright date: ©2014

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