Diane Ravitch posted the following commentary on New York Governor Cuomo on her blog: http://dianeravitch.net/2014/10/28/cuomo-promises-more-charter-schools-tougher-teacher-evaluations-after-election/. Her posting references a New York Daily News article entitled “Cuomo will push new teacher evaluations, vows to bust school ‘monopoly’ if re-elected” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cuomo-vows-bust-school-monopoly-re-elected-article-1.1989478. This is a clarion call to all public school supporters. I, for one, appreciate Cuomo’s open declaration about where he stands on public schools, teachers, local school boards, and children in the state of New York. He is touting the “company line” — or, rather, the “corporate line” — when it comes to education policy.
Right out of the Milton Friedman Friedmanonics free market playbook, Cuomo declares that public education is a monopoly!
Clearly, a vote for Cuomo for governor is a vote against public schools and a vote for corporate education reformers who envision RTTT as a way to make a lot of money in the education arena. This is hard for me to write. I am a Democrat. However, I can never vote for someone who is promoting teacher hate and a disdain for locally controlled public schools. It’s time to reclaim our public schools America!