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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This Is What Happens When Republicans Try to Destroy Public Education






  Interesting to consider that the pendulum may finally be    
  swinging   against those that want to gut public                           education.           
  
Revealing statement:  "many predicted [Senate races] would be referenda on Barack Obama, not on conservative governance at the state level."

-Angela
 

This Is What Happens When Republicans Try to Destroy Public Education

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A fleet of school buses awaiting children. (Creative Commons)
A month out from the midterm elections, Republican candidates around the country are confronting a shared, and significant, vulnerability: education.
The conservative wave of 2010 allowed Republicans to implement slash-and-burn governance in several states—what Kansas Governor Sam Brownback called a “real live experiment” in tax cuts for corporate interests and cuts to services for everyone else. One of the most devastating casualties was public schools and universities.
Now, several Republicans could fall victim to their own experiment. Conservatives are on the defensive in Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin over their records on education. The issue features prominently not only in local and gubernatorial campaigns but also in Senate races that many predicted would be referenda on Barack Obama, not on conservative governance at the state level.
Sweeping budget cuts have created “a perfect storm that’s put education at front and center at every level of every office,” said Karen White, political director for the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union. “It’s really taken a couple of years for these cuts to reach down to the individual level, but that’s now happened.”

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