"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It Really is About Destroying Public Education

Do Americans really support public education? Most do...but there are some who would just like to see the universal, free public education "go away."

The attack on public schools and public school teachers has been relentless over the last few years and it's becoming less and less paranoid sounding to claim that there is an orchestrated plan to destroy public education.

Now, a group which supports the privatization of America's schools has openly admitted that they are working for the eventual destruction of public education in America and its replacement with private schools supported by public funds.

Teri Adams, the head of the Independence Hall Tea Party which operates in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, has said,
Our ultimate goal is to shut down public schools and have private schools only, eventually returning responsibility for payment to parents and private charities.
Adams' group has worked hard to pass voucher bills in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and campaigned for anti-public school candidates.

Think Progress has more...
“It’s refreshing to see a vouchers promoter who is honest about her real intent — to destroy public education,” responded Julia Rubin, a spokeswoman for Save Our Schools, a New Jersey organization that is opposing the voucher push in the state. “Fortunately, most New Jersey residents understand how devastating vouchers would be for our excellent public schools.”

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