Who Controls Education Policy? The Power of the One Percent versus The Power of Educators

First the privatizers and profiteers came for the school bus drivers, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a bus driver.

Then they came for the school cooks, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a school cook.

Then they came for the custodians and maintenance workers, and I did not speak out—
Because I was neither a custodian nor a maintenance worker.

Then they came for me and the teachers union—and there was no one left to speak for me.


This blog will take a one-week summer break. Look for a new post on Tuesday, July 31.

For a long time it has been clear that the policy agenda for school privatization is being underwritten by the One Percent, while traditional public schools are the quintessential institution of the 99 Percent. During this spring and summer, we have been reminded of the role of organized teachers for reminding us about the needs of public schools’ powerless constituents—our children.

First we watched the teachers’ walkouts all this spring across far-right, tax-slashing states which have been starving their public education budgets.  Then in June, the U.S. Supreme Court decided against teachers unions in the case of Janus v. AFSCME , a decision that will threaten the viability and power of public sector unions to advocate on behalf of the public institutions staffed by the members of these unions.  The Janus decision will…

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