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In 2010, the Tea Party and assorted rightwing zealots took control of the North Carolina General Assembly. They gerrymandered districts to assure their continued domination. They passed legislation for charters, vouchers, and cyber charters. They approved for-profit schools. They damaged every functioning part of the government.
Recently, they passed a mandate to reduce class sizes in the early grades but did not increase funding. Educators warned of massive layoffs, loss of the arts and physical education, and other consequences.Educators fear that the chaos is intended to promote privatization.
On another front, the North Carolina General Assembly decided to replicate Tennessee’s failed Achievement School District. In Tennessee, the ASD took over low-performing schools, turned them over to charter operators, and promised miraculous results. There were no results. It flopped.
North Carolina was impressed nonetheless. Nothing like copying failure. It created an “Innovative School District.” It hired a superintendent,who is paid $150,000 a year. The plan was to take control of five schools and give them to charter operators. However, almost all the schools that were supposed to be placed in the ISD backed out. Only one school is now about to be taken over.
So the one school in the Innovative School District will have a principal, a superintendent, and will be operated by a reform organization.
How do you spell B-O-O-N-D-O-G-G-L-E?