Senator Donnelly, where do you stand on school privatization? Bringing Cory Booker to Indiana is a slap in the face to your constituents who care about public schools.
After the bruising nomination of wealthy school privatization advocate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, why feature Cory Booker at a fundraiser in Monroe County, Indiana?
Like Betsy DeVos, Cory Booker is a “school choice” proponent.
So-called “school choice” policies are hurting Indiana’s public schools.
Taxpayer funds for education are being diverted to private, religious schools. Since 2011, $520 million in state funds has funded private education in Indiana through the voucher program. Private schools in Indiana are overwhelmingly religious. Even when they receive public money, private schools
Charters schools have also received large increases in funding. Charters are not accountable to the public through democratically elected school boards. Many charters are run by for-profit entities.
Between 2009 and 2015, brick-and-mortar charter funding expanded by $539 million. Virtual (online) charter funding expanded from zero to $248 million. Public school funding fell by over $3 billion and, adjusted for inflation, has not returned to 2009 levels.
Senator Donnelly, "school choice" is a clever name for policies that subject what should be a human right--public education--to the private, commercial pressures of a market. We call on you to support our public schools, which have a mission and responsibility to serve all children.