Remember when I wrote about for-profit colleges, student loans, and how they're sucking the life out of the federal student loan program and how the graduation rate is abysmal despite the fact that they cost nearly five times what public universities cost?
If you don't understand my objection to the school privatization movement affectionately referred to by some as the "education deform" movement, go back and read that first paragraph again, because whether it is K-12 or college, it's obscene.
If you still don't think it's obscene, consider this. There is a conference happening in Las Vegas in June to bring together the deformers faithful and the profiteers who stand to become brand-spanking new billionaires as our public education system is slowly whittled away into nothing. And guess who the keynote speakers are?
George W. Bush and Michelle Rhee. The Bush keynote is being sponsored by Pearson, that wonderful testing and textbook company whose non-profit foundation is being investigated by the New York Attorney General for trying to influence public officials with trips and other perks. Bush and Co are, of course, one of the few standing in line waiting to reap the harvest of privatization goodies alongside brother Jeb, who is riding the privatization bandwagon in every state he can.
And of course, there is Michelle Rhee, the poseur who claims to be a "reformer" while she cuddles in bed with the righties like Betsy DeVos, ALEC, and now Dubya. Here's the company they'll keep, courtesy of Republic Report: