Representative Tim Kelly and Senator Ken Horn are working together on a bill to punish public school boards if they refuse to sell out to private, for profit schools.
At first glance one might think this is a necessary law. The schools are suffering from debt throughout the state and selling unused buildings will alleviate some, if not all that debt.
But this is leading to a for profit school system in this state. You may say, what’s wrong with that?
Well, let’s compare this with another system that has been privatized in the not too distant past.
Take a look at the cost of health care in America today. Outrageous don’t you think?
What happened? Here is what happened.
In 1973, Nixon did a personal favor for his friend and campaign financier, Edgar Kaiser, then president and chairman of Kaiser-Permanente. Nixon signed into law, the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973, in which medical insurance agencies, hospitals, clinics and even doctors, could begin functioning as for-profit business entities instead of the service organizations they were intended to be.
The Chamber of Commerce and other right wing groups will pound it into the masses that competition will drive down prices and make the services more affordable for all. While in fact just the opposite has taken place.
Healthcare costs have reached levels beyond extreme in the 40 some years since going private.
We can expect the same for education expenses my friends. A day when only the wealthy few will be able to afford sending their children to K-12 schools is not far off.
Beware my friends, beware. Greed is only good for Wall Street.
Add to this the chart below depicting income levels compared to productivity for the past 50 years and you can see the danger of following the for profit goals of the few and the mighty.