Monday, April 25, 2016

Roberts: Arizona Legislature to give millions to a guy who wants to eliminate public schools?

Since the days of Governor Fife Symington Arizona has been on the path to do away with public education. 1. Arizona Republicans have cut over 1 billion dollars inpublic education funding since 2009. be
The Arizona Legislature
What’s more shocking than our leaders earmarking millions of dollars for “economic freedom schools” while universities have endured the nation’s deepest cuts?
How about earmarking millions of dollars to an “economic freedom school” headed by a guy who wants to eliminate public schools?
I wrote earlier this week about the mysterious $5 million inserted into next year’s proposed state budget for universities. The money is designated specifically for “economic freedom schools”.
One of the three schools that would get the dough: ASU’s Center for the Study of Economic Liberty. The school opened just after Gov. Doug Ducey’s election in 2014, with private funding, including a $3.5 million grant from the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation.
Just coincidentally, I’m sure, the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty has endorsed Ducey’s Proposition 123, to pay part of the state’s K-12 school tab out of the state land trust.
Turns out William Boyes, founder and director of the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, supports the elimination of public schools. In November, Boyes spoke at a conference sponsored by the Mises Institute, about the need for centers such as his to push for a more free market approach in universities.
“We have to change education from K-12 to universities to be more open to … a free market approach,” he said. “We don’t see that at those levels. I think the centers, if they can create departments and programs, can create free market economic thinkers and the more we put out there, the more impact it’ll have in the long run.

“I also think that if we can do the same thing in K through 12, get rid of public education, create private education as a replacement and have a market for education, then I think we really have an impact.” Read More  HERE