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The One Percent SolutionHow Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time$
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Gordon Lafer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703065

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.001.0001

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The Destruction of Public Schooling

The Destruction of Public Schooling

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The One Percent Solution

Gordon Lafer

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how a combination of interests—partisan politics, antiunionism, the drive to eliminate social entitlements, and unprecedented financial interests in privatization—come together around the issue of education reform. In particular, it considers corporate lobbies' proposals to replace public schools with privately run charters. It discusses legislation, backed by corporate lobbies, addressing issues such as cuts in school funding, class size, voucher programs, high-stakes testing, and charter schools. It also explores education reform as public policy, education technology and the replacement of in-person with digital instruction, and teacher training and certification requirements. Finally, it evaluates both the pedagogical evidence underlying corporate-backed legislative agenda and the political and economic interests driving it.

Keywords:   partisan politics, privatization, education reform, corporate lobbies, public schools, school funding, voucher programs, charter schools, digital instruction, teacher training

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