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Far-Right dingbat Ohio State House Representative Andrew Brenner (R), the husband of Tea Party smear merchant editor Sara Marie Brenner, wrote in a Brenner Brief (run by his wife Sara) column advocating selling off public schools to corporate businesses.

He also attacked Common Core in his rant.

Eric Lach at TPM:

In the post, titled "Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?," Brenner laid out his argument. He noted that the Tea Party, which "will attack Obama-care relentlessly as a socialist system," rarely brings up "the fact that our public education system is already a socialist system[…] and has been a socialist system since the founding of our country." He addressed teachers unions -- "an outgrowth of our socialistic education system" -- which he granted originally improved things "temporarily" before they ultimately "became bureaucratic and they started to take the place of school boards and school management."

"I’m not blaming the teachers unions or the local school boards who are bound to the contracts, because if they don’t they will end up with strikes and an arbitrator will rule against them," Brenner wrote. "These issues all stemmed from the fact that we have a socialist education system in the first place."

Brenner's solution: more privatization.

"In a free market system parents and students are free to go where the product and results are better," he wrote. "Common core and standardized tests under such a system will not be necessary, because the schools that fail will go out of business. Government will not be there to prop them up with more tax dollars and increased regulations. Successful schools will thrive. The free-market system works for cars, furniture, housing, restaurants, and to a lesser degree higher education, so why can’t it work for our primary education system?"

Rebecca Klein at Huffington Post Politics:
“Bust up the education monopolies and do not settle for the lowest common denominator. Privatize everything and the results will speak for themselves,” wrote Brenner.

The conservative Republican also challenged the reasons behind tea partiers' opposition to the Common Core State Standards, a set of new education benchmarks adopted in more than 40 states, including Ohio, in an effort to make sure students around the country are being held to the same criteria. Some tea party activists fear the Standards are a federal intrusion -– even though the benchmarks were voluntarily adopted by states.

Andrew Brenner and his wife are both surely disgusting cretins who should be voted out of office!

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  •  Socialist Since the Founding of the Country? (4+ / 0-)

    Which means that original intent is --anyone?-- Beuhler??

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:07:30 PM PDT

  •  What better way to create a permanent underclass? (6+ / 0-)

    America, slipping into feudalism in the guise of the "free market" since 1980.

  •  Who paid for the infrastructure? Taxpayers. (1+ / 0-)
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    Who built those buildings, developed those properties, furnished those sites?  Taxpayers.  Who paid for all those public school teacher ongoing career development opportunities?  Taxpayers.  

    And now we're supposed to just turn all that over to private entities?  No.  Fucking.  Way.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 07:46:51 PM PDT

  •  Brain Blight (0+ / 0-)

    The TEA Party is infecting more and more GOP with Brain Blight.

    Obviously, these two were home-schooled with just a KJV bible as a textbook. Either that or maybe they are the product of the first-generation for-profit charter schools.

    I can't help Ohio, but you can be damn sure I am fighting this nonsense here in PA.

    It is sad that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports privatizing schools. Thank you to Julian Vasquez Hillian/Diana Ravitch blog for helping to let people know about their privatization efforts.

    Privatization Gates

    Forget Occam's Razor, try hitting them with Darwin's Hammer!

    by Munynn on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 08:08:28 PM PDT

  •  More proof.. (0+ / 0-)

    that nuts of a feather flock together.  What a sad commentary on our society these two tool boxes are.

  •  The core issue is whether human beings are to be (2+ / 0-)
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    travelerxxx, a2nite

    exploited or served. Our public agencies are set up to serve, but some people don't know how that's done.  Indeed, it's likely they don't know how to do anything useful for anyone, so they set about exploiting their own kind. But, since exploitation is the essence of crime, it's proved useful to pervert justice and perpetrate the exploitation under cover of law.
    The young and the old are perfect targets because their inherent need for services makes them easy to exploit. Predators of all kinds tend not to tangle with the strong. doing it indirectly, behind the veil of money, makes the predation easy to disguise. But, what we're dealing with are symbolic cannibals and parasites, preying on their own kind.
    Human husbandry is another way to categorize the enterprise.

    by hannah on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 02:10:58 AM PDT

  •  Not just Ohio - Texas, too. (2+ / 0-)
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    manyamile, JGibson

    Here in Texas, we have a certain state Sen. Dan Patrick running for lieutenant governor (a post arguably more powerful than of the governor) who is totally committed to the destruction of public education in our state, and its transformation to a corporate cash cow. While Patrick is a complete fascist, he may get blindsided by state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a Latina and Democrat, who he would face in the general election. This is assuming he can win a Republican runoff, which I believe he will win due to his radical, extreme-right-wing Tea Party base.

    Seems the fascists are coming out of the woodwork.

  •  Privatizing Schools (1+ / 0-)
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    Where is the drive to privatize schools coming from?  I don't see any wave from the public for this..If you want parents to hav NO input into what their kids are learning, the costs of schooling, or many other public-interest concerns, then go ahead and privatize!  First you HAVE to be aware that when you privatize, the FIRST thing is that you are doing is paying someone a PROFIT that is NOT a concern in public schools.  A significant amount of money that could otherwise be used for educating the kids will instead go to the pockets of the company that runs the schools.  This will be AT LEAST 15% and will in all likelihood a good bit more.  Secondly, companies are notorious for having their own agendas, and parental concerns will not be the primary drive for them...something that anyone who has attended a school board meeting will realize will not go down well with the parents when they run up against the people who answer to the company and NOT the parents.  THEN there is the almost universal example of schools that have been privatized costing far more than they were originally bugeted at when first set up...with poor results in many cases afar as student performance.  There are more and more scandals coming to light of manipulation and changing of scores in schools that are privatized.
       The current crises in public schools are largely due to lack of funding, as public schools (which were once the PRIDE of communities) and were funded at significant levels, have suffered years of neglect and budget cuts.  Teachers, once highly respected members of society, have been bad-mouthed and neglected due to a small minority of vocal and aggressive retrogressive critics and now command poor salaries and reputations below trash-collectors and ditch-diggers.  Hence schools are in many cases seen as necessary evils in city and county budgets, NOT the pinnacle of the community's goals.  The OTHER main problem is that schools are almost universally funded by real estate taxes on the community they exist in, and therefore schools are unequal in the way they are funded, with well-off communities having MUCH higher rates of spending per student than poorer communities.  This built-in inequality has resulted in an institutional inequality in the resources available for students and is the source on many of the most serious issues schools deal with, be it class size, average book age and condition, salaries for teachers, availability of teaching aids such as computers, conditions of school facilities, availability and quality of school-luch programs, school security and discipline...the list goes on, but NONE of these issues will be satisfactorily addressed by paying the profit margin of a commercial enterprise IN ADDITION to paying for everything else the students and teachers need.

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