Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Letters

November 2, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 2, 2012

Kokomo — Superintendent is outsourcing our kids

There is an education time bomb ticking in Indiana, and Tony Bennett wants to blame teachers. He should be looking in the mirror.

We are about to lose local control of our schools to the corporate, for-profit, privatization movement. State School Superintendent Bennett is selling off inner-city schools to private, profit-motive companies and charter schools. Studies show that these schools either fail or do no better than public schools, even though they are often given more money, more staff and more resources, and they drain money away from public schools. This year Fort Wayne Public Schools lost $2.6 million to private sector schools.

Why is Bennett doing this? Follow the money. Check out the big donors to his campaign, big corporations and testing services that stand to make a profit from privatizing schools. If Bennett wins re-election, they profit. Is this good for Indiana kids? We would like to ask Tony, but he is elusive, failing to show up four times in my town for a public forum.

How is he setting up schools to “fail”? By spending millions on testing programs (see his donors) that don’t begin to assess all that schools really do. He repeats the dubious message that schools are “failing,” ignoring schools’ many successes (the graduation rate in the 1950s was 50 percent; now it is 85 percent and climbing).

Reports around the state say teacher morale is at an all-time low, stress is high, and good people are leaving the profession. Think what will happen when Bennett releases his grading system (probably after the election) publicly labeling schools F, D, C, B, or A, all based on scores on a written test. Let’s guess how that will come out. Indianapolis Public Schools will largely “fail.” Affluent Carmel will be “A+”, and Bennett will reward them with his “merit” pay plan. IPS will be turned over to the profiteers who will do no better and maybe worse, and some of the hardest working teachers in the profession will be publicly humiliated.

What is the elephant in the room? Bennett and his friends don’t want to admit what studies have shown: that the No. 1 predictor of lower functioning schools is their level of poverty. This is obvious to any teacher who has taught in the inner city. Having visited over 130 schools in Indiana, I have great respect for these teachers. No one works harder under adverse conditions than they do.

Through the foresight of our founders, public education was established as a pillar of our democracy. Our public schools do not select their clientele, nor do they reject them. They accept everyone, whether rich, poor, non-English speaking, homeless, disabled, disadvantaged, apathetic, parentless, or those without clout or hope. We should be supporting this diversity and those hardy teachers who face these challenges every day. Why let charter schools feed at the public trough while siphoning off resources from the students who need them most?

We have to stop Tony Bennett from outsourcing our kids.

Dale Glenn, Ed.D., Bloomington

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • LETTERS: State water supply an economic issue State water supply an economic issueIt takes a lot of water to build and grow things, and in Indiana, that’s what we do. It’s why the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation commissioned a new study on water resources (www.indianachamber.com/water). W

    August 14, 2014

  • LETTERS: 'Fundamental' facts on zoning approval 'Fundamental' facts on zoning approval As a member of the 2012 Tipton County Plan Commission and Tipton County Board of Commissioners, I was involved in the commitments associated with the Functional Devices re-zone from Commercial to Light Industria

    August 11, 2014

  • LETTERS: Where decisions are made willy-nilly Where decisions are made ‘willy-nilly’ Citizens of Tipton County should have the reasonable assurance that local laws and ordinances put in place to protect them will not be randomly abandoned. Instead, some find themselves begging the leadership

    August 10, 2014

  • LETTERS: Double standards in Tipton County Double standards in Tipton CountyI attended the Tipton County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals public hearings regarding industrial development adjacent to the Prairie Acres residential subdivision. Numerous citizens made presentations of

    August 7, 2014

  • LETTERS: Assistance wait lists bedevil employed Assistance wait lists bedevil employedI would like to bring attention to the issues of single-income families. I am about to lose my baby sitter. I was given a generous notice of two months. I signed up for child care vouchers and Early Head Start. B

    August 6, 2014

  • LETTERS: Leaders aren't using comprehensive plan Leaders aren’t using comprehensive planI got to watch two of our planning and zoning boards at work recently, and both times in public hearings they favored an outsider who has not lived up to any promised commitment over the testimonies of Tipton Co

    August 5, 2014

  • LETTERS: School, re-establish teacher-led prayer School, re-establish teacher-led prayer "Complaint ends teacher prayer," headlined the small article. Teachers were having prayer before school-sponsored events, someone complained about their child having to hear the prayer, and the Freedom from Rel

    August 4, 2014

  • LETTERS: A tale of two BZAs in Tipton County A tale of two BZAs in Tipton CountyIt was reported recently the City of Tipton Board of Zoning Appeals heard a variance request for a garage to be rebuilt on an existing concrete pad after the structure burned in May. The owner had to comply with the

    August 3, 2014

  • LETTERS: Concert Series 'beautiful musical experience' Store employees should split prizeSeveral weeks ago, a winning lottery ticket was purchased at one of our larger grocery stores. What I’d like to know is why the upper-management get a large cash prize (which they don’t need) while the employees of t

    August 1, 2014

  • LETTERS: Marriage culture in area must change Marriage culture in area must change Last week's article on the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Kids Count report caught my eye. While I'm happy that Indiana is improving in the educational domain, the poverty statistics are saddening. I was just s

    July 31, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream Raw: Woman Escorted From Ferguson Protests California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Holder Hopes to Bring Calm to Ferguson US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller