In my view, a quality public education available to all is fundamental to any democratic civilized society. In the deepest sense, a nation that does not educate its children properly will fail.
And, in that regard, we ARE failing. Today, out of 35 major countries throughout the world, the U.S. ranks 30th in math, 24th in reading, and 19th in science. And, because far too many of our schools are becoming re-segregated, if you are a student of color, the chances are your math, science, and reading scores are even lower.
So why is it that the billionaires of this country get huge tax breaks, but our children get broken chairs, flooded classrooms and inadequate support staff in their schools?
Why is it that our teachers are paid the lowest salaries of any major country on Earth and the top 25 hedge fund managers in this country make more money than the combined salaries of every kindergarten teacher?
Why is it that we allow charter schools to siphon public money out of public schools — often with worse results — simply to enrich Wall Street executives, Silicon Valley CEOs and billionaires like the DeVos family?