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Koch money pushing for school vouchers

Posted By on Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Just so you'll know what's up:

Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-financed lobby group, is pushing a national school choice week and the opening event will be simulcast in Arkansas, with the devoted gathering tonight at Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's pizza joint in Rogers.

There will be much railing about the nasty unions — though only three of the 200 or so Arkansas districts have negotiating agreements with unions. It's all about "choice" — the focus-group tested phrase by which the Kochs are pushing for school vouchers in the United States.

The Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has cookie-cutter voucher legislation for introduction by compliant legislators. Koch-backed politicians — just check whether Teresa Oelke or her family's Crossland Construction appears in contributor lists — will be at the ready with the voucher legislation at the 2013 legislative session.

What the Kochs won't be devising at ALEC, at Mark Darr's pizza parlor or in the Republican legislative caucus is any meaningful approach to addressing the baseline fact that most school achievement — and failure — is directly related to poverty and the fractured family lives it produces. That might cost money and, well, the Kochs don't like spreading that around, beyond the relative pittance necessary to buy backwater legislators.

The full propaganda sheet (video is about Koch money's effort to resegregate North Carolina school district):

NEWS RELEASE

LITTLE ROCK — While public schools across Arkansas fail to meet national education standards, Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Arkansas is educating the public on the benefits of every family having the freedom to choose the best education option for their children.

As part of National School Choice Week, AFP Foundation-Arkansas is hosting a live simulcast event featuring political commentator Juan Williams to do even more to support the teachers and the schools that are succeeding, and hold those that are failing firmly accountable.

“It’s time to put children first in the education policy debate, not the adults and not the unions,” said Teresa Oelke, AFP Foundation-Arkansas State Director. “Arkansas spends $8,391 to educate each child in the public school system, and yet 81 percent of fourth graders are not proficient in writing and 73 percent are not proficient in reading.” (NAEP 2009)

One of 50 events taking place across the country during the week of January 22-28, the Arkansas school choice event will kick off at 7pm on Sunday, January 22 at Mad Pizza in Rogers, AR. For those unable to attend, the program will be telecasted live on the Internet at schoolchoiceweek.com .

What: National School Choice Simulcast
Who: Americans for Prosperity Foundation-Arkansas
Where: Mad Pizza
2603 W Pleasant Grove Rd.
Rogers, AR
When: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 7:00p.m.
Speakers: Juan Williams
Andrew Breitbart
Hugh Hewitt

Last year, National School Choice Week hosted events in 40 states and the District of Columbia, with the governors of 10 states officially recognizing the week.
National School Choice Week is planned by a diverse and nonpartisan coalition of individuals and organizations with over 180 partner organizations. A complete list of partners can be found here: http://www.schoolchoiceweek.com/who_s_in

For more information on the Denver event, please contact Elizabeth Aymond at eaymond@afphq.org.

For more information on the national initiative, please contact Andrew Campanella at Andrew@schoolchoiceweek.comor visit www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFPF educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFPF is more than 1.8 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states. AFPF has 32 state chapters and affiliates. More than 85,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.americansforprosperityfoundation.com/.

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