Arizona Battle for US Students’ Future: Teachers VS Billionaires

3 years ago



In Arizona, activists hope to redefine US schools after the conservative billionaires’ educational experiment. Recently, the Koch brothers and Donald Trump’s controversial education secretary, Betsy DeVos enacted the nation’s broadest school vouchers law. Teachers and the members of students’ families stent month on the battle against the legislation. What’s going on? Today, the Typical Student team is going to figure it out.


What  Is The Law About?


To make a long story short, DeVos and Koch brothers enacted the nation’s broadest school vouchers law. It’s about the state-funded vouchers that were meant to give students’ families more school choice. Officially, the vouchers that are supposed to increase possibilities can be spent on private or religiously affiliated schools.

Also, don't forget that recently Trump administration rescinded race-based guidelines in college admissions!



What Do the Opponents Say?


However, the opponents of the law don’t think it’s about giving more choices. They think it’ll weaken the system of the public school. What is more, teachers and parents who are fighting against the law realized that it’s going to drain money from Arizona’s underfunded public schools.

It means that the local lawmakers already ignored the public will. They took the side of billionaires who simply want to build some private schools using the money of public schools.


Save Our Schools


It appeared that the opponents of the law need 75,321 signatures to get the referendum. And there were only 6 women! Finally, they created the Save Our Schools group and started collecting signatures.


We can’t fund two different school systems. We can hardly afford one,” said Beth Lewis, a fifth-grade teacher who is president of Save Our Schools.

In the end, there were 111,540 signatures submitted but Koch brothers created Americans for Prosperity group and blocked the referendum.


Americans for Prosperity


Americans for Prosperity’s members say that the Arizona law wasn’t meant to drain money from local public schools. The officials emphasize that the ESA is nearly $4,500. It’s equal to the cost of the tuition in Arizona private schools. They also note that the sum is thousands of dollars less than the average these schools usually spend on a student.


Which side to take? It’s up to you!

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