There were big endorsements for Steve Litzow, Jay Inslee and others who support charter schools. The endorsements came from the charter-schools-loving League of Education Voters, which is funded by Microsoft, Boeing, the Seattle Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and others. Follow the money. Boeing and Microsoft enjoy massive tax breaks and use their money to fund astro-turf groups that buy campaign ads.
The LEV also endorsed Democratic legislators who support charter schools, including Tana Senn and Judy Clibborn.
Follow the money. The scam basically works like this. In exchange for the billions in tax breaks they receive, Gates, Microsoft and Boeing fund campaign ads via innocent-sounding astro-turf groups such as League of Education Voters and Stand for Children. The ads will show attractive, smiling, obedient children sitting in classrooms and listening to the teacher.
Contrary to the statement in the article, Gates, Boeing, and Microsoft are not independent at all. They’re self-interested tools of the 1%, intent on dismantling public education, attacking unions, and blaming teachers for outcomes that are the result of poverty and willful under-funding of education. Republicans and their neo-liberal Democratic allies under-fund government so it doesn’t work well and so that they can justify tax cuts for rich people and privatization of government services.
This is all at the expense of the middle class and the poor, who pay the vast majority of state taxes here in Washington State, due to our regressive tax system.
Despite the $8.7 billion in tax breaks, Boeing still shipped jobs out-of-state. See Tax-subsidized Boeing Co. snubs state again. Boeing profits enormously from government subsidies via its military business. But it still avoids paying taxes.
Heck, Inlee’s major “accomplishments” as Governor are: handing $8.7 billion to Boeing and letting the charter school bill become law.
The charter schools bill, SB 6194, is in violation of the State Constitution; last year the state Supreme Court ruled that charter schools are unconstitutional. The bill steals money from public education at a time when the legislature is in contempt of court for not adequately funding public schools (McCleary decision).
The charter schools bill is also contrary to the state Democratic Party platform which states “We oppose charter schools.”
The following article about Bill Gates and his meddling in education policy helps explain why so many legislators continue to push for charter schools: Charitable Plutocracy: Bill Gates, Washington State and the Nuisance of Democracy.
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For a related article see These Dems voted to undermine public schools, contravene the Constitution, and aid Republicans.