Video: Yohuru Williams on Why Poverty is The Real Issue Hurting Public Schools and How Privatization Makes it Worse

Corporate education reformers say they are on a civil right mission but don't address poverty?

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One of the most misguided lines from proponents of charter schools and school choice is they are fullfilling the legacy of the Civil Rights movement.

They say that in the service of seeking to divert taxpayer resources away from traditional K-12 public schools and into privately run charters, which these days is an industry dominated by corporate franchises seeking to become regional and national chains. 

What is especially galling about invoking the moral authority of the Civil Rights movement is that the education privatizers aren't acknowledging the role played by poverty in undermining communities, including schools and educational opportunities.

Dr. Yohuru Williams is the History Department Chair and the Director of Black Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. He discusses this point in this short video and why it is an affront to civil rights advocates, public school educators and low-income communities.

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's democracy and voting rights. He is the author of several books on elections and the co-author of Who Controls Our Schools: How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and the Charter School Industry (AlterNet eBook, 2016).

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