I’m watching Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” right now. His battle to transform school lunches reminds me of the battle we’ve been fighting here in Montana for SCHOOL CHOICE.
The attitudes and resistance from the Edu-Crats seem to be the same regardless of the topic. And it all comes down to this question:
WHO CONTROLS THE KIDS?
I’ve been emailing the two dissenting senators on HB 603. Senator Zinke was kind enough to send me a personal reply. He says he supports charter schools but finds too many flaws in the bill. And he’d like this provision:
If we can allow for either a 51 percent of the district electorate or a school board majority to be the driver to form a charter school, I am for it. I believe the Board of Public Education should have oversight of the program as I strongly support accountability and transparency in taxpayer expenditures.
My interpretation, with all due respect: You parents are too stupid and uneducated to make decisions regarding your kids’ education. The Board of Public Education knows what’s best for your children (including their lunch, too, btw.) And even though the Helena school district is looking for yet another mill levy to pay for a curriculum they did not budget for (and one that the lion’s share of parents objected to,) they are responsible stewards of your tax dollars. Yeah, that’s right. They’re responsible. Trust us.
I’m not throwing rocks at Senator Zinke. I would imagine he’s repeating the party line that the Status Quo have been shouting from the rooftops.
My reply to him was that this approach is having the fox guard the hen house. And the egregious violation of trust by the Helena School district in particular underscores the urgency of having greater autonomy.
Please forgive my snarky tone. I’ve had more than a belly full of the patronizing arrogance that has assaulted a bill that gives parents a modicum of choice when it comes to school. Like Jamie Oliver, I’m pissed that kids are fed crap in cafeterias and pissed that single moms have no other options than to send their kid who’s been diagnosed with ADHD to the large public school down the street where they will be labeled and drugged into compliance. I’m pissed when I see my friends working two jobs each so they can enroll their four kids into a costly private school, they are so appalled at what’s going on here in Helena. And while I’m at it… I’m pissed that teachers are pissed too. (I talked to yet another one this morning.)
As of right now, the bill has been tabled. But it ain’t over yet. I urge you to take action before the session ends.
And now…I’m tuning back to Jamie Oliver’s program and cheer him in his battle. Go, Jamie, Go!