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):