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Michigan a US leader of radical 'education reform'

GOP releases an onslaught of privatization, budget cuts, and attacks on teachers' unions.

December 5, 2011: Michigan has taken unprecedented steps toward privatizing the public education system and dismantling teachers' unions, writes Andy Kroll in Mother Jones, citing a long list of outrageous attempts to push through harmful legislation.

"The list of initiatives reads like a grand plan to dismantle public education as we know it. Slash education spending. Outsource public teachers. Curb collective-bargaining rights. Kneecap teachers' unions. Open the floodgates to charter and 'cyber' schools.

Welcome to education reform in the state of Michigan, where a Republican-dominated Legislature and a GOP governor are pushing one of the broadest anti-union, pro-privatization agendas in the country. Michigan is grappling with budget shortfalls like other states including Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey — all places where GOP leaders (and occasionally Democrats) are exploiting the economic downturn to launch an ideological assault on teachers' unions and public school systemsÂ…"

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Posted: December 16, 2011

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