Saturday, February 15, 2014

Robert Reich: Rich People Don't Want Their Children in Public School Districts With Poor People

Robert Reich reports:
The middle-class and wealthy citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, for example, are trying to secede from the school district they now share with poorer residents of town, and set up their own district funded by property taxes from their higher-valued homes.

Similar efforts are underway in Memphis, Atlanta, and Dallas. Over the past two years, two wealthy suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, have left the countywide school system in order to set up their own.

Elsewhere, upscale school districts are voting down state plans to raise their taxes in order to provide more money to poor districts, as they did recently in Colorado.

"Why should we pay for them?" is also reverberating in wealthy places like Oakland County, Michigan, that border devastatingly poor places like Detroit.
Now word yet on whether Robert Reich will ask Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama to be "role models" and send their kids to public schools in the name of egalitarianism.