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Tennessee is Giving Right-Wing Hillsdale College $32 Million of Public Funds to Create K-12 Charter Schools

Tennessee is Giving Right-Wing Hillsdale College $32 Million of Public Funds to Create K-12 Charter Schools

Over the last year or so, the GOP has been waging a war against America’s teachers. At first, they were upset that schools created social distancing guidelines to keep kids and those who teach them safe. Then, Republicans began their CRT conspiracy, claiming that aspects of the law school theory were being taught in elementary schools. And Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suggests that teachers are indoctrinating young students toward homosexuality.

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Hillsdale College, a right-wing school in Michigan, wants to step in and create a different option for parents who have been hoodwinked. The institution is expanding its charter school program to offer parents an alternative to “progressive” teaching.

The state of Tennessee is jumping on, allowing Hillsdale to create 50 new schools and giving them $32 million in public funds. Bill Lee, the state’s Republican governor said in a statement, “For decades, Hillsdale College has been the standard-bearer in quality curriculum and in the responsibility of preserving American liberty. I believe their efforts are a good fit for Tennessee.”

Bruce Fuller, a public policy professor at Cal Berkley was surprised by the decision. He told the New York Times:

“I’ve been following charter schools over the last 25 years, and I’ve never seen a governor attempting to use charters in such an overtly political way. You’ve had governors who’ve encouraged the growth of charters to provide more high-quality options for parents, but it’s highly unusual to see a governor deploy the charter mechanism for admittedly political purposes.”

Read the New York Times report in its entirety here

 

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