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Editorial on Planned Parenthood Underscores the Fatal Flaw of ESSA

March 28, 2016

Today’s NYTimes features an editorial titled “The State Assault on Planned Parenthood”, an editorial that underscores the real reason Republicans joined Democrats in seeking passage of the “Every Student Succeeds Act” that replaced NCLB. Here’s the comment I left— which may not make the cut if the Times editors think it is beside the point:

As a public education supporter, this is precisely why I strongly opposed the recently enacted bill that gave States more flexibility. I daresay the 23 states who oppose planned parenthood are likely to oppose curricula that include units on evolution, climate change, and human sexuality… and are also likely to seek ways to increase the privatization of public schools in an effort to reduce their taxes. Narrowing the curriculum to “reading, writing and arithmetic” is a two-fer for politicians: it addresses the concerns of the fundamentalists and the corporate lobbyists. The only losers are the students.

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