With the Bush administration, everything is a racket, as they labor to bring in Republican firms to privatize government agencies and programs. Think FEMA. Think Halliburton. Now, think about all those offers for “free tutoring” that kids in public schools get from private companies. In New Hampshire on Friday, Hillary Clinton “criticized the Bush administration for outsourcing teaching to private tutoring companies, arguing that many firms have close ties to Republicans.” Hillary is on the mark with this:
“This is Halliburton all over again,” the New York senator said.
The 2002 No Child Left Behind Act requires school districts to provide free tutoring in math and reading to poor children in schools that repeatedly fail to meet state testing standards. Clinton said that amounts to $500 million a year being paid to tutoring companies and other supplemental service providers that aren’t held accountable.
“Nobody’s looking over their shoulder. And we’re not really seeing results,” she members of the National Education Association’s New Hampshire chapter.
“Why would we outsource helping our kids to unaccountable private sector providers?” she said. “They don’t have to follow our civil rights laws, their employees don’t even have to be qualified, they aren’t required to coordinate with educators, there’s a grand total of zero evidence that they’re doing any good.”
From what I can tell as parent of public school high school senior with a 3.9 GPA, there is no watch dogging of this either. Kids with good grades get solicited for “free private tutoring” as well. No doubt these private firms get paid by the head, and as Clinton points out, “It’s not enough that there are no-bid contracts that are taking money away from our troops not delivering services to them in the field, now we have these contracts going to these cronies who are chosen largely on a political basis, and we have nothing to show for it.”