Sep 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm
110 E. North Loop
Please join MonkeyWrench Books and the Texas Observer for this conversation with Abby Rapoport. As the “education reform” movement has come to dominate policy, more and more education dollars find their way into mega-corporations. Testing contracts alone are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Then there’s contracts for tutoring, textbooks, and even teacher certification.With rise of virtual schools, private companies now can actually run an entire school, using public money to fund an almost entirely private enterprise. As private companies and ideological advocates push for the same goals, we now face what looks like an education-industrial complex. Abby Rapoport is a political reporter for the Texas Observer. She previously covered state politics for The Texas Tribune and has also blogged for Texas Monthly and Glamour. In an ideal world, she would spend her free time baking cakes while watching the Astros win games. She blogs at http://www.texasobserver.org/floor-play.