By now, everyone knows the school closings that have hit schools across the nation this week.
The number of schools affected is now in the thousands, with the vast majority of schools having reopened, and more than two-thirds of schools now in full.
However, it’s not just teachers and students who will be affected, as well as students in other school districts.
The closure has been met with backlash and confusion.
It is now becoming clear that the school closures have been engineered by a very powerful group of corporate interests.
These corporations have been funding and mobilising for years to achieve their goals of privatising the education system.
The schools closures were set to come to an end by mid-April, but the corporate agenda of the school system has changed drastically.
The plan has now shifted to privatising schools and closing the schools as a way of saving money.
What is happening to schools?
The school closure plan has been pushed by a coalition of corporate groups, the US Chamber of Commerce and the United States Education Association.
They have successfully lobbied the US Congress, which passed legislation in 2015 which gives the US Government the right to buy up and sell the assets of public schools and privatise them.
This is the latest twist in a long history of corporate control of the US education system that goes back decades.
Since the 1980s, corporations and governments have bought up, or privatised, public and private schools.
From the late 1940s until the 1980-90s, the private sector bought up and then sold off the assets and the schools of the public sector in order to save money.
The US government, which was in the midst of an economic meltdown, did the same.
Now, in the 1990s, a new wave of privatization began.
Corporations began to use public schools as the bargaining chip for deals, and they began to sell off public assets and move the students of public institutions to private schools, as part of a larger strategy of privatization.
After years of corporate takeover, the school systems of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and others have all been privatised in the last two decades.
The same is now happening in the United Nations and the European Union.
In the UK, the Conservative government has now passed legislation that allows the Government to privatise and sell schools, and there are plans to do the same for the country’s schools.
But the British Government has not taken the steps necessary to get its school systems back to full operational order.
One of the reasons that the plan is not working is that the corporatised school systems have a history of underperforming, understaffing and underperforming pupils.
During the first week of April, a number of school closures hit the UK.
As the weeks passed, the number of closures rose and by the end of April the number was in excess of one million.
The schools were overcrowded and schools were struggling to meet the demands of the schools staff.
The lack of teachers, parents and students, and the failure to meet any of the government’s demands, left many parents feeling the brunt of the closures.
For example, in Oxford, there were almost one-third fewer students than the previous week, while in Birmingham, a third of schools were failing to meet minimum standards.
And while the school closure plans have not worked, the corporate plan is working, and we are seeing schools being privatised at a very rapid pace.
With over $300bn being paid out to companies in the past three years for these privatisations, it is clear that corporations are getting very greedy.
Students are not being cared for and teachers are not getting the support they need.
If we don’t move now to build a healthy and resilient school system, the consequences could be devastating for our communities and the future of our democracy.
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