Obama not trying to privatize public education 

The Obama administration is not trying to privatize public education, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller said during a visit Monday to a Mission district elementary school.

Miller said so even as the White House is recommending that some of the nation’s worst public schools make the switch to a charter school.

“We see charters as an opportunity for reform ... good charters,” Miller said. “Do we think in some cases where you can use different governance models to drive innovative reforms with support from the community, do we think that’s appropriate? Yes.”

But is the Obama administration looking to privatize the public school system?

“Absolutely not,” Miller said.

However, when it comes to turning around bad schools, creating a marketplace that can forward positive reform is not a bad idea, he said.

“We would love to create a marketplace that says, ‘Wow, we have a set of providers out there that know how to take our worst-performing schools and turn them around successfully,’” Miller said. “It’s a shame that we don’t have it today.”

Then, to bring the point home, Miller said:

“So do we want to create a market? Absolutely.”

But again, no interest in privatizing.

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