Netflix CEO Wants to Dump Local School Boards
Reed Hastings thinks if we just get rid of local yahoos and let corporations manage schools, we’ll all be better off.
Reed Hastings, the guy who dropped a bunch of money into the LAUSD school board race last year to elect charter school-friendly board members and who also promotes charters through original Netflix shows like House of Cards has a new Big Idea: Dump local school boards.
Because it’s so much more stable to get people in who aren’t concerned about kids as much as profits, right?
Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post:
Hastings suggests that the “stable governance” of charter schools leads to stable schools, but, alas, big changes occur in charter schools. Let’s look at Rocketship, on whose unofficial board of advisers Hastings sits. Rocketship became known — and won $2 million from the Obama administration to help it grow — with a “blended learning” model that is designed to incorporate traditional classroom settings with a computer “Learning Lab” for students. The idea behind the lab was that students could learn basic lessons in math and reading while teachers could work with students on more complicated material. Part of the attraction, too, was that the computers would cost less than hiring more teachers. But get this: Last year Rocketship realized it had to revamp its fabulous “Learning Lab” because it wasn’t working very well. The charter network’s Web site says it is still piloting “flexible learning spaces at some of our schools — spaces that will allow our teachers be even more effective and students to learn even more.”