'Keep the Promise' talks privatization in education

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By Tris DeRoma

“Keep the Promise,” a statewide affiliation of parent groups, businesses, and unions concerned with reversing the some of recent changes being made to the New Mexico public education by the New Mexico Public Education Department, held a public forum in Santa Fe this week.
The topic was about the privatization and corporatization of certain facets of New Mexico’s public education system, and whether or not that is a good or bad thing.
“We’d thought we’d start this conversation with a small group of people, talk about what’s happening here in Santa Fe, figure out what the facts are, talk about where this is going on a national level down to the state and into the classroom,” said Pat Brady, a moderator for many of the Keep the Promise events.
Brady then introduced Charles Goodmacher, an official from the National Education Association New Mexico, who proceeded to frame the debate for the audience.
Goodmacher started off saying that not all privatization in public schools is bad, in fact privatization he said plays a necessary part in the system through supplying vital services to less populated areas of the state. He also mentioned textbook companies as a necessary privatization.
However, this new wave of privatization is different, he said.

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