There is actually an organization with that name (though I don’t think they use the acronym): the Alliance for Separation of School & State.Â The homepage of their website solicits support for their public proclamation:
“I proclaim publicly that I favor ending
government involvement in education.”
That sounds very much like “abolish all public schools.”
If you click on State Rankings at the top, it shows how many people from each state have signed on to their petition.Â Then, if you click Tennessee, it shows you exactly who these 595 people are (with location and some with comments, ranging from their religious affiliation, profession, or number of children).
In yesterday’s Oak Ridge Observer (I’ll link it when goes online, but until then, get your own) Stan Mitchell did a straightforward interview with both candidates for State Representative in our district.Â Both listed education as a priority — Jim Hackworth ranking it as his top priority.Â David Massengill said he supports more local control, which sounds good.
Question is, just how local?Â Local as in local school system?Â It doesn’t appear to be so.Â Go on down the Tennessee ASS&S list — it’s in alphabetical order — and guess whose name is on there?Â David Massengill.Â Of Clinton.Â Candidate for State Rep.
Massengill has signed a statement that “I proclaim publicly that I favor ending
government involvement in education.”Â
I fully support the right of parents to select the best and most appropriate education for their child or children — not just public schools, but also including home schooling (meeting the State’s modest qualifications and criteria), private, or parochial schools.
Despite that view, I steadfastly maintain that quality public schools are necessary to ensure our future.Â Every child must have an opportunity to learn — if they do not, then our immediate future as a nation is in grave peril.