And then yesterday a dear friend sent me this link.
A group of young heirs in the Philadelphia chapter of Resource Generation has released a statement that decries any reliance on philanthropy for the funding of public schools; instead, they say, rich people should pay more in taxes.Well, that sure got my attention.
Here's the original letter in its entirety.
They are absolutely, positively, 100% right!! These young adults expressed precisely what I was attempting to point out regarding Michael Steinhardt's funding of the Hebrew Charter School Network and Hatikvah.
Philanthropists should not be the ones deciding what is best for public schools. That decision belongs equally to all the city's community members.This is exactly what is causing local skirmishes like mine, as well as the destruction of public education in cities like Philly, Chicago and Newark. In my town it's Michael Steinhardt, but in the big picture it's Gates, Waldon, Broad etal.
There is no doubt that The Billionaire Boys Club has their own agenda and they have bought access to our nation's politicians and public schools to form them into their own image. And by all accounts, they are leaving them far worse than they found them.
Make sure you check out the link above to Resource Generation. These are young people who seem to be natural allies to those of us fighting for public education.
Since 1998, Resource Generation (RG) has engaged over 1,800 young people with wealth across the U.S. Through community building, education and organizing, we help young people with wealth bring all they have and all they are to the social change movements and issues they care about. We organize to transform philanthropy, policy, and institutions and leverage our collective power to make lasting structural change.I thank them for their courage to stand up for what is right and just, not only for the children of Philadelphia, but for ALL children. You can thank them too. Here's their Facebook page. Please, let them know how much we appreciate their work.
It gives me hope that perhaps the next generation of wealth will do less damage than the one currently destroying our public schools.