“The U.S. Chamber has a long history of making up scary statistics, inventing crises, and otherwise using its influence to advocate for pro-business policies at the expense of public school systems, educators, and children,” said Scott McLeod, director of innovation at Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency 8. “[USCCF]’s recently-released school board governance guide and videos must be viewed in this light.”

He continued: “When the Chamber and its corporate members spend tens of millions of dollars advocating for policy mechanisms that have been proven to be harmful to kids and schools, as citizens we must ask the hard question of ‘who benefits?’ Unsurprisingly, corporations benefit tremendously from all of the Chamber’s proposals, usually at the expense of children, families, teachers, public schools, and our society at large.”

McLeod cited what he calls “the private profiteering and fraud” that have been uncovered around school choice, charter schools, and deregulation.

“Hiring Teach for America and other alternative preparation program graduates as ‘temp’ or ‘scab’ workers often is a union-busting ploy,” he explained. “Teacher evaluations based on supposedly ‘objective’ data—evaluations that actually turn out to be statistically invalid, operationally unreliable, and legally questionable—are merely attempts to implement destructive corporate ‘stack ranking‘ techniques and further disenfranchise front-line employees. Public schooling is a trillion-dollar enterprise. The Chamber and its members want as big a slice of that pie as possible.”

For more on McLeod’s position, see “How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wages war on public schools.”

When asked what USCCF thought of these opinions, Oldham replied: “The U.S. Chamber has long been a supporter of public school choice. School choice tells parents that they have the option for a better school and that their child is not destined to fail because of their ZIP code or how much money they have in the bank.”

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