|I don't think so.|
Petrilli fires the first shot at Ravitch:
Diane, name me one "reformer" who wants to privatize public schools.
Ravitch quickly names not one, but 6, before she runs out of Tweet space: George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Margaret Spellings, Michelle Rhee, Bill Gates, Arne Duncan=Corporate education reform.
I simply retweet Ravitch's answer, which draws Petrilli's fire towards me, narrowly nicking my Tweet finger.
Michael Petrilli: None of those folks want to "privatize" public education.
I whirl and fire back:
Mike, what else would you call closing thousands of public schools & handing them over to private operators?
Not to mention after-school programs, food services, security, curric. devlp., special ed, sports programs...
Oh, I ran out of space before I could mention tax-free real estate ownership of land including the ability of charter companies to leverage low-interest loans and pay execs huge compensation packages. Don't worry, Ravitch will bring that one up.
OK, so it's not a fatal blow. Petrilli ducks and fires with both barrels using the old re-definition gambit:
Michael Petrilli If the schools are open to the public, supported by public $$ and accountable to the public, they are public.
Uggh, I'm hit. He's got a point. But it's a weak one. It barely grazes me. Diane comes to my aid:
Diane Ravitch When charter schools pay $400,000 to CEO, when they fight public audits, when they kick kids out...not public.
I double-team: CMOs aren't accountable to the public, even admit they're private when it comes to NLRB and unions.
Then Petrilli goes where you knew he would: