Peter Greene on McKinsey Plan to Close Public Schools in Boston

Diane Ravitch's blog

Listen up, friends! Your own school district might hire McKinsey or Boston Consulting Group, and you need to know that they have a template for “right-sizing” the district. The template has nothing to do with improving education. It is all about cutting costs.

Fortunately for us, Peter Greene has read the 200-page document prepared for the Boston Oublic School district by McKinsey. Here are the highlights:

Close 30-40 public schools.

Cut back or eliminate special education by putting more (all?) students in inclusion classes.

Save on transportation costs by having children walk greater distances to catch a bus.

Increase revenues by having more students eat school food.

Centralize school lunches so everything is cooked in one place and delivered to schools.

Slash central office staff.

Outsource as many functions as possible. (This usually causes costs to rise, since private companies that win contracts have to show a profit.)

Here’s a thought…

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1 Response to Peter Greene on McKinsey Plan to Close Public Schools in Boston

  1. ciedie aech says:

    RIGHT SIZING. Oh, my, it feels too much like when the Soviet Union fell apart and smaller, suddenly independent and very poor countries were open to corporate interests. There was no regulation and so venture capital simply used the theory of “investment” as a lie: as the means to go in, suck the country dry, and then leave.

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