Last week, a former official at the National Alliance of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and a self-proclaimed education reformer, tweeted an offensive and insensitive analogy, likening the country’s virtual schools – which serve thousands of students – to thalidomide.
What is thalidomide? It was a drug used in the 1950’s that caused severe birth defects and public outrage, and was later banned.
How can someone who claims to be part of education reform, whose foundational principal is parent choice, be so grossly insensitive and disrespectful to the thousands of parents across the country who choose this option, and whose children are benefitting from virtual school?
Adding insult to injury, last week NACSA released a deeply flawed report about virtual schools that recommends eliminating parent choice and giving power back to bureaucrats to determine who can and can’t attend public virtual schools.
Between the report and this tweet it’s clear that NACSA and their friends don’t respect you or your children’s education.