That is a striking truth at the heart of an important new book, “Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and The End of Public Education.” It was written by Noliwe M. Rooks, director of American studies at Cornell University whose research includes racial inequality in education.
Rooks takes a unique look at the history of and the forces driving the privatization and deregulation in public education today — which is supported by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
She explains how 19th century Reconstruction-era policies led to the creation of separate, segregated and unequal systems of schooling — in which black children from poor families got inferior educations. And, coining the term “segrenomics,” she links that era to today, when companies and individuals are profiting handsomely from segregated and inequitable education.
Read the entire article in The Washington Post .