ABCs of DumbDown: The Myth of “Local Control”

By Mary Thompson, 3D Research Group

“When advocating for “local control” of schools, be aware of how the change agents distort terms to their own ends. When we advocate for “local control” of schools we mean it in the traditional sense of locally elected representation at the local school district level. We mean parental oversight and citizen accountability.

The Charter School movement has also commandeered the term “local control” to appeal to self-identified conservatives to accept the idea of charter schools. Now there is yet another hijacking of the term by the womb-to-tomb advocates, who are using it to legitimatize their over-reaching plans to involve parents in the agenda planned for their own children, overseen by the state to ensure that each child comes already conditioned to conform… and all in the name of “Local Control.””

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Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

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Published in: on December 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hi!

    In Article VIII in the “original” Constitution of the State of Maine it states in part:

    “A general diffusion of the advantages of education being essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people; to promote this important object, the Legislature are authorized, and it shall be their duty to require, the several towns to make suitable provision, at their own expense, for the support and maintenance of public schools….”

    This is “local control” at its best, pure and simple, and it is “genuine” local control of the people, by the people, and for the people.

    The people of “each” town shall pay for “their own” public schools and NOT state-wide public schools controlled by the federal government.

    It is the people who will decide the rules regarding schools such as attendance of the number of days per month or year, how many hours per day and so forth.

    NOTICE what it doesn’t say, too.

    Always, always, always take notice what the constitution “does not” say as well as what it does say.

    This will reveal a great deal.

    It doesn’t say that children are “required” to attend. That is the decision of the parents. The state does not “own” any children and cannot lawfully require anything as it relates to the people.

    It’s the people’s power. Either the parents have the power or they don’t.

    It also doesn’t say that the state shall require any educational level of the teachers and “what” they will teach.

    Those, who use words to deceive, are dangerous. They “pretend” to use words that sounds nice but actually mean something else, and they know it.

    Always, always, always ask to have words/phrases explained in terms of their meanings.

    Never accept anything. Check it out yourselves and the true meanings of anything.

    Another great deception is what occurred in getting rid of the county courts and bringing into existence state-wide courts which are very, very different than county courts, within and for the county (local control). State-wide courts act “for” the state whereas county courts do not; they are the people’s courts.

    Thank you!

    If you want further discussion of this, you can contact me at and please be courteous.

    Lise from Maine

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