The more I read about the whole education reform agenda pushed by former DC school superintendent Michelle Rhee the more the reform agenda reminds me of what has happened with the US military’s GI Bill and tuition assistance programs. Over the past decade the for profit schools have made huge money from these military educational initiative as well as other government programs to fund education while providing minimum educational outcomes for the cost. I have personally seen servicemembers complete bachelor degrees in under a year and master’s degree programs in under 6 months through some of the for profit online universities. I have to wonder about the quality of education these servicemembers received completing degrees so quickly and completely online? Additionally the military encourages getting these degrees because of the promotion advantages it provides.
There are now reforms happening to make these schools show they are providing quality education to troops, but it is coming after these schools have already made a fortune from the taxpayers. It seems since the for profit education industry has already cashed in on colleges they now have their eyes set on public schools. If the educational reformers can get school vouchers to parents than the for profit schools will be able to make a fortune from parents turning to private and charter schools instead of public schools. Though these schools may not provide a better education they can use faulty test scores like Michelle Rhee did in Washington, DC to justify their educational outcomes.
Like with what is happening with the re-evaluation of government money going towards for profit colleges, it will probably be many years before people realize that giving all this money to for profit high schools were probably not a good idea either. However, by then Michelle Rhee and her backers will have cashed in. Maybe I am wrong, but that is the way this is all beginning to look to me. What does everyone else think?