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How Charter Schools Fleece Taxpayers

How Charter Schools Fleece Taxpayers | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
Charter schools turn out to be an excellent way to skim off public funds without going to jail.
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Charter schools - The Seattle Times

Charter schools - The Seattle Times | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it

"Supporters of Initiative 1240 often point to the success stories among the 6,000 charter schools that now exist in 41 states, when the reality is that high-performing charters are more the exception than the rule."

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Charter Schools Sold Like an Investment to Wealthy Foreigners Looking for a Green Card

Charter Schools Sold Like an Investment to Wealthy Foreigners Looking for a Green Card | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it

"Who knew it was possible to come to the United States without dealing with the inefficient immigration system? So what are these Chinese financiers investing millions of dollars in as a way to win their green cards? Evidently, charter schools. In fact, they have invested $30 million in charter schools in Florida alone. And according to the report, they are planning to invest three times that amount in the next year."

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Charter Schools Initiative 1240 bankrolled by tech millionaires

Charter Schools Initiative 1240 bankrolled by tech millionaires | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
For the fourth time since 1996, Washington State will have a November ballot measure on charter schools. This one, like each of its predecessors, is the brainchild of a handful of technology giants.
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The big business of charter schools

The big business of charter schools | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
If you are wondering why you should add charter schools to your investment portfolios, here’s David Brain, head of a major investment concern called Entertainment Properties Trust, to tell you.
This isn’t a joke.
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Seven reasons to say no to charter schools

Seven reasons to say no to charter schools | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
Former Washington D.C.school chancellor Michelle Rhee has sent her followers to Alabama to promote charter schools, but Alabama should say “no, thanks.”...
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Charter schools a distraction to education reform | Northwest Opinion Columns | The Bellingham Herald

Charter schools a distraction to education reform | Northwest Opinion Columns | The Bellingham Herald | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
When it comes to our children's education, we shouldn't take risks.
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New Study Finds Current School Turnaround Policies are “More Likely to Cause Upheaval Than to Help” | National Education Policy Center

New Study Finds Current School Turnaround Policies are “More Likely to Cause Upheaval Than to Help” | National Education Policy Center | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it

"Evidence shows that collaboration among parents, teachers and administrators, combined with financial investment, can improve the public schooling crisis in disadvantaged communities."

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Daily Kos: Charter Schools Not the Answer, Especially if We Fail to Identify the Question

Daily Kos: Charter Schools Not the Answer, Especially if We Fail to Identify the Question | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
One pattern of failure in education reform is that political leadership and the public focus attention and resources on solutions while rarely asking what problems we are addressing or how those ...
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Gerald Coles: KIPP Schools: Power Over Evidence

"If  educational issues were data driven, policy and solutions for poor children's lives and education would be much different from what they now are.  However, current policy and purported 'solutions' embodying the class war from above are not about data, but about power. Thus, for poor children the charter 'solution' and KIPP roll on and on....and over and over."

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Schools Matter: Why Students Call KIPP the Kids In Prison Program

Schools Matter: Why Students Call KIPP the Kids In Prison Program | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it

KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) is one of the charter models praised by the Gates Foundation and many others calling for privatization as a path to improving the educational system. I have read many articles about KIPP that give me cause for concern.

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Why Are Our Public Schools Up For Sale?

Why Are Our Public Schools Up For Sale? | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
While charter proponents claim that their schools are less bureaucratic, more efficient, and more effective, the evidence fails to back those claims.
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Largest charter network in U.S.: Schools tied to Turkey

"The largest charter school network in the United States is operated by people in and associated with the Gulen Movement (GM), a secretive and controversial Turkish religious sect. With 135 schools enrolling more than 45,000 students, this network is substantially larger than KIPP, the well-known charter management organization with only 109 schools."

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Study Probes Charters' Spending on Instruction, Administration

"The study, released by...Columbia University, examines school spending in Michigan and concludes that charter schools spend more per-pupil on administration and less on instruction than traditional public schools, even when controlling for enrollment, student populations served, and other factors."

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Linda Anderson and Friends: Ten Reasons to Say No to Charter Schools (No on I-1240)

"If charter schools were consistently doing a better job than public schools as measured by high test scores, challenging and rewarding course options, high graduation and college acceptance rates, low student and teacher turnover, a diverse student population and no achievement gap, I think I would be a strong supporter of charters. The reality is that on average charter schools do no better and many do worse than the schools they are supposedly competing with, even though their student population is less diverse than that of nearby public schools. This has been documented in many studies. Charter school supporters will point to a few shining examples of successful charter schools while ignoring the far from stellar truth about the vast majority. 41 states now have charter schools. They have been operating in some states for decades. We have plenty of data to show that charter schools clearly have not delivered on their early vision and promise."

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Florida charter schools: big money, little oversight - Cashing In On Kids - MiamiHerald.com

Florida’s charter school movement has grown into $400-million-a-year powerhouse backed by real-estate developers and promoted by politicians, but with little oversight.
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Charter schools are not cost-neutral | Parents Across America Seattle

"Proponents of charter schools and of Initiative 1240 in Washington insist that charter schools are 'cost neutral' for school districts. This is not true. An article in The New York Times yesterday illustrates how declines in student enrollment pull money out of public schools, leaving them with fewer resources and a greater concentration of hard-to-educate students."

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The Horace Mann League: Charter Schools – 21 Reasons to say NO

“Washington state must focus on improving public schools for ALL students; college prep and professional development for strong principals and quality teachers; readiness to learn with local communities and leadership supporting children and families; cultural relevance; build on innovations, STEM literacy, career and technical education; common core standards; ensuring 21st century skills - communications, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking; early interventions for struggling students; investing in ample funding for all public schools; and the belief that all children can achieve.”

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Charters aren’t the answer

Charters aren’t the answer | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it

"These 'reform' activist cure-alls are more segregated and less successful than regular public schools..."

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What Charters Do to Public Schools

Charter schools “are supposed to be fonts of innovation, but most are just focused on test scores, to prove they are better than public schools. But the danger is that when students leave for charter schools, those left behind are disproportionately ELL, special ed, and struggling students. This threatens the future of public education, which enrolls most students in America.”

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Virtual Schools, Real Profits, Troubling Results

Virtual Schools, Real Profits, Troubling Results | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it

"Private enterprise is often portrayed as a mighty engine of innovation. If we break the 'government monopoly' on education, entrepreneurial opportunities will inspire new solutions to problems that have not been licked by the public schools. But corporations are funny people. They do not actually care so much about how they make money - just so long as they do. Innovation is not their purpose, nor is solving society's intractable problems."

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The ‘Wild Wild West’ of D.C. schools: A charter school parent’s view

The ‘Wild Wild West’ of D.C. schools: A  charter school parent’s view | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
A D.C. charter school parents describes the real world of D.C. charter schools, which is something other than the panacea that school reformers say they are.
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Five Ways Privatization Degrades America

Five Ways Privatization Degrades America | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it
A grand delusion has been planted in the minds of Americans, that privately run systems are more efficient and less costly than those in the public sector. Most of the evidence points the other way.
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Key questions for Democrats on ‘school choice’

Key questions for Democrats on ‘school choice’ | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it

"The New York Times revealed that the benefits of school choice often accrue to the well-to-do.

The article reveals that in eight states, choice programs -- operating under the auspice of offering 'scholarships' to needy students -- 'have been twisted to benefit private schools at the expense of the neediest children.' ”

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Lessons from the teachers strike

Lessons from the teachers strike | No on I-1240 Charter Schools | Scoop.it

"For years, many have touted charter schools (which usually are not unionized) as the preferred alternative to (unionized) public schools. But the most extensive survey of student performance at charter schools, from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes, found that, of the 2,403 charter schools tracked from 2006 to 2008, only 17 percent had better math test results than the public schools in their area, while 37 percent had results that were “significantly below” those of the public schools and 46 percent had results that were “statistically indistinguishable” from their public-school counterparts." 

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