Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look
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Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look
This collection has been created to raise awareness about concerns related to the privatization of public education. The page also serves as a research tool to organize online content. The grey funnel shaped icon at the top (in the 'Desktop View' mode) allows for searching by keyword (i.e. entering K12 Inc, KIPP, TFA, Walton, Rocketship, ALEC, Koch, or 'discipline', etc.) will yield specific subsets of articles relevant to each keyword).  For posts related to TFA, see For posts related to Rocketship, see For posts related to KIPP, see, and for posts related to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), see  Readers are encouraged to explore additional links for further information beyond the text provided on the page. [  [Note: Views presented on this page are re-shared from external websites.  The content may not necessarily represent the views nor official position of the curator nor employer of the curator.] For critical perspectives on the next wave of privatization poised to take over public services, see the page on Social Impact Bonds and 'Pay For Success' programs: For additional education updates, see [Links to external site]
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Scooped by Roxana Marachi, PhD
April 2, 2019 7:14 PM!

 Legacy Academy Notice of Violation w Exhibits 12.6.18 // Charter School Authorized by Santa Clara County Office of Education is now closed as of March 15th, 2019 

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SCCOE hereby notifies Legacy that Legacy has engaged in fiscal mismanagement, is in violation of the law, specifically the Charter Schools Act of 1992, and has committed a material violation of the conditions, standards, or procedures set forth in its Amended Charter, including the FAMOU. Each of these matters constitutes cause for revoking Legacy’s Amended Charter if not remedied in accordance with this NOV. (Ed. Code § 47607(c).)"...


Update: Legacy Academy has closed as of March 15th, 2019. The file above documents financial mismanagement and other issues at the root of the charter school closure. Click on the title or arrow above to download. 

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December 8, 2014 10:53 PM!

ProfitShip (Rocketship) Learning // The Progressive, Public School Shakedown

ProfitShip (Rocketship) Learning // The Progressive, Public School Shakedown | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look |

"By Ruth Conniff 
"This animated video by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore looks at school privatization through the eyes of little Timmy, a kindergartener who likes his public school.  Timmy gets a confusing lesson in corporate education reform, starting with the rightwing mantra: “Public schools have failed.” 

“But I like my public school,” Timmy protests.


A top rightwing think tank has devoted more than $30 million to spread the message that public education is failing. According to a report by One Wisconsin Now, the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation is a major underwriter of this propaganda effort. Bradley spent millions on shoddy research, media punditry, and a lobbying campaign to promote the idea that public schools have failed and to push school vouchers and other privatization schemes as the “solution”.


Large, national charter-school chains have been major of the beneficiaries of the campaign to fix “failing” public schools. Among them, Rocketship––“a low-budget operation that relies on young and inexperienced teachers rather than more veteran and expensive faculty,” according to a report by economist Gordon Lafer for the Economic Policy Institute.


Not all charter schools are bad. Some offer high-quality, alternative models classrooms that are enriching for kids. But over the last decade, the charter school movement has morphed from a small, community-based effort to foster alternative education into a vehicle for privatizing public education, pushed by free-market foundations, big education-management companies, and profit-seekers looking for a way to cash in on public-education funds."...


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March 3, 2016 1:19 PM!

Are Publicly Funded Charter Schools Accountable to Parents and Taxpayers? Apparently Not.

Are Publicly Funded Charter Schools Accountable to Parents and Taxpayers? Apparently Not. | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look |

By Donald Cohen, Executive Director, In the Public Interest


"Several weeks ago, the New York Times published a surreptitiously recorded videoof a charter school teacher berating a first grade student and ripping up her work in front of the class for being unable to explain how she solved a math problem. The publicly-funded school, the Success Academy founded by Eva Moskowitz, circled the wagons and launched a public relations blitz.


According to the Times, the girl's parent tried to raise questions at a meeting organized by the school to get parent support for the teacher in the press. She was concerned that the parents were being asked to help without even being shown the video. "She's like 'You've had enough to say' and [Ms. Moskowitz] tried to talk over me," the mother told the Times. Frustrated, she gave up and walked out of the meeting.


The student's parent went to the NY Department of Education to file a complaint. She was told that Success was independent from the school district and that she needed to contact the school's board of trustees. But the board, chaired by hedge fund CEO Dan Loeb, that gets to spend taxpayer dollars aren't elected by nor accountable to New York voters. They have no obligation to neither listen to her nor take action. They are a group of hedge fund and private equity investors, lawyers, public relationships professionals, philanthropists and one full-time educator.


Here's a few of the Wall Street investors on the school's board of trustees who the girl's mother was told to petition:

  • Joel Greenblatt is a Managing Partner at the hedge fund Gotham Capital and former Chairman of the Board of Alliant Techsystems, a NYSE-listed aerospace and defense company.
  • Steven M. Galbraith is a former Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley who now runs Herring Creek Capital, a Connecticut based Hedge Fund.
  • John Petry is the founder and managing principle at the hedge fund, Sessa Capital.
  • Richard S. Pzena is the founder of Pzena Investment Manager, a global investment firm.
  • David Roberts has been for the last 21 years with the investment firm, Angelo, Gordon David, responsible for helping to start and grow a number of the firm's businesses including opportunistic real estate, private equity, and net lease real estate.
  • John Scully is a founding partner of SPO Partners & Co., a private investment firm and a director at the Plum Creek Timber Company and chairman of Advent Software.
  • Paul Pastorek, the co-executive director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation founded by billionaire Eli Broad, who is leading an effort to turn half of Los Angeles schools into charter schools. Pastorek led the post-Hurricane Katrina effort in New Orleans that converted all elementary and secondary schools into charter schools. Recent research has shown that the New Orleans school system is now a multi-tier system that works for some, but leaves many behind.

They are private citizens who get to spend taxpayer dollars to educate children. They argue that the market will determine success. Unfortunately, they get to define what success looks like -- not the public whose taxes fund the school, nor voters who are the ultimate policy makers in a democratic society. The problem is that the market doesn't need to pay attention to the whims of democracy that demands public accountability, high quality and inclusive education for every child -- even the ones that struggle with math problems.

The mother ultimately removed her daughter from the school. It's the Donald Trump "you're fired" brand of education. There's no room for those that can't take the heat - even if they are a 6-year old first grader struggling with math. That's not America and it's certainly not how a democracy should function.

The biggest problem with charter schools should be obvious. Charter schools are publicly funded, public schools run by private groups unaccountable to neither the public who pay the bills nor the parents of children who deserve to have their voices heard."...


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