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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 http://bit.ly/TFA_Files. For posts related to Rocketship, see http://bit.ly/Rocketship_Files. For posts related to KIPP, see http://bit.ly/KIPP_Files, and for posts related to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), see http://bit.ly/ALEC_Files.  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: http://bit.ly/sibgamble. For additional education updates, see http://EduResearcher.com [Links to external site]
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Cashing in on Kids: 139 ALEC Bills in 2013 Promote a Private, For-Profit Education Model

Cashing in on Kids: 139 ALEC Bills in 2013 Promote a Private, For-Profit Education Model | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

"Despite widespread public opposition to the education privatization agenda, at least 139 bills or state budget provisions reflecting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) education bills have been introduced in 43 states and the District of Columbia in just the first six months of 2013, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org. Thirty-one have become law."

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The Plot Against Public Education // Politico

The Plot Against Public Education // Politico | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

"...The experiments trotted out by the big-money crowd have been all over the map. But if there is one broad approach (in addition to the importance of testing) that the corporate-style reformers and privatization advocates have united around, it’s the efficacy of charter schools. Charter schools were supposed to prove beyond a doubt that poverty didn’t matter, that all you had to do was free up schools from the rigidities of the traditional public system and the kids would flourish, no matter how poor they were or how chaotic their home environments.


Corporate leaders, hedge fund managers and foundations with fabulous sums of money at their disposal lined up in support of charter schools, and politicians were quick to follow. They argued that charters would not only boost test scores and close achievement gaps but also make headway on the vexing problem of racial isolation in schools.


None of it was true. Charters never came close to living up to the hype. After several years of experimentation and the expenditure of billions of dollars, charter schools and their teachers proved, on the whole, to be no more effective than traditional schools. In many cases, the charters produced worse outcomes. And the levels of racial segregation and isolation in charter schools were often scandalous. While originally conceived a way for teachers to seek new ways to reach the kids who were having the most difficult time, the charter school system instead ended up leaving behind the most disadvantaged youngsters.


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Why One School System Is Dropping Teach For America // Washington Post

Why One School System Is Dropping Teach For America // Washington Post | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Valerie Strauss -
"The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization.
 

What makes it interesting is what school board members said during a discussion about the issue. The Herald Sun reported that several board members said they did not want to continue a relationship with the organization because TFA corps members are highly inexperienced. (How could they not be? TFA recruits mostly newly graduated college students, gives them five weeks of summer training and places them in high-needs classrooms.)


There were also concerns expressed that corps members are required only to promise to stay for two years and though some stay longer, some leave before the two years are up, causing a great deal of turnover in many schools with at-risk students who greatly need stability."...


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/01/why-one-school-system-is-dropping-teach-for-america/

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Privatized Education Steals From the Poor, Gives to the Rich - TruthOut.org

Privatized Education Steals From the Poor, Gives to the Rich - TruthOut.org | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By PAUL BUCHHEIT 

"Free-market capitalists view education in terms of products and profits. The products, to them, are our children. The profits go to savvy businesspeople who use a "freedom to choose" rallying cry to convince parents that they're somehow being cheated by an equal-opportunity public school system.


Education reformers focus on privatization, public program cutbacks, and plenty of revenue-producing testing. There are at least five truths about education reform that suggest ignorance or delusion among its adherents.

1. Privatized Education Steals from the Poor, Gives to the Rich

Eva Moskowitz makes $72 per student as CEO of the private Success Academy in New York City.

Carmen Farina makes 19 cents per student as Chancellor of New York City Public Schools.

More salary shock: The salaries of eight executives of the K12 chain, which gets over 86 percent of its profits from the taxpayers, went from $10 million to over $21 million in one year.

McKinsey report estimates that education can be a $1.1 trillion business in the United States. Forbes notes: "The charter school movement [is] quickly becoming a backdoor for corporate profit." The big-money people are ready to pounce, like Rupert Murdoch, who called K-12 "a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed."

Meanwhile, Head Start was recently hit with the worst cutbacks in its history. Arts funding overall is lower than ever, with a National Endowment for the Arts budget barely accounting for 2 percent of the National Science Foundation budget. Spending on K-12 public school students fell in 2011 for the first time since the Census Bureau began keeping records over three decades ago."....


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The Big Money and Profits Behind the Push for Charter Schools // By David Sirota via Pando.com

The Big Money and Profits Behind the Push for Charter Schools // By David Sirota via Pando.com | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By David Sirota - "At this point, it should be fairly obvious why the technology industry is so high on so-called education “reform.” More computer-based standardized tests and online learning means more opportunity for the industry to sell its wares to school districts.


What has been less clear is why the corporate sector’s Masters of the Universe have involved themselves in the crusade to specifically promote publicly funded, privately administered charter schools – and “involved” is putting it mildly. Indeed, as various news outlets have documented, business heavyweights are dumping millions into the nationwide campaign to promote charter schools as a replacement for public education. That includes, most recently, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.


One theory is that business mavens love numbers and data, and simply believe charter schools deliver better empirical educational results than public schools. Except, on the whole, data show those charter schools do not typically perform any better – and often perform worse – than traditional public schools. Charters also seem to contribute to racial segregation in the education system.

Another theory is that while Wall Streeters spend their days making bank off stuff like foreclosures, rapacious fees, job-killing buyouts and other forms of pillage, in the off time these barbarians supposedly devote to public service, they are really just warm cuddly altruists who deeply care about the kids. You tend to see this kind of hagiography in the financial press (see the recent Forbes profile of Paul Tudor Jones).  If you believe it, I’m sure these Gordon Gekkos have a subprime mortgage to sell you.


Of course, if the simplest explanation is most often the correct one, then it stands to reason that at least some corporate titans promote charter schools to do what they do best: make money. And as Hofstra University’s Alan Singer points out in a new Huffington Post essay, there’s evidence that’s exactly what’s happening."... 


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http://pando.com/2014/06/19/the-big-money-and-profits-behind-the-push-for-charter-schools/ 

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Teaching Is Not a Business

Teaching Is Not a Business | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.

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"Schooled": Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education - The New Yorker

"Schooled": Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education - The New Yorker | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Dale Russakoff -

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"Early in the summer of 2010, Booker presented Christie with a proposal, stamped “Confidential Draft,” titled “Newark Public Schools—A Reform Plan.” It called for imposing reform from the top down; a more open political process could be taken captive by unions and machine politicians. “Real change has casualties and those who prospered under the pre-existing order will fight loudly and viciously,” the proposal said. Seeking consensus would undercut real reform.

 

One of the goals was to “make Newark the charter school capital of the nation.” The plan called for an “infusion of philanthropic support” to recruit teachers and principals through national school-reform organizations; build sophisticated data and accountability systems; expand charters; and weaken tenure and seniority protections. Philanthropy, unlike government funding, required no public review of priorities or spending. Christie approved the plan, and Booker began pitching it to major donors."...

 

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http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/05/19/140519fa_fact_russakoff?currentPage=all

 

 

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A Star-Powered School Sputters: Prime Prep Academy, Founded by Deion Sanders, Comes Under Scrutiny // NYTimes

A Star-Powered School Sputters: Prime Prep Academy, Founded by Deion Sanders, Comes Under Scrutiny // NYTimes | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it
With its academics and its finances under fire, the Texas sports academy created by Deion Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback and N.F.L. commentator, is facing the loss of its state charter.


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Are Charter Schools Todays Version of Sub Prime Mortgages? (Updated) - YouTube

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Is the Charter Movement Imploding?

Is the Charter Movement Imploding? | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

"In state after state, charter schools are proving that it is downright risky to turn public money over to deregulated corporations and unqualified individuals to run schools. The Detroit Free Press series on the scams, frauds, and corruption in many Michigan charters was an eye-opener for all those who are not part of the charter movement. The exposé of similar frauds in Florida by the League of Women Voters in Florida was enlightening to anyone other than free market ideologues.


The same level of corruption–actually, even worse–exists in Ohio’s charter sector, where a small number of charter founders have become multi-millionaires, run low-performing schools, and are never held accountable.


One of the most colorful charter scandals occurred when a Cleveland charter operator was tried for funneling over $1million to his church and other businesses. The charter founder was a pastor, not an educator. His attorney said ““his client had good intentions when opening the school on East 55th Street but then got greedy when he saw easy opportunities to make money….”


The leader of California’s most celebrated charter school, with outstanding test scores, stepped down when an audit revealed that nearly $4 million had been diverted to his other businesses."...


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Michigan Spends $1B On Charter Schools But Fails To Hold Them Accountable - Detroit Free Press

Michigan Spends $1B On Charter Schools But Fails To Hold Them Accountable - Detroit Free Press | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Dixon

"Michigan taxpayers pour nearly $1 billion a year into charter schools — but state laws regulating charters are among the nation’s weakest, and the state demands little accountability in how taxpayer dollars are spent and how well children are educated.

 

A yearlong investigation by the Detroit Free Press reveals that Michigan’s lax oversight has enabled a range of abuses in a system now responsible for more than 140,000 Michigan children.

 

That figure is growing as more parents try charter schools as an alternative to traditional districts. In reviewing two decades of charter school records, the Free Press found:

 

Wasteful spending and double-dipping. Board members, school founders and employees steering lucrative deals to themselves or insiders. Schools allowed to operate for years despite poor academic records. No state standards for who operates charter schools or how to oversee them."...

 

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John Thompson: What Will Zuckerberg Learn From Newark? EdWeek

John Thompson: What Will Zuckerberg Learn From Newark? EdWeek | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/05/john_thompson_what_will_zucker.html

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Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education Than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education Than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Dr. Gordon Lafer -  Economic Policy Institute

"During the past year, Wisconsin state legislators debated a series of bills aimed at closing low-performing public schools and replacing them with privately run charter schools. These proposals were particularly targeted at Milwaukee, the state’s largest and poorest school district.

 

Ultimately, the only legislation enacted was a bill that modestly increases school reporting requirements, without stipulating consequences for low performance. Nevertheless, the more ambitious proposals will likely remain at the core of Wisconsin’s debates over education policy, and legislative leaders have made clear their desire to revisit them in next year’s session. To help inform these deliberations, this report addresses the most comprehensive set of reforms put forward in the 2013–2014 legislative session.

 

Backers of these reforms are particularly enamored of a new type of charter school represented by the Rocketship chain of schools—a low-budget operation that relies on young and inexperienced teachers rather than more veteran and expensive faculty, that reduces the curriculum to a near-exclusive focus on reading and math, and that replaces teachers with online learning and digital applications for a significant portion of the day..." 

 

For full report, click on title above or here: http://www.epi.org/publication/school-privatization-milwaukee/

 

For EPI's reply to Rocketship response: http://www.epi.org/blog/epi-stands-rigorous-methods-findings-report/

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Charter Boom May Have Negative Fiscal Impact on Districts, Report Says

Charter Boom May Have Negative Fiscal Impact on Districts, Report Says | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Katie Ash (Oct. 16, 2013)  "A report released on Tuesday by Moody's Investors Service found that while most public school districts have weathered the rise of charter schools without a negative fiscal impact, certain risk factors are making it harder for districts in economically challenged areas to remain financially viable as charters continue to grow.  The report outlines four major factors that can lead to charters taking a toll on a district's finances."...
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charterschoice/2013/10/new_report_charter_boom_may_have_negative_fiscal_impact_on_districts.html

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The Exaggeration Of Charter School Waiting Lists

The Exaggeration Of Charter School Waiting Lists | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Valerie Strauss - Washington Post - Feb. 10, 2013

"No doubt there are excellent charter schools in the country where the waiting lists are very, very long. But there also are instances where waiting lists aren’t exactly as long as they appear.

That became clear at a recent legislative hearing in Florida, when charter school lobbyist Jim Horne gave public testimony on a charter school bill, which includes a measure that some people are calling a land grab. It would require Florida school systems to offer, free of charge, the use of empty or half-empty public school buildings to charter nonprofit and for-profit school operators.
 

Blogger Bob Sikes reports that Horne said that there are 80,000 children on waiting lists for charter schools. State Rep. Kionne L. McGhee (D) questioned the number, at which point Horne started to back pedal. Under questioning, a Florida Department of Education official conceded that the waiting list figures had come from the charter schools. And then, a Miami-Dade County official pointed out that some students appear on more than one waiting list."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/10/the-exaggeration-of-charter-school-waiting-lists/
 

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Rocketship to Profits: Silicon Valley Breeds Reformers with National Reach // ReThinking Schools

Rocketship to Profits: Silicon Valley Breeds Reformers with National Reach // ReThinking Schools | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By David Bacon  (Image by Ethan Heitner)

"Nearly every metropolitan area these days has its own wealthy promoters of education reform. Little Rock has the Waltons, Seattle has Bill and Melinda Gates, Newark has Mark Zuckerberg, and Buffalo has John Oishei, who made his millions selling windshield wipers.

Few areas, however, have as concentrated and active a group of wealthy reformers as California’s Silicon Valley. One of the country’s fastest-growing charter school operators, Rocketship Education, started here. A big reason for its stellar ascent is the support it gets from high tech’s deep pockets, and the political influence that money can buy.


Rocketship currently operates nine schools in San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley. It opened its first school in Milwaukee last year and one in Nashville, Tennessee, this fall. Its first two schools in Washington, D.C., where almost half the students already attend charters, open next year. Rocketship plans include running eight schools in Milwaukee, in Nashville, and in D.C. in the near future.

Rocketship also proposed a charter school in Morgan Hill, just south of San Jose. But there they ran into resistance from parents, teachers, and the teachers’ union. That successful campaign to block Rocketship and protect local public schools highlights the importance of confronting charter chains as they try to infiltrate school systems across the country.


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How Will Charter Schools Deal With Their Corruption Scandals? - Washington Post

By Mark Palko

"Charter schools were originally conceived as centers of experimentation and innovation where educators could try new approaches quickly on a small scale with a minimum of paperwork. Many charters have lived up to that promise, but that same openness that allows new ideas to flourish may also have left the sector vulnerable to a dangerous level of corruption.

For decades, Michigan and Florida have been on the cutting edge of shifting public education into the private sector. These policies were based on a deeply held and often explicitly stated belief that choice and market forces could net only solve education’s problems but could also alleviate much of the need for regulation.

Now recent investigations from the Detroit Free Press, South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, and the Florida League of Women Voters have painted a troubling picture of two out-of-control charter school systems."... 


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Darcy Bedortha Blows Whistle on K-12 Inc. Virtual Charter Schools - via EdWeekTeacher Blog

Guest post by Darcy Bedortha (via Anthony Cody, EdWeekTeacher blog) - Jan. 6th, 2014 
(Selected quote)..."Luis Huerta of NEPC and Teachers College, Columbia University cites K12 Inc.'s explicit strategy  of targeting the least-supported population of students. He states that the corporation has an established practice of going after students who are "at risk" because of their tendency to not engage in school or expect much, if anything, from their educational experience, thereby creating a greater profit margin for K12 Inc. If a student is not active in school or demanding a quality education, he or she does not take as much of a teacher's time; fewer questions are asked, less work needs reviewing and less interaction is required. By targeting these students for enrollment, K12 Inc. is able to push a higher student to teacher ratio: fewer teachers equals less expense, more students equals more income, fewer expenses in conjunction with greater income equals greater profits. This is a core issue with for-profit education management organizations."


For full post, please read: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/01/15_months_in_virtual_charter_h.html


For more about how legislation was written to allow for the rapid proliferation of these schools, visit: http://sco.lt/4paE4H

 

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Charter Schools & the Public Good: Jersey City Version | School Finance 101

Charter Schools & the Public Good: Jersey City Version | School Finance 101 | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Bruce Baker, Ph.D: "As I’ve discussed in several recent posts, I’m increasingly concerned with how charter school expansion has played out both in our cities and in our suburbs. My one post that perhaps best captures my overarching concerns is here:

http://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/from-portfolios-to-parasites-the-unfortunate-path-of-u-s-charter-school-policy/


"It seems that increasingly, no matter where I look, my worst fears are realized. As I’ve explained numerous times – I began my work on charter school policy with positive expectations. Not so much anymore. Here’s how it’s all playing in Jersey City, NJ..."

 

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http://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/charter-schools-the-public-good-jersey-city-version/


 

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Report Documents $100 Million in Charter School Fraud in 14 States and D.C.

Report Documents $100 Million in Charter School Fraud in 14 States and D.C. | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it
An examination of charter schools in 15 charter markets has exposed nearly $100 million in losses due to fraud, waste, and abuse, according to a new advocacy group report.

 

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http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/charterschoice/2014/05/report_documents_100_million_in_charter_school_fraud_in_14_states_and_dc.html

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Schools Without Diversity: Education Management Organizations, Charter Schools, and the Demographic Stratification of the American School System - Great Lakes Center For Education Research & Practice

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About Those Long Waiting Lists at Charter Schools

"A much ballyhooed California-based charter chain school called Citizens of the World opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in New York City despite community opposition. It hoped to attract white and middle-clsss families in the gentrified neighborhood.

 

It was supposed to open with 107 kindergarten and first grade students.

The Wall Street Journal reported that only 56 appeared.

The school may be closed due to low enrollment."
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Koch Brothers’ Confidential Document Offers Glimpse into Anti-Worker Political Machine // Education Votes

Koch Brothers’ Confidential Document Offers Glimpse into Anti-Worker Political Machine // Education Votes | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

The excerpt below is from a Mother Jones article by Andy Kroll and Daniel Schulman that offers a “fascinating glimpse” into billionaires Charles and David Koch’s “mighty political machine. The global oil tycoons’ far-reaching agenda includes privatizing public education, defunding public schools in favor of for-profit education, dismantling worker rights, eliminating the minimum wage, and limiting the voting rights of the poor, young adults and minorities.


Among the donor attendees at the Koch brothers’ secretive meeting was hedge fund founder Ken Griffin, a major contributor to Stand for Children, a multistate education reform group that advocates for private school vouchers and the elimination of licensure requirements for teachers.


"There’s one main rule at the conservative donor conclaves held twice a year by Charles and David Koch at luxury resorts: What happens there stays there.


The billionaire industrialists and their political operatives strive to ensure the anonymity of the wealthy conservatives who fund their sprawling political operation—which funneled more than $400 million into the 2012 elections—and to keep their plans private. Attendees of these summits are warned that the seminars, where the Kochs and their allies hatch strategies for electing Republicans and advancing conservative initiatives on the state and national levels, are strictly confidential; they are cautioned to keep a close eye on their meeting notes and materials.


But last week, following the Kochs’ first donor gathering of 2014, one attendee left behind a sensitive document at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort outside of Palm Springs, California, where the Kochs and their comrades had spent three days focused on winning the 2014 midterm elections and more.


The document lists VIP donors—including John Schnatter, the founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain—who were scheduled for one-on-one meetings with representatives of the political, corporate, and philanthropic wings of Kochworld. The one-page document, provided to Mother Jones by a hotel guest who discovered it, offers a fascinating glimpse into the Kochs’ political machine and shows how closely intertwined it is with Koch Industries, their $115 billion conglomerate."...


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Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal, and Corruption - AlterNet

Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal, and Corruption - AlterNet | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Kristin Rawls - AlterNet

"This article is part of a two-part series that looks at mass school closings targeting America’s inner cities and the promise of charter schools as a magic solution to alleged “failing schools.” Part I explained how the charter school movement cynically appropriates civil rights rhetoric, but often leaves the most vulnerable students worse off than before. In Part II, AlterNet looks at a more likely motivation for the “reforms”: Profit."...


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“Diversity is Hard”: Will Charter Schools In Your Locale Choose Equity? Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D.

“Diversity is Hard”: Will Charter Schools In Your Locale Choose Equity? Julian Vasquez Heilig, Ph.D. | Charter Schools & "Choice": A Closer Look | Scoop.it

By Julian Vasquez Heilig: "I am not of the ilk that charters are all bad news (See all of Cloaking Inequity’s post on charter schools here). As I have mentioned previously, I am a charter school parent, currently serve on a charter school board, and was an instructor at an Aspire charter school. I realize that I have prominent friends and allies that are 100% anti-charter. I am okay with those feelings because I have serious concerns with equity in the charter movement.
 

Here in the Lone Star State I am unsure if there is a community more enamored with charters than San Antonio. This love affair has been spurred by millions of dollars in donations by the Brackenridge Foundation and other venture philanthropist involved in “Choose to Succeed.” Previously on Cloaking Inequity I have taken aim at corporate charter chains that are invading San Antonio and other communities because of my concerns with their equity for low-SES students (See Great Hearts, BASIS, and KIPP). In fact, I began Cloaking Inequity so that I could respond to a KIPP press release criticizing our peer-reviewed study about the attrition of African American students from charters in Texas (“Work Hard, Be Nice?”: A Response to KIPP).
 

What is the state of charter movement? Well, if you look at graduation and dropout numbers in Texas you will probably be shocked. I was. I pulled the following table from the most recent Texas dropout and completion report released by the Texas Education Agency."
Full post at: http://cloakinginequity.com/2013/11/11/diversity-is-hard-will-charter-schools-in-your-locale-choose-equity/

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