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This Just In: Some Cyber Charter Schools Rake in Profits, Fail to Deliver Results

Mokoto Rich of the NYTimes reports today on the fact that some cyber charter schools are making huge profits while experiencing horrific graduation rates. This is not news to anyone who reads Diane Ravitch or progressive blogs like Truthout… and is certainly unsurprising given the privatization movement. When States like WI, OH and PA bought into the notion that education was a commodity that should be marketed like breakfast cereal and regulated as lightly as possible why should anyone be surprised that inexpensive, inferior, and highly profitable products would crowd out expensive, customized, and artisanal ones. One only needs to see the low quality of products available on the shelves of grocery stores, Walmarts, and mini-marts where the unregulated free market reigns to understand why the free market will not yield the kind of eduction needed today. MAYBE articles in the mainstream like Ms. Rich’s will lead people to see that snake oil salesman like Mr. Lager, who is profiled in Ms, Rich’s article, are not seeking to “…make public education more efficient and effective“. Rather they are seeking a way to make a quick buck at the expense of students who struggle to succeed in school and are hoping for a fast and easy way out.

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