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This Just In: De-Regulated For-Profit Schools Hire Who They Want, Teach What They Want, Collect Billions

I am finding it difficult to keep up with the flood of stories on the impact of deregulation and privatization on public education, and am therefore going to paste a recent posting I received from Cashing in on Kids, a project of In the Public Interest, a nonprofit organization advocating for democratic control of public goods and services. In doing so I am offering some brief commentary on each that appears in bold, red italics.

Public dollars are going to strip mall private schools in Florida. In a wide-ranging investigative series, the Orlando Sentinel finds that Florida’s private schools will collect nearly $1 billion in state-backed scholarships this year through a system so weakly regulated that some schools hire teachers without college degrees, hold classes in aging strip malls, and falsify fire-safety and health records. This three part series should win some kind of journalistic award and should convince Florida voters that they should re-think the direction their legislators are taking them… unless low taxes are more important than quality schools.  Orlando Sentinel

 

Chicago charter schools hire staffers despite “Do Not Hire” warnings.The inspector general of Chicago Public Schools has found that 163 former staffers caught abusing students or stealing from the school district later landed jobs in the city’s privately managed charter and contract schools. The same “reformers” who complain about unions protecting incompetent teachers are hiring teachers who the union DIDN’T protect because their offenses were indefensible! What’s wrong with this picture? Chicago Sun-Times

“Boot camp-style teaching.” Angry parents who claim their kids are being ruined by boot camp-style teaching are staging an uprising at charter school founder Eva Moskowitz’s flagship, $68 million Success Academy school that opened in September. Ms. Moskowitz will be shielded from criticism by Governor Cuomo, though, because her schools are exemplary… or maybe because she is a major contributor to Mr. Cuomo’s campaign?. New York Daily News

Wall Street money pours in Colorado.
The pro-charter Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), part of Education Reform Now, which is backed by Wall Street bankers and hedge fund managers, has put $625,000 in the past month into a committee that’s spending on Denver-area school board races. Colorado has the best school boards money can buy The Gazette

“Betsy DeVos Just Gave $12.6 million to Rocketship Charter Schools. Bad Idea.” Karen Wolfe of Public Schools Connect digs into the complicated story of Silicon Valley-based charter school chain Rocketship, which is experiencing plummeting test scores, litigation, and allegations of student mistreatment, yet recently landed a $12.6 million grant from Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education. Accountability goes out the window when regulation goes out the window! The Progressive

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