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$1 billion in wasted federal funds on bad charter schools may have underestimated the problem -Valerie Strauss

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Updates on the March report on the federal Charter Schools Program  provides new details: now we know that the amount of money wasted was about $1 billion over several years; the extent of waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal CSP is appalling, as is the ED department’s failure to pay attention to where the money goes .In March  “Asleep at the Wheel,” found that about a third of the charters that received federal grants in the $440 million program either never opened or closed soon after opening. The Department of Education failed to monitor where the money was going and how it was spent . In the states Carol Burris reviewed, 40% of the charters were failures. Some had no name. Some were not even charters. The CSP,  is a slush fund for Friends of Betsy and a ready supplier of millions to big corporate charter chains'

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It's YOUR taxpayer money. being spent in the slush fund, even as public schools are being demolished.Read about The Demolition of American Public Education.And This article about an impoverished Ohio district waswritten by Robert Brownlee, who grew up in East Cleveland, attended its public schools, and spent his career in its public schools. He hits the nail on the head: The state takeover will do nothing to address the root causes of low academic achievement.

Income inequality and poverty is a direct result of a poor education.

Read the report, titled "Asleep at the Wheel " and issued by the nonprofit advocacy group Network for Public Education.

Don't let this happen... tell everyone you know about the demolition of Public schools.

This year, Congress handed out $440 million to charter schools, many of which will never open or quickly close. Trump and DeVos want to increase the annual sum to $500 million.

and go to: The Ravitch blog which is a treasure if you want up-to the-minute news on the war on public education.. Everyone should read at least follow her posts.

The posts are to articles by educators across America. It is where I get the latest on the war on Public Education, that began with an assault on teachers, that took out tens of thousands of our most experienced, dedicated professional practitioners..i.e teachers.

Also, here at OEN, see my many series which follow the devastation of our public schools, as the INSTITUTION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION is decimated by the 'reformers' who sell privatization (I.e charter schools and vouchers)a s 'choice.'

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BTW: In her latest book, Slaying Goliath, Diane Ravitch writes of those who have privatized the schools -- the Disrupters -- who believe America's schools should be run like businesses, with teachers incentivized with threats and bonuses, and schools that need to enter into the age of the gig economy in which children are treated like customers or products.

She writes of the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, the Waltons (Walmart), Eli Broad, Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, and many more, on the right and the left, as well as corporations, foundations, etc., intent on promoting the privatization of one of our most valued public institutions.

Ravitch lays out, in extensive detail, the facts showing that the ideas put forth by school privateers have failed; that their promises of higher test scores have not come to pass; that the "great hope" of Common Core has been a dud.

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Chiara writes at The Ravitch blog.

June 25, 2019 at 10:25 am

U.S. Department of Education
"#EducationFreedom Scholarships would put the power to make educational decisions in the hands of students, families and communities no one else.

No family is forced to accept a scholarship.
No taxpayer is forced to contribute.
No state is forced to participate.

This is how they spend whole work weeks and months- promoting and marketing private schools. We're all paying thousands of public employees for this.

Not one bit of effort expended on the vast majority of children who attend public schools.

Our schools and students simply don't exist, except as the "failing" students and schools they use to sell the schools they prefer. They should be kept out of public schools. This narrative is both false and BAD for public school students. Parents are working hard to tell them school is worthwhile and important and thousands of federal employees undercut that every single day in pursuit of their personal ideological agenda. And we pay them for it! Lunacy.

DeVos tells them they shouldn't bother to show up. That they would "learn more" if they don't go, like her granddaughter. Thanks, Betsy! Good job. Happy to spend millions of dollars on your massive security team for that excellent work.

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