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Are Charter Schools Public Schools?;by Shawgi Tell at Diane Ravitch blog.

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Charter schools are not public schools; p rivately-operated nonprofit & for-profit charter schools differ in profound ways from public schools -- Read how:Charter schools are exempt from dozens, even hundreds, of state and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, and agreements that apply to all public schools. They  are not governed by a publicly elected school board, but by a self-selecting, corporate-style board of trustees and do not uphold open-meeting laws; they dodge many such public requirements. Many do not provide the same services as public schools, e.g., transportation, nurses, food, sports, education services. Many are not subject to audits.Thousandsare directly and/or indirectly owned, operated, or managed by private, for-profit entities...more...

 

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Charter means contract. Charter schools are contract Performance contracts are at the heart of charter schools. Contract is the quintessential market category. Contracts make commerce possible. Contract law is part of private law, not public law. Charter schools are legally classified as nonprofits or for-profits. Unlike public schools, they are not political subdivisions of the state. In some places, like New York State, charter schools are not considered political subdivisions of the state. Unlike public schools, charter schools are not state agencies.

Here are many more reasons to support the conclusion that charter schools are not public schools.

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Jan Resseger: Eight Essential Facts About Charter Schools | Here are eight facts to keep in mind:

    While their promoters try to brand them as "public charter schools," charter schools are a form of school privatization. Charter schools are private contractors whose expenses are paid with tax dollars. Their boards operate privatelyvery often without transparency. For-profit charter schools are permitted in only two statesArizona and Wisconsin. In the 43 other states whose laws permit charter schools, the schools must be nonprofits. Nonprofit charter schools are increasingly operatedand often highly controlledby for-profit Charter Management Organizations (CMOs). Sometimes, in something called a sweeps contract, a nonprofit turns over 90 percent or more of its operating dollars to the for-profit management company it has hired to run the schoolmeaning that the for-profit essentially runs the school. But that school is technically a nonprofit. Eighty percent of Michigan's charter schools are operated by for-profit CMOs. Charter schools are established in state law in 45 states and the District of Columbia. (West Virginia, the 45th state, just passed charter school enabling legislation in June, 2019.) There are no federal laws that set up or regulate charter schools. Across the states, charter school fraud and corruption has run rampant due to weak regulation by state legislatures. Charter schools and their supporters and lobbyists have used their power to promote charter schools across the state legislatures. Groups like the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), ExcelinEd (Jeb Bush's group), and the American Federation for Children (Betsy DeVos's group) have lobbied for charter school expansion, and deregulation. Many state legislatures have passed "model" bills which were written and distributed by ALEC's Education Committee to members of state legislatures who are also members of ALEC. No state has passed additional taxes to fund charter schools. When states create charter schools, children who leave public schools to enroll in charters carry away state dollars and essential funding from the public school districts where the children were previously enrolled (see here and here). Public school districts are unable to compensate fully for the loss the public dollars that used to pay for public school services but have now been redirected to a privatized sector. Since it was begun in 1994, the federal Charter Schools Program has served as a sort of venture capital fund with grants to states to fuel the startup and expansion of the charter school sector. More than $1 billion has been wasted on charter schools which never opened or eventually shut down. Proponents of the program, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have claimed this waste of tax dollars is acceptable because the money fueled educational innovation and entrepreneurshipeven if there was a high rate of failure.


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