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California: The Charter Law is Broken and Adversaries Don't Agree on How to Fix It; by Diane Ravitch

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"This is part 3 of the series about charter school dysfunction in Ca. It traces  the problems, especially lack of oversight, to state law. The billionaires who fund the rapid expansion of charter schools and wish  to eliminate the role of local school boards in authorizing charter schools and transfer that power to a single state charter board. BUT, school boards have been rendered toothless by the law, which allows charters to appeal their rejection at the local level to the county board. If the county board rejects them, they can appeal to the state board, which has been extremely friendly to charters. The Network for Public Education, which is not funded by teachers unions, believes that charters should be authorized ONLY by local school districts to meet their needs, not because an entrepreneur wants a school of his own or because a corporate chain sees a chance to grow."

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