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The NPE believes that public education is the pillar of our democracy, a public institution which ENROLLS ALL CHILDREN, nurtures and teaches all! Charter schools do not ! They are formed when a private organization contracts with a government authorizer to open and run a school & ARE MANAGED managed by private boards, NOT EDUCATORS, often with no connection to the community they serve. Many are for profit entities or non-profits that that operate behind a wall of secrecy. with no accountability. Scandal, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer funds abound! States with weak charter laws encourage nepotism, profiteering by politicians, and worse, ENCOURAGING self-dealing, conflicts of interest, and theft! For all of the reasons above and more, the Network for Public Education regards charter schools as a failed experiment that our organization cannot support.'