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Florida: The Corruption and Conflicts of Interest Behind the Charter Industry, by Diane Ravitch

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This article in the Miami Herald by Fabiola Santiago  describes the flagrant abuse of power that typifies charter legislation. In Florida charter operators and members of their families are members of the legislature. They shamelessly engage in self-dealing.How can this be legal?  “Florida’s broad ethics laws are a joke. “Some lawmakers earn a paycheck tied to charter schools. “Some lawmakers have close relatives who are founders of charter schools. “Other lawmakers are founders themselves or have ties to foundations or business entities connected to charter schools. “Three legislators were chief architects in the passage of a $419 million education bill that takes away millions of dollars from public schools to expand the charter-school industry in Florida at taxpayer expense.' Read more and learn how the Orwellian word 'choice' is no option for taxpayers.

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