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"Here today, gone tomorrow: Charters Schools Open and Close Like Day Lilies

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 765 charter schools closed leaving thousands of families stressed, abandoned, dislocated & angry.  In under 3 decades 3000 have closed.The top 3 reasons privately-operated charter schools close are financial malfeasance, poor academic performance, and low enrollment. When you take all charters and all public schools into consideration, students at charters do worse than those at public schools. There is no justification for the existence of privately-operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools. They do not provide a net public benefit. Endless news reports show that charter schools are always mired in scandal and controversy. It is time to stop bashing public education, reject the hype surrounding charter schools, fully fund all public schools, and vest real decision-making power in the hands of the public.'
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Diane Ravitch, makes clear what is happening as education, like our health care was made into a 'market' for the wealthy. "It is also worth recalling that the vast majority of high-performing nations do not have charter schools.

"While "choice" has worked out well for major owners of capital, what good is "choice" when it cannot deliver stable, reliable, high-quality education free of corruption, segregation, and overpaid administrators? How does funneling billions of dollars annually from public schools to unstable privately-operated charter schools that frequently perform poorly help the economy, education, or society? Do pay-the-rich schemes like charter schools advance the national interest?

"The rich must be deprived of their ability to privatize public education with impunity. The content, purpose, and direction of education must not be in the hands of privatizers, neoliberals, and corporate school reformers."

Submitted on Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 at 3:26:32 PM

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