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How Online Charter Operators Scammed More Than $50 Million from Taxpayers and Schools in California; by Valerie Strauss

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fascinating column about the biggest charter scam in history The  235-page indictment spells outthe  gory details of a scheme in which an Australian man and his business partner opened 19 charter schools throughout Ca. and then took the public funding the schools received to operate & used it instead for real estate and other ventures.  This is long, but worth the time to read to get an understanding of how easy it is, because of lax charter sector laws in some states, to defraud the public. California, which has more charter schools and more charter school students than any other state, now has one of the most lax charter laws in the country, allowing these schools to operate with little if any accountability or transparency to the public.


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One of the most valuable sites online is KnowYourCharter in Ohio.This post lays out the waste of taxpayer dollars gobbled up by charters.

Time to close the spigot of money going down the drain in Ohio, leeched away from public schools to fatten charter operators.

Ohio has long been a hotbed of for-profit charter schools.

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Forgive me if your have seen my list of the outrageous scams across the states; this is for all the newbies who're waking up to the GRAND THEFT of their taxpayer money to enrich the 'markets' (ie; hedge funds and real estate corps) in the Orwellian name of 'choice.' And don't miss my series here at OEN on Charter Schools, the fraud & the CHAOS,

JefBryant reports here on the waste of millions of federal dollars poured into charter schools in Louisiana.

National Education Policy Center Reviews Claims about Fiscal Impact of Charters and Finds Them Shallow and Misleading

Who Benefits from Unlimited Expansion of Charter Schools?

Rob Levine: How Charters Kill Public Schools, the Example of Minneapolis

Carol Burris: Florida Charters Are a Swamp of Waste, Fraud, and Profiteering


Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools on the State and City's Floundering Charters

San Diego: Eleven People Indicted in Connection to Online Charter Fraud

Mississippi Massachusetts, Nevada, Connecticut,Arkansas ,DelawareNew Jersey; Georgia( Corporate

Reformers Swarm Atlanta Public Schools);

Texas: Glenn W. Smith, an experienced journalist in Texas, gives his analysis of the politics of school funding and the renewed drive for vouchers:Texas: What is Behind the Drive to Privatize Public Education in Texas.

Tennessee and dozens of states are defrauded.

Then there is Wisconsin, where the government has slashed funding for K-12 public schools while expanding and enriching the state's voucher program. This is a clear-cut victory for ALEC, the corporate-funded lobby for privatization."Since Republicans took over our state Capitol in 2011, they have cut $1.2 billion from public K-12 education.

In Alabama Larry Lee writes in bewilderment about the state board of education's decision to choose a new state superintendent who was never a teacher or an administrator.

A new study in Michigan finds that the proliferation of charter schools has undermined the fiscal viability of traditional public schools and just when you think you have heard it all, another amazing for-profit charter scandal emerges

The North Carolina Legislature and the governor are destroying public schools and the teaching profession NC Policy Watch reports on the North Carolina legislature's latest attack on public education, enacted by spurning the democratic process, ramming through a funding bill that few legislators had read or understood and is a violation of federal law,

Take Detroit:on the same day that the New YorkTimes reports that charters and competitionhave caused an unprecedented collapse of education in Detroit, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Walton Family Foundation (Walmart) will pump another $250 millionthis year alone into starting more new charters.

And this is. a smal list !

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and then, there is this: Bruce Baker of Rutgers University reviewed three policy briefs produced by the pro-charter, pro-choice Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington and found them to be "generally superficial and misleading." The apparent intent of these briefs was to influence the policy debate in California, in which Governor Newsom and the Legislature are considering whether to take into account the fiscal impact of charters on public schools. Baker's review was sponsored by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado.

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The conversation by teachers, like this one at the Ravitch blog, is so worth reading. Go there.

Laura H. Chapman

June 19, 2019 at 11:23 am.: "Amazing to read the numbered charges, over 200, and many of them about recruiting high school football players to boost enrollments in a summer program. I did not get through all of the charges but my eyes popped when i read that someone in this sordid scam promised to designate a teacher as "highly qualified" if the teacher brought 30 students to the charter school."

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