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Mercedes Schneider: Billionaires Jim and Alice Walton Seek to Purchase Louisiana State Board; by Diane Ravitch

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 ' The Walton Family is collectively worth more than $150 billion, and their hobby is undermining and disrupting public schools across the nation. The Waltons are determined to harm the public schools that educated their father Sam Walton and most of them.Mercedes Schneider reports in this post that the Waltons waited until close to Election Day so that Louisianans would not have time to learn that out-of-State billionaires were trying to buy the state board elections.The family belongs on the blog’s Wall of Shame for their ceaseless attacks on public schools, unions, experienced teachers, and communities.'

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Hey Louisianna.. look at Alabama Josh Moon of the Alabama Political Reporter reports that Montgomery's first charter school has devolved into a chaotic messonly six weeks after opening.


Look at Texas: William J. Gumbert has been writing a series of articles about charter schools in Texas, which are undermining the state's underfunded public schools and do not perform any better than public schools . Texas: The Hoax and Lies Perpetrated by the Charter Industry

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There is more about Louisiana, California, and other states.We are talking here about our taxpayer dollars. There are needy schools in the U.S. Yet the Department of Education squanders money on failed and failing charter schools. This must stop!


Jan Resseger is a voice of moral clarity in a time of moral turpitude.she reflected on the NPE report "Asleep At the Wheel," about the slipshod, failed federal program to pump money into the charter industry and concluded the program should be terminated, with the money transferred to high-needs schools.


I n this post on Valerie Strauss's Answer Sheet blog at the Washington Post, is the NPE response to Betsy DeVos's putdown of the Network for Public Education's meticulous documentation of the failure of the federal Charter Schools Program. Our report, "Asleep at the Wheel," showed that the U.S. Department of Education had handed out hundreds of millions of dollars--close to a billion dollars--between 2006 and 2014, to nearly 1,000 charter schools that never opened or that closed soon after opening. DeVos, as you will see, dismissed the report out of hand, and we assume that she never read it. The report was carefully documented, with references drawn mainly from government sources, including the website of the U.S. Department of Education. And for an added bonus, we show that 42% of all charter schools in DeVos's home state of Michigan that received federal funding either never opened or closed soon after opening. What will she do to correct the lack of oversight in her own department?


We write:Here is a link to 109 Michigan charter schools, called "academies," that were awarded Charter School Program (CSP) grants from 2006-2014 but either never opened or closed. That number represents 42 percent of all recipients. Those highlighted in maroon shut down. Those highlighted in tan are schools that received funds but never opened. You will find ample documentation for your staff to review our work.


As anxious as you are to open new charter schools, if nearly half of them do not make it, we suggest that something is wrong with the selection process.

In total, $20,272,078 was awarded to defunct Michigan charter schools. And yet, in 2018 you awarded the State of Michigan an additional $47,222,222.

Your home state is not alone. Posted here is a similar list from the state of Ohio showing the names of 117 charter schools (40 percent) that received CSP funds between 2006-2014 that also never opened or are now closed. The total of CSP awards to those schools is $35,926,693. Please note that in all of these states, far more charter schools have failed than just those that received federal SEA funds. In the case of Ohio, the list of closed charters (293) is nearly equal to the number of schools that are presently open (310).

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