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Michigan: President of State Board Explains Why It Declined to Spend $47 Million for New Charters, by Diane Ravitch

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'This month, the State Board of Ed was presented with grant criteria to pend $47 million in taxpayer money on new and expanding charter schools-- Betsy DeVos's petri dish to demonstrate her theories about school choice. It undermines public schools without producing better results by any metric. But it does enrich investors.  As elected board members, we raised legitimate questions about the need and the nature of these expenditures, following the release of a national research report indicating that over $1 billion of similar grant funds have been awarded to entities that either never opened a school, or opened and then closed. All this new school creation has not led to increased achievement for students. Only three charter schools that offer high school grades rank in the Top 100 of Michigan’s federally-approved Index system.'  Choice produces profits, not better education.

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Can you spell FRAUD? Betsy DeVos spells it 'Choice." Her orwellian term that allows the grand theft of taxpayer money into private schools, while starving public schools.

here is a tiny portion of the theft in but a few of the 15,880 district in 50 states which are the great prize for the hedge funds and privateers .

Let's begin with A telling story about a charter school controversy in a rural Alabama county

And here:Jeff Bryant reports here on the waste of millions of federal dollars poured into charter schools in Louisiana.

In this article , Carol Burristhe executive director of the Network for Public Educationexamines the charter school mess. Florida has about three million students. About 300,000 attend charter schools. Some members of the Legislature have direct conflicts of interest but nonetheless vote to shower favors and money on the state's charters.

Burris reports that nearly half of the state's charters operate for profit. Entrepreneurs have flocked to Florida to get the easy money.

and also:Southern Poverty Legal Center On Florida Vouchers By signing S.B. 7070 into law yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set his state on the path to further decimate its public schools through an unprecedented expansion of private school vouchers.

Florida already diverts nearly $1 billion of scarce public funds to unaccountable, under-regulated private schools each year through several different voucher programs. This massive diversion of public funds has led the state to fall from 24th among states in per-pupil funding to the bottom 10.

Former Milwaukee School Board President Michael Bonds was convicted of accepting bribes to help a Philadelphia charter school operator.

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