Here is the dark role that charter schoolsplay on behalf of corporate elites & their determination to privatize public education for fun & profit. The charter school movement began as a way to help public schools by encouraging innovation. But, in the past 25 years, it has evolved into an industry that is bent on privatization and that shamelessly diverts money and real estate from public schools. The charter movement today is the darling of ALEC, the Koch brothers, and every rightwing governor and think tank. Their most important innovation seems to be their commitment to turning schools for children of color into tightly disciplined boot camps, where they learn the value of unquestioning obedience. Any prospect of collaboration with public schools disappeared long ago, as it would be a compact between a robber and his victim.