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Oakland Is in the Sights of the "Destroy Public Education" Crowd, Who Control the Board Jjane Nyland & Diane ravitch

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'The Walton-bought board has recently closed 2 schools,  Oakland’s portfolio model, which was supposed to close “low performing” schools (nearly all  were privatized into charters), has now morphed into the Citywide plan with no school safe from closure. Kaiser was an exemplary model for a popular, well-supported, diverse neighborhood public school that attracted families both within and outside its boundaries and had steady enrollment .  It’s  closure (and planned consolidation with Sankofa, a struggling elementary school several miles away with a freeway in between) means that the beautiful piece of property where Kaiser is located will either be sold or given to a charter. Kaiser’s closure was a sacrifice, a political pawn to show that the school board can be “bold” and not just close schools in high-needs neighborhoods. 'Look at us, we can close anything, and we will!''

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In this post, which appeared on Valerie Strauss's Answer Sheet blog at the Washington Post, Carol Burris describes the outraged reaction of the charter advocacy groups to Elizabeth Warren's plan to end the federal CSP. She details that each of the major charter groups has received many millions of dollars from the federal government, in addition to the support they have received from billionaires, foundations, and Wall Street. They are angry that their federal money might be cut off.

Strauss invited charter advocates to respond, and she includes their responses in the post. They want the money, they all said, because it is all about the kids.


Carol Burris, a veteran educator and now executive director of the Network for Public Education, has conducted extensive research into the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), which resulted in a report called Asleep at the Wheel . That report documented the waste of about $1 billion in federal funds spent on charters that either never opened or that opened and then closed in short order. At the time the CSP was created by the Clinton administration, there were fewer than 100 charters; the new program was supposed to help start-up charters. However, since Betsy DeVos became Secretary of Education, she has used the CSP as her personal slush fund, lavishing million on established corporate charter chains--especially IDEA and KIPP.

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