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General News    H4'ed 5/3/19

Oklahoma: For-Profit Online Charter Chain Gobbles Up Rural Districts;by Diane Ravitch

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'Oklahoma has underfunded its public schools over the past decade. Many districts have switched to a four-day week to save money.Some rural districts, facing insolvency, are turning their schools over to Epic, a for-profit online charter chain, which can balance the books by putting kids online and cutting teachers’ jobs.Oklahoma has followed a policy of large tax cuts for corporations, especially those in the oil, gas, and fracking industry, and budget cuts for education and other public services. The state is abandoning its future.'

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