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Part 5: How (NOT!) to Fix the State's Broken Charter Financing Problem; by Diane Ravitch

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Here is the disappointing last of a five-part series called “Cashing in on Charter Schools.”  'The authors wimp out. Charters want to be treated as “public schools” to get money but insist they are “private” when the public wants to review their finances. Read how none of the parties to the transactions wants to open their books. “The dearth of public information means that taxpayers can’t see why the Friends of TEAM Academy, which supports the Newark charter school, has earned millions of dollars in development fees or how that money is spent. They won't know why Uncommon Schools donated millions to North Star Academy but then required that the money be spent on a building owned by a related company. or  why Friends of Marion P. Thomas Charter School signed with a developer that had the Friends pay out $6.4 million in fees as part of a two-building deal.'

 
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"What the article never considers is whether charter schools are needed and whether the state would be wiser to invest the same hundreds of millions millions in improving the public schools that most students attend."

It is a scam folks. First the GOP defunds everthing, forcing cities to cut essential services. Public schools are the first to g, and when they fail because there his no money to support firing professional practitioners, or ensure that class size supports learning, or provide materials and programs the support the teacher, and the student... they use what taxpayer money remains to enrich the charter school owners.


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So WHY? do you support Diane Ravitch, who supports the NEA?

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You too were screwed by the unions, as you have explained before. So I simply ask "Why?" as you have advocated doing.

Thanks in advance for your hopefully edited response.

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