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Puerto Rico: Privatizers See Fertile Ground to Turn the Island Schools Over to Charter Operators

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. "The charter industry has its eyes on the schools of Puerto Rico, “Efforts are underway to “reform” the island’s education system, like post-Katrina New Orleans—the only city in the country whose schools are  entirely charter schools!  “Last month, Puerto Rico’s Public-Partnership Authority director spoke optimistically about leveraging federal money with companies interested in privatizing public infrastructure.” But teachers & local residents are fighting back with a guerrilla campaign to reopen the public schools themselves. In order for a school to open, it must pass inspection— be "cleaned, repaired, and disinfected.” It is often teachers and community members who are doing this work to prepare the schools  “We don’t want anyone to come here and start doing charters here.”The island’s teachers’ union recently called for greater transparency regarding school inspections."

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