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Study Says State Takeover of Low-Performing Schools in Tennessee Failed; by Diane Ravitch

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"After 25 years of the charter “experiment,” there is a growing body of evidence that charters do not have a “secret sauce,” other than selection and attrition. That is not a replicable model for American education. The study can be found here.  It concludes that state takeovers of low-performing schools in Tennessee made no difference. The takeovers failed, schools remained low performing.  The so-called Achievement School District failed. It's ironic  that the study was funded by the Walton Family Foundation, which spends $200 million a year.on new charters. Betsy DeVos handed out 263 million from the U.S. Dep't of Ed.which equals   half a billion a year to open new charters, from only two of the many sources committed to privatization. "Mercedes Schneider reports on this study funded by the Race to the Top program of the U.S. Department of Education & the Walton Family Foundation 

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