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The Charter School Industry's Dishonest Attack on Bernie Sanders, By Adolph Reed Jr. and Cornel West; The Nation

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Read this amazing article! Arguing that charter schools offer unique opportunities for poor African American children isn’t borne out by the facts.'  Reed and West demonstrate that multiple studies show that charter schools do not outperform public schools, and they are more segregated than public schools.' 'Simply put, charter advocates’ sanctimonious bluster about charterization as a civil-rights issue is deeply disingenuous, and the attacks on Bernie Sanders as racist for joining the NAACP in opposing it are repugnant!'  'The charter industry is about profiting off education. In addition to the officially for-profit companies involved, even many charter nonprofits are structured in ways that enable people and businesses to make money off them. Charter operators and affiliated entities have used public funds to obtain and privately own valuable urban real estate'

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And as Diane Ravitch has been pointing out for years, how the power elite push to end public education by supporting charter schools."Bad as the out-and-out fraudsters and get-rich-quick schemers are, the most dangerous and destructive elements in the charter-school industry are the billionaire "philanthropists" like Bill Gates, Walmart's Walton family, and Eli Broad, the hedge-fund operators, corporate chains, and their minions in think tanks and on op-ed pages, who, out of ideological and commercial motives, have for some time been plotting the privatization of public schools and the destruction of public education as anything more than an underfunded holding pen for the least profitable students...."

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And, in case you don't read the whole article, which you should, because this is YOUR country, and public educations the ONLY way to income equality, this is crucial to know!:

"Of course, teachers' unions are the charter industry's bête noire for a more old-school reason as well: There is no place for them in the business model. Charter-school teachers are paid less than teachers at traditional public schools, are less experienced, less likely to be certified, less satisfied with their jobs, have higher rates of turnover, and most important, are much more likely to be at-will employees who can be dismissed without cause. The charter-school industry has been able to impose these clearly less-desirable working conditions on teachers partly through taking advantage of young, idealistic people funneled from outfits like Teach For America.

And the long campaign stigmatizing public-school teachers, as well as other public workers, and their unions as the equivalent of lazy welfare queens has enabled propagation of a narrative projecting the image of fresh-faced, energetic young elite-college graduates as more effective and desirable than experienced teachers..."

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As a long time educator I concluded before I started my alternate school in Ca. that one factor alone controls the success of such an institution: Size. SIZE MATTERS! That means class size as well as the size of the whole school.

Especially in the earliest grades. There is no substitute for the advantage a teacher has with a small class. I could elaborate on hands on approaches to the basic subjects, the balance and frequency of classes, the importance of parent participation, and the amount of local input in general. But SIZE has the greatest affect on a child's happiness, sense of security, and the concurrent ability to absorb information. Period.

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