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The Cost to New York City of Paying Rent for Charter School Facilities; Leonie Haimison at Diane Ravitch

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'The city is now spending more than $100 million a year to pay the rent for charters This includes about $14.8 million since FY 2015 for eight charter schools whose CMO or related parties own the building. This even though Charter students are 4% of the state’s students, and 10% in the City. Size Matters released a report on the cost that NYC pays for charter school facilities, even for richly endowed charters like Success Academy.This includes almost $15 million a year paying for rent where the charter or its management organization is the landlord! In 2010, Gov. Andrew Cuomo advanced legislation that required NYC to pay the rent for charter schools in private buildings when the city was unable to provide suitable space in public school buildings. At the time, he declared himself the champion of charter schools, which helped him raise campaign funds on Wall Street. 

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Nancy Flanagan is a retired teacher in Michigan with long experience in the classroom; In this post, she wonders why the Democratic candidates are mostly mum about charters. At the last Democratic debate, when the question of charters was raised, Andrew Yang was the only one who openly expressed support for charters. The good news is that Andrew Yang will not be the eventual candidate. Even Cory Booker avoided the subject. Bernie Sanders, whose education policy is sharply critical of charters, did not take the opportunity to express his views. He should have.

In fact, Senate Republicans Want to Increase Funding for Charters, The federal Charter Schools Program handed out $440 Million this year. Betsy DeVos uses this money as her personal slush fund to reward corporate charter chains like KIPP Originally, it was meant to launch start-up charters, but DeVos has turned it into a free-flowing spigot for some of the nation's richest charter chains.($89 million), IDEA (over $200 million in two years), and Success Academy ($10 million).

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Last March, the Network for Public Education published its study of the ineptness of the Charter Schools Program, revealing that at least one-third of the charters it funded had either never opened or had closed soon after opening. About one billion dollars was wasted by this federal program.

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Great reading if you are interested in facts!

Steven Singer has written recently about the origins of charter schools. The real fathers of this first big step towards privatization , he writes, were Ted Kolderie and Joe Nathan of Minnesota, who wrote the nation's first charter school law and opened the door wide for entrepreneurs, grifters, and attacks on unions. Singer is a flame-thrower in this post, because he has come to see that behind the "progressive" facade of charters lurks Betsy DeVos, the Walton Family, the Koch brothers, ALEC, and a galaxy of public school haters.

He begins:"If bad ideas can be said to have fathers, then charter schools have two.And I'm not talking about greed and racism. No, I mean two flesh and blood men who did more than any others to give this terrible idea life Minnesota ideologues Ted Kolderie, 89, and Joe Nathan, 71.

In my article "Charter Schools Were Never a Good Idea. They Were a Corporate Plot All Along," I wrote about Kolderie's role but neglected to mention Nathan's.And of the two men, Nathan has actually commented on this blog.He flamed on your humble narrator when I dared to say that charter schools and voucher schools are virtually identical."

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ALL MY LINKS to writes who talk about education come to me because I read the Ravitch Blog every day.

Education is the base for democracyand of income equality as well as income inequality . Everyone needs to read about the the war on public education goin on right now.

Go to the Ravitch blog and get Diane's daily posts, to learn how America's schools are being demolished

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