Diane Ravitch says this is one of the most significant articles about the current situation in American education. 'WHILE CHARTER SCHOOLS are supposed to be nonsectarian, many are run by operators with distinctly religious or partisan political agendas. In order to understand the impact of this particular segment of the charter movement, read about the schools funded by taxpayers, but established 'in order to bring “the Bible, prayer, and patriotism back into the public school system, legally.” You might think that these egregious examples of church-school fusion are anomalies in the emerging charter school universe. But they are not. The charter school movement has provided shelter for religious and ideological activists who have specific theological and political goals for public education. Many of them are opposed to the very idea of public schools in the first place.'