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Why Market Forces Will Not Provide Charter School Accountability; Peter Greene

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'The vast majority of charter school operators have nothing in common with phone scammers, but the same basic market principle applies . -- if scammers get a return on even one hit out of 10,000, that’s more than enough to keep them in business. A charter school doesn’t need to corner a market; it needs to attract just enough customers to keep the business going.  A charter school doesn’t need to serve the entire market; a public school does. Public schools are tasked with keeping everybody happy; charter schools just need to reach enough families to fill the seats they have.The notion that parents can exert some sort of accountability pressure on any but the most terribly run charters seems unlikely. It is one advantage that charters have over public schools; charter school families are easily replaced, while public school families are not'

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Read this and learn about the privatization of education in New Orleans. Jan Resseger is one of the keenest analysts of the assault on public education today.

In this post, she reviews Andrea Gabor's excellent article in Harper's magazine about the privatized district of New Orleans.

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Wanna know more about how public education is being targeted?

Chalkbeat's Matt Barnum reports that vandals from the billionaire-funded "City Fund" have targeted seven cities, where they will use their millions to try to destroy public schools and to finance a takeover of the local school board.

"The City Fund has already given grants to organizations and schools in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Newark, Denver, San Antonio, St. Louis, and Nashville, according to one of the group's founders, Neerav Kingsland. Those grants amount to $15 million of the $189 million the group has raised, he told Chalkbeat.

"City Fund staffers have also founded a 501(c)(4) organization called Public School Allies, according to an email obtained by Chalkbeat, which Kingsland confirmed. That setup will allow the group's members to have more involvement in politics and lobbying, activities limited for traditional nonprofits"

"In their ideal scenario, parents would be able to choose among schools that have autonomy to operate as they see fit, including charter schools. In turn, schools are judged by outcomes (which usually means test scores). The ones deemed successful are allowed to grow, and the less-successful ones are closed or dramatically restructured."

This is known as the "portfolio model," which encourages the local board to close low-scoring public schools with charter schools. When the charter schools fail, they are replaced by other charter schools.

"A version of that strategy is already in place in Denver and Indianapolis. Those cities have large charter sectors and enrollment systems that include both district and charter schools In others, like San Antonio, Atlanta, and Camden, struggling district schools have been turned over to charter operators.

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Truly sad...parents of passing generations of k-12 out maneuvered, out organized, with jobs other than fighting for their children. Who will fund them to fight back?

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We the people will fund the schools. We will take back our public schools, and ensure the the local government funds them --because public education is the only raid to income equality.

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