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Charter Schools and the Corporate Makeover of Public Education: What's at Stake? Paperback – January 15, 2012
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As parents and taxpayers we have to realize that we've been schemed and lied to: The Charter "school" movement may have started with good intentions---at least among most people working inside of it---but it is now just another Crony Capitalist Enterprise, manipulating numbers, making specious arguments and relying on cash from hedge fund predators and detached billionaires who don't even send their own precious kids to public school.
American schools---except for the ones located in the poorest 20% of postal zip codes---are doing quite well and have actually been improving substantially over the last 20 years. When you control for income level of a student's family, the USA is at, or very close to the top in every category.
Even among the poorest Americans there have been direct and measurable improvements over the last two decades; the gains on SAT scores and the many, many---ironically, often disruptive of actual learning---other standardized tests they now even give to Kindergarteners, American kids are going up, not down---despite what you've been told.
Charters essentially have one purpose today: To make mega profits for the companies that only want the revenue from taxpayers and to take control of what is a public trust---one that we all share and benefit from---and turn it into a privately owned cash cow for a handful of the already wealthy. And in some states, they're well down that road already.
This book spells it all out. I highly recommend it, as I do the last two books from Diane Ravitch. These people aren't "in it for the money"; rather, they actually love the kids and want them to learn, no matter what.
Again, I highly recommend this very, very good book; particularly if you are a parent, grandparent or taxpayer. Don't let them take what belongs to YOU and hand it over to someone who only considers your child and his teachers as "overhead".