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Jerry P. Becker

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For-profit charter schools operate in the dark
Posted: Mar 3, 2014 7:57 PM
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From a note received from Randi Weingarten, AFT President, today March 3, 2014.
For-profit charter schools that operate in the dark without basic
public transparency and without strong public control too often put
their bottom line ahead of the public interest and high-quality
public education.

SIDEBAR: Is the rapid expansion of charter schools about helping kids
learn or about enabling for-profit operators to rake in millions in
tax dollars? Find out ... SEE
So, last week, in partnership with In the Public Interest, the AFT
launched the website Cashing in on Kids-a one-stop shop for the facts
about for-profit education in America. [See ]

While we are working to reclaim the promise of public education,
these for-profit charters are cashing in on kids. Help us call them

The site profiles five for-profit charter school operators: K12 Inc.,
Imagine Schools, White Hat Management, Academica and Charter Schools
USA. It identifies several issues that need to be addressed in
charter school policy, including public control, equity, transparency
and accountability, and it analyzes the impact of profit-taking and
privatization in charter schools, where student results are mixed and
mismanagement is widespread.

Curious to see how Jeb Bush's friends are cashing in on kids? Check
it out -- See

We built this site because we want parents, educators and
policymakers to be better informed about the impact of profit, money
and private interests in education, particularly charter schools.

Check out Cashing in on Kids, and help us spread the word by sharing
with your social networks. [ ]

In unity,

Randi Weingarten
AFT President

P.S. Don't forget to "like" Cashing in on Kids on Facebook and to
follow it on Twitter.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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