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The Free Market Is Incompatible with Public Education

16May

The initial spark for this piece was going to be this story out of Philly , where parents are shocked, upset and frustrated to learn that the charter their children are attending is bailing on them at the end of this year.  But at this stage of the game “Charter Closes Doors and Abandons Students” is completely unremarkable, like breathless coverage of the sun rising in the East. The Center for Media and Democracy has done huge work on this, producing a map of the 2,500 (that’s two thousand, five hundred!) charter schools that closed by 2013. CMD has also ramped up pressure on the US Department of Education, which loves charters, pushes charters, throws money at charters– but in its “transparent” reporting claims to have no idea how many charters have actually closed

The initial spark for this piece was going to be this story out of Philly, where parents are shocked, upset and frustrated to learn that the charter their children are attending is bailing on them at the end of this year. 

But at this stage of the game “Charter Closes Doors and Abandons Students” is completely unremarkable, like breathless coverage of the sun rising in the East. The Center for Media and Democracy has done huge work on this, producing a map of the 2,500 (that’s two thousand, five hundred!) charter schools that closed by 2013. CMD has also ramped up pressure on the US Department of Education, which loves charters, pushes charters, throws money at charters– but in its “transparent” reporting claims to have no idea how many charters have actually closed. (Meanwhile, CMD continues to dig out the truth about charter scamming like this amazing report about KIPP. Do you contribute to the CMD? Because you really ought to.)

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