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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:30 PM

Tax Payers Fund For-Profit Charter Schools as They Fail Miserably (repost from Saturday)

(note: I thought this deserved more attention that it got over the weekend. Call me vain.)

ALEC, Jeb Bush and other filthy fingerprints are all over this ...

http://www.progressivepress.net/tax-payers-fund-for-profit-charter-schools-as-they-fail-miserably/


Increasingly, the alarms are being raised. K12 Inc., founded by former Education Secretary Bill Bennett in 2000, is a publicly traded company projecting FY 2013 revenue of $840 to $860 million. K12 Inc. is paid public money to run virtual schools in a number of states. They also have subsidiary virtual schools and sell curriculum to other on-line academies throughout the country.

For example, K12 Inc’s Tennessee Virtual Academy which is being scrutinized for just 16% of its 3,200 students in K-8 meeting standards in math. There are also questions about emails directing teachers to delete bad grades.

Or, Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) which in 2011, through aggressive marketing by K12 Inc., grew to 5,000 students. However, the academy posted a 12% graduation rate and high drop-out rate. Further complaints on Colorado Virtual Academy’s performances and management have led to recommendations that the operating charter not be renewed.

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It becomes obvious that the profit motive is pervasive. The private corporation bottom line trumps education value, commitment to teachers, and is fleecing a desperate public looking for answers for the education of their children. Money is drained from public education and does not go toward an enhanced education for non-traditional students, but into the pockets of corporate raiders. Perhaps their poor performance, failing students, unhappy families, and unprofessional treatment of teachers to boost the bottom will become apparent enough that the oppressed will become empowered to take back the education of their children.



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Reply Tax Payers Fund For-Profit Charter Schools as They Fail Miserably (repost from Saturday) (Original post)
Scuba Feb 2013 OP
xchrom Feb 2013 #1
Fumesucker Feb 2013 #2
duffyduff Feb 2013 #5
MichiganVote Feb 2013 #3
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #4
Initech Feb 2013 #6
DollarBillHines Feb 2013 #7
hay rick Feb 2013 #8

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:41 PM

1. Du rec. Nt

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:44 PM

2. It's not failure when something does what it's intended to do

By which I mean that the intention of privatizing education is all about the money, not education except possibly making sure that the proles don't get too much of it.



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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:10 PM

5. It's failure by every other standard, however. n/t

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:04 PM

3. K&R

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:08 PM

4. k&r

It is to vomit.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:52 PM

6. Let's put education in the hands of criminal corporations. That will end well.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 08:12 PM

7. "undo influence"?

"The Maine Charter School Commission noted Colorado’s concerns; not only on poor student performance but also undo influence by K12 on board members."

This, in an article on crappy education. I suppose spellcheck has replaced editing.

But I loved this one...

"Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education "

FEE

How ironic (or not).

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 09:23 PM

8. K&R

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