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Reply #179: I have never stated that the charter of any school is owned by a for-profit company. [View All]

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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 01:23 PM
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179. I have never stated that the charter of any school is owned by a for-profit company.
Edited on Mon May-17-10 01:27 PM by Hannah Bell
That would be against Michigan state law.

I have stated that

1) most "non-profit" charters in michigan are managed by for-profit companies,
2) said "ownership" is just a front for privatization of public functions & funds, since the putative "nonprofits" typically own NOTHING but a name, while the "for-profits" they funnel their public funds to own everything that makes a school a school, including:

1. The buildings
2. The full power to hire, train, set wages & benefits, hold pension funds, discipline & fire ALL school personnel without oversight from the putative "school"
3. The curriculum
4. The power to channel funding as they please, i.e. to bill "the school" & the public for exhorbitant rents, for their own proprietary curriculum & training moduless, for exhorbitant salaries for hand-picked administrators, for their own legal costs, etc.


The only power the "school" has is to terminate its contract with the company according to the dictates of the "free market".

Since this is the case, the nominal "school" effectively has no real function at all. It's just a vehicle to pass on public monies.

and to provide political cover as public education is privatized in all but name.

There's no difference in result from channeling public funds directly to for-profit corporations & letting them succeed or go under in the same manner.
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