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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 12:29 PM

80% of Michigan Charter Schools are For-Profits

Dr. Gary Miron of Western Michigan University recently testified before the Michigan State House that school reformers have “gone away from those original charter ideas to the point that they should probably be called ‘corporate’ schools or ‘franchise’ schools instead. I like charter schools. I like the notion of charter schools. But what we’re talking about now is something that is very different. We need to go back to the original intent and goals.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Miron testified [pdf] before the US House of Representatives, stating:
Charter schools have provided an easy route for privatization; many states allow private schools to convert to public charter schools, and increasing the use of private education management organizations is increasingly being seen as the mode for expanding charter schools.

Today, one-third of the nation’s charter schools are being operated by private education management organizations (EMOs) and this proportion is growing rapidly each year. In states such as Michigan, close to 80% of charter schools are operated by private for-profit EMOs.

Four out of five charter schools in Michigan are run by for-profit corporations. Let that sink in a minute. This should be deeply, deeply troubling for anyone thinking about their child’s future education, or the future of this country.

fuller story:http://laborspains.blogspot.com/2012/08/80-of-michigan-charter-schools-are-for.html

Post originates from here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/09/29/80-of-michigan-charter-schools-are-for-profits/2/

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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 12:40 PM

1. In Illinois, zero percent are for-profit

Apparently, according to the state law, a charter school MUST be run as a nonprofit:

Sec. 27A-5. Charter school; legal entity; requirements.
(a) A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home based, and non-profit school. A charter school shall be organized and operated as a nonprofit corporation or other discrete, legal, nonprofit entity authorized under the laws of the State of Illinois.


ON EDIT: It is possible, however, that these nonprofits can contract with for profits for some services. I don't know.

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