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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 02:45 PM
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186. ah, but you see, they cannot simply "cancel the contract". because there's
this little thing called "contract law" which governs contracts with private, for-profit companies.

they can choose not to renew a contract when it expires -- in one, two, three or whatever years.

even where outright fraud is suspected, termination of a contract before its expiration requires that the "school" go to court & prove it - which requires MONEY.

and since the only funds the "school" has access to are the funds it receives from the state & is UNDER CONTRACT to pay to its CONTRACTOR TO RUN THE SCHOOL, such a suit wouldn't be undertaken lightly.

&, should the "school" choose to withhold funds, the contractor can SUE THE "SCHOOL".

and many of the "contractors" can access bigger funds for legal proceedings than the "schools" can -- unless the "school" chooses to fund legal actions at the expense of the existence of the "school" & the education of the children in it.

"a lot of charters have shown amazing results"

The biggest, most authoritative study of charters found only 17% showed results better than the public entities they replaced.

37% showed WORSE results, & the rest showed no substantial differences.

I have never made any claim that "all charters are for-profit entities".

I have made the claim that *many* charters are managed by for-profit companies; that in *many* cases the "non-profit" designation is effectively a fraud, since all operations are contracted to for-profit entities; & that the charter school movement as a whole, despite the existence of some sincere, well-meaning charter ventures, is a trojan horse for destruction of the very idea of public schooling & the privatization of education.
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