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FBI Raids of Charter School Operators Jump


Business  (tags: education, ALEC, charter schools, abuse, taxpayer funding )

Lynn
- 127 days ago - alternet.org
From Pittsburgh to Baton Rouge, from Hartford to Cincinnatti to Albuquerque, FBI agents have been busting into schools, carting off documents, and making arrests leading to high-profile indictments.



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JL A. (276)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 2:15 pm
Thanks Lynn for this wonderful summary of the hijacking of public funds in the privatization of schools movement--especially private charter schools (note, some charters are public like 100% of those in MN).
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 2:18 pm
Noted. Thanks, Lynn. From the article: "Charter schools are such a racket....." Glad the FBI will be looking into this. With Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp entangled with the Koch Bros. & ALEC...gee, what could possibly be wrong here? And, when they're called "for-profit educational management organizations" with 6000 PUBLICLY FUNDED charter schools, we have to know there's a huge problem that's been brewing and growing for some time.

Charter schools were a giant mistake to begin with, and these programs should be ended; with more of our tax dollars going to fund public schools. We can easily balance the budget by just taking that money right out of our "war chest."
 

Barbara K. (75)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 2:31 pm
Michigan's crooked governor Snyder is privatizing schools. The teacher's need no training or even to be certified, etc., not real teachers. The entire stunt it to make the crooks richer. He even wants to tear down the Public Schools so they cannot be used again. We, taxpayers pay for those schools, and I hope we can stop him from tearing them down so when we get rid of him, we can return to public schools again. Snyder is a really big crook who has been raping and pillaging this state and taking over towns and cities and their assets. Anyone who votes for him would need to be crazy. They now have just discovered more Billions of dollars he has stolen from the school fund, etc. He gave a contract to his cousin for $5 Billion dollars for new furniture. ? why, there are so many things that money was needed for. All the Rs in congress got a new chair; for $5Billion dollars? What are they made of? Spun uranium?
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 3:48 pm
“Originally, charter schools were conceived as a way to improve public education,” Buras says. “Over time, however, the charter school movement has developed into a money-making venture.”

I think she's wrong. I think Charter schools were conceived as a money-making venture. Lots and lots of money. I think they were SOLD to the public as a way to improve public education.

I think the foregoing, with appropriate changes from schools and education to whatever is being discussed, is universally true. Why are we so gullible not to see that?

I am thrilled that the FBI is all over this. When can they hope they will start to look at privately owned prisons?
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday August 21, 2014, 4:14 pm
Noted. All charter schools should be closed. I believe they are a rip off of pubic funds, Of course the Republicans would probably oppose their closure.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday August 22, 2014, 12:36 am
noted
 

Winn Adams (205)
Friday August 22, 2014, 8:41 am
Thanks Lynn
 

Charlie Rush (67)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:15 pm
Only a lunatic Teapublican would think, that this idea of replacing public schools would work charter schools would work.
Greed wind over every time.

We can vote OUT politicians; we can't vote OUT Big Business officials.
 
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