THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG: CHARTER SCHOOL VULNERABILITIES TO WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE. ESCALATING FRAUD WARRANTS IMMEDIATE FEDERAL AND STATE ACTION TO PROTECT PUBLIC DOLLARS AND PREVENT FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT. April 2015. Report by The Center for Popular Democracy and The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. “It concludes that, in 15 states alone—a third of states with charter schools—such waste cost more than $200 million.” April 29, 2015
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THE GREAT CHARTER SCHOOL RIP-OFF: FINALLY, THE TRUTH CATCHES UP TO EDUCATION “REFORM” PHONIES. by Jeff Bryant - “…The majority of charter schools do no better than traditional public schools. Yet,…charter schools are rarely shuttered for low academic performance.” “In addition to the difficulties in following the money, [Pedro Noguero continued,] there is evidence that many charters seek to accept only the least difficult (and therefore the least expensive) students. Even though charter schools are required by law to admit students through lotteries, in many cities, the charters under-enroll the most disadvantaged children.” October 2, 2014
TREATMENT OF SPECIAL ED STUDENTS
by NANCY BAILEY - THE CHARTER SCHOOL MIRACLE THAT ISN’T - SPECIAL EDUCATION IN NEW ORLEANS “IT’S SEGREGATING KIDS WITH DISABILITIES, AND LETTING THE CHARTER SCHOOLS OFF THE HOOK.” KARRAN HARPER ROYAL, PARENT. “In NOLA [New Orleans, Louisiana}, however, it has been painfully clear from the beginning that charters were anything but miracle schools. In 2010, ten students with disabilities from New Orleans filed a class action lawsuit against the almost all-charter system. These charters had no magic elixir for students with special needs.” Nancy Bailey taught special education for many years. She is an activist on the issue of safe school facilities. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from Florida State University. May 27, 2015.
RACIST HISTORY AND RACISM
THE RACIST HISTORY OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT:
By Joseph Bonastia, Associate Professor of Sociology at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center. “There is no magic elixir that will fix our educational system. Of course, we should continue to be open to fresh ideas about improving school organization, teaching and learning. But if we continue to ignore important historical lessons about the dangerous consequences of educational privatization and fail to harness our desire to plunge headlong into unproven reform initiatives, we may discover that the cure we so lovingly embraced has made the patient sicker.” January 6, 2015.
RACISM AND THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT: UNVEILING THE MYTHS.
ANTONIA DARDER’S ESSAY APPEARED IN TRUTH OUT NOV. 30, 2014.
Included by Professor Antonia Darder, “the single professor at Loyola Marymount University who isn’t sold out to charters and hedge funds”, are these myths: The Myth of “A Nation At Risk” - issued in 1983 this “helped usher in policies and practices of privatization, free-market solutions, deregulation, high stakes testing and accountability and the rhetoric of choice.” The Myth of School Choice - “The rhetoric of choice effectively capitalized upon discourses of ‘high-risk’ students, ‘achievement gap’ anxieties and victim-blaming notions of deficit — all of which have served well to legitimate radicalized inequalities and exclusions.” The Myth of Market Freedom - “charter schools, as do their public counterparts, cater to the political economic demands of the wealthy…Hence, we could argue that the notion of the ‘school-to-prison pipeline, is incorrect…a ‘prison-to-prison’ pipeline, in that attitudes toward poor and working-class students of color and the structural conditions that result within many public and charter schools more correctly reflect deeply authoritarian disciplinary and surveillance tactics which closely mimic the culture of incarceration.” The Myth of Innovation - “…the competitive nature of the charter school movement results in great faculty instability and recurrent administrative changes…” The Myth of a Better Alternative - “despite the grandiloquence of inclusion and diversity, a familiar resegregation ensued, raising necessary questions about the radicalizing and social class consequences of market-driven policies of school reform.” The Myth of School Ownership — “Appropriating the rhetoric of the ‘achievement gap’ crisis and fueling reactionary sentiments about the failure of public schools, conservative education pundits pushed for greater accountability by way of high-stakes testing, which was used not only to supposedly measure ‘scientifically’ student achievement, but also teacher and school performance….a context of institutional racism was simply exchanged for another, as the majority of the resources, power and privilege still remained in the hands of a few.” November 30, 2014
CREDO’S STATISTICAL DISTORTIONS - SHODDY RESEARCH
CREDO: TRYING HARD TO SHAPE URBAN CHARTER SUCCESS FROM SHODDY RESEARCH.
Mercedes Schneider digs up the dirt on CREDO partially by using ANDREA GABOR’S RESEARCH - from Baruch College
ANDREA GABOR: NEW CREDO STUDY, NEW CREDIBILITY PROBLEMS: FROM NEW ORLEANS TO BOSTON. - researcher/journalist who informed Mercedes of her painstaking investigation of the ‘new’ CREDO study.