Investigative journalist David Sirota asks why so many of the super-rich love charter schools.
The answer, with exceptions: profits and money and union-busting, all rolled in one.
Take Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to Newark. At least $20 million went to consultants. Consultants!
“But, of course, a lot of corporate execs working for the firms who got Zuckerberg’s money did indeed personally profit off the pro-charter-school campaign. Additionally, in states where charter schools are for-profit enterprises, there are even more business interests with personal financial stakes in undermining traditional public education. And, again, there are all the profits inherent in the aforementioned tax credits. Meanwhile, there’s the whole anti-union element to the charter school movement. As any political consultant for a business group knows, if you get union-free charter schools to replace traditional public education, you damage the public sector unions – aka one of the few…
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