Tom Ultican has written several articles about the Destroy Public Education Movement; this installment examines a failing charter chain in San Diego that continues to rake in big bucks.
The Thrive charter chain, he says, is a masterpiece of marketing, but a failure at education.
When the chain was launched, the San Diego Unified School District staff said it was not ready to open; the founders appealed and were rejected by the staff of the County Board of Education. The founders appealed to the State Board of Education, where its defective application was rubberstamped by Governor Jerry Brown’s pro-Charter State Board.
Ultican says that charter schools are supposed to perform at least as well as similar public schools or show improvement over time.
Thrive charter schools did not meet either benchmark. But that did not deter funders or founders.
They were shameless and kept growing their failing charter chain. And…
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