In Californa, corporate charter schools are parasites, a terminal cancer killing public education, and Governor Newsom is allegedly helping the corporate charter industry cover up its own crimes.
Bill Raden of Capital & Main presents us with this puzzle: how did it happen that seven of the 11 members of Gavin Newsom’s Task Force in charter school reform are part of the charter industry?
The Fox is in charge of the henhouse.
Since the Task Force is supposed to examine the fiscal impact of charters on public schools, why is the industry judging itself?
Shouldn’t the Task Force have been composed of public finance experts and others who are not tied to the industry?
Or, if the Task Force was supposed to be representative, shouldn’t the majority represent the almost 90% of families whose children attend public schools, not the 10% in charters?
Why are two members drawn directly from the lobby for the charter industry?
This Task Force is a blatant example of “capture” by the industry. It is akin to the tobacco industry taking control of…
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