22 Aug

Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The O’Leary: One of his best.

Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated. John Oliver explores why they aren’t at all like pizzerias.

The McGlynn:

A report from Center for Popular Democracy discusses the consequences and failures of “takeover districts,” in which schools that are deemed to be “chronically failing” are removed from the local school district and placed in a statewide district with a separate governance structure. By removing local control and oversight, “takeover districts” become far less transparent and accountable to the public. The results:

I believe that charters achieve their published good results, if believed,  by pushing out kids with poor performance due to where they came from, with learning disabilities or problematic behavior – or avoid such children altogether.

This leads to new patterns of racial/ethnic segregation because white and minority families may choose schools with more children of the same race or ethnicity.

The McGlynn

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