In this repost from Diane Ravitch, one of the most troubling aspects of privatizing our schools is underscored…we do not know what is going on. The business practices on charter management companies have always been hidden in a cloak of secrecy. Why this is so in many states raises alarms. Incidences of charter fraud, waste and abuse have been documented across the country.
Now we learn that the federal government is complicit in hiding information that most public schools must disclose. Ravitch cites a report from the Center for Media and Democracy about disclosure protection for KIPP schools. Under an arrangement with the U.S. Department of Education, KIPP does not have to report its student attrition and graduation rates. Why not? Based on older reports, the data are too revealing. KIPP lost 40% of its students between middle school and high school graduation.
You can read more on KIPP in this blog. KIPP is one of the largest charter chains. A member of the Florida State Board of Education has brought two KIPP charters to Duval County.