Some charters are innovative and productive; most are not. Why not? Here are five reasons why Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris believe that no reform of the ‘charter system’ will work. I have listed the reasons below, and you can read the rationale for these inherent flaws in the charter school system here. It’s good to have the five points at your fingertips as you talk about your concerns about school privatization.
- Freedom from regulation and oversight through public governance has resulted in persistence and undeniable patterns of waste and fraud.
- Defacto discrimination is baked into the charter school model.
- Charter schools bleed money from the public school system, which results in either a lesser education for public school students or an extra burden on tax payers.
- Charter schools eliminate democracy from school governance, and this lack of voice is most acutely felt by parents in disadvantaged communities.
- Loose laws around conflict of interest combined with a lack of transparency regarding spending have provided a fertile ground for profiteers and grifters.