Privately-run, mostly taxpayer-funded schools financially harm public education.
By Jeff Bryant / People’s Action Blog
Proclaiming May 6-12 National Charter Schools Week, President Trump kicked off a huge public relations campaign by the charter industry to ballyhoo the supposed success of these schools, although that success is a matter of bitter and ongoing dispute.
But one outcome of these privately-run, mostly taxpayer-funded schools certainly produce is they financially harm the public education system.
“The term ‘existential threat’ is way overused, but charters and vouchers really are a threat to the existence of public education,” Brad Miller tells me. Miller is a highly-rated practicing attorney and a former U.S. House of Representative from North Carolina.
While in office, he warned Congress of the risks of the subprime mortgage market in 2004, five years before that market melted and brought about the collapse of the housing loan and banking industry and the Great Recession.
The facts back Miller up. [Read more…]