Privatization of education

A message from Jessica Smith, National AFT Research and Strategic Initiatives Director: Last week, in partnership with In the Public Interest, we launched Cashing in on Kids — a one-stop shop for the facts about for-profit education in America. The new site analyzes the impact of profit-taking and privatization in charter schools, where student results are mixed and mismanagement is widespread.

For-profit charter schools that operate in the dark without basic public transparency and without strong public control too often put their bottom line ahead of the public interest and high-quality public education. The site profiles five for-profit charter school operators: K12 Inc., Imagine Schools, White Hat Management, Academica and Charter Schools USA. It identifies several issues that need to be addressed in charter school policy, including public control, equity, transparency and accountability.

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