The fact that the charter school movement was highjacked by plutocrats wanting to tap into the trillions of dollars spent on public education was quite understandable, what is shocking is that they are so inept at hiding their rapaciousness. Not satisfied in making substantial profits, the systemic cheating of the public is truly appalling.
According to Paul Rosenberg in Salon (“Charter schools are cheating your kids: New report reveals massive fraud, mismanagement, abuse” sub Millions of dollars are being vacuumed out of public schools and into the corporate pockets – or fraudulent execs):
“Just in time for National Charter School Week, there’s a new report highlighting the predictable perils of turning education into a poorly regulated business. Titled “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud and Abuse,” the report focused on 15 states representing large charter markets, out of the 42 states that have charter schools. Drawing on news reports, criminal complaints, regulatory findings, audits and other sources, it “found fraud, waste and abuse cases totaling over $100 million in losses to taxpayers,” but warned that due to inadequate oversight, “the fraud and mismanagement that has been uncovered thus far might be just the tip of the iceberg.
“While there are plenty of other troubling issues surrounding charter schools — from high rates of racial segregation, to their lackluster overall performance records, to questionable admission and expulsion practices — this report sets all those admittedly important issues aside to focus squarely on activity that appears it could be criminal, and arguably totally out of control. It does not even mention questions raised by sky-high salaries paid to some charter CEOs, such as 16 New York City charter school CEOs who earned more than the head of the city’s public school system in 2011-12. Crime, not greed, is the focus here.
“In short, the report is about as apolitical as can be imagined: It is narrowly focused on a white-collar crime wave of staggering proportions, and what can be done about it within the existing framework of widespread charter schools.”