Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Charter Schools: A Cancer Destroying Our Public School System By: Francisco Martinez - Perdaily.com

Charter Schools: A Cancer Destroying Our Public School System By: Francisco Martinez - Perdaily.com:

Charter Schools: A Cancer Destroying Our Public School System 
By: Francisco Martinez

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When I first heard that Broad was planning to dismantle public education by taking 50% of students out of LAUSD and putting them in charters schools, I thought it was timefor me to get active. Originally, I was one of those people who thought that charters were an alternative to our struggling inner city schools that were infested with gangs, under performing, and multiple other problems. Soon, I began to comprehend that behind the appealing and usually misleading propaganda publicized by charter school operators, there is an undeniable truth purposely hidden by proponents of the charter school industry: Charter operators are in business to make money at the expense of our children's education.

Without any doubts, the charter school industry generates hundreds of millions of Dollars in revenues for the most part because they benefit from the year 2000 Community Renewal Tax Relief Act that provides "tax incentives for seven years to businesses that locate and hire residents in economically depressed urban and rural areas". This credit allows charter school investors to double their money in a period of seven years which is one reason why many of them are coming into the charter school business in unprecedented large numbers. It's evident that most of these investors take advantage of the quick guaranteed profits generated in large part due to the lack of government oversight of these money making institutions. As a matter of fact, The Miami Herald called south Florida charter schools a "$400-million-a-year powerhouse backed by real-estate developers and promoted by politicians, but with little oversight." According to information obtained from tax forms 990, major Charter Chain Executives total Compensation in 2012, was as follows: Celerity, Vielka McFarlane $438,730.00, Alliance, Judy Burton, $330,400.00, Aspire, James R. Willcox $293,687.00, Green Dot, Marco Petruzzi $279,478.00, Camino Nuevo, Ana Ponce $230,811.00. Today, they may be making even more as many of these charter schools have moved into many other school districts throughout the country.

While representatives of the lucrative charter school industry make millions of dollars in profits, they claim and promote the belief that they run public schools. Yet, legal entities Charter Schools: A Cancer Destroying Our Public School System By: Francisco Martinez - Perdaily.com:




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