U.S. Department of Education continues to bankroll the charter-school black-hole

[The following 3 paragraphs taken from Dustin Beilke at CMD]

Today, the U.S Department of Education announced today that it had approved $245 million in grants to eight states under the federal Charter School Program. The states, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, will receive $177 million in grant money. In addition, 15 charter management organizations, including IDEA Public Schools in Texas and KIPP’s public charter school network in California, will receive $68 million in taxpayer dollars.

This means the federal government has spent nearly $4 billion on charters in the past nearly 25 years, according to Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) analysis.

These awards continue to fund a program that has been plagued by significant fraud and waste; at least $200 million and counting as the Center for Popular Democracy has detailed in two reports.

Additional Sources on the neoliberal Charter School Scam

charter students in Texas fall behind their TPS(Texas Public School) counterparts. The disadvantage for charter students is equivalent to 14 fewer days of learning in a school year in reading and 29 fewer days of learning in math for the same time period.  – Stanford Credo Report

High-school Students – Consistently the Losers of Charter Schools

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Fort Worth and El Paso Charters : Losers Straight Across the Board

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Federal Charter School Spending, Insufficient Authorizer Oversight, and Poor State & Local Oversight Leads to Growing Fraud Problem in Charter Schools [reports of $216M losses “tip of the iceberg“]

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Former Houston Charter School Officials Charged with Bilking School of Millions

-Link: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/houston/news/press-releases/former-houston-charter-school-officials-charged-with-bilking-school-of-millions

Pastor arrested in fraud scheme at charter school

-Link: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Pastor-arrested-in-fraud-scheme-at-charter-school-1501236.php

More links on the scam led by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Republican states

-Link:  https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=alec+education+cuts

Source: New Grants Announced: ED Continues to Pour Millions into Charter School Blackhole | PR Watch

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