“Funding without procurement bureaucracy”: charters in DC advertise business opportunities; traditional public schools prepare to close

“There is a lot of money to be made through public charter schools – a fact proudly trumpeted by the District of Columbia’s Public Charter School Board – and all signs point to the District making more public dollars available to private enterprise while insisting that traditional public schools must consolidate just to survive….

…While charter schools advertise $300 million in “government funding without procurement bureaucracy,” DCPS, the city’s traditional public school system, claims it is too poor to provide basics such as school librarians….

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday [1/1/13] that citizens have been hard at work on alternatives to the proposed DC Public School closings….The Post did not ask how any such community endeavor would fare in the face of new charter school openings, however….

Full report, by Virginia Spatz, on We Act Radio’s January 3 Education Town Hall, near the top of the hour. The show’s special guest, Dr. Pedro Noguera, comments on this issue toward the close of the hour.

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