In the meantime, there is a growing understanding of and outrage against corporate socialism and its implications for democracy. The corporate welfare school concept offers a perfect lab to study this corruption at work. Here's part of a commentary from Ohio's cantonrep.com:
LET’S TAR AND FEATHER CHARTER SCHOOL SYSTEM
Sunday, December 4, 2005 MUSTARD SEEDS RICK SENFTEN
You know, if word leaked that the county engineer had sent out a few guys with a couple of truckloads of asphalt to lay a new driveway for a generous campaign contributor, people would scream. They’d want to know why their taxes were spent on a private job and who in the world OK’d this — well, let’s call it what it is — theft. They’d want the boss’s head.
Spending tax dollars on charter schools is pretty much the same scam, or would be considered so had it not been legitimized back in the ’90s by handsomely bankrolled and grandly schmoozed legislators who, by their votes, created a 297-school, $445 million industry — one that drains public schools of the dollars needed to reach education goals that charters, so far, haven’t been made to meet.
When his charters were launched here a few years back, David L. Brennan, chairman of White Hat Management and mega-Republican contributor, urged reporters to check the scores of students in his schools after their first year; he assured they’d do better than public school kids.
We checked. They were struggling, and things haven’t changed much since.
The charters are flopping so badly, in fact, that our lethargic governor recently worked up the energy to warn them to shape up or scram. Of course, with the backing of the Legislature, the charters are free to answer, “Yeah, right.”