"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, December 11, 2015

Public Funds Pay for Soaring Charter Administrative Costs

Did someone say "gravy train?"  You bet.  

Bruce Baker and Gary Miron offer a revealing, must-read piece of research that takes us inside the dark spaces of the corporate welfare charter school business.  Download here.

A couple of charts will whet your appetite, I hope.  The first one shows salaries of charter kingpins for some of the most lucrative charter chains, all of whom take home larger salaries than the Chancellor for New York City Public Schools:

The second chart shows expenditure comparisons for Texas charters vs. public schools in a number of categories.  Note how per pupil expenditures compare in terms of instructional expense and admin/leadership costs.  

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