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Monday, June 11, 2018

Why Does Diane Ravitch Support Charter Schools? Will She Debate?

I have been asking this question for a long time, even before Diane's and AFT's Network for Public Education (NPE) issued a position statement on charters that somewhat clarifies their support for charter schools:
. . . we recognize that many families have come to depend on charter schools and that many charter school teachers are dedicated professionals who serve their students well. It is also true that some charter schools are successful. We do not, therefore, call for the immediate closure of all charter schools, but rather we advocate for their eventual absorption into the public school system.
Apparently, NPE's statement serves as a communique that is not be questioned.  Asking how Diane judges "success" of a charter school (test scores?), or which ones are the successful charter schools, or which charter teachers are the "dedicated professionals," only serve to raise the ire of Diane and her small flock of liberals who believe that bringing the truth to the charter industry through Facebook and Twitter postings will alter the corporate-run public education genocide that was underway long before Diane's conversion from neoliberal Republican to neoliberal Democrat.  

Inquiring minds might want to know, too, what it would take to bring about the "eventual absorption into the public school system" of charters that are so successful now that they should not be tampered with in 2018?     

I've had no luck in getting a response to any of these questions.

Would Diane offer an opportunity to discuss, debate, or dialogue on any or all of these questions related to her continuing embrace of the 6,000 "non-profit" segregated charter schools that drain away hundreds of millions of public dollars each year, dollars that could be used to improve the public schools that Diane, otherwise, supports?

In person or in writing?  Will she debate or will she continue to try to silence those who question the contradictory, misleading, and/or inconsistent policy positions that seek, simultaneously, to placate the charter industry and the supporters of public schools?
 

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