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Richard Rothstein on what private dollars are doing to public education.

The growing involvement and influence of private donors in public education, combined with national anti-tax fervor, low marginal rates on high incomes, and a generalized mistrust of government, threatens democratic control of schools.

Wealthy donors have become enamored of charter schools. Initially conceived as experiments to see whether alternate approaches could achieve better results than regular schools with similar public funds, charters are now frequently subsidized by private money. Accumulating research demonstrates that while some charters may excel, charters’ average performance does not seem to surpass that of comparable regular schools. Yet the enthusiasm of the wealthy is unabated. Go to the original…


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