Truthout has an the article A Turning Point for the Charter School Movement.
It’s been almost 30 years since Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers, introduced the idea of charter schools as a way to better serve the highest need students. He envisioned a unionized workforce, empowered teachers and diverse student bodies. The best examples of charters today may adhere to Shanker’s vision, but most don’t — only around 12 percent are unionized, a quarter of teachers leave their schools each year (twice the rate of public school teachers) and they’re more likely to be “intensely segregated” than public schools.
Because the problem of educational inequity remains so entrenched, some families still seek out charters as the best option for their children. But the structural solution to inequality will never be a separate-but-sometimes-equal system.
This is particularly appropriate for our friends who consider themselves to be Democrats and who think that raising the cap on charter schools is something that we can do to help under-served school aged children.
The charter school movement is nothing more than an attempt by the oligarchs to privatize more government services to rob the poor and give to the rich. The motive is well hidden by deceptive rhetoric to make the people being robbed think that they are being helped.