By Dmitriy Synkov
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A new video is providing a satirical take on a serious subject—the potential harms of turning over public schools to private companies.
“Wisconsin is on the leading edge of school privatization. But this is a national issue,” says Ruth Conniff, editor at The Progressive, the Wisconsin-based magazine which put out the video and is urging activists nationwide to rally together against public school privatization.
Several recent reports have criticized charter schools for lacking transparency and accountability. A report from the Annenberg Institute on School Reform [ed note: pdf link] is among those studies calling for better oversight of how public funds are being managed to avoid fraud and abuse in connection to charter schools.
“Charter schools, authorizers, and management organizations are sometimes exempted from transparency and public accountability regulations that other publicly funded institutions must adhere to,” researchers state. “Charter schools must be subject to the same process and transparency rules as traditional public schools.”
Educators believe that charter schools should be subject to the same transparency and accountability standards as traditional public schools, given that both are funded using public dollars.