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Public Core is an organization of West Contra Costa County parents, teachers, community members, and school staff who fight for public control and accountability in our schools. We believe that public schools, open to all, are essential to the health of a democratic society. Our goal is high quality, inclusive public education for all students. We believe that the proliferation of privately-operated schools using public money will increase inequalities in education and in our society. We are dedicated to informing the public about the impact of publicly-funded, privately operated schools on our community.
Charter Schools 101
Articles which challenge myths about charter schools
Emma Brown: ‘School choice’ or ‘privatization’? A Guide to Loaded Education Lingo in the Trump Era
Washington Post, December 16, 2017
The word "choice" polls significantly better than "vouchers," and the effort to funnel public tax dollars into private education makes sure that word is emphasized. However, as the article states, "Voucher and charter-school critics say the neediest children — those who struggle academically or behaviorally or whose parents don’t have the wherewithal to shop around for private schools or provide transportation to far-flung schools — often aren’t able to exercise choice in a meaningful way. Instead of escaping to better opportunities, those children are worse off, consigned to public schools that have been drained of badly needed resources."
Frank Adamson, PhD: Education: A Choice or a Right?
Unite for Quality Education, No date"The United Nations has identified 'free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education' by 2030 as a goal for sustainable development.'" But the article points out that "Some countries have placed the responsibility for choosing schools on families, while others have delivered the right to education at a system-level, with the latter approach correlating with better national outcomes." Article looks at "choice" programs in the U.S., Sweden, India, and Uganda and concludes that even under the best-case scenario, charter schools make it harder, not easier, to reach the U.N. goal.
Alan Singer: Thirteen Questions that Scare Charter School Advocates: Communities need to know what they're being sold.
Huffington Post, April 18, 2017Are charter schools truly public schools? Do charter schools and school vouchers “hurt” public schools? Do charter schools get better academic results than public schools? Are charter schools and vouchers a civil rights cause? Click here for answers to these questions and more.
Paul Buchheit: New Layers of Dirt on Charter Schools
Common Dreams, October 24, 2016
"An earlier review identified the "Three Big Sins of Charter Schools": Fraud, a Lack of Transparency, and the Exclusion of Unwanted Students. The evidence against charters continues to grow. Yet except for its reporting on a few egregious examples of charter malfeasance and failure, the mainstream media continues to echo the sentiments of privatization-loving billionaires who believe their wealth somehow equates to educational wisdom." Article details the " Big Sins of Charter Schools, updated by a surge of new evidence."
Bill Raden: Failing the Test: A New Series Examines Charter Schools
Bobbi Murray: Failing the Test: Searching for Accountability in Charter Schools
Justin Miller: Hedging Education: How Hedge-Funders Spurred the Pro-Charter Political Movement
John Thompson: Hillary and the Education History that Teachers Can't Forget
Lisa Graves: Big Business Charter School Chains Seek Millions in Taxpayer Dollars with No Accountability
Valerie Strauss: A Dozen Problems with Charter Schools
Journey for Justice: Death by A Thousand Cuts