Public Comment

Charter Schools

Tejinder Uberoi
Saturday May 09, 2015 - 01:25:00 PM

The Center for Media and Democracy has recently issued a new report, "New Documents Show How Taxpayer Money Is Wasted by Charter Schools,” alleging that the federal government has spent more than a $3 billion over the past two decades on charter schools, without showing any conclusive evidence that they offer a superior education than that offered by local school districts. 

The Center argues that there is no oversight, regulation or accountability of Charter Schools. The policies and curriculum of these Charter Schools are driven by right-wing ideologues of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. No one really knew how much money is being spent by these schools, and how much of our tax dollars is being spent on executive pay, or outsourced to ‘for-profit’ corporations.  

Good schools should be offered to all our children irrespective of their ability to pay and out of the clutches of corporations driven solely by the profit motive. 

The Obama administration has asked Congress to increase funding for charter schools by almost 50 percent. He would do well to reverse his request until more convincing data becomes available.