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Republicans work with private interests to push virtual charter schools

Potential for profit overrides lower quality of education, decreased student performance levels.

Fang: For-profit virtual school companies are using philanthropy as a Trojan horse.November 16, 2011: Lee Fang reports in The Nation on the adverse effects of increasing reliance on online education, warning that decoy legislation will be used to make it more difficult to focus on the right's true aims. Fang unmasks individuals responsible for lobbying in favour of corporations and faults fake "grassroots" campaigns for misleading the general public.

"If the national movement to 'reform' public education through vouchers, charters and privatization has a laboratory, it is Florida. It was one of the first states to undertake a program of 'virtual schools' — charters operated online, with teachers instructing students over the Internet — as well as one of the first to use vouchers to channel taxpayer money to charter schools run by for-profits.

But as recently as last year, the radical change envisioned by school reformers still seemed far off, even there. With some of the movement's cherished ideas on the table, Florida Republicans, once known for championing extreme education laws, seemed to recoil from the fight..."

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Posted: November 24, 2011

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