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Online charter schools cost taxpayers, enrich private companies and fail students

Lower education standards increase corporate profits.

For-profit companies are running public schools to the detriment of children and taxpayers, writes Stephanie Saul in the New York Times. Her investigative work reveals how corporate efficiencies are achieved by increasing student enrolment (and thus revenue) and adding to the already heavy teacher workload. Despite this, the success rate of students suffers.

"By almost every educational measure, the Agora Cyber Charter School is failing.

Nearly 60 percent of its students are behind grade level in math. Nearly 50 percent trail in reading. A third do not graduate on time. And hundreds of children, from kindergartners to seniors, withdraw within months after they enroll.

By Wall Street standards, though, Agora is a remarkable success that has helped enrich K12 Inc., the publicly traded company that manages the school. And the entire enterprise is paid for by taxpayers..."

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Posted: January 19, 2012

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