Today's Democracy Now has a great segment on Charter Schools well worth watching. It is at the end of the hour and you can watch at Democracynow.org and bypass the rest if you want. For people who think Charter Schools are positive ways of affecting our school system this look is critical to a more complete understanding. I say again, when the very rich (Including the Koch brothers and Walmart foundation) are backers of this trend you need to wonder if these pillars of democracy and fair play are all of a sudden converts to all that most of us believe.
Just one little tidbit for those who cannot or will not watch this...
Virtual Schools with no buildings, few teachers, and no real overhead are sometimes paid the same amount from federal funds per student as those of our traditional schools. In these wonderful institutions one "teacher" can "teach 100 or even 500 students and wonder of wonder they do not have to have teacher accreditation. President Obama is currently seeking a 50% increase in funding these charter schools. There are few checks on how the funds allocated are used.