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On the Backs of Our Children: For-Profit Charters Moving on TN Schools

On Tuesday, the House Education Subcommittee will consider House Bill 1693, which would allow for-profit companies to manage publicly funded schools in Tennessee. This legislation would bring waste, mismanagement, and poor educational services to Tennessee.

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“As with so many misguided education ‘reforms,’ the bad idea of turning school management over to for-profit companies is not a new one. In fact, it has already produced bad results in several other states.”

Those who run our schools should have one and only one goal motivating their decisions – serving our students and communities. For-profit companies are responsible to their stockholders first, and their decisions are necessarily geared to serve their investors, not our kids. Tennessee children will suffer when their educations are handed over to business investors whose bottom line is turning our tax dollars into a profit margin by cutting corners on our kids.

The Best of the Best?

Some politicians mistakenly believe that allowing charter school boards to contract with for-profit operators companies simply allows them to access the “best of the best” management. Is this the case? As with so many misguided education “reforms,” the bad idea of turning school management over to for-profit companies is not a new one. In fact, it has already produced bad results in several other states.

For years, Ohio taxpayers have sent millions of dollars to for-profit charter management companies in exchange for dismal academic results, court battles between charter school boards and the for-profit management companies, and the loss of public access to information on school budgets and decision making. Missouri officials had to deal with the displacement of 3,800 students when a chain of charter schools managed by one of the largest for-profit charter companies in America was shut down for financial and education problems.

Opening the door to for-profit charter management won’t bring us the “best of the best.” Rather, it will bring us a whole new set of problems, conflicts of interests, court battles, and scandals, as profiteers with dollar signs in their eyes flock to Tennessee for this new form of corporate welfare.

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Act Now!

NOW is the time to contact your legislators and the members of the House Education Committee and ask them to vote NO on for-profit charter management!

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Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City (Forbes)

Backgrounder (Parents’ Campaign)

Charter Schools Part III: Cashing In on Education (StateImpact)

White Hat Management’s Ohio charter schools in the midst of upheaval (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

The big business of charter schools (Washington Post)

White Hat Management: Ohio Charter School Giant (StateImpact)

A Brief Update on Charter Schools (Ohio Education Association)

Shuttering of Imagine charter schools in St. Louis is daunting (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)