ESSA Contains Good News for the Charter Industry

Diane Ravitch's blog

Reader Chiara points out that the Every Student Succeeds Act contains a big fat plum for the charter industry, which will expand privatization of public education. No wonder Arne Duncan is happy. He gets his top two priorities: annual testing (a George W. Bush innovation) and charters (a win for Gates, Broad, Walton, and ALEC):

Chiara writes:

I’m surprised you guys missed this in the ed bill:

“The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that passed the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 359-64 and will be passed with an overwhelming margin today by the U.S. Senate, will put into statute, for the first time, President Obama’s program to replicate and expand high-performing public charter schools.

Over just the past five years, this program has made it possible for tens of thousands of parents to enroll their children in great schools, most of which have…

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