Feds Give More $$ to L.A. Charters than to Higher-Performing Magnets

Diane Ravitch's blog

The U.S. Education Department, which was once a defender and supporter of public education, has now become a major investor in privately managed charters.

The lobbyist for the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District reported that larger amounts of federal funding was directed to the city’s charter schools than to the city’s magnet schools. The city’s magnet schools are far more successful than the charters.

As the LA School Report says:

“For all the successful magnet schools in LA Unified and elsewhere, they are not attracting as much federal support as charter schools.
That was a stark message from the district’s federal lobbyist, who told a district board committee this week that Washington is increasing national support for charter schools by nearly 32 percent but by only 6 percent for magnet schools, a difference that surprised some of the school board members.

“We never imagined this would ever…

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