Peter Greene: Why Some Charter Fans Are Worried About DeVos

Diane Ravitch's blog

Betsy DeVos is a huge reformer. She has used her gold to clear the way for hundreds of charters in Michigan, 80% of them for-profit, and she has opposed any regulation or supervision of them.

So, why, wonders Peter Greene, are some charter cheerleaders expressing doubts about the heiress as Secretary of Education?

For one thing, they worry that letting anyone open a charter school might tarnish the brand. But there is a deeper concern: they don’t want to compete with voucher schools. They are content to be the only sector sucking money out of public schools. Why encourage yet a third sector? With all their praise of competition, they would prefer to limit the field.

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