Carol Burris in Pennsylvania: How Charters Are Hurting Good Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

Carol Burris has been traveling the country, meeting with educators. Parents, and local officials to learn how charter schools are working, how they affect the local public schools.

She wrote a four-part series about the charter mess in California. This article is about Pennsylvania, specifically about Bethlehem, which has a good school system. The schools have to cut services for the neediest kids because of funding lost to charters.

Burris goes on to detail the startlingly corrupt real estate dealings of certain Pennsylvania charter operators. Not only are the hurting community public schools, but they are ripping off taxpayers.

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