Arizona Voters: Did You Pay for the $8.4 Million NYC Condo for BASIS Charter Founders?


Diane Ravitch's blog

Columnist E.J. Montini of the Arizona Republic is all over the charter scams that are common in his state.

One of his favorite subjects is the BASIS charter chain, which is regularly lauded by the national media as sponsor of the number one high schooling the nation, because of the AP courses that its students pass. Montini knows that BASIS regularly weeds out the students it doesn’t want by setting expectations higher than most students can meet.

He also knows that BASIS is a honeypot for its founders.

Look at the folks who founded Basis Charter Schools, Michael and Olga Block.

These are public schools.

They’re funded with tax dollars. Your money.

In fact, as The Arizona Republic’s Craig Harris pointed out in a May 7 article, Basis receives more in basic per-pupil funding than traditional public schools.

At the same time, Basis asks parents to “donate” at least $1,500…

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