Jersey Jazzman: The Charter Scam in Camden, New Jersey

Diane Ravitch's blog

Jersey Jazzman (aka Mark Weber) has been preoccupied both teaching and earning his doctorate degree, but fortunately he did earn the degree so he is blogging again, shining the light of accuracy and truth on inflated claims.

In this post, he reviews the bait-and-switch in Camden, New Jersey. Camden has opened charters called “Renaissance Schools,” which were required by law to be open to all the children in their neighborhood. The charters are run by KIPP, Uncommon Schools, and Mastery, all of which have a history of skimming the students they want.

JJ reviews a state auditor’s report that chides the charters for gaming the system, picking the students they want, contrary to the law.

No surprise here. More broken promises from the privatization industry. They are not better than public schools, although they are better at picking the students they want.

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