Scathing New Report Demands Moratorium on New Grants from Federal Charter Schools Program


The Network for Public Education has released Asleep at the Wheel: How the Federal Charter Schools Program Recklessly Takes Taxpayers and Students for A Ride, a scathing condemnation of the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), which is part of the Office for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education: “For over a decade, Congress has poured money into CSP at rates much higher than overall Education Department spending has increased.  We estimate that approximately $4 billion federal tax dollars have been spent or allocated to start, replicate and expand charter schools.”

The report recounts mounting abuses over the quarter century since the federal Charter Schools Program was established: “The CSP… was established in 1994 as a way to kick-start the creation of new charter schools…. Over its 25-year existence, the U.S. Department of Education estimates that the program has offered federal dollars to as many as 40…

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