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    Diane Ravitch to Readers: Don't Let Charter Industry Silence John Oliver

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/25/diane-ravitch-readers-dont-let-charter-industry-silence-john-oliver

    What do an education historian and a late-night comedian have in common?

    Shared opposition to the fraud and abuse associated with charter schools and other privatization efforts, of course.

    On Thursday, longtime educator and activist Diane Ravitch encouraged her readers to start a campaign of thanks to comedian John Oliver, who devoted a segment of his HBO show Last Week Tonight on Sunday to charter schools and fraud—and is now being targeted by privatizers and other corporate propagandists on Twitter.

    Charter supporters are “saying that he ‘hurt’ children, he savaged children,” she wrote, noting that this is “a familiar tactic” of intimidation that she faced after writing about dubious test-scoring methods in New York City school a decade ago.

    Ravitch called on her readers to combat the hate by tweeting and emailing Oliver messages of support. “Don’t let the charter industry intimidate him,” she wrote.

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    1. John Oliver Slams Charter Schools And His Critics Totally Miss The Point

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/08/25/john-oliver-slams-charter-schools-and-his-critics-totally-miss-point\

    The charter industry is currently responsible for educating a small percentage of students – just 6–7 percent nationally and barely measurable in many communities, especially more well-to-do metropolitan and rural areas. A minority of Americans and relatively few politicians completely understand what charter schools are. And most experts have mixed views on the purpose of the schools.

    However, what charter advocates generally won’t admit is that many of the problems these schools cause are reflective of what inevitably seems to happen when an essential public service is privatized.

    The charter industry claims its schools are “public” institutions because they get tax dollars, but that’s like saying a defense contractor is a public business because it takes in revenues from the federal government.

    Numerous experts point out charter schools blur the line from what it means to be a public institution providing a public good and that, by their very design, they expand opportunities to profiteer from public tax dollars and privatize public assets.

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