Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Privitization of D.C. Schools 

As reported by Dion Haynes of the Washington Post Michelle Rhee has been talking behind the scenes with at least one charter management company and a couple of local charter schools about taking over some of D.C's failing schools. The idea of turning over schools to private firms was first uncovered by the Post last November.

Again, (and again, and again, and again) the Mayor and Chancellor prefer to use public money in secret. Why don't they do what the D.C. Public Charter School Board did and entertain RFP's to take over failing schools?

Meanwhile back at the D.C. Public Charter School Board's monthly meeting the body deferred a decision on whether to place the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy in warning status for not being able to meet any of its accountability plan's academic targets at the preliminary 10 year review. The members said the inaction was due to not being able to review all of the material submitted by the school. At the same time Chavez is meeting today with officials they are talking to about providing them with a $30 million bond.

The Charter School Board expects to make a decision in three weeks.

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