http://www.alternet.org/education/5-facts-set-dangerously-deluded-education-reformers-straight

A McKinsey report estimates that  education can be a $1.1 trillion business in the United States.  Forbes notes: “The charter school movement [is] quickly becoming a backdoor for corporate profit.” The big-money people are ready to pounce, like  Rupert Murdoch, who called K-12 “a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed.”
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But with rare  exception charter schools don’t provide equal opportunity. Stanford’s updated  CREDO study found that  fewer special education students and fewer English language learners are served in charters than in traditional public schools. The  National Education Policy Center notes that “Charter schools…can shape their student enrollment in surprising ways,” through practices that often exclude “students with special needs, those with low test scores, English learners, or students in poverty.” According to a  Center on Education Policy report, 98 percent of disabled students are educated in public schools, while only 1% are educated in private schools.

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