Last week, in partnership with In the Public Interest, the AFT launched the website Cashing in on Kids—a one-stop shop for the facts about for-profit education in America.
While we are working to reclaim the promise of public education, these for-profit charters are cashing in on kids. Help us call them out. The site profiles five for-profit charter school operators: K12 Inc., Imagine Schools, White Hat Management, Academica and Charter Schools USA. It identifies several issues that need to be addressed in charter school policy, including public control, equity, transparency and accountability, and it analyzes the impact of profit-taking and privatization in charter schools, where student results are mixed and mismanagement is widespread.
We built this site because we want parents, educators and policymakers to be better informed about the impact of profit, money and private interests in education, particularly charter schools.