Nearly 2,500 charter schools have been forced to shutter in recent years. Some of these received federal grant money without even opening.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Colorado $46 million under the Charter Schools Program partly because charters can fire teachers at will, documents show.
At a time when other states are reinvesting in public education, Wisconsin continues to slash and burn. The Wisconsin Budget Project says that the state is now spending $1,014 less per public school student than it did in 2008 and more funds are slated to be siphoned off as Governor Scott Walker's budget proposes an unprecedented voucher expansion...
As Congress stands poised to increase the funding for charter schools, CMD has uncovered that there are federal investigations underway into closed schools and suspected waste and mismanagement.
The U.S. Department of Education has pledged to tighten controls of its quarter-billion-dollar-a-year charter schools program—a program repeatedly criticized by the Office of the Inspector General.
ALEC wants state legislators to require kids to be taught its twisted brand of history, which claims that our "founding principles" require balanced budgets and that government's primary purpose is to protect private property from theft.
If the evaluation of charter school applications is deeply flawed, the oversight of the $3.3 billion disbursed by the federal government to expand charter schools is not much better.
CMD has filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for unlawfully withholding public records about his office’s deletion of the University of Wisconsin's mission statement.
CMD's review of documents from the U.S. Department of Education sheds new light on the deep flaws in the design, implementation and oversight of the federal charter schools program.
CMD's review of grant documents shows that lack of democratic oversight is a boon rather than a burden if you want to receive money from the federal charter schools program.