The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

How They Spend Our Money

Jan 6, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has pushed to open charter schools, spending at least 150 million dollars every year over the past 25 years for them. Some parents argued these charter schools would help because local schools were doing a poor job.

More than a quarter of this money was wasted—thrown away on “ghost” schools. These charter schools received grants of tax money but their owners took the money and never opened! On top of that, a large number of these charter schools closed. A recent report showed that among these charter schools, 41% in Ohio closed or never opened; in Tennessee almost 50% of the charters getting these grants closed; in California, more than one in three of these tax-funded charter schools closed.

The Department of Education demanded no accounting, so some states did not even keep track. Other states showed exactly how this money was thrown away. The state of Michigan wasted more than seven million dollars on more than 70 charters that never opened. The state of California spent more than nine million dollars on 60 charters that never opened.

Politicians at local, federal and state levels took our tax money for yet another scheme—against parents who just want a decent education for their children.