Sep 1, 2014
The Washington D.C. city government just announced four more closed public school buildings are available for charter schools to rent. In fact, charter schools now use half of the 54 public school buildings whose schools were closed.
It is hypocritical for the city to convert these buildings into charter schools. When the city closes the schools, it says the buildings are under-utilized. It says they have too many rooms and the rooms are too big. It says these spaces are too costly and inefficient to heat and cool. If that was really true, they wouldn’t turn around and let the charter schools use the very same buildings.
No, what the city is really doing is funneling public school dollars into the hands of private businesses, including for-profit corporations. The charter schools are anti-union and pay teachers and maintenance staff less for doing more work. That is what school officials and the politicians are pushing.