Here's how Roll Call described the bill to spend more on charter schools.
CHARTER SCHOOLS FUNDING: The House on Friday passed a bill (HR 10) to authorize $300 million annually through fiscal 2020 for charter schools in U.S. communities. The bill would provide grants to states for developing and expanding charter schools and for leveraging private loans for capital improvements. The nation’s 5,000-plus charter schools, which educate about 5 percent of the nation’s K-12 students, receive public funding but are freed of many of the rules that bind traditional public schools. In return, they are expected to produce superior academic results and show traditional schools a model for improvement. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate.
Believe it or not, voting yes with the Republicans: Mark Pocan, Ryan, Kind, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Ribble. Someone needs to explain themselves.
Big Ed talked with The Progressive Magazine's Ruth Conniff, who highlight what Scott Walker was up to and just how big a failure charters and voucher schools are: