St. Louis is scrambling to find space for 3,500 students when 6 charter schools were forced to close due to poor student performance.
More than 3,500 students will be displaced when a network of St. Louis charter schools run by Virginia-based Imagine Schools Inc. closes in what may be the largest shutdown of its kind in the United States.
Officials are trying to find spots for students in St. Louis Public Schools and other charter schools in the city after the Missouri Board of Education decided Tuesday to close the six campuses.
Missouri education officials cited problems with the schools, including scores on the state’s standardized tests that were well below those of St. Louis Public Schools. Other issues included rent and administrative costs that took dollars from the classroom to the for-profit management company that runs them.
Of course the taxpayers of St. Louis will end up footing the bill for yet another privatization failure. Can we stop pretending that the private sector is the answer to public education instead of a giant tax money vacuum setup by private companies desperate to find new sources of captive revenue?
In the end, the charter school movement stems from the same pathological privatization fervor that is gripping the US prison system. It is designed to extract tax money from the public sector and nothing more.