This reader learned the secret of charter success. Make money by doing what the local public school did until the budget was cut. Ofer that service but without any of the overhead or services:

“After a couple of years in retirement, I decided to take an assistant’s job at a charter school in order to continue to be involved in the education of young people. I started working at the Audeo Charter School which is a part of a larger organization Altus which in turn is chartered through the San Diego, CA school district. The Audeo site I work at is set up in a bare bones large room in the office complex adjoining a shopping center. Audeo seeks students from the surrounding district, Moreno Valley, who have fallen seriously behind in credits and thus are unable to graduate from high school within an acceptable time frame.

“All routes for remediation and credit recovery available in the school district have been eliminated for these students, so they are more or less forced to drop out of the district and go to a place like Audeo. Quite the opposite from what charter schools claim, Audeo offers nothing new, individualized or innovative. It gives kids the same tired credit recovery packets that public schools have doled out for years and seeks to award credits if the students complete them in some minimally acceptable manner. For this service they get all of the state student aid that the public high school gets. While this appears to be very profitable, I don’t see why the tax payers should be contributing in this way to the enrichment of private investors.”