One of the arguments advanced to expand charter schools is that they have long waiting lists.

Or so they say.

But no one knows how many are on those lists.

This reporter in Chicago started digging and discovered that the list is not real. The Chicago charters say there are 19,000 kids waiting. It is a marketing tool to get more charters.

But Becky Vivea discovered that if a student applies to four different school, her name appears on the waiting list four times.

Since the lists are never audited, no one knows how many are on it.