Mercedes Schneider asked the state auditor for reviews of charter schools. Her exchange and the information she received show how little accountability exists.

The original rationale for charters some 20+ years ago was that they would get relief from regulations in return for accountability for results.

That was before anyone understood that charter supporters would use political muscle and campaign contributions to evade any accountability. Or that charters would become the deceptive leading edge of the privatization movement, cleverly packaged as “saving poor kids from failing schools.” Their own failure is carefully disguised.