Democrats for Education Reform--the voice of hedge fund managers who meddle in education despite their lack of any knowledge or experience–issued a statement congratulating Bernie Sanders for coming out in support of “public charter schools.”


Senator Sanders was interviewed on a radio talk show. He was asked about whether he supported vouchers and charters. He said he supports public education and opposes funding private schools. The host asked whether he supports “public charter schools,” and he answered “yes.”


You have to wonder whether Bernie understands that privately managed charters, which operate with no transparency or public accountability, and without democratic governance, call themselves “public charter schools.” In some states, charter legislation calls them “public charter schools,” even if they operate for profit.


Even though Bernie is a member of the Senate committee that oversees education, he doesn’t seem to be well informed about what charters are. He doesn’t realize that he just signed on to the favorite “reform” of ALEC, every Republican candidate, the Walton family, and every red-state governor (plus Cuomo of New York and Malloy of Connecticut), as well as Wall Street.


I wonder if Bernie knows that at least 90% of “public charter schools” are non-union, which is why Republicans and oligarchs love them.


Strange bedfellows indeed.


DFER said:


“MARCH 1ST, 2016


Shavar Jeffries Welcomes Senator Sanders’ Flip to “Yes” on Public Charters


“Yesterday, on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders flip-flopped on his prior position and clearly declared his support for public charter schools. In response, DFER President Shavar Jeffries released the following statement:


“We welcome Senator Sanders’ recognition that public charter schools can and do provide essential educational options for students, many of whom do not have other high-quality public options available. Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders have now both changed their rhetoric in this campaign and joined President Obama in acknowledging that allowing students and families a choice empowers them to find the best opportunity that meets their unique needs. Flatly opposing high-performing public charters would send hundreds of thousands of students back into failing schools and prevent those public charters from helping to lift neighborhood schools by offering new — and proven — ways of educating our children that put results ahead of bureaucracy.”


Sanders Flips on Opposition to Charters


Senator Sanders at Newmarket, NH Town Hall on January 3rd:


“I’m not in favor of privately-run charter schools. If we are going to have a strong democracy and be competitive globally, we need the best educated people in the world. And I believe in public education. I went to public schools my whole life. I think rather than give tax breaks to billionaires, I think we invest in teachers and we invest in public education.”
Sanders Flops Back in Favor of Charters