Earlier this morning, I posted about the wealthy businessman in Oregon who funded the North Carolina (not) Innovative School District, which will enable the state to take public schools away from local districts and give them to charter schools.

This strategy, as I pointed out, was tried and failed in Tennessee. The basic plan is to end local control and privatize the schools.

Now, we learn, the Oregon businessman was not just a philanthropist. He is going into the charter school business in North Carolina.

It’s a free-for-all, folks. Step right up and get your money, right from the taxpayers of North Carolina into your bank account!

“A company tied to a wealthy Libertarian donor who helped pass a state law allowing takeover of low-performing North Carolina schools is trying to win approval to operate those schools.

“Achievement For All Children was among the groups who applied for state approval to run struggling schools that will be chosen for the Innovative School District. Achievement For All Children is heavily connected to Oregon resident John Bryan, who is a generous contributor to political campaigns and school-choice causes in North Carolina.

“The company was formed in February and registered by Tony Helton, the chief executive officer of TeamCFA, a charter network that Bryan founded. The board of directors for Achievement for All Children includes former Rep. Rob Bryan, a Republican from Mecklenburg County who introduced the bill creating the new district, and Darrell Allison, who heads the pro-school choice group Parents For Educational Freedom in North Carolina.”

North Carolina is very easy-going about conflicts of interest. Note that the CEO of a charter chain just stepped down from the state’s Charter Schools Advisory Board.

“A spokeswoman for TeamCFA said she would provide comment when she could do so. Helton, who is chief executive officer of Achievement For All Children, did not immediately return a request for comment. Helton had cited an increased workload at TeamCFA for resigning this week from the state Charter Schools Advisory Board.

Advocates for public schools were outraged that Mr. Bryan of Oregon planned to make money by investing in NC charters:

“One wealthy Oregonian’s persistent lobbying resulting in the takeover of elementary schools in distressed North Carolina communities is disturbing enough, but to find out his organization may directly benefit makes the whole scheme even more questionable,” said Andrea Verykoukis, spokeswoman for Public Schools First NC.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article178169451.html#storylink=cpy