I earlier posted the text of the speech I gave to the CSBA on December 1, 2017. I usually deviate from the written text, and I did in this instance. I followed Marshall Tuck, who made his name working in the charter industry for the Green Dot charters. There were about 4,000 people in the audience.

California is overrun with charters. The California Charter School Association is a powerful lobby in Sacramento, always seeking more funding and less accountability. CCSA is supported by billionaires like Reed Hastings of Netflix and real estate mogul Eli Broad. Governor Jerry Brown is their ally. He vetoed legislation to ban for-profit charters. If Hastings and Broad had their way, there would be no elected school boards, and every school would be privatized. They may be successful in their own careers but they know little or nothing about education. They just don’t like democracy.