Wherever the charter industry gains control, they adopt (or impose) what is called a “unified enrollment system,” so that charter schools are put on an equal footing with public schools. The parents registering a choice can’t tell the difference between a privately managed charter and a genuine public school. That is the goal of UES. The unified enrollment system has been pushed hard by the Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, in hopes of putting the free market system they prefer on a firm foundation, basically locking the charters in forever.

Chalkbeat reports that Mayor Bill De Blasio, once known as a critic of charters, came close to adopting the universal enrollment system. His top aides endorsed the idea. He must have noticed because he dropped the proposal from the speech he was about to make.

Watch his aides as they push the Walton-Gates agenda of the portfolio district:

“I’d like to propose that that we offer to include charter schools in our central enrollment system,” Josh Wallack wrote in an email to several other senior officials that September.

“It’s a nice ‘tip of the cap,’” Wallack said. “It also allows us to settle, once and for all, the question of whether the charters are operating with any selection bias because all families would use exactly the same admissions process. Equity. One system.”

Common — sometimes known as “universal” — enrollment systems exist in cities from Newark to Indianapolis. Backers of the approach argue it can simplify the often complex and time-intensive process required to apply to either district or charter schools in cities that allow parents to choose among both. Streamlining the process can put parents on equal footing instead of allowing those with more time, knowledge or resources from automatically getting a leg up.

Early in de Blasio’s administration, emails show, the idea was initially met with approval from other senior officials, including Karin Goldmark, an education advisor to de Blasio who now serves as a deputy chancellor responsible for overseeing partnerships with charter schools among other programs.

Please note in the article that Chalkbeat went to charter advocates to get their views and didn’t bother to interview anyone who thought it was a terrible idea. The unified enrollment system reinforces the Corporate Reformers’ “portfolio model.” Contrary to the article’s claim, the unified system does not put parents on an equal footing, it puts charter schools on an equal footing.

Why in the world would Chalkbeat reach out to someone at the charter-friendly Center for Reinventing Education at the University of Washington in Seattle instead of talking to anyone in New York City who wants to stop the resource drain of the aggressive charter industry, which already costs New York City over $2 billion every year? Why not call Bill Gates or Alice Walton and go right to the source of the corporate takeover of public education?