Valerie Jablow is a parent and blogger in D.C. who thinks that the city government should take care of all children, not just charter schools. What a revolutionary idea! And she believes that charter schools should be accountable and transparent, which puts her at odds with the charter industry.

She writes here about a recent meeting of the City Council, which demonstrated that transparency is absent from the charter sector.

Members of the public spoke about for transparency and were limited to 4 minutes to testify.

Government witnesses spoke out against transparency with no time limit.

And get this:

–The COO of KIPP raised the need for secrecy concerning charter school real estate (really–check it out), while the executive director of the charter board invoked “trade secrets” as a bar to public knowledge, echoing the “industry secret” standard reportedly invoked by the charter board as a bar to public knowledge.