How “Nonprofit” Charter Schools Make a Profit

There are many ways in which nonprofit charters make a profit. Most involve complex real estate transactions and such things as “triple net leases” which are hard for the public to understand. Such deals often involve a charter operator owning or leasing the real estate and renting it to the charter school at exorbitant rates, with the public footing the bill.

Michael Kohlhaas has discovered another ingenious way that allegedly nonprofit charter operators extract money from their operations. 

He describes the case of a charter operator in Los Angeles who sold his “receivables” soon after getting his charter.

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Academies and free schools underperform in Sats, figures show

Maintained schools in England outperform academies and free schools in national exams taken at the end of year 6, and pupils in multi-academy trusts do worse on average, figures show.

The DfE report said 64% of pupils at multi-academy trusts (Mats) reached the government’s benchmark standards in reading, writing and maths, compared with 66% nationally.

Pupils’ progress in reading was below the national average in 29% of Mats and above the national average in 20%.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/dec/13/academies-and-free-schools-underperform-in-sats-figures-show

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7 tips on what schools can expect under a Tory majority

Tes has been speaking to those close to the newly elected Johnson government for an insight into what teachers can expect on education over the next Parliament.

The Conservative manifesto was fairly thin on major new schools policies but here are seven things to look out for from Boris Johnson’s new administration.

  • Education run from Downing Street?
  • Boost for free schools programme
  • Teacher workload, recruitment and retention
  • Things might not change for the ‘forgotten third’
  • Another push on new grammar schools?
  • Full academisation
  • Reshuffle expected

https://www.tes.com/news/7-tips-what-schools-can-expect-under-tory-majority

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The Brexit-backing businessmen taking control of England’s schools

In England today almost 9,000 schools with more than 4 million pupils operate outside of their democratically-accountable local authorities. These schools are state-funded but independent of local control. The charitable trusts that run them are accountable only to the Secretary of State for Education, not to local people. They are, at least for now, “not for profit”. Here, we’re focussing on the 189 schools with more than 100,000 students that are controlled by wealthy businessmen and Conservative party donors mostly, through private contracts agreed with central government as part of the “academies” scheme.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/shine-a-light/revealed-the-brexit-backing-businessmen-taking-control-of-englands-schools/

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£186m spent on closed free schools, says NEU

A total of £186 million has been spent on free schools that subsequently closed, according to new analysis by the NEU teaching union.

Research published today shows that one in eight schools that opened under the free school banner – a flagship Conservative policy – either closed completely or were transferred to an academy trust.

https://www.tes.com/news/ps186m-spent-closed-free-schools-says-neu

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