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Peter Greene: Reformers Offer $100,000 to Prove John Oliver Was Wrong

on August 31, 2016

Interesting that the Center for Education Reform (or, as I would call it, “Deform”) is offering $100,000 to anyone making a video to refute John Olver’s excellent critique.
Wouldn’t that money, as well as all the money spent by the Billionaires to push charter schooling (at the expense of public schools, which the vast majority of children attend), not to mention the money they spend pushing all the standardized testing, even in the public schools, be better used trying to alleviate poverty in this country, and improving the public schools with crumbling school buildings, lack of resources and books and even desks, lack of school counselors, librarians, social workers, specialized teachers, etc.?
If you haven’t seen John Olver’s video, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_htSPGAY7I

Diane Ravitch's blog

Peter Greene received a notice from the Center for Education Reform, which has led the fight against public schools for almost 25 years, promising a reward to the charter school that created a video showing how great charter schools are. This was in response to John Oliver’s devastating critique of the charlatans who have profited off the deregulation of public money for nonpublic schools.

Right after the John Oliver piece appeared, the CER asked its followers to write Oliver and tweet him to tell him he was wrong. Apparently this didn’t do the job, so now it is offering a prize of $100,000 for a video showing the awesomeness of privately managed schools.

Greene writes:

I, too, would be interested to see what opportunities charters offer that wouldn’t exist without charters. Perhaps some videos will highlight charter-only perks like “getting away from Those Children” or “enjoying a constantly churning…

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One response to “Peter Greene: Reformers Offer $100,000 to Prove John Oliver Was Wrong

  1. PiedType says:

    I feel compelled to speak up, once again, and caution that not all charter schools are like those Oliver and others rightly condemn. It depends on what state you’re in, and what city. There are as many good ones as bad.

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