Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated. John Oliver explores why they aren’t at all like pizzerias.
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver devoted much of his Sunday show to delving into the serious issue of publicly-funded and privately-run charter schools.
Describing these schools as “the things that politicians love to praise” –including clips of Trump, George W. Bush and Barack Obama doing exactly that–Oliver nonetheless makes the case that these schools deserve a failing grade.
While these types of schools have become popular over the past couple of decades (there are now 6,700 U.S. charter schools with nearly 3 million students, he said) Oliver spent much of the program outlining various problems with charter schools, noting that “critics argue charters overstate their successes, siphon off talented students, and divert precious resources within a school district.” Oliver also pointed to the high number of charter schools that are forced to close due to mismanagement or other issues, with schools sometimes being shuttered abruptly in the middle of a school year.
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