For at least the last two decades, for-profit and non-profit charter management organizations have co-existed peacefully within the charter sector. However, since the election of President Trump and the appointment of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, both staunch pro-charter supporters who worry less about the tax status of the operating entity and more about performance, the non-profit operators have been increasingly taking swipes at for-profit operators. They seem intent on ingratiating themselves to teachers’ unions, the archenemies of charters and choice, as well as to formerly influential groups like the NAACP. Perhaps they believe that aligning themselves with these anti-charter groups in opposition to for-profit operators they will be spared from attacks. A naive bunch for sure.
The charter school advocates on the panel seemed to agree that some charters weren’t working. They were quick to denounce for-profit charters, for instance. “For-profit operators have no business in education,” said Katie Duffy, CEO of Democracy Prep Charter School. Our children “are not assets and liabilities and they shouldn’t be treated as such.”
Source: At NAACP hearing on charter school moratorium, foes and fans find common ground | Chalkbeat
Ironically, Universal Companies, a non-profit charter operator is accused of caring more about profits than about kids.
Students at a local charter school returned from spring break to find their entire school had changed, after the charter school company suddenly decided to end its contract with Milwaukee Public Schools. According to MPS, Universal Companies notified the district in March that they wanted to leave the Universal Academy for the College Bound Webster Campus on April 7.
Source: Charter school company abruptly leaves UACB Webster; third MPS school in six months – TMJ4 Milwaukee, WI
Building a network of successful charter schools isn’t easy, especially in a state as wary of school choice as California. But Dan Katzir and Gloria Romero have transformed public education in the face of tough opposition from political party leaders, union bosses, and school administrators. Katzir and Romero discussed the challenges of school choice with Lisa Snell at Reason Weekend, part of a series of lectures held annually by Reason Foundation.
Source: War Stories From the Charter School Movement – Reason.com
While we appreciate their sincere desire for peace or coexistence, these charter operators are pretty naïve in thinking school districts will simply embrace them as co-equal partners in educating kids.