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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Oct 10th 2010, 11:11 PM
One would think public schools were not in need of such things. This is surprising.

From the Schools Matter blog:

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean to Use $10 Million of Public Education Funds to Renovate KIPP, Inc. School

Karl Dean has just shown a level of arrogance and disregard for the responsibilities of his office that has to impress even Prince Bloomberg. Dean has decided to take 10% of the amount he has set aside for public school renovation during his whole term to renovate a single Metro property that is leased by the total compliance segregated charter chain, KIPP, Inc.

It's not exactly as if KIPP does not have the money to do their own renovation, with hundreds of millions in donations from every vulture philanthropy fund and every corporate foundation and every big time philanthrocapitalist. The voters of Nashville already recognize this as the grossest form of corporate welfare that has come their way in a long time.

Meanwhile, legitimately-public schools have leaking roofs and children eating lunch in the hallways.

More from The Tennessean:

Mayor Karl Dean puts KIPP charter ahead of other schools for repairs

It took ripping away the red tape,a hefty sum of money and a powerful politician, but this year the decaying, partially vacant school building leased by KIPP Academy is getting a renovation. Highland Heights, the historic East Nashville building that has housed KIPP Academy since 2005, is budgeted to get a $10 million upgrade courtesy of a high-profile champion: Mayor Karl Dean. Dean asked the school district to turn the building over to the city, allowing him to fund upgrades.

KIPP's special treatment is irritating some supporters of traditional public schools who argue that other aging buildings, such as Hume-Fogg High School, have been waiting in line for years for money to modernize.

But Dean says he would like to expand capital support for successful charters, and he hopes KIPP's upgraded building will benefit the gentrifying community and send a message nationally that Nashville is a city willing to aid charter schools with buildings. He joins a small movement of other cities and states trying harder to help charters find a home.

"Until recent years, I don't think we were supportive enough of public charter schools," Dean said. "And I think going forward we're going to have to work with the Board of Education to figure out how we're going to meet the property need and capital needs of public charter schools, too."

Charter schools are funded with taxpayer money but run by independent boards and private management companies. It's a blend of public money going to private sources, and many of us question the wisdom.

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