The Washington Post reveals how a culture of educational entrepreneurialism has descended on America's urban schools. This entrepreneurialism presents a way for privatization to happen at the public schools margins without a wholesale closure and abandonment of the public school experiment. Better, it represents a way to shuttle public money to politically connected private corporations.
Much has been made of the specter of private 'crony consulting' at school districts as a way to mine public money. Now the Washington Post shows us how the pernicious effects of educational entrepreneurialism are resulting in urban school districts morphing into real estate speculative land development private/public partnerships.
This story seems especially relevant in Emeryville as the School District starts its secretive task force to deal with newly transformed "surplus" real estate; Anna Yates Elementary School and Ralph Hawley Middle School. It's part of the newly evolving urban school exigency of "cut, shut and charter", endemic in Oakland and coming to Emeryville.