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Media: Missing Context From ProPublica Charter School "Sweeps" Story

In a recent series of pieces, ProPublica has described how charter schools in some states are being run by for-profit entities rather than the non-profits who are given the charter approval, creating unintended financial incentives.  This is certainly an alarming and potentially problematic trend, but the ProPublica piece doesn't tell us how widespread it is, creating the impression that it might be happening in many places -- or not. I haven't gotten any response from ProPublica about the missing piece of context, but a NACSA staffer tells me that there's no national data but that these situations aren't rare. "This is an issue that needs more study and consideration." 

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