by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Governor Roy Cooper is asking folks to donate school supplies to public schools. The effort will start on August 14th and end on September 8.
Remember that every purchase will support a for-profit corporation. Why is this important? As I wrote last week,
Even if these charter [school] management companies tripled their presence in the nation’s education marketplace, the profits that they would earn would be trivial compared to those enjoyed by corporations that sell education-related goods and services to schools and consumers.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that total spending on materials and supplies reached nearly $42.9 billion in 2014.
So, the next time Gov. Cooper complains about “for-profit” charter schools, remember that he is actively encouraging folks to support enterprises that reap even larger profits from children.