Charter school students politely tell comic John Oliver: Back off charters.

John Oliver’s scathing attack on charter school mismanagement and performance struck proponents as an unfair tarnishing of all charter schools.

To be fair, Oliver acknowledged charter successes such as the KIPP schools, which operate in Georgia. But he lambasted flimsy charter school oversight, financial mismanagement and outright theft. (See Atlanta Latin Academy.)

Oliver’s comments on his HBO show outraged the pro school choice Center for Education Reform, which offered a $100,000 prize for the best charter school video rebuttal to Oliver. The group received more than 250 entries from schools telling Oliver “to back off my charter school.”

The winner was Natomas Charter School in Sacramento and here is the video. It does not match Oliver’s deadly wit, but features a lot of endearing and earnest kids.

(You can see the k-12 school’s demographics here; 25.7 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. The Natomas Unified School Board approved the charter in 1993. It was started by teachers in the district.)

 

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John Baker
John Baker

My favorite Episodes are when Oliver attacked FIFA. Those and the tax episodes with Our Lady Of Perpetual Exemption. Praise be

Michael Gregory
Michael Gregory

A little off topic....AJC stop with the 4 articles for free nonsense. No one is paying for news except advertisers. You realize how much news is delivered to me for free everyday? So cut me off if you want, that 2 less eyes you can sell to advertisers.

John Everett
John Everett

I can't wait for Oliver to rip them apart

Joshua Neeld
Joshua Neeld

John Oliver is a garbage programming. People that watch his show; those with little to no intelligence and those who mistakenly leave their tv on after Game of Thrones.

Joshua Neeld
Joshua Neeld

I've definitely seen it. I give everything a chance, but it's bias, selective journalism like most channels now. I can get behind programming like VICE, Ben Swann, Intelligence Squared, etc...

Tabitha Lynn
Tabitha Lynn

Joshua Neeld It's not journalism. Even he would tell you that.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

What is the difference?  Started by teachers. Is it run by a for profit "management team?"


25% low income sounds like heaven around here.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

He's nothing more than a hack comedian, if he didn't have writer's he wouldn't have a job.

R Tayloe Cook
R Tayloe Cook

Oh yeah?! And Nazi's politely told everyone to back off concentration camps, plantation master told everyone to back off slavery and the AJC has been politely told to lay off journalism

thialand
thialand

Didn't take long for Godwin's Rule to be proven once again

Patrick Ballenger
Patrick Ballenger

Yes because crazy people never use them to push stupidity on young minds, oh no.

Astropig
Astropig

I'd like to think that maybe,just maybe, Oliver's biased attack on parents right to choose their kids education options swung just enough votes in critical states to hand the election to Donald Trump.In a country as big as America,stranger things have happened.If so...


Thanks John!

Jordan Logue
Jordan Logue

He's pretty funny, and pretty good at pointing out societal problems. I just fundamentally disagree with some of his proposed solutions.

Jaz McIntosh
Jaz McIntosh

He criticized public and private charter schools.

Michael Dillinger
Michael Dillinger

He had legitimate criticisms and acknowledged that this wasn't a blanket statement. The recent political conversations for charter schools, and Betsy DeVos (Charter School Advocate) becoming the new chief of Education, make this report all the more relevant and invaluable. This shows that the work John Oliver does is light years beyond what the average network is doing to illuminate real issues. One of the more interesting points that was brought up is what do we do with the schools that fail? Failure is an inevitable component to entrepreneurship, but are we prepared for the sight of abandoned schools across this country?

Laura Evans Majors
Laura Evans Majors

Any school that would waste $100,000 on something like that, other than perhaps giving scholarships to children who deserve them? That's not a school. That's just a business.

Cody Bohler
Cody Bohler

$100,000 prize for a rebuttal video, yeah that'll show em. just maybe they're not as smart as they think?

Scott Moody
Scott Moody

Trevor Stricklin you mean like the ones who made the video and won the 100k.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Oh, oh, wait!  Remember, charter schools ARE public schools (wink, wink)!