Major charter school organization leaves 17 NC schools in the lurch

Oregon sugar daddy has apparently turned sour:

An organization that helped set up charter schools in North Carolina and Arizona has lost several of its leaders and cut back on its work, leading two N.C. schools to drop the organization’s services. Now, those schools — which represent about 11,000 students — are wondering what to do next.

The turnover at TeamCFA has created uncertainty around the Charlotte-based nonprofit that provides financial, instructional and management support to 17 charter schools in North Carolina and four schools in Arizona.

I first came a cross John Bryan's name a few years ago during a routine exploration of high-dollar campaign contributions to Republican politicians here in NC, and soon stumbled across the reasons why he had contributed so much. But like many billionaires do, he has apparently lost interest in the cause:

TeamCFA was launched by retired Oregon businessman John Bryan, who has used his wealth to promote school-choice causes and to give generously to Republican political candidates and GOP-run political action committees. He helped pass the law creating the Innovative School District, which allows low-performing schools to be turned over to outside groups, such as charter school operators.

The future of the organization changed after September 2017 when Bryan and the Challenge Foundation, which Bryan also had formed, discontinued funding for TeamCFA. According to an audit of TeamCFA, the group received as much as 95% of its annual revenue from Bryan and the Challenge Foundation.

TeamCFA got some outside donors to help offset the funding loss. The organization also sought to cut costs and suspended giving up to $300,000 in forgivable loans to schools, according to the audit.

TeamCFA had promoted that it didn’t collect fees from schools. But it began to run some charter schools in the network for a fee.

The number of NC charter schools has doubled since the GOP got rid of the 100 school cap, but there are more failure stories than successful ones. The first target of ISD takeovers (Southside Ashpole Elementary) is one of those failure stories, which should scuttle that entire program. But it won't, because Republicans weren't really looking for improvement anyway, they just want to privatize schools across the board.



If only the rest of the billionaires...

would lose interest in school "reform" and leave public schools alone, we'd be able to get them properly funded again and back to educating students without interference from rank amateurs like Bryan (and Gates, and Jobs, and Broad, and the Waltons, and...)