Monday, March 28, 2016

Are profitable corporations making 'big money' with vouchers?

The web site Oklahoma Education Journal recently posted a video ("Profitship! Cashing In On Public Schools") which warned that public education must not "let corporations take over with charter schools and vouchers."

This argument is not new in the #OklaEd community. Public education activist Angela Clark Little once said of voucher programs: "What they are about is making money ... lots of it. Big money ... and legislators collaborating with big business."

But is that true? According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, there are 51 schools participating in Oklahoma's voucher program. They are:
  1. All Saints Catholic School
  2. Bishop John Carroll School
  3. Bishop Kelley Catholic School
  4. Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School
  5. Corn Bible Academy
  6. The Catholic School of St. Eugene
  7. Destiny Christian School
  8. Emmanuel Christian School
  9. Good Shepherd Catholic School at Mercy
  10. Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Child Development Center
  11. Happy Hands Education Center
  12. Holy Family Cathedral School
  13. Holy Trinity Catholic School
  14. Holy Trinity Christian School
  15. Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy
  16. Ketchum Adventist Academy
  17. Lakewood Christian School
  18. Life Christian Academy
  19. Marquette Catholic School
  20. Messiah Lutheran School
  21. Metro Christian Academy
  22. Mission Academy High School
  23. Monte Cassino Catholic School
  24. Mount Saint Mary Catholic High School
  25. Oak Hall Episcopal School
  26. Oklahoma Bible Academy
  27. Oklahoma Christian Academy
  28. Oklahoma Christian School
  29. Paths to Independence
  30. Rosary School
  31. Sacred Heart Catholic School
  32. Saint Catherine Catholic School
  33. Saint Paul's Lutheran Church and School
  34. Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School (Kingfisher)
  35. Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School (Tulsa)
  36. Special Care, Inc.
  37. St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School
  38. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
  39. St. James the Greater Catholic Church and School
  40. St. John's Episcopal School
  41. St. John Nepomuk
  42. St. Joseph Catholic School (Enid)
  43. St. Joseph Catholic School (Muskogee)
  44. St. Mary Catholic School (Guthrie)
  45. St. Mary’s Catholic School (Lawton)
  46. St. Pius X Catholic School
  47. Summit Christian Academy
  48. Town and Country School
  49. Trinity School
  50. Undercroft Montessori School
  51. Victory Christian School
So regarding vouchers, what are the names of the profitable corporations which are taking over? What are the names of the big businesses making big money?

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