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[Susan notes: Walt Gardner packs a lot into three sentences.]

Published in The Nation

To the editor

Community Education Partners is the latest scam to rip off a piece of the $500+billion spent every year in the US on public K-12 education ("Failing Students, Rising Profits," Sept. 19). Despite its avowed mission to educate the hardest-to-teach students that public schools are glad to jettison, CEP's real goal is self-enrichment. As a result of its political savvy, it's been able to impose exhorbitant per-student charges and evade the accountability spotlight. In the process, it's proving that privatization of education is an easy way of lining one's pockets without delivering on one's promise.

Walt Gardner

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