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profit on the Backs of Children

Who says only for-profit charter school operators and private schools seeking vouchers from public funds want to profit on the backs of our children. As the Times Union reports from New York State: Flights aboard the Concorde for vacations in England. Mortgage payments for homes in Florida, the Hamptons and Pennsylvania. More than $1 million in ATM cash advances. A small group of public school employees in Roslyn, an affluent Long Island community, pilfered $11.2 million for personal benefit since 1996, a state audit has found. State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he had never before seen such a “systematic misappropriation of taxpayer money” by school officials.

Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.