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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.

Snell has frequently testified before the California State Legislature and numerous other state legislatures and government agencies. She has authored policy studies on school finance and weighted student funding, universal preschool, school violence, charter schools, and child advocacy centers.

Snell is a frequent contributor to Reason magazine, School Reform News and Privatization Watch. Her writing has also appeared in Education Week, Edutopia, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.

Ms. Snell is also an advisory board member to the National Quality Improvement Center for the Children's Bureau; is on the charter school accreditation team for the American Academy for Liberal Education; and serves as a board member for the California Virtual Academy.

Before joining Reason Foundation, Snell taught public speaking and argumentation courses at California State University, Fullerton. She earned a Master of Arts in communication from California State University, Fullerton.