Tomorrow, El Paso AFT will be taking on the pro-privatization charter industry at a Special Meeting of the El Paso ISD School Board. The Board is scheduled to consider a $5 million Texas Education Agency Transformation Zone grant, which would effectively turn over management of eight district schools to one or more private vendors. Currently, the New Tech Network and Engage 2 Learn are the two prime beneficiaries, but there are plenty of offers to sub-contract additional responsibilities for school management to other private firms. Check out the meeting materials here, which to a large extent echo the semantics of the charter industry and its model for expansion in urban areas.
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