The Decatur Daily thinks charter school management companies looking for a new market to make money were responsible for the bill.
The corporate proponents of the charter bill — companies that hoped to snag contracts managing charter schools — make up a special-interest group Alabamians should fear. They benefit from public school failure. Anything that helps public schools succeed hurts their shareholders.
While the much-amended charter bill that died in committee would have done little harm to public schools, the original bill Williams sponsored had the fingerprints of corporate lobbyists all over it. It was designed not just to make sure charter schools were profitable, but to ensure public schools failed.