Although Mr. Bennet claims to be a friend of public education, his record proves that he is not. He is a corporate education reformer who has consistently received high marks from DFER. He favors merit pay, testing, school closings and charter schools as his preferred reform strategies.
Michael Bennet is a strong supporter of charter schools, even allowing charters to co-locate with public schools when he was superintendent of Denver, Colorado. While he supports banning for-profit charters (which only exist in Arizona and California), he has never spoken out against charters that are operated by for-profit management companies in his home state. He defended charters to the NEA. Politico notes that he supports charters as well.
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