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Bernie Sanders Says He Opposes Private Charter Schools. What Does That Mean?

K-12 education hasn’t exactly been front and center in this presidential election, but Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders made some news on the topic this week. Here’s how he responded to a question about charter schools at a CNN televised Town Hall meeting:

“I believe in public education and I believe in public charter schools. I do not believe in privately controlled charter schools.”

Here’s the contradiction: Charter schools are all public. And, each has some element of private control.