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Georgia Cyber Academy, run by the for-profit K12 Inc., is a big investment for Georgia's taxpayers. The online public charter school is Georgia's largest public school, with students from all 159 counties--it received $82 million in state and federal funding in 2015 alone. But as results come in, that investment is starting to look foolish. Most of the school's students lag behind state performance on everything from standardized test scores to graduation rates.
News has broke that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a former private equity executive, once told some of Chicago's wealthiest and most influential civic leaders that half of the city's public school teachers were "virtually illiterate" and half of the principals were "incompetent." His audience included Penny Pritzker, now U.S. commerce secretary; billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin; Chicago investment executive Mellody Hobson; and Helen Zell, wife of billionaire real estate magnate Sam Zell. The comments, made five years ago, were divulged in emails Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration released Thursday under a court order. #CashinginonKids">https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/CashinginonKids'>#CashinginonKids