Like all reform movements, the education reform movement has a downside. Actually, it has a profound downside; its viability depends entirely on its stealth funding sources' ability to abrogate the democratic process.
As my regular readers know, I have had some experience opposing these forces of reform for a few years. I oppose them mainly because they exploit public education by (illegally, in most cases) skimming vitally needed funds from the operating state education budgets and by undermining what I know from experience is the actual learning process. Beyond that, it regiments elementary education to a quasi-military environment and removes any students who do not conform (rather than accommodating their learning difficulties). But you don't need to rely on my testimony. Go to the link below and judge for yourself.
Nowhere is this faux reform clearer than in New York's corrupted political process delivered by 9 hedge fund operators and their consigliere, those pasty faced lieutenants eager to remain in the good graces of their monied masters. This is oligarchic privatization on steroids.