Success Academy parents are periodically prompted to don a variety of t-shirts to help advertise the stunningly inaccurate message that “Charter schools are public schools.” This time it was for an October 8th pro-charter rally that parents and students were obliged to attend instead of daily classes. It is true that charter school funds are, in part, provided by taxpayers. In the case of Success Academy, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is also a key funder, who apparently has a vested interest in ensuring that charter schools remain viewed as “public schools.” However, unlike actual public schools, Success Academies can counsel out non-compliant and under-performing students at will. Anyway, those taxpayer funds are diverted through the schools (for purposes supposedly in the interest of children, as in data collection) towards companies, such as Wireless Generation, which are owned by the very corporations, such as Amplify, owned by Rupert Murdoch. So, in a nutshell, corporations fund schools that fund the corporations, making them even richer, all the while using parents’ bodies to falsely advertise their intentions.