Impact Investing: Making the Case for Charter Schools

Published on
October 19th, 2020
61 minutes

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Impact Investing: Making the Case for Charter Schools

The Interview ·
Featuring Eva Moskowitz

Published on: October 19th, 2020 • Duration: 61 minutes

Are charter schools a wise addition to your investment portfolio? Charter schools receive less public funding from local and state taxes and federal programs than their district school counterparts, so they seek private funding in efforts to be able to operate to their fullest capacity. Programs like the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) and opportunity zones provide several incentives for holding investments in charter schools. This type of impact investing also pays back in good deed as investors in charter schools have the satisfaction of knowing that their investments better education for America’s children. Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy, the largest and highest-performing free, public charter school network in New York City, opens up about how she is reimagining public education and how the network has had to adapt to remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Filmed on October 15, 2020.



  • MF
    Michael F.
    27 October 2020 @ 01:46
    I like RealVision a lot but I find this Interview more than a bit concerning. I come from a long line of Educators and have much respect for the profession. We, as a society, dump all our problems on the public schools and wonder why they don't do amazing things. If you want better schools find better and more affluent parents. School quality is directly tied to average income of the community they exist in. Charter schools go out and cherry pick the best and most affluent students and leave behind the kids with mental, physical and family issues that is why I oppose them. When charter schools take all comers, even the kids with birth defects, learning disabilities and those living in cars because they have no home I'll take another looks at them. Until then they are just parasites on a broken system. You will never see a for profit charter schools dedicate a full time EA (Educational Assistant) to a kid in a wheel chair because they can't make money that way but public schools by law have to and do that every day. There should be a special place in hell for those that create and run for profit schools.
  • SC
    Sean C.
    21 October 2020 @ 19:48
    Very interesting subject, but maybe a little surprising to see it here on RV since it didn't seem to touch any investing subjects. Little disappointed that other than criticizing teachers unions and the political establishment there was actually no discussion with regards to exactly what they do that is different and better. With regards to funding, she says they get $4000-$5000 less per student, but raise $20M/year (~ $2000/student), use public facilities with government rental assistance, receive tax credits and have technology fees. When you consider that traditional school districts have the spiraling costs associated with the burden of pensions and medical coverage, not only for current teachers but also retired ones, I have to wonder if they could actually be spending more on actual education per student than the school districts are?
  • JK
    John K.
    19 October 2020 @ 15:36
    Fuck real vision for promoting political conservative idea. I wrote up a long serious argument multiple times and each time it failed to post. Quick summary 1. They had a commodities expert who had a multi decade preview of agriculture that didn’t believe in climate change and the increasing rise in average global temperatures and increase risk of droughts and snow caps ( which are a primary source of water for a large majority of the world) 2. Academic studies find that charter schools widen the wealth and education inequality gap. Not to mention are rampant with corruption and fail at an alarming rate
    • AB
      Alastair B.
      19 October 2020 @ 16:14
      Please be more civil with your choice of language. There was no need to swear.
    • PP
      Patrick P.
      20 October 2020 @ 02:25
      John... I think that you have some anger issues, climate change and charter schools are not the subjects you should be concerned with. IMO mental health is more your bailiwick.
    • ZY
      ZHENG Y.
      20 October 2020 @ 07:38
      If u do care, type into a notepad (in case u want to post it separately) If u make ur point clear and i believe ppl here knew how to read and fact check....u will get ur supporter. Now? U just dun...
    • LS
      L S.
      21 October 2020 @ 16:58
      Forget you as well for voting for people to forcibly steal my income, and then waste it for decades, sir. You will be happier, or more fulfilled if you are less covetous and power hungry, though of course you empower the others since you are their peon.
  • TB
    Tobin B.
    20 October 2020 @ 16:17
    Actually, no, there were not a lot of deaths from Covid. There were less than die normally during the course of normal time. Look up the numbers for yourself before letting your emotions trigger you. Seeing someone lie like this perpetuates a broken system. Thanks for sharing, but I will pass.
    • LS
      L S.
      21 October 2020 @ 16:57
      Correct, there will be no statistically significant excess mortality. The most important stat of all that people will just explain away when we bring it up, or more likely, just not answer. It'll be even funnier when they talk about how there were "no flu cases" or "less heart attacks and strokes" etc and act like we don't know what we are talking about, what the data is, and how to critically think. Unreal that we are told this idiocy by the supposedly "science" loving side.
  • DP
    Duane P.
    20 October 2020 @ 18:32
    Apparently, someone dedicating her life to improving the lives of our future generations is "political". Thank god the government isn't running grocery stores or we'd still be fighting for the right of opening a grocery store with an alternate business model and/or ownership without fighting the bureaucracy all under the auspice of the new model having to prove it is "better". The fetish with state power of too many is nauseating.
    • LS
      L S.
      21 October 2020 @ 16:55
      It's especially odd and depressing when you get investors that are bought and sold by the broke ideas of central power and marxism; you'd think people here wouldn't fall for that foolishness given any understanding of freedom and markets. While they are the minority, it's still at least 20% which is just shocking. A sign of the times and why we are in decline, I guess.
  • DR
    Dick R.
    19 October 2020 @ 12:30
    The evidence is in. They don't work. It's a big con, designed only to kneecap the Democratic-leaning Teachers' Union. The public schools made America great, making waves of immigrants into patriotic Americans. The way forward is to help those schools, not starve them further.
    • J
      Jason .
      19 October 2020 @ 12:56
      Are you afraid of giving parents a choice? or do you think parents cant make a good choice? If you have seen one charter school you have seen one charter school - there is no blanket evidence on their effectiveness.
    • JK
      John K.
      19 October 2020 @ 15:40
      I agree. I hate how real vision is starting to delve into political topics. You want to bring a guest on to talk about investing in charter schools? cool do it but focus on the finance. Don't let her go on about how great charter schools are. Don't let her promote her narrative of choice. I'm tired of this nonsense
    • RM
      Robert M.
      19 October 2020 @ 21:28
      Have seen several go out of biz in middle Tennessee. Couldn't imagine in investing in one. Surprising topic for RV.
    • MS
      Michael S.
      20 October 2020 @ 13:41
      It will be great -- the McDonald's private Vocational-Tech school, skipping math and just teaching you the best way to clean the burger flipping machine. Great "disruption". Just what we want -- people with a profit motive "teaching" our children. The obvious outcome in almost all instances is that THEY WOULDN'T TEACH THEM ANYTHING WORTH KNOWING because that is actually hard work. They'll just give them all some cheap tablets so that they can have one instructor for each 5 class rooms, which would be monitored by video. Then they'll dispense with classrooms all together (RE is a major cost) and just send them lessons to their tablets at home. See? Covid already thought of the best charter school!
  • GF
    Gordon F.
    20 October 2020 @ 00:35
    The field of education is ripe for disruption. There are tremendous forces arrayed against disruption - teachers unions, administrators unions, and simply the force of habit and tradition - but the need to find better and cheaper means of educating our children AND adults is going to keep the pressure on. I don't know how this will be done - probably in a lot of different ways - but the current system that is geared to forcing the same education on all children, regardless of their talents, abilities and interests, is broken. When we needed to educate interchangeable workers for assembly lines, or to fill cubicles in an office, it worked, but poorly. Today it is not workable. Some students hate school because they are lost. Others hate it because they are bored stiff but not allowed to engage in studies and ideas that would challenge them. Still others hate it because they are surrounded by people (peers and/or teachers) who bully them or put them down because they are different in some way. It is rare to find a student at any level K-12 who really enjoys school. I salute Eva Moskowitz for her efforts and vision.
  • AB
    Alastair B.
    19 October 2020 @ 16:24
    This is great. As a teacher, so much of this resonates with me, especially since I carved out a niche working in scholarship-heavy private schools around the world. Much, much better than the vice interview - I won’t be investing in charter schools, but I’d work for one though.
  • PG
    Philippe G.
    19 October 2020 @ 15:59
    While more NYC-centric, some good points. Getting kids back on track after mediocre schooling during their formative years is not easy... A humble follow-up topic suggestion - impacts of technology, "EdTech", and the future of education would be helpful. Looks at what and edX are doing. Then Google is launching their own in-house training/certificate programs too.
  • DO
    DIOGO O.
    19 October 2020 @ 10:18
    Superb work... This is awesome! Cheers!!