C.A.S.I.L.I.P.S. is investigating the use (and abuse) of the public school system to advance the agendas of business, political and religious special interest groups.
C.A.S.I.L.I.P.S. objects to the following problems, and investigates some of them:
- Insider deals, no-bid contracts and other methods used to profit unethically off public schools;
- Abuse of publicly-funded schools to gain political influence;
- Public officials accepting political contributions, free trips, awards, or other favors from operators of schools they are charged with authorizing or regulating, or from groups connected to and acting in the interests of these operators;
- Infiltration of academia by private groups seeking to produce pseudo-academic biased "studies" supporting education policies that they have a vested financial interest in;
- Abuse of the publicly-funded school system to gain access to students for advertisement, recruitment, or indoctrination;
- Legislation designed to make charter school oversight and authorization excessively lax;
- Biased, inaccurate, or deliberately misleading media coverage of education issues and education reform;
- The use of school vouchers or tax credits to divert public money to private schools, especially when they have minimal or no accountability regarding curriculum and finances.
- Abuse of education reform or charter schools in ways that promote re-segregation of the student body, or that lead to a separate-and-unequal system;
- Balkanization of the public school system through founding of schools
aimed primarily at serving student bodies of a particular ethnicity, national origin,
linguistic group, or religion;
- Abuse of public schools to promote nationalism of other countries;
- Education reform policies that result in marginalizing special needs students or failing to provide the services they are legally entitled to;
- Inflated claims about successes of publicly-funded schools (misleading
graduation rates, inflated charter school waiting lists, etc);
- Inaccurate or misleading reporting of school demographics designed to make a school appear to perform better than it actually does;
- Illegal or unethical practices used by schools to bias admissions and engineer the student body;
- Corruption in science fairs and other academic competitions, especially when used to inflate school performance for financial gain;
- Cheating on standardized tests.