During Monday’s “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver did what he often does – look at a mostly-ignored industry and tore it apart, piece by piece.

This week, that focus was charter schools. Oliver points out at the beginning of his segment that his argument is a controversial one, saying that charter school proponents are a dedicated bunch who will not hesitate to clap back at a moment’s notice. Oliver also shared clips of several presidents and presidential candidates voicing their support for charter schools.

So what’s wrong with these schools? According to Oliver, a whole lot.

“The problem with letting the free market decide when it comes to kids is that kids change faster than the market. And by the time it’s obvious that a school is failing, futures may have been ruined.”



Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com