Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Charter Schools
August 24, 2016 3:44 AM - Season 3, Episode 22 - Subscribe

This week....
  • US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (4m) and others trashed a men's restroom, and Lochte flees to us while his collegues are detained.
  • Main story: The downsides of many charter schools (18m): poor planning, profit seeking and corruption.
  • And Now: One Final Second of Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte The Perfectly Encapsulates His Entire Personality, Career and Worldview.
  • Finally, LWT tonight noticed surprising parallels between the campaign of Donald Trump and the book "The Kid Who Ran For President." Part 1 (5m) - Part 2 (5m)

The Olympics: "Home of sports like Stupid Tiny Tennis, Inconvenient Frisbee and Whatever the Fuck This Is." (Pictured: Synchronized Swimming.)
Ryan Lochte: "The purest form of the chemical element Bro." and "America's Idiot Sea Cow"
Donald Trump: "A racist Voodoo doll made out of discarded cat hair."
Roger Ailes: "A sexually rapacious hard-boiled egg." and "Like an alien attempting to impersonate a human, but his only research was watching Charlie Sheen interviews."

F.37: C Maximus, "Larry Wilmore"
posted by JHarris (9 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Last Week Tonight is off for a month.
posted by JHarris at 3:44 AM on August 24, 2016

I've watched the Lochte piece a couple of times, and I laugh every single time.

This tweet from the author of The Kid Who Ran for President is really adorable. I wondered if he knew ahead of time that LWT would be using his book, and it seems like he didn't.
posted by gladly at 5:51 AM on August 24, 2016 [7 favorites]

I hope the break lets them recharge -- this one was an improvement over last week's, which leaned a lot more on the exposition/advocacy than the comedy.
posted by Etrigan at 7:10 AM on August 24, 2016

Another thing he didn't mention was the fact that charter schools generally don't have to have Special Education facilities that are required of public schools by the ADA, leading to a higher percentage of special needs students in the public school population. Students who are, of course, far more expensive to service.
posted by absalom at 5:15 PM on August 24, 2016 [4 favorites]

I don't think he mentioned their tendency to expel kids the day after the Official Headcount To Determine Funding Day, either.
posted by Etrigan at 5:31 PM on August 24, 2016 [5 favorites]

Oh, or the day before Standardized Testing That Determines Your School's Ranking Day, for that matter.
posted by Etrigan at 6:39 PM on August 24, 2016 [3 favorites]

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