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Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 08/22/2011

The Texas Charter Schools Visa® Platinum Card (for real)

Some things just speak for themselves, and this is one of them.

From the Texas Charter Schools Association comes the Texas Charter Schools Visa® Card, which allows you to “donate with every swipe of your card!”

(Users of the card can, if they choose, ignore the latest results of the Texas Education Agency’s accountability report on the state’s charter schools. It says in its executive summary that “this evaluation provides little evidence that [59] new open-enrollment charter schools are improving students’ academic outcomes.” It also says: “In addition, analyses comparing the performance of new open-enrollment charter schools with their more established peers find that charter school student outcomes do not improve as schools gain more experience.”)

The Texas Charter School Association, according to its website, is a statewide organization representing approximately 390 charter schools and educating more than 100,000 students. Across Texas, an estimated 120,000 Texas students attend open-enrollment charter schools with an additional 56,000 students currently on waiting lists.

Here’s more of the credit card pitch:

“This Visa Platinum credit card makes it easier than ever to support our cause! Add in a low introductory rate, no annual fee, no foreign transaction fees and your choice of card designs and you’ve got a great way to give back.

“Our organization gets a donation -- and you get to spread the word about our cause-with every swipe.”

“By using the card, the Texas Charter Schools Association gets:

$50 after your first purchase

2% donation on gas and grocery purchases

1% donation on all other purchases

Up to 10% of purchases made at select merchants!”

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