A year-long battle by the Broward school district to shut down two
troubled Fort Lauderdale charter schools is finally over: the schools
have agreed to close their doors.
The Obama Academy for Boys and
The Red Shoe Charter School for Girls will voluntarily terminate their
contracts in June but say they plan to reopen as a private school in the
two schools have been rife with financial and academic problems,
violations of state law and breaches of contract with the district,
records show. The district has tried twice to shut down them down: once
last March when the schools relocated and failed to provide a
certificate of occupancy, and again in October when the schools failed
to document how they spent $876,000 in public money.
appealed both decisions to an administrative law judge and have been in a
lengthy legal fight with the district since the fall. Christopher
Norwood, the legal representative for the charter schools, said the
schools’ governing boards decided to terminate the charters and begin
operating as a private school.
you are a private school, you don’t have to deal with an elected school
board. This school would not have to continue to always look over its
back,” said Norwood. “There’s less regulation.”
The owners of the school in effect said, if we can’t make it as a charter school so we will make it as a voucher school instead. Less regulation is really a euphemism for less accountability here in Florida. There are undoubtedly charter schools and voucher schools that do it right, unfortunately the system here in Florida is set up so charlatans, mercenaries and people who have no business being any where near let alone running a school can profit handsomely off of our children and as you can see, school choice does not have much use for both democracy, choice school boards are not voted for and accountability.