From the Sun Sentinel: The Broward School Board overwhelmingly rejected a $3.3 million state grant on Tuesday to recruit successful charter-school companies to save their failing counterparts in the district.
Broward School Board overwhelmingly rejected a $3.3 million state grant on
Tuesday to recruit successful charter-school companies to save their failing
counterparts in the district.
members insisted it was the state’s responsibility to tighten the charter
school laws that allowed floundering schools to open in the first place and
continue to operate.
am not in the business of going and cleaning up low-performing charter schools
that take our money, that purchase things they shouldn’t be purchasing,”
said board member Robin Bartleman. “The state needs to clean up the mess
they created by not regulating them.”
schools receive public dollars but are run by independent governing boards.
districts say charter school laws are too lenient, making them easy to open and
difficult to shutter if they fail. A dozen charter schools in Broward are on two-year
improvement plans because they earned D or F grades; 21 others have closed
whole idea behind charter schools is that they can do it better than us,”
said board member Laurie Rich Levinson, who also opposed the grant. She said 37
percent of charter schools had C, D or F grades. “It’s not our job to
match up management companies with low performing schools and turn those
So here is Broward County pushing back against charter schools, of which over 270 have taken public money and failed leaving families and communities in a lurch, while Duval is embracing them.
Charter schools many of which are for profit also as a group under perform when compared to public schools. In fact the promise of charter schools has been co-opted by mercenaries and real estate tycoons.
Why would we be excepting money to help them expand? Oh that’s right Chartrand wants us to and we all know who really runs our district.
We desperately need people in place who will fight back against this privatization and it’s obvious Superintendent Vitti is not that guy because he cannot serve two masters, he cannot both serve public schools and Chartrand and the privatization movement.