I received a rather nasty letter from the Firm (yes straight
out of a John Grissom novel) where among other things they said I should be
ashamed to be an educator. I’m not. I reached out to the firm to work with me
to make sure what I was writing was correct but as of now they haven’t gotten
back to me. One of the things they said I got wrong was reporting the charter
school at Regency had been protected by the states rule stopping schools from
dropping more than one letter grade, but if you go to http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/
then click school grades basic information on schools and scroll down to charter school at Arlington you can see I was both right and wrong.
not Arlington but I hope you can forgive me as I have always felt regency and
Arlington were synonymous. Though you can see that the
school received a grade of D and was protected by the rule. I am trying to include a screen shot but thus far it is outside my capabilities.
Here is another article about it too. http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-04-02/story/jacksonville-charter-school-gets-go-ahead
The second thing they complained about was I said there was one stop shopping between Renaissance charter schools a non-profit and Charter schools USA. Here is the thing Renaissance Schools shares a mailing address with Charter Schools USA, and right there on CSUSA’s website regarding a school in Doral, it says that Renaissance Schools are part of the Charter School USA “family” Further, all of Charter Schools USA’s Jacksonville locations are operated by Renaissance. It is logical and quite reasonable to conclude that the companies have a close relationship. The fact that they “have been vetted by tax lawyers” as separate entities may indicate that their finances are not co-mingled and that the companies have been careful to stay separate on paper. That doesn’t mean that there is not a close business relationship. The phrase “one-stop shopping” references the shared address.
I hope I cleared those things up but before I get into the things that they did not complain
about let me say my whimsical language non-withstanding I don’t think Charter Schools
USA is doing anything illegal. On the contrary I believe they are playing the
system (one I believe their campaign contributions helped create) like a
virtuoso and they obviously have some high priced lawyers to help them.
from my original post.
for the Charter School at Mandarin was given to the Renaissance Charter School
group who then contracted with CUSA to run the school and their construction
arm Red Apple to build it which they started to do before it was even
known it was a certainty what with Jacksonville’s school boards
friendliness to charters, though that did not stop CUSA and its Lawyers from hedging its
bets and donating thousands to Mandarin’s school board representative, Jason
Charter School at Mandarin’s board is from Jacksonville and its sister school
the Charter School at Regency would have been an F school this past year if it
wasn’t protected by states rule that schools can drop only one letter grade. A
rule co-created by Gary Chartrand the local businessman who brought the KIPP
charter school to town who likewise has benefited from the rule.
these two things because similar things happened in Orange and Hillsborough
counties and they are fighting in the courts against the expansion of CUSA in
their school districts. They have to fight in the courts because despite their
objections Gary Chartrand and the state board of education, none of who are
true educators, but consists of a citrus grower, grocer and cable TV executive
instead, rubber-stamped the approval of the charter schools.
local control right?
the CEO of CUSA and husband of the executive that wrote the Sun Sentinel, even
though he lives in Florida and does the vast bulk of his business here has
registered the company in Delaware where CUSA operates zero schools. Then even
though he only operates 58 schools with a little over 50,000 students, he lives
in a 1.8 million dollar house, and sends his children to an exclusive private
closest schools to where the new charter will open up were all A schools last year so there
was hardly a need to rescue kids from failing public schools.
is a big player in the lobby game sending thousands of dollars to mostly
republican legislators. My main problem with this is they undoubtedly use
public money because remember they get their money from the public, to lobby
for more public money.
got correct. Leaving only if they own a yacht or not, his salary and a joke comparing them to a Colombian money launderers all things I would be more than glad to clear up once they get back to me.
When I finally get to talk to a member of the “Firm”
if they can show me my errors I will be glad to publish a retraction about the
things I omitted above from the original post but I will do so not because they
threatened me (again) but because it is important to me that I get things