From Fund Education Now
For-profit Charter Chains not interested in struggling students:
- Florida charters have demonstrated a chronic disinterest in this population.
- Legislators are consumed with labeling children and schools with D or F, but unwilling to walk through the doors to see the remarkable work being done despite chronic under funding
- Charter Chains and legislators disregard the fact that struggling D or F schools face the deep effects of generational poverty that requires greater investment and support not “failure” labels and ridicule.
- Charter chains know that struggling students cost more and are “not attractive” to a ‘for-profit” model
Florida Charter Schools have not lived up to their promises
- State has spent$760 million on the building and operation of charter schools since 2000.
- Majority of state funding for the construction and renovation of schools goes to charter schools.
- Florida Department of Education found no evidence to support the claims that charter schools ‘save children from “failing schools.”
- Research shows that restarting a former public school as a charter school had no significant impact on math or reading test scores, high graduation or college enrollment
- In 2016, Florida charter schools closures were the highest in the nation