City Council, Aaron Bowman wants to turn our public schools over to charters.

Well it’s out there. After years of  people saying, hey guys they are coming for our schools, Aaron Bowman and several other city council members during today’s finance meeting made it official, they want our school district privatized and the public schools replaced with charters. No more beating around the bush, no more lies about them supporting our schools, not even smiles to the districts faces while they stabbed them in the back. Nope, they want charters and more money for them and the districts public schools can wither on the vine for all they care.

I don’t have a link to the video which isn’t up yet but at the meeting he said he wanted our public schools to be given to the IDEA charter chain which recently announced plans to open several charter schools here in 4 years.

Why wait though right? I mean we have schools, why not just move the district staff out and the IDEA staff in. Who wants to bet they will find money to fix up the schools if that happened?

Bowman, fix our schools, nah, support the school district, forget about it, now replace them with charters who pick and choose who they take and keep, staffed with Teach for America, now that is the ticket.

He wasn’t the only council member either,

LeAnna Cumber despite the millions charters already get, wants them to get even more, as does Ron Salem. Think about that, instead of helping our public schools, they want more money to go to often for profit schools.

So much for being less than a percentage point away from being an A district.

This is shameful. City Council members fighting against the improvement of our public schools. This was a dark day for education in Jacksonville.

Shameful.

 
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2 Replies to “City Council, Aaron Bowman wants to turn our public schools over to charters.”

  1. It's almost like the City Council believes they are in charge of DCPS? What is the point in having an elected School Board again if they have to go hat in hand to City Hall like they've been doing for months??

    If I were Greene I would resign instead of giving Bowman & Curry what they want. She was brought in here to get a sales tax on the ballot & let the voters decide. That is exactly what she has done. The City Council is acting shocked that they weren't consulted first. (You could replace City Council with the Civic Council & they wouldn't miss a beat.)

    There really is no point in going thru this charade(not a charrette—Lenny hates those unless it's about charters) after Bowman suggested that an August ballot could be sabotaged by outside groups? By whom?? The people sitting in that room…that's who. That sounds more like a threat than a prediction. With "friends" like these who needs enemies?

    It's obvious that Curry only cares about his kids schools not all kids schools.

  2. It's almost like the City Council believes they are in charge of DCPS? What is the point in having an elected School Board again if they have to go hat in hand to City Hall like they've been doing for months??

    If I were Greene I would resign instead of giving Bowman & Curry what they want. She was brought in here to get a sales tax on the ballot & let the voters decide. That is exactly what she has done. The City Council is acting shocked that they weren't consulted first. (You could replace City Council with the Civic Council & they wouldn't miss a beat.)

    There really is no point in going thru this charade(not a charrette—Lenny hates those unless it's about charters) after Bowman suggested that an August ballot could be sabotaged by outside groups? By whom?? The people sitting in that room…that's who. That sounds more like a threat than a prediction. With "friends" like these who needs enemies?

    It's obvious that Curry only cares about his kids schools not all kids schools.

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