Duval could stop the proliferation of charter schools with two simple rules.

Even as big a critic of charter schools as I am I believe
they have a limited role to play as a supplement to public schools. Unfortunately
the powers-that-be, despite dubious quality and the fact the only thing they
seem to do really well is put money in the pockets of their owners, have set
them up to replace public schools.
Jacksonville which has seen the amount of charter schools double
over the last few years could stem the tide and protect students and families
too, with just two simple rules.
The first rule is more than half of the managing board of
charter schools should be from Jacksonville, this is a similar rule that many
counties have an enforce. The whole concept of charter schools was parent
driven laboratories of reform, not mercenaries looking for profit centers. This
would make sure that there was at least some local involvement.
Next charter schools should not be allowed to expand whether
grades or sister schools until they have earned at least two consecutive C
grades, another rule some districts have. That way we know at the very least
there are minimum standards being met.
Is that asking a lot, half the board being locals and at
least an average grade before expanding? Some charter school outfits might
think so because if those two rules were in place we would have a lot less than
the 31 charter schools that we have now.  
Notice I am not asking that the charter school serve a need,
sink up with strategic plan or be innovative, something charter schools are
supposed to do/be already but have been allowed to get a pass on.
The school board has said they want to push back against
charter schools and adopting these two reasonable rules would allow them to do
it.

Unfortunately reasonable and school board are not
words that often go together. 

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