Even Florida Lawmakers who vote for them over and over again, know charters are a bad deal

I can’t imagine there being such a resistance to charter
schools if the powers-that-be were interested in getting things right, if
charter schools were parent-teacher driven laboratories of learning. But since
they are not, since what most have become is publicly funded private schools
designed not to teach children but to line the pockets of corporate profiteers
there has to be resistance. I just can’t help but wonder why there isn’t more
resistance in Tallahassee especially since legislators even republican
legislators are now admitting many charter schools have dubious qualities.

The Following is from a Palm beach Post
article by John Kennedy:  Gov.
Rick Scott’s pitch to lift enrollment limits on charter schools is drawing
lukewarm support from fellow Republicans in the Florida Legislature, with many
saying they are cautious about giving a green light to expansion.
The
high-profile collapse of some charter schools – including Excel Leadership
Academy in Delray Beach – is contributing to the Legislature’s go-slow
approach, lawmakers said.
“I
support the charter school movement, but schools that have not been accountable
hurt all of them,” said Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, a member of the Senate
Education Committee. “Responsible charter schools are the ones who should
demand that we don’t have any more black eyes.”
Simmons’
area was rocked last year by the closing of NorthStar High School, a charter
school with 180 students where the principal was earning more than $300,000
annually and received a $519,000 contract buyout even as the school was
failing.
Friends here is a republican legislator admitting the way
Florida does things is wrong. Shouldn’t we slow down and get it right?

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