Let’s look at the rules and regulations Charter Schools can avoid.

Despite the fact over 250 charter schools have opened taken
public money and closed leaving families and communities in a lurch in Florida
they remain very popular with our state legislators. They are sold as public
schools that are able to avoid some of the rules and regulations that stifle public
schools. Let’s look at some of the rules they can avoid.
Charter schools by putting requirements on parents and
through weeding many out through the application process can basically pick who
they take, where public schools are obliged to educate whoever shows up.
Charter schools often take fewer disabled children and
English as a second language students, you know those who are often harder and
more expensive to educate.
Charter schools can weed out poor performers and behavior
problems and despite this ability as a group perform worse than Florida’s
public schools.
Many charter school boards especially those that belong to
chains are not local and leave little recourse for parents if they feel there
is a problem. Look at the boards for the Charter USA schools, you will find the
same names representing dozens of schools in a half dozen different cities.
Democracy may be messy but we have that with public schools and despite being publicly
funded we don’t have it with charters.
Finally love them or hate them public schools spend locally.
So many of Florida’s charter schools are parts of chains that they siphon
millions and millions of dollars out of local communities. Again take Charter schools
USA which despite the fact it has over fifty schools in Florida and zero in Delaware
is listed as a Delaware corporation.

Charter school supporters say they are exempt from the rules
that stifle public schools, well friends if that’s the case why don’t we get
rid of those rules? The truth however is charter schools are avoiding both accountability
and oversight and our kids and tax payers are paying the price.

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