St. Johns Joyner gets it right, Duval’s Vitti gets it wrong

St.
Johns County Superintendent Schools Joseph Joyner supports charter schools, but
he has seen differences with the large charter schools run by management
companies.
“They
are large companies that make dozens of applications every year in dozens of
school districts, and they are well funded and well connected,” he said. “In my
experience, I fail to see any of the innovative nature and innovativeness” seen
in small charter schools.
By
contrast, Jacksonville’s superintendent Vitti recently attended a conference
whose theme was how do we attract more of these large charter school chains to
Florida.  He wants more of these schools
that suck the resources out of public schools a very interesting for the superintendent
of a public school district to be in.
I have
always said as centers for parent and teacher driven innovation Charter Schools
have a role to play. Unfortunately Florida has defacto private schools run by
hedge fund managers whose priority is making a profit not educating our
children.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-06-21/story/charter-school-management-companies-flex-political-muscle-

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