Superintendent (Charter School) Vitti is very popular with the pro privatization blogs

Sometimes it is hard to tell where Gary Chartrand ends and
the superintendent begins. They both love charter schools, Teach for America
and have often been disdainful of teachers. So it’s no wonder that Vitti has
been a huge proponent of allowing Chartrand’s pet KIPP School to expand.
Superintendent Vitti in ReDefined Ed, the states pro-privatization
blog:  “There are charter schools that have a track record of
success, and particular charter schools that have failed, and failed in
multiple areas,” he said. “Let’s not have an ideological conversation. Let’s
have one based on data where we look at individual charter schools, individual
traditional public schools, and ask the question: Who’s successful? Who’s not?
And what’s the best situation for parents based on how they’re looking at it,
and how the district as informed educators are looking at it.
His words
make sense, his words are what we want to happen but unfortunately with this
super his deeds and words don’t always match up.
Here are
some things you should know about the KIPP School, the successful school he is
pushing to expand.
The schools grades have been F,
lowest grade in Northeast Florida, a miraculous B, it would have dropped to a D
if the state didn’t have a schools can only drop one letter grade rule and then
another B. Then according to the Times Union of the 88 students who started the
first class at KIPP, only 64 finished, that’s about 30% who didn’t finish. KIPP
also has a national reputation for counseling out poor performers and using
kill and drill techniques instead of educating. They also spend about a third
more per child and can require parents to be involved.
Maybe when compared to most Duval
Charter schools this is considered a success but do you consider it one?
If public schools had a third more
resources, could require parents to be involved and could council out poor
performers how much better do you think they would be? They don’t and can’t and
most are better than the KIPP schools anyway. 
I don’t know about you but I want a
super who is willing to fight for our schools rather than one who says one
thing and does another.

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