It’s all the states fault Vitti said in the Times Union when talking about charter school failings, you know the state which is run by his benefactor and charter schools lover Gary Chartrand.
Vitti criticized the state’s charter laws and rules, which he said aren’t strong enough to prevent these charter school closures.
“All charters are not created equally,” he said. “As a state we’re not differentiating among proven charter organizations and upstarts … who do not have the financial and educational infrastructure to ensure sustainability.”
Charter schools are public schools that operate independently of local school boards but are funded by taxpayers. They are given greater latitude by state law because they’re supposed to provide innovation and school choice for parents.
I am sorry but just because you have deep pockets it doesn’t mean you should be able to open up a charter school either. Opening one up should be incredibly difficult and involve a lot more than filling out a few boxes on an application and having a few zeros in a bank account.
People who open them, unlike the state board of education, should also have an education background. Educating children takes a lot more than just showing up.
Furthermore charter schools should offer something that district schools don’t. We shouldn’t dilute what limited resources we have just because some family doesn’t like gov’ment schools or bought the hype they are failing. Choice just for choices sake is a bad choice.
Charter schools are supposed to be parent teacher driven laboratories of innovation, not profit centers for real estate tycoons and investment bankers. The super thinks hey got deep pockets come to town, we’ll outsource or kids futures to you.
For him to blame the state, shrug his shoulders and say there’s nothing we can do is disingenuous. Other districts are fighting back as Duval hands over the keys to the castle.
Other districts are saying, no innovation, your boards not from here, you are trying to open a sister school to a failing school, no thanks, take it on down the road but not Jacksonville, we say how high would you like us to jump and we would like another, whether we need it or not.
The super should stop speaking out of both sides of his mouth. In the media he says there’s nothing we can do but at the meetings and behind closed doors he has been the most accommodating super to charter schools in the state to the detriment of the schools he was hired to lead.
It is shameful.