You know being in the charter school business is probably a short terms play. Get in, get rich and get out. The owners have to know that after Tallahassee destroys public education, the cash cow they are currently experiencing is going to come to an end. I mean why even have charters down the road when private schools that pay their teachers ten bucks an hour is an acceptable option.
The latest knife in the back to public ed is schools of hope.
Jefferson County isn’t just Florida’s first all-charter school district. It’s also home to the original “schools of hope.”
State lawmakers created the program in 2017 with the aim of attracting more charter schools to Florida. The publicly funded, privately run schools would get extra state money and regulatory incentives if they open in neighborhoods where traditional public schools have failed for years.
Somerset Academy, Inc., a South Florida charter school network, was the first to open “schools of hope” as part of its state-endorsed takeover of Jefferson County’s public schools. Now state leaders are pointing to Somerset’s early indicators of success in Jefferson County as an argument to multiply charter schools throughout Florida.
“Look at what Somerset has already done in Jefferson County that the public system, the traditional public system, couldn’t do for decades,” said Richard Corcoran, state education commissioner, former Republican House speaker and architect of the “schools of hope” law.
“When it’s working, … we should have more of that, not less of it,” he said.
There will be more of it. The Legislature broadened “schools of hope” during the 2019 legislative session. In its new form, the law is poised to radically change how public education is delivered in Florida.
A key provision of the controversial House Bill 7069, “schools of hope” was an offer to high-performing charter school operators around the country: Come and open charter schools in Florida neighborhoods where traditional public schools have struggled the most. Offer students in those schools an escape route. And the state will make it easy — limiting school districts’ ability to protest, loaning money to build school buildings and providing an extra boost in the form of millions of taxpayer dollars.
Under the law, charter school networks with records of success — for example, those with a high percentage of graduates going to college — could open schools in the attendance zone or a five-mile radius of a “persistently low performing school.” That was defined as a school with three years of Ds or Fs according to the state’s A-to-F grading scale.
Local elected officials could be penalized if they tried to block new “schools of hope” from locating in their districts. The law requires school boards to enter into contracts with approved charter school operators within 60 days of operators announcing plans to open “schools of hope.”
Charter school operators are so dumb, they think oh our friends in Tallahassee would never sell us out, ha, if they would sell out the states public schools and children, they will drop you like a bad habit.
Tallahassee is picking winners and losers, the loser this go around is public education, but sooner or later it will be charters too.