The JPEF left out some very important information when it comes to charter schools in their school choice study. During the 2008-2011 school years the district’s overall grade was a B.
However by 2012 when the proliferation of charter schools really taking off the district’s grade dropped to a C and has stayed their since.
Charter schools many of which are run by for profit management companies and as a group perform worse than their public school counterparts, something the study also didn’t mention, along with vouchers, siphon away resources from public schools and have created a downward spiral I am not sure we can come out of.
I have always thought we should have more schools like Frank Peterson, A Phillip Randolf, Douglass Anderson and the academic magnets so more students and parents can have choices. The thing is when our elected leaders and the JPEF talk about choice what they are really talking about is the privatization of our public schools with vouchers and charters and Jacksonville is a prime example for how poorly that has worked.
The answer is to adequately fund and fix the problems in our public schools not to outsource our students education to for profit entities, charters or schools that resist accountability, vouchers, both of which siphon away resources and perform worse
To see the study, click the link: http://www.jaxpef.org/news/2014/11/policy-brief-7-school-choice.aspx