The “let’s give everything to charter schools bill” fast tracks through the Florida Legislature. Shameful!

From the Current: Rep. Manny Diaz,
R-Hialeah, told the committee HB 7083 would
streamline the application process a charter school uses to start within a
district and offers the opportunity for high-performing out-of-state charter
schools to qualify for designation in Florida. Also, the plan would allow
charter schools to use shuttered school district facilities.
That means Public School districts would be required to give
underutilized buildings to charter schools. Those are public resources being
given to for the most part for-profit entities.
That means democracy and local control dies as school
districts will no longer have control of what schools are opened in their borders.
That means schools that have no track record of success in Florida
will be given lucrative long term contracts. Teachers are now year to year.
Manny Diaz and his Senate Companion Rob Bradley of Orange
Park are giving away the house for an industry that under performs and is only
really good at one thing and that’s lining the pockets of legislators and
charter school managers.
They ignore the fact that over 250 have failed in Florida
and dozens of charter school scandals. We should be making it more difficult not easier
for Charter schools and even people that like them should want that too. The few good apples are being washed out by all the mercenaries and bad actors.
Absolutely shameful.

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