Then there is the Jacksonville Public Education fund and the thought of an organization set up to help our public schools sounds great, and I am sure lots of affable people who would make great neighbors work there too.
I have to chose my words carefully, people can and should be able to disagree without being disagreeable, but at the same time Trey Csar and JPEF despite their assertions aren’t here to help our schools, even though that is how they resent themselves and nobody should doubt that for a second.
This past Monday Csar and Becki Couch appeared on First Coast Connect to discuss the truly dreadful schools of Hope legislation that is about to become law. The bones of it are the legislature wants to set aside 200 million dollars to attract what they call high quality charter school networks to Florida to replace hundreds of public schools.
Just think about that for a second, in doing so they are basically acknowledging that most of our charter operators are so shitty that we have to attract new ones.
Trey Csar who said he was neither for or against charters and public schools, he just wants great schools, tried to alleviate host Melissa Ross’s fears of the charter networks coming in saying it was unlikely, except there is already one of these networks in Florida and Csar has close ties to it.
Gary Chartrand has his hands both in KIPP and JPEF and I think we all know Schools of Hope would greatly benefit KIPP and how he feels about charters.
Why the omission on Csar’s part? Why the deception?
Then for a cherry on top, last year JPEF also advertised for a symposium whose theme was, how can we get more kids into charters.