Why did Gary Chartrand vote to deceive the people of Florida?

Lets not mince words, the state board of education voted to
lie to the people of Florida when they said school grades could only fall one
letter grade regardless of performance. They know most people are not going to
do the due diligence to research what a schools grade actually is.
Now follow me for a second. Gary Chartrand has a personal
stake in seeing Jacksonville’s KIPP charter school do well. He invested a lot
of money into it; he sits on the board and has touted it as a savior. He is so
immersed in it doing well he isn’t above playing fast and lose with the facts.
He said, “since KIPP was founded in 1994, more
than 90 percent of its students have graduated high school and more than 80
percent have attended college”, he left out the caveat, which was on the KIPP
web-site that this only applies for the kids who finished 8th grade. By that
time they have weeded out the poorer performers. He continued saying, “Of
those, 40 percent have obtained college degrees.” Chartrand often plays fast
and loose with the facts if it doesn’t back up what he is saying and that 40%
stat is no exception.

This is also from the KIPP website. As of fall
2012, 40.2 percent of KIPP alumni who completed eighth grade at KIPP ten or
more years ago have graduated from a four-year college. This number is drawn
from two KIPP middle schools, the only schools with alumni old enough to have
reached this threshold. 

So it’s not all KIPP schools mind you, it’s two
and if he is going to leave that out, if he is going to attempt to deceive to
make his point, then what won’t he lie about? What he also didn’t mention is that
KIPP has a reputation for counseling out its poor performers; see the 8th grade
caveat which greatly skews its results again and that KIPP spends about a third
more than public schools do to educate their kids. 

He then went on to say, KIPP offers a longer
school day and year, after-school programs and highly-qualified instructors to
teach an academic program that focuses on college prep and character
development. Now it is true they do have a longer day but everything I have
read indicates their curriculum is kill and drill. Have you noticed how KIPP
isn’t replicated at the affluent private schools and how none of the education
reformers send their children to KIPP schools? Furthermore many of its
instructors are TFA recruits, which takes non-education majors and gives them
five weeks of “training” and says good luck. I guess to Chartrand that is
highly qualified because it is 5 more weeks of teacher training than he ever

We’re almost
there. KIPP after being the worst performing school in Northeast Florida
improved to a B its second year, well friends its projected to fall to a C this
year, protected by what we could call the Chartrand rule from falling to a D.
I know what
you are thinking, would this guy at the top of the food chain, really vote for
a rule just to protect one school he had a personal stake in?

My answer is
why not. He’s exaggerated publicly their accomplishments and he has a lot
invested in them, it would probably be a little embarrassing at the country
club if somebody brought it up and people have done far worse for little.   

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