Stealth Florida Charter School Ammendment Cuts Out Local School Board Control

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Florida Public Employees

Originally published: March 9, 2014

Republished: March 11, 2014


By  – Scathing Purple Musings

The zealots who carry the water for Florida’s for-profit charter schools never met an unseemly expansion of charter schools they didn’t like.  Just remember their efforts the past two sessions to pass parent trigger legislation. One of this year’s payoffs to the charter school industry is slipped into “military-friendly” Florida GI Bill. Writes News Service of Florida reporter Jim Turner for the Lakeland Ledger:

Among the differences, the House proposal would create a nonprofit organization to promote Florida a veteran-friendly state. The charter school issue, also included in the House version, shouldn’t hinder the Senate bill’s advancement.

“Our staffs have been working very closely, I think we’re going to come together quickly,” Altman said after the meeting.

Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, expressed concern that an amendment added to the Senate bill on Thursday could force the Hillsborough County School District to become responsible for a charter school at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa that the school board rejected in December.

The amendment encourages “military installation commanders to work with the state commissioner of education to increase military-family student achievement, which may include the establishment of charter schools on military bases.” The amendment also requires school districts to operate and maintain control over the schools.

In rejecting the MacDill charter school, the Hillsborough School District board questioned who would be in charge of the school that would be run by Charter Schools USA.

Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, who sponsored the amendment, said the language wouldn’t impact the MacDill situation. Instead, the amendment “encourages MacDill to work with the school districts as they establish a charter school which has those students on the military base,” Richter claimed. “It does not address or attempt to address the process for appeal or anything of that nature.”

“My interest is that they’ve already denied the application and it’s in appeal, and that this could supersede that,” Joyner said

Encourage? Rubbish. Senator Richter knows his amendment cuts out local district school boards. See embolden test.

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