Thursday, July 18, 2013
Duval’s strategic plan is useless unless it addresses charter schools (rough draft)
Senator John “I believe in the golden rule, he who has the gold makes the rules” Thrasher asked why charter schools would want to go to St. Johns county. The implication is charter schools are for poor urban districts like Duval, not affluent white districts like his.
Superintendent Vitti at a budget community meeting said he believes in choice and he did so while acknowledging that charter schools were siphoning money out of public schools, limiting what they can do. My question is, is choice just for choices sake a good choice?
Last summer as Duval was being inundated with charter school applications, school board member Becki Couch asked how they worked with the strategic plan. After all nearly a third of our schools are under 75% capacity. Friends this is just going to get worse too and take the Westside for example.
Enrollments at both Ed White and Forrest high schools are down but that hasn’t stopped two different charter school operators from building two high schools with 5 miles of each. Charter schools are supposed to be parent teacher laboratories of innovations not mechanisms that create under utilization of public schools and profit centers for corporations and hedge fund managers. If Duval was looking to expand and build more schools there is no way they would pick those two locations, which begs the question how does them being there help with the strategic vision of our school system.
Despite benefiting from selection bias, reduced amounts of ESOL and ESE students, the ability to council out poor performers and discipline problems and to put requirements on parents these are their grades.
Wayman Academy F
Tiger Academy D
Somerset Elementary B
River City Science D
SOS Middle School F
Global Outreach D
Duval/Arlington Middle F
KIPP Impact D
Duval Baymeadows A
Do we really need a dozen more?