Friday, October 18, 2013
Whose side is Vitti on? Charter schools or Public schools
Make no mistake there is a battle going on between people who feel public schools helped build this country and those that would privatize education. Charter schools are the number one weapon of the corporate raiders who look at our children and see dollar signs. Furthermore charter schools are not public schools as the pro-choice crowd would have you believe. Instead they are publically funded private schools run by people more concerned with the bottom line and profit margins than educating our children.
That’s why I question our superintendent’s motives. First he went to a conference, on the districts dime, whose theme was how we attract more charter schools and now he hires a 29 year old former charter school lobbyist to represent the district.
He says all the time he wants students to leave charter schools and come back to public schools but when you couple above with 12 new Duval charter schools opening I can make the case for asking the question, whose side is he really on.
I want a super who is unabashedly pro public education not one who says one thing and does another.
Two things, yes public schools do have problems but the solution is to fix those problems which we could do and there are some charter schools that do it right unfortunately the movement has been co-opted by real estate moguls, Chinese millionaires looking for green cards and bankers looking for a quick buck.