Sunday, January 12, 2014
Jonathan Hague of Charter Schools USA not above being deceptive to the parents of Jacksonville
In the Times Union Hague said he has 20,000 kids on waiting lists, well friends that may not exactly true.
First we don’t know if Hague is talking about his schools in Florida or nationwide (58 schools in 7 states) which would certainly dilute the impact of that massive 20,000 number. But what Hague and the rest of the charter school industry don’t like to admit, instead preferring to inflate their numbers, is that students often appear on multiple waiting lists.
Here is an exchange between Jim Horne a charter school lobbyist (and former state superintendent of education and Miami Representative : When McGhee inquired about the numbers, Horne quickly began back-pedaling with vague responses. Sensing Horne’s evasions, he asked two more questions about the numbers forcing FLDOE’s Michael Kooi to the podium to sheepishly admit the numbers were coming from the charter schools. Miami Dade official Iraida Mendez-Cartaya followed Kooi with testimony pointing out that in her district, students are likely to appear on more than one waiting list – an obvious reason for such inflated numbers.