Is Vitti actually encouraging more charter schools to come to Duval?
Well let’s look at some facts, since he has been here the proliferation of charter schools has increased and he even attended a conference with charter school proponent and confident Gary Chartrand, whose theme was how do we bring more charter schools to Florida.
So where he says he wants to bring students back from charter schools and private schools color me unconvinced.
Okay here is where it gets a little conspiracy theory. Chartrand’s open enrollment idea will undoubtedly exacerbate the problem of underutilization at some of our neighborhood schools on the north and west side of town. He says he will commit to not closing them for two years. Well friends what is going to happen two years from now, when a dozen schools have less than fifty percent enrollment? The pressure to close them will be unbearable. So who will fill the need of parent who either can’t drive their children across town or don’t want them bussed? Charter schools that’s who.
Once again the solution shouldn’t be to blow up the system, it should be to fix our problems.