The Duval County School Board gives it all away to charter schools.
During tomorrows board meeting they are scheduled to approve 4 charter schools and allow three struggling ones to continue.
The Tiger Academy one of the most connected schools around with board members, Mia Jones, Nat Glover and John Delaney has received a D grade the past 2 years, and if it gets a D or a F this year it’s going to be allowed to continue for three more. Why isn’t it being shut down if it gets a D or a F, isn’t the five years it has had long enough to know it isn’t getting the job done?
The Global Outreach Academy is a little less connected and its grades are not much better as it received a C and a D the last two year, instead of letting it expand for three more years if it gets a D or a F, how about you make a rule that says if you get a D you get a one year contract and if you get a couple Ds or worse in a row you get closed down.
Then there is the SOCK academy, which had a run of four straight Ds only to be interrupted by last year’s F. Their track record of 15 years worth of mediocrity and worse should not be the model for the Global Outreach and Tiger academies. They should be nipped in the bud.
On top of all they are planning to give approval to the same group four charter schools, two virtual ones and two brick and mortar ones. How does them going from zero to four make any sense? How about awarding them one contract to see how they do and then if they are successful they are allowed to expand.
For a group of people who recently said they want to bring students back from charter schools, presumably because they know Duval’s public schools as a group are doing much better they seem to be approving a lot of charter schools and allowing a lot of failing or struggling charter schools to continue going.
Section 1002.33(8)(a), Florida Statutes, requires the District to "make student academic achievement for all students the most important factor in determining whether to renew or terminate the charter."
I don’t know how a reasonable person could think these schools give any child the best chance for academic success. Then again our board is not made up of very many reasonable people.