Many Florida cities are trying to protect themselves form Charter Schools, Jacksonville is not one of them.
These are facts, Duval’s charter schools when compared to its public schools under perform.
KIPP the model for high achieving charter schools spends about a third more per pupil which allows them to have a longer school day, year, a smaller teacher-student ratio, they don’t backfill, that’s replace students that leave and their students have access to a dedicated music curriculum. Despite all this their school grades have been shoddy. A F the lowest grade in Northeast Florida, a miraculous B, a grade protected C that would have been a D if Florida did not have the rule protecting schools from dropping more than one letter grade and another B. I submit that if any public school had those resources and advantages they would have maintained straight A grades.
Charter schools have got the message that they cannot be successful in our poorer neighborhoods and have fled to the suburbs and affluent neighborhoods where they are not needed to set up shop. There they siphon away students and resources from schools that were doing well, invariably hurting those neighborhood schools.
In the last few years the percentage of Charter schools has increased by more than 300 percent in Jacksonville from 11 to 36. Ask yourself if 5 years ago you thought, what Jacksonville really needs is 25 more schools. It also wasn’t too long ago that a study was recommending we close, not because of performance but because of underutilization, several public schools.
We have a charter school problem. We have too many that we either don’t need or that are doing poorly. As for choice being a reason, choice simply for the sake of having choice is a bad choice and that’s not coming from me, that’s coming from arguably the number one authority on charter schools.
Dr. Raymond of the Stanford Credo Charter project, recently said,
he Charter School USA school at the Flagler Center. It is being placed right in the middle of four high performing schools three of which are under enrolled. It is in an area town that does not need a charter school and the only possible purpose it serves is to enrich the owner of the for-profit Charter Schools USA. It was approved on the same day the Acclaim charter school announced it was closing, with the super’s recommendation by a six-one vote. The super and boards actions once again did match up with their rhetoric.