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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Florida’s charter school logic doesn’t make any sense

Unless you are a hedge fund manager who invested in a charter school chain and sees ripe pickings for easy cash here in Florida

Friends’ education has become big business and the corporate world sees an opportunity to get rich. I imagine they think if they can help a few kids along the way so much the better but at the same time I don’t think they care if they hurt any either. They have the same attitude that arms merchants have; I just sold the gun, I didn’t pull the trigger.

At the same time the Florida Department of Education is insisting public schools they believe are failing (instead of addressing the real issues and working to make them succeed) be closed, they are allowing charter schools, even ones operated by companies with poor track records (often by donors and friends of the governor and republican legislators), to be opened at an accelerated rate. The state requires accountability from its public schools but barely any from its charters.

Close the failing public school they demand while simultaneously they are allowing failing charters to expand.

How does that make sense?

The answer is it doesn’t make sense, which should point you to the true motives of the state which are to reward their friends and donors and to eliminate public education.

It’s time we told them we see what they are doing and we have had enough.

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