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Thursday, August 1, 2013

What has Gary Chartrand gotten right in education?

He brought Teach for America to Jacksonville and they do the opposite of best practices, taking poorly trained non-education types and putting them in our neediest classrooms.

He brought the KIPP charter school to town and touted it as a savior, and it’s grades have been F, B and D, well it would have been a D if the Chartrand rule, the rule that says school grades can only drop one letter grade even if they are supposed to drop more, hadn’t passed.

Speaking of the Chartrand rule, if you think Florida’s accountability system has become more muddles and confusing and lacks accountability since Chartrand arrived to the board 2 plus years ago then you are not the only one. 

Chartrand helped create the states raced based education goals. He doesn’t feel as if black kids have to do as well as white kids apparently.

There are his two choices for education commissioner, which have been less than stellar. Gerard Robinson lasted a year and Tony Bennett is resigning today in disgrace after revelations that he altered a donor’s charter school grade.

Throw in his push for merit pay, which has no evidence that says it works and his criticism of the class size rule, which has lots of evidence that says it does, then what has he got right again?

This guy went from top fifty in grocery store news to running our schools and it is showing. 

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