I am really careful about my tone. I want to be factual and respectful. But, I had this phrase ringing in my head today about the charter school law. I will be restrained. Nevertheless, in Oliver Twist, Mr. Bumble has a classic line about inappropriate, inaccurate laws. Anyone remember what it was??
Palm Beach Schools filed a suit over the CSUSA, for-profit charter school chain, proposals to open four new charters. They are not innovative. They are located where not needed. They do not have to have local governing boards for their schools. In other words, anyone can open a school anywhere for any reason.
It does not take a genius to understand that this is a road to ruin for everyone. The legislature has enabled unregulated and unreasonable charter school expansion. It is time to change the laws. Only you can do this by either changing the legislatures’ minds or changing the legislators themselves.
Join the PACT. Let’s get moving. Go to: parentsagainstcorporatetakeovers.com
See: Sun Sentinel July 14, 2017
Diane explains about our PACT against for-profit charters. Support is growing.
See PACT advocacy site here: https://www.parentsagainstcorporatetakeovers.com
See Diane Ravitch’s column about PACT here:
See today’s editorial about us in the Gainesville Sun.
Want to start a movement against for-profits in your area? Let us know.
Channel 9 in Orlando wonders why CSUSA is spending $148,725 on cable television ads. This is your tax money that these charters are spending. Orange County schools have no say about it. It is time they did. These schools can open anywhere, needed or not. There are three schools within five miles of the new Renaissance school that is about to open. These are all high performing schools.
Unregulated growth of charters hurts everyone.
Take a look at this editorial. It cites HB 7069 as ‘gross audaciousness’ by the legislature. Heading the list are the provisions to expand charter schools, ‘religious liberty provision’, text book review, and most of all: USURPING LOCAL CONTROL OF OUR SCHOOLS.
Memorize these talking points. Say them loudly and often. Take back our schools.
How do you get the message out to parents about the lack of charter school regulation? Some charters are run well. Others have obscenities on the walls that no one washes off. When the district froze funding as an investigation by the DOE was launched at Paramount Charter, the principal took the money. The district can only do so much. Charters are privately owned and managed. It could be different. Districts could grant charter contracts and allow flexibility. They would oversee the management if the state legislature would allow it.
Read the story here:
We have gone into action here in Alachua County. We are not happy about the CSUSA proposal to open a 1100 student school in Gainesville. So, several of us formed a political action group called PACT. It’s spreading the word about for-profit charter school chains. We just don’t want a link in that chain.
You can help us. Go to our webpage: https://www.parentsagainstcorporatetakeovers.com . Like us on FaceBook. If people like the PACT, find it useful, and donate to help us do pamphlets, videos, newspaper ads and such, we will move out to other counties. We are excited about the PACT. We are asking people to sign our petition to oppose the CSUSA school. You can contact the school board and the legislative delegation.
We are non-partisan, but we will let legislators know when they fail to vote against for-profit charters. We think charters should fill a need in a county school district, not just come in to make money and take money away from other schools.
Help Us and help all of Florida’s communities to protect our schools.
The $9.2 billion cut proposed by the administration has been reduced in the U.S. House bill to a $2.4 billion reduction. It’s difficult to cheer about losing less money than you might have expected, but that’s the time we are in. According to
Southern Legal Counsel will be arguing for a high quality education for all children before the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee on July 18 at 9:00 am. Last year, in Citizens for Strong Schools v. Fla. State Board of Education, after a four-week trial, the trial court found many problems in Florida’s education system, but ruled against the plaintiffs. The court believed that he could not order a remedy without violating separation of powers. You can watch the argument live streamed at: http://www.1dca.org/ustream.html
We went to visit some of our ‘low performing’ schools in Gainesville that aren’t low performing this year. We asked: What made the difference? We wrote up what our principals told us. The Gainesville Sun published our article today. The principals know what is needed. We don’t need the State to takeover our schools; we need the State to support our schools! We ask everyone to listen!
Read the article here: http://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20170707/carole-fernandez-listen-to-voices-from-our-schools