About that Florida Virtual Academy the State Board Shoved Through

UPDATE:  Tania Clow of Florida Virtual School correctly pointed out that the charter school mentioned in the Jacksonville Times-Union is Florida Vitual Academy-not Florida Virtual School. The mistake is mine. Apologies to Florida Virtual School. Please note that I have also changed theheadline to reflect the correction.

Few observers were surprised yesterday when a stacked state board of education overruled Orange county school district for rejecting a Charter Schools USAmanaged school. It was predicted here that CSUSA CEO Jonathan Hage – also a member of Rick Scott’s education transition team – would prevail in the end.  But the state board’s stunning denial of its own charter school appeals commission on two Florida Virtual School Flrida Virtual Academy applications should give voters pause.  From the Florida Times-Union on the Duval county FVS application:

On Oct. 4, the School Board denied the application from Northeast Florida Virtual Charter School Board Inc., which wanted to open a kindergarten-to- ninth-grade school with a proposed enrollment of 620 students.

The organization failed 12 of the 19 sections of the application of which at least 15 sections must be met to pass.

District staff also said school representatives did not attend any of the provided meetings or help sessions scheduled to discuss the requirements and procedures to complete the application, school system records show.

Why have charter schools even apply anymore to local school boards if they can go about it so willy-nilly and still not be held accountable by the state board? 

The state board of eight is composed of three appointees of Jeb Bush, three from Rick Scott,  one from Charlie Crist and ed commissioner Gerard Robinson.  One board member, Scott appointee Gary Chartrand, is on KIPP schools board of directors in Jacksonville and, like Hage, was on Scott’s education transition team. Hardly a group one can be confident will act in a fashion which demonstrates independent thinking.




About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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One Response to About that Florida Virtual Academy the State Board Shoved Through

  1. Tania Clow says:

    In the above article you reference Florida Virtual School (FLVS). Please note, Florida Virtual School is a non-profit, statewide public school serving students in all 67 Florida counties. We are not a charter school nor have we applied for this status. Perhaps you are referring to Florida Virtual Academy owned by the private corporation—K12 Inc.? Could you please correct this in your article? For more information on Florida Virtual School, please visit our newsroom at flvs.net/news which includes contact information. Thank you.

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