Rick Scott Wants Continued Charter School Expansion in Next Legislative Session

From the Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Travis:

Gov. Rick Scott told members of the state Board of Education on Monday that his priorities for education in the coming year include an increase in K-12 choices and a drop in college costs for Florida families.

In a meeting held at Boca Raton High School, Scott said because competition helps improve education, he supports an expansion of charter schools, including lifting enrollment caps that districts can place on how large charters can grow.

He also wants to see districts give parents and students more options. He said that during a statewide swing, residents supported the idea of school choice as long as all schools were held to the same standards.

“They want to make sure it’s fair for everybody and we ought to live by the same rules,” he said. “When you have competition, prices come down, quality goes up and service goes up.”

Emphasis mine at the end.  At times  I feel that Scott has evolved a bit in the job. He’s afterall been the one who has had to deal with the disastrous infrastructure  of the state’s accountability system. But his frequent slips into predictable sophomoric business speak to justify his charter school fetish shows he’s yet to grasp the complexities of education. Schools aren’t competing fast food chains.





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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2 Responses to Rick Scott Wants Continued Charter School Expansion in Next Legislative Session

  1. He also fails to mention that if “prices go down” – which so far has not happened, as charters have not saved any money – it is primarily because they pay their faculty and staff less. Teaching is already underpaid. In a Rick Scott utopia, teachers work for minimum wage (which no longer exists in this fantasy land). Already charters pay less, so that they can earn a profit for their executives and shareholders. But they still have to compete with unionized public schools. If Scott et al could do away with public schools, keep unions out of charter schools, they could pay staff minimally and make more profit. Business speak indeed…they are taking a page out of the Walmart playbook.

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