Flagler Charter School Closes – Lets Parents Know the Afternoon Before

From Orlando Sentinel reporter Dave Weber:

Happy New Year!

And, by the way, your school is closed for good!

That’s the word that students attending Global Outreach Academy, a Flagler County charter school, got Tuesday. Parents got phone calls from the school just hours before classes were to resume Wednesday after Christmas break.

That left parents scrambling this morning to find seats for their kindergarten through eighth grade students in regular public schools. Which by the way reopened as scheduled – no sudden surprise shutdowns there.

Flager Superintendent Janet Valentine tells School Zone that the first the district heard about the shutdown was when a Global Outreach Academy bus driver called the school district’s transportation department and asked if there were any jobs because he was losing his.

Valentine said that the school district’s charter school liaison later on New Year’s Day got official notice from the charter that it was ‘too-da-loo.’

“The first I heard about it was 1 p.m.,” Valentine said.

Choice at what price? (Thankfully term-limited and departed) Sen. Steve Wise (R-Jacksonville) famously declared that passage of his teacher evaluation bill SB 736 to be  so important otherwise “children would be irreparably harmed.” Sadly Florida’s republican legislators at the behest Jeb Bush’s foundations have no such concern regarding charter schools.  And 120 children and their families are victims today of the irresponsible choice legislative mandates they’ve imposed.


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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