Are There Really Military Families Desperate For Charter Schools?


The proposal by Charter Schools USA to open a building on MacDill AFB has featured the “needs of military families” which supposed aren’t being met by local public schools. Sen. John Legg (R-Lutz) who it should be noted is a charter school owner weighed in with Ron Matus of redinED:

Spurred by conflict over a proposed charter school at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida lawmakers will consider creating an expedited application process for on-base charter schools serving military families, an influential state senator said Monday.

“That’s a hard pill to swallow when a base commander is saying we want options and the local government, for whatever reason, has not allowed them to go down that path,” Sen. John Legg, who chairs the Senate EducationCommittee, told redefinED. “So as a result, we’re going to be looking at options to offer more choices to our veterans.”

Legg said he didn’t want to “cast aspersions” on the charter school denial in Hillsborough, and he praised Hillsborough Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, who led the charge against the application. But he said the decision did prompt he and other lawmakers to “examine this process.”

Legg also said other lawmakers who represent districts near military bases have heard similar concerns about tensions between base and school district leaders over the education of military children. “This issue is not an anomaly,” Legg said. “This has been an ongoing discussion recently and the overarching consensus is we need to find more options for our military service students.”

Senator Legg needs to say which bases to explain why this is “not an anomaly.” The base commander at MacDill will also need to explain what services the current base school – which routinely receives an A – are not being provided to military families and their children. The media are not asking.

The reality is that the majority of military families do not live on base and there isn’t any expansion of base housing. Nor has there been any clamoring from military families – Legg’s “overarching consensus” – demanding charter schools.

Legg showed himself to be an even-handed education chairman last year, but he’s sounding like one of the charter school hacks who demonize public schools.

 

egg said he didn’t want to “cast aspersions” on the charter school denial in Hillsborough, and he praised Hillsborough Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, who led the charge against the application. But he said the decision did prompt he and other lawmakers to “examine this process.”

Legg also said other lawmakers who represent districts near military bases have heard similar concerns about tensions between base and school district leaders over the education of military children. “This issue is not an anomaly,” Legg said. “This has been an ongoing discussion recently and the overarching consensus is we need to find more options for our military service students.”

– See more at: http://www.redefinedonline.org/#sthash.gmP4HYAI.dpuf

egg said he didn’t want to “cast aspersions” on the charter school denial in Hillsborough, and he praised Hillsborough Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, who led the charge against the application. But he said the decision did prompt he and other lawmakers to “examine this process.”

Legg also said other lawmakers who represent districts near military bases have heard similar concerns about tensions between base and school district leaders over the education of military children. “This issue is not an anomaly,” Legg said. “This has been an ongoing discussion recently and the overarching consensus is we need to find more options for our military service students.”

– See more at: http://www.redefinedonline.org/#sthash.gmP4HYAI.dpuf

purred by conflict over a proposed charter school at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida lawmakers will consider creating an expedited application process for on-base charter schools serving military families, an influential state senator said Monday.

“That’s a hard pill to swallow when a base commander is saying we want options and the local government, for whatever reason, has not allowed them to go down that path,” Sen. John Legg, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, told redefinED. “So as a result, we’re going to be looking at options to offer more choices to our veterans.”

– See more at: http://www.redefinedonline.org/#sthash.gmP4HYAI.dpuf

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 Are There Really Military Families Desperate For Charter Schools?

  1. What he did worst of all though is he played the veteran card (um aren’t the people their active duty) in a blatant and wrong attempt to get sympathy for his overwrought pleas. He made their sacrifice nothing but a pawn in the battle to privatize our schools. Do you think he really cares about our veterans (who wouldn’t be affected) or instead do you think he wants to inflame a base that lathers at their mention?

  2. Dianrmarie says:

    I could call this what it is but my posting would not be printed. John Legg who himself met with parents last year voicing their opposition to the Common Core Standards and at the same time voicing their fear’s regarding the push of Charter school stated he was going to really concerned about some of the things we were stating of which one was the Charter School management companies making billions off of public taxpayer money. But we can see his instructions from Jeb Bush and others has obviously carried more weight. Legg’s charter school is NOT managed by one of the management companies.

    In addition, military kids have been switching schools for years upon years and most never missed a step (all 5 of mine spent 20 years doing that) – a large part in their parents take an interest in their education. Having said that Hillsborough County has every kind of school in their district from regular public to Communistic United Nations schools not to mention all the charter schools and you expect us to believe there is not a “good” charter school already in place near MacDill AFB?

    Do not be misled – this is all about Charter Schools USA and paybacks for more donations so that maybe Florida will again select Mr. Haas as Florida’s man of the year. Stay clear – these people are rip off artisits of the 1st degree.

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