Gary Chartrand’s Irreconcilable Conflicts of Interest

This week’s report that the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is proposing a new school grade formula marks the second time the think tank founded and financed by chairman of Florida’s board of education, Gary Chartrand,  has flexed it’s muscles. In June, JPEF’s top policy wonk, Jason Rose was on Tony Bennett’s cozy little “task force” that Chartrand ordered to ironically look into changing the formula. At the time Chartrand said, “it may be late, but it’s not too late. From Scathing Purple Musings:

Along with five hand-picked district superintendents, the task force includes education commissioner Tony Bennett  FDOE Deputy Chief of Staff Will Krebs, Education Coordinator, Governor’s Office Kim McDougal, Director, Data and Policy, Jacksonville Public Education Fund Jason Rose and FDOE Chief of Staff Dale Chu.

While it’s clear the task force could  be dominated by Bennett – he brought Krebs and Chu with him from Indiana – it’s shocking to see no policy wonks from either Bush foundation.  Over the past decade no quorum of this level didn’t include top Bush advisor Patricia Levesque.  No one would have dared not.

There is one non-governmental representative in Jason Rose from Gary Chartrand’s Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education has several policy wonks. Is this some sort of changing of the guard or a snub? Has Levesque become a lightening rod?

One month later, Tony Bennett and one other member of the task force, Dale Chu, resigned for changing the grade of the Indiana charter school belonging to a contributor to Bennett’s campaign.

While Chartrand, who is in deep with Jacksonville’s KIPP school, is emerging as a major player in Florida education policy-making, he now has an irreconcilable conflict of interest. A member of a state board of education – let alone its chair – cannot be a major player in a think-tank that writes policy they rule on.

Floridians find themselves faced with this reality on Chartrand: He’s associated with a for-profit charter school and has a think-tank which writes policy that a state board he presides over rules upon.


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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4 Responses to Gary Chartrand’s Irreconcilable Conflicts of Interest

  1. Nicely done and think about this too. If it wasn’t for the Chartrand rule, what I call the rule that stops schools from falling more than one letter grade his beloved KIPP school would have fallen to a D or worse, instead it has a grade of C. Did Chartrand vote on a rule to help a school he has intimate ties with and if doing poorly would be an embarrassment to.

  2. Dianemarie says:

    Bob I love your writings but once again who in the state of Florida is going to care? Certainly not the governor and we have had 2 Jeb Bush “reformers” on the State Board of Education for years along with legislators and Mary Ellen Elia Hillsborough County’s Superintendent of Schools and who cares? No one cares – no one demands – not even the parents who are awake when it comes to Common Core. They are a pool of crooks so deep into their own ego filled minds all they care about is the Power and the ruination of our children’s future’s while at the same time filling their own pockets and securing their futures.

  3. Dianemarie says:

    I still contend that meeting last summer in Charleston with Bill Gates, Jeb Bush, Oprah and other money men was to lay out the plans to make sure Florida stays on course along with the other states who are fighting back. This is about making money and having Power and Control and looking good to themselves in the mirror every morning. I am still trying to figure out if they came back from that meeting and threatened Gov. Scott or if he has actually drank the kool-aide. Remember Scott could not take the time to appear at his own Summit or the Town Halls but he had the time to drive to south Floirda for dinner with Jebbie!

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