Appeals Committee Turns Down MacDill Charter Schools USA Facility – Will State Board Overrule?


If history is any indicator they will.

From Sherri Ackerman in redefinED:

A charter school sought by MacDill Air Force Base in Florida has lost the first round of an appeals process.

The Florida Charter School Appeal Commission on Monday sided with the Hillsborough County School District, which had denied an application for the proposed school. The case will now go before the state Board of Education, which is scheduled to make the final decision March 18.

“As we’ve known from the very beginning of this journey, building a charter school on a military base is a very complex process and this phase is just one more step in that process,” said Colleen Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the applicant, Florida Charter Educational Foundation and its partner, Charter Schools USA.

“Although this advisory panel did not recommend overturning the district’s denial, the need for military families is well-documented and was reinforced again today,” Reynolds said in a prepared statement. “Ultimately, the State Board of Education will determine whether or not the denial should be overturned and we are committed to continue the fight for military families who want this educational option available on base for their children. We will not give up on doing what’s right for students.”

Reynolds bleeding heart for military families is predictable propaganda.  An A school is already serving MacDill families. Reynolds knows that the state board is filled with ideological cronies ands has never voted against CSUSA boss Jonathan Hage.

Its noteworthy that Reynolds, a savvy PR professional,  didn’t rip Hillsborough superintendent Maryellan Elia this time as a colleague did when he condemned her fully justified rejection as “nonsensical political grandstanding.”

Reynolds knows that Elia is part of the click. She was the only public school person to serve on Rick Scott’s education transition team because she leads the district doing the Bill and Melinda Gates pilot program for teacher accountability. Besides, Reynolds and her boss are probably certain that Gary Chartrand’s  BOE will rule in their favor.

 

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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