Charter Schools USA Blinks, Pulls Appeal for Controversial MacDill AFB School

Fresh off the denial of their appeal by the state Charter School Appeals Commission, Charter Schools USA through it’s Florida Charter Educational Foundation, decided to pull their flawed application for a facility on MacDill AFB. From redefinED:

The Florida Charter Educational Foundation, Inc. met today to discuss the best course of action in serving the needs of military families at MacDill Air Force Base. The board voted to withdraw the current appeal being considered by the State Board of Education to open the MacDill Charter Academy on base at MacDill Air Force Base. The board will make revisions and clarifications based on the Charter Schools Appeals Commission’s concerns and resubmit the application in the very near future.

The decision to withdraw the appeal was rooted in the board’s desire to make the process go more smoothly.

“Our goal is to serve the needs of students of our military families as efficiently as possible. To achieve that goal, we decided that the best course of action is to make some minor revisions to the application and resubmit it,” said Ken Haiko, president of the Florida Charter Educational Foundation. “Our proposal is still solid as it stands but if a few clarifications will help the process go more smoothly, in the end, the students will benefit and that’s our focus.”

Haiko has sure has turned down his rhetorical thuggery  from this past December when he found Hillsborough’s rejection “completely without merit” and “nonsensical political grandstanding.” Looks like there was some there, there after all. And its been Charter Schools USA who has been engaged in “nonsensical political grandstanding.”

Clearly editorializing, redefinED concludes:

A charter school at MacDill Air Force Base will provide the flexibility to develop and design programs to address the significant stresses and social issues that our military children experience by virtue of the numerous moves from school to school required by the reassignment and/or deployment of their parents.  The charter school established at MacDill will be able to react quickly, efficiently and decisively to affect changes to address the issues impacting the military students

Golly. How about that utopia? The redefinED staff provides no details as to how Charter Schools USA plans to do all that.





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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One Response to Charter Schools USA Blinks, Pulls Appeal for Controversial MacDill AFB School

  1. Ha! They haven’t figured out how to turn around a failing school in a poor neighborhood in Jacksonville.

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