Tag Archives: Charter Schools USA

How Two Wealthy Floridians Spent $2 Million During the 2014 Cycle to Control Education Legislation

On Friday Step Up for Students blog, redefinED, published a story about this year’s bill from the Florida House which SUFS writer Travis Pillow describes as a “funding” and  “accountability’ bill: Florida charter schools could face more scrutiny from school districts, … Continue reading

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When Jeb Bush Let His Own Charter School Fail

In a stunning letter to the editor of the Miami Herald, the former administrative assistant to the principal of Liberty City School tells the tragic story of the rise and fall of an inner city charter school. Alicia Banuchi writes: Michael … Continue reading

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Rick Scott’s Charter School Slush Fund(s)

Florida TaxWatch is a reliable tool of the state republican establishment and all things charter school, but they don’t falsify numbers. So let’s take a look at FTW’s review of Rick Scott’s proposal for education facility projects: Fixed Capital Outlay – … Continue reading

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Look How Easily a Take on Charter Schools From New Zealand Models Florida

From New Zealand online news aggregate Voxy.co.nz: In the USA, scandal after scandal has swept charter schools: poor teaching, poor facilities, financial scams, corruption, profiteering, abrupt closures of failed schools, political patronage, abuse…. Almost everything that could go wrong in … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Expands – Qualifies for Handout From Taxpayers

From Brian Brandel in South Florida Business Journal: Charter Schools USA, one of the largest for-profit operators of charter schools in the nation, qualified for public incentives to expand its Fort Lauderdale headquarters. The company could earn $365,000 from the … Continue reading

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Revisiting Rick Scott’s Charter School Crony Capitalism

Imagine Charter Schools boss Dennis Bakke was one of three charter school executives named to Rick Scott’s education transition team in 2010. The make-up of Scott’s team signaled that Scott was going nuclear on public schools. Only one representative of public … Continue reading

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Charter Schools’ USA Hillsborough Facililities Will Not Be Shuttered This Year…But

From Marlene Sokol in the Tampa Bay Times: TAMPA — Responding to concerned parents who learned last week that the Hillsborough County school district is challenging the legality of three charter schools, Superintendent MaryEllen Elia assured them Thursday that the … Continue reading

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One Florida Community Complains About TOO MANY Charter Schools Opening

From Sun Sentinel reporter Arun Sivasankaran: Tamarac city officials have shot down a proposal to open a charter high school within the city. At a recent City Commission meeting, officials went against staff’s recommendation and voted unanimously against granting a … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Savage Public Relations Campaign to Shield Themselves From Scrutiny

The Tampa Bay Times has now begun reporting on Charter Schools USA Hillsborough problem. Writes reporter Marlene Sokol: Frustrated by answers her staff was getting to questions about school governance, superintendent MaryEllen Elia dispatched letters this week to the boards … Continue reading

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Hillsborough: A Fight Like No Other For Charter Schools USA

Mary Ellen Elia is no ordinary superintendent. Her Hillsborough district is the state’s 8th largest and no Florida superintendent is as positioned politically as she.  Elia was the  only representative from the state’s traditional public schools in newly elected governor Rick … Continue reading

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