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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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Florida’s “Reckless” Policy Driven By “Education Elites” and the “Paid to Advocate”

Former Florida republican senator and one-time gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery has never been part of the merry education reform bandwagon the vast majority of her state colleagues jumped on just because Jeb Bush said. Much of her post-legislative days have … 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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BREAKING! Three Charter Schools USA Facilities Marked For Closure For Illegal Oversight Practices in Tampa

Well, well. The Hillsborough School District versus Charter Schools USA battle just got more intense. From WTSP reporter Noah Pransky: Hillsborough County, Florida — 10 Investigates has confirmed Mary Ellen Elia, the superintendent for the School District of Hillsborough County … Continue reading

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Charter Schools USA Resubmits MacDill AFB Application, Includes Sketchy Survey Data

So Charter Schools USA is back in trying to bag a facility on MacDill AFB. In spite of lots of showboating and aggrieved hand wringing by CSUSA mouthpieces, Hillsborough school district rejected their application because it wasn’t clear if local … Continue reading

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About Those Terrific School Grade Improvements for Charter Schools USA

Charter Schools USA boss Jonathan Hage bragged last month in his blog about some remarkable improvements his schools made in the past year: Every single one of our “D” and “F” schools from 2013 improved to an “A”, “B”, or … Continue reading

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Florida Law Firm Requests More Cash From Indiana for Florida-Based Charter Schools USA

Charter Schools USA executive Sherry Hage boasted last month about “opening schools in areas of highest need,” but all isn’t going so well in three Indiana schools she and her husband took over in 2012. From reporters Eric Weddle and Scott … Continue reading

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