Tag Archives: KIPP

Revisiting Gary Chartrand’s Conflicts of Interests

Florida Times-Union reporter Rhema Thompson has an excellent feature on the chairman of state board of education, Gary Chartrand and his many conflicts of interests which Floridians are expected to just brush aside: With his official term as chairman of … Continue reading

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The Incomplete Outrage Over NorthStar Charter School Payouts

The $800,000 that a couple made off with after the NorthStar charter school closure even embarrassed  some rich charter school operators. So when a top charter school lobbyists is critical of another charter school’s grab of taxpayer cash, there’s obviously a there..there. “The … Continue reading

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House Charter School Bill Corrupted by Cozy Relationship Between Tony Bennett and Charter Schools USA

Chris Moya,  Charter Schools USA lobbyist testified this week that Rep. George Moraitis charter school bill was about ‘improving accountability”. Moya and Florida Charter School Alliance lobbyist Jim Horne’s smug performances this week were justified. The new bag of goodies for … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush’s Foundation Wants Florida to Ignore Crony Capitalism on Charter Schools

Big charter school operators have been whispering about getting their own independent board to approve charter schools. This week, Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education editorialist Mike Thomas unsurprisingly made the case that it was time for Florida to … Continue reading

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Skepticism for SB736 in the Florida Senate

Rick Scott told FOX News host Neil Cavuto after SB736 was past, “It’s going to be great.” Not so much. Changes are already being considered. Bush Foundation CEO Patricia Levesque wants to add student surveys into the calculus and is floating the idea … Continue reading

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Scandalous Payoff to Failed Florida Charter School Principal Shocks….SHOCKS Legislators

While Rick Scott is telling Floridians he wants even more charter school expansion, another scandal erupts when it was learned a failed charter school principal received a $519,000 payoff. Writes Lauren Roth in the Orlando Sentinel: An Orange County charter … Continue reading

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About that New Chairman of the Florida Board of Education

I missed a subtlety in Leslie Postal’s Orlando Sentinel story last month that StateImpact’s John O’Connor  didn’t. This from Postal’s story about the search for a new commissioner: Applicants to replace Gerard Robinson, who stepped down after a little more than … Continue reading

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Florida Policy Makers Continue to Ignore Charter School Failure and Corruption

Florida Times-Union columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee is onto the fact that Florida’s republican legislators are more worried about getting charter schools than holding them accountable. After noting a charter-school funded think-tank gave Florida a great grade for “operating freedom” and “flexibility” Weathersbee … Continue reading

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Florida’s KIPP Schools Offer Cash For Good FCAT Scores

Oh, yes they did! From Topher Sanders at the Florida Times-Union: Students in Northeast Florida have been offered gift cards, parties, even cars for their performance on the FCAT. Continuing that long history of incentive programs in the state and Northeast … Continue reading

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When Taxpayer’s Investment in Florida Charter Schools Vanishes

Rick Scott used  “invest” or “investment” three times in the education policy op-ed piece he penned this week. He in fact used it in the title. As Scott is so politically invested in the advancement of charter schools in Florida, its worth … Continue reading

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