Central Florida Democrat Senator Linda Stewart has proposed legislation, in an attempted power grab to control private and charter schools in Florida. Read the bill (Here).
The bills proposals include:
The legislature already has control over public schools in Florida. How is that going?
According to U.S. News, Florida ranks 27th out of 50 in Pre-K - 12th grade education. See for yourself (Here).
Florida has developed a charter school system that has provided new free school options to parents. Subjecting these schools to the same curriculum and control as the public school systems will hurt student.
Charter schools are public schools of choice. They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida. Charter schools are largely free to innovate, and often provide more effective programs and choice to diverse groups of students. The Miami Herald reported that Charter students, especially minorities, performed better on state tests than the more regulated public schools. See the article (Here).
Private schools are out performing public schools. Maybe that is the problem for Democrats.
Democrats against charter schools should could consider talking with the teachers at a North Florida charter school who use their school’s financial flexibility to hire a teachers assistant for every classroom. Or the reading coach in Central Florida who capitalizes on her ability to set her charter school’s curriculum. Or the educators in South Florida who felt a charter school conversion would allow them to better serve students with special needs, but were stymied in their attempt to do so.
Higher Teacher Pay?
Charter and Private Schools already have higher pay and can determine what to pay their teachers without Tallahassee bureaucrats getting involved.
Innovative vocational Programs?
Charter schools are leading the way.
Check out this great video
Josh Adams understands charter schools have a rocky history in Florida. With less control, schools may be more prone to corruption. He is open to bipartisan oversight to punish and close under performing schools, and to reward over-performing schools as well as financial review of charter schools. Ultimately, the goal is to give parents, who are best equipped to judge what is best for their children, the best options for a quality education. When a private school fails, it goes out of business, when a public school fails, it gets more money. Let's change the model.
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