This episode of the Teacher Voice podcast focuses on one of the most critical issues facing the Sunshine State: the citizens and taxpayers of Florida being defrauded by the for-profit charter management corporations.
The guest on the podcast is Pat Hall, a retired public educator now turned public education advocate. Pat, along with other key players in the League of Women Voters, is on a mission to expose the fraudulent ways that these for-profit management companies keep nearly HALF of the money that is meant for students in the classrooms. Our discussion covers how these companies bilk the taxpayers while peddling influence at the state and local levels. Please listen and be sure to share with other concerned citizens and public education advocates!
If you’d like to learn more about this situation, Like or Follow the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County on Facebook, and be sure to click any of the linked articles below the LWV logo:
2014 investigative piece by Noah Pransky of Channel 10 News about how Charter Schools USA were charging exorbitant rents and nearly had their charters pulled by Superintendent Elia
The League of Women Voters Education Blog curated by Dr. Sue Legg from the University of Florida (this link will open up to a post about for-profit charters)
An interim report written for the LWV by Pat Hall and Dr. Sue Legg about the business practices of Charter Schools USA
“Charter School Explosion” – A 7 part series written by Pat Hall and published exclusively in La Gaceta. All of these pieces are highly informative, but if you only have time for one, be sure to read part 5, “Following the Money,” which was featured by Diane Ravitch on her own education blog.
Charter School Explosion – Are They Fulfilling the Promise? (Part 1)
Charter School Explosion – Are They Fulfilling the Promise? (Part 2)
Charter School Explosion – Are They Fulfilling the Promise? (Part 3)
Charter School Explosion – Doing It Better
Charter School Explosion – Following the Money (MUST READ!)
Charter School Explosion – Accountable to Whom?
Charter School Explosion – On the Fringe of Legal?
Publisher’s note/two minor corrections: 1) SLAM stands for “Sports Leadership and Management”; 2) Hillsborough County School Board member for District 1, Susan Valdes, received $12,000 total (not as in a single day) from for-profit charter management companies or people during the last election cycle. $6,000 came on a single day (5/25/16), and the three individual checks I reference from John Hage (CEO of CSUSA), Charter Schools USA, and Red Apple Development were all donated on 12/17/15. You can find campaign contribution records for her or any elected official in Hillsborough County by clicking this link here.