The nation’s largest teachers union gave Florida charter schools a failing grade for oversight, and did the same for most states in the union.
Teachers looked at the 44 states allowing charters, along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The report card gives all but six states a failing grade. Florida gets a 45 out of 100.
Florida Education Association Fedrick Ingram said that goes to show the inequity of charter schools: “Whenever we talk about schools, the bottom line is always the students,” he said.
“The reality is charter schools choose who they teach, and they teach a far smaller percentage of students with disabilities and kids living in poverty than neighborhood public schools. This separate and unequal system of charter schools is creating haves and have-nots — something that should never exist in public education.”
The NEA report judged schools on four major criteria: Public access; accountability and transparency; school board oversight; and quality education.
Florida rose above the eight states graded as “Abysmal,” and certainly scored better than D.C. schools, which stood in its own