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Florida: Charter Drain Causing School Closures in Broward County; by Diane Ravitch

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About 30 public schools in Broward County may close due to loss of students to charter schools. Enrollment has dropped about 30,000 in the past 15 years, due mostly to charter schools and to a smaller degree private school vouchers. The demographics also have changed in Broward, where most growth is among adults without school-aged kids…. The original purpose of charter schools was to collaborate with public schools, not to destroy them. Unfortunately, the charter industry is so well represented in the legislature that they have a distinctive edge over real public schools. Nearby charter schools are eagerly eying the buildings that might become available.The wife of the State Commissiomer of Educatuon runs a charter school.”

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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