Now, I have long considered the state’s school grading system stupid and more or less rigged–the formula for grading changes every year, according to political need–but Scott Lake has been an “A” school for the last couple of years. Obviously, it’s failing miserably under the collectivist leadership and management of the School District.
Here’s the money euphemism:
Wizda said Thursday that faculty members are driving the change so they can have more instructional choices.
Riiiiiiigggghtttttt. Translation: We want to make our already easy kids easier to teach, make sure the unwashed don’t contaminate them, and then get rewarded for it.
Here are Scott Lake’s most recent enrollment demographics. Rounded, they are:
White: 63 percent
Black: 16 percent
Hispanic: 14 percent
Asian: 3 percent
Multi-racial: 5 percent
Economically Disadvantaged: 43 percent. The District number of “economically disadvantaged” is 63 percent and the state 53 percent. I think that phrase aligns with free or reduced lunch percentage, but I’m not certain.
I will bet my next Lakeland Local paycheck that if Scott Lake goes charter, its percentage of white and Asian students will steadily rise, and its percentage of black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students will steadily fall. It will then host fancy trainings at the beach where its administration and faculty will sing in self-congratulation for creatively getting rid of kids that take a little more effort to teach, eerrrr, doing things differently than the traditional school system.
Memo to teachers unions, and their legislative allies: Rather than griping, understandably, about pay and pension and all of that, you should focus more narrowly on the cheating of charter schools. Introduce a bill that requires every conversion charter school to select an enrollment pool by lottery. Then that enrollment pool must then be pared down to match precisely the demographics of the wider district. And any student that leaves that school for any reason other than a family move or other such extenuating circumstance gets counted as a 1 on the FCAT. It’s time to stop rewarding failure. Now which one of you glibertarian government-school-haters would be against that? And give me an argument why? How about you, Seth McKeel? The legislature is done for the year, now. How about committing to sponsoring these rules next year. Wouldn’t that make for a nice gesture of educational solidarity? Please respond here in comments.
And rest assured, I’m going to ask you about it when you and Adam Putnam and I sit down to talk. Remember, I bought you guys a while back. Please, executive assistants/chiefs of staff, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up the date.
I have zero problem with charter schools that don’t cheat and don’t brag. And as the parent of a child in a charter school, I would happily live under those rules. Would you, gentle reader? Why not?