U.S. News & World Report published an article on Florida Charter Schools, claiming that “Florida Charter School Graduates Earn More”. Every educator and parent in Florida can tell you that simple common sense cannot hold such claim. First, most charters in Florida are K-8. Charter students who brave to return to traditional public school often fair poorly. The fact is, Florida Charter schools are deeply underfunded. Funding priority is given to school facility and corporate salaries, which leaves the actual school funding minimal.
The lack of funding affects all areas of Florida Charter life, from out-of- date textbooks, lack of technology in the classroom, limited electives, lack of special education staff, and the list goes on.
All things aside, even if parents don’t mind enrolling their children in an average Florida Charter school that has limited electives and resources, parents need to be aware of problematic disciplinary policies of Florida Charters. Florida Charter schools actually have more behavioral problems than traditional public schools, especially when it comes to middle school. The problem is the school’s conflict of interest between growing enrollment and potentially loosing students if proper disciplinary policies are carried out. As a result, Florida Charters are more likely to allow disciplinary issues to perpetuate in fear of losing student enrollment.
Finally, this unsubstantiated study, published by the U.S. News & World Report, is mere promotional material for Florida Charter, full of false claims and invalid research.While each charter school in the country is different, Florida Charter schools have a running theme of low funding and performance. Stanford study found that despite their growing popularity, though, Florida charter schools don’t perform as well as charters in other states, and as a result, Florida charter students are worse off than their traditional public school peers.