One of Palm Beach County’s top-rated charter schools, the G-Star School of the Arts, has had a dwindling bank account since 2011 and the district auditors cited “financial woes.” Yet they still got reduced bonds, despite financial failure.
Palm Beach County has the most failed for-profit charter schools in Florida. It was reported that many charter schools got tax subsidies and use of public property/land, but failed within two years and were closed. Concurrently, a charter school in the Ag Reserve got the OK, despite overwhelming residential opposition.
However, ignoring statistics and morals, tax dollars are again diverted from our public school funds directly into these failing private businesses. Someone’s getting richer! Private schools have been around a long time, and everyone understood that when your kids attended, you paid for this privilege. Renaming them “charter schools,”denigrating and defunding public schools, offering a very weak voucher program and robbing our tax dollars from public schools to subsidize these for-profit businesses gave the greedy another way to fund their kids’ private school education with our tax money.
Jude Smallwood, The Acreage