Who we are

We are parents, educators, and community members who support local control of our schools.  We stand against the proposal by Charter Schools USA, a for-profit school management company to open a mega school in Gainesville and operate it from Ft. Lauderdale.  

We have launched a campaign and a petition drive against for-profit charter schools. We ask that you read about the issues, sign our petition to the School Board of Alachua County, donate so that we can expand our reach, and contact your legislators to stop for-profit charter school expansion.

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Money that will be lost from our public schools every 10 years if Charter Schools USA comes to Alachua County

Why we oppose the CSUSA School

Profiteering

While it is illegal to run for-profit charter schools, Charter School USA and other corporations like them get around this law by creating dummy non-profit entities that contract with for-profit corporations.  CSUSA charges high management fees and excessive lease payments.  In addition, it has its own affiliated companies to buy and lease school facilities, sell instructional materials like books or other school services.   It uses a complex scheme of payments and money transfers.  Their profits are concealed from public scrutiny.

Poor Oversight

Local school districts and parents have no say in the of the day-to-day operations of charters. Districts see summary financial statements.  They have no jurisdiction over charter personnel or management. If there is a problem with the principal, parents go to the charter board whose members live in other cities miles from Gainesville.  If parents are unhappy, the common refrain is: You are free to remove your child from the school.

Poor Quality

The National Association of Public Charter Schools reports “Despite consistent growth by charter schools in Florida, the schools have lagged on quality, diversity and innovation”. The CSUSA school proposal admits:  Achievement among CSUSA schools that serve a student population similar to ACS’s projected demographic is, on average, lower than both the state and Alachua County’s net average proficiency in math, science and social studies.  Palm Beach Schools filed suit against CSUSA for not being innovative.

Charter Schools USA’s Proposal

Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) has submitted a preliminary proposal to the Alachua County School Board to build a for-profit mega charter school in Gainesville.  The proposal would create the largest pre-high school education institution in Alachua County with 1,145 K-8 students attending by 2020. If approved by the school board and the state of Florida, it would pull $78 million from our schools every decade.

The proposal is slated go before the school board for approval in October. We ask that you sign the petition and urge the Alachua County School Board to vote NO on this proposal.

What We Stand To Lose

Hurts Education

If approved the plan will remove an estimated $78 million from our traditional public schools every decade, with funds of approximately $6,335 per student going to CSUSA for 1,145 students, with an additional $618,000 per year in capital outlay funds for facilities that must be shared with CSUSA. Our district funds are already low, and there is a long list of unfunded projects.

Families Lose Control

As a for-profit charter school, CSUSA may take actions seen as beneficial to them, with no protection for parents. They are exempt from requiring an evidentiary hearing in expelling students. They also shut down, sometimes mid-year, if they don’t prove to be profitable. As a parent, there’s no protection from this for you or your child.

More Segregation

Charter schools like CSUSA further segregate communities, pulling Blacks, Whites, and Hispanic students further apart. By either focusing on high income or low income students they increase segregation. They also disproportionately expel students of color.

Failures Across The United States

Parents Against Corporate Takeovers is a 100% grassroots initiative that is funded by donors like you. All money raised will go toward getting the word out on this proposal and pressing the Alachua County School Board to vote no on it.