TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
By CHRISTINA KAUFFMAN and ERIN JAMES
A York County judge is aiming for a Christmas Eve decision on the fate of the York City School District.
President Judge Stephen Linebaugh said at the conclusion of a hearing Tuesday that he will issue a decision no later than Friday, Dec. 26 on the state's petition to seize control of the district.
"My decision will be based solely upon the law ... and nothing else," Linebaugh said. "And, if I am wrong, I am absolutely certain that I will be corrected."
Monday, December 8, 2014
A few weeks ago, I posted this piece about Charter Schools USA and their attempt to take over the York, PA school district. Charter Schools USA is based in Ft. Lauderdale and is one of the biggest for-profit operators. It's founder and CEO, Jon Hage comes out of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch Bros., as well as the Foundation for Florida Future, another conservative group founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Here's a corporate profile of Charter Schools USA, posted at the Cashing in on Kids Blog.
CHARTER SCHOOLS USA
And this from the York Dispatch...
Attorneys representing teachers, cafeteria workers, parents, state-level education officials - and probably more to come - have filed petitions to join the York City School District in opposing the state's attempt at seizing control from the locally elected school board.
The district's motion alleges that receivership "and the imposition of a district-wide charter school system will fully and unalterably bind the incoming administration to the education policies of the outgoing and 'lame duck' governor for years to come.”
Charter Schools USA has 36 schools in Florida and will be opening more. Its CEO Jonathan Hage is well-connected, and was a member of Rick Scott’s education transition team. He’s closely associated to former governor Jeb Bush as former director of one of his foundations. Hage’s Charter Schools USA gave two separate donations to the RPOF on the same day in January totalling $52,700. The for-profit charter school company gets its money from taxpayer dollars.
The realities of who wields the power and why in determining education policy may be of interests to Floridians. Especially now that the test-based accountability system that was set up to benefit guys like Hage and the Koch brothers has become a political hot potato – even for members of the party they want to support.
How the Koch Brothers and Charter Schools USA Filter Campaign Cash to Florida’s Republican Legislators
Posted on July 28, 2012
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