As part of their strategy, charter advocates funnel huge amounts of political contributions to legislators and BESE members to insure that no legislation will pass to limit their growth and profits. So when legislators vote against reasonable bills to prevent charter abuses, it is the political contributions they received or expect to receive that are controlling the voting. If you are a supporter of public education, you need to know who voted against you repeatedly this week. I will provide that later.
Here is the testimony I gave to the House Education Committee in favor of HB 98, that would delete a provision in the 2012 Jindal legislation that allows BESE to approve independent charter school authorizers. Those authorizers could approve many new charter schools over the objection of our elected school boards.
Many others testified in favor of HB 98 by Rep. Pat Smith. It was well known however that the charter advocates had the votes to kill the bill in committee. This bill and several others attempting to curb abuses of charters were killed during the 4 hour meeting. I will do a follow-up telling our readers who voted for and against these bills.