Palm Beach School Officials "Concerned" About Mavericks Charter Schools Track Record

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Mavericks in Homestead graduated very few seniors.
Palm Beach County school officials are taking a closer look at the academic track record of Mavericks in Education Florida, the local for-profit charter school chain headed by Frank Biden. They have not been thrilled with their findings.

"Based on the information staff has received to date, there are reasons to be concerned about the strength of Mavericks' academic program,"  school district spokesman Nat Harrington wrote in an emailed response to New Times' questions.

Last month, the Palm Beach County School Board abruptly canceled a vote on three new  Mavericks charter school applications, after New Times began reporting on the company. District staffers had recommended approval of the charters. But now, Harrington says board members delayed the vote because they wanted more information about the grades and graduation rates at the eight existing Mavericks high schools in Florida.

On Florida's state report cards, Mavericks schools in Miami-Dade, Osceola, and Pinellas counties have scored "incomplete" because not enough students have taken the FCAT while enrolled there.

State records also show dismal graduation rates at Mavericks schools. Last year in Miami-Dade, the Homestead campus of Mavericks graduated just 4.5 percent of its seniors.Mavericks High in North Miami Beach had a 12.7 percent graduation rate last year. In Fort Lauderdale the rate was 13.1 percent, in Largo it was 7.2 percent. The Mavericks High in Kissimmee had the highest rate, at 43.3 percent.

A new Mavericks school opened in Palm Springs this August, and another in Pompano Beach. They have not been open long enough to receive grades from the state.

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I am do glad the district finally opened their eyes! What I can't understand is why has it taken so long, and why don't they do their homework? Why does everybody else have to tell them this info?


The Florida Legislature has not made strong laws and oversight of these scam private businesses. The school district has little authority to do anything. The only way they can intervene in charter schools is for financial duress or gross abuse of students.

Believe me they cannot even stop a charter schools from existing. They can delay but the charter schools can throw some money/job offers at the whores in Tallahasse and appeal to the State Department of Education for approval. On top of that, the school district could recieve sanction or fines from the state if I am not mistaken. The local school district will face some form of punishment if a charter school application is denied without just cause.

This stinks all the way up to the Florida Legislature. Believe me there is alot of people/private businesses frothing at the mouths for those billions of dollars allocated for public education.  You believe Florida has stupid, ignorant people now, wait for the current crop that are attending these Charter schools. With the exception of the 1% good schools they promote to lured parents to these schools.

Now public schools has their shared of corruption and abuse. But atleast the books are visible or can be for anyone whom wants to look. This create some type of check and balances. But the private businesses (charter schools) to not have to and will not open their books or private files for anyone without a lengthy court process. Is like asking Publix to disclose their operations and financials to you. Yes, my money and yours is being taking out the back door in wheel burrows by these scam artist and government welfare leeches.

But is still amazes me how Americans can yell and howl about a poor single parent recieving a few measly food stamps and dollars to sustain them through tough times but have no interest in attacking these scammers and private businesses stealing billions in Taxpayers funds. The cowards always attack what they percieve as the weakes link. Its human and animal nature. Its innate.

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