When the Hillsborough County School Board recently voted to deny the renewal contracts for public charter schools, which are situated in heavily-populated minority communities, leaving parents wondering why the board decided to break from the history of accepting charter schools into the school district.
Now they know why.
During the School board meeting to deny the charter schools contracts, Board member Nadia Combs explained her decision to vote ‘No’, saying that she believed it was “important that we have to inform parents about what’s going on” because “sometimes parents don’t know what’s best for their child” when it comes to education.
“I think it’s really important when we talk about, we talk about family,” said Combs. “I think its really important that we have to inform parents about what’s going on. Sometimes parents don’t know what’s best for their child.”
But while Combs may believe “sometimes parents don’t know what’s best” for their children, several of her fellow board members may not, and most parents will believe that are the ones that know what is best for their kids.
The Floridian spoke to board members Jessica Vaughn and Chairman Linda Grey about the recent vote, and when asked to comment about what other members of the board said, including Mrs. Combs, both Vaughn and Grey said they would not, “could not speak for them.”
The school district may find itself facing a legal challenge.
This story is developing.