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A local school board in Florida rejected the application of a for-profit charter operator.

The board said they had had a bad experience with the last charter school, which closed for low performance.

They also knew that this applicant had some problems, financially and academically.

When the Metro Nashville school board rejected the Great Hearts charter because of its inadequate plans to serve the diverse students of the city, the TFA state commissioner went berserk and withheld $3.4 million in state aid from the district.

Corporate reformers hate local school boards because they can’t control them.

In the last election, they spent millions to try to buy seats on some local boards but there are so many of them. They bought the Indianapolis school board; they previously bought the Denver board. But they suffered setbacks in Austin, Santa Clara County (where they spent $250,000 to defeat Anna Song, yet she…

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