by David Safier
How is it that Florida, home of Jeb Bush's "Education Miracle" has some of the most amazing stories about bad charters and voucher-accepting private schools? Makes you wonder how miraculous the "miracle" is. (Hint: It's not that miraculous, even the good stuff.)
The latest story is about NorthStar High charter school. The principal, Kelly Young, was paid a $305,000 salary to administer a school with 180 students. Then when the school closed, she got a $519,000 "departure payment." Total compensation: $824,000.
Total money spent on instruction, including teacher salaries: $366,042.
While Young was getting a handsome salary, the school, made up of concrete portables, lacked computers, a library or a cafeteria for some 180 mostly at-risk and underprivileged students.
Young, by the way, was president of the school's board, though she abstained when the board voted her a half million dollar departure bonus.