The now-defunct Collins Community Charter Middle School in Tallahassee received $540,000 from the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The state never recovered the property or a penny of the funding that otherwise would have gone to public schools. Rev. R.B. Holmes, the minister behind the charter school, said: “If the state gave money to build a building from the ground up, then I think the state should own that building.”
Holmes continued, “But we never got enough money to build a doghouse.” At $540,000, that would have been one heck of a doghouse.
Where is the accountability for this voucher program? With the $70 million in tax dollars that has been lost funding failed charter schools, the public school system could have built real schools.
Carl Buehler, Plantation