NEW VIDEO: City Commission Debates WPB Charter School
West Palm Beach Commissioners OK moving forward, but not before spirited debate
BELOW IS VIDEO OF COMMENTS FROM THE DISCUSSION:
June 30, 2014
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The City of West Palm Beach Commission gave its consent Monday to continue pursuing the idea of opening a city-operated charter school, but not before some passionate discussion on whether the school is a good idea.
The debate was spearheaded by three members of the Commission. Commissioner Sylvia Moffett opened the discussion saying she thought opening a city-run school “creates more problems than it solves.”
Moffett warned the school would drain resources from existing public schools.
“I don’t think I could disagree more,” countered Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell who supports opening the school.
“We have 40 years of science and data to show that the [current school] system that was designed back in the industrial age is not working in a 21st century America,” said Mitchell.
Commissioner Shanon Materio, who also supports the school, told colleagues she believes the Palm Beach County School Board is too large and ineffectual, adding the entire country is trying to find ways to improve education because “we can no longer depend on those we have elected to make education better.”
At the conclusion of the discussion, the Commission agreed to move the project forward and pursue establishing a process for operating the school.