Broward County wants its market share back

In a post yesterday, I asserted that Florida school districts are slowly adapting to a more market-driven public education system. This story in today’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel (“Broward weighs single sex schools to compete with charters, private schools”) illustrates my point.

The article notes that single-gender classrooms in charter, parochial and other private schools are popular with Broward County parents, so the Broward School Board wants to explore offering them in hopes of recruiting these parents to district schools. As Board member Robin Bartleman observed, “I think it’s a great way to bring back that market share.”

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BY Doug Tuthill

A lifelong educator and former teacher union president, Tuthill has been president of Step Up For Students since August 2008.