Tag: charter school authorizers

Florida lawmakers look for ways to stop charter failures without creating barriers

In the upcoming legislative session, the Florida Legislature is likely to grapple with an issue that’s come up repeatedly in recent years. How can they stop financially shaky charter schools that suddenly shut down, without creating barriers to legitimate schools? In a recent interview, Rep. Manny Diaz, who chairs a key[Read More…]

How advocates think Florida could improve its charter school law

Florida continues to score well in an annual ranking of charter school laws in states around the country. It keeps its eighth-in-the-nation ranking in the latest analysis of state charter school laws released by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and its score remains the same after a year in which state charter laws didn’t[Read More…]

Making sense of Florida’s charter school growth as enrollment passes 250,000

This year, more than 250,000 Florida students are attending charter schools. They now enroll more than one every 11 public-school students in the state. If Florida’s charter schools were counted together as a school district, it would be the third-largest in the state and among the 10 largest in the country. The growth of[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Voucher proposals fall short in Texas and Tennessee, school choice rally in Florida & more

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam, not pleased with Republican plans to create a broader voucher program, pulls the plug on his voucher proposal, limited to low-income children from low-performing schools (Associated Press). More from Nashville Public Radio and The Tennessean. The finger pointing begins (Chattanooga Times Free Press). New York Times takes a look at the Achievement School District,[Read More…]

Florida roundup: BAEO, charter school authorizers, standardized testing & more

School choice. The Black Alliance for Educational Options draws 650 attendees from 20 states to Orlando for its annual symposium. Check out #SY2013 on Twitter for what’s happening. Legendary school choice activist Howard Fuller says attendees shouldn’t be knee-jerk about the participation of for-profit companies. Also check out this redefinED[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Texas looks at lifting charter caps, Indiana and Wisconsin bills to expand voucher access and more

Indiana: Republican lawmakers scale back a proposal to eliminate a requirement that students attend public schools for one year before becoming eligible for a private school voucher (Associated Press). They pass it mostly along party lines in the House (Associated Press). They’re advancing a proposal to switch administration of the voucher[Read More…]