Tag: Choice and Innovation Subcommittee

Proposed Fla. legislation aimed at attracting top charter school operators

A Florida House panel is drafting legislation aimed at drawing more “high-impact” charter school networks to the state’s most undeserved neighborhoods. While the state is home to nearly 650 charter schools and more than 250,000 charter-school students, it’s attracted only a few schools operated by the likes of KIPP and Yes Prep, which have[Read More…]

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…]

Does Florida need a charter school institute?

Florida’s charter school sector, first created in 1996, has grown into its late teens. Its maturity has policymakers contending with a new set of issues. How can the state improve districts’ oversight of charter schools without subjecting them to unwanted mandates? Is the next generation of teachers and school administrators being prepared for changes sweeping[Read More…]

Florida House education committee chairs, members named

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford announced committee assignments today (hat tip: News Service of Florida.) Here is who will serve as chairs and vice chairs of the education committees, including the new subcommittee on school choice and innovation: Education Committee: Chair, Marlene O’Toole, R-Lady Lake. Vice Chair, Elizabeth Porter, R-Lake[Read More…]