Tag: Florida Legislature and charter schools

Florida lawmakers to consider a stack of school choice bills

Editor’s note: Another year, another legislative session, another stack of school-choice bills in Florida. Here’s a roundup of choice legislation that lawmakers will consider in the annual session that begins today. Career Academies: SB 1076 by Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz. Expands the “Career and Professional Education Act (CAPE),” revising requirements[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, privatization, educator conduct & more

Charter schools. The exorbitant payouts to the principal of a failing Orange County charter school are behind legislative efforts to tighten charter laws. Orlando Sentinel. Privatization. The Volusia County school district considers outsourcing 500 custodial and grounds maintenance jobs, reports the Daytona Beach News Journal. The Bay County school district considers[Read More…]

Florida charter school bill okayed along party lines

The Florida House subcommittee on choice and innovation approved its first bill along party lines Wednesday, giving charter schools more freedom to grow but also including new accountability measures. Lawmakers continue to amend the bill, which would allow charter schools to move into unused district facilities. It would also tighten[Read More…]

Charter schools, Florida lawmakers and selective scrutiny

I was a news reporter for 20 years. I appreciate what good journalists do. But I’m often perplexed by the selective scrutiny that permeates so much education coverage in Florida, particularly when it comes to school choice issues. The latest example: An “investigation” by an Orlando TV station into the “cozy[Read More…]

Charter school supporters also angered by failing charter’s $500,000 check to principal

School district officials and state lawmakers aren’t the only ones outraged by a failing Orlando charter school that cut its principal a check, as it was closing its doors, for half a million dollars. “This is totally unacceptable,’’ Cheri Shannon, president and chief executive officer of the Florida Charter School[Read More…]