Tag: KIPP Jacksonville

Florida’s low facilities funding may deter top charter school operators

KIPP Jacksonville became Florida’s first successful attempt to lure a nationally recognized charter school organization thanks, in large part, to local benefactors. Jacksonville Greyhound Racing donated a dog track, and the charter organization gradually converted the clubhouse into classrooms. Wealthy board members helped fund the renovation, and today they’re financing[Read More…]

Quentin Vance

‘Everyone gets better:’ On cooperation between districts and charter schools

For its first hearing of the year, the Florida House’s Education Committee heard from leaders of several out-of-state charter school networks. The theme, according to Mike Bileca, R-Miami and chair of the committee, was “schools that have taken excellence and scaled.” Florida education officials have pushed for years to bring[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: Funding, testing, Catholic education and more

Testing. The Florida House is poised to pass its overhaul of the state’s testing and school accountability system. Associated Press. Gradebook. Scripps/Tribune. Florida’s testing glitches weren’t entirely caused by a cyberattack. PolitiFact Florida. A Sun-Sentinel columnist argues state tests should have a “paper trail.” Catholic schools. Catholic schools can and should do for 21st-century U.S. Latinos what[Read More…]

KIPP seeks expansion in Jacksonville

The Duval school board is set to take up a plan next week that would allow for a substantial expansion of one of Florida’s most high-profile charter school endeavors. KIPP Jacksonville has applied to open a new K-8 school that could eventually serve 1,800 students, roughly tripling its current capacity. The new school won’t[Read More…]

‘The train has left the station on school choice’ – Florida BOE Chair Gary Chartrand, podcastED

Florida is a national leader in expanding school choice. And the state’s new top education official doesn’t see the momentum slowing, especially with low-income children. “The train has left the station on school choice,” Gary Chartrand, 58, told redefinED by phone this week – his first media interview since being[Read More…]