KIPP Miami in the works for Liberty City

A new “school of hope” could soon be coming to the cradle of Florida’s charter school movement. On Oct. 11, the Miami-Dade County School Board approved an item laying the groundwork for a collaboration with KIPP Miami. The plans would bring the nation’s largest nonprofit charter school network to Liberty[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…]

Helping Florida charter schools enroll more disadvantaged students

Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano, a frequent charter school critic, published an even-handed column in this morning’s paper. He congratulated local charters for their performance in recent A-F grades, but questioned why they don’t serve as many disadvantaged students as district-run schools. Charters, which are publicly funded but privately run, have a much higher[Read More…]