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Amendment Would Give Charter Schools A Share Of School Construction Money

School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to an amendment filed by an influential state senator. Sen. Don Gaetz, a former Senate president, filed the amendment Tuesday. The amendment would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between […]

House Republicans And Democrats Spar Over Charter School Bias Charge

The fact that the House budget committee approved a charter school bill Thursday isn’t nearly as interesting as the debate that took place. Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, said his bill is designed to increase accountability for charter schools – since they are using public dollars – and increase flexibility and growth. Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, […]

Read the Florida House of Representatives’ Big Charter School Bill

Yesterday the House Education Choice and Innovation subcommittee approved a 36-page bill that makes it easier for charter schools to expand. The bill adds more restrictions to closed charter schools and requires charter schools to post their board, management firm and some spending online. The bill also requires school districts to turn over empty buildings […]

House Bill Would Help Charter Schools Expand, But Also Adds More Regulation

A House committee has approved a bill which would put rules in place for opening a charter school and warding off troubled charters. The House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee made a few changes to the bill and more amendments are expected. “This is not a finished product,” Rep. George Moraitis, Jr., R-Fort Lauderdale, said. “We’re […]

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