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Advocacy group gives high marks to Florida charter school law

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December

To qualify for federal Race to the Top funds, states must demonstrate to Obama education officials an openness to innovation -- not the least of which is room for charter schools to prosper.

On that front, Florida has it going on, according to the Center for Education Reform, a leading charter school advocacy group.

In rating states' charter school laws, the CER gave Florida a B and ranked it 12th strongest. (D.C. schools came in first, for what it's worth.)

Among Florida's strengths, it has no cap on charter schools, allows teachers freedom from union membership and gives schools autonomy from most red tape. On the downside, the group says, the state does not have multiple authorizers -- only school boards can contract with charters -- and the funding is "complicated and inadequate."

In all, CER says 13 states "have what it takes to win," and Florida is in there. The RTTT applications are due Jan. 19. Stay tuned.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:44am]

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