Are Green Dot charter schools coming to Florida?
We're not sure. But company officials are meeting with Florida Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith in Orlando this week, and about 20 superintendents have been invited, including Julie Janssen in Pinellas and MaryEllen Elia in Hillsborough.
Green Dot has a reputation for turning around troubled schools in Los Angeles -- and for being friendly with teachers unions. An e-mail from Smith to superintendents said, "Through Race to the Top, there is potential to implement their turnaround model in some of Florida's lowest-performing public schools."
Representatives from the Florida Education Association will also be at the meeting.