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Charter school group gives Florida high marks for its charter school laws



The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, an organization dedicated to the expansion of charter schools, has rated Florida as fifth best in the country for its laws relating to the creation of charters -- schools that receive public funding but are run privately without the burden of many mandates and restrictions placed on traditional public schools.

Florida was ranked third in the nation by the group a year ago.

Florida received special attention for having no caps on the number of charter schools permitted, as well as its quality control rules that allow for the closure of charter schools that struggle with academics or finances. Still, the NAPCS noted that Florida law could use improvement in areas including authorizer accountability and funding.

Charter school operators have asked Florida lawmakers to provide them more money, particularly for construction and maintenance projects. Last year, lawmakers did not pass bills that would have required school districts to share their property tax revenue with charter schools.

See the group's fourth annual ranking of state charter school laws here.  Minnesota was considered the state with the best laws for charter school expansion.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 12:13pm]


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