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Florida charter schools need to better police themselves, adviser to Gov. Scott says


During the spring legislative session, Florida lawmakers took several steps to increase school choice options, including changes to charter school law. The bills approved would give charter operators the ability to get longer contracts, as well as to expand more easily.

As that happens, though, the charter school community needs to take on more responsibility in ensuring that it meets the public demand for high quality education, says Jonathan Hage, CEO of Charter Schools USA and a member of Gov. Rick Scott's education transition team.

"Something that is missing in this debate that I support is, we need to help school districts run down and shut down low performers," Hage told the Gradebook. "It's time for the charter school community itself to self regulate, to stand up even against our friends and say, Hey, if you're not doing a great job after a few years and you've been given that opportunity and support, then you know what? You're probably in the wrong business. You need to find some other business to be in because these are kids lives. We don't have the opportunity to get it right after we fail them."

Charter Schools USA has been growing in Florida and other nearby states. Visit the Gradebook on Saturday for a full interview with Jonathan Hage.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:13am]


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