Florida Department of Education touts the value of charter schools
Using more than 150 comparison charts, the Florida Department of Education is making the case that charter schools outperform traditional schools in the state.
"This report clearly demonstrates that charter schools are a viable option for parents," commissioner Gerard Robinson said in a release. "Charter schools offer a wide range of educational environments to meet the needs of students and their families."
Robinson released this report and his comments at a time when several reports have emerged questioning the management, finances and academics of charter schools. See stories about problems with Academica, Imagine Schools and Life Force as but a handful of examples.
Parent groups have become increasingly critical of charter schools as well, particularly in their fight to kill the parent trigger legislation that died in the final days of the 2012 session.
The Scott administration report offers a contrast, stating that the "ultimate proof of success" for charter schools is student achievement, as measured on the FCAT. On that front, the department states, charters have better results than traditional schools in proficiency, achievement gap and learning gains, according to the report.
Do the numbers make a convincing argument?