More money on the way for Florida charter schools
Florida already has more than 400 charter schools serving more than 135,000 children. The Republican-dominated Legislature made it even easier to start new ones this past spring, even going so far as to funnel almost all new construction funding to charters and away from traditional schools.
Gov. Rick Scott gladly signed, having made this type of school choice a major plank in his platform.
Does this sound like a state that needs help supporting charter schools?
If you're the Obama administration, the answer apparently is "yes."
President Obama's Education Department today announced that Florida would share $49 million with New York "to create new high-quality charter schools and disseminate information about existing charters."
"High-quality charter schools have an important role to play in the overall strategy of successful school reform," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a news release. "These states have an opportunity to spread effective practices and provide public charter school choices for more students and parents."
Meanwhile, as the Orlando Sentinel has reported, half of Florida's F schools for 2010-11 were charters.