A shot across the bow
Florida charter schools get tax money for educating kids, the same amount that the mainstream public schools do. They don't, however, get tax money to build schools. That explains why you find so many of them in converted warehouses and storefronts. Well, state Rep. John Legg, who runs a charter school in New Port Richey, wants that to change. Legg - deputy House majority whip and a member of the Schools and Learning Council - is drafting a bill that would give charters with a proven success rate, say, a school grade of B or better plus no financial troubles over three years, a share of the local tax revenue dedicated to school construction projects. That would weed out the fly-by-nights and give the good ones a better chance of long-term success. He figures that some district leaders will go "absolutely crazy" on hearing the idea. But charter schools are a reality, he says, and they deserve support. "I'm putting this out there to let the school district folks know I'm serious," Legg told the Gradebook today.