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State task force looks for stable charter school construction funding



The Florida education department's K-12 Public School Facility Funding Task Force has recommended increasing the maximum tax rate school districts may charge for construction projects from 1.5 mills to 2.0 mills. 

Half the revenue would go to charter schools, and half to the traditional schools. It would be a fallback position if the Legislature cannot find another way to provide a stable source of funding for charter school capital outlay projects.

“All charter schools and all charter school students should be treated the same. If a parent decides to enroll their child in a charter school their child’s education does not deserve less resources,” Palm Beach School Board member Charles Shaw said during the task force’s discussion of the proposal Thursday, according to the Florida Current.

Last year, efforts to funnel added funding from districts to charter schools for construction proved hotly contentious, with the House unable to reach any consensus on the issue. The task force emerged as a result of the impasse. The governor and State Board of Education have said they want to see more charter schools in Florida. Keep an eye on this bill to see if it can make it through the 2013 session or if it suffers the same fate as last year's attempts.

[Last modified: Friday, November 2, 2012 10:45am]


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