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Florida Board of Education to take up charter school capital outlay funding rules



Three months after the original plan, the Florida Board of Education is scheduled to consider new rules for charter school capital funding when it meets Friday in Tampa.

The rule comes after a contentious legislative debate over charters' eligibility for the funding, in which the House and Senate had widely different views. Superintendents, meanwhile, tried to ensure that their district tax revenues wouldn't shrink as a result of any action.

Among other things, the proposal would give charters access to funds after two years of operation rather than three. Proponents of that change argued that the existing rule benefited charter operators with deep pockets, to the detriment of small local startups.

It also would bar charter schools that earned two consecutive D state grades from receiving the money. In the past, only F-rated schools were ineligible. Additional requirements regarding financial audits and student demographics also would be taken into account when distributing the funds.

In past months, the board has taken steps to try to weed out troubled charter school operators. It is widely expected to adopt these latest guidelines as another step toward its goal of supporting school choice with accountability.

The board meets at 9 a.m. Friday at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Also on the agenda: turnaround plans for schools not yet required to implement such actions, a legislative budget request, and the board's strategic plan goals.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:32am]


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