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Pasco County charter schools, by the numbers

Pasco County School Board members plan a wide-ranging discussion on charter schools on Tuesday, discussing the future of charters in the district as well as the impact of newly adopted legislation.

To prepare for the session, board members asked for a variety of information about the status of the county's five current and two approved new charter schools. Some interesting facts popped up. For instance:

Enrollment in Pasco charter schools is up 18 percent from 2009-10, with more available capacity to grow.

Four of the five charters have significantly lower levels of poverty among students than their nearest schools. Academy at the Farm, for instance, had 32 percent of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches, compared to 83 percent at Chester Taylor Elementary. Countryside Montessori had 10 percent free and reduced-price lunches, compared to 41 percent at Pine View Elementary. Only Athenian Academy was similar to one of its nearby schools.

Countryside Montessori spent the largest percentage of its revenue on salaries (72 percent), while Imagine School at Land O'Lakes spent the least (39 percent). Imagine spent the most on a management company (18 percent), while Academy at the Farm, Countryside and Dayspring Academy spent nothing in that category.

The workshop is scheduled to take place after the board's regular meeting, where it is expected to tackle the contentious issue of media center staffing. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 1:58pm]


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