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Past grades must not influence Florida charter school enrollment, senator proposes

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November

Florida state Sen. Kelli Stargel, long a proponent of charter schools and other choice initiatives, doesn't want to see students denied access to charter schools because of their past academic performance.

In a world where a New York charter school's "got to go" list captured national attention, Stargel has filed legislation (SB 830) that would prohibit charters from turning away low-performing students. She would amend current law to spell out:

A charter school may not deny the application or continued enrollment of a student based on the student's current or prior academic performance, including grade retention.

Her bill also would give charter enrollment preference to a new group of students, those coming from public schools that received a state grade of "F" or three consecutive grades of "D" or who are zoned to attend those such schools.

The measure doesn't have a House companion yet. 

[Last modified: Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:05pm]

    

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