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