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Pro-charter school group applauds Florida's charter laws



Florida earned high marks for its support of charter schools Tuesday from a national pro-charter organization.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked the Sunshine State eighth in the nation for its laws supporting the privately run, publicly financed schools. The group noted Florida's 2013 move to improve construction and facilities funding for charter schools, as well of its lack of a cap on the number of charters and its support of a variety of different types of charter schools.

A year ago, Florida rated fifth in the organization's annual ranking. This change had more to do with alterations to other states' laws than to any major differences in Florida. To improve, the group recommends that Florida create "authorizer accountability requirements and ensur(e) equitable operational funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities."

“Despite these many improvements, there is still work to be done,” alliance CEO Nina Rees said in a release. “As the highest-ranked state, Minnesota still only received 75 percent of the total points. We hope these rankings will continue to encourage lawmakers to improve their laws and support better environments for charter schools in each of their states.”

Florida lawmakers continue to tweak charter school laws this session. The House recently introduced a broad charter bill that would create standardized operating contracts, among other things. Some school district officials, meanwhile, have urged lawmakers to throttle back their seemingly unbridled support for charters.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:50am]


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