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Charter school backers fall short in Tallahassee this year

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March

The charter school lobby came to Tallahassee this year with an ambitious agenda:

Win a share of school districts’ construction dollars. Create a separate high school sports association. Empower parents to demand charter-school conversions.

But they fell short on almost all counts.

The defeats came as a stinging surprise for the charter movement, which had enjoyed a string of victories in previous legislative sessions. Just last year, state lawmakers gave high-performing charter schools the green light to grow more rapidly — and pay less in administrative fees.

What was different about this year? Was it the slowing of the school choice movement? The peculiar politics of redistricting? The last-minute meltdown in the Senate?

To some extent, it was all of the above.

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[Last modified: Monday, March 12, 2012 10:21am]

    

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