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Emily Michot / Miami Herald

TALLAHASSEE --- In an issue that has drawn heavy debate in the Legislature, a divided appeals court Wednesday backed the Palm Beach County School Board in a fight about whether charter schools should get a cut of voter-approved tax dollars.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

A new charter school surrounded by an eight-foot non-scalable fence and equipped with bullet-resistant glass is slated to open just a few miles from the site of the nation's deadliest high school shooting.

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For the last two decades, Florida has been a laboratory for school choice policies: alternatives to public education like privately-run charter schools and taxpayer-funded scholarships to private institutions.

Diane Ravitch argues that’s not something to celebrate or emulate.

Ravitch is a historian, advocate and former assistant education secretary under Republican President George H. W. Bush. She once believed charters, vouchers and standardized testing could improve public school education.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

The board of an A-rated charter high school in Hialeah Gardens voted unanimously Tuesday to shut down by the end of the month.

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A Hialeah Gardens charter high school hailed by the likes of Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush is slated to close by the end of the month, and students are preparing to transfer to a nearby campus affiliated with a politically connected for-profit education company.

Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Broward School District may close or combine some of its under-enrolled schools, as it continues to fight an exodus of students to charter schools.

Several schools situated next to each other may become one school. The district may use the best facilities from each of the schools, such as a library or science lab, while demolishing outdated buildings. Or it’s possible some campuses could close entirely.

The district may also create new academic programs for the combined schools or expand ones already available at one of them.

Fight Over Charter Schools Heads To Florida Supreme Court

Sep 30, 2019
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Nine county school boards are going to the Florida Supreme Court in a battle about the constitutionality of a controversial 2017 law that sought to bolster charter schools. 

Florida Charter Schools Get Mixed Marks for Success

Sep 13, 2019
Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Nearly 300,000 students attend charter schools in Florida. Charters are taxpayer funded, privately run and are changing the state’s public education system.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN News

Jefferson County isn’t just Florida’s first all-charter school district. It’s also home to the original “schools of hope.”

State lawmakers created the program in 2017 with the aim of attracting more charter schools to Florida. The publicly funded, privately run schools would get extra state money and regulatory incentives if they open in neighborhoods where traditional public schools have failed for years.

Read the full investigation at Chartered: Florida's First Private Takeover Of A Public School System

Appeals Court Ratify Challenge To 2017 'Schools Of Hope' Law

Aug 29, 2019
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Rejecting arguments of numerous school boards across the state, an appeals court Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a controversial 2017 law that sought to bolster charter schools.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal backed a decision by a Leon County circuit judge, who turned down arguments that the mammoth education law improperly infringed on the rights of school boards to operate their districts.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN News

To state leaders who support charter schools, rural Jefferson County was a poster child for public school failure.

By the summer of 2016, the small Panhandle school district had racked up a decade of Ds and Fs under Florida’s high-stakes system for rating school performance. More than half of its middle/high school students had been held back at least twice. At the hands of a dysfunctional local government, the district had devolved into one of the worst in Florida.

MSD Public Safety Commission
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Updated at 6:18 p.m. Wednesday August 14.

Students across Broward County went back to school Wednesday morning. But, according to the state commission making recommendations about changes to school security, many are trying to “check a box,” for the first day back. 

Greg Lovett / Palm Beach Post

At one Renaissance campus more than a third of teachers had no state certification, The Palm Beach Post found.

Renaissance Charter Schools grew into Palm Beach County’s largest charter school chain with seven years of promises about cutting-edge classrooms and innovative teaching.

But as the schools market themselves to parents with personalized lessons and extended school days, their classrooms are staffed with an extraordinary number of temporary and uncertified teachers, a Palm Beach Post investigation found.

Senate Cool To Tax Changes For Hospitals, Charter Schools

May 2, 2019

The Florida Senate could eliminate controversial proposals about charter schools and hospitals from a tax package that was approved last week by the House. 

Madeline Fox / WLRN

More than 200 protesters gathered in West Palm Beach Tuesday afternoon to rally against a bill making its way through the Florida Legislature that would distribute funds raised by tax increases to charter schools.

Voters approved $800 million in funding for schools last year in a ballot measure that specified tax increases could provide funding for teacher raises for traditional public schools, not charter schools.

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