Selected readings on US charter schools
Charter schools — the primary target of the district efforts — are not just sitting back and watching.
In Hillsborough County, more than half of the existing charter schools have banded together to create a choice fair for families to learn about their offerings. The participants include schools focused on special needs, college prep and specialty areas such as performing arts and environmentalism.
“This is an important event because parents need to be informed about charter schools as free, public education, serving the needs of diverse populations of students” said Kristine Bennett, principal of Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School and president of Charter School Leaders-FL.
Brooks DeBartolo, 10948 N. Central Avenue in Tampa, will host the free event, which is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 22.
Florida lawmakers continue revise state charter school law, making clear they will remain a part of the state’s education landscape. This year, proposals include requiring districts to let unoccupied school space be used by charters, and also clarifying that charters that receive two consecutive F grades have no appeals to their automatic termination. The governor also has recommended providing the bulk of state school construction funding to charter schools.
Source: Tampa Bay Times– by Jeffrey Solochek