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PBC public schools may share $150 million tax hike with charters
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Jun 20, 5:40 AM: Facing political pressure and a legal threat, Palm Beach County public school leaders are considering giving charter schools a slice of a $150-million-a-year property tax increase if it is approved by voters.
Eagle Arts charter school may reopen despite vote to close it
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Jun 6, 6:29 AM: It stiffed its landlord for months and withheld teachers’ paychecks for weeks, but Eagle Arts Academy managed to finish a turbulent school year without closing its doors.
Five Hillsborough charter schools get long-term contracts
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Jun 6, 6:09 AM: Over the objections of a lone Hillsborough County School Board member, five charter schools will get contract extensions that could keep their doors open for a decade or longer.
Lake School Board blasts charter school over math scores
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Jun 5, 5:34 AM: An Orange County group that wanted to open a Montessori charter school in Lake County will have to try again next year after the Lake County School Board poked holes in its financial plans and its academic performance on >
K-12 Scholarship Programs Could Take 8,000 Students Out Of Traditional Public Schools By 2023
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Jun 4, 5:58 AM: This year, they say Florida’s K-12 scholarship programs will weigh most heavily. The conference predicts collectively the programs will take more than 3,000 students out of public schools in the coming year, and more than 8,000 >
Letter: Palm Harbor Academy failure is evidence that local school boards should maintain control over charters
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May 31, 6:25 AM: The Flagler County School Board is reviewing the charter of Palm Harbor Academy because of its academic failures. There is also the questionable transference of at-risk children to a shadow "school within a school" to alter test >
Without scholarship money, private school Agape continues to struggle
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May 29, 5:52 AM: Florida provides little oversight of its scholarship programs for private schools, often called school vouchers, that some schools hire teachers without college degrees, hold classes in aging strip malls and falsify fire or health >
Teachers’ union battles as election season begins
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May 29, 5:39 AM: A tough year for the state’s largest teachers union is sparking a rare leadership fight within the 140,000-member Florida Education Association, the largest labor organization in the Southeast.
Local Charter Narrows Achievement Gap, Individualizes Instruction
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May 25, 6:10 AM: In a recent study through the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, Riverview South Kid’s Community College K-8 (KCC) was one of only seven schools in the state able to >
Dropout recovery high schools are considering leaving Duval
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May 24, 5:46 AM: Catapult Academy, a private, for-profit learning center operator with seven Jacksonville satellite locations, sent a note home to its 861 students and their parents saying the centers might not reopen for the coming school year >
Florida districts keep up fight against charter school law
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May 21, 7:10 AM: Eleven school districts in Florida are refusing to give up their legal battle over an education law that steered more money to charter schools.
Editorial: Expand access to vocational programs
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May 21, 6:39 AM: Putnam, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, recently suggested that the state do more to steer students to good-paying jobs in fields such as pipefitting and welding. He is proposing to make it easier for high >
Escambia Charter School closes after 22 years, citing low enrollment, funds
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May 17, 5:36 AM: The alternative school opened in 1996 in Cantonment to teach high school students who had excessive referrals or had cases for expulsion. Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said it has been the plan for >
Sarasota School Board denies Pinecrest charter application
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May 16, 6:40 AM: In a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Sarasota County School Board denied the charter school application for Pinecrest Academy Gulf Coast, following a protest from local activist group Protect Our Public Schools and a hearing of citizens.
Lake Wales charter schools hope to replicate Bok Academy success
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May 14, 5:21 AM: As a “high performing” charter school, Bok Academy enjoys top tier status. It’s one of only 180 charters in Florida, including 13 in Polk County, to earn that endorsement from state education officials.
Opinion: Don't fall for the Great Charter School Gambit
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May 14, 4:56 AM: Advocates for charter schools say charters offer more choices for where parents can send their children to learn. Choice is good. Advocates for the established district schools worry that charters are draining scarce resources and >
Two more charter school groups seek to become Florida ‘Schools of Hope’ providers
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May 11, 4:57 AM: Florida's controversial "Schools of Hope" program, which got off to a slow start after becoming law in 2017, could double its list of providers this month.
Collier School Board to appeal lawsuit ruling, focus on charter schools
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May 9, 7:11 AM: Collier County School Board members voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to appeal a circuit court judge’s ruling on a lawsuit they filed alongside 13 other Florida school boards.
State orders Duval schools to uproot hundreds of students again
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May 9, 5:28 AM: State officials say they want the district to take corrective action by re-assigning 378 of those students out of their current schools to a third school for next year. The new schools must be rated C or better.
Pinellas County Schools agree to keep up fight against HB 7069 with $15,000
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May 9, 5:18 AM: With little discussion, they decided the expense — on top of the $25,000 already spent — is worth it to hang in the battle against House Bill 7069, which created an expansive, expensive charter school system outside of district >

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