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Judge nears decision in Lincoln charter school case. New information has surfaced
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Sep 20, 6:02 AM: Less than two weeks remain before an administrative law judge rules on the Manatee school district’s takeover of Lincoln Memorial Academy, and though a four-day hearing ended last month, new information continues to >
Under state control, Florida Virtual School hires new executives with ties to GOP leaders
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Sep 19, 7:30 AM: The state took control of the troubled Florida Virtual School earlier this year but now faces criticism because the top executives it brought in have no education experience but strong ties to Florida’s Republican >
Accelerated bargaining a bust as teachers union walks out on second day of pay talks
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Sep 18, 6:57 AM: Plans for an accelerated bargaining schedule were scuttled Tuesday when the Brevard Federation of Teachers walked out on the second day of teacher pay talks after district negotiators rejected or countered most of their >
Charter School Fights School Board Takeover Over Security in Broward
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Sep 17, 6:12 AM: A Davie charter school is challenging a Broward County School Board decision to take over the school’s operations because of an alleged failure to comply with security requirements. The challenge by Championship Academy of >
Florida Charter Schools Get Mixed Marks for Success
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Sep 16, 7:10 AM: Nearly 300,000 students attend charter schools in Florida. Charters are taxpayer funded, privately run and are changing the state’s public education system.
Charter schools on hold for new school police officers
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Sep 12, 8:18 AM: Officers with the newly-formed Clay County School Police Department won’t be stationed at the county’s charter schools for at least a month.
Business group offers 20-year education plan for Florida
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Sep 12, 5:50 AM: The Florida Council of 100, a nonprofit group of civic and business leaders, on Wednesday released its vision for the state’s education system over the coming 20 years.
Hillsborough schools are nearly 13 percent charter
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Sep 11, 6:20 AM: More than one in eight public school children in Hillsborough County are in charters, according to the latest enrollment numbers.
Enrollment keeps falling at many public schools. Here’s why.
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Sep 9, 7:17 AM: The days of widespread overcrowding in South Florida schools appear to be over: Enrollment is flat or declining at many public schools in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade.
Charter ‘Schools Of Hope’ Get Extra Funding And Special Treatment. They’ll Soon Enroll Thousands.
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Sep 9, 5:36 AM: 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 >
To Lawmakers, Florida's First All-Charter School District Is ‘A Success Story.' But Is It Really?
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Sep 6, 6:45 AM: Two years into Jefferson County’s transformation, the still-unproven charter-district “experiment” is being used to justify a potentially massive expansion of charter schools in the state’s poorest communities. A state law >
Appeals Court Ratify Challenge To 2017 'Schools Of Hope' Law
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Aug 30, 5:39 AM: 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.
Florida’s private takeover of a public school system complicated by discipline challenges
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Aug 29, 5:55 AM: Somerset Academy Jefferson County is grappling with many of the same challenges that plagued the traditional public schools that preceded them.
To Lawmakers, Florida's First All-Charter School District Is ‘A Success Story.' But Is It Really?
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Aug 28, 7:00 AM: 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 >
Richard Corcoran's School Choice Agenda Riles Local School Leaders, Unions
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Aug 28, 5:21 AM: Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran isn’t shy about his support for charter schools and the state’s private school voucher program. He championed school choice policies during his stint in the legislature. But >
Chartered: Florida's First Private Takeover Of A Public School System
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Aug 27, 8:12 AM: Florida’s first all-charter school district was engineered by unelected state bureaucrats at then-Gov. Rick Scott’s Department of Education, funded by the state Legislature and carried out by a charter school network based >
Judge nixes charter schools’ bid for share of new $200 million school tax
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Aug 26, 7:53 AM: A judge has rejected an attempt by three charter schools to claim a piece of a new $200 million-a-year property tax that voters approved last year for Palm Beach County’s public schools.
Anderson: Palmetto community livid over losing charter at Lincoln Memorial Academy
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Aug 26, 7:39 AM: LMA was once a charter school in Palmetto run by Eddie Hundley, who is now under federal investigation for fraud, bribery and embezzlement and is no longer there. LMA is now being run by the Manatee County school district, >
Florida Board of Education seeks more money for vouchers, charter schools
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Aug 23, 6:55 AM: So the board’s legislative budget request, which in past years hasn’t always even jibed with the governor’s proposal, gained some critical attention as it emerged this week during a meeting in Broward County. >
Port Arthur charter schools do well with new ratings
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Aug 22, 6:02 AM: Local charter schools earned top grades from the Texas Education Agency’s 2019 A-F accountability ratings and vow to continue to work toward even more success.

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