Of the unprecedented eight charter schools that face closure after getting F’s in two straight years, three are asking the state for waivers that would allow them to stay open next school year.
A Department of Education spokeswoman said the schools that had requested waivers by Monday’s deadline were Shining Star Academy of the Arts in Columbia County, Florida International Academy Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, and Broward Charter School of Science and Technology.
State law requires charter schools that receive “double F’s” to lose their charters unless they receive a waiver from the state Board of Education. The decisions are rare, and a school can only receive such a waiver once.
Schools can also appeal their grades. The Palm Beach Post reported at least one South Florida school was considering that option.
The double-F rule stems from the original theory behind charter schools, which are supposed to trade more operational freedom for stricter accountability. There’s some flexibility for special cases — such as schools that serve a disadvantaged population that might need a little extra time to raise its achievement. Continue Reading →