The Florida Board of Education this morning approved a higher academic bar for charter schools that receive state facilities funding.
The rule would deny capital funding to charters that earn multiple D’s through the state’s A-F accountability system.
The state Department of Education revised the proposal after groups like the Florida Association of Independent Public Schools challenged it before the state’s administrative law court.
After the revisions, charter schools would still have to meet the higher academic standard to get access to the Charter School Capital Outlay, but it won’t take effect until the 2017-18 school year.
Members of the advocacy group indicated they still opposed the new rule.
“This seems like Deja Vu All over again,” said Mark Gotz, the president of School Development Group, which helped finance Miami Community Charter School in Florida City. “Charter schools are public schools and need to be treated equally and equitably.”