The Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills today aimed at providing aid for struggling schools and attracting nationally recognized charters to their neighborhoods.
Together, the bills are similar to the House’s ‘Schools of Hope,’ a $200 million plan to move students from struggling public schools into new schools operated by nationally recognized charter school operators.
But at the same time, the Senate bills have key differences — including an uncertain price tag.
The committee approved SB 796, by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, which aims to attract “high-impact” charter schools to Florida.
The legislation requires charter school organizations to prove to the state Board of Education they have a track record of achieving results with low-income students. Continue Reading →