When top charter school networks consider moving into new community, they don’t just look at funding or charter school laws. They look at the whole “educational ecosystem.”
That was the message a KIPP representative brought to a Florida Senate panel looking at charter school legislation.
Trisha Coad is the director for new site development for the Knowledge is Power Program, which operates 200 charter schools, including three in Jacksonville.
She told the Senate Education Committee the charter network is eyeing expansions in Florida — especially Miami. It’s looking at some predictable factors: Community demand, affordable school facilities, adequate public funding, respect for charters’ autonomy.
KIPP also looks for “strong authorizing, where charter schools are held to high expectations,” Coad said. Continue Reading →