The Florida League of Women Voters issued a report that’s highly critical of the state’s charter school program. The report found that Florida charters have a 20% closure rate due to financial problems or poor academic performance. Education historians like Diane Ravitch have begun passing out the report, calling it a “bombshell.”
The report outlines the League’s positions on schools choice, including the following:
- Charter schools are designed to serve unmet needs with a primary focus on low-income families, reading and innovative instructional methods.
- Because charter schools are called public schools, their management requirements should be similar.
- A charter school should have at least 1 community resident who answer to parents and the community.
- Charter schools, like public schools, must report financial information in a similar manner.