Battle over Florida Charter Schools Could Lead to Bargain

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Two controversial, failed bills that would have allowed Florida charter schools to grab a good chunk of public school construction money and, potentially, some public schools themselves likely will re-emerge next year.

Perennial points of contention โ€” how much money charters should get and whether they should be held to the same standards as traditional public schools โ€” were back in 2012, and the disagreements led to the defeat of legislation backed by two First Coast lawmakers.

Dialogue this year got everyone on the same page, according to former Education Commissioner Jim Horne. He said everyone now agrees charters are public schools and deserve some public funding โ€” they just differ on how much.

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