Embattled charter chain fights to add schools in Florida

Monday, October 14, 2013

Under the large apple logo of the Charter Schools USA chain, uniformed children walk single-file down the tidy halls at Renaissance Charter School at Chickasaw Trail.

Despite the school's F grade from the state, the K-7 school has a waiting list. Eager parents drop by in a steady stream, asking how to enroll their kids.

And despite the Orange County School Board's determination to stop it, the school chain hopes to be expanding here soon.

At stake is $27 million in taxpayer money that would go to Charter Schools USA, as Orange County and other school districts make persistent efforts to enforce local standards amid charter-friendly changes to the law by the Legislature.

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