Florida Education Officials Tour Area, Tout Charter Schools

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"Wanna see my book report?" asks first-grader Johnathan Ponce, pointing up at a colorful wall covered in student work. Michael Kooi of the Florida Department of Education turned around obligingly to look at Johnathan's hand-drawn cover.

"Very nice," he murmured, still half bent over from talking to the seated students.

On Tuesday, Kooi and State Board of Education member Barbara Feingold toured two Palm Beach County charter schools as part of National Charter Schools Week.

The weeklong event is meant to celebrate what charter schools offer in terms of school choice, and to spread awareness of charter schools as a public school option. According to Kooi, National Charter Schools Week was initially begun in 2000 under then-President Bill Clinton.

After a stop at G-Star School of the Arts in Palm Springs, the group - accompanied by school district officials and school board member Marcia Andrews - headed to the Imagine Schools - Chancellor Campus to tour the Boynton Beach K-8 school.

G-Star officials gave a presentation in the school's sound stage of the innovative film, acting and digital media offerings it had before offering a tour of the school to talk about its new International Baccalaureate program and its need to upgrade its facilities.

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