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Converting schools to charters in Florida

Florida wants more charter schools--

Converting schools to charters a simmering issue in Miami-Dade - Schools - MiamiHerald.com: " . . . Charter schools receive tax dollars but are run by management companies instead of the locally elected school board. If a public school becomes a charter, the district loses state funding for those students — about $6,120 in 2011-12 in Miami-Dade. The state Board of Education wants to increase the number of charters in Florida by 60 percent over the next six years. Currently, Florida has more than 500 charters, with just over one in five of those in Miami-Dade County. Only 20 current charters in Florida — none of them in Miami-Dade or Broward — were converted from traditional public schools. The parent trigger law, which failed in the last legislative session, would have enabled parents at underperforming schools to create a turnaround plan, with charter conversion as an option. State Rep. Michael Bileca, R-Miami, filed the bill, called Parent Empowerment in Education. . . . "

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