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Moraitis says he will strip "space-share" provision from charter school bill

Rep. George Moraitis plans to remove the most controversial provision from his sweeping charter schools bill, he said Tuesday.

Moraitis, a Fort Lauderdale Republican, is planning to amend the proposal so that traditional public schools won't have to share unused space with charter schools, he said.

The bill, HB 7009, would still give additional flexibility to high-performing charter schools, and put some new accountability measures in place. One example: school employees could no longer serve on the governing board.

"There are some great things in the bill having to do with accountability and transparency," Moraitis told The Herald/Times after Tuesday's floor session. "Those are the most important provisions."

Moraitis said the Senate wants to take a different approach to sharing unused space in public facilities, and that he's willing to listen.

The charter schools bill will likely be up for a final vote in the House this week. Its companion in the Senate, which does not include the space-sharing provision, is moving more slowly.