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Charter school bill advances in Florida House

The Florida House approved a bill Tuesday that could limit school districts’ control over privately managed charter schools.

HB 7083 would require school districts and new charter schools to use standardized contracts, effectively stripping districts of their leverage in contract negotiations. The measure found strong support among conservative lawmakers, who said it would “create real choice within our school districts.”

“What we are seeing is that school districts are playing games with some of the contract issues,” said House K-12 Education Subcommittee Chairwoman Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach. “In order to have a successful, balanced system, we need to make sure we have a level playing field. That’s what this bill seeks to do.”

But Democrats said the bill would give too much power to charter schools, some of which are run by for-profit management companies. They also questioned whether the move was constitutional.

It passed in a 68-50 vote.

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Can't take anymore

I for one am mighty proud of our boys in the Florida legislature for voting thru this huge welfare bill for the well to do. So what if the private schools it funds teach that the earth is only 4000 years old and cavemen rode dinosaurs like polo ponies. If the kids grow up to watch only Fox News they'll never need to hear anything else. Don't need a lot of education for the lifetime minimum wage jobs awaiting most of these kids. Let's get to work! At McDonald's.

Ed Jenkins, Jr.

It's too bad that no reporters have the balls to do a story on the legislators who have interest and ownership in some of these "charter schools." The ethics of the legislators is in question as well as the media for NOT doing stories on it.

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