FLORIDA CHARTER SCHOOLS: Hot and Humid with Passing Storms (May 2006)
by Bryan C. Hassel, Michelle Godard Terrell & Julie Kowal
Florida is often referred to as “school choice central” because of its many publicly-funded school choice initiatives, which include voucher
programs for students with special needs and those in low-performing schools, virtual schools, and magnet schools.
But among all the programs, none has reached as many children and families as charter schools. In the 2005-06 school year, there were over 300 charter schools in 42 of the state’s 67 school districts. The schools served nearly 100,000 students, about 3 percent of the state’s public school students.