“The Florida Charter School Alliance completely supports the establishment of a statewide charter school authorizer. An alternative authorizer would help good schools open, even if a local district wants to stifle parental choice and keep charter schools out. Our state has come a long way in improving authorizing. The Florida Department of Education has developed quality authorizing standards, and will soon finalize a model application that can be used by districts statewide. Still, having a neutral authorizer, not affiliated with a school district, would add another level of transparency and accountability to charter school authorizing – a process that includes reviewing new school applications, and then monitoring the performance, and holding accountable, approved applications,” Lynn Norman-Teck, executive director, FCSA.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Martinez
305.364.3072 or 850.717.5103
House Joint Resolution 759 would bring consistency and stability to the authorization of Charter Schools
Tallahassee 11/20/15 – Representative Manny Diaz Jr. has filed House Joint Resolution 759 in the Florida House of Representatives. The resolution would create a statewide system for authorization and approval of a charter school within the State of Florida.
The Joint Resolution is a result of testimony in Rep. Diaz’s Choice and Innovation Subcommittee and nationwide research on charter school authorization. The goal is to create a system of stable and consistent criteria for authorizing charter schools that is aligned with proven national practices.
“As the charter movement matures in the State of Florida we must create consistency in quality authorization,” said Representative Diaz. “This resolution would provide the highest quality options for our students and parents nationwide.”
The option to create statewide and uniform policy for authorization would allow for applications to be objectively reviewed without political pressure from schoolboards who are competing for the same students. The result of HJR: 759 would be to deny applicants who are not ready to provide effective instruction and increase approval of high quality charter schools to better serve the students of Florida.