Charter School

State Rep. Jason Fischer
FLORIDA HOUSE

A Jacksonville lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow state universities and colleges to sponsor K-12 public charter schools.

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Nearly 18,000 people came out to Duval’s school choice expo at the Prime Osborn Convention Center over weekend — that’s 500 more than last year.

At the same time, a new state law will allow students to cross district boundaries for school starting next year.

Duval County Public Schools

Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti outlined his strategies for keeping charter enrollment down at a School Board workshop, Tuesday.

Charter schools get public money, but they are run by private groups. More than 11,000 Duval students are enrolled in charters. That’s about 1,500 fewer than the district expected and budgeted for.

 


Scholar Preparatory Academy

An administrative judge has postponed the final hearing to determine the fate of Scholar Preparatory Academy. The hearing to appeal district plans to close the charter had been scheduled for last November 25. It has been rescheduled for Dec. 17.

The Duval County School Board voted to put Scholar Preparatory on a 90-day termination notice in September after it failed to meet minimum student enrollment requirements. The charter school appealed later that month.

Trey Csar standing in front of presentation screen
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Nearly half of all rising sixth and ninth graders in Duval County Public Schools are not attending their neighborhood school, and a sizable portion are now attending charter schools.

That’s according to a months-long study on local school choice released Monday morning by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF), an education advocacy and research policy group.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville

As a national charter gets set to open next year, another local charter may be closing.