The Florida House of Representatives is considering a bill that would streamline the charter school approval process and fast-track the closing of underperforming charters.
House Bill 7037 would create a statewide institute whose mission would be to assist in the opening of proposed charters. It would use a standardized checklist to determine important information in need of collection. The information would be used to help indicate future success for proposed schools. Sponsors say this should increase the quality of future charter applications and lead to greater academic success.
The bill also includes a provision requiring termination of any charter should the school receive two consecutive “F” grades from the state.
Ensuring Charter Quality
Allison Aubuchon, spokesperson for the Foundation for Florida’s Future, lauded the bill.
“A statewide institute would provide assistance to charter applicants, ensuring [charters] of the highest quality are opening for our...
The California Board of Education (CBOE) has decided not use Common Core test scores in school performance assessments for the first year of testing.
CBOE suspended the state’s Academic Performance Index to evaluate schools, teachers, and students for the 2014–15 school year.
Larry Sand, a former teacher and founder of California Teachers Empowerment Network, says he agrees with the move.
“The [Common Core] tests are a disaster,” Sand said. “I think using the test to assess student progress and...
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) has signed into law a bill allowing charter schools in the state.
Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), sponsor of the School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, says the new charter law will provide additional educational options for families and an opportunity for innovation within schools. Charter schools could open as soon as fall of 2016. Bentley signed the bill into law in March.
“There were over 2,000 students at the School Choice Rally,” Collins said,...