The high performing charter school rules were created to help guys like Jonathan Hage open more school. The Orlando Sentinel’s Lauren Roth reports:
The F grade of a new Orange County charter school means its parent chain will likely lose its designation as “high-performing.” Renaissance Charter School at Chickasaw Trail is part of a group of Florida charter schools run by management organization Charter Schools USA. Florida law designates charter systems as high performing if most of their schools earn grades above a D. The designation makes it easier for the chain to open new locations.
But high-performing systems may not have any schools graded D or F, unless they are replacing or serving the zone of an F-rated school. That does not appear to be the case for the East Orange school. It was originally named Renaissance Charter School at Valencia, but changed after Valencia College objected.
Scathing Purple Musings reported in November 2011 the Orange county board wanted to reject a Charter Schools USA school only to be overruled by a charter school friendly state board in February 2012. Tony Bennett’s serial Charter Schools USA problems are another story.