Will Charter Schools USA Lose High Performing Status With Failing Orange County School?


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.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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2 Responses to Will Charter Schools USA Lose High Performing Status With Failing Orange County School?

  1. Did you know that the law for high performing charters was changed in the 2013 Legislature to enable the Kipp charter in Jax to get the designation?

  2. That’s at least three, if not four CSUSA schools earning a D or F this past school year.

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