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What Charter Schools USA CEO Jonathan Hage Knows That Floridians Don’t

From Orlando Sentinel reporter Lauren Roth: Charter Schools USA isn’t waiting for a judge to decide if it can open a disputed school in Orange County. Construction already has begun. “They have already invested in some construction of a facility,” … Continue reading

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Are Florida’s Local School Boards Stepping Up to Oppose Standard Charter School Contracts?

Jeff Solochek writes in Gradebook that Pasco County School Board urged its congressional delegation not to move forward on charter school legislation that would create a standardized charter contract: Board chairwoman Alison Crumbley reminded the delegation that school boards have … Continue reading

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Michael Bileca’s One Size Fits All Charter School Bill(s)

Mark me down as skeptical anytime I hear one of Florida’s republican legislators say are they are worried about friction between school boards and charter schools. And then some  new enlightened piece of legislation will take care of all that. … Continue reading

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Is Moraitis HB 377 Charter School Bill Inspired By ALEC?

Rep. George Moraitis will be asked sometime this week why he left out any mention of “charter schools” in HB 377 and instead referred to them as “private, not-for profit elementary, middle and high schools.” Never mind that he filled … Continue reading

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HB 377: George Moraitis’ Stealth Florida Charter School Bonanza Bill

On November 14 Charter Schools USA slipped $1000 to Rep. George Moraitis (R-Fort Lauderdale). Just 26 days later, Moraitis filed HB 377, a bill innocently titled Educational Facilities Financing. But its abstract signals that there are real devils in the … Continue reading

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How Florida’s For-Profit Charter School Industry Is Moving Money in to Influence the Legislative Session

Matt Dixon’s report that a former top lobbyist for the for-profit charter school industry is now the top fundraiser for a PAC belonging to the chairman of the senate education appropriations committee provided a glimpse into how well the industry … Continue reading

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House Charter School Bill Corrupted by Cozy Relationship Between Tony Bennett and Charter Schools USA

Chris Moya,  Charter Schools USA lobbyist testified this week that Rep. George Moraitis charter school bill was about ‘improving accountability”. Moya and Florida Charter School Alliance lobbyist Jim Horne’s smug performances this week were justified. The new bag of goodies for … Continue reading

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