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Charter Schools are a recent innovation in public education. First implemented in Minnesota in 1991, charter schools are public schools holding state or local agency contracts to meet specified student achievement goals. In return, the charter school is allocated public educational funds for a stated period of time. Charter Schools are waived from all state statutes except those involving civil rights and health, welfare and safety of students.
For more information, call the Charter Schools Management/Support Department at 754-321-2135.
Pursuant to Section 1002.33, Florida Statute charter schools shall:
- Improve student learning and academic achievement;
- Increase learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on low-performing students;
- Encourage the use of innovative learning outcomes; and
- Require the measurement of learning outcomes.
Charter schools may:
- Create innovative measurement tools;
- Provide rigorous competition within the public school district to stimulate continual improvement in all public schools;
- Expand the capacity of the public school system;
- Mitigate the educational impact created by the development of new residential dwelling units; and
- Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including ownership of the learning program at the school site.