News in Brief: A State Capitals Roundup
Fla. Audit Recommends More Charter Oversight
Florida charter schools are not being held accountable to state standards, a recent audit by the state’s legislative analyst found.
In its final report on the audit, the legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability recommends that the state create standard charter school contracts that give districts implementation guidelines and clear academic expectations for the independent public schools.
It also urges the state to provide training to charter school operators in practices that promote high academic achievement, and urges the legislature to require districts to verify that the academic goals in charter school contracts are met.
The report concludes that “the academic performance of charter school students is generally comparable to that of traditional public school students in terms of annual learning gains.” Florida’s 300 charter schools serve more than 83,000 students.
Vol. 24, Issue 33, Page 24