Two low-rated Florida charter schools have been ordered to close after Commissioner of Education John Winn last week threatened to withhold state funds from the 171,000-student Palm Beach County district. The county school board plans to reverse a July decision to keep the charter schools open, a district spokesman said. The schools enroll 95 students. This is the first time Florida has forced charter schools to close under state rules passed this year.
A version of this article appeared in the August 10, 2005 edition of Education Week