charter schools

The Florida Roundup
11:37 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The Florida Roundup: As Cuba Changes, Does U.S. Policy?

A fisherman walks the streets of Mariel. The Cuban government hopes expansion of the port will draw large cargo ships coming through the Panama Canal.
Credit David Gilkey/NPR

Both the U.S. and Cuba have relaxed travel restrictions so family visits are easier and more money is flowing to the island nation, so what’s next?  

NPR Morning Edition host David Greene joins us after spending a week in Cuba, talking with government officials, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers and fishermen.

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StateImpact Florida
2:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

About That Charter School Funding Study...

Do traditional district schools receive more money than charter schools? A Rutgers University researcher says the gap is not as big when you compare actual expenses.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 10:59 am

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The Florida Roundup
11:29 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Education Bills Highlight Differences Among Republican Leadership

House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel), left, shakes hands with Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville).
Credit Florida House of Representatives

State Senate President Don Gaetz likes to introduce House Speaker Will Weatherford as the “taller, smarter, better-looking version of the Weatherford-Gaetz” duo. Their alliance has led to the quick passage of legislation like last year's ethics reform package and this year's sex offender bills. But on several education bills, the two diverge.

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Sunshine Economy
6:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Charter Schools CEO Started As A Janitor

Credit Courtesy of Jon Hage

Jon Hage heads the for-profit charter school management company, Charter Schools USA (CSUSA), based in Fort Lauderdale. The company operates 58 schools in seven states across the country, including Florida.

Hage grew up in middle-class Oakland Park near Fort Lauderdale. He served in the United States Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserves as a commissioned officer in the Special Forces (Green Berets). After then doing policy work in Washington D.C. and Tallahassee, he founded CSUSA in 1997.   

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Politics
8:28 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Medical Marijuana, Speed Limits And Social Media Privacy On Senator's Agenda

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  Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, is sponsoring bills to help tackle violations of the Do Not Call list and give employees and job applicants more social media privacy.

Clemens also wants higher speed limits – he admits he’s a speeder – and he still likes red-light cameras, even though he’s been ticketed by one.

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StateImpact Florida
7:47 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Three Questions: Jeb Bush On The State Of Common Core And Testing In Florida

Former Gov. Jeb Bush visited a Hialeah charter school for National School Choice Week.
Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

Former Gov. Jeb Bush visited classrooms, observed students using their iPads, and took questions from a debate class at a high school in Hialeah this week.

His tour of the Latin Builders Association Construction & Business Management Academy high school — which is the first charter opened with a business association — was part of National School Choice Week.

Bush wrapped up the tour in the debate class by answering questions from journalists so the students could see how a press conference works.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The History, Pros & Cons of Charter Schools

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Washington, DC
www.csdc.org

01/27/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the topic of charter schools.  They are very popular—and among the fastest growing school choice options in Florida.  There are nearly 600 charter schools in the state, attended by more than 200,000 students.  Critics say charter schools benefit some youngsters, and bite into school district budgets, which serve a wider variety of students.  Listen in . . . call-in . . . Monday at 1pm on Topical Currents.

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Education
7:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Is Pitbull 'Mr. Education'? Rapper Opens Charter School In Miami

Pitbull is one of a growing list of celebrities who have opened their wallets or given their names to charter schools.
Jeff Daly AP

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 9:52 am

Rapper Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez) is the latest in a long list of celebrities lending their star power to the flourishing charter school movement. Alicia Keyes, Denzel Washington, Shakira, Oprah — all support or sponsor charter schools.

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StateImpact Florida
1:29 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Not Just Florida's Problem: New York City Charter Schools Have Fewer Children With Disabilities

Students with disabilities are less likely to be students at charter schools.

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:22 pm

Students with disabilities are less likely to be students at charter schools.

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The Sunshine Economy
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Profit Or Performance? Charter Public Schools

Jon Hage may be one of the most important school leaders you probably have never heard of. No one elected him to a school board or hired him as a superintendent.

But his company, Charter Schools USA based in Fort Lauderdale, is one of the fastest growing charter school operators. It runs more than a dozen schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and has expanded to a half dozen more states.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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Education
9:54 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Parents Seek To Unite Florida's Education Activists

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:56 am

A loose-knit network of education activists generally opposed to the direction Florida has been taking its schools recently is attempting to organize into a more potent political force.

The groups include parents, people who want more state funding for schools, and others who are fed up with the brand of testing-based school accountability that Florida has become famous for. Under the umbrella of the Alliance for Public Schools, they are hoping to bolster their fundraising capacity and step up their efforts to influence legislation at the statehouse.

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Charter School Evaluations
11:51 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Florida Senate President Says Teachers Shouldn't Expect An Even Playing Field

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:43 pm

Supporters say the charter school bill that has a good chance of passing Florida’s Republican controlled Legislature this year will better regulate charters and expand choices for parents.

One thing the bill won’t do is require the same evaluations for charter school teachers as traditional public school teachers.

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School Bus Shooting
8:11 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Killings In Safe Spaces: Girl's Death Takes Its Place Among South Florida School Attacks

Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus was shot to death on her school bus.
Credit Facebook

Fifteen-year-old Jordyn Alexander Howe boarded the school bus with a loaded gun in his backpack. He pulled it out, it went off and fatally wounded fellow student Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, 13.

Miami-Dade police say the shooting on a charter school bus in Homestead was an accident. Howe was charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm. He spent the night at the Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center.

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Students With Disabilities
6:00 am
Fri December 23, 2011

School Board Member Says Her Special Needs Daughter Was Forced To Leave A Charter School

Isabella, 8, was forced to leave Miami Children’s Museum Charter School after her mom, Miami School board member Raquel Regalado, learned Isabella has autism.
Sarah Gonzalez StateImpact Florida

Earlier this month, an investigation by StateImpact Florida and the Miami Herald revealed that most Florida charter schools are not enrolling students with severe disabilities, like autism or cerebral palsy.

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Students With Disabilities
12:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Can Charter Schools Legally Turn Away Kids With Severe Disabilities?

Tonya Whitlock and her son Tres, 17, say they have not been able to get Tres into Pivot Charter School near Tampa. Tres has cerebral palsy, and the family said the charter school is concerned they cannot provide all the services Tres needs.
Sarah Gonzalez StateImpact Florida

This month, an investigation by StateImpact Florida revealed that more than 86% of Florida charter schools don’t serve a single student with a severe disability, compared to half of traditional public schools.

State education officials say no school is required to take every student with every disability. But lawyers are divided on whether charter schools can legally turn kids away.

No one person decides where a student with disabilities can go to school.

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