Understand the Issues
House Bill 5105 seeks to bring out-of-state operators to run brand-new schools to replace public neighborhood schools. It provides $200 million to attract these charter school chains to set up schools near struggling schools. This Miami Herald article offers more details.
HB 5105 negatively affects two of our LWVSPA education issues:
- support for our south St. Petersburg elementary schools, labeled “failure factories,” and
- our call for limits on charter school expansion without more accountability and transparency.
There is no evidence that charter schools can do a better job of educating children from poverty backgrounds but ample evidence that they take away much needed resources from the traditional public schools.
HB 5105 has passed all necessary committees in the House of Representatives and is scheduled for a floor vote the week of April 10. We will then turn our attention to the Senate.
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