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Charter Schools in Florida. Trends and challenges. Agenda. Scope of Florida’s charter sector History Challenges, transportation and otherwise Looking ahead. Florida Charter Schools at a Glance. 203,000 students* 578 schools 46 districts Enrollment has doubled in five years

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charter schools in florida

Charter Schools in Florida

Trends and challenges

agenda
Agenda
  • Scope of Florida’s charter sector
  • History
  • Challenges, transportation and otherwise
  • Looking ahead
florida charter schools at a glance
Florida Charter Schools at a Glance
  • 203,000 students*
  • 578 schools
  • 46 districts
  • Enrollment has doubled in five years
  • About 7 percent of public school population
policy and funding
Policy and Funding
  • Charter schools are public schools
  • Only nonprofits can hold a charter with district
  • Florida Education Finance Program
  • Capital outlay dollars
  • Federal funds
transportation
Transportation
  • Charter schools are entitled to their proportionate share of transportation funds for eligible students.
  • The charter school and the school district are required to cooperate in making arrangements so that transportation is not a barrier to equal access for all students residing within a reasonable distance of the charter school.
  • Transportation of charter students must be consistent with the district school board requirements of all public K-12 students.
standard contract
Standard Contract
  • “Should the School choose to provide its own transportation plan rather than contract with the District for transportation services, it shall submit a transportation plan to the District for review and approval.”
transported charter students
Transported Charter Students
  • 43,878 in school buses
  • 95 in school cars or small vehicles
  • 7,507 in public transit
  • 346 in private cars
  • 51,826 total transported (25% of enrollment)
challenges
Challenges
  • What’s in the law
  • Communication
  • Poor relations between charters and districts
who i am
Who I am

Adam Emerson

Charter Schools Director

Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice

Office: (850) 245-9631

[email protected]

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